Members · Prefs · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

D Howell 
David Howell
Number of games in database: 730
Years covered: 1998 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2698 (2633 rapid, 2649 blitz)
Overall record: +302 -157 =222 (60.6%)*
   * 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 (111) 
    B22 B40 B90 B52 B30
 French Defense (46) 
    C05 C07 C03 C02 C04
 French Tarrasch (37) 
    C05 C07 C03 C04 C09
 Ruy Lopez (32) 
    C67 C65 C69 C92 C68
 Caro-Kann (22) 
    B14 B13 B12 B16 B10
 English (17) 
    A13 A14 A11 A15 A16
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (93) 
    C67 C65 C77 C96 C99
 Grunfeld (78) 
    D85 D86 D80 D94 D97
 English (42) 
    A15 A16 A10 A13
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (27) 
    C96 C99 C88 C91 C86
 English, 1 c4 e5 (13) 
    A29 A21 A20 A26 A22
 King's Indian (12) 
    E60 E61 E77 E84 E62
Repertoire Explorer

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 Nakamura, 2015 1/2-1/2
   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 M Meinhardt, 2007 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   100th British Championship (2013)
   British Championship (2009)
   British Chess Championships (2014)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2015)
   Hastings Chess Congress (2010)
   New Zealand Open (2015)
   Rilton Cup (2007)
   British Championships (2012)
   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)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   England at the Dresden Olympiad by capybara
   B22 by blohmoremoney

Search Sacrifice Explorer for David Howell
Search Google for David Howell
FIDE player card for David Howell

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

[what is this?]
FIDE Master (2001); International Master (2004); Grandmaster (2007).

Early days

David Wei Lang Howell learned the moves from his father in July 2006 when he was five years old. He played his first tournament, the Sussex U11 Open, two months later, winning three games out of six. He studied under the guidance of GM Glenn Flear. His initial rating at the age of 10 was 2193, above which it has always remained. In 2007, he earned his GM title after a very strong performance at the Rilton Cup.


<Youth> Howell was the British Under-8 in 1998 and the British Under-9 and Under-10 champion in 1999. He won the London Junior Under-14 Chess Congress in 1999, while he was nine years old, breaking the record set by Nigel Short. He was second at the European U10 Championship staged in Halkidiki, Greece in October 2000.

<National> He first played in the British Championship in early 2000 at the age of nine, the youngest person ever to qualify for that event. He won the 100th British Championship (2013) with a round to spare. He was co-winner, with Jonathan Hawkins, of the British Chess Championships (2014).

Standard Tournaments

In 2015, he placed outright second at the Tradewise Gibraltar (2015) with 8/10 (+6 =4), half a point behind the winner Hikaru Nakamura for one of the best performances of his career. He followed this in July 2015 with clear first place at Leiden in Netherlands, scoring an outstanding 8.5/9 (TPR of 2895) to propel him into the 2700 club for the first time.


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.

References and sources

David's chess blog has been at

Live rating:

Latest update: 28 July 2015

 page 1 of 30; games 1-25 of 731  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. M Vachier-Lagrave vs D Howell  1-039 2000 Cap d'Agde mC29 Vienna Gambit
3. D Howell vs M Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½30 2000 Cap d'Agde mB22 Sicilian, Alapin
4. D Howell vs M Vachier-Lagrave 0-166 2000 Cap d'Agde mB30 Sicilian
5. M Vachier-Lagrave vs D Howell 1-026 2000 Wch U10C29 Vienna Gambit
6. M Vachier-Lagrave vs D Howell  1-055 2000 Cap d'Agde mC29 Vienna Gambit
7. M Vachier-Lagrave vs D Howell 0-134 2000 Cap d'Agde mC29 Vienna Gambit
8. D Howell vs M Vachier-Lagrave  1-039 2000 Cap d'Agde mB22 Sicilian, Alapin
9. D Howell vs M Vachier-Lagrave  0-149 2000 Cap d'Agde mB22 Sicilian, Alapin
10. M Vachier-Lagrave vs D Howell 1-054 2000 Cap d'Agde mC29 Vienna Gambit
11. D Howell vs I Nepomniachtchi 1-032 2001 EYCC B12B40 Sicilian
12. F May vs D Howell  ½-½46 2001 10th Monarch AssuranceD80 Grunfeld
13. D Howell vs Ngoc Truongson Nguyen 1-041 2001 WYB12B14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
14. D Howell vs Dan Golub  ½-½34 2001 EYCC B12B06 Robatsch
15. J Shaw vs D Howell  1-041 2001 10th Monarch AssuranceC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
16. M Leon Hoyos vs D Howell  1-031 2001 WYB12C56 Two Knights
17. D Howell vs M J Franklin  ½-½25 2001 Frome XII Congress opB22 Sicilian, Alapin
18. D Howell vs M Olszewski  1-061 2001 EYCC B12C02 French, Advance
19. D Howell vs P Marusenko  0-152 2001 10th Monarch AssuranceB06 Robatsch
20. D Howell vs A Samsonkin  ½-½43 2001 WYB12B03 Alekhine's Defense
21. Milos Osatovic vs D Howell  1-042 2001 EYCC B12D70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
22. A Ormsby vs D Howell  0-124 2001 10th Monarch AssuranceC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
23. D Howell vs D Duskuzhanov 1-019 2001 WYB12C42 Petrov Defense
24. D Howell vs Emms  0-126 2001 4NCLB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
25. A Romashko vs D Howell  0-150 2001 EYCC B12C77 Ruy Lopez
 page 1 of 30; games 1-25 of 731  PGN Download
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2) | Howell wins | Howell loses  

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 6 OF 6 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Nov-14-13  RedShield: <Pure toff>

With the middle names <Wei Lang>!?

Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: Happy b'day! Enjoy another instance of the prime of life.
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

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

Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <Richard> Long as you do not tell us that your opponent tomorrow is Bette Davis....
Premium Chessgames Member
  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?
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Congrats to Howell on the upset today at Tradewise Gibraltar (2015). Tomorrow, he faces the man who is first in live ratings (from the US) and also first in the tournament, Nakamura with white. If he can <not> lose the game, Howell will past US #3 Gata Kamsky on the live ratings.

Wei Yi vs D Howell, 2015

Premium Chessgames Member
  kellmano: Second in Gibraltar has to be the highlight of his career so far. Well done David, time to kick on from here.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Congrats to David Howell on his performance. He finished in clear 2nd place with 8/10, half a point behind leader Nakamura. However, he entered the tournament as just the 15th seed, so 2nd is nothing to ashamed of.

His performance managed to gain him 18.7 rating points and rise 21 places on the live rankings.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Mating Net: On his way to the 2700 club where he'll be a fixture for years to come.
Feb-06-15  HeMateMe: Does he have a day job, or is he a full time chess professional, these days?
Feb-06-15  evlozare: A very good result for a nice young man. Several years back, he played against gmwesley so for a couple of games. They were about equal in their ratings then but he is behind gmwes now. Guess they were friends, or close acquaintances, whatever. Hope he continues his good games and maybe meet gmwes again in the near future.
Apr-09-15  JohnBoy: According to, DH just punctured the top 50. Dude should be 2700 shortly. Sweet!
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: He could peak above 2700 as soon as tomorrow (or rather, Saturday), if he beats Grandelius with black.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Congrats to David Howell for his performance at the Dubai Chess Open (2015). He scored 7/9 (+5,-0,=4), which is a 6-way tie for 1st, but was edged by Solak on tiebreaks. Howell was the 1st seed.

Like mentioned above, he could've peaked over 2700 with a win over Grandelius, but that game was a draw. He got a 2nd chance in the final round, but he would've had to beat 2nd seed Fedoseev with black. He came close, but ended up in a drawing trap.

Overall, he gained a decent 8.7 points to move from 2687 to 2696.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Howell finally surpasses 2700 on the live ratings.

Jul-20-15  fisayo123: Congratulations to him. He's improved quite a lot in the last 1-2 years.
Premium Chessgames Member
  tamar: Howell is playing in Leiden. I caught today's game on chessdom vs Arghyadip Das after 17 moves.

click for larger view

Howell had 37 (!) seconds left to reach move 40, but Das chose 17...Nb3, when Howell was ready with 18 Ba3! Nc5 19 Qe3 Qa5 20 Bb2! Nca4 21 Bxg7 Rg8 22 Bd4 Rg4 23 Qg5 Rxd4 24 Nxd4 Bc3 25 Qg8+ Ke7 26 Rxb7+ 1-0

17...Ba6 was the only move not to lose outright, but even there White has 18 Ne5 Nxd5 19 Bd2 Bxd2 20 Qxd2 Nxc4 21 Nxc4 Bxc4 22 Rfc1 trapping the bishop. But probably the position is then a draw with Black having a pawn and knight for the Rook.

Crazy time management by Howell, but he is used to it, and his opponent may have tried too hard to exploit with tricky moves.

Premium Chessgames Member
  luzhin: Howell has just won Leiden with the amazing score of 8.5 out of 9 -- sending his live rating soaring well above 2700.
Jump to page #    (enter # from 1 to 6)
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 6 OF 6 ·  Later Kibitzing>
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. Don't post personal information of members.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific player and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
Spot an error? Please suggest your correction and help us eliminate database mistakes!

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | advertising | contact us
Copyright 2001-2015, Chessgames Services LLC
Web design & database development by 20/20 Technologies