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D Howell 
David Howell
Number of games in database: 717
Years covered: 1998 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2686 (2633 rapid, 2649 blitz)
Overall record: +294 -157 =217 (60.3%)*
   * 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 (110) 
    B22 B40 B90 B52 B30
 French Defense (46) 
    C05 C07 C03 C02 C04
 French Tarrasch (37) 
    C05 C07 C03 C04 C09
 Ruy Lopez (31) 
    C67 C65 C69 C92 C99
 Caro-Kann (22) 
    B14 B13 B12 B10 B16
 English (15) 
    A13 A14 A15 A16 A11
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (89) 
    C67 C65 C96 C77 C88
 Grunfeld (78) 
    D85 D86 D80 D94 D97
 English (42) 
    A15 A16 A10 A13
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (26) 
    C96 C88 C99 C91 C97
 English, 1 c4 e5 (13) 
    A29 A21 A20 A27 A26
 King's Indian (12) 
    E60 E61 E77 E83 E63
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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 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 R Pruijssers, 2008 1-0

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

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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 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.

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

Latest update: 6 Feb 2015

 page 1 of 29; games 1-25 of 717  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  1-039 2000 Cap d'Agde mB22 Sicilian, Alapin
3. D Howell vs M Vachier-Lagrave  0-149 2000 Cap d'Agde mB22 Sicilian, Alapin
4. M Vachier-Lagrave vs D Howell 1-054 2000 Cap d'Agde mC29 Vienna Gambit
5. M Vachier-Lagrave vs D Howell  1-039 2000 Cap d'Agde mC29 Vienna Gambit
6. D Howell vs M Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½30 2000 Cap d'Agde mB22 Sicilian, Alapin
7. D Howell vs M Vachier-Lagrave  0-166 2000 Cap d'Agde mB30 Sicilian
8. M Vachier-Lagrave vs D Howell 1-026 2000 Wch U10C29 Vienna Gambit
9. M Vachier-Lagrave vs D Howell  1-055 2000 Cap d'Agde mC29 Vienna Gambit
10. M Vachier-Lagrave vs D Howell 0-134 2000 Cap d'Agde mC29 Vienna Gambit
11. S Clark-Foulquier vs D Howell  1-072 2001 10th Monarch AssuranceA07 King's Indian Attack
12. A Figura vs D Howell  ½-½45 2001 WYB12D85 Grunfeld
13. C Kinloch vs D Howell  0-131 2001 EYCC B12C50 Giuoco Piano
14. D Howell vs A Ledger  ½-½27 2001 Portsmouth opE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
15. P Benson vs D Howell 0-139 2001 10th Monarch AssuranceD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
16. D Howell vs V Kastner 1-031 2001 WYB12C02 French, Advance
17. M Rodshtein vs D Howell  0-132 2001 WYB12D96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
18. S Zhigalko vs D Howell  ½-½27 2001 EYCC B12C28 Vienna Game
19. D Howell vs P J Sowray  0-153 2001 10th Monarch AssuranceB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
20. D Howell vs E Pileckis  ½-½47 2001 WYB12B40 Sicilian
21. D Howell vs Cherniaev  0-140 2001 Kidlington Congress-25B22 Sicilian, Alapin
22. D Howell vs I Nepomniachtchi 1-032 2001 EYCC B12B40 Sicilian
23. F May vs D Howell  ½-½46 2001 10th Monarch AssuranceD80 Grunfeld
24. D Howell vs Ngoc Truongson Nguyen 1-041 2001 WYB12B14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
25. D Howell vs Dan Golub  ½-½34 2001 EYCC B12B06 Robatsch
 page 1 of 29; games 1-25 of 717  PGN Download
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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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  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

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  kellmano: Second in Gibraltar has to be the highlight of his career so far. Well done David, time to kick on from here.
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  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.

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  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.
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