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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.

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 C03
 Ruy Lopez (14) 
    C85 C80 C92 C77 C60
 Sicilian Scheveningen (13) 
    B83 B84 B82
 English (11) 
    A13 A16 A10 A15
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (48) 
    B70 B76 B75 B78 B51
 King's Indian (44) 
    E94 E70 E63 E73 E90
 Sicilian Dragon (30) 
    B70 B76 B75 B78 B77
 English (13) 
    A15 A10 A13 A17
 Queen's Pawn Game (12) 
    A41 A40 A50 D05 D02
 Modern Benoni (11) 
    A56 A64 A62 A57
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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
   J Rodgaard 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
   R Bates vs A J Mestel, 2001 0-1
   Nunn vs A J Mestel, 1978 0-1
   Suba vs A J Mestel, 1978 0-1

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

   🏆 4NCL
   A J Mestel vs A Slavin (Mar-31-12) 0-1

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(born Mar-13-1957, 60 years old) United Kingdom

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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 YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A J Mestel vs Speelman  ½-½281971HastingsB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
2. B Eley vs A J Mestel  ½-½411972BCF-chB06 Robatsch
3. Hort vs A J Mestel  1-0251972Hastings 7273A04 Reti Opening
4. A J Mestel vs H Westerinen  ½-½301972Hastings 7273C50 Giuoco Piano
5. Ulf Andersson vs A J Mestel  ½-½381972Hastings 7273A04 Reti Opening
6. A J Mestel vs G Barcza  ½-½411972Hastings 7273B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
7. A J Mestel vs H Koopman  1-0211973European Junior ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
8. A J Mestel vs Pinter  1-0421973Ch Europe (juniors)B87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
9. A J Mestel vs A Kuligowski  ½-½151973EU-ch U20 fin-AC55 Two Knights Defense
10. A J Mestel vs Dusan Rajkovic  0-1621973Hastings 7273B46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
11. Hartston vs A J Mestel  1-0401973Hastings 7273C80 Ruy Lopez, Open
12. A J Mestel vs M Stean  ½-½391973Hastings 7273B87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
13. B Eley vs A J Mestel  1-0731973Hastings 7273C78 Ruy Lopez
14. A J Mestel vs I Radulov 0-1321973Hastings 7273B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
15. Wade vs A J Mestel  1-0411973Hastings 7273A50 Queen's Pawn Game
16. A J Mestel vs Uhlmann  0-1391973Hastings 7273C09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
17. Larsen vs A J Mestel  1-0391973Hastings 7273D49 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
18. A J Mestel vs V Tukmakov 1-0661973Hastings 7273B07 Pirc
19. Smyslov vs A J Mestel 1-0341973Hastings 7273A29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
20. A J Whiteley vs A J Mestel  1-0331973BCF-chA40 Queen's Pawn Game
21. Keene vs A J Mestel  ½-½311973BCF-chB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
22. A J Mestel vs S Swanson  ½-½521973EU-ch U20 qualC55 Two Knights Defense
23. A J Mestel vs Browne  ½-½421973Hastings (England)B87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
24. Ulf Andersson vs A J Mestel  1-0411974Hastings 7475A15 English
25. Hartston vs A J Mestel  ½-½211974Hastings 7475A00 Uncommon Opening
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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?
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  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:
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  MarkThornton: <> 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 database.
Mar-13-09  paavoh: <MarkThornton> That game has been added into the database, and it sure is an exciting one!
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  whiteshark: More bio-data here:
Mar-13-09  WhiteRook48: he blundered into a draw once
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  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  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:

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

Schacholympiade 1988 Thessaloniki

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

MESTEL, A. Jonathan

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  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

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  Penguincw: Happy 57th birthday to GM Andrew Mestel.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Jonathan Mestel.
Mar-13-16  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  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.


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

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  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  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>


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  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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