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Jonathan Penrose
Number of games in database: 593
Years covered: 1949 to 1989
Last FIDE rating: 2405

Overall record: +223 -120 =250 (58.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (94) 
    B93 B89 B43 B39 B42
 Ruy Lopez (54) 
    C78 C77 C95 C93 C99
 French Defense (33) 
    C05 C09 C03 C12 C07
 Caro-Kann (29) 
    B14 B10 B15 B17 B18
 French Tarrasch (24) 
    C05 C09 C03 C07 C04
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (23) 
    C95 C93 C99 C87 C91
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (75) 
    E97 E60 E64 E67 E92
 Sicilian (61) 
    B83 B47 B40 B81 B48
 Sicilian Scheveningen (29) 
    B83 B81 B82 B80 B84
 Ruy Lopez (18) 
    C85 C77 C84 C90 C92
 Queen's Pawn Game (16) 
    A40 D02 E10 A41 A45
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (14) 
    D20 D27 D28 D29 D22
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J Penrose vs Tal, 1960 1-0
   W Veitch vs J Penrose, 1950 0-1
   J Penrose vs Blau, 1957 1-0
   J Penrose vs W E Baker Pryer, 1952 1-0
   K Mulder van Leens Dijkstra vs J Penrose, 1981 0-1
   O'Kelly vs J Penrose, 1962 1/2-1/2
   J Penrose vs C B van den Berg, 1952 1-0
   J Penrose vs L Popov, 1963 1-0
   J Penrose vs Bobotsov, 1969 1-0
   J Penrose vs Tartakower, 1950 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   British Championship (1950)
   British Championship (1959)
   British Championship (1963)
   British Championship (1962)
   British Championship (1966)
   British Championship (1967)
   British Championship (1969)
   British Championship (1968)
   Lugano Olympiad Final-B (1968)
   British Championship (1965)
   Southsea (1950)
   British Championship (1955)
   British Championship (1970)
   Enschede Zonal (1963)
   Madrid Zonal (1960)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1961/62 by suenteus po 147
   Hastings 1966/67 by suenteus po 147
   Hastings 1950/51 by suenteus po 147
   Hastings 1952/53 by Phony Benoni
   Basman Hastings 1966/67 by skware
   1989-98 World correspondence chess championship by gauer

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(born Oct-07-1933, died Nov-30-2021, 88 years old) United Kingdom

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Jonathan Penrose was born in Colchester, England to Lionel Penrose and Margaret Penrose. He was British Champion a record ten times, and London Champion in 1949. FIDE awarded Penrose the IM title in 1961, the IMC title in 1980, the GMC title in 1983, and the GM title in 1993. Tournament stress forced him to take up correspondence chess in preference to over-the-board play in the early 1970s.

Penrose received a doctorate in psychology. His brothers are Oliver Penrose and noted author and physicist Roger, who won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity.


Wikipedia article: Jonathan Penrose

Last updated: 2022-09-15 03:29:20

 page 1 of 24; games 1-25 of 593  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Penrose vs H Israel  0-1171949British ChampionshipB89 Sicilian
2. F Parr vs J Penrose  ½-½391949British ChampionshipA15 English
3. R Bruce vs J Penrose  0-1631949British ChampionshipA95 Dutch, Stonewall
4. J M Aitken vs J Penrose  ½-½321950ENG Club-chC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
5. J M Aitken vs J Penrose  0-1571950IlfordC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
6. J Penrose vs L Derby  ½-½461950SouthseaC15 French, Winawer
7. A R Thomas vs J Penrose  0-1351950SouthseaD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. J Penrose vs Bogoljubov 1-0311950SouthseaB56 Sicilian
9. K Winterton vs J Penrose ½-½461950SouthseaE90 King's Indian
10. J Penrose vs R H Newman  1-0361950SouthseaC78 Ruy Lopez
11. Prins vs J Penrose  0-1281950SouthseaC57 Two Knights
12. J Penrose vs Tartakower 1-0391950SouthseaB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
13. Bisguier vs J Penrose 1-0291950SouthseaC77 Ruy Lopez
14. J Penrose vs F Alexander  ½-½651950SouthseaC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
15. Golombek vs J Penrose ½-½151950SouthseaE60 King's Indian Defense
16. J Penrose vs R Broadbent  1-0401950British ChampionshipE26 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
17. D V Hooper vs J Penrose  0-1471950British ChampionshipD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. Golombek vs J Penrose  1-0251950British ChampionshipE60 King's Indian Defense
19. J Penrose vs W Winter  1-0411950British ChampionshipD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. J Penrose vs G Abrahams  1-0281950British ChampionshipB10 Caro-Kann
21. E Klein vs J Penrose  ½-½371950British ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
22. J Penrose vs E A Isles 1-0211950British ChampionshipB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
23. W Veitch vs J Penrose 0-1101950British ChampionshipE10 Queen's Pawn Game
24. A R Thomas vs J Penrose  ½-½191950Hastings 1950/51C27 Vienna Game
25. J Penrose vs A Phillips 1-0371950Hastings 1950/51C61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
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Mar-14-17  Sally Simpson: Just as I posted my last a wee message popped up.

"Castle Soon and Often."

I'm Ok with 'soon' But how often can you castle in a game, Heidenfeld accepted Wolfgang Heidenfeld (kibitz #3)

I thought it was only once.

Jan-18-20  Tomlinsky: What came before the big bang? What happens when our universe ends? Eminent theoretical physicist Roger Penrose presents his extraordinary new view of the comsos...

Apr-16-20  Tomlinsky: Roger Penrose - Is Mathematics Invented or Discovered?

Oct-06-20  okiesooner: Congratulations to Jonathan Penrose's brother, Roger Penrose, who has been awarded the Nobel Prize in physics.
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  keypusher: <okiesooner: Congratulations to Jonathan Penrose's brother, Roger Penrose, who has been awarded the Nobel Prize in physics.>

I suppose that's some slight consolation for having thrown his life away on science.

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  WannaBe: <keypusher> Absolutely... All those decades of work and all you get is a gold medal and some cash...

You can't even have an office party to celebrate, raise a toast or two. All you can do is Zoom a bunch of people and pretend you like them.

Plus the committee calls you at 2:30AM to wake you up. You have no idea how many times I get called and finally added them to my block-list.

I'll also bet Jonathan have more follower than Roger on any Social Media.


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  Diademas: Quite the family. His father, grandfather, two brothers and a sister were all professors and leading scientists. Imagine being a GM, a PhD, and still considered the daft slacker at family dinners.
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  Dionysius1: Nice one <WannaBe>! £433,000 and change for a half share in this year's Nobel Price in physics will provide a handy enough office party (think Zoom technology and take away).
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  MissScarlett: <Black Holes Matter> but I suggest you keep your distance.
Oct-07-20  Nosnibor: Why is he not mentioned in the birthday list today ?
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  MissScarlett: Give over. #firstworldproblems
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  perfidious: Not sure whether the process is simply overlooking some birthdays, is to some degree selective; or is perhaps a little of both.
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  MissScarlett: John Penrose is trending on Twitter...

Thank God, I thought our man was dead! Not that that would be trending, come to think of it.

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  Dionysius1: Goodness no, becoming a politician isn't QUITE the same as dying. Maybe when they boot him upstairs he can contribute his chessicle attributes to strategic governance.
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  sleepyirv: Jonathan Penrose died November 30 at the age of 88.

Rest in Peace.

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  MissScarlett: <His brothers are Oliver Penrose and noted author and physicist Roger...>

Editor's dilemma - are or were?

Dec-02-21  Brenin: RIP, Jonathan Penrose. You showed us what was possible.
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  perfidious: RIP to the man <Diademas> termed (tongue in cheek, of course) 'the daft slacker'.

Dr Penrose made immense contributions to British chess throughout his long life. We may thank him for these.

Dec-03-21  Nosnibor: RIP Jonathan Penrose. Record holder of the British Championship title.
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  John Saunders: The pen picture needs amendment: Jonathan Penrose was NOT an Emeritus (or Honorary) GM, he was the genuine article. The title was belatedly awarded in the 1990s following an official reassessment of his earlier performances. Link here for Leonard Barden's explanation:
Dec-04-21  wordfunph: rest in peace, GM Penrose.
Dec-05-21  Albertan: Jonathan Penrose (1933-2021):

Dec-06-21  Ron: I give my condolences to his family and friends.
Dec-06-21  Albertan: In memory of Jonathan Penrose (7 October 1933-30 Novemer 2021):

Jan-11-22  Albertan: Chess was a sideline,but Jonathan Penrose was no amateur:

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