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Andrew Jonathan Mestel
A J Mestel 
 
Number of games in database: 386
Years covered: 1971 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2471
Highest rating achieved in database: 2540

Overall record: +118 -125 =136 (49.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 7 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (72) 
    B92 B56 B90 B83 B84
 Sicilian Najdorf (21) 
    B92 B90 B93 B91
 French Defense (17) 
    C00 C18 C02 C09 C15
 Ruy Lopez (14) 
    C85 C77 C80 C92 C90
 Sicilian Scheveningen (13) 
    B83 B84 B82
 English (11) 
    A13 A16 A10 A15
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (48) 
    B70 B76 B78 B51 B75
 King's Indian (44) 
    E94 E70 E73 E63 E84
 Sicilian Dragon (30) 
    B70 B76 B75 B78 B71
 English (13) 
    A15 A10 A13 A17
 Queen's Pawn Game (12) 
    A41 A40 A50 D05 D02
 Modern Benoni (11) 
    A56 A64 A57 A62
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A J Mestel vs N Renman, 1980 1-0
   D Norwood vs A J Mestel, 1988 0-1
   T Taylor vs A J Mestel, 1978 0-1
   H Ree vs A J Mestel, 1983 0-1
   Alburt vs A J Mestel, 1984 0-1
   Hebden vs A J Mestel, 1986 0-1
   Nunn vs A J Mestel, 1978 0-1
   Larsen vs A J Mestel, 1978 0-1
   J Rodgaard vs A J Mestel, 1978 0-1
   A Galliamova vs A J Mestel, 1993 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1977/78 (1977)
   Las Palmas Interzonal (1982)
   Phillips & Drew Kings (1982)
   Hastings 1980/81 (1980)
   Lone Pine (1978)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1977/78 by suenteus po 147
   Hastings (1981/82) by Chessical
   Cshatranj's favorite games by Cshatranj
   Esbjerg 1978 - Vesterhavsturneringen by Troller

RECENT GAMES:
   A J Mestel vs A Slavin (Mar-31-12) 0-1
   A J Mestel vs N McDonald (Feb-20-11) 1/2-1/2
   D Gormally vs A J Mestel (Feb-19-11) 1-0

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ANDREW JONATHAN MESTEL
(born Mar-13-1957, 59 years old) United Kingdom

[what is this?]
Andrew Jonathan Mestel was born in Cambridge, England. A prodigy, he was world under 16 champion in 1974 was awarded the IM title in 1977 and the GM title in 1982. He also holds the problem solving GM title.

He was World Cadet Champion (under 18) in 1974 and won the British Championship in 1976, 1983 and 1988. In tournaments he was 2nd= at Esbjerg 1984 and 3rd at Hastings 1983-84.

Wikipedia article: Jonathan Mestel


 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 386  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. A J Mestel vs Speelman  ½-½28 1971 HastingsB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
2. B Eley vs A J Mestel  ½-½41 1972 BCF-chB06 Robatsch
3. Hort vs A J Mestel  1-025 1972 HastingsA04 Reti Opening
4. A J Mestel vs H Westerinen  ½-½30 1972 Hastings 7273C50 Giuoco Piano
5. Ulf Andersson vs A J Mestel  ½-½38 1972 HastingsA04 Reti Opening
6. A J Mestel vs G Barcza  ½-½41 1972 Hastings 7273B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
7. A J Mestel vs A Kuligowski  ½-½15 1973 EU-ch U20 fin-AC55 Two Knights Defense
8. A J Mestel vs H Koopman  1-021 1973 European Junior ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
9. A J Mestel vs Pinter  1-042 1973 Ch Europe (juniors)B87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
10. A J Whiteley vs A J Mestel  1-033 1973 BCF-chA40 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Keene vs A J Mestel  ½-½31 1973 BCF-chB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
12. A J Mestel vs D Rajkovic  0-162 1973 Hastings 7273B46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
13. Hartston vs A J Mestel  1-040 1973 Hastings 7273C80 Ruy Lopez, Open
14. A J Mestel vs M Stean  ½-½39 1973 Hastings 7273B87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
15. B Eley vs A J Mestel  1-073 1973 Hastings 7273C78 Ruy Lopez
16. A J Mestel vs I Radulov 0-132 1973 Hastings 7273B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
17. Wade vs A J Mestel  1-041 1973 Hastings 7273A50 Queen's Pawn Game
18. A J Mestel vs Uhlmann  0-139 1973 HastingsC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
19. Larsen vs A J Mestel  1-039 1973 Hastings 7273D49 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
20. A J Mestel vs V Tukmakov 1-066 1973 Hastings 7273B07 Pirc
21. Smyslov vs A J Mestel 1-034 1973 15, HastingsA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
22. A J Mestel vs S Swanson  ½-½52 1973 EU-ch U20 qualC55 Two Knights Defense
23. A J Mestel vs Browne  ½-½42 1973 Hastings (England)B87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
24. Ulf Andersson vs A J Mestel  1-041 1974 Hastings 7475A15 English
25. Hartston vs A J Mestel  ½-½21 1974 Hastings 7475A00 Uncommon Opening
 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 386  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Feb-08-06  weary willy: <Kwesi: Does J Mestel = Andrew Jonathan Mestel ?>

yes - always known as Jonathan

Nov-14-06  mack: Is John still lecturing at Imperial?
Dec-08-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  Goato: <mack> He certainly is. He recently had an interview printed in one of the student magazines there. Apparently his favourite number is 37!
Aug-25-07  Karpova: Picture:
http://www.4ncl.co.uk/mestel2.jpg
Sep-08-07  MarkThornton: <chessgames.com> From his 3 British Championship victories, 1976, 1983 and 1988, you have only 4 games. In particular, you are missing the famous bloodbath that was Mestel-JM Hodgson, Southport 1983, Rd 10. As today's opening was the Taimanov line of the Modern Benoni, I was disappointed to find that this classic battle is not in the Chessgames.com database.
Mar-13-09  paavoh: <MarkThornton> That game has been added into the database, and it sure is an exciting one!
Mar-13-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: More bio-data here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonath...
Mar-13-09  WhiteRook48: he blundered into a draw once
Mar-13-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <WhiteSock84> Do you mean he once played <1.d4>?
Mar-13-09  WhiteRook48: where did you come up with <Whitesock84>, <blackshark>??? :D
Mar-05-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: From's Gambit Mestel Variation

1.f4 e5 2.fxe5 d6 3.exd6 Bxd6 4.Nf3 Nf6


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"I call this line the Mestel Variation after the only GM brave enough to play black's side of it in thirty years!"

- Timothy Taylor from the book Bird's Opening

May-12-11  Daodejing: Photograph:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...

Speelman, Nunn, Chandler, Mestel, Watson, Short,

Schacholympiade 1988 Thessaloniki

Mar-13-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Mestel!
Mar-13-12  BIDMONFA: Andrew Jonathan Mestel

MESTEL, A. Jonathan
http://www.bidmonfa.com/mestel_a_jo...
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Mar-13-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Happy Birthday POTD!
Mar-13-12  AlanPardew: A J Mestel vs N Renman, 1980

That's another fine Mestel you've gotten me into.

Mar-20-12  efvaatn: too late
Jan-04-14  Cemoblanca: Vishy Anand's first win over a GM was against...yes...AJM, in the 9th Lloyds Bank op (London 1985).

Anand vs A J Mestel, 1985

Mar-13-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Happy 57th birthday to GM Andrew Mestel.
Mar-13-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Jonathan Mestel.
Mar-13-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  ajile: Is he the man who helped develop the Philidor Counter Gambit? I seem to remember a line called the Mestel Variation.
Mar-13-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  ajile: <wordfunph: From's Gambit Mestel Variation

1.f4 e5 2.fxe5 d6 3.exd6 Bxd6 4.Nf3 Nf6

"I call this line the Mestel Variation after the only GM brave enough to play black's side of it in thirty years!"

- Timothy Taylor from the book Bird's Opening>

That's weird according to my experience this gambit is very dangerous for WHITE.

lol

White gets an extra pawn but must play a virtually perfect opening to not get rolled.

Mar-13-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <ajile: That's weird according to my experience this gambit is very dangerous for WHITE.> LOL indeed: T Taylor vs A J Mestel, 1978
Mar-13-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  ajile: <whiteshark: <ajile: That's weird according to my experience this gambit is very dangerous for WHITE.> LOL indeed: T Taylor vs A J Mestel, 1978>

lol!

Brutal. That's just a taste of what can happen in this sharp line. Of course White can play safer and not take 3.exd6. But then Black has dictated terms and won psychologically.

Mar-13-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  ajile: The danger is White's g3 square which can be the target of many Black tactical shots. I analyzed this many years ago and was able to get solid positions as White by being very careful and building a pawn center on e4-d4-c3. In many cases White ends up playing weird stuff like king walks to c2. But if White makes it safely out of the opening danger it's then Black who really suffers.

It's also interesting to note that the From Gambit can also easily transpose into a King's Gambit so players who play the opening as Black need to be ready for both openings.

1.f4 e5 2.fxe5 d6 - From Gambit

1.f4 e5 2.e4! - King's Gambit

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