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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. J Gilbert vs Mark Hannon  0-1381999BCF-chT2 9900 (4NCL)A57 Benko Gambit
2. A Pleasants vs J Gilbert  1-0411999BCF-chT2 9900 (4NCL)D00 Queen's Pawn Game
3. J Gilbert vs J Blackburn  1-0761999BCF-chT2 9900 (4NCL)E21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
4. M Howard vs J Gilbert  0-1491999BCF-chT2 9900 (4NCL)D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. R Savory vs J Gilbert  1-0301999BCF-chT2 9900 (4NCL)B10 Caro-Kann
6. E Josiah Lutton vs J Gilbert  ½-½431999BCF-chT2 9900 (4NCL)B12 Caro-Kann Defense
7. J Gilbert vs J Swindells ½-½321999BCF-chT2 9900 (4NCL)E88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
8. J C Saunders vs J Gilbert  ½-½291999BCF-chT2 9900 (4NCL)B15 Caro-Kann
9. C Cochet vs J Gilbert  ½-½211999Wch U12 GirlsB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
10. J Gilbert vs C Jorgensen  1-0291999Wch U12 GirlsE81 King's Indian, Samisch
11. A Rudolf vs J Gilbert  ½-½251999Wch U12 GirlsB10 Caro-Kann
12. J Gilbert vs B Khotenashvili  ½-½451999Wch U12 GirlsE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
13. M Fominykh vs J Gilbert  1-0651999Wch U12 GirlsB12 Caro-Kann Defense
14. J Gilbert vs Koneru  0-1551999Wch U12 GirlsE20 Nimzo-Indian
15. J Zawadzka vs J Gilbert 0-1201999Wch U12 GirlsB30 Sicilian
16. J Gilbert vs A Kohut  1-0421999Wch U12 GirlsD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
17. D Lopez vs J Gilbert  0-1431999Wch U12 GirlsB10 Caro-Kann
18. K Mar vs J Gilbert  ½-½251999Wch U12 GirlsB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
19. J Gilbert vs K Bolon  ½-½411999Wch U12 GirlsD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. J Gilbert vs G Ballon  ½-½542000Jersey opD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. R Kirkwood vs J Gilbert  ½-½202000Jersey opA15 English
22. A Corkett vs J Gilbert  ½-½582000Jersey opE97 King's Indian
23. J Vickery vs J Gilbert  ½-½262000Jersey opE91 King's Indian
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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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.
Jul-28-10  drnooo: as t.s. eliot once said:

Once in a hard rain
I approached a distant wall
that had something written
on it so small
that far off it seemed to say
something about gravity
the g r s
in it being very large

then nearing it
finally was gone the tension
when I made out what
it really said
Grief is the fourth dimension.

Oct-17-10  SetNoEscapeOn: I was researching something else and I came across this horrible story again. Damn.
Mar-09-11  patxer: For some reason her win over GM Gormally is missing I think it deserves to be added, you can find it here, The game was played in 2006 not 2005 though
Oct-09-13  Stonehenge:
Aug-24-15  ketchuplover: I hope she's watching over and honored by the event currently being held in her name
Sep-10-15  The Kings Domain: Terribly sad story, one doesn't expect a tragedy like this to befall a female Chess player, much more a young one at that. She left a fine legacy.
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