Grandmaster Walter S. Browne was a six-time U.S. Champion and a World Chess Hall of Famer. His many international successes include:
Browne was born in Sydney, Australia to an American father and an Australian mother, giving him dual-citizenship, which he held until 1972 when he gave up his Australian citizenship. He grew up in New York, where his family moved in 1953, and learned to play chess at the age of seven.
He became the youngest National Master in the U.S. (at the time) just before his fifteenth birthday, and earned the GM title in 1969 by finishing in 2nd place at a strong GM tournament in San Juan, Puerto Rico, behind then-World Champion Boris Spassky.
In 2002, Browne won the National Open, in Las Vegas, for an unprecedented 11th time, and was known as the "king of Swisses" by virtue of winning many strong open tournaments in the USA multiple times, including the U.S. Open (3 times), the World Open (3 times), the North American Open (4 times) and the American Open (7 times).
In 1988 he formed the World Blitz Chess Association and published a quarterly magazine Blitz Chess until 2003.
Browne was a blitz chess aficionado and a time-trouble addict, regularly encountering severe time trouble in his tournament games.
He was also a professional poker player, and later in life earned a living as a poker professional in casinos. But chess was always his favourite.
Poker is appealing, but chess symbolizes everything that is artistic and beautiful.
Browne died suddenly on June 24th, 2015 at the age of 66, in Las Vegas, just days after participating in the 50th National Open.
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