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Jessie Gilbert
J Gilbert 
Photo courtesy of Eric Schiller.  
Number of games in database: 170
Years covered: 1999 to 2006
Highest rating achieved in database: 2151
Overall record: +52 -48 =70 (51.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jan-30-1987, died Jul-26-2006, 19 years old) United Kingdom

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Jessie Gilbert, of Croydon, England, learned to play chess when she was eight. In 1999, at the age of 11, she won the Women's World Amateur Championship, the youngest player to ever have done so. In the process, she acquired the Women’s World Chess Federation Master title, another record for her age. To recognise this achievement, the Brain Trust charity, in concert with the Swedish health and education giant Bure, awarded Jessie a £4,000 chess scholarship and a trip to America, where she studied with Edmar J Mednis.

Since she was 12, Jessie had represented England every year at World or European Girls' Championships. In 2001 she won the bronze medal in the European Girls' Under 14 Championship.

In 2006, her life was tragically cut short when she fell from an eighth floor hotel window, while competing at the Czech Open in Pardubice.

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 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 170  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Pleasants vs J Gilbert  1-0411999BCF-chT2 9900 (4NCL)D00 Queen's Pawn Game
2. J Gilbert vs J Blackburn  1-0761999BCF-chT2 9900 (4NCL)E21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
3. M Howard vs J Gilbert  0-1491999BCF-chT2 9900 (4NCL)D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. R Savory vs J Gilbert  1-0301999BCF-chT2 9900 (4NCL)B10 Caro-Kann
5. E Josiah Lutton vs J Gilbert  ½-½431999BCF-chT2 9900 (4NCL)B12 Caro-Kann Defense
6. J Gilbert vs J Swindells ½-½321999BCF-chT2 9900 (4NCL)E88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
7. J C Saunders vs J Gilbert  ½-½291999BCF-chT2 9900 (4NCL)B15 Caro-Kann
8. J Gilbert vs Mark Hannon  0-1381999BCF-chT2 9900 (4NCL)A57 Benko Gambit
9. J Gilbert vs C Jorgensen  1-0291999Wch U12 GirlsE81 King's Indian, Samisch
10. A Rudolf vs J Gilbert  ½-½251999Wch U12 GirlsB10 Caro-Kann
11. J Gilbert vs B Khotenashvili  ½-½451999Wch U12 GirlsE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
12. M Fominykh vs J Gilbert  1-0651999Wch U12 GirlsB12 Caro-Kann Defense
13. J Gilbert vs Koneru  0-1551999Wch U12 GirlsE20 Nimzo-Indian
14. J Zawadzka vs J Gilbert 0-1201999Wch U12 GirlsB30 Sicilian
15. J Gilbert vs A Kohut  1-0421999Wch U12 GirlsD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
16. D Lopez vs J Gilbert  0-1431999Wch U12 GirlsB10 Caro-Kann
17. K Mar vs J Gilbert  ½-½251999Wch U12 GirlsB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
18. J Gilbert vs K Bolon  ½-½411999Wch U12 GirlsD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. C Cochet vs J Gilbert  ½-½211999Wch U12 GirlsB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
20. R Kirkwood vs J Gilbert  ½-½202000Jersey opA15 English
21. A Corkett vs J Gilbert  ½-½582000Jersey opE97 King's Indian
22. J Vickery vs J Gilbert  ½-½262000Jersey opE91 King's Indian
23. J Gilbert vs G Ballon  ½-½542000Jersey opD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. J Gilbert vs P Wojciechowski  ½-½292000Jersey opD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
25. J Gilbert vs J Dodgson  ½-½222000Jersey opD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
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Dec-15-06  TIMER: This is a very sad story. But the law is based on beyond reasonable doubt (that is over 90%), so he might be found not guilty even if he is likely guilty as AdrianP said.

I thought he showed typical misunderstanding of what chess was about the way he used it against her (non-chess players can often be taken in by 'magic qualities' of strong chess players). He would have been better describing it as some psychological problem than her scheming for revenge (to make more sense), although then it could be argued back that he caused the problems by rape etc.

It is very sad if he is guilty and got away with it- but then his conscience would have to hurt.

On AdrianP's point, could they try a civil court like where OJ Simpson was found probably guilty, in order to get compensation and some sense of justice?

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  Domdaniel: <chancho> Please, not the Daily Mail. It is not a serious newspaper.

Would those people still being voyeuristic about this horribly sad 'story' remember that it's real? And that quite a few regular members here knew Jessie?

Just leave it. Even the thread about the media misrepresentation of 'the chess mind' is not in good taste here. Somewhere else, by all means.

One small gesture of respect would be to avoid using this page for rants about some strong feeling of your own - whether's it is suicide, sexual abuse, god, guilt, the law, the media, or anything else.

Like: <The grim ripper will get you!>. Words fail me. Though not quite as much as they failed the writer of this.

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  chancho: <Domdaniel> I found the link to the arrest of Jessie's mother and thought it was worth posting the link on this page. My apologies to all those who were offended by this.
Dec-18-06  Amulet: <Domdaniel:>
Sorry for all those offended by my line, in fact that is a certainty for all of us, that all of us who were born are destined to die. However we should not be disheartened by this reality, because this will make us aware of our frailty, which will make us be careful of what we do in life, because sooner or later we will stand before our creator, and make account of all the hurtful words we said. How much more were the crimes commited. Oops, my apology again.
Dec-18-06  TIMER: <Domdaniel> I remember playing against her, she was a good sport and analysed after a loss. (There are some fairly well-known even popular players who were very disrespectful after losing, so this was a good quality) Maybe it is best to remember the good things like that rather than dwell on all these speculations on the terrible events that occurred.
Dec-19-06  AdrianP: <TIMER> <could they try a civil court like where OJ Simpson was found probably guilty, in order to get compensation and some sense of justice?> It's a reasonably thorny area of English law, but in principle, yes, she could have brought a civil claim, and that would probably be a claim which could now be brought by her estate. Compare the Van Hoogstraten case (not guilty in criminal proceedings, but a civil claim successful)

It's another question entirely whether a civil judgment would be much use to anyone.

Jan-30-07  laskereshevsky: I never heard about her before...What a tragedy....Im a bit distraught about her story.....very, very sadness thing.....Your life look like a little downtrodden flower.....I just hope now you have peace, LITTLE GIRL...
Jan-30-07  Dr.Lecter: Happy birthday Jessie. Hope your soul rests peacefully in heaven.
Jan-30-07  ianD: You had a troubled life.

Rest in peace:

Jan-30-07  uzeromay: "On AdrianP's point, could they try a civil court like where OJ Simpson was found probably guilty, in order to get compensation and some sense of justice?" I hope so! I hope that's what happens.
Feb-23-07  Knightlord:

Here Jessie's mother talks about it.

Mar-22-07  waddayaplay: < OJ Simpson> yes, but he was guilty.
Mar-22-07  waddayaplay: It has happened several times that kids have made up these kind of stories to get back at their father or step-father. And it is not so funny for a man to spend 10 years in prison for such a disgusting crime if he didn't commit it. Unfortunately the courts have been prone to accept the childrens testimonies even when there is not any other evidence at all to back up their stories (including physical / gynaecological examination).
Mar-22-07  RookFile: Sometimes, the less said, the better.
Mar-22-07  schnarre: <RookFile> True enough, especially with matters of intense feeling.

My thanks to chancho & others that have provided links for viewing.

Jul-26-07  Stonehenge: Jul-26-2006 Jul-26-2007 RIP Jessie

I didn't know you, but I won't forget you.

Jan-12-08  ketchuplover: There's going to be a Jessie Gilbert Celebration tournament in her hometown in August. You'll have to look it up for more info.
Jul-15-08  blacksburg:

my heart goes out to the other children of this family.

Jul-26-08  Stonehenge: Two years already, RIP Jessie.
Aug-14-08  Stonehenge: <ketchuplover: There's going to be a Jessie Gilbert Celebration tournament in her hometown in August. You'll have to look it up for more info.>

Yes, it begins Saturday.

Aug-28-08  myschkin: . . .

And the results are

Aug-28-08  myschkin: . . .

"To a precious girl whose memory will live on eternally in the hearts and minds of everyone..."

Jul-28-10  ketchuplover: Of all the words of mouth or pen surely these are the saddest "It might have been"
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  Domdaniel: Thanks, CG, for keeping the flame going for another year.

A wonderful young woman, who unfortunately hit the wall marked 'utter misery' and saw no way to avoid it.

It would be nice to think that some part of her essence still existed somewhere. I don't think it's likely: but it would be nice.

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  OhioChessFan: Very sad story. It doesn't seem that long ago.
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