John Saunders (chess player)

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John Saunders
Full nameJohn Cameron Saunders
BornLoudwater, Buckinghamshire
FIDE rating2173 (November 2011)
Peak rating2255 (January 1993)

John Cameron Saunders (born 1953 in Loudwater, Buckinghamshire) is a British chess player, writer, editor and journalist.

Chess career[edit]

Saunders learned to play chess at age seven, beginning competitive play after attending Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe (1963–1970). He continued his education at Selwyn College, Cambridge, obtaining a degree in Law and Classics.

Saunders reached a peak Elo rating of 2255[1] in January 1993 after winning several domestic open tournaments. He then played internationally for his home country Wales after being chosen first reserve board for the 1997 European Team Championship.[2]

He became less active as a player and established a career in chess writing and journalism, first as editor of British Chess Magazine (1999 to July 2010), then editor of CHESS Magazine (from September 2010), as well as providing news coverage for BBC Ceefax. He has also authored instructive guides on chess covering a broad range of expertise, and is the founder and archivist of Britbase – a chess games database with objective to log the collected game scores of all major tournaments in British chess history.[3]


  • Saunders, John (2007). How To Play Winning Chess. Lorenz Books. ISBN 978-0-7548-1712-3.
  • Saunders, John (2008). How To Play and Win at Chess. Southwater. ISBN 978-1-84476-537-9.
  • Saunders, John (2009). Advanced Chess; Rules, Skills, Tactics and Strategic Play. Southwater. ISBN 978-1-84476-659-8.
  • Saunders, John; Bird, David (2010). The Complete Step-By-Step Guide to Chess & Bridge. Anness. ISBN 978-0-75482-062-8.


  1. ^ "John Saunders: Historical FIDE Ratings". OlimpBase: the encyclopaedia of team chess. Archived from the original on 6 August 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2011.
  2. ^ "John Saunders' team chess record". OlimpBase: the encyclopaedia of team chess. Retrieved 7 December 2011.
  3. ^ "British Chess Game Archive". Britbase. Retrieved 2 September 2020.

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