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Gawain Jones
G Jones 
Number of games in database: 1,143
Years covered: 1991 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2670 (2655 rapid, 2719 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2676

Overall record: +434 -171 =362 (63.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 176 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (145) 
    B23 B51 B25 B30 B20
 French Defense (73) 
    C07 C05 C10 C04 C03
 French Tarrasch (53) 
    C07 C05 C04 C03 C09
 Scotch Game (51) 
 Caro-Kann (38) 
    B12 B11 B10 B18 B15
 English (26) 
    A14 A15 A13 A16 A10
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (146) 
    E60 E94 E92 E62 E90
 Sicilian (135) 
    B76 B22 B52 B72 B50
 Sicilian Dragon (62) 
    B76 B72 B70 B78 B77
 Ruy Lopez (39) 
    C78 C91 C95 C64 C85
 Queen's Pawn Game (36) 
    A45 A46 A40 A41 D02
 Modern Benoni (30) 
    A57 A70 A58 A56 A62
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   G Jones vs Van Wely, 2007 1-0
   G Jones vs P Carlsson, 2016 1-0
   M Pesa vs G Jones, 2011 0-1
   Anh Khoi Nguyen vs G Jones, 2016 0-1
   Shabalov vs G Jones, 2016 0-1
   D J Ledger vs G Jones, 2012 0-1
   G Jones vs C Boikanyo, 2011 1-0
   G Jones vs V Dobrov, 2017 1-0
   G Jones vs J Reid, 2013 1-0
   G Jones vs A Zarkaj, 2008 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Commonwealth and South African Open (2011)
   Dubai Open (2017)
   British Championship (2012)
   Tata Steel Challengers (2017)
   Politiken Cup (2014)
   2nd Queenstown Chess Classic (2009)
   British Championship (2016)
   World Junior Championship (2007)
   Isle of Man Masters (2014)
   British Championship (2009)
   British Championship (2006)
   Reykjavik Open (2015)
   Politiken Cup (2015)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   Pro Chess League (2018)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Game's That Enriched My Opening Knowledge ... by Galaxy7
   A00 English. Reversed Dragon [White] ALPHA by chess.master
   Sicilian Grand Prix Attack by syuanjiang

   🏆 Isle of Man Masters
   J Xiong vs G Jones (Oct-28-18) 1/2-1/2
   G Jones vs Aronian (Oct-27-18) 1-0
   R Rapport vs G Jones (Oct-26-18) 1/2-1/2
   G Jones vs Sarin Nihal (Oct-25-18) 1-0
   M Antipov vs G Jones (Oct-24-18) 1/2-1/2

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(born Dec-11-1987, 31 years old) United Kingdom

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Grandmaster (2007). A catalogue of Jones' achievements, starting with winning the U7 London Championship in 1994, can be found at his web site (see below). Jones' recent results include second in the European Union Individual Championships (2006), first equal in the Sydney International Open in March 2008, shared second at the Reykjavik Open (2012) and 7.5/11 at the 13th European Individual Championship (2012). The last mentioned qualified Jones to play in the World Cup (2013); however, he lost in the tiebreaker of the first round match to Russian GM Aleksandr Shimanov. He also played for the Guildford 1 team that won the 2013-14 4NCL. Jones is married to Sue Maroroa.

Jones' website:

Wikipedia article: Gawain Jones

Last updated: 2016-09-09 09:49:52

 page 1 of 46; games 1-25 of 1,143  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Dzindzichashvili vs G Jones 1-0251991Pennsylvania (USA)E66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
2. Radjabov vs G Jones 1-0191997Wch U10A04 Reti Opening
3. Kasparov vs G Jones 1-0551998BT Wireplay challengeB50 Sicilian
4. S Lalic vs G Jones  ½-½7820014NCLA07 King's Indian Attack
5. S Ledger vs G Jones  0-14020014NCLB22 Sicilian, Alapin
6. G Jones vs R Palliser  ½-½2420014NCLB25 Sicilian, Closed
7. T Bromann vs G Jones  1-0322001SWYMB50 Sicilian
8. G Jones vs D Ippolito  0-1362001SWYMC50 Giuoco Piano
9. M Thiruchelvam vs G Jones  0-1302001SWYMB53 Sicilian
10. G Jones vs M Broomfield  0-1472001SWYMB03 Alekhine's Defense
11. M Erwich vs G Jones  1-0512001SWYMB72 Sicilian, Dragon
12. J Lappage vs G Jones  ½-½222001SWYMB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
13. G Jones vs J Bick  0-1692001SWYMC53 Giuoco Piano
14. L Trent vs G Jones 0-1522001SWYMB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
15. G Jones vs T Hinks-Edwards  0-1492001SWYMB06 Robatsch
16. G Jones vs C G Ward  0-1402001Smith & Williamson ch-GBRB23 Sicilian, Closed
17. E Player vs G Jones 1-0412001Smith & Williamson ch-GBRA07 King's Indian Attack
18. G Jones vs D E Rumens  ½-½292001Smith & Williamson ch-GBRC55 Two Knights Defense
19. A Hunt vs G Jones  1-0272001Smith & Williamson ch-GBRB50 Sicilian
20. G Jones vs J McDonnell  0-1602001Smith & Williamson ch-GBRB25 Sicilian, Closed
21. M Steadman vs G Jones  ½-½712001Smith & Williamson ch-GBRB22 Sicilian, Alapin
22. G Jones vs N Frost  1-0372001Smith & Williamson ch-GBRC00 French Defense
23. R Willmoth vs G Jones  ½-½342001Smith & Williamson ch-GBRB50 Sicilian
24. D J Ledger vs G Jones  0-1402001Smith & Williamson ch-GBRB25 Sicilian, Closed
25. G Jones vs I Snape  1-0272001Smith & Williamson ch-GBRB40 Sicilian
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Sep-18-13  MarkFinan: I forgot all about that darn checklist, haha :-)
Sep-18-13  JoergWalter: <Mark> have no fear Joerg is here :-)
Sep-25-13  MarkFinan: Mark Crowther (@MarkTWIC) tweeted at 11:53 PM on Thu, Sep 12, 2013: You should certainly come if you can. Don't you play in the Bradford League? I've played there for a lot of years! (

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Wish id have gone now, apparently a good day.

Btw.. If AJ can answer fantasy emails here, im gonna get a few fans and students, and talk to them here too, ;)

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Sep-25-13  MarkFinan: A.J. Goldsby I (@lifemasteraj) tweeted at 5:04 AM on Sat, Apr 23, 2011: One follower sent me an e-mail ... why the link on the girl?

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I couldnt help it, haha 👽

#GoGoldfish 🐠🐳🐬

Sep-25-13  MarkFinan: Only god knows what he does with that baton haha..
Have you read my tweets Joerg? I never realised how much stopping drinking affected my sense of humour. ;)
Sep-25-13  MarkFinan: Well i dont really do twitter but i do have that account above, ive only got about 75 followers lol.. In fact, the first time i used the internet was 2008!
Sep-25-13  MarkFinan: <JoergWalter: <MarkFinan: Well i dont really do twitter but i do have that account above, ive only got about 75 followers lol.. In fact, the first time i used the internet was 2008!> Were you born in 2007?>

Released ;)

Sep-26-13  MarkFinan: That was a joke btw Joerg, I didnt really get released in 07. 02, and i havent and hopefully wont be going back.
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  Penguincw: Happy 27th birthday to GM Gawain Jones. Good luck in LCC!
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  Marmot PFL: Boris just gave Gawain his present - a lesson in knight endings.
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  gawain: Just noticed that this is Gawain's day! Guess I'd better check in to honor my namesake. (Those who kibitz on the easier of the daily puzzles may recognize my avatar.)

I hope the real Gawain forgives me my use of his name, which I borrowed only for the chessic association evoked by a green knight.

Dec-11-13  waustad: This is a tough day to be POTD, sharing a birthday with Anand. Best of luck in the London rapids.
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  Penguincw: Although this way days ago,

Congratulations to Gawain Jones for winning the Bunratty Masters (2014) by an impressive score of 5.5/6 (+5,-0,=1). His only draw was against Jiri Stocek (G Jones vs J Stocek, 2014). He finished a clear point ahead of the 3 2nd place finishers (beating 2 of them, and not facing the other one).

Though not confirmed, his performance should bump his live rating by 18 (2654 to 2672). This will be a career high, but can he hit 2700?

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  Benzol: He's playing white against Alexandr Hilario Takeda dos Santos Fier today in the 9th Round of the New Zealand Open. If he wins or draws he'll take 1st or equal 1st depending on the result in the Daulyte - Ju game. Ju is the only other player with chances at 1st place. It will be interesting to follow what happens.


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  Penguincw: Congrats to Gawain Jones for winning the Dubai Open on tiebreaks with a score of 7.5/9.

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  MissScarlett: The next James Bond?
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  diagonal: <Jones, Gawain Jones> emerges winner at the Tata Steel - B 2017, co-winner is <Markus Ragger> from Austria. Jones defeated Ragger in their direct encounter in the tournament and qualifies for the 2018 Masters. Congrats!

Promotion rules: The winner of the Tata Steel Challengers will receive an invitation for the Tata Steel Masters of next year. In case of an equal score, the winner will be determined according to the following tie-break rules respectively: <a. The Mutual Result>, b. The Sonneborn-Berger Score c. The Player with more Number of Games with Black, d. Drawing of Lots

Jan-30-17  ketchuplover: All his opponents should have to sing "Me and Mr.Jones" before playing him.
Feb-02-17  Nezhmetdinov: I love this guy
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  Troller: <Promotion rules: The winner of the Tata Steel Challengers will receive an invitation for the Tata Steel Masters of next year. In case of an equal score, the winner will be determined according to the following tie-break rules respectively: <a. The Mutual Result>, b. The Sonneborn-Berger Score c. The Player with more Number of Games with Black, d. Drawing of Lots>

Historically, co-winners in the B-group (or "Challengers") have sometimes been invited both for next year's top group. E.g. Carlsen & Motylev 2006-07 and Naiditsch & Rapport 2013-14. Still some hope for Markus, especially if he maintains a high rating.

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  diagonal: <Still some hope for Markus, especially if he maintains a high rating> It would be good for Markus Ragger, and boosting Austrian chess, Markus is the clear number one of his country, but has to fight to be a stable member of the top-100 worldwide, there are so many strong players in the Elo-crowd of 2600 something.

Back to Gawain Jones, I've found these wonderful words:

«My name is Sue and I’m Gawain’s wife. I was born in Auckland, New Zealand and lived there with my family which consists of me, my parents and my younger brother Andrew.

I met Gawain in 2008 and my life has been better for it since!»

Enjoy the day. Fore everyone.

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  Willem Wallekers: Wanna see a mate position you never saw before? Check out
Aug-06-17  ketchuplover: All hail the newest British Champion!
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  saffuna: Concerning Jones writing two books on the Dragon and then losing to Carlsen with it, he should put an advisory on the covers:

"WARNING: The analysis contained in this book does not work against the world champion. So if you are playing the world champion, do not play this opening. If you are playing anybody else, it works just fine."

It would be like this great Volkswagen/Wilt Chamberlain ad from the 60s:

Apr-22-18  rayoflight: <saffuna>
Not only!
On 7th April 2018, 17-year-old Iranian genius talent,Parham Maghsoodloo, defeated Mr Jones in the Sicilian. Mr Parham attended the match at UAE on his own,without federation financial support. Link is: G Jones vs P Maghsoodloo, 2018
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