Jonathan Hawkins

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Jonathan Hawkins
Hawkins,Jonathan 2015 Wien.JPG
Jonathan Hawkins, Wein 2015
Born (1983-05-01) 1 May 1983 (age 39)
Consett, England
TitleGrandmaster (2014)
FIDE rating2570 (September 2022)
Peak rating2592 (February 2018)

Jonathan Hawkins (born 1 May 1983) is an English chess grandmaster. He was the British Chess Champion in 2015,[1] having outscored David Howell, with whom he shared the title in 2014.[2][3]

Hawkins's chess career is unusual for the modern era in that he showed only modest ability as a child; his improvement from club player to International Master took place after he left full-time education, and while living in County Durham, far from traditional centres of chess activity.[4] About this sudden rise through the rankings, in his 2012 endgame book Amateur to IM, he notes that "a careful study of the endgame sparked the biggest leap forward in my own game".[5]

As well as his double British championship titles, tournament wins by Hawkins include the British Rapidplay Chess Championships in 2012 and 2014, making him the British champion at both standard and rapid time limits. In 2013 he tied for first place in the 18th Vienna Open with Stanislav Novikov, Batuhan Dastan, Hagen Poetsch, Alexey Kim, Ralf Åkesson and Kacper Drozdowski.[6] Hawkins was part of the English contingent at the rapidplay tournament of the 2014 London Chess Classic.[7][8] His game against former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik at that event was notable for its simultaneous attacks against both castled kings, and for the "exquisite Zugzwang" to which Hawkins succumbed.[9]

Hawkins attained the FIDE titles of FIDE Master (FM) in 2008, International Master (IM) in 2010 and Grandmaster (GM) in 2014. His ascent from IM to GM was delayed two years by a lack of results against non-English players.[10] This meant he became one of the highest-rated IMs in the world, outranking the majority of English GMs, and was the first winner of the British Championship since Michael Hennigan in 1993 who had not earned the GM title by the end of the tournament.

Hawkins is now a full-time chess player and coach, based in London.


  • From Amateur to IM (2012)


  1. ^ "The British Chess Championship 2015". The Guardian online. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  2. ^ "The British Chess Championships 2014". Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  3. ^ "The 2015 British Rapidplay Chess Championships". Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Leonard Barden on Chess". The Guardian online. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  5. ^ Hawkins, Jonathan (2012). Amateur to IM: Proven Ideas and Training Methods (First English edition. ed.). Boston: Mongoose Press. ISBN 978-1-936277-40-7.
  6. ^ "Seven players share first place in Vienna Chess Open". Chessdom. 27 August 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  7. ^ "London Chess Classic". Archived from the original on 20 January 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  8. ^ "6th London Chess Classic Super Rapidplay". Chess-Results. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  9. ^ McGourty, Colin. "London Rapid, Day 2: Nakamura does it again". Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  10. ^ "Leonard Barden on Chess". The Guardian online. Retrieved 20 January 2015.

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