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Mark Hebden
Photo courtesy of Eric Schiller.  
Number of games in database: 1,829
Years covered: 1977 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2453 (2458 rapid, 2457 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2585

Overall record: +863 -376 =530 (63.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 60 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (213) 
    A46 D02 A45 A40 D05
 Sicilian (109) 
    B21 B23 B25 B47 B83
 Queen's Gambit Declined (72) 
    D30 D37 D06 D39
 Slav (63) 
    D12 D11
 French Defense (48) 
    C16 C17 C11 C14 C10
 Pirc (38) 
    B08 B07
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (261) 
    E92 E97 E60 E81 E80
 Ruy Lopez (226) 
    C84 C89 C68 C91 C96
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (170) 
    C84 C89 C91 C96 C85
 Two Knights (67) 
    C55 C58 C59 C57
 English (56) 
    A10 A15 A16
 Ruy Lopez Exchange (51) 
    C68 C85 C69
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Hebden vs N Birnboim, 1992 1-0
   Hebden vs F Felecan, 1993 1-0
   Hebden vs E Prie, 1984 1-0
   M Roeder vs Hebden, 1992 0-1
   Hebden vs R Cantero, 1986 1-0
   D A Holmes vs Hebden, 1989 0-1
   Hebden vs McShane, 1998 1-0
   D J Ledger vs Hebden, 2004 0-1
   Hebden vs E N Holland, 1993 1-0
   Hebden vs P Littlewood, 1992 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   E.U. Championship and Cork Chess Congress (2005)
   Irish Championship (2008)
   British Championship (2009)
   Hastings 2013/14 (2013)
   British Championship (2014)
   Hastings 2005/06 (2006)
   British Championship (2015)
   British Championship (2016)
   18th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1994)
   BCF-ch (1995)
   BCF-ch (1983)
   London Chess Classic Open (2013)
   London Chess Classic Open (2019)
   Scottish Championship (2012)
   BCF-ch (1988)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Killer Rubbish Fredthebear Won't Eat 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
   Hastings 1982/83 by Chessdreamer
   1993 Capablanca memorial (group A) by gauer
   Biel 1983 by suenteus po 147
   Hastings Premier 2001/2 by protean
   Lloyds Bank Masters 1989 by John Saunders

   🏆 British Championship
   Arkell vs Hebden (Oct-10-21) 1/2-1/2
   Hebden vs M R Harvey (Oct-09-21) 1/2-1/2
   J McPhillips vs Hebden (Oct-08-21) 1/2-1/2
   Hebden vs D Eggleston (Oct-07-21) 1-0
   A Ledger vs Hebden (Oct-06-21) 1-0

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(born Feb-15-1958, 63 years old) United Kingdom

[what is this?]
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 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 Chess Congress (2013).

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

 page 1 of 75; games 1-25 of 1,874  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. P Biyiasas vs Hebden 1-0361977HastingsC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
2. P Biyiasas vs Hebden  1-0361977Hastings Challengers 1977/78C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
3. Nunn vs Hebden 1-0211979London LARAC29 Vienna Gambit
4. Iskov vs Hebden 0-1141979Benedictine InternationalC44 King's Pawn Game
5. Hebden vs J Quinn 1-0331979LondonB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
6. Hebden vs A J Norris  ½-½441979LondonB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
7. R C Balinas vs Hebden 1-0351979LondonC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
8. R Burbach vs Hebden 1-0361979Hastings IIC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
9. Hebden vs Nunn 0-1261979London m/1C36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
10. Hebden vs G Ligterink  0-1301979Aaronson MastersB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
11. S Jackson vs Hebden  0-1391979BCF-chC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
12. Hebden vs I Wells 1-0301979BCF-chB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
13. Nunn vs Hebden  1-0401979BCF-chC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
14. Hebden vs Graham Morrison  1-0391979BCF-chB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
15. A J Mestel vs Hebden  0-1731979BCF-chC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
16. Hebden vs Speelman  ½-½561979BCF-chE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
17. J Penrose vs Hebden  0-1761979BCF-chC77 Ruy Lopez
18. Hebden vs R Bellin 0-1201979BCF-chC34 King's Gambit Accepted
19. Hebden vs K Langeweg 0-1241979Regency Masters AB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
20. Hebden vs E Davis 1-0281980cr GrandC17 French, Winawer, Advance
21. Hebden vs I Wells  1-0361980Robert Silk International FellowshipB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
22. M Pein vs Hebden  0-1431980BCF-chA57 Benko Gambit
23. I Wells vs Hebden  1-0371980Oxford OpenC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
24. I Wells vs Hebden  ½-½671980Islington OpenC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
25. Hebden vs M Basman 0-1351981BorehamwoodB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
 page 1 of 75; games 1-25 of 1,874  PGN Download
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Feb-15-12  rapidcitychess: Happy birthday!
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  Dionysius1: Hi teddyo. What was the logic of putting your lowest rated substitute on top board? What about moving everybody up one to fill the gap, or putting your strongest substitute on against Hebden?
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  Tabanus: Congrats for winning the Dublin Easter International 5-9 April 2012!

Oct-29-12  notyetagm: A nice win by Hebden from earlier this year.

[Event " Amersham Open"]
[Site "De Vere Latimer Place Hotel, "]
[Date "2012.05.20"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Hebden, Mark L"]
[Black "Tozer, Philip A A"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2512"]
[BlackElo "2199"]
[PlyCount "89"]
[EventDate "2013.??.??"]

1. d4 e6 2. Nf3 f5 3. g3 Nf6 4. Bg2 d5 5. O-O Bd6 6. c4 c6 7. Bf4 Bxf4 8. gxf4 O-O 9. Ne5 Nbd7 10. Nc3 Ne4 11. Rc1 Nxe5 12. fxe5 Bd7 13. e3 Nxc3 14. Rxc3 Qh4 15. f4 Be8 16. Qe1 Qe7 17. Bf3 Kh8 18. h4 Rg8 19. Rc2 g6 20. b3 Rg7 21. Kh1 Bf7 22. Rg1 Rag8 23. Rgg2 Be8 24. Rh2 h6 25. Qa5 b6 26. Qe1 Rh7 27. Rcg2 Rgg7 28. Kg1 Rg8 29. Qc3 Rgg7 30. Qe1 Rg8 31. a4 Qb7 32. Qb4 Qe7 33. Qxe7 Rxe7 34. Rc2 Rgg7 35. Rc3 a6 36. Kf1 b5 37. cxd5 cxd5 38. a5 Rc7 39. Rhc2 Ra7 40. Rc8 Rge7 41. Ke2 Kg7 42. Rb8 h5 43. Rcc8 Kf7 44. Ra8 Kf8 45. Rxe8+ 1-0

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  wordfunph: GM Mark Hebden <known as "The Butcher" for his meat-cleaver attacking style>.

Source: Inside Chess 1990 05

Aug-03-13  offramp: A very unusual-looking character. A cross between Jackie Chan and Jackie Onassis.
Aug-09-13  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!
Jan-08-14  offramp: A very good result at the latest Hastings.
Jan-10-14  offramp: Strange news from the BBC.
Jan-10-14  RedShield: The Beeb is big on queer news.
Jan-10-14  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>.
Jan-10-14  offramp: He looks like a cross between Jackie Chan and Jackie Onassis.
Sep-20-14  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!
Feb-15-18  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.
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  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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