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Shaun M Taulbut
S Taulbut 
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Number of games in database: 179
Years covered: 1977 to 2011
Last FIDE rating: 2371
Highest rating achieved in database: 2405

Overall record: +63 -41 =72 (56.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 3 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (35) 
    B51 B52 B80 B30 B40
 Caro-Kann (8) 
    B17 B10 B12 B13
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C91 C75 C74 C78 C84
 French Defense (5) 
    C15 C10 C05 C04 C03
 Sicilian Scheveningen (5) 
 Pirc (5) 
    B08 B07
With the Black pieces:
 Pirc (18) 
    B08 B09
 King's Indian (11) 
    E91 E76 E73 E62 E61
 Robatsch (9) 
 Scandinavian (6) 
 Queen's Pawn Game (6) 
    A41 E00 D02 A40 A46
 Ruy Lopez (4) 
    C65 C64
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   L Christiansen vs S Taulbut, 1978 1/2-1/2
   D J Findlay vs S Taulbut, 1978 0-1
   Jansa vs S Taulbut, 1981 0-1
   S Taulbut vs Smyslov, 1982 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   7th European Junior Championship 1977/78 (1977)
   British Championship (1977)
   ARC Young Masters (1981)
   Robert Silk Young Masters (1982)
   British Championship (1980)
   Brighton (1981)
   Hastings 1981/82 (1981)
   British Championship (1978)
   Amsterdam IBM-B (1978)
   British Championship (1981)
   1st Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1977)
   British Championship (1982)
   3rd Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1979)
   Aaronson Masters (1979)
   Lone Pine (1978)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Hastings (1981/82) by Chessical

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(born Jan-11-1958, 64 years old) United Kingdom

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Shaun Mark Taulbut was born in Portsmouth, England. Taulbut won the European Junior Championship in 1977-78 at Groningen, thus earning the IM title. He has authored books on how to play the French Defence, the Ruy Lopez and the Nimzoindian.

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 186  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Taulbut vs D Lees  1-0321977British ChampionshipB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
2. S Webb vs S Taulbut  ½-½261977British ChampionshipE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
3. S Taulbut vs Flear  1-0571977British ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
4. C Shephard vs S Taulbut  0-1401977British ChampionshipB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
5. S Taulbut vs C Pritchett  ½-½331977British ChampionshipB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
6. Plaskett vs S Taulbut  0-1501977British ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
7. G Botterill vs S Taulbut  ½-½371977British ChampionshipB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
8. S Taulbut vs R Bellin  ½-½431977British ChampionshipB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
9. O M Hindle vs S Taulbut  ½-½281977British ChampionshipB08 Pirc, Classical
10. S Taulbut vs M Fuller  1-0711977British ChampionshipC03 French, Tarrasch
11. S Taulbut vs A H Williams  ½-½101977British ChampionshipC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
12. S Taulbut vs M Marlow  ½-½3419771st Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
13. S Taulbut vs T B Bennett  0-13219771st Lloyds Bank Masters OpenC15 French, Winawer
14. S Taulbut vs S Spivack  1-03519771st Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
15. S Knott vs S Taulbut  0-14219771st Lloyds Bank Masters OpenE91 King's Indian
16. K J Wicker vs S Taulbut  ½-½2819771st Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
17. S Taulbut vs D E Rumens  1-06619771st Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA00 Uncommon Opening
18. S Taulbut vs Z Vranesic  ½-½4619771st Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
19. S Taulbut vs P Busuttil  1-03019777th European Junior Championship 1977/78B70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
20. H Janssen vs S Taulbut  0-15719777th European Junior Championship 1977/78B08 Pirc, Classical
21. S Taulbut vs T Upton  1-02719777th European Junior Championship 1977/78C74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
22. K Mokry vs S Taulbut  1-05419777th European Junior Championship 1977/78B06 Robatsch
23. S Taulbut vs A Groszpeter  1-08419777th European Junior Championship 1977/78B10 Caro-Kann
24. S Taulbut vs Dolmatov  0-15619777th European Junior Championship 1977/78B30 Sicilian
25. Van der Wiel vs S Taulbut 0-12119777th European Junior Championship 1977/78B09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-31-06  GBKnight: Anyone in England know what Shaun is up to now? Last I heard he gave up chess to become an accountant, and that was in the early 1980s.
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  ray keene: shaun still plays chess in the london gentlemens clubs league representing the athenaeum-he is also a part owner of the british chess magazine
Apr-02-06  GBKnight: Many thanks for that Ray. Amongst other things, this site is useful for finding out what became of people, some of them friends. Shaun could probably have become even stronger but like many I believe chose financial security.
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  eternaloptimist: it's kind of odd that he wrote books on the French Defense, the Ruy Lopez and the Nimzo Indian, but none of these openings r listed in his most played openings section...things that make u go hmm :-/
Jul-03-13  Sem: Taulbut also wrote a small book on positional play in chess.
Jun-17-14  alekhinescat: How to play the French Defence is an exceptionally well written primer for the French.
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  Dionysius1: I've really enjoyed reading French Defence: Tarrasch Variation by Raymond Keene and Shaun Taulbut. It's written with lots of narrative and exposition as well as analysis and reminds me very much how I felt about chess then (early 1980s).

Maybe there is still a way through to the poetry of chess via the remorseless analysis of the engines. But if not, and just in case, I'll keep reading books like this.

Sorry, Ray and Shaun if that undervalues the analysis that you had to do, but it's the literyness of the book that still grabs me

Among the absolutes that Plato drew attention to, there's probably one with a better name than "literyness", but you know what I mean, eh?

Jan-10-21  BIDMONFA: Shaun M Taulbut


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