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Michael Basman

Michael John Basman
Basman in Cambridge, 2006
Full name Michael John Basman
Country United Kingdom
Born (1946-03-16) 16 March 1946
London, England
Title International Master
FIDE rating 2338 (April 2009)
Peak rating 2410 (July 1971)

Michael John Basman (born 16 March 1946 in Tony Miles once famously defeated the then World Champion Anatoly Karpov), the Grob (for Black and White) and also The Creepy Crawly, which is a3, then h3 followed by a quick c4. Possibly his greatest tournament success was when tying for first place in the British Chess Championship tournament of 1973, although he was to lose the play-off match with William Hartston. In 1975 England contested a match over ten boards against France in Luton. Basman played Board One, ahead of future super Grandmasters Nunn and Speelman. He created the UK Chess Challenge,[1] a tournament for juniors of all standards and ages progressing over four stages.

Basman's father was an Armenian immigrant who changed the family name from Basmadjian. His family knew the singer Cleo Laine, who worked as a babysitter for the young Michael.


  • Illustrative Games 1
  • Books 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Illustrative Games

Although Basman never attained the rank of grandmaster, he did beat several. He has defeated Speelman with his trademark 'killer grob' defence.[2]


  • Michael Basman (1982). Play the St. George Defence. Pergamon chess openings.  
  • Michael Basman (1987). Chess Openings. Crowood.  
  • Michael Basman (1989). The Killer Grob. Pergamon chess openings.  


  1. ^ The UK Chess Challenge
  2. ^

External links

  • Michael J Basman rating card at FIDE
  • Michael John Basman player profile and games at

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