Paul Motwani

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Paul Motwani
Full namePaul Motwani
Born13 June 1962 (1962-06-13) (age 57)
Glasgow, Scotland
TitleGrandmaster (1992)
FIDE rating2440 (November 2019)
Peak rating2552 (July 2004)

Paul Motwani (born 13 June 1962) is a Scottish chess grandmaster. He was the first Scottish player to become a grandmaster.

Chess career[edit]

Born in Glasgow and raised in Dundee, he became World Cadet (Under 17) Champion in 1978, and won the first of his seven Scottish Championship titles that year.[1] He was a secondary school mathematics teacher at St Saviour's RC High School in Dundee for a number of years after studying mathematics and physics at the University of Dundee. In 1990, he took time out to pursue his final Grandmaster norm.

He has been a regular member of the Scottish Olympiad team for the last 18 years,[2] never having had a performance rating below 2500. He made his first two Grandmaster norms at the 1986 and 1988 Olympiads, then faced a race against time to achieve his third before the first one expired in 1991. (Although norms now last a lifetime, the FIDE rule in place at the time saw them expiring after five years.) He just failed to reach the required number of points in a hastily organised tournament in Dundee days before the deadline, ironically, FIDE changed the rules shortly after this, and reset the expiry time for norms at six years. He duly achieved his final norm in 1992, and starred in a Grampian Television documentary called "The Grandmasters of Dundee" along with Colin McNab, who had also achieved the title by then.

Motwani is a regular contributor to Scottish Chess (the magazine of Chess Scotland), The Scotsman (for whom he writes a weekly column) and has written for many other chess publications. He has written five chess books - H.O.T. Chess, C.O.O.L. Chess, S.T.A.R. Chess, Chess Under the Microscope and The Most Instructive Games of the Young Grandmasters. His writings are known for his use of acronyms to remember key concepts and some of the non-chess 'general puzzle' content (including 'Mr Fab' the alien).

Personal life[edit]

He currently lives in Belgium with his wife Jenny and son Michael. He teaches third grade and organizes an elementary school chess club at St. John's International School in Waterloo, Belgium. His favorite number is the prime 3.[3]


  • Motwani, Paul (1997). H.O.T. Chess. Intl Chess Enterprises. ISBN 1-879479-43-5.
  • Motwani, Paul (1997). C.O.O.L. Chess. Intl Chess Enterprises. ISBN 1-879479-51-6.
  • Motwani, Paul (1998). S.T.A.R. Chess. Gambit. ISBN 1-901983-03-X.
  • Motwani, Paul (1999). The Most Instructive Games of the Young Grandmasters. Everyman Chess. ISBN 1-85744-534-1.
  • Motwani, Paul (1999). Chess Under the Microscope. Sterling Pub Co Inc. ISBN 0-7134-8390-3.


  1. ^ "Scottish Champions". ChessScotland. Retrieved 15 July 2009.
  2. ^ Bartelski, Wojciech. "Men's Chess Olympiads: Paul Motwani". OlimpBase. Retrieved 15 July 2009.
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