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Luke McShane
Photograph 2007, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Number of games in database: 844
Years covered: 1990 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2643 (2698 rapid, 2660 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2713

Overall record: +265 -164 =294 (57.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 121 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (136) 
    B50 B40 B90 B30 B20
 Ruy Lopez (83) 
    C78 C85 C65 C67 C91
 French Defense (51) 
    C07 C05 C03 C02 C09
 French Tarrasch (38) 
    C07 C05 C03 C09 C04
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (32) 
    C85 C91 C99 C92 C96
 Caro-Kann (27) 
    B12 B11 B10 B17 B19
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (84) 
    E94 E62 E92 E60 E67
 Sicilian (65) 
    B33 B30 B31 B22 B23
 Ruy Lopez (55) 
    C67 C65 C95 C78 C72
 Slav (32) 
    D15 D10 D11 D12 D17
 Grunfeld (30) 
    D85 D87 D97 D90 D93
 English (24) 
    A15 A10 A16 A11
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Aronian vs McShane, 2012 0-1
   McShane vs Carlsen, 2010 1-0
   Nakamura vs McShane, 2009 0-1
   McShane vs Koneru, 2003 1-0
   McShane vs Kramnik, 2012 1-0
   McShane vs Lahno, 2004 1-0
   McShane vs R Wojtaszek, 2011 1-0
   O Lemmers vs McShane, 2010 0-1
   McShane vs A Istratescu, 2013 1-0
   McShane vs W So, 2011 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Greenland Open (2003)
   1st Malmo Masters (2003)
   Tata Steel Group B (2011)
   41st World Junior Championships (2002)
   British Championships (2017)
   5th Lausanne Young Masters (2004)
   European Union Individual Championships (2006)
   15th European Team Championship (2005)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   Reykjavik Open (2011)
   Bundesliga 2017/18 (2017)
   Bundesliga 2010/11 (2010)
   EU-ch 4th (2003)
   Bundesliga 2011/12 (2011)
   Bundesliga 2014/15 (2014)

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

   🏆 Bundesliga 2017/18
   F Bindrich vs McShane (Feb-04-18) 0-1
   McShane vs B Bok (Feb-03-18) 1/2-1/2
   P Ponkratov vs McShane (Dec-30-17) 1-0, blitz
   McShane vs A Khairat (Dec-30-17) 1-0, blitz
   S Halkias vs McShane (Dec-30-17) 1-0, blitz

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(born Jan-07-1984, 34 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).

Wikipedia article: Luke McShane

 page 1 of 34; games 1-25 of 844  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. McShane vs G Hassapis  1-0231990Barnet Knights U10B32 Sicilian
2. McShane vs Grischuk 1-0341992Wch U10C09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
3. Bacrot vs McShane 0-1391992Wch U10E81 King's Indian, Samisch
4. F Vallejo Pons vs McShane  1-0621992Wch U10C15 French, Winawer
5. McShane vs H Van Parreren  ½-½591993Lloyds Bank MastersB10 Caro-Kann
6. McShane vs P Morris  0-1431993Lloyds Bank MastersC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
7. J Manion vs McShane 0-1431993Lloyds Bank MastersE97 King's Indian
8. McShane vs K McEwan  ½-½571993Lloyds Bank op 17thB56 Sicilian
9. McShane vs Kasparov 0-1501993Casual gameB56 Sicilian
10. S Williams vs McShane  1-0611995Richmond Chess In 2ndA10 English
11. J Shaw vs McShane  0-1581995Hastings ChallengerA07 King's Indian Attack
12. McShane vs Baburin 1-0331995Cambridge UENGOB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
13. McShane vs Hebden 0-1511995Ch ENG Swansea (ENG)C96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
14. Kasparov vs McShane 1-0281995SimultanA10 English
15. McShane vs G Welling  ½-½101995RichmondB10 Caro-Kann
16. McShane vs Paschall  ½-½591995Hastings Challengers 9596B35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
17. McShane vs Ponomariov  0-1511995EU-ch U12B05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
18. McShane vs Adams  0-1401996KilkennyC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
19. McShane vs G Timoshchenko  ½-½531996Benasque opB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
20. S Williams vs McShane  ½-½541996Smith & Williamson YM 6thE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
21. Movsesian vs McShane  0-1431997Bundesliga 9798E97 King's Indian
22. McShane vs S Williams  ½-½461997CardiffC05 French, Tarrasch
23. McShane vs Adams  0-1441997KilkennyC78 Ruy Lopez
24. A Dunnington vs McShane  ½-½111997Agency InternationalE60 King's Indian Defense
25. A Stefanova vs McShane  ½-½631997Agency InternationalA48 King's Indian
 page 1 of 34; games 1-25 of 844  PGN Download
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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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  tpstar: A nice win by Luke McShane over Graham Lee from 1997, not in the database yet:

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nd7 5. Nf3 Ngf6 6. Nxf6+ Nxf6 7. Bd3 b6 8. 0-0 Bb7 9. b3 Be7 10. c4 0-0 11. Bb2 c5 12. dxc5 bxc5 13. Qe2 Qc7 14. Rad1 Qc6 15. Qe5 Rfd8 16. Qg3 h6 17. Rfe1 a5 18. Ne5 Qc7 19. Bc1 Nh5 20. Qh3 Nf6?

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21. Bxh6! gxh6 22. Qg3+ Ng4 23. Qxg4+ Kf8 24. Qf4 1-0.

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"Black, a strong player, lost this game without making any obvious mistakes. White, having gradually built up an attacking position, had to crash through Black's defense with a sacrifice. If this ploy had been miscalculated, then Black may have ended up the winner."

Gareth Williams, "Chess" - Paragon Publishing, Bath, 2002.

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