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    3rd grandmaster unearthed [bumped]

    I have just unearthed Australia's third grandmaster, whilst following the US championships. See the following quote from the blog:

    "Bad Bad Walter Browne is not having a good tournament, but I tried to do my part to make doubly sure he did not need to change his license plate from Ol6TIME to Ol7TIME. Unfortunately, he punished my impertinent intentions in typical Brownean style. The Australian-born GM-turned-poker-player had way more time than usual to finish me off."

    Has anyone ever heard of him? Has he ever played here?
    Do I get the $100,000

    David Bell?
    Last edited by biggles; 05-12-2004 at 09:09 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by biggles
    Has anyone ever heard of him? Has he ever played here?
    Do I get the $100,000
    Yes.
    Not sure.
    No.
    We may define “faith” as a firm belief in something for which there is no evidence. Where there is evidence, no one speaks of “faith.” We do not speak of faith that two and two are four or that the earth is round. We only speak of faith when we wish to substitute emotion for evidence. - Bertrand Russell

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    Browne was born in Sydney in 1949.
    He went to the US as child.
    Around 1968 he returned to Australia and was here for about 5 years.
    During that time he represented Australia at the Olympiads of 1970 and 1972.
    I think he got the bronze medal in 1972 on board 1.
    He was awarded the GM title in 1970.
    He won the Australian Championship in 1969.
    He won the US Championship consecutively in 1974, 1975 and 1977 and was =1st consecutively in 1980, 1981 and 1983.

    He was rated =14th in the world on the FIDE January 1976 rating list.
    Last edited by Bill Gletsos; 05-12-2004 at 11:41 AM. Reason: Added best world ranking

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    Well, strictly speaking, Browne was Australia's first GM. He put in some amazing performances in Olympiads for Australia.

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    Surely Browne IS our first grandmaster, and Rogers our second. That makes Daryl the third which means HE gets the $100,000
    How about we invite Browne back to play at Mt Buller, and recognize him in some way.

    David Bell

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    Quote Originally Posted by biggles
    Surely Browne IS our first grandmaster, and Rogers our second. That makes Daryl the third which means HE gets the $100,000
    How about we invite Browne back to play at Mt Buller, and recognize him in some way.

    David Bell
    It sounds like Darryl Johansen should send a $100,000 invoice to David Cordover!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul S
    It sounds like Darryl Johansen should send a $100,000 invoice to David Cordover!
    why cordover, apart from darryl and david not getting along

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    Quote Originally Posted by ggrayggray
    why cordover, apart from darryl and david not getting along
    Read David's "vote for me" letter that appears in the latest ACF email news bulletin and you will see why!

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    I don't see that Australia has any claim to having 3 GMs right now. Browne appears to be neither active, nor resident in or even involved with Australia.

    I'm still looking forward to the day when Smerdon, Zhao, Bjelobrk, or one of the upcoming juniors makes it.
    we have between us the barrier of a common language

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul S
    Read David's "vote for me" letter that appears in the latest ACF email news bulletin and you will see why!
    yes i did notice that letter

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    Quote Originally Posted by Recherché
    I don't see that Australia has any claim to having 3 GMs right now. Browne appears to be neither active, nor resident in or even involved with Australia.
    No one is suggesting we have 3 GM's right now.
    However that does not negate the fact that Australia has had 3 GM's of which two are currently active within Australia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Gletsos
    No one is suggesting we have 3 GM's right now.
    However that does not negate the fact that Australia has had 3 GM's of which two are currently active within Australia.
    Well, I think we should count all GMs. Therefore with Holden we have 4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Sweeney
    Well, I think we should count all GMs. Therefore with Holden we have 4.
    That isnt remotely funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Gletsos
    That isnt remotely funny.
    Now that is realy funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Gletsos
    No one is suggesting we have 3 GM's right now.
    However that does not negate the fact that Australia has had 3 GM's of which two are currently active within Australia.
    The fact we had another GM at some point in the past is more or less meaningless when discussing the current state of Australian chess, which as far as I can tell is the main topic behind discussions about our number of GMs and who the next one might be.
    we have between us the barrier of a common language

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