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Luke McShane
Photograph 2007, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Number of games in database: 881
Years covered: 1990 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2669 (2698 rapid, 2660 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2713

Overall record: +282 -172 =306 (57.2%)*
   * 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 B30 B31 B90
 Ruy Lopez (84) 
    C78 C85 C67 C65 C91
 French Defense (53) 
    C07 C05 C03 C02 C09
 French Tarrasch (40) 
    C07 C05 C03 C09 C04
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (32) 
    C85 C91 C99 C84 C90
 Caro-Kann (29) 
    B12 B11 B10 B17 B18
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (87) 
    E94 E62 E92 E60 E91
 Sicilian (63) 
    B33 B30 B31 B22 B76
 Ruy Lopez (58) 
    C67 C65 C95 C78 C72
 Slav (35) 
    D15 D10 D11 D12 D16
 Grunfeld (31) 
    D85 D87 D86 D90 D97
 English (25) 
    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
   McShane vs Koneru, 2003 1-0
   Nakamura vs McShane, 2009 0-1
   McShane vs Kramnik, 2012 1-0
   McShane vs Illescas Cordoba, 2005 1-0
   McShane vs A Istratescu, 2013 1-0
   McShane vs R Wojtaszek, 2011 1-0
   McShane vs Lahno, 2004 1-0
   McShane vs W So, 2011 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   1st Malmo Masters (2003)
   Greenland Open (2003)
   Tata Steel Group B (2011)
   41st World Junior Championship (2002)
   European Union Individual Championship (2006)
   British Championship (2018)
   British Championship (2017)
   European Individual Chess Championship (2018)
   15th European Team Championship (2005)
   Reykjavik Open (2011)
   EU-ch 4th (2003)
   Bundesliga 2014/15 (2014)
   Bundesliga 2011/12 (2011)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   Bundesliga 2017/18 (2017)

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

   🏆 Chess Olympiad
   A Ismagambetov vs McShane (Oct-05-18) 1/2-1/2
   McShane vs I Nepomniachtchi (Oct-04-18) 1/2-1/2
   F Urkedal vs McShane (Oct-03-18) 1/2-1/2
   McShane vs M Rodshtein (Oct-02-18) 1-0
   McShane vs D Flores (Oct-01-18) 1-0

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(born Jan-07-1984, 35 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 36; games 1-25 of 881  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 Kasparov 0-1501993Casual gameB56 Sicilian
6. McShane vs K McEwan  ½-½57199317th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB56 Sicilian
7. J Manion vs McShane 0-143199317th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenE97 King's Indian
8. McShane vs P Morris  0-143199317th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
9. McShane vs H Van Parreren  ½-½59199317th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB10 Caro-Kann
10. J Shaw vs McShane  0-1581995Hastings ChallengerA07 King's Indian Attack
11. McShane vs Baburin 1-0331995CambridgeB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
12. Kasparov vs McShane 1-0281995SimulA10 English
13. McShane vs Paschall  ½-½591995Hastings Challengers 9596B27 Sicilian
14. McShane vs Ponomariov  0-1511995EU-ch U12B05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
15. McShane vs Hebden 0-1511995BCF-chC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
16. S Williams vs McShane  1-0611995Richmond Chess In 2ndA10 English
17. McShane vs G Welling  ½-½101995RichmondB10 Caro-Kann
18. McShane vs Adams  0-1401996KilkennyC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
19. S Williams vs McShane  ½-½541996Smith & Williamson YM 6thE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
20. McShane vs G Timoshchenko  ½-½531996Benasque opB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
21. McShane vs Adams  0-1441997KilkennyC78 Ruy Lopez
22. McShane vs S Williams  ½-½461997CardiffC05 French, Tarrasch
23. Movsesian vs McShane  0-1431997Bundesliga 1997/98E97 King's Indian
24. H Hunt vs McShane  ½-½471997Agency InternationalB23 Sicilian, Closed
25. McShane vs S Lalic  1-0571997Agency InternationalB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
 page 1 of 36; games 1-25 of 881  PGN Download
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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"
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  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.

We have cookies.

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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.
Oct-10-15  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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  PhilFeeley: Missing this interesting game, admittedly a blitz, but nevertheless, an uncommon opening:

[Event "NED-ch op 5'"]
[Site "Dordrecht"]
[Date "2001.02.24"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Van Wely, Loek"]
[Black "McShane, Luke J"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B00"]
[WhiteElo "2700"]
[BlackElo "2460"]
[PlyCount "90"]
[EventDate "2001.02.24"]
[EventType "swiss (blitz)"]
[EventRounds "34"]
[EventCountry "NED"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "2001.03.08"]
[SourceVersion "1"]
[SourceVersionDate "2001.03.08"]
[SourceQuality "1"]

1. d4 b6 2. e4 Bb7 3. Bd3 e6 4. Nf3 d6 5. O-O Nd7 6. Qe2 Ne7 7. h4 h6 8. Re1 g6 9. Nbd2 Bg7 10. Nf1 O-O 11. N1h2 c5 12. c3 cxd4 13. cxd4 Nc6 14. a3 Rc8 15. Be3 Nf6 16. Rad1 h5 17. Ng5 Qe7 18. Bb1 Na5 19. Nhf3 Ng4 20. Bf4 Nc4 21. e5 dxe5 22. dxe5 b5 23. Ne4 Bxe4 24. Bxe4 Ncxe5 25. Nxe5 Bxe5 26. Bg5 Bf6 27. Bd2 Qc7 28. g3 Bd4 29. Bf4 Bxf2+ 30. Kg2 e5 31. Bg5 Bxe1 32. Rxe1 Qc5 33. Rf1 Rfd8 34. Qf3 Rd7 35. Bb1 Rcd8 36. Ba2 Rf8 37. Kh1 Qd6 38. Kg2 e4 39. Qe2 Qc6 40. Kh3 e3 41. Bf4 Nf2+ 42. Rxf2 exf2 43. Kh2 Qc5 44. Qf3 f1=B 45. Qxf1 Qc2+ 0-1

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