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J Rowson 
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Jonathan Rowson
Number of games in database: 380
Years covered: 1992 to 2013
Last FIDE rating: 2569 (2565 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2599
Overall record: +156 -80 =137 (60.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      7 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (39) 
    B30 B40 B33 B90 B23
 Nimzo Indian (17) 
    E32 E35 E48 E39 E34
 King's Indian (16) 
    E81 E84 E86 E83 E70
 Slav (15) 
    D11 D17 D15 D12 D13
 Queen's Pawn Game (14) 
    A40 D00 A45
 French Defense (14) 
    C18 C11 C17 C14 C10
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (65) 
    B90 B92 B51 B22 B23
 Sicilian Najdorf (28) 
    B90 B92 B93 B97 B98
 Grunfeld (21) 
    D85 D73 D97 D91 D77
 Queen's Pawn Game (15) 
    A45 D02 A46 A41 E00
 Queen's Indian (9) 
    E15 E13 E14 E12
 English, 1 c4 e5 (8) 
    A29 A20 A28 A26 A25
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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 A Ledger, 1995 1-0
   J Rowson vs K Arakhamia-Grant, 2004 1-0
   J Rowson vs Kulaots, 1996 1-0
   A Summerscale vs J Rowson, 1999 1/2-1/2
   J Rowson vs A Adly, 2006 1-0
   J Shaw vs J Rowson, 2000 1/2-1/2

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

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

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(born Apr-18-1977, 37 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.

Wikipedia article: Jonathan Rowson

 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 380  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. O Jackson vs J Rowson  0-153 1992 Great Britian-chC33 King's Gambit Accepted
2. I Nei vs J Rowson  1-041 1993 Cappelle op 9thA10 English
3. J Rowson vs Sutovsky  0-146 1993 ChWmU16 Bratislava B33 Sicilian
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 V Malakhov  0-122 1995 EU-ch U20B27 Sicilian
9. Sutovsky vs J Rowson  1-040 1995 w-u18 boys Guarapuava BRAC41 Philidor Defense
10. J Rowson vs A Ledger 1-031 1995 Tyneside InternationalB12 Caro-Kann Defense
11. J Rowson vs Y Shulman  ½-½23 1995 Wch U20C15 French, Winawer
12. J Rowson vs A Coull  1-050 1995 Isle of Lewis opC17 French, Winawer, Advance
13. M Brodsky vs J Rowson 1-022 1996 Cappelle op 12thB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. J Hoogendoorn vs J Rowson  0-175 1996 DEN-chJB20 Sicilian
15. Gulko vs J Rowson ½-½49 1996 Politiken, Copenhagen DEND02 Queen's Pawn Game
16. J Rowson vs Kulaots 1-073 1996 DEN-chJB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
17. J Rowson vs Hoang Thanh Trang  1-056 1996 Budapest FS04 GMC11 French
18. J Rowson vs T Christensen  1-039 1996 Politiken Cup 18thB40 Sicilian
19. J Rowson vs N V Pedersen  1-046 1996 DEN-chJD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. J Rowson vs J Stocek  0-135 1996 Budapest FS04 GMB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
21. D Kolbus vs J Rowson  1-035 1996 Budapest FS04 GMA25 English
22. Miles vs J Rowson 0-156 1996 Ch England (team) /97A45 Queen's Pawn Game
23. J Rowson vs M Turner  ½-½33 1997 LondonA36 English
24. T Hillarp Persson vs J Rowson 0-143 1997 Edinburgh mD85 Grunfeld
25. T Hillarp Persson vs J Rowson 0-140 1997 Edinburgh mD85 Grunfeld
 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 380  PGN Download
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Nov-07-08  hrvyklly: <whiskeyrebel: Everett, I think Rowson has ruined some other chess writers for me. His annotated games are loaded with so much personal insight it's hard to go back to less titillating works without storylines.> Me too, 'normal' annotations are just too bland and dry in comparison.
Mar-04-09  whiskeyrebel: I finally picked up a copy of the "Seven Deadly Chess Sins". It's a great read so far, very unique and well written.
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  wordfunph: I've got a book "The 7 Deadly Sins" written by GM Jonathan Rowson, a good read!

Happy Birthday GM Rowson..

Apr-18-10  kurtrichards: One sin is more than enough already and yet there are six others. :-) Great book Jonathan.

Happy Birthday!

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  wordfunph: nice one <kurt>.. :-0

happy 33rd birthday Jonathan!

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  whiteshark: Now, aren't we all born sinners in chess???

congrats for |lv-up|

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  SetNoEscapeOn: <wordfunph: I've got a book "The 7 Deadly Sins" written by GM Jonathan Rowson, a good read!>

Definitely one of my favorite chess books. Few players discuss their thoughts as thoroughly and openly as Rowson.

Apr-19-10  ycbaywtb: the thing i never understand about these GM's that reach 2600 or so is so many have so few games played

he has like 400 in 17 years, barely 20 a year

if i was this good in chess i'd play all the time

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  wordfunph: "Gambit publications were generous at the beginning, patient in the middle and persistent at the end."

GM Jonathan Rowson
(on his book Chess for Zebras)

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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 isnít Yes winning?>

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

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  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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