Ian Rogers (chess player)

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Ian Rogers
Ian Rogers 2010 Dortmund.jpg
Rogers at Dortmund 2010
Country Australia
Born (1960-06-24) 24 June 1960 (age 56)
Title Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2545 [inactive]
Peak rating 2618 (January 1999)[1]

Ian Rogers (born 24 June 1960, Hobart, Tasmania) is an Australian chess grandmaster (1985) and FIDE Senior Trainer (2005).


Rogers is regarded as the first Australian to become a chess grandmaster (Walter Browne achieved the title earlier, but grew up in the USA and represented Australia only from 1969-72). Rogers attained the Grandmaster title in 1985 after becoming an International Master in 1980. He was Australia's highest rated player for over twenty years, and represented Australia at fourteen Chess Olympiads (twelve of them on first board).[2]

Ian Rogers won more than a hundred and twenty chess tournaments including fifteen round-robin grandmaster tournaments. He won the Australian Chess Championship four times - in 1980, 1986, 1998, and 2006, and holds the record for the most number of wins (either outright or on tie-break) at the traditional Doeberl Cup, with 12.

Among his career highlights are three consecutive victories from 1988 to 1990 in the grandmaster tournament in Groningen (outright by a clear point in 1988 and 1989, and jointly in 1990). He retired on medical advice in 2007.

Before turning professional, Rogers completed a BSc (Meteorology) from the University of Melbourne. He is married to Cathy Rogers, herself an International Arbiter, Woman FIDE Master, and a lawyer.[3] Throughout his competitive career and more so since his retirement from competitive chess in July 2007,[4] Rogers has reported on many tournaments for various media outlets, with photographic assistance from Cathy Rogers. He was a panelist for BBC television during their 1993 World Championship coverage and covered numerous major championships for news agency Reuters. Rogers has also worked as a public commentator at high level tournaments around the world.

He is a distant cousin of Australian cricketer Chris Rogers.[5][6]

Chess strength[edit]

Rogers' peak international ranking was 50th in the world in 1999, and he was the highest ranked Australian player from 1984 until his retirement in 2007. His best single performance was at Groningen, 1989 where he scored 6.5/9, a point ahead of Viswanathan Anand.


  • Ian Rogers (1981). Australian Chess - Into the Eighties. Sun Books. ISBN 0-72510-384-1. 
  • Ian Rogers; Cathy Rogers (Photographer) (1996). Australia at the Yerevan Chess Olympiad. Australian Chess Enterprises. 

Notable games[edit]


  1. ^ Ian Rogers FIDE Rating History, 1978-2001 at OlimpBase.org
  2. ^ Men's Chess Olympiads - Ian Rogers OlimpBase
  3. ^ Relatives of Chessplayers
  4. ^ Shaun Press. "GM Ian Rogers retires a winner" chessexpress blog. 8 July 2007
  5. ^ For this couple, chess is a game for life Archived 21 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Hindustan Times. 17 November 2013
  6. ^ Australian Chess Open Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 1 January 2015

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