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Mark Hebden
Photo courtesy of Eric Schiller.  
Number of games in database: 1,694
Years covered: 1977 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2458 (2474 rapid, 2482 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2585

Overall record: +805 -346 =494 (64.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 49 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (195) 
    A46 D02 A40 A45 D05
 Sicilian (102) 
    B21 B23 B25 B47 B83
 Queen's Gambit Declined (67) 
    D30 D37 D06 D39
 Slav (59) 
    D12 D11
 French Defense (44) 
    C16 C17 C11 C14 C10
 Pirc (37) 
    B08 B07
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (237) 
    E92 E97 E60 E81 E62
 Ruy Lopez (215) 
    C84 C89 C68 C91 C96
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (164) 
    C84 C89 C91 C96 C85
 Two Knights (61) 
    C55 C58 C59 C57
 English (52) 
    A10 A15 A16
 Ruy Lopez Exchange (48) 
    C68 C85 C69
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Hebden vs N Birnboim, 1992 1-0
   Hebden vs E Prie, 1984 1-0
   Hebden vs F Felecan, 1993 1-0
   M Roeder vs Hebden, 1992 0-1
   Hebden vs R Cantero, 1986 1-0
   Hebden vs McShane, 1998 1-0
   D J Ledger vs Hebden, 2004 0-1
   Hebden vs E Holland, 1993 1-0
   D A Holmes vs Hebden, 1989 0-1
   Hebden vs J Howell, 1992 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   E.U. Championship and Cork Chess Congress (2005)
   British Championship (2009)
   British Championship (2006)
   100th British Championship (2013)
   Hastings 2013/14 (2013)
   British Chess Championship (2014)
   British Championship (2015)
   British Championship (2016)
   Hastings 2017/18 (2017)
   Hastings 2005/06 (2006)
   London Chess Classic Open (2012)
   London Chess Classic Open (2013)
   Hastings 2015/16 (2015)
   London Chess Classic Open (2016)
   European Union Championship (2008)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1. d4 alt by ChessPraxis
   1993 Capablanca memorial (group A) by gauer
   Biel 1983 by suenteus po 147
   Hastings Premier 2001/2 by protean

   🏆 4NCL 2017/18
   William Claridge-Hansen vs Hebden (May-06-18) 1-0
   Hebden vs A Bremner (May-06-18) 1/2-1/2
   Hebden vs C McNab (May-05-18) 1/2-1/2
   Hebden vs D Ciuksyte (Mar-18-18) 1-0
   Peter J E Ackley vs Hebden (Mar-17-18) 0-1

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(born Feb-15-1958, 60 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) He won the 9th Monarch Assurance International Open in 2000. (2) He also won the Svein Johannessen Memorial (Norway) in 2010 ahead of Jon Ludvig Hammer; (3), and won the 2012 Dublin Easter International. (4). 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) & (5)

(1) Wikipedia article: Mark Hebden; (2); (3) http://turneringsservice.sjakklubb....; (4); (5) and

 page 1 of 68; games 1-25 of 1,694  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. P Biyiasas vs Hebden 1-0361977HastingsC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
2. R C Balinas vs Hebden 1-0351979LondonC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
3. Burbach vs Hebden 1-0361979Hastings IIC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
4. Hebden vs Nunn 0-1261979London m/1C36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
5. Iskov vs Hebden 0-1141979Benedictine InternationalC44 King's Pawn Game
6. Nunn vs Hebden 1-0211979London LARAC29 Vienna Gambit
7. Hebden vs A J Norris  ½-½441979LondonB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
8. Hebden vs J Quinn 1-0331979LondonB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
9. Hebden vs G Ligterink  0-1301979Aaronson MastersB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
10. Hebden vs Graham Morrison  1-0391979BCF-chB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
11. Hebden vs I D Wells 1-0301979BCF-chB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
12. Hebden vs Speelman  ½-½561979BCF-chE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
13. S Jackson vs Hebden  0-1391979BCF-chC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
14. J Penrose vs Hebden  0-1761979BCF-chC77 Ruy Lopez
15. A J Mestel vs Hebden  0-1731979BCF-chC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
16. Nunn vs Hebden  1-0401979BCF-chC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
17. Hebden vs R Bellin 0-1201979BCF-chC34 King's Gambit Accepted
18. Hebden vs K Langeweg  0-1241979Regency Masters AB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
19. Hebden vs E Davis 1-0281980cr GrandC17 French, Winawer, Advance
20. M Pein vs Hebden  0-1431980BCF-chA57 Benko Gambit
21. Hebden vs Miles 1-0351981KetteringC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
22. V McCambridge vs Hebden  0-1651981London (ENG)A57 Benko Gambit
23. Hebden vs M Basman 0-1351981BorehamwoodB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
24. S Conquest vs Hebden  ½-½241981Lewisham (ENG)A57 Benko Gambit
25. Hebden vs A Kuligowski  1-0351981Lewisham opB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
 page 1 of 68; games 1-25 of 1,694  PGN Download
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Nov-14-03  ughaibu: Nova1990: This is Hebden.
Nov-14-03  Nova1990: ughaibu, lol, you're not telling me much about this guy. On google I see he's a British GM but not much else. Why does he make a good living when a lot of other GMs don't?
Nov-14-03  ughaibu: The last time I was in the UK I noticed him winning a congress most weekends, which I would class as good money for the time invested. It's possible that he had cornered the market in obscure weekend congresses but I dont know.
Nov-15-03  Nova1990: What are the usual top prizes at these "obscure" weekend congresses? I imagine they range from a few hundred to 1,200 pounds. Is that correct? BTW, are you a regular tournament player yourself? From your posts, I see that you are either Japanese or a gaijin in Japan. But your name is Swahili. I spent time in Japan as a kid. My dad worked in Yokosuka, and we lived in Yokohama. But Iíve lost the ability to speak Japanese.
Nov-16-03  ughaibu: Nova1990: I haven't played tournament chess for a little over 20 years, in those days the standard 1st prize for the open was 200pounds. This was good money and I imagine prizes are at least as good now but dont know for sure. I'm a gaijin living in Kanazawa, I'm amused that my english could be taken for that of a Japanese and, yes, my name is swahili, I'm impressed that you knew that.
Dec-30-03  PVS: Hastings has a singularly unimpressive field.
Jun-09-04  Muncher: He doesn't make that much money in fact I saw him busking last weekend on the London underground. Most English chess players do this to supplement their income.
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  Dudley: Pardon my ignorance, but does busking mean cleaning up tables or something like that?
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  Benzol: <Dudley> Buskers are non professional (usually) musicians who play in public places and are paid (mostly coins) by passers-by. When I was in London (UK) in 1980 they were usually playing in the Underground (Subway) stations.
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  Dudley: Ok, that makes more sense. Chess and musical ability are supposed to be related!
Jul-19-04  CrackerSmack: he's not winning much these days
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  Benzol: Mark L. Hebden
Born 15th February 1958 in Leicester
Awarded the IM title in 1982.
Jul-08-05  get Reti: This guy has only lost once with the sicilian closed. He's played it 29 times.
Jul-08-05  GBKnight: Mark Hebden is a legend on the UK weekend circuit, perhaps a little past his peak, but absolutely ruthless at beating weaker opponenets, and with nerves of steel. He tends to play quiet systems as white, like the Colle in QP openings, or closed lines against the Sicilian. As black, an expert in the Kings Indian. This game against a fellow British GM is a good example of his style.

C Ward vs Hebden, 2001

Oct-17-05  Everblue: Anyone can beat chris ward. He's written a few books on the Dragon & tends to get a real hammering whenever he plays it, which is always a laugh!
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  cicero1974: <Everblue: anyone can beat chris ward.> I doubt this is quite true. He is a Grandmaster, after all. Therefore, I would imagine that at least 99% of all chessplayers could not beat him. Why is there a need to belittle the standard of an excellent player because he has lost some games? We all lose games. Perhaps even you do sometimes?
Oct-17-05  Everblue: "knights before bishops!"
Jan-19-06  DeepBlade: Quote from this guy

"Hallo aan al diegenen die schaakles van mij kregen. Wat kan ik zeggen... Sorry?" - grootmeester Mark Hebden

Its dutch, translated it says

''Hi to those who got chess lessons from me. What can I say... sorry?''

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  MoonlitKnight: Mark is a very likeable character. He's always smiling and laughing and has a good sense of humour. He also likes to drink and gamble.
Feb-15-06  BIDMONFA: Mark Hebden


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  WTHarvey: Here are some crucial positions from Mark's games:
Nov-13-06  sitzkrieg: I found the following part of a game of Hebden on the internet, its not in any database as far as i can see. It was played in Hoogeveen 2003. Hebden is defeated by a much weaker player (who had prepared with fritz)with a nice combination, according to
the motif is know with reversed colours from the french opening.

Hebden-van der Oudewetering

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.b3 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Bd6 7.Bd3 Nbd7 8.0-0 0-0 9.Nc3 e5 10.cxd5 cxd5 11.Nb5 Bb8 12.dxe5 Nxe5 13.Bc3 Nxf3+ 14.Qxf3 Bg4 15.Bxf6 Qd7 16.Bf5 Bxf5 and 0-1 after some more moves.

Feb-27-07  PieceArtist: Any comments on the Short Hebden Game 2006 European Bumfluff Championships Liverpool? Hebden resigned after Lord Nigel commented on his last move as being "Utter SHYTE!"
Aug-09-07  GBKnight: Mark Hebden, the 'Jimmy White' of British chess, (having played for the British Championship so many times and come close but never actually winning it), is in with a good chance going into the last round this year :
Dec-22-07  waddayaplay: <Jun-09-04 Muncher: He doesn't make that much money in fact I saw him busking last weekend on the London underground. Most English chess players do this to supplement their income.> This must be a joke, I presume...
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