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Paul Motwani
Number of games in database: 231
Years covered: 1974 to 2009
Last FIDE rating: 2470
Highest rating achieved in database: 2511

Overall record: +83 -46 =97 (58.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 5 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (35) 
    B23 B22 B31 B30 B70
 Vienna Opening (21) 
    C26 C25 C28
 French Defense (7) 
    C00 C05 C11 C04 C07
 English (5) 
    A14 A15 A16 A13
 Robatsch (5) 
 Pirc (5) 
    B08 B07 B09
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (15) 
    C67 C92 C80 C96 C73
 Queen's Pawn Game (12) 
    A40 D02 A46 E00 A41
 Sicilian (8) 
    B43 B40 B45 B32 B42
 French Defense (8) 
    C18 C07 C19 C15 C02
 French Winawer (5) 
    C18 C15 C19
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (5) 
    C92 C96 C91 C89
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   P Motwani vs P Rockwell, 1974 1-0
   P Motwani vs P Roca, 1986 1/2-1/2
   P Motwani vs Antunes, 1992 1-0
   P Motwani vs Adams, 1994 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Smith & Williamson British Championships (2004)
   111th Scottish Championship (2004)
   Gibraltar Masters (2004)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)

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(born Jun-13-1962, 54 years old) United Kingdom

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Paul Anthony Motwani was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He won the Scottish Championship in 1978 and was World Under 16 Champion in 1978-79. Becoming Scotland's first GM in 1992, he later moved with his family from Dundee to Belgium.

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 page 1 of 10; games 1-25 of 231  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. P Motwani vs P Rockwell 1-015 1974 DundeeB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
2. P Motwani vs A J Mestel  0-127 1978 BCF-chB50 Sicilian
3. W Watson vs P Motwani  ½-½32 1978 BCF-chC15 French, Winawer
4. P Motwani vs K Coates  1-042 1978 BCF-chB53 Sicilian
5. P Clarke vs P Motwani  1-035 1978 BCF-chD93 Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3
6. P Motwani vs P Garbett  0-146 1978 BCF-chB40 Sicilian
7. A A Smith vs P Motwani 0-129 1978 BCF-chA40 Queen's Pawn Game
8. P Motwani vs W A Linton  ½-½47 1978 BCF-chB06 Robatsch
9. J J Carleton vs P Motwani  1-046 1978 BCF-chC50 Giuoco Piano
10. P Motwani vs P Giulian  ½-½27 1978 BCF-chC07 French, Tarrasch
11. V W Knox vs P Motwani  ½-½31 1978 BCF-chC47 Four Knights
12. P Motwani vs L P Burnett  ½-½14 1978 BCF-chB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
13. I Rogers vs P Motwani  1-043 1979 World Junior Ch U20A10 English
14. P Motwani vs Yusupov  ½-½16 1979 Wch U18C43 Petrov, Modern Attack
15. P Motwani vs Yusupov  ½-½22 1980 WchT U26B33 Sicilian
16. P Motwani vs R M McKay  0-130 1981 SCO-chB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
17. P Motwani vs D Bryson  ½-½20 1981 SCO-chD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. Psakhis vs P Motwani  ½-½24 1984 TroonE12 Queen's Indian
19. Hebden vs P Motwani  ½-½50 1985 11 BCF-chC34 King's Gambit Accepted
20. D Lawson vs P Motwani  0-139 1986 Scotland-chC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
21. P Varley vs P Motwani 0-112 1986 ENGD23 Queen's Gambit Accepted
22. P Motwani vs Speelman  ½-½25 1986 Chess OlympiadB10 Caro-Kann
23. W Arencibia vs P Motwani 0-126 1986 Chess OlympiadA52 Budapest Gambit
24. P Motwani vs P Roca ½-½37 1986 Chess OlympiadB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
25. P J Szalapaj vs P Motwani  0-122 1987 Pecten Aberdeeb opC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-01-04  ConLaMismaMano: Has Paul Motwani's last name scotish origin? It sounds sort of african to me...
Aug-03-04  BiLL RobeRTiE: Myself as well. Perhaps he's part Afrikaner?
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  Chessical: ConLaMismaMano: I understand that Paul Motwani's father comes from an Indian family.
Apr-08-05  Hidden Skillz: i heard this guy played against sokolov in olympiad and beat him in a KG game.. can somebody upload it?
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  offramp: Here it is:

[Event "34. Olympiad"]
[Site "Istanbul TUR"]
[Date "2000.11.04"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Motwani, Paul"]
[Black "Sokolov, Ivan"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C33"]
[WhiteElo "2464"]
[BlackElo "2611"]
[PlyCount "81"]
[EventDate "2000.10.28"]

1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Bc4 Ne7 4. Nf3 d5 5. exd5 Nxd5 6. Bxd5 Qxd5 7. Nc3 Qd8 8. d4 Be7 9. Bxf4 O-O 10. Qd3 Nc6 11. O-O-O Bd6 12. Bxd6 cxd6 13. Rhf1 Bg4 14. Qb5 Na5 15. h3 a6 16. Qd5 Be6 17. Qh5 h6 18. d5 Bd7 19. Nd4 Nc4 20. Rf3 Qe7 21. b3 Ne5 22. Rg3 Qf6 23. Qe2 Qf4+ 24. Re3 Rae8 25. g3 Qg5 26. Ne4 Qg6 27. g4 f5 28. gxf5 Bxf5 29. Nxf5 Rxf5 30. Rg3 Rg5 31. Nxg5 hxg5 32. Rdg1 Qf6 33. Kb1 Re7 34. Re3 b5 35. Rf1 Qh6 36. Rc3 Re8 37. Qe4 Qh5 38. Qf5 Qe2 39. Rg1 Nf7 40. Rc8 Qe3 41. Rf1 1-0

Apr-16-05  WTHarvey: Here are some crucial positions from Paul's games not shown here.
Aug-21-05  sitzkrieg: I highly recommend his book STAR Chess. Nice chessgames, nice comments and ideas, and some original puzzles and jokes make a good book for the not too serious chessplayer.

Jun-13-06  BIDMONFA: Paul Motwani


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  wordfunph: GM Jonathan Rowson once asked GM Paul Motwani, "If you were a chess piece, which would you be?" Paul replied that he'd be a knight because it can get everywhere albeit slowly.

Happy Birthday GM Paul Motwani!!!

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  wordfunph: "A wise player does not move his king into a corner without good reason, because apart from one precious tempo being spent, the king may well be required later near the middle of the board to play a central role in the struggle."

- GM Paul Motwani

happy birthday Paul!

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  ketchuplover: He likes his chess H.O.T and C.O.L.D.
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  fm avari viraf: He is a very good gentleman GM. I met him a couple of times during my participation in the International Chess Tournaments at Hastings. I won a Prize [a chess book by Motwani] in the International Blitz Chess Tournament at Hastings, U.K. <ConLaMismaMano> His last name Motwani comes from the Indian origin.
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  wordfunph: "Do you remember your first-ever game of chess? In my case, I still enjoy thinking back to 1973, when, as an 11-year-old schoolboy, I faced a classmate named Ann Fraser. After 1.e4 d6, she played 2.Bb5+ and announced 'Checkmate'! I was stunned and asked for an explanation, to which she replied, 'It's check and your king can't move.'"

- GM Paul Motwani (from his book H.O.T. Chess)

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  Abdel Irada: <Becoming Scotland's first GM in 1992 he later moved with his family from Dundee to Belgium.>

Aye. It would never do to let Scotland have a GM of its own for a second longer than necessary. ;-)

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  Abdel Irada: <After 1.e4 d6, she played 2.Bb5+ and announced 'Checkmate'! I was stunned and asked for an explanation, to which she replied, 'It's check and your king can't move.'">

There was a teenage girl in Santa Cruz who occasionally liked to challenge into blitz rotations at a local café, in spite of her vast inexperience.

On one memorable occasion, she sat down across from a B-player and played about thirty moves. Then, capturing a pawn in directly front of his king with her bishop, she grandly proclaimed "Check and *mate*!" and stalked triumphantly from the room before anyone could explain that her opponent wasn't in check.

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  ketchuplover: Pleasant birthday Paul :)
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  Octavia: <Aye. It would never do to let Scotland have a GM of its own for a second longer than necessary. ;-)> another 2 come to mind: J Rowson who now lives in England & Jacob Aagard who got his GM title living in Sco & now plays for Denmark. However Sco also has 2 'foreign' GMs who play for Sco - does that even it out?
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  TheFocus: <Tenacity is a very important quality for a chess player to develop. For example, it may mean stubbornly defending a difficult position for a long time… (or) you may be sitting with an advantageous position, but meeting resistance from your opponent. Then you need to be tenacious in order to nurture your advantage patiently, keep your opponent under pressure, and finally break down his resistance> - Paul Motwani.
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  ketchuplover: May your chess always be hot and cool :)
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  eternaloptimist: Happy Birthday to 1 of my favorite chess book authors/players! I'm reading H.O.T. Chess again now, & I bought C.O.O.L. Chess about 3 weeks ago. I plan to buy some of his other books eventually. The quote that <wordfunph> pointed out where the girl thought that she checkmated him is 1 of my favorites. There were actually 5 ways to block the check after she played 2)Bb5+. The "tenacious" quote that <TheFocus> pointed out is at the beginning of chapter 2 of H.O.T. Chess & is also a good quote. H.O.T. Chess is his 1st book & like some of his other books, uses mnemonics to help ppl remember principles that should be used when playing chess. He's 1 of the most creative chess book authors/players that I've ever seen. <ketchuplover> Amen! :)
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  diagonal: H.E.R.O. of the month, Self-Portrait by Paul Motwani:

Paul Motwani (then IM, later GM, the first ever of Scotland) won the inaugural <Watson, Farley, Williams> tournament at London in 1988 ahead of shared Sadler, Levitt and Arkell; twelve players including Hodgson, Hebden, King, Evans, Fedorowicz, and Westerinen; maybe Motwani's biggest success:

The 1989 and 1990 <WFW> editions (always with a bunch of brits and some guest stars from abroad) both saw the Danish Dynamite Bent Larsen carry off first prize, a feat he repeated the same year at an additional WFW held in New York as a curtain raiser side event of the 1990 WCC match between Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov which was split, with the first 12 games played in New York, USA, and the final 12 in Lyon, France.

In the <WFW> 1991 at London again, Alexander Khalifman and William Watson won, triple WFW winner Bent Larsen tied for sixth to eight with Mihai Suba and Robert Byrne.

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