Walter Shawn Browne was an American chess player who was active from the 1960s to the 2000s. He was born on March 19, 1949 in Sydney, Australia, and moved to the United States in the late 1960s. Browne was a highly successful chess player, winning six U.S. Championships and representing the United States in multiple Chess Olympiads.
Browne was known for his aggressive and tactical playing style, which made him a formidable opponent for many top players of his time. He was also a very strong blitz player, and was regarded as one of the best rapid chess players in the world.
Throughout his career, Browne won numerous international tournaments and was widely regarded as one of the strongest chess players in the world. He was awarded the title of International Grandmaster (GM) by FIDE in 1976, and was inducted into the World Chess Hall of Fame in 2011.
Walter Browne passed away on June 24, 2015, but his legacy as one of the strongest and most exciting chess players of his time lives on.