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Christopher G Ward
Number of games in database: 347
Years covered: 1981 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2434 (2418 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2527

Overall record: +141 -90 =116 (57.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (30) 
    E81 E70 E86 E76 E88
 Queen's Pawn Game (23) 
    A45 A40 D02 A41 A46
 Nimzo Indian (22) 
    E20 E32 E21 E33
 Grunfeld (17) 
    D70 D86 D91 D90 D80
 Slav (16) 
    D15 D10 D17 D18 D16
 Queen's Gambit Declined (11) 
    D35 D31 D38 D36 D30
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (63) 
    B22 B76 B25 B78 B52
 Sicilian Dragon (24) 
    B76 B78 B70 B77 B39
 Queen's Pawn Game (23) 
    E10 A46 E00 A40 A45
 Nimzo Indian (17) 
    E44 E34 E43 E21 E32
 French Defense (13) 
    C18 C11 C03 C17 C01
 Reti System (11) 
    A04 A06
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   K Visweswaran vs C G Ward, 2001 0-1
   R Pert vs C G Ward, 2005 0-1
   P Morris vs C G Ward, 1983 0-1
   D Mason vs C G Ward, 2007 0-1
   C G Ward vs A Summerscale, 1996 1-0
   A G Ashton vs C G Ward, 2005 0-1
   J Hickman vs C G Ward, 2000 0-1
   Stefansson vs C G Ward, 1998 0-1
   D Tebb vs C G Ward, 1998 0-1
   M P Townsend vs C G Ward, 2001 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   XXII Reykjavik Open (2006)
   British Championship (2015)
   British Championship (2016)
   British Championship (2006)
   Smith & Williamson British Championship (2005)
   British Chess Championship (2014)
   100th British Championship (2013)
   British Championship (2007)
   Smith & Williamson British Championship (2004)
   105th ch-GBR (2018)
   5th Gibraltar Chess Festival (2007)
   Gibraltar Masters (2004)
   Gibraltar Masters (2005)
   British Championship (2017)

   🏆 British Championship
   C G Ward vs J Rudd (Aug-05-18) 1-0
   D Eggleston vs C G Ward (Aug-04-18) 1-0
   C G Ward vs N Pert (Aug-03-18) 0-1
   Justin Tan vs C G Ward (Aug-02-18) 1/2-1/2
   C G Ward vs Murad Abdulla (Aug-01-18) 1-0

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(born Mar-26-1968, 50 years old) United Kingdom

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Grandmaster and British Chess Champion in 1996. He is the author of several chess books, among them Winning With the Sicilian Dragon 2 (2001), Winning with the Dragon (2003) and The Controversial Samisch King's Indian (2004).

Wikipedia article: Chris Ward (chess player)

Last updated: 2018-05-23 04:27:38

 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 347  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. C G Ward vs Van der Wiel  1-0451981ColumbusB08 Pirc, Classical
2. P Morris vs C G Ward 0-12119837th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
3. Nunn vs C G Ward 1-02919848th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
4. Speelman vs C G Ward 1-0351987BCF-chA43 Old Benoni
5. F Braga vs C G Ward 1-0341987Chess for PeaceE10 Queen's Pawn Game
6. C G Ward vs Hebden  0-1661987Chess for PeaceA21 English
7. C G Ward vs L Shamkovich  ½-½181987Chess for PeaceE20 Nimzo-Indian
8. Nunn vs C G Ward 0-1441988LeedsB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
9. C G Ward vs G Andruet  0-1351988HaringeyA57 Benko Gambit
10. C G Ward vs Kotronias  1-0391988SaltsjobadenE88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
11. C G Ward vs D Norwood  ½-½221988Oakham Young MastersA40 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Blatny vs C G Ward  1-0341988Oakham Young MastersB20 Sicilian
13. C G Ward vs G Quillan  ½-½421988Oakham Young MastersA67 Benoni, Taimanov Variation
14. Hebden vs C G Ward  1-0261989Barnsdale UENGOB25 Sicilian, Closed
15. C G Ward vs Chandler 0-1331989Barnsdale (England)E21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
16. C G Ward vs Smagin  0-1481989Hastings Challengers 8990A22 English
17. C G Ward vs T Gavriel  1-0321989Guernsey opE81 King's Indian, Samisch
18. Wojtkiewicz vs C G Ward  1-040198913th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA04 Reti Opening
19. C G Ward vs Anand 0-1301990OakhamB07 Pirc
20. C G Ward vs Nunn 0-143199014th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
21. C G Ward vs Suba 0-1341990BCF-chA16 English
22. R Tozer vs C G Ward  ½-½561990NatWest Young MastersE00 Queen's Pawn Game
23. C G Ward vs D Anagnostopoulos  ½-½601990NatWest Young MastersE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
24. A Ledger vs C G Ward ½-½351990NatWest Young MastersA04 Reti Opening
25. P Morris vs C G Ward  0-1271990NatWest Young MastersB42 Sicilian, Kan
 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 347  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-24-06  exigentsky: All I can say is that I have never seen anyone explain the Queen's Gambit so well! And of course, he plays both sides extremely well too.
Nov-13-06  watergun7: He plays the Nimzo and Benoni as Black, but he is most famous for authoring a number of Sicilian Dragon books.
Jan-25-07  JustAFish: I just picked up a copy of his "It's your move: Tough Puzzles" and am enjoying it greatly. The puzzles are mainly of a positional nature- similar, though not entirely like, those in Silman's "Reassess your chess workbook"- but there are a few mainly tactical ones thrown in. As advertised the puzzles are quite tough.

The format of the book is interesting. He gives you a position, a brief assessment of the position, and then asks which of 6 fictional players' plans you most agree with. You are then given points based on which plan you picked. Most puzzles give partial credit for one or more of the non-favored plans, but the most points go toward the actual continuation seen in the game.

I've found it most fruitful to first try to come up with my own suite of plans before looking at those of Ward's fictional kibitzers- that way, I can assess my ability to come up with ideas in the first place. I've docked myself points for correct choices that I didn't independently conceive of.

As a chessplayer, one of the most difficult things I've found is not coming up with plans, but deciding between several appealing ideas. This book tests ones ability to assess the quality of a plan. Halfway through the book, I've found myself much more willing to try to "prove" plans, instead of simply assuming that any plan is better than no plan.

Some may quibble that a number of Ward's puzzles are rather subjective in nature, but I would argue that the purpose of picking up a chess book is to learn, not to prove something about yourself. I think I've learned some good habits.

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  Eric Schiller: Chris writes excellent books. He is playing here in Gibraltar now.
Jul-25-08  GreaseMonkey: Chris is also one of the nicest guys around. I am a 2050-2100 patzer and have played him twice - two losses since you ask. But he was the perfect gentleman both times.
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  Marmot PFL: I am examining Ward's book on the QG. He gives several lines outside my usual rep, such as 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6 4.e3 Nf6 5.Nf3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.g4. Ward says it must be sound if Kasparov played it against a computer, at any rate it never hurts to learn new tricks.
Apr-03-09  Dredge Rivers: His brother Montgomery was a much better player! :)
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  DarthStapler: I have some books by this guy
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  PhilFeeley: I wonder why this game isn't here?

Chris Ward - Aaron Summerscale
BCF-ch (6), 1992

1 d4 d5 2 c4 c6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 e3 e6 5 Nf3 Nbd7 6 Qc2 Be7 7 b3 00 8 Bd3 dxc4 9 bxc4 c5 10 00 cxd4 11 exd4 b6 12 Ne5 Bb7 13 Re1 Re8 14 Re3 Nf8 15 Ne2 N6d7 16 Rh3 Ng6 17 Bxg6 hxg6 18 Rh8+ Kxh8 19 Nxf7+ Kh7 20 Nxd8 Raxd8 21 Nf4 Nf8 22 Bb2 Bg5 23 Nh3 Bf6 24 Rd1 Rd7 25 Ba3 Bxd4 26 Qa4 Rdd8 27 Qxa7 Rd7 28 Qa4 Ra8 29 Qb3 Bc6 30 Qg3 e5 31 Bxf8 Rxf8 32 Kh1 Bxf2 33 Qb3 Be3 34 Re1 Rd2 35 Qxe3 Rxg2 36 Qe4 Bxe4 37 Rxe4 Rxa2 38 Rxe5 Rf1+ 39 Ng1 Rff2 0-1

Summerscale comments on it here:

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  wordfunph: In 2006, i had the chance to work in a gravy factory in Leeds England. On my first day, I learned from my fellow Filipinos that our supervisor's name would then be Christopher Ward, i burst with excitement ---- but i was disappointed, he was not the chess grandmaster and book author from England but a lonely separated man who was nice to me. I talked to him on chess but nada, he was interested in cricket!

i wonder how many Chris Wards in England.. :)

Jan-06-11  MaxxLange: well., good question.. but now, I need to know, how many gravy factories?

how much gravy do the Islanders eat per year, anyway?

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  GrahamClayton: <JustAFish>The format of the book is interesting. He gives you a position, a brief assessment of the position, and then asks which of 6 fictional players' plans you most agree with. You are then given points based on which plan you picked. Most puzzles give partial credit for one or more of the non-favored plans, but the most points go toward the actual continuation seen in the game.

"Chess Choice Challenge 3" has a similar format. A position is given, and you have to choose between 5 different assessments.

Oct-10-13  JustAnotherPatzer: Not ANOTHER one word bio!

Anyone who's earned such an exalted title and is also an esteemed chess author, is surely deserving of a couple of paragraphs?

Is it the player's own nonchalance or a shortage of biographers responsible?

Jan-24-14  MarkFinan: Here, Ward and 8 other top Masters play British Magician and illusionist Derron Brown... He's never played the game, knows how the pieces move and can calculate maybe 4 ply deep... Before watching see if you can guess how he comes away with a plus score!?! Really, really sly yet clever.

Jan-24-14  RedShield: <Finan>, you posted that crap here before and nobody had the heart to tell you then that this 'trick' has been common knowledge in the chess world for about 100 years. So I'm telling you now!
Jan-24-14  MarkFinan: Thanks 😃
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Christopher Ward.
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