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D Howell 
David Howell
Number of games in database: 698
Years covered: 1998 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2667 (2641 rapid)
Overall record: +285 -155 =209 (60.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      49 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (108) 
    B22 B40 B90 B52 B30
 French Defense (45) 
    C05 C07 C03 C02 C04
 French Tarrasch (36) 
    C05 C07 C03 C04 C09
 Ruy Lopez (30) 
    C67 C65 C69 C92 C68
 Caro-Kann (22) 
    B14 B13 B12 B16 B10
 Giuoco Piano (15) 
    C53 C50
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (88) 
    C67 C65 C96 C77 C88
 Grunfeld (77) 
    D85 D86 D80 D94 D97
 English (40) 
    A15 A16 A10 A13
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (27) 
    C96 C88 C99 C91 C84
 English, 1 c4 e5 (12) 
    A29 A21 A20 A26 A22
 King's Indian (12) 
    E60 E61 E77 E83 E62
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   D Howell vs A Bitalzadeh, 2009 1-0
   D Howell vs P H Nielsen, 2010 1-0
   D Howell vs McShane, 2010 1/2-1/2
   R Palliser vs D Howell, 2005 0-1
   D Howell vs Carlsen, 2009 1/2-1/2
   D Howell vs Nijboer, 2009 1-0
   B Sambuev vs D Howell, 2014 0-1
   T Nyback vs D Howell, 2007 0-1
   D Howell vs R Pruijssers, 2008 1-0
   D Howell vs Judit Polgar, 2012 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   British Championship (2009)
   100th British Championship (2013)
   Hastings Chess Congress (2010)
   British Chess Championships (2014)
   Rilton Cup (2007)
   British Championships (2012)
   New Zealand Open (2015)
   British Championship (2007)
   World Junior Championship (2008)
   Corus (Group C) (2009)
   British Championships (2011)
   E.U. Championship and Cork Chess Congress (2005)
   World Junior Championship (2006)
   European Individual Championships (2010)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   England at the Dresden Olympiad by capybara
   2001 WYCC (open) U-12 by gauer
   B22 by blohmoremoney

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(born Nov-14-1990, 24 years old) United Kingdom

[what is this?]
David Wei Lang Howell has been playing chess since the age of five. He studied under the guidance of GM Glenn Flear. Howell was the British Under-8, Under-9 and Under-10 champion. In 2007, he earned his GM title after a very strong performance at the Rilton Cup. He also won the 100th British Championship (2013) with a round to spare. He was co-winner, with Jonathan Hawkins, of the British Chess Championships (2014).

In August 1999, Howell became internationally famous when he broke the world record for the youngest player to have defeated a Grandmaster in an official game, when he defeated John Nunn at blitz chess. In 2002, David had a draw in blitz against Vladimir Kramnik, becoming the youngest player ever to have scored against a reigning world chess champion in an official game.

David's chess blog has been at

 page 1 of 28; games 1-25 of 698  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Kasparov vs D Howell 1-050 1998 BT Wireplay challengeA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
2. D Howell vs M Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½30 2000 Cap d'Agde mB22 Sicilian, Alapin
3. D Howell vs M Vachier-Lagrave  0-166 2000 Cap d'Agde mB30 Sicilian
4. M Vachier-Lagrave vs D Howell 1-026 2000 Wch U10C29 Vienna Gambit
5. M Vachier-Lagrave vs D Howell  1-055 2000 Cap d'Agde mC29 Vienna Gambit
6. M Vachier-Lagrave vs D Howell 0-134 2000 Cap d'Agde mC29 Vienna Gambit
7. D Howell vs M Vachier-Lagrave  1-039 2000 Cap d'Agde mB22 Sicilian, Alapin
8. D Howell vs M Vachier-Lagrave  0-149 2000 Cap d'Agde mB22 Sicilian, Alapin
9. M Vachier-Lagrave vs D Howell 1-054 2000 Cap d'Agde mC29 Vienna Gambit
10. M Vachier-Lagrave vs D Howell  1-039 2000 Cap d'Agde mC29 Vienna Gambit
11. D Howell vs Ngoc Truongson Nguyen 1-041 2001 WYB12B14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
12. D Howell vs Dan Golub  ½-½34 2001 EYCC B12B06 Robatsch
13. J Shaw vs D Howell  1-041 2001 10th Monarch AssuranceC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
14. M Leon Hoyos vs D Howell  1-031 2001 WYB12C56 Two Knights
15. D Howell vs M J Franklin  ½-½25 2001 Frome XII Congress opB22 Sicilian, Alapin
16. D Howell vs M Olszewski  1-061 2001 EYCC B12C02 French, Advance
17. D Howell vs P Marusenko  0-152 2001 10th Monarch AssuranceB06 Robatsch
18. D Howell vs A Samsonkin  ½-½43 2001 WYB12B03 Alekhine's Defense
19. Milos Osatovic vs D Howell  1-042 2001 EYCC B12D70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
20. A Ormsby vs D Howell  0-124 2001 10th Monarch AssuranceC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
21. D Howell vs D Duskuzhanov 1-019 2001 WYB12C42 Petrov Defense
22. D Howell vs Emms  0-126 2001 4NCLB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
23. A Romashko vs D Howell  0-150 2001 EYCC B12C77 Ruy Lopez
24. D Howell vs R Van Kemenade  1-024 2001 10th Monarch AssuranceC42 Petrov Defense
25. O Martirosyan vs D Howell  0-178 2001 WYB12C68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
 page 1 of 28; games 1-25 of 698  PGN Download
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Jan-06-13  Dionysius1: Bravo <Once> - good summary. Only thing I would add is that <Any parent can choose to send their child to an independent school if they can afford it> AND the child can pass the entrance exam.
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  kellmano: I didn't know that the top 10% of private schools were public schools. I thought 'public school' referred to any 'private school', where the public could not send their children.

Incidentally, I think it's 7% of students go to independent schools and 14% of teachers work in independent schools. Despite being for the super wealthy, they are tax exempt due to an archaic principle of British Law (they are classified as charities due to their relation to education).

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  Once: <Dionysius1> That's true, although in the current economic climate I get the sense that the schools aren't being as fussy as they used to be about the entrance exams.

<kelmmano> The class sizes in independent schools tend to be smaller than state schools, which is why there is a higher teacher-pupil ratio. It's one of the things that you are paying extra for.

It's a fair point about the tax exempt status of independent schools. But then again they are funded almost entirely by the parents who have (hopefully) paid their taxes. Profits made by the schools usually go into improvements to the school.

Jan-06-13  Dionysius1: True though - to count as a Public School, it has to be a member of the Headmaster's and Headmistress' Conference, which I think is by invitation only.
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  Nightsurfer: I have to do a slight modification with regard to my two postings on <Apr-03-12>: yes, it is true that <David Howell> has become World Champion of <Circular> Chess (!!) back in 2002, and that is quite an achievement. On the other hand that is a rather modest achievement in comparison to Francis Bowers who - after have become World Champion of <Circular> Chess for the first time in 1997 - is actually the 7 times World Champion of <Circular> Chess, thus making look the giant Howard Staunton look like a dwarf ...
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  kellmano: The bio says <David maintains a chess blog at >

Given that the last post is June 2004 this is a strange use of the word 'maintains'

Aug-07-13  Pulo y Gata: Maybe the 'maintain' pertains to the blog not being close yet.
Aug-07-13  torrefan: or the bio was written on or before June 2004
Aug-09-13  hellopolgar: i think he just broke 2650 with his recent success at the 100th British Championship (2013)
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  Caissanist: Any Brits out there willing to write a real bio for this player? The last information on his playing career in it is from 2002, when he was 11 years old.
Oct-30-13  teddyo: Pure toff
Nov-14-13  YoungEd: When he plays O-O: Howell's Moving Castle.
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  whiteshark: He lost today against Moiseenko at the ETCC, Warsaw.
Nov-14-13  RedShield: <Pure toff>

With the middle names <Wei Lang>!?

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  waustad: Happy b'day! Enjoy another instance of the prime of life.
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  Penguincw: Happy 23rd birthday to one of the greatest players in the U.K.!
Nov-14-13  JustAnotherPatzer: Many Happy Returns David and congratulations on winning the centenary 100th British Championship! May you go from strength to strength.
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  waustad: His outstanding result so far at Pokerstars Isle of Man International Chess Tournament 2014 will give him his personal highest rating, whatever happens tomorrow against Nigel Short. A draw would guarantee that he is equal first, though I don't know how the money is divided based on tiebreaks.
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  waustad: I thought of posting this on the tournament page, but it has gone off on some sort of poker rant. Even with his final round loss to GM Short, he would up equal 2-5. I didn't see any tiebreak method selected on the chess-results page, so they are probably just dividing the money. He picked up 8 elo giving him a personal best rating of 2665. Looking that up I found out that to say GM Howell is not enough information, since there is also James Clifford Howell
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  Richard Taylor: < Once: Hmmm ... seems to be some confusion here. As a dyed in the wool Brit, let's see if I can help... Most people in the UK are educated in state schools. These cost nothing to attend - they are paid for by the state from general taxation. ...>

I already understood this. My father told me of this. He wasn't bitter about that as such although he didn't like the obvious or more obvious British class system, he, unlike me, was not very "socialistic": so he liked and disliked aspects of England.

The other contradiction or confusion is that rugby was played more by the "upper" classes whereas here in the "colonies" it is a working class (although here the myth is to perpetuate the idea that there are no classes which is nonsense, there are, but perhaps inter-personally kiwis are less obviously class minded in a negative sense, but that is moot).

So whereas soccer* was more or less a working class game in England it is or was considered here a game for "sissies". In fact Rugby League was (is?) played here more by working class people.

I am completely uninterested in most sports so I don't care, although I played soccer for a short time.

Interestingly chess is a game where "class" or what one's bank balance is is of little consequence. In my club I sometimes sat down to play players who were either millionaires or were CEO's of big companies, or I played people who were on Government "benefits". Regardless, this had no effect on my attitude to them or the way I played my game. I found "good" people of whatever economic or aristocratic "boast".

*Despite my disinterest, I refuse to call soccer anything other than soccer. I was brought up knowing about soccer. None of these new things or terms for me. Bring back crank shaft handles.

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  Richard Taylor: In any case, David Howell, bless him, is playing here in the NZ Open (Championships) in Jan.

I doubt I will play him as he is at least 800 points above me! (And 43 years younger). I might fluke it though if I fluke rd 1 with a cheapo...then Fortune comes to my aid in rd can only dream.

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  Benzol: In the 3rd round of the New Zealand Open he's beaten FM Dusan Stojic.

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  Richard Taylor: I drew today Paul. Long game timewise but I cant see any real muck ups and we both basically played theory of the Scotch.

Playing my bette noire, Alan Fan, tommorrow...

Good to see you there today.

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  perfidious: <Richard> Long as you do not tell us that your opponent tomorrow is Bette Davis....
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  Benzol: <Richard> Good luck playing Allen Chi Zhou Fan today. He looks like a strong player for a 10 year old. Is he one of Ewen's pupils?
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