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Mark Hebden
Number of games in database: 1,540
Years covered: 1977 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2527 (2550 rapid, 2512 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2585
Overall record: +730 -316 =457 (63.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      37 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (143) 
    A46 D02 A40 E10 D04
 Sicilian (101) 
    B21 B23 B47 B25 B83
 Queen's Gambit Declined (59) 
    D30 D37 D06
 Slav (47) 
    D12 D11
 French Defense (44) 
    C16 C17 C11 C14 C10
 Caro-Kann (41) 
    B14 B10 B15 B13
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (213) 
    E92 E97 E81 E76 E98
 Ruy Lopez (197) 
    C84 C89 C68 C91 C96
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (153) 
    C84 C89 C91 C96 C85
 Two Knights (52) 
    C55 C58 C59 C57 C56
 Ruy Lopez Exchange (43) 
    C68 C85 C69
 English (40) 
    A10 A15 A16
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Hebden vs E Prie, 1984 1-0
   Hebden vs R Cantero, 1986 1-0
   D A Holmes vs Hebden, 1989 0-1
   Hebden vs N Birnboim, 1992 1-0
   M Roeder vs Hebden, 1992 0-1
   A Summerscale vs Hebden, 2000 0-1
   Hebden vs Conquest, 2003 1-0
   Hebden vs Psakhis, 1986 1-0
   Hebden vs Nunn, 1997 1-0
   C Ward vs Hebden, 2006 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   E.U. Championship and Cork Chess Congress (2005)
   British Championship (2009)
   Hastings Chess Congress (2010)
   British Chess Championships (2014)
   British Championship (2006)
   Hastings Chess Congress (2013)
   Hastings Chess Congress (2009)
   British Championship (2007)
   Hastings Chess Congress (2006)
   London Chess Classic Open (2012)
   London Chess Classic (2013)
   Hastings Congress 2011/12 (2011)
   Hastings Chess Congress (2014)
   European Union Championships (2008)
   Gibraltar (2008)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Hastings Premier 2001/2 by protean
   Biel 1983 by suenteus po 147
   Two knights defense: modern bishop's opening by deverteu
   zz08 - London System 2 (A46/A48) by whiteshark
   A Killer Chess Opening Repertoire by kibitz99
   PONZIANI OPENING by gambitfan

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(born Feb-15-1958, 57 years old) United Kingdom

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Mark L Hebden was born in Leicester, England. He was awarded the IM title in 1982 and the GM title in 1992.

He won the British Rapidplay Championships in 1990, 1994, 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2013; was =1st at the Cappelle-la-Granda Open in 1989, 1990, 1995 and 1997; (1) won the Svein Johannessen Memorial (Norway) in 2010 ahead of Jon Ludvig Hammer; (2), and won the 2012 Dublin Easter International. (3). Placed =1st at Hastings Chess Congress (2013).

Played for the Guildford 1 team that won the 4NCL in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. (1) & (4)

(1) Wikipedia article: Mark Hebden; (2) http://turneringsservice.sjakklubb....; (3); (4) and

 page 1 of 62; games 1-25 of 1,540  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. P Biyiasas vs Hebden  1-036 1977 HastingsC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
2. A J Mestel vs Hebden  0-173 1979 ChesterC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
3. Hebden vs Nunn 0-126 1979 London m/1C36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
4. R C Balinas vs Hebden 1-035 1979 LondonC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
5. Hebden vs G Morrison  1-039 1979 ChesterB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
6. Hebden vs R Bellin 0-120 1979 ENG chC34 King's Gambit Accepted
7. Iskov vs Hebden 0-114 1979 Benedictine InternationalC44 King's Pawn Game
8. Burbach vs Hebden 1-036 1979 Hastings IIC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
9. Nunn vs Hebden  1-040 1979 ChesterC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
10. Nunn vs Hebden 1-021 1979 London LARAC29 Vienna Gambit
11. Hebden vs G Ligterink  0-130 1979 Aaronson MastersB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
12. Hebden vs Speelman  ½-½56 1979 Chester GBR chB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
13. Hebden vs I D Wells 1-030 1979 ChesterB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
14. Hebden vs A J Norris  ½-½44 1979 LondonB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
15. J Penrose vs Hebden  0-176 1979 ChesterC77 Ruy Lopez
16. S Jackson vs Hebden  0-139 1979 ChesterC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
17. Hebden vs J Quinn 1-033 1979 LondonB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
18. Hebden vs E Davis  1-028 1980 cr GrandC17 French, Winawer, Advance
19. M Pein vs Hebden  0-143 1980 BCF-chA57 Benko Gambit
20. Hebden vs Iskov  1-026 1981 ?B14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
21. Hebden vs A Kuligowski  1-035 1981 Lewisham opB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
22. V McCambridge vs Hebden  0-165 1981 London (ENG)A57 Benko Gambit
23. S Conquest vs Hebden  ½-½24 1981 Lewisham (ENG)A57 Benko Gambit
24. Hebden vs M Basman 0-135 1981 BorehamwoodB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
25. Hebden vs J Littlewood 1-023 1981 ENGB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
 page 1 of 62; games 1-25 of 1,540  PGN Download
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  fm avari viraf: Mark & I played many years together the Challengers, Weekends & the International Blitz Chess Tournaments at Hastings, England. Once, I lost a crucial game to him in the Blitz Chess Tournament but manage to win a Prize. Many years,I participated in the Blitz Chess Tournaments & kept on winning Prizes! I think, Mark has lost the motivation to scale higher in the firmament of Chess & that is why he keeps losing to weaker players.
Feb-15-09  WhiteRook48: Mark your place, Mark! :D
Jul-28-09  champsylove: I think it is the same Hebden that got smashed by Kingcrusher on youtube in a 1 minute blitz.
Sep-01-09  HeadCrunch: That Blitz video on Youtube is hilarious!
Nov-23-09  Ezzy: Mark Hebden has just come joint first with David Howell in the 2009 British rapidplay championships.
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  Tabanus: Winner of the Svein Johannessen Memorial (Norway) 18-22 June 2010, ahead of GM Hammer:


Feb-15-12  teddyo: Mark Hebden played top board for Leicestershire in a recent match against my county... our top board was ill and so our lowest rated substitute was drafted in. Needless to say the game was very one-sided and I don't think Mr. Hebden was very happy at having to dish out a free lesson.

He also gave my scoresheet a bit of a frown - don't think he approved of my black opening... he was wrong ;)

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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday POTD!
Feb-15-12  rapidcitychess: Happy birthday!
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  Dionysius1: Hi teddyo. What was the logic of putting your lowest rated substitute on top board? What about moving everybody up one to fill the gap, or putting your strongest substitute on against Hebden?
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  Tabanus: Congrats for winning the Dublin Easter International 5-9 April 2012!

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  notyetagm: A nice win by Hebden from earlier this year.

[Event " Amersham Open"]
[Site "De Vere Latimer Place Hotel, "]
[Date "2012.05.20"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Hebden, Mark L"]
[Black "Tozer, Philip A A"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2512"]
[BlackElo "2199"]
[PlyCount "89"]
[EventDate "2013.??.??"]

1. d4 e6 2. Nf3 f5 3. g3 Nf6 4. Bg2 d5 5. O-O Bd6 6. c4 c6 7. Bf4 Bxf4 8. gxf4 O-O 9. Ne5 Nbd7 10. Nc3 Ne4 11. Rc1 Nxe5 12. fxe5 Bd7 13. e3 Nxc3 14. Rxc3 Qh4 15. f4 Be8 16. Qe1 Qe7 17. Bf3 Kh8 18. h4 Rg8 19. Rc2 g6 20. b3 Rg7 21. Kh1 Bf7 22. Rg1 Rag8 23. Rgg2 Be8 24. Rh2 h6 25. Qa5 b6 26. Qe1 Rh7 27. Rcg2 Rgg7 28. Kg1 Rg8 29. Qc3 Rgg7 30. Qe1 Rg8 31. a4 Qb7 32. Qb4 Qe7 33. Qxe7 Rxe7 34. Rc2 Rgg7 35. Rc3 a6 36. Kf1 b5 37. cxd5 cxd5 38. a5 Rc7 39. Rhc2 Ra7 40. Rc8 Rge7 41. Ke2 Kg7 42. Rb8 h5 43. Rcc8 Kf7 44. Ra8 Kf8 45. Rxe8+ 1-0

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  wordfunph: GM Mark Hebden <known as "The Butcher" for his meat-cleaver attacking style>.

Source: Inside Chess 1990 05

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  offramp: A very unusual-looking character. A cross between Jackie Chan and Jackie Onassis.
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  offramp: A book of his complete games would probably have about 50,000 pages.
Aug-09-13  Nina Myers: Mon Dieu, at least, AT LEAST!
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  offramp: A very good result at the latest Hastings.
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  offramp: Strange news from the BBC.
Jan-10-14  RedShield: The Beeb is big on queer news.
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  offramp: Hebden played many other games of chess as well. If all of them were recorded, I imagine the world itself wouldn't have enough room for the books that would be written.
Jan-10-14  RedShield: He looks a bit Oriental, doesn't he? Gives another meaning to the expression <had a Chinese>.
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  offramp: He looks like a cross between Jackie Chan and Jackie Onassis.
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  offramp: He comments on his fine win Hebden vs H Tirard, 2009 at
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  waustad: There seem to be some games of his this tournament under the name Mark L. Hebdan.
Feb-15-15  Nosnibor: Happy birthday Mark P.O.T.D.
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