Stuart Conquest

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Stuart Conquest
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Liverpool, 2008
Full nameStuart Conquest
CountryEngland England
Born (1967-03-01) 1 March 1967 (age 55)
Ilford, England
FIDE rating2510 (July 2022)
Peak rating2601 (October 2001)

Stuart Conquest (born 1 March 1967 in Ilford, England) is an English chess Grandmaster, commentator and tournament director.

Chess career[edit]

In 1981, at the age of 14, he won the World Youth Chess Championship in the under-16 category. Conquest was British Rapidplay Chess Champion in 1997. In 1995 and 2000 he shared first place at the Hastings Premier[1] and in 2001, won the category 14 tournament in Clichy.[2]

Following a relatively lean period, he capped his return to form in 2008 with victory in the British Chess Championship,[3] defeating Keith Arkell in a two-game rapidplay play-off match for the title, after they tied for first place. In May 2009 he came first at the Capo d'Orso Open.[4]

Since the mid-1990s, he has been a frequent member of the England team at the Olympiads and European Team Chess Championships.[5]

A prolific player at international tournaments for many years, Conquest has in recent times been a regular commentator and (since 2011) tournament director of the Gibraltar Chess Festival, held annually at the Caleta Hotel in Catalan Bay.

Chess strength[edit]

His highest Elo rating was 2601, in the October 2001 FIDE rating list. He gained the International Master and Grandmaster titles in 1985 and 1991 respectively.


  1. ^ "Winners of the Hastings tournament". Retrieved 31 October 2010.[dead link]
  2. ^ "Clichy 2001 from TWIC". Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  3. ^ "2008 British Championship". 23 April 2007. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  4. ^ "Chess News - Stuart Conquest wins Capo d'Orso Open". 26 May 2009. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  5. ^ Wojciech Bartelski. "OlimpBase". OlimpBase. Retrieved 31 October 2010.

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