Gawain Jones

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Gawain Jones
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Jones in 2016
Full nameGawain Christopher Bernard Jones
Born (1987-12-11) 11 December 1987 (age 34)
Keighley, West Yorkshire, England
TitleGrandmaster (2007)
FIDE rating2632 (August 2022)
Peak rating2709 (June 2019)
Peak rankingNo. 32 (June 2019)

Gawain Christopher Bernard Jones[1] (born 11 December 1987) is an English chess player. He was awarded the title of Grandmaster by FIDE in 2007. He won the British Chess Championship in 2012[2] and 2017.[3] He competed in the FIDE World Cup in 2013, 2017 and 2019.


Jones began playing chess at the age of four, competing in his first tournaments at six. In early 1997 he hit the headlines and was featured on the front page of The Guardian newspaper when he became the youngest player in the world ever to beat an International Master in an official tournament game.[4] He has represented England in the World Junior and World Youth Championships on many occasions and since 2008 has been one of England's highest rated players.[5]

An active player on the tournament circuit, he secured his Grandmaster title with successful results at the 2nd EU Individual Open Championship in Liverpool in 2006, 2006 European Club Cup in Fügen and 4NCL 2006/7 season.[6] Elsewhere in Europe, he took first place at Porto San Giorgio and La Laguna (both 2007). During his stay in Australasia, there were many more tournament successes, including a share of first place at the Sydney International 2008[7] and creditable second places at the Doeberl Cup 2008 and Queenstown Classic 2009.

Jones shared first place with Simon Williams at the London Chess Classic FIDE Open 2010. In 2011, he won the Bunratty Masters, ahead of Nigel Short, whom he defeated in their individual encounter, and the Commonwealth Chess Championship in Ekurhuleni.[8] Jones won the 2012/13 Hastings International Chess Congress as clear first.

In December 2014, he won the Challenge Match against Romain Édouard by 4–2; it was a six-game match held concurrently with the London Chess Classic.[9] In 2016, Jones won the New Zealand Open in January,[10] and the Dubai Open in April edging out Vladimir Akopian on tiebreak.[11] The next year he won at Dubai for the second time, becoming the first player to do so.[12] Jones edged out this time Mustafa Yilmaz, Vidit Gujrathi, Eduardo Iturrizaga, Ahmed Adly, Sergei Zhigalko and Aleksandr Rakhmanov on tiebreak score.[13]

In team competitions, Jones has played for England in the Chess Olympiad, the World Team Chess Championship, the European Team Chess Championship and the World Youth Under 16 Chess Olympiad.[14] At the 2019 World Team Championship in Astana, England took the silver medal and Jones also won an individual silver playing on board four.[15]


  • Jones, Gawain (2008). Starting Out: Sicilian Grand Prix Attack. Everyman Chess. ISBN 978-1857445473.
  • Palliser, Richard; Emms, John; Ward, Chris; Jones, Gawain (2008). Dangerous Weapons: the Benoni and Benko - Dazzle Your Opponents!. Everyman Chess. ISBN 978-1857445718.
  • Jones, Gawain (2011). How to Beat the Sicilian Defence - An Anti-Sicilian Repertoire for White. Everyman Chess. ISBN 978-1857446630.
  • Jones, Gawain (2015). The Dragon. Volume One. Quality Chess. ISBN 978-1784830076.
  • Jones, Gawain (2015). The Dragon. Volume Two. Quality Chess. ISBN 978-1784830090.
  • Jones, Gawain (2021). Coffeehouse Repertoire 1.e4 Volume 1. Everyman Chess. ISBN 978-1784831455.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Keighley, West Yorkshire,[16] Jones has lived in Italy, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. In 2010, he returned to the United Kingdom to live in London in order to focus on his chess career and related projects.

Jones is married to Sue Maroroa, also a chess player.


  1. ^ List of participants of European Team Championship 2011 (PDF). Chessdom.
  2. ^ "Gawain Jones wins the 99th British Championship". ChessBase. 6 August 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  3. ^ "104th British Chess Championships - Prizewinners 2017". 6 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Terence Chapman Awards to Junior Chess Players 2000". British Chess Federation. 3 June 2005. Archived from the original on 12 October 2007. Retrieved 28 February 2008.
  5. ^ "Country Top players lists - England". FIDE Online. World Chess Federation. Archived from the original on 19 February 2008. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Title Applications - 2nd quarter Presidential Board, 22-24 June 2007, Tallinn, Estonia". FIDE. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Sydney International 2008 - Chessdom report". Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  8. ^ "Gawain Jones wins Commonwealth Championship on tiebreak". 5 July 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
  9. ^ "Gawain Jones vs. Romain Edouard". London Chess Classic. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  10. ^ Crowther, Mark (11 January 2016). "TWIC 1105: 23rd New Zealand Open 2016". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  11. ^ "GM Gawain Jones is double champion at the 18th Dubai Open Chess Tournament". Chessdom. 20 April 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  12. ^ "GM Gawain Jones of the UK becomes first two-time champion in Dubai Open Chess Tournament". 12 April 2017. Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  13. ^ Priyadarshan Banjan (15 April 2017). "Dubai Open 2017: Gawain Jones wins". Chess News. ChessBase. Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  14. ^ Gawain Jones team chess record at
  15. ^ Barden, Leonard (14 March 2019). "Chess: England win first major medal in 22 years with silver at world teams". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  16. ^ "About Gawain Jones". Gawain Jones. 27 December 2009. Retrieved 7 August 2011.

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