Gawain Jones

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Gawain Jones
London Chess Classic 2010 Jones 03.jpg
Gawain Jones at London Chess Classic, 2010
Full name Gawain Christopher B. Jones[1]
Country England
Born (1987-12-11) 11 December 1987 (age 28)
Keighley, West Yorkshire, England
Title Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2650 (July 2016)
Peak rating 2671 (January 2015)

Gawain Christopher B. Jones (born 11 December 1987) is an English chess Grandmaster and chess author. He won the British Chess Championship in 2012.[2]


Jones was born in Keighley, West Yorkshire[3] and 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. 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 first place at the Sydney International 2008 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, ahead of Boris Avrukh and Abhijeet Gupta. He won the Bunratty Masters in 2011, ahead of Nigel Short, whom he defeated in their individual encounter. In the same year he came first in the Commonwealth Chess Championship in Ekurhuleni[6] and second in the open section of the 15th Corsican Circuit.[7] Jones won the 2012/13 Hastings International Chess Congress. In December 2014 he won the Challenge Match against Romain Édouard by 4–2; it was a six-game match whose first five games were held alongside the London Chess Classic.[8] Jones won the New Zealand Open in January 2016.[9]

He played for England at the Chess Olympiads of 2008 (Dresden), 2010 (Khanty-Mansiysk), 2012 (Istanbul) and 2014 (Tromsø). In 2008 and 2010 he contributed scores of 50% and 75%, respectively.[10]


Personal life[edit]

He has lived in Italy, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, but in 2010, returned to the United Kingdom to live in London in order to focus on his chess career and related projects.

Jones is married to WIM Sue Maroroa.


  1. ^ "Search 1984 to 2006 – Birth, Marriage and Death indexes". Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  2. ^ "Gawain Jones wins the 99th British Championship". 2012-08-06. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "About Gawain Jones". Gawain Jones. 27 December 2009. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Terence Chapman Awards to Junior Chess Players 2000". British Chess Federation. 2005-06-03. Archived from the original on 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2008-02-28. 
  5. ^ "Country Top players list (England)". FIDE Online. World Chess Federation. Archived from the original on 2008-02-19. Retrieved 2008-02-28. 
  6. ^ "Gawain Jones wins Commonwealth Championship on tiebreak". 2011-07-05. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "15th Corsican Circuit – final Anand vs Mamedyarov on Monday". ChessBase. 2011-10-31. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "Gawain Jones vs. Romain Edouard". London Chess Classic. Retrieved 3 January 2016. 
  9. ^ Crowther, Mark (2016-01-11). "TWIC 1105: 23rd New Zealand Open 2016". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  10. ^ Gawain Jones team chess record at

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