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Luke McShane
Photograph 2007, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Number of games in database: 723
Years covered: 1990 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2644 (2686 rapid, 2702 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2713

Overall record: +244 -159 =272 (56.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 48 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (127) 
    B50 B40 B30 B31 B90
 Ruy Lopez (66) 
    C78 C67 C85 C65 C91
 French Defense (44) 
    C07 C05 C03 C02 C09
 French Tarrasch (34) 
    C07 C05 C03 C09 C04
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (26) 
    C85 C91 C99 C92 C88
 Caro-Kann (22) 
    B11 B12 B10 B17 B19
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (75) 
    E94 E62 E92 E60 E91
 Sicilian (61) 
    B33 B30 B31 B22 B26
 Ruy Lopez (44) 
    C67 C65 C95 C78
 Slav (31) 
    D15 D10 D11 D12 D17
 Grunfeld (29) 
    D85 D87 D93 D90 D97
 English (19) 
    A15 A10 A11 A16
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   McShane vs Carlsen, 2010 1-0
   Aronian vs McShane, 2012 0-1
   McShane vs Koneru, 2003 1-0
   Nakamura vs McShane, 2009 0-1
   McShane vs Kramnik, 2012 1-0
   McShane vs R Wojtaszek, 2011 1-0
   McShane vs Lahno, 2004 1-0
   N Firman vs McShane, 2012 0-1
   McShane vs W So, 2011 1-0
   O Lemmers vs McShane, 2010 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   1st Malmo Masters (2003)
   Greenland Open (2003)
   38th World Open (2010)
   41st World Junior Championships (2002)
   Tata Steel Group B (2011)
   5th Lausanne Young Masters (2004)
   Hrokurinn (2003)
   European Union Individual Championships (2006)
   Reykjavik Open (2011)
   Millionaire Chess (2015)
   15th European Team Championship (2005)
   EU-ch 4th (2003)
   Bundesliga 2011/12 (2011)
   Bundesliga 2014/15 (2014)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   2010 Canadian open by gauer
   The Tromp by jheiner

   T Kantans vs McShane (Mar-19-17) 1-0
   McShane vs Adams (Mar-18-17) 1/2-1/2
   M Bezold vs McShane (Feb-19-17) 0-1
   McShane vs S Bromberger (Feb-18-17) 1-0
   Shabalov vs McShane (Dec-18-16) 1-0, rapid

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(born Jan-07-1984, 33 years old) United Kingdom

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Luke McShane was World Under-10 Champion in 1993, and is the youngest-ever British player to achieve both the IM title (at age 13) and the GM title (age 16). McShane's international victories include the Greenland Open (2003), the 18th North Sea Cup (2003), the 1st Malmo Masters (2003), the Lausanne Young Masters in both 2003 and 2004, the Magistral Ciutat d'Igualada (2005), the 2010 Canadian Open and Tata Steel (Group B) (2011). He scored 7.5/11 in the 12th European Individual Championship (2011), placing 24th on tiebreak. He came 4th at the category 20 London Chess Classic (2011), scoring +3 -1 =4 (TPR of 2852).

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 page 1 of 29; games 1-25 of 723  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. McShane vs G Hassapis  1-023 1990 Barnet Knights U10B32 Sicilian
2. F Vallejo Pons vs McShane  1-062 1992 Wch U10C15 French, Winawer
3. Bacrot vs McShane 0-139 1992 Wch U10E81 King's Indian, Samisch
4. McShane vs Grischuk 1-034 1992 Wch U10C09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
5. McShane vs H Van Parreren  ½-½59 1993 Lloyds Bank MastersB10 Caro-Kann
6. McShane vs P Morris  0-143 1993 Lloyds Bank MastersC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
7. McShane vs K McEwan  ½-½57 1993 Lloyds Bank op 17thB56 Sicilian
8. J Manion vs McShane 0-143 1993 Lloyds Bank MastersE97 King's Indian
9. McShane vs Kasparov 0-150 1993 Casual gameB56 Sicilian
10. S Williams vs McShane  1-061 1995 Richmond Chess In 2ndA10 English
11. McShane vs Baburin 1-033 1995 Cambridge UENGOB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
12. McShane vs Paschall  ½-½59 1995 Hastings Challengers 9596B35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
13. McShane vs G Welling  ½-½10 1995 RichmondB10 Caro-Kann
14. J Shaw vs McShane  0-158 1995 Hastings ChallengerA07 King's Indian Attack
15. Kasparov vs McShane 1-028 1995 SimultanA10 English
16. McShane vs Ponomariov  0-151 1995 EU-ch U12B05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
17. McShane vs Hebden 0-151 1995 Ch ENG Swansea (ENG)C96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
18. McShane vs G Timoshchenko  ½-½53 1996 Benasque opB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
19. McShane vs Adams  0-140 1996 It (open)C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
20. S Williams vs McShane  ½-½54 1996 Smith & Williamson YM 6thE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
21. McShane vs Adams  0-144 1997 It (open)C78 Ruy Lopez
22. Movsesian vs McShane  0-143 1997 Bundesliga 9798E97 King's Indian
23. A Stefanova vs McShane  ½-½63 1997 Agency London UENGOA48 King's Indian
24. McShane vs S Williams  ½-½46 1997 CardiffC05 French, Tarrasch
25. Chiburdanidze vs McShane  1-046 1997 LippstadtA26 English
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Sep-05-12  SimonWebbsTiger: amen to that, <wordfunph>!

Before him, Agdestein and then (I suppose) Reshevsky and Euwe.

Oct-28-12  hellopolgar: why do people keep saying that McShane is amateur?

read up the actual definition of amateur please.

i think what people actually mean is "not completely focused on chess". well, this holds true for many GM's. I wouldn't be surprised if Nakamura spent more time on poker than McShane on his trading job.

Oct-28-12  L13: Alternatively, we can look it up in an actual dictionary...

<am·a·teur (m-tūr, -tr, -chr, -chr, -tyr) n.

<1. A person who engages in an art, science, study, or athletic activity as a pastime rather than as a profession.>

2. Sports: An athlete who has never accepted money, or who accepts money under restrictions specified by a regulatory body, for participating in a competition.

3. One lacking the skill of a professional, as in an art.>

It does grate a little when people keep referring to McShane as an amateur because it feels patronising, especially when used by Russian fans (on the forum, for example), but given that he has a day job, it's not technically wrong.

Also, I don't think you understand what traders actually do. High-pressure jobs in finance are among the most time-consuming in the world. Frankly, I'm surprised he gets to participate in chess tournaments at all.

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  perfidious: Pity that references to McShane as an amateur frequently imply distaste for the concept, as though amateur were in some way less than a full-time professional.

For those who wish to denigrate someone in this way, I would be most happy to introduce them to an amateur poker player I have faced a number of times, Jay Heimowitz. Jay is a gentleman and one of the nicest people I have met in my poker career, but he is a hell of a tough customer.

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  Dionysius1: Maybe McShane's success will revive the term "amateur" as a compliment. As in "he doesn't do it for a living, and he can still beat most of the world's best players. Extra power to his elbow"
Nov-01-12  jahhaj: McShane now the British #1. . It's been on the cards for a while.
Jan-07-13  waustad: Happy birthday on what may be considered your first annual 29th!
Mar-14-13  L13: I noticed that McShane was back on 2700chess's list of 2700-rated players prior to the release of FIDE's March ranking, but his official rating of 269x didn't change on March 1. Anyone know why that might be?

Do rating changes/rated games sometimes take longer than a month to process? Or is the switch to monthly rating updates too recent for us to draw any conclusions yet?

Mar-27-13  Osbourne Cox: I read here that McShane is a trader. Does anybody know what kind of goods he trades ? Is he one of the persons that trade food for speculative reasons, without thinking about the consequences ???
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  pawn to QB4: <Does anybody know what kind of goods he trades ?> I gather he's one of a gang calling themselves Goldman Sachs. Did well betting on the collapse in subprime mortgage bonds.
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  Jim Bartle: Goldman Sachs was big on subprime mortgage bonds but reversed itself shortly before the collapse, avoiding a total disaster.

They also insured their mortgage investments with AIG, so AIG owed GS $13 billion to cover losses. The US govt. ended up paying this money to GS via AiG.

May-18-13  Intrepid Spiff: Luke, I am your father.
Jul-08-13  Everett: <Jim Bartle: Goldman Sachs was big on subprime mortgage bonds but reversed itself shortly before the collapse, avoiding a total disaster. They also insured their mortgage investments with AIG, so AIG owed GS $13 billion to cover losses. The US govt. ended up paying this money to GS via AiG.>

Convenient timing for GS.

Dec-11-13  cbpatzer: Luke McShane dropped a winning positions vs Vishy Anand in round 1 of London Classic and lost in the end
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  brankat: Happy Birthday Luke!
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  Penguincw: Happy 30th birthday to one of my favourite players, Luke McShane. :)
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  TheFocus: Luke, come to the Dark Side.

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  Penguincw: Happy 31st birthday to GM Luke McShane. I hope he's able to play in the next LCC.
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  TheFocus: <Chess is a game sufficiently rich in meaning that is easily capable of containing elements of both tragedy and comedy> - Luke McShane.

So, basically, chess played are actors.

Hence... The Chess Oscars.

Although, I consider Oscar the Grouch to be a better actor than most of these GM chumps.

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  TheFocus: <In my own experience, the main benefits are often realized when the endgames you have studied never make it onto the board. Endgames often arise in variations, and it's important to develop a good 'feel' for which ones are likely to pose practical problems for the opponent. Likewise, the confidence to simplify into an inferior but tenable endgame safe in the knowledge that you know how to handle it is invaluable> - Luke McShane.
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  Penguincw: Luke McShane recently competed at the DC International Open, scoring a decent 7/9 (+5,-0,=4) against 2421 opposition. Then, one <day> after the June 30th end of that tournament, on July 1st, he competed at the World Open, starting with 2.5/3.
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  Jambow: Probably a top ten player if it was his profession instead of a part time passion. Capable of beating anyone alive on a good day. Glad to see him at the board again.
Oct-11-15  King Radio: Easy to be a fan of Luke. Such a strong player, and always so gracious. It would be a great world if everyone could be as classy as he is.
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  Penguincw: Happy birthday to Luke McShane!
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  diagonal: time is flying :)

<LAUSANNE Young Masters (LYM), held from 1999 to 2006,

list of winners:

1999 Bacrot
2000 Grischuk
2002 no tournaments
2001 Bruzon
2003 McShane (5. Karjakin)
2004 McShane (5. Carlsen)
2005 Volokitin (5. Carlsen)
2006 Vachier-Lagrave

plus Open Festivals 1999 - 2013> with some rare pics from when they were young (in the attached pdf)

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