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Mike J Surtees
Number of games in database: 118
Years covered: 1973 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2077 (2135 rapid, 2045 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2239
Overall record: +39 -63 =16 (39.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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B22 Sicilian, Alapin (25 games)
A40 Queen's Pawn Game (20 games)
C20 King's Pawn Game (13 games)
B12 Caro-Kann Defense (9 games)
B15 Caro-Kann (8 games)
B10 Caro-Kann (8 games)
A04 Reti Opening (4 games)
C00 French Defense (4 games)
B06 Robatsch (4 games)
B01 Scandinavian (3 games)

   🏆 Ilkley Chess Festival
   M Surtees vs A Churavin (Sep-17-22) 1/2-1/2
   Hebden vs M Surtees (Jan-08-17) 1-0
   D H Fernandez vs M Surtees (Nov-01-15) 1-0, rapid
   Hebden vs M Surtees (Oct-31-15) 1-0, rapid
   M Surtees vs J W R Nicholson (Oct-31-15) 0-1, rapid

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(born 1950) United Kingdom

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 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 118  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Hecht vs M Surtees  1-0481973GRE Islington OpenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
2. J Cooper vs M Surtees  1-0351989British ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
3. G Burgess vs M Surtees  1-0221989British ChampionshipB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
4. M Surtees vs Kosten  0-1301989British ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
5. M Surtees vs M Piper  0-1151989British ChampionshipC44 King's Pawn Game
6. D Gormally vs M Surtees 1-0272004British ChampionshipA40 Queen's Pawn Game
7. M Surtees vs P Almond  ½-½512004British ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
8. R Westwood vs M Surtees 1-0402004British ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
9. M Surtees vs G Kafka 1-0262004British ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
10. S Haslinger vs M Surtees  1-0602004British ChampionshipB15 Caro-Kann
11. M Surtees vs T Nixon  0-1502004British ChampionshipC20 King's Pawn Game
12. S Gregory vs M Surtees  1-0342004British ChampionshipB15 Caro-Kann
13. M Surtees vs R Bryant  1-0322004British ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
14. M Surtees vs C Briscoe  0-1462004British ChampionshipC20 King's Pawn Game
15. Graham Smith vs M Surtees 0-1462004British ChampionshipB10 Caro-Kann
16. M Surtees vs R Pert  0-1442005British ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
17. P Chaplin vs M Surtees  0-1552005British ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
18. A Greet vs M Surtees  1-0352005British ChampionshipA40 Queen's Pawn Game
19. M Surtees vs D Hall  1-0262005British ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
20. M Surtees vs G Morrison  0-1412005British ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
21. M J R White vs M Surtees  1-0242005British ChampionshipA40 Queen's Pawn Game
22. L Varnam vs M Surtees  0-1412005British ChampionshipB15 Caro-Kann
23. M Surtees vs A Therrien  ½-½632005British ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
24. C Tippleston vs M Surtees  1-0482005British ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
25. M Surtees vs M Waters  1-0662005British ChampionshipC20 King's Pawn Game
 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 118  PGN Download
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  pawn to QB4: Fans of Basman, Suttles and the great Gerard Welling should appreciate Mike as an original analyst in the openings. He calls his stuff ROT (revised openings theory) and personally I've found it very hard to handle. In one of our games he had all his pieces still on the back rank after move 10, except a knight on f3. He told me this was standard stuff and that "after some months thought" he'd realised this knight was better placed on f4 so he proposed to play N(f3)-g1-e2-f4 as the next 3 moves. As an experienced hacker and swindler I've scored 50% in our games but have never left the opening with an advantage.
May-05-06  SNAFFLEVICH: My Revolutionary Opening Theory website is now set-up at:--

May-05-06  dakgootje: How do you pronouce the name? Sure tease?

Maybe an other way, depending on the country he's from...

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  pawn to QB4: "Sir-tease" is near enough, dakgootje. Two brief corrections to my previous post: ROT obviously short for Mike's version as above. Also, after a recent game where he kicked off 1.e4 c5 2.c3 d5 3.f3! I can't claim 50% until I get revenge, dammit.
May-09-06  xenophon: played Mike once and beat him despite a hugh rating gap mainly due to his appalling position from one of his ROT opennings.After move 18 Fritz thought I was +4;even I would have struggled to mess it up-though after saying that I did my best
May-15-06  SNAFFLEVICH: [SNAFFLEVICH is Mike Surtees
May-15-06  GBKnight: Used to play in Berkshire if I remember correctly? Still playing the same rubbish! With the same success !
Aug-05-08  Flatfish: Congratulations on a beautiful win against Houska from Round 7 of the British Championships. It can be viewed here:

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  pawn to QB4: Yep, no knocking that one. Picked as Game of the Day ahead of the efforts of the assembled masters. Well done Mike.
Jun-23-21  Nosnibor: Here is a game from 20 years ago where the "ROT" tactics do not quite work for Mike.[Event] Kenilworth Open (Round 6) [Date] 10th June 2001. [Opening] ? White: M Surtees Black: J K Robinson 1.e4 e5 2.a3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d3 Be7 5.g4 h6 6.Bg2 d6 7.h3 a5 8.Nfe2 Rb8 9.Nb5 Bd7 10.c4 Ne7 11.Be3 Bg5 12.Qd2 Bxe3 13.Qxe3 Ne7 14.Nbc3 Ng6 15.0-0 0-0 16.f4 exf4 17.Nxf4 Ne5 18.b4 Qh4 19.Nce2 Nf6 20.Nd5 Nxd5 21.cxd5 axb4 22.axb4 Bb5 23.Nf4 Qg5 24.Qg3 h5 25.Nxh5 Bxd3 26.Rf4 Ra8 27.Rd1 Be2 28.Rd2 Ra1+ 29.Kh2 Bd1 30.Rdf2 Rfa8 31.Rf1 R8a3 32.Rxd1 Rxg3 33.Rxa1 Rb3 34.Rc1 Qe7 35.Ng3 Rxb4 36.Nf5 Qd8 37.Rf2 Qb8 38.Rfc2 Nd3 39.Rd1 Rg2 40.Rc3 Ne5 41.Rdc1 c5 42.dxc6 bxc6 43.Rd1 Qb4 44.Re3 Nc5 45.Red3 Qc5 46.Rd4 Qe5+ 47.Kh1 Rc2 48.R4d3 g6 49.Nd4 Rxg2 50. Kxg2 Qxe4+ 51.Nf3 Nb2 52.Rxd6 Nxd1 53.Kg3 Ne6 and won after a few more moves 0-1

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