David Norwood

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David Norwood
David Norwood 2012.jpg
David Norwood (2012)
Full name David Robert Norwood
Country  England  Andorra
Born 3 October 1968
Farnworth, near Bolton, Lancashire, England
Title Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2505 (April 2017)

David Robert Norwood (born 1968) is an English chess Grandmaster, chess writer, and businessman who now represents Andorra at chess.

The son of an electrician, Norwood read history at Keble College, Oxford University before joining city investment bank Banker's Trust in 1991. FIDE awarded him the International Master title in 1985 and the International Grandmaster title in 1989. He is less active as an over-the-board player these days, but maintains a strong interest in chess as a member of the Internet Chess Club. He has on a number of occasions captained, managed, or sponsored the England squad in major team events such as the Olympiad.

Norwood has written several books including Winning with the Modern (the Modern Defence being a favorite opening of his) and Steve Davis plays Chess (co-authored with Steve Davis). He has also written many articles on chess for the Daily Telegraph.

Norwood is Director of Special Projects at IP Group plc.

He also made a large donation in 2001 to the British Chess Federation to assist with the development of junior chess.

Illustrative games[edit]

In the following game, Norwood's hypermodern opening leads to an old-fashioned king hunt:

Norwood-Marsh, Walsall 1992[1]

1. g3 d5
2. Nf3 Nf6
3. Bg2 e6
4. O-O Be7
5. d3 c5
6. Nbd2 Nc6
7. e4 b6
8. e5 Nd7
9. Re1 Qc7
10. Qe2 Bb7
11. h4 O-O-O
12. a3 h6
13. h5 Rdg8
14. c4 d4
15. b4 g6
16. bxc5 bxc5
17. hxg6 Rxg6
18. Rb1 h5
19. Ne4 h4
20. Bg5 Bf8
21. Nxh4 Rgg8
22. Nf3 Rh7
23. Nd6+ Bxd6
24. exd6 Qxd6
25. Bf4 Qe7
26. Rxb7 Kxb7
27. Qe4 f5 (diagram below)
28. Qxc6+!! Kxc6
29. Nxd4+ Kb6
30. Rb1+ Ka6
31. Bb7+ Ka5
32. Bd2+ Ka4
33. Bc6+ Kxa3
34. Bc1+ Ka2
35. Rb2+ Ka1
36. Nc2# 1-0

a b c d e f g h
8
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g8 black rook
a7 black pawn
b7 black king
d7 black knight
e7 black queen
h7 black rook
c6 black knight
e6 black pawn
c5 black pawn
f5 black pawn
c4 white pawn
d4 black pawn
e4 white queen
f4 white bishop
a3 white pawn
d3 white pawn
f3 white knight
g3 white pawn
f2 white pawn
g2 white bishop
e1 white rook
g1 white king
8
7 7
6 6
5 5
4 4
3 3
2 2
1 1
a b c d e f g h
Position after 27...f5
a b c d e f g h
8
Chessboard480.svg
g8 black rook
a7 black pawn
d7 black knight
e7 black queen
h7 black rook
c6 white bishop
e6 black pawn
c5 black pawn
f5 black pawn
c4 white pawn
d3 white pawn
g3 white pawn
b2 white rook
c2 white knight
f2 white pawn
a1 black king
c1 white bishop
g1 white king
8
7 7
6 6
5 5
4 4
3 3
2 2
1 1
a b c d e f g h
Final position

Books[edit]

  • Norwood, David (1991). King's Indian Attack. Trends Publications. 
  • Norwood, David (1995). The Modern Benoni. Cadogan. ISBN 91-976005-2-0. 
  • Norwood, David (1995). Chess Puzzles. Henry Holt and Company, Inc. ISBN 0-8050-4226-1. 

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