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Gawain Jones
G Jones 
Number of games in database: 1,388
Years covered: 1997 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2670 (2609 rapid, 2657 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2676

Overall record: +485 -188 =422 (63.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 293 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (172) 
    B23 B51 B25 B31 B30
 French Defense (83) 
    C07 C05 C10 C04 C03
 French Tarrasch (57) 
    C07 C05 C04 C03 C09
 Caro-Kann (56) 
    B12 B11 B10 B18 B13
 Scotch Game (56) 
 Ruy Lopez (35) 
    C67 C91 C84 C65 C69
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (173) 
    E60 E94 E62 E92 E70
 Sicilian (154) 
    B76 B52 B22 B50 B70
 Sicilian Dragon (72) 
    B76 B70 B72 B78 B77
 Ruy Lopez (59) 
    C78 C91 C65 C95 C77
 Queen's Pawn Game (40) 
    A45 A46 A40 A41 D02
 Modern Benoni (30) 
    A57 A70 A58 A56 A62
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   G Jones vs Van Wely, 2007 1-0
   D J Ledger vs G Jones, 2012 0-1
   Sindarov vs G Jones, 2018 1/2-1/2
   M Pesa vs G Jones, 2011 0-1
   G Jones vs A Zarkaj, 2008 1-0
   G Jones vs P Carlsson, 2016 1-0
   G Jones vs C Boikanyo, 2011 1-0
   J Werle vs G Jones, 2019 0-1
   Anh Khoi Nguyen vs G Jones, 2016 0-1
   G Jones vs D Abhishek, 2007 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Tata Steel Challengers (2017)
   Commonwealth and South African Open (2011)
   British Championship (2012)
   Politiken Cup (2014)
   British Championship (2011)
   2nd Queenstown Chess Classic (2009)
   Reykjavik Open (2012)
   World Junior Championship (2007)
   British Championship (2009)
   Isle of Man Masters (2014)
   British Championship (2006)
   Reykjavik Open (2015)
   Politiken Cup (2015)
   European Championship (2011)
   Pro Chess League (2018)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Game's That Enriched My Opening Knowledge ... by Galaxy7
   A00 English. Reversed Dragon [White] ALPHA by chess.master
   Sicilian Grand Prix Attack by syuanjiang

   🏆 12th London Chess Classic
   M Lagarde vs G Jones (Dec-04-21) 0-1
   G Jones vs Vitiugov (Dec-03-21) 1/2-1/2
   J S Thybo vs G Jones (Nov-20-21) 0-1
   G Jones vs M Parligras (Nov-19-21) 1-0
   G Jones vs Pelletier (Nov-18-21) 1-0

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(born Dec-11-1987, 33 years old) United Kingdom

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Grandmaster (2007). A catalogue of Jones' achievements, starting with winning the U7 London Championship in 1994, can be found at his web site (see below). Jones' recent results include second in the European Union Individual Championships (2006), first equal in the Sydney International Open in March 2008, shared second at the Reykjavik Open (2012) and 7.5/11 at the 13th European Individual Championship (2012). The last mentioned qualified Jones to play in the World Cup (2013); however, he lost in the tiebreaker of the first round match to Russian GM Aleksandr Shimanov. He also played for the Guildford 1 team that won the 2013-14 4NCL. Jones is married to Sue Maroroa.

Jones' website:

Wikipedia article: Gawain Jones

Last updated: 2016-09-09 09:49:52

 page 1 of 56; games 1-25 of 1,390  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Radjabov vs G Jones 1-0191997Wch U10A04 Reti Opening
2. Kasparov vs G Jones 1-0551998BT Wireplay challengeB50 Sicilian
3. S Lalic vs G Jones  ½-½7820014NCLA07 King's Indian Attack
4. S Ledger vs G Jones  0-14020014NCLB22 Sicilian, Alapin
5. G Jones vs R Palliser  ½-½2420014NCLB25 Sicilian, Closed
6. T Bromann vs G Jones  1-0322001SWYMB50 Sicilian
7. G Jones vs D Ippolito 0-1362001SWYMC50 Giuoco Piano
8. M Thiruchelvam vs G Jones  0-1302001SWYMB53 Sicilian
9. G Jones vs M Broomfield  0-1472001SWYMB03 Alekhine's Defense
10. M Erwich vs G Jones  1-0512001SWYMB72 Sicilian, Dragon
11. J Lappage vs G Jones  ½-½222001SWYMB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
12. G Jones vs J Bick  0-1692001SWYMC53 Giuoco Piano
13. L Trent vs G Jones 0-1522001SWYMB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
14. G Jones vs T Hinks-Edwards  0-1492001SWYMB06 Robatsch
15. G Jones vs C G Ward  0-1402001British ChampionshipB23 Sicilian, Closed
16. E Player vs G Jones 1-0412001British ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
17. G Jones vs D E Rumens  ½-½292001British ChampionshipC55 Two Knights Defense
18. A Hunt vs G Jones  1-0272001British ChampionshipB50 Sicilian
19. G Jones vs J McDonnell  0-1602001British ChampionshipB25 Sicilian, Closed
20. M Steadman vs G Jones  ½-½712001British ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
21. G Jones vs N Frost  1-0372001British ChampionshipC00 French Defense
22. R Willmoth vs G Jones  ½-½342001British ChampionshipB50 Sicilian
23. D J Ledger vs G Jones  0-1402001British ChampionshipB25 Sicilian, Closed
24. G Jones vs I Snape  1-0272001British ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
25. M Walker vs G Jones  ½-½162001British ChampionshipB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
 page 1 of 56; games 1-25 of 1,390  PGN Download
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Sep-25-13  MarkFinan: Only god knows what he does with that baton haha..
Have you read my tweets Joerg? I never realised how much stopping drinking affected my sense of humour. ;)
Sep-25-13  MarkFinan: Well i dont really do twitter but i do have that account above, ive only got about 75 followers lol.. In fact, the first time i used the internet was 2008!
Sep-25-13  MarkFinan: <JoergWalter: <MarkFinan: Well i dont really do twitter but i do have that account above, ive only got about 75 followers lol.. In fact, the first time i used the internet was 2008!> Were you born in 2007?>

Released ;)

Sep-26-13  MarkFinan: That was a joke btw Joerg, I didnt really get released in 07. 02, and i havent and hopefully wont be going back.
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  Penguincw: Happy 27th birthday to GM Gawain Jones. Good luck in LCC!
Dec-11-13  Marmot PFL: Boris just gave Gawain his present - a lesson in knight endings.
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  gawain: Just noticed that this is Gawain's day! Guess I'd better check in to honor my namesake. (Those who kibitz on the easier of the daily puzzles may recognize my avatar.)

I hope the real Gawain forgives me my use of his name, which I borrowed only for the chessic association evoked by a green knight.

Dec-11-13  waustad: This is a tough day to be POTD, sharing a birthday with Anand. Best of luck in the London rapids.
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  Penguincw: Although this way days ago,

Congratulations to Gawain Jones for winning the Bunratty Masters (2014) by an impressive score of 5.5/6 (+5,-0,=1). His only draw was against Jiri Stocek (G Jones vs J Stocek, 2014). He finished a clear point ahead of the 3 2nd place finishers (beating 2 of them, and not facing the other one).

Though not confirmed, his performance should bump his live rating by 18 (2654 to 2672). This will be a career high, but can he hit 2700?

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  Benzol: He's playing white against Alexandr Hilario Takeda dos Santos Fier today in the 9th Round of the New Zealand Open. If he wins or draws he'll take 1st or equal 1st depending on the result in the Daulyte - Ju game. Ju is the only other player with chances at 1st place. It will be interesting to follow what happens.


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  Penguincw: Congrats to Gawain Jones for winning the Dubai Open on tiebreaks with a score of 7.5/9.

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  MissScarlett: The next James Bond?
Jan-29-17  diagonal: <Jones, Gawain Jones> emerges winner at the Tata Steel - B 2017, co-winner is <Markus Ragger> from Austria. Jones defeated Ragger in their direct encounter in the tournament and qualifies for the 2018 Masters. Congrats!

Promotion rules: The winner of the Tata Steel Challengers will receive an invitation for the Tata Steel Masters of next year. In case of an equal score, the winner will be determined according to the following tie-break rules respectively: <a. The Mutual Result>, b. The Sonneborn-Berger Score c. The Player with more Number of Games with Black, d. Drawing of Lots

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  ketchuplover: All his opponents should have to sing "Me and Mr.Jones" before playing him.
Feb-02-17  Nezhmetdinov: I love this guy
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  Troller: <Promotion rules: The winner of the Tata Steel Challengers will receive an invitation for the Tata Steel Masters of next year. In case of an equal score, the winner will be determined according to the following tie-break rules respectively: <a. The Mutual Result>, b. The Sonneborn-Berger Score c. The Player with more Number of Games with Black, d. Drawing of Lots>

Historically, co-winners in the B-group (or "Challengers") have sometimes been invited both for next year's top group. E.g. Carlsen & Motylev 2006-07 and Naiditsch & Rapport 2013-14. Still some hope for Markus, especially if he maintains a high rating.

Jul-04-17  diagonal: <Still some hope for Markus, especially if he maintains a high rating> It would be good for Markus Ragger, and boosting Austrian chess, Markus is the clear number one of his country, but has to fight to be a stable member of the top-100 worldwide, there are so many strong players in the Elo-crowd of 2600 something.

Back to Gawain Jones, I've found these wonderful words:

«My name is Sue and I’m Gawain’s wife. I was born in Auckland, New Zealand and lived there with my family which consists of me, my parents and my younger brother Andrew.

I met Gawain in 2008 and my life has been better for it since!»

Enjoy the day. Fore everyone.

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  Willem Wallekers: Wanna see a mate position you never saw before? Check out
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  ketchuplover: All hail the newest British Champion!
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  saffuna: Concerning Jones writing two books on the Dragon and then losing to Carlsen with it, he should put an advisory on the covers:

"WARNING: The analysis contained in this book does not work against the world champion. So if you are playing the world champion, do not play this opening. If you are playing anybody else, it works just fine."

It would be like this great Volkswagen/Wilt Chamberlain ad from the 60s:

Apr-22-18  rayoflight: <saffuna>
Not only!
On 7th April 2018, 17-year-old Iranian genius talent,Parham Maghsoodloo, defeated Mr Jones in the Sicilian. Mr Parham attended the match at UAE on his own,without federation financial support. Link is: G Jones vs P Maghsoodloo, 2018
Apr-15-19  sonia91: He crossed 2700 in the live ratings after beating Constantin Lupulescu at the Reykjavik Open today in round 8.
May-01-19  diagonal: ... and is officially above the notorious 2700 Elo. GM Jones is now <the highest ranked chess player from England (and UK)>.

<Five Players from England in the Top 100> in classical chess, as of May 2019 are within just 21 points, pretty close ...

Gawain Jones (*1987), Elo 2702
David Howell (*1990), Elo 2698
Michael Adams (*1971), Elo 2693
Matthew Sadler (*1974), Elo 2688
Luke McShane (*1984), Elo 2681

followed by Nigel Short (*1965), out of Top Hundred at Elo 2630.

Gawain Jones will play at the traditional Malmö TePe Sigeman & Co., starting this week: (interview)

May-08-19  sac 4 mate: Today he chalked up his third win at Sigeman, and will take a half-point lead into the final round game against Harikrishna, his closest pursuer.
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  Paint My Dragon: Two good results from Gawain. Winning that <Sigeman> event in 2019, ahead of Harikrishna, Grandelius, Nisipeanu, Maghsoodloo, Saric etc.

Then yesterday, winning the <European Online Blitz Championship>.

He defeated David Navara in his semi-final and Alexei Shirov in the final.

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