Stuart Conquest

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Stuart Conquest
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Liverpool, 2008
Full name Stuart Conquest
Country England England
Born (1967-03-01) 1 March 1967 (age 47)
Ilford, England
Title Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2495 (October 2014)
Peak rating 2601 (October 2001)

Stuart Conquest (born 1 March 1967 in Ilford, England) is an English chess Grandmaster, commentator and tournament director.

Chess career[edit]

In 1981, at the age of 14 he won the World Youth Chess Championship in the under-16 category. Conquest was British Rapidplay Chess Champion in 1997. In 1995 and 2000 he shared first place at the Hastings Premier[1] and in 2001, won the category 14 tournament in Clichy.[2]

Following a relatively lean period, he capped his return to form in 2008 with victory in the British Chess Championship,[3] defeating Keith Arkell in a two-game rapidplay play-off match for the title, after they tied for first place. In May 2009 he came first at the Capo d'Orso Open.[4]

Since the mid-1990s, he has been a frequent member of the England team at the Olympiads and European Team Chess Championships.[5]

A prolific player at international tournaments for many years, Conquest has in recent times been a regular commentator and (since 2011) tournament director of the Gibraltar Chess Festival, held annually in Caleta.

Chess strength[edit]

According to Chessmetrics, at his peak in August 1996 Conquest's play was equivalent to a rating of 2581, and he was ranked number 167 in the world. His best single performance was at London (Lloyds Bank Open), 1990, where he scored 6 of 7 possible points (86%) against 2565-rated opposition, for a performance rating of 2703.[6]

His highest Elo rating was 2601, in the October 2001 FIDE rating list. He gained the International Master and Grandmaster titles in 1985 and 1991 respectively.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Winners of the Hastings tournament". Hastingschess.org.uk. Retrieved 31 October 2010. 
  2. ^ "Clichy 2001 from TWIC". Chesscenter.com. Retrieved 31 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "2008 British Championship". Britishchess08.com. 23 April 2007. Retrieved 31 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "Chess News - Stuart Conquest wins Capo d'Orso Open". ChessBase.com. 26 May 2009. Retrieved 31 October 2010. 
  5. ^ Wojciech Bartelski. "OlimpBase". OlimpBase. Retrieved 31 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "London (Lloyds Bank Open), 1990". Db.chessmetrics.com. Retrieved 31 October 2010. 

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