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Jonathan Rowson
J Rowson 
Photo Copyright © 2004 Chris Marciano    
Number of games in database: 390
Years covered: 1992 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2563 (2530 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2599

Overall record: +156 -82 =139 (59.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 13 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (39) 
    B30 B33 B40 B90 B23
 King's Indian (17) 
    E81 E84 E86 E70 E80
 Nimzo Indian (17) 
    E32 E35 E36 E33 E48
 Queen's Pawn Game (16) 
    A40 D00 A45
 Slav (15) 
    D11 D17 D15 D12 D10
 French Defense (14) 
    C18 C11 C17 C14 C10
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (66) 
    B90 B92 B22 B93 B51
 Sicilian Najdorf (28) 
    B90 B92 B93 B97 B98
 Grunfeld (21) 
    D85 D97 D73 D91 D77
 Queen's Pawn Game (15) 
    A45 A46 D02 A41 E00
 Nimzo Indian (10) 
    E42 E41 E32 E30 E20
 English, 1 c4 e5 (8) 
    A28 A29 A20 A25 A26
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J Rowson vs DeFirmian, 2003 1-0
   J Rowson vs T Nixon, 2005 1-0
   J Rowson vs Kulaots, 1996 1-0
   J Rowson vs A Ledger, 1995 1-0
   J Shaw vs J Rowson, 2000 1/2-1/2
   J Rowson vs Joel Benjamin, 2000 1/2-1/2
   J Rowson vs K Arakhamia-Grant, 2004 1-0
   A Summerscale vs J Rowson, 1999 1/2-1/2
   J Rowson vs A Adly, 2006 1-0
   J Rowson vs Epishin, 2004 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   111th Scottish Championship (2004)
   British Championship (2006)
   Hastings 2003/04 (2003)
   Smith & Williamson British Championships (2004)
   Smith & Williamson British Championships (2005)
   British Championship (2007)
   London Chess Classic Open (2012)
   2nd Milk Tournament (2003)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   Gibraltar Masters (2004)
   Olympiad (2008)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Jonathan Rowson: The Seven Deadly Chess Sins by cu8sfan
   Seven Deadly Chess Sins (Rowson) by Qindarka
   Jonathan Rowson's Book on Deadly Chess Sins by howardb86

   G Jones vs J Rowson (Dec-08-16) 1-0
   J Rowson vs G Jones (Dec-08-16) 1/2-1/2
   H J Cordes vs J Rowson (Dec-13-15) 0-1, rapid
   J Hawkins vs J Rowson (Dec-13-15) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   J Rowson vs C Bauer (Dec-13-15) 1/2-1/2, rapid

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(born Apr-18-1977, 40 years old) United Kingdom

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Jonathan Rowson was born in Aberdeen, Scotland. He became Scotland's third grandmaster, after Paul Motwani and Colin A McNab. He placed second in the European Under 20 Championship in 1997, and then went on to win the 1999 Scottish Chess Championship. Rowson won it again in 2001 and 2004. He won the British Championship in 2004, 2005, and 2006. He is the author of two chess books and has studied at Oxford University in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.

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 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 390  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. O Jackson vs J Rowson  0-153 1992 Great Britian-chC33 King's Gambit Accepted
2. J Rowson vs Sutovsky  0-146 1993 ChWmU16 Bratislava UCZEOB33 Sicilian
3. I Nei vs J Rowson  1-041 1993 Cappelle op 9thA10 English
4. J Rowson vs J Parker  ½-½22 1994 SNCL Div 1 Aberdeen 1-EdinburghC67 Ruy Lopez
5. J Rowson vs J Grant  ½-½31 1994 SNCL Div 1 Aberdeen 1-Edinburgh WestB12 Caro-Kann Defense
6. D Norwood vs J Rowson  1-031 1994 London (England)A07 King's Indian Attack
7. J Rowson vs Hebden  0-162 1995 Isle of LewisC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
8. J Rowson vs A Coull  1-050 1995 Isle of Lewis opC17 French, Winawer, Advance
9. J Rowson vs V Malakhov  0-122 1995 EU-ch U20B27 Sicilian
10. J Rowson vs Y Shulman  ½-½23 1995 Wch U20C15 French, Winawer
11. Sutovsky vs J Rowson  1-040 1995 w-u18 boys Guarapuava BRAC41 Philidor Defense
12. J Rowson vs A Ledger 1-031 1995 Tyneside InternationalB12 Caro-Kann Defense
13. D Kolbus vs J Rowson  1-035 1996 Budapest FS04 GMA25 English
14. J Rowson vs Hoang Thanh Trang  1-056 1996 Budapest FS04 GMC11 French
15. Gulko vs J Rowson ½-½49 1996 Politiken, Copenhagen DEND02 Queen's Pawn Game
16. J Rowson vs J Stocek  0-135 1996 Budapest FS04 GMB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
17. M Brodsky vs J Rowson 1-022 1996 Cappelle op 12thB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. J Rowson vs T Christensen  1-039 1996 Politiken Cup 18thB40 Sicilian
19. Miles vs J Rowson 0-156 1996 Ch England (team) /97A45 Queen's Pawn Game
20. J Rowson vs Kulaots 1-073 1996 DEN-chJB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
21. J Hoogendoorn vs J Rowson  0-175 1996 DEN-chJB20 Sicilian
22. J Rowson vs N V Pedersen  1-046 1996 DEN-chJD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. J Rowson vs L Cooper  1-043 1997 Walsall opA40 Queen's Pawn Game
24. J Rowson vs A J Norris  1-029 1997 Perth CongressE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
25. D Cummings vs J Rowson  0-160 1997 BCF-chT 9798 (4NCL)A07 King's Indian Attack
 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 390  PGN Download
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  GrahamClayton: Rowson calls a passed d-pawn a "Delroy". Does he say how he created this name?
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  wordfunph: "My bookshelves now have so many books with 'secrets' in the title that I fear they might start whispering to each other."

- GM Jonathan Rowson

Nov-21-11  Albertan: Jonathan Rowson now his his Doctorate degree and leads leads the RSA Social Brain project.

"After degrees from Oxford and Harvard, his Doctoral research was an examination of the concept of wisdom, including a detailed analysis of the challenge of overcoming the psycho-social constraints that prevent people becoming 'wiser', similar to what the RSA terms the 'social aspiration gap'."

The Homepagpe of the RSA project is: I hope the administrators of Chessgame will include this update concerning Dr. and GM Rowson. I wonder how many people in the World have a doctorate degree in some academic field (or Medical field) and are also a Chess Grandmaster? I know that Robert Hubner also holds both distinctions. Hubner is a papyrologist (an expert in Egyptian hieroglyphics).

Nov-21-11  Albertan: I saw GM Rowson win this game at the 2000 Canadian Open in Edmonton,Alberta:

P Wells vs J Rowson, 2000

I talked with him and I also had him autograph my copy of his book, "Understanding the Grunfeld (1998). Gambit Publications."

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"Improvement begins at the edge of your comfort zone."

-Jonathan Rowson

Feb-23-12  AlphaMale: In other words, you gotta get out of bed first. Nobody ever became a GM in their pyjamas.
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  wordfunph: "I am aiming to be 2600 before I am thirty."

- GM Jonathan Rowson

Rowson's peak at 2599 :)

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  wordfunph: "Affirm your mistakes; don't deny them. Try to appreciate them and learn from them because they are inevitable. Observe yourself carefully before you play and enjoy the experience of playing. And, of course, buy my books!"

- GM Jonathan Rowson

ok, will buy your books :)

happy birthday, GM!

Apr-14-13  voyager39: Read your article on Chessbase.

Wish you could come up with a more educated analysis of Kramnik's interview

Apr-18-13  Everett: Player of the day has written some very enjoyable books: The Seven Deadly Chess Sins and Chess for Zebras. Never got my hands on his Grunfeld book, though I never could wrap my head around that opening anyway.

Happy Birthday and thank you Mr. Rowson.

Nov-30-13  RedShield: < Jonathan Rowson @Jonathan_Rowson

Hugely grateful, very excited & suitably nervous to be 'the wild card' @londonclassic Inspired by Magnus, I'm going to prepare some endgames>

Nov-30-13  jancotianno: I hope he will have some good results in the London chess classic.
Dec-22-13  RedShield: <Jonathan Rowson has a golden collection of academic qualifications, having got himself a first class honours in PPE, spent a year at Harvard and got a PhD from Bristol. Oh yes, and he's a chess grandmaster.


Rowson, like so many of people who venture into the climate debate from the social science side are unashamedly ignorant about what the climate debate is about. It doesn't matter how many articles you write about climate sensitivity, with all that implies; to the Rowson's of this world you are a denier. This failure to engage with the actual arguments made suggests a highly developed sense of intellectual cowardice or the kind of casual dishonesty that we see so often from greens.>

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  MissScarlett: Tired of being on the losing side of one debate, Rowson plunges headlong into another:

<If the case for independence is so strong, why isn’t Yes winning?>

Expect him to announce his candidacy for the 2018 FIDE presidency soon.

Sep-10-14  kellmano: I follow Rowson on twitter and he is fiercely behind the 'yes' campaign for independence. Perhaps this page might be a nice place to discuss it - I'm sure he'd approve.

I've tried to see what people think on the Rogoff page but no-one seems interested. Surely this is not the case? Perhaps it is just posts there get swallowed up by other things.

Anyway - anyone care to offer their tuppence-worth?

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  offramp: It is being discussed in its proper place, Scotland.
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  TheFocus: <Chess no longer seems important, but it remains extremely interesting, and though it may never again feel meaningful, it will always be beautiful> - Jonathan Rowson (New In Chess#2, 2012, page 11).
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  TheFocus: <If you want to become a better player, you need better habits, and you cultivate better habits through training. The best training is the kind that pushes you up against the edges of your comfort zone, where you force yourself to take responsibility for difficult decisions. It is so much easier to read books that give strategic guidelines, hints and tips, etc., but what you need is ‘know how’ and that means learning by doing> - Jonathan Rowson.
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  TheFocus: <Playing good chess usually means that clear-cut solutions are quite rare, and that when they exist they won't necessarily follow any logical argument> - Jonathan Rowson.
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  TheFocus: <The main function of chess trainers should be to guide the training of their students, rather than teach them directly. The best thing you can do for a student is to select interesting positions for them, and analyse them carefully so you can see the kings of things that the student is missing> - Jonathan Rowson.
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  TheFocus: <Many players get into trouble because they have definite assessments and vague ideas when what you want is clear ideas and revisable assessments - almost the exact opposite!> - Jonathan Rowson.
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  TheFocus: <I strongly believe that your practical results will improve once you are more willing to sacrifice material - not for attack (we can all do that) but for defensive and psychological reasons> - Jonathan Rowson.
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  offramp: He is known as the Tarrasch of the Trossachs.
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  wwall: I listed all the doctors (PhD or MD) in chess at

It may be outdated by a few years. I will need to update it soon.

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  MissScarlett: <Jonathan Rowson ‏@Jonathan_Rowson 8h 8 hours ago

I've never felt less British than I do this morning, except for the strong feeling that I need to apologise for what just happened.>

@#$% EU!

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