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Lawrence Trent
L Trent 
Number of games in database: 750
Years covered: 1998 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2399 (2440 rapid, 2473 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2487

Overall record: +79 -103 =74 (45.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 494 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (100) 
    B23 B51 B52 B40 B20
 Queen's Pawn Game (64) 
    A45 D00 D01 A40
 French Defense (47) 
    C05 C07 C06 C03 C09
 French Tarrasch (38) 
    C05 C07 C06 C03 C09
 Caro-Kann (29) 
    B10 B12 B11 B15
 Ruy Lopez (26) 
    C91 C78 C84 C65 C77
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (62) 
    E94 E90 E81 E63 E61
 Sicilian (51) 
    B76 B70 B23 B22 B52
 Ruy Lopez (50) 
    C60 C78 C65 C64 C80
 Queen's Pawn Game (23) 
    A46 A45 D00 D02 E10
 Sicilian Dragon (21) 
    B76 B70 B78 B72 B71
 Two Knights (18) 
    C55 C58 C56
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   L Trent vs D Tan, 2002 1-0
   G Gajewski vs L Trent, 2003 0-1
   Baburin vs L Trent, 2012 0-1
   L Trent vs Kramnik, 2017 1/2-1/2
   L Trent vs P Deslandes, 2008 1-0
   L Trent vs Galego, 2015 1-0
   Graham J Moore vs L Trent, 2018 0-1
   L Trent vs L Mueller, 2014 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Bunratty Classic (2015)
   British Championship (2009)
   British Championship (2008)
   British Championship (2017)
   British Championship (2018)
   European Union Championship (2008)
   Gibraltar Masters (2013)
   Gibraltar Masters (2009)
   Isle of Man Masters (2018)
   4NCL 2011/12 (2012)
   Gibraltar Masters (2014)
   Isle of Man Masters (2017)
   Isle of Man Masters (2016)
   Gibraltar Masters (2015)
   Gibraltar Masters (2020)

   🏆 MrDodgy Invitational 3
   Iturrizaga Bonelli vs L Trent (Nov-26-22) 1-0, blitz
   Sevian vs L Trent (Nov-26-22) 1-0, blitz
   Svidler vs L Trent (Nov-26-22) 1-0, blitz
   L Trent vs B Grachev (Nov-26-22) 1-0, blitz
   L Trent vs Fressinet (Nov-26-22) 0-1, blitz

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(born Apr-28-1986, 36 years old) United Kingdom

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Lawrence Trent showed an early talent for chess, winning the British championship for Under 11, Under 12, and Under 13. He was awarded the IM title in 2005. He took time off from chess to attend Lancaster University. He returned to competitive play for a bit and then moved to Mexico to teach chess to children. Trent then took another break from chess in favor of fulltime employment. He reconnected with chess again by way of live commentary on major events such as London Chess Classic (2009), World Cup (2013), and Anand - Carlsen World Championship (2013).

Sources / References:

(1) (podcast episode by Ben Johnson with him and Macauley Peterson), (2) Wikipedia article: Lawrence Trent (Wikipedia page).

Last updated: 2017-04-16 14:54:57

 page 1 of 31; games 1-25 of 763  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. L Trent vs J Fraser-Mitchell  0-1471998Hitchin opC05 French, Tarrasch
2. M Goguadze vs L Trent  ½-½711998EU-ch U12A43 Old Benoni
3. L Trent vs S Tabakovic  1-0261998EU-ch U12B23 Sicilian, Closed
4. L Trent vs D Blokh  1-0591998EU-ch U12C07 French, Tarrasch
5. J Borisek vs L Trent  ½-½421998EU-ch U12B71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
6. L Trent vs Z Holeksa  ½-½491998EU-ch U12B12 Caro-Kann Defense
7. A Murariu vs L Trent  1-0361998EU-ch U12A07 King's Indian Attack
8. L Trent vs J Bourne  ½-½261998Hitchin opB12 Caro-Kann Defense
9. J Denton vs L Trent  0-1501998Hitchin opA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
10. Colin P Hall vs L Trent  0-1351998EU-ch U12A57 Benko Gambit
11. V Eryomenko vs L Trent  ½-½231998EU-ch U12B22 Sicilian, Alapin
12. L Trent vs J W Abraham  ½-½381998EU-ch U12B23 Sicilian, Closed
13. P Bonafont vs L Trent  1-0301998Hitchin opA57 Benko Gambit
14. R Gamble vs L Trent  ½-½341998Southend OpenA46 Queen's Pawn Game
15. L Trent vs P Gregory  ½-½511998Southend OpenC54 Giuoco Piano
16. L Trent vs S Jackson  ½-½401998Southend OpenC56 Two Knights
17. L Trent vs Stanley Harwood  1-0411998Southend OpenC05 French, Tarrasch
18. R A Barton vs L Trent  0-1671998Southend OpenA04 Reti Opening
19. L Trent vs A Lewis  0-1551998Southend OpenB23 Sicilian, Closed
20. P Patience vs L Trent  ½-½401998Southend OpenB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
21. Plaskett vs L Trent  1-0411998Islington opB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
22. L Trent vs K Nicholas 0-1241999Herts Congress-26C56 Two Knights
23. L Trent vs L D'Costa  0-1251999Herts Congress 26thB06 Robatsch
24. S Swanson vs L Trent  ½-½211999Herts Congress 26thB53 Sicilian
25. L Powell vs L Trent  ½-½551999BCF-chT2 9900 (4NCL)A58 Benko Gambit
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Apr-02-13  Hongkonger: Yes, agree with all the above, Lawrence did a brilliant job - especially on such long days. I particularly appreciated his candour when he admitted to not knowing what was going on!
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  perfidious: <Eggman: ....(Trent) totally deserves to be on TV if chess makes it back on the Tube. Much better than the comically melodramatic Danny King and Maurice Ashley.>

Well do I remember being present for the semi and final stages of the New York Grand Prix in summer 1994, with King and Ashley as commentators.

King was actually not bad, but to his every assertion, Ashley's response was 'Indeed'.

Unimpressive, <indeed>.

Apr-02-13  Boxer123: Will Lawrence be on the scene again (via internet) for the World Championship?
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  SteinitzLives: I found Trent to be very entertaining, and not obsessed with the details of the games and willing to find silliness or human interest issues to fill the down times. He could re-focus quickly when a game heated up.

A real winning chess personality, he kept it interesting and fun without taking himself at all seriously. Some of the GM's he interviewed could take a lesson from him.

Apr-02-13  Tomlinsky: Could Short & Trent be the Laurel & Hardy of chess!? Top notch job Lawrence, you may have found your Friedrich Nietzsche.
Apr-28-13  BIDMONFA: Lawrence Trent

TRENT, Lawrence

Apr-28-13  ELCABALLO238: Yes I agree, great job Mr. Trent!! However, I don't think he needs to drink coffee, since he was getting plenty of caffeine from drinking Red Bull all day...LOL
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  Sneaky: Trent was certainly tireless during the candidates tournament. I'm sure he has a bright future ahead of him in the field of chess commentating if that's what he wants to pursue.
Nov-08-13  RedShield: One man, three pussies:
Nov-09-13  SoUnwiseTheKnight B4: The Lawrence Trent version of the drinking game. Swig it down every time he says he has no clue or idea whats going on in the game. Better for tournaments.
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  Troller: Trent is not only a commentator, currently he is participating in a GM tournament in Denmark.

Homepage of the tournament including link to live games (starts at 15.00 CET):

Mar-13-14  Shams: Lawrence Trent has bagged his second GM norm after a fine performance in the HSK (Hamburg Chess Club) tournament in Germany.
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  whiteshark: <HSK Großmeister-Turnier 2014> Here's the link to the tournament page:
Mar-16-14  blade2012: A recent interview to Lawrence:

Mar-17-14  waustad: Congrats on the second norm! Here's the chessbase article on the result:
Apr-28-14  waustad: 28 was a good age, if I can recall that far back. Happy b'day!
Oct-13-14  waustad: He was in some form for the commentary for the Millionaire tourney. If it had been live TV in the puritanical US he might have gotten into trouble. Perhaps he had a bit more of a nip before the final rounds than Arianne Caoili or Robert Hess.
Oct-20-14  Mudphudder: I found him quite entertaining during his commentary for the MC open. I hope he continues to commentate these big tournaments.
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  Domdaniel: Trent has started with 2/2 in the Bunratty Classic. Is his final GM norm coming up?
Feb-19-15  SimonWebbsTiger: 2.5/3, <Dom>.

One hopes so. He said before he went from the chess24 coverage that if not in this half year, he is giving up chasing it.

Jun-29-15  ketchuplover: Good luck working with Mr.Caruana :)
Jul-23-15  waustad: As mentioned in the previous post, Trent is now Fabiano Caruana's manager. Here it is mentioned in the caption under a good picture of him. In German:
Apr-28-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Lawrence Trent.
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  Dionysius1: And for the last 3 years!
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  thegoodanarchist: <whiteshark: <<<HSK Großmeister-Turnier 2014>>> Here's the link to the tournament page...>

It's heartwarming to see people still using the German letter "Eszett"

OK, it was 8 years ago. But still!

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