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Mark Hebden
M Hebden 
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Number of games in database: 2,180
Years covered: 1977 to 2023
Last FIDE rating: 2453 (2458 rapid, 2457 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2585
Overall record: +1027 -441 =651 (63.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 61 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (259) 
    A46 D02 A45 A40 D05
 Sicilian (133) 
    B21 B23 B25 B47 B83
 Queen's Gambit Declined (81) 
    D30 D39 D06 D37 D35
 Slav (78) 
    D12 D11
 French Defense (57) 
    C17 C16 C12 C14 C11
 Pirc (42) 
    B08 B07
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (312) 
    E92 E97 E60 E81 E62
 Ruy Lopez (257) 
    C84 C68 C89 C91 C96
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (193) 
    C84 C89 C91 C96 C85
 Two Knights (74) 
    C55 C58 C59 C57 C56
 English (70) 
    A10 A15 A16 A17
 Ruy Lopez Exchange (59) 
    C68 C85 C69
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Hebden vs N Birnboim, 1992 1-0
   M Hebden vs F Felecan, 1993 1-0
   M Hebden vs E Prie, 1984 1-0
   M Roeder vs M Hebden, 1992 0-1
   M Hebden vs R Cantero, 1986 1-0
   D J Ledger vs M Hebden, 2004 0-1
   D A Holmes vs M Hebden, 1989 0-1
   M Hebden vs McShane, 1998 1-0
   M Hebden vs E N Holland, 1993 1-0
   M Hebden vs P Littlewood, 1992 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Benidorm Open (1993)
   Capablanca Memorial-A (1993)
   Isle of Man Open (2000)
   British Championship (2009)
   12th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1988)
   Vrnjacka Banja (1989)
   Hastings 1983/84 (1983)
   Chess for Peace (1987)
   Vrnjacka Banja (1991)
   British Championship (2015)
   British Championship (1983)
   Montpellier (1988)
   British Championship (1979)
   British Championship (1988)
   17th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1993)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Killer Rubbish Fredthebear Won't Eat 87Lz by fredthebear
   xMack Daddy of More Recent Times by fredthebear
   Sic McDonnell & GPA f4, Bb5 Fredthebear's Hive by fredthebear
   1. d4 alt by Dhamal Goda
   1. d4 alt by ChessPraxis
   1993 Capablanca memorial (group A) by gauer
   Hastings Premier 2001/2 by protean
   Lloyds Bank Masters 1989 by John Saunders

   🏆 Nottinghamshire Centenary
   M Hebden vs T Kanyamarala (Nov-03-23) 1/2-1/2
   A Krzywda vs M Hebden (Nov-02-23) 0-1
   M Hebden vs A Khandelwal (Nov-02-23) 0-1
   E Trost vs M Hebden (Nov-01-23) 1-0
   M Hebden vs J B Willow (Nov-01-23) 1/2-1/2

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(born Feb-15-1958, 65 years old) United Kingdom

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Mark L Hebden was born in Leicester, England. He was awarded the IM title in 1982 and the GM title in 1992. He won the 2022 Chessable English Championship at age 64, making him one of the oldest national champions in history.

He won the British Rapidplay Championships in 1990, 1994, 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2013; was =1st at the Cappelle-la-Granda Open in 1989, 1990, 1995 and 1997; (1) He won the 9th Monarch Assurance International Open in 2000. (2) He also won the Svein Johannessen Memorial (Norway) in 2010 ahead of Jon Ludvig Hammer (3), and won the 2012 Dublin Easter International. (4). Placed =1st at Hastings (2013/14).

Played for the Guildford 1 team that won the 4NCL in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. (1) & (5)

(1) Wikipedia article: Mark Hebden; (2); (3) http://turneringsservice.sjakklubb....; (4); (5) and

Last updated: 2022-05-24 18:18:46

 page 1 of 88; games 1-25 of 2,196  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. P Biyiasas vs M Hebden  1-0361977Hastings Challengers 1977/78C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
2. G Iskov vs M Hebden 0-1141979Benedictine InternationalC44 King's Pawn Game
3. M Hebden vs Nunn 0-1261979London m/1C36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
4. Nunn vs M Hebden 1-0211979London LARAC29 Vienna Gambit
5. R Burbach vs M Hebden 1-0361979Hastings IIC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. M Hebden vs Chandler  1-0641979Hastings Challengers 1978/79B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
7. M Hebden vs G Ligterink  0-1301979Aaronson MastersB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
8. M Hebden vs M Macdonald-Ross  0-1611979Aaronson MastersB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
9. R Bailey vs M Hebden  0-1361979Aaronson MastersA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
10. I McAllan vs M Hebden  1-0671979British ChampionshipC55 Two Knights Defense
11. M Hebden vs J Branford  1-0441979British ChampionshipC17 French, Winawer, Advance
12. S Jackson vs M Hebden  0-1391979British ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
13. M Hebden vs I Wells 1-0301979British ChampionshipB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
14. Nunn vs M Hebden  1-0401979British ChampionshipC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
15. M Hebden vs G Morrison  1-0391979British ChampionshipB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
16. A J Mestel vs M Hebden 0-1731979British ChampionshipC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
17. M Hebden vs Speelman  ½-½561979British ChampionshipE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
18. J Penrose vs M Hebden  0-1761979British ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
19. M Hebden vs R Bellin 0-1201979British ChampionshipC34 King's Gambit Accepted
20. G Botterill vs M Hebden  ½-½411979British ChampionshipA59 Benko Gambit
21. R C Balinas vs M Hebden 1-03519793rd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
22. M Hebden vs J Quinn 1-03319793rd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
23. J L Watson vs M Hebden  1-06019793rd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenE66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
24. M Hebden vs A J Norris  ½-½4419793rd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
25. M Hebden vs J G Nicholson  ½-½201979Regency Masters AB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
 page 1 of 88; games 1-25 of 2,196  PGN Download
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Jul-20-13  wordfunph: GM Mark Hebden <known as "The Butcher" for his meat-cleaver attacking style>.

Source: Inside Chess 1990 05

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  offramp: A very unusual-looking character. A cross between Jackie Chan and Jackie Onassis.
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  offramp: A book of his complete games would probably have about 50,000 pages.
Aug-09-13  Nina Myers: Mon Dieu, at least, AT LEAST!
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  offramp: A very good result at the latest Hastings.
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  offramp: Strange news from the BBC.
Jan-10-14  RedShield: The Beeb is big on queer news.
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  offramp: Hebden played many other games of chess as well. If all of them were recorded, I imagine the world itself wouldn't have enough room for the books that would be written.
Jan-10-14  RedShield: He looks a bit Oriental, doesn't he? Gives another meaning to the expression <had a Chinese>.
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  offramp: He looks like a cross between Jackie Chan and Jackie Onassis.
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  offramp: He comments on his fine win Hebden vs H Tirard, 2009 at
Oct-08-14  waustad: There seem to be some games of his this tournament under the name Mark L. Hebdan.
Feb-15-15  Nosnibor: Happy birthday Mark P.O.T.D.
Feb-15-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Mark Hebden.
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  GrahamClayton: Hebden must be one of the most active players in the UK - his name always seems to pop up at the many weekend tournaments/congresses that are held each year. At age 60, he doesn't seem to be slowing down!
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  offramp: Oddly, his name was in the British newspapers this very morn:
The link's suffix says it all.

I made an estimate of how many games he had played here: Mark Hebden (kibitz #41). It's about a dozen posts up.

However, using my own huge database, desribed in detail at offramp chessforum (kibitz #769) and freely available to all, I can come up with a more accurate figure.

According to that database, up until December 31st 2016 Mark HEBDEN has played 295,471 games of competitive chess.


Feb-15-19  Nosnibor: Happy birthday Mark.
Apr-13-20  Dionysius1: There's a Mark Hebden who writes detective stories. Same guy?
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  MissScarlett: Find out and report back.
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  Sally Simpson: Not the same guy.

However here is Mark Hebden playing chess with Raymond Chandler (or is it Geoff Chandler...probably Geoff because he got beat.)

Aug-09-20  Nosnibor: Here is a game I played against Mark back in 2009 which could have gone either way from a result point of view. Event:Round 2 Nottinghamshire Open. Date: 25 April 2009.Reti Opening White: J.K.Robinson Black: M.L.Hebden 1Nf3,Nf6.2g3,d6.3d4,c6.4Bg2,Qa5.5Qd2,Qc7.6Nc3,e5- .70-0,Be7.8dxe5,dxe5.9Qg5,e4.10Qe5,Qxe5.11Nxe5,B- f5.12a4,0-0.13Be3,Na6.14h3,Nb4.15Rac1,Nfd5!16Nxd- 5,Nxd5.17Bd2,Rfe8.18c4,Bb4!19Bxb4,Nxb4.20Ng4,Bxg- 4.21hxg4,a5.22Rfd1,Na6.23c5,Re5.24Rd4,e3.25f4,Rx- c5.26Rxc5,Nxc5.27Rc4,Na6.28Re4,Kf8.29Re5,Rd8.30R- xa5,Rd1+.31Kh2,Rd2.32Bf3,Rxb2.33Kg2,Nb4.34Ra8+,K- e7.35Ra7,Nd3.36Bxc6,Kd6.37Bb5,Ne1+.38Kh3,Nc2.39R- xb7,Nd4.40Rd7+,Kc5.41Rxf7,Nxe2.42Bxe2,Rxe2.43Re7- ,Kd4.44g5,Rf2.45Kg4,Kd3.46Rd7+,Kc3.47Rxg7,e2.48R- c7+Kd3.49Rd7+Kc2.50Rc7+Kd2.51Rd7+,Kc2.52Rc7+,Kd3- Draw agreed 1/2--1/2
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  Sally Simpson: Mark has just won the English Championship at 64!

"Mark Hebden, one of England’s oldest active grandmasters, achieved his first national title in classical chess last weekend at age 64.

The Leicester GM won the Chessable English Championship and its £2000 first prize with a round to spare and a 6/7 total. 

It is a result for the record books. Dr Stefan Fazekas at 59 in 1957 was the oldest British champion, Ireland’s John O’Hanlon won his ninth title in 1940 aged 63 or 64, Edith Price took the 1948 British women’s championship at 76, but the veteran of them all was the legendary Viktor Korchnoi, who won the 2011 Swiss crown at 80."

Financial Times;

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  keypusher: < Sally Simpson: Mark has just won the English Championship at 64! "Mark Hebden, one of England’s oldest active grandmasters, achieved his first national title in classical chess last weekend at age 64.>

This is much better than what chess masters are usually doing when they're 64.

Feb-15-23  Nosnibor: Happy 65th birthday Mark. You still have some more power to win further events!
Feb-15-23  Nosnibor: The first two games in the database against Biyiasas are duplicated.
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