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Bernard Cafferty
B Cafferty 
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Number of games in database: 419
Years covered: 1952 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2086
Highest rating achieved in database: 2300
Overall record: +97 -109 =213 (48.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jun-27-1934, 88 years old) United Kingdom

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Bernard Cafferty was born in Blackburn, England. He was British Correspondence Champion in 1960 and has authored biographical works on Boris Spassky and Mikhail Tal, among other chess books. He is a FIDE Master.

Cafferty was one of the leading English chess players of the late 1950s and 1960s, ranking amongst the top ten players in 1959 and 1960 (2b on the old grading scale which is equivalent to 217-224 on the present English Chess Federation grading scale). He was British Boys' Champion in 1952 (jointly) and British Junior Champion in 1954.1 He was British Correspondence Chess Champion in 1959/60 and won the British Lightning Championship (ten-seconds-a-move) in 1964 (jointly), 1966, 1967, 1968 and 1969 and is the only player ever to have won this title on four successive occasions. He played on top board for Warwickshire in the English Counties Final of 1961 when his team beat Yorkshire. He played in every British Chess Championship between 1957 and 1971, beating Peter Clarke, Sir Stuart Milner-Barry and Gerald Abrahams on his debut. His best placing was in 1964 when he finished second equal with three other players behind Michael Haygarth. He reached a peak Elo rating of 2440 (in July 1971) and played internationally for England on several occasions, both at over the board and correspondence chess.

Originally from Blackburn in Lancashire, he went to Birmingham University in 1951 and was resident in the Midlands for many years as a student and later a school master, teaching Geography, Latin, Mathematics and, from 1964, Russian at St. Philip's Grammar School in Birmingham. In 1981 he moved to Hastings to take up his post as general editor of British Chess Magazine. He stood down from the general editorship in 1991 but remained as associate editor of the magazine until 2011. He was chess columnist for the Sunday Times between 1983 and 1997, and for the Birmingham Evening Mail from 1967 to around 2002.

Cafferty has for many years been in demand in the chess world for his profound knowledge of (and passionate interest in) the Russian language and he has translated several books from Russian to English. He has produced translations of Botvinnik's Best Games 1947-70 and the Soviet world champion's autobiography (Achieving the Aim) as well as collections of the best games of Mikhail Tal and Boris Spassky. Perhaps the most notable of his translations was Alexander Kotov's Think Like a Grandmaster (Batsford, 1971), a book which is sometimes associated with the major upsurge in the quality of competitive chess in the UK in the 1970s. For 'The Chess Player' publisher, he translated two books by Lisitsin (extracted from his 1958 work Strategiya i Taktika Shakhmat) (both 1976) and Sokolsky's Pawns in Action (1976) and co-authored (with Tony Gillam) Chess with the Masters (1977).

He became less active as a player from the early 1970s but he acted as second to Tony Miles when Miles won the 1974 World Junior Chess Championship in Manila, Philippines. Miles remains the only British player to have won this title to date (2020).

He has for many years been a member of Hastings Chess Club and was president of the club from 1999 to 2009. He won the Hastings club championship in 1994 and 2001 and was joint winner in 1995 and 1996. He won the Sussex Chess Championship in 1996 and 2003.

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Last updated: 2022-03-11 00:31:24

 page 1 of 17; games 1-25 of 419  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. B H Wood vs B Cafferty  1-0611952BCF-ch qualifierE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
2. B J Moore vs B Cafferty  ½-½391952BCF-chJE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
3. R E Borland vs B Cafferty  0-1271952BCF-chJC18 French, Winawer
4. J T Farrand vs B Cafferty  0-1281952BCF-chJC18 French, Winawer
5. B Cafferty vs P C Gibbs  1-0311952BCF-chJD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. M P Allfrey vs B Cafferty  ½-½481952BCF-chJE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
7. B Cafferty vs D F Griffiths  1-0261952BCF-chJA28 English
8. B Cafferty vs M Davis  0-1291952BCF-chJA28 English
9. P D Sanderson vs B Cafferty  ½-½531952BCF-chJE58 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3
10. B Cafferty vs Leon Rosselson  1-0221952BCF-chJA22 English
11. B Cafferty vs G W Kerr  1-0481952Glorney CupA28 English
12. B Cafferty vs B E Foan  1-0211952Glorney CupA28 English
13. B Cafferty vs A Montwill  1-0201952Glorney CupB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
14. P H Clarke vs B Cafferty  0-1291957British ChampionshipA15 English
15. B Cafferty vs J Penrose  ½-½151957British ChampionshipE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
16. R G Wade vs B Cafferty  1-0261957British ChampionshipC02 French, Advance
17. B Cafferty vs P C Gibbs  ½-½271957British ChampionshipE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
18. J W Naylor vs B Cafferty  0-1501957British ChampionshipA47 Queen's Indian
19. D B Pritchard vs B Cafferty  0-1251957British ChampionshipB02 Alekhine's Defense
20. B Cafferty vs C H Alexander  ½-½431957British ChampionshipC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
21. Milner-Barry vs B Cafferty  0-1271957British ChampionshipC02 French, Advance
22. B Cafferty vs L Barden  0-1261957British ChampionshipB56 Sicilian
23. B Cafferty vs M J Haygarth  ½-½131957British ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
24. G Abrahams vs B Cafferty  0-1241957British ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
25. T J Beach vs B Cafferty  ½-½231959British ChampionshipE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
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  Benzol: Bernard Cafferty
Born 27th June 1934 in Blackburn.
He was British Correspondence Champion in 1960 and is a well known author.
Jan-10-06  refutor: did bernard cafferty take part in hastings?
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  Joshka: Thanks <Benzol> Does anyone have his book on the 1971 Candidates Complete Matches? I'd pay a good price for it. thanks in advance
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  plang: No, but I have his book on the 68 candidates which is great. He also wrote a book (with Golembek) on the 65 candidate matches which I have been looking for for years.
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  Joshka: <plang> Wow, thanks for posting!! Okay wasn't aware he wrote in 68 or 65. Is his 68 book very similar to Byrne's 74 match book? If it is, I've got to get it! I'll keep my eye out for the 65 book as well, and let you know what I come up with. If I can get 2 copies, I'll get one for ya!..thanks in advance
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  plang: Well, good luck; I have done an intensive search for years including at one point contacting Cafferty himself. There must be copies out there somewhere. Since I have never actually seem the 65 book I am not sure of its format. The only way I know about it is that it is mentioned in the 68 book. What I like about 68 book is that it has analysis and comments by several GMs/analysts (although not by the players themselves). I am always interested in seeing how different experts view the same position.
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  Joshka: <Plang> I'll see what I can do, yes I agree, it's interesting to see how other masters view the same positions!
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  GrahamClayton: Cafferty co-wrote with Mark Taimanov "The Soviet Championships" (Cadogan Books, 1998), which is an excellent overview of the history of the USSR Chess Championship tournaments.
Oct-06-08  ILikeFruits: any relations to cafferty of cnn
Oct-06-08  ILikeFruits: i have spoken, you shall answer
Oct-19-08  Xeroxx: They are sisters.
Oct-28-08  I Like Fish:


Dec-02-08  Calli: Hastings club president since 1999. British Boys' Champion in 1952 and British Junior Champion 1954. Taught Russian at St Phillip's school in the 60s. He did the English translations of Botvinnik's best games 1947-70 and "Achieving the Aim". Also translated the best games of Tal and Spassky and Kotov's Think Like a GM.
Jan-16-09  ChesterTheJester: Played him at Hastings this year and drew - lovely man, very engaging analysis.
Jun-27-10  talisman: happy birthday bernard...use to take yout book on tal everywhere i went.
Jun-27-10  wordfunph: Bernard wrote and co-authored..

+ A Complete Defence to 1.d4
+ A Complete Defence to 1.e4
+ Play the Evans Gambit
+ Spassky's 100 Best Games
+ Tal's 100 Best Games
+ The Soviet Championships

happy birthday Bernard!

Apr-29-12  YoungEd: I used to have both his Spassky and Tal books, and thought them quite good.
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  FSR: Glad to see that's he still around and playing!
Jan-06-16  rollingrook5: How nice to see that this man is still playing Hastings into his 80s, in a career that spans 7 decades. That conveys true passion for the game.
Aug-22-16  Nosnibor: Bernard also was involved with an excellent book on Geller which I acquired in 1969 entitled " Grandmaster Geller at the chessboard ". This was translated from Geller`s autobiography which was originally published in Russia in 1962.

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