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John Shaw
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Number of games in database: 325
Years covered: 1989 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2425 (2428 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2499

Overall record: +120 -87 =118 (55.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (66) 
    B40 B51 B22 B20 B25
 French Defense (20) 
    C05 C07 C10 C03 C00
 Ruy Lopez (17) 
    C69 C60 C67 C68 C93
 French Tarrasch (16) 
    C05 C07 C03 C09 C04
 Caro-Kann (14) 
    B18 B17 B16 B12 B15
 Ruy Lopez Exchange (11) 
    C69 C68
With the Black pieces:
 Slav (41) 
    D12 D10 D17 D18 D19
 Sicilian (41) 
    B31 B32 B30 B33 B25
 Philidor's Defense (15) 
 English, 1 c4 e5 (10) 
    A20 A28 A21 A25
 Pirc (9) 
 Queen's Pawn Game (8) 
    D02 D00 A41 D04
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   T Kyriakidis vs J Shaw, 2005 0-1
   S Ledger vs J Shaw, 2001 0-1
   J Shaw vs J Rowson, 2000 1/2-1/2
   J Shaw vs Nunn, 1994 1/2-1/2
   J Shaw vs M E Osborne, 2012 1-0
   J Shaw vs A Shneider, 2006 1-0
   Shirov vs J Shaw, 2005 1/2-1/2
   J Shaw vs E Fonseca Cabrera, 2012 1-0
   J Shaw vs Miles, 2001 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Bad Wiessee (2003)
   111th Scottish Championship (2004)
   Gibraltar Masters (2003)
   British Championship (2001)
   Gibraltar Masters (2005)
   Gibraltar Masters (2006)
   Turin Olympiad (2006)
   Gibraltar Masters (2004)
   Calvia Olympiad (2004)
   European Union Championship (2008)
   European Union Individual Championship (2006)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2012)
   London Chess Classic Open (2012)
   Tromso Olympiad (2014)
   Baku Olympiad (2016)

   🏆 Baku Olympiad
   A El Jawich vs Shaw (Sep-13-16) 0-1
   Shaw vs J P Gomez (Sep-12-16) 0-1
   Dr Murtaza Ali vs Shaw (Sep-11-16) 0-1
   Shaw vs T Laurusas (Sep-10-16) 1/2-1/2
   D Davy vs Shaw (Sep-08-16) 1/2-1/2

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(born Oct-16-1968, 53 years old) United Kingdom

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Scottish Grandmaster and Developmental Instructor. He was Scottish champion in 1995 (=Stephen R Mannion and Colin McNab), 1998 and 2000 (=Alan J Norris).

Wikipedia article: John K. Shaw

Last updated: 2022-01-23 16:00:36

 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 352  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Shaw vs M L Condie  0-1331989Scottish ChampionshipB03 Alekhine's Defense
2. Shaw vs P V Griffiths  0-1481992GBR-chC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
3. Shaw vs M Cebalo  0-1571992European Team ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
4. Shaw vs I Hausner  0-1401992European Team ChampionshipB07 Pirc
5. P Richmond vs Shaw  1-0511992European Team ChampionshipC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. Shaw vs M Manninen  0-1301992European Team ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
7. D Sifrer vs Shaw  ½-½501992European Team ChampionshipD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
8. P Vandevoort vs Shaw  1-0351992European Team ChampionshipA25 English
9. P Motwani vs Shaw ½-½611993Scottish ChampionshipC26 Vienna
10. Shaw vs C McNab  0-1201993Scottish ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
11. C Pritchett vs Shaw  ½-½411993Scottish ChampionshipC41 Philidor Defense
12. Shaw vs D Bryson  ½-½501993Scottish ChampionshipB02 Alekhine's Defense
13. M Russell vs Shaw  0-1601993Scottish ChampionshipC41 Philidor Defense
14. Shaw vs I D MacKay  1-0521993Scottish ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
15. Shaw vs S R Mannion  0-1231993Scottish ChampionshipC33 King's Gambit Accepted
16. W F Buchanan vs Shaw  0-1311993Scottish ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
17. Shaw vs T Upton  ½-½311993Scottish ChampionshipC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
18. Shaw vs S Conquest  ½-½60199317th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
19. Watson vs Shaw  1-032199317th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenC26 Vienna
20. Shaw vs K Arakhamia-Grant  0-128199317th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB25 Sicilian, Closed
21. Shaw vs G Welling  ½-½431994Oakham mastersA43 Old Benoni
22. Shaw vs K Beaton 0-1261994SCO-chC34 King's Gambit Accepted
23. Ward vs Shaw  1-0311994Oakham schevD02 Queen's Pawn Game
24. Shaw vs Nunn  ½-½561994Isle of Man OpenC34 King's Gambit Accepted
25. E Prie vs Shaw  1-0411994Moscow OlympiadC41 Philidor Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-25-05  chess man: I'm pretty sure that John Shaw wrote Starting Out:The Ruy Lopez.
Apr-28-05  chess man: By the way I own that book. If your looking for a book just on the Ruy Lopez I recommend it.
May-01-05  chess man: I believe he is a Scottish champion but I'm not sure. I'll check back here when I have more.
May-02-05  chess man: International Master John Shaw is a three-time Scottish champion, who has represented his country in numerous Olypiads and European championships. His first book for Everyman, Starting Out: The Queen's Gambit, was very well recieved by both readers and critics.

--Starting Out: The Ruy Lopez

May-04-05  Holden: I've got Starting Out: The Ruy Lopez. I like what John Shaw has to say on Bird's Defense (C61).

<"Avoiding the traditional Lopez pressure against e5 by shifting it to d4 is an entertaining and radical approach but there are problems. White automatically gains a lead in development and the e4 pawn will be easier to advance, supported by the f-pawn. Black has some tricky lines but a well prepared white player will be confident of gaining an advantage here.">

Jul-03-05  notyetagm: Anyone have any details on his upcoming book on the 3 ♗b5 Sicilian from Quality Chess? Thanks.
Jul-03-05  Bent Bexley: His regular Wednesday show with Jacob Aagaard on ChessBase radio is great fun to listen to.
Jun-17-08  Zygalski: Shaw is to take over the new King's Gambit book from Quality Chess that was originally to be written by Jan Pinski. Should be (finally!) out soon.
Jan-15-12  Interbond: When he was 19 he was rated 1745. He became a GM when he was 37. You can read more about this in the book Grandmasters vs Amateurs Chapter 4 – From 1700 to Grandmaster – and Back
Sep-18-13  King Radio: I just received his King's Gambit book this week, and while I have only had time to look over it here and there, it is IMPRESSIVE. I never really played the King's Gambit before, but this has made me want to. Terrific writing, too.
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  GrahamClayton: <King Radio>I just received his King's Gambit book this week, and while I have only had time to look over it here and there, it is IMPRESSIVE. I never really played the King's Gambit before, but this has made me want to. Terrific writing, too.

<King Radio>,
680 pages - not a lightweight title! Have you had a chance to go into some of the analysis in detail?

Jan-06-14  PhilFeeley: I'm surprised this game is not here:

Qendro, Llambi - Shaw, John
Turin Olympiad 2006

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1... Qa5
2. Rxc8+ Rxc8
3. Rc1 Rc2
4. g3 Be7
5. Qxe7 Rxc1+

Mar-25-14  Everett: Just noticed something funny. In Shaws latest book on the KG, he claims there is a refutation to the Bishop's KG, saying 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Bc4 is trumped by 3..Nc6, with convincing analysis for various moves, yet he refrains from mentioning 4.Nf3 for White, transposing back to the Knights KG, where blacks Nc6 is considered weak!

Looks like I'm going to start banging out 1.e4 now!

Mar-25-14  drkodos: Everett: You are mistaken. Shaw absolutely gives extensive analysis on 4. Nf3 starting with suggestion of 4. ... g5! in that position. Check page 448 thru 454 for details
Mar-25-14  Everett: <drkodos>
Hmmm... Must have missed that. Thank you! Did you find the analysis convincing, a clear refutation of 3.Bc4?
Mar-26-14  Everett:

Interesting discussion of these lines at chess pub above.

Mar-26-14  drkodos: Everett: I am always skeptical about refutation claims. I think Shaw's lines look pretty but would never say with 100% certainty that it is a refutation, only that White is now tasked with some serious questions.


Mar-26-14  Everett: Thank you <drkodos>.
Jan-15-15  Conrad93: His book on the King's Gambit is amazing deal!

Something like 400-500 pages of analysis and only for 30 dollars!

Not only that, but his commentary is wonderful. It's not just a database dump with pointless variations like you see in so many opening books.

Jan-15-15  Conrad93: <When he was 19 he was rated 1745. He became a GM when he was 37. You can read more about this in the book Grandmasters vs Amateurs Chapter 4 – From 1700 to Grandmaster – and Back>

That's impressive! It gives a lot of hope to newcomers.

That means I still have a chance.

Sep-03-16  BIDMONFA: John K Shaw

SHAW, John K.

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