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Jonathan Rowson
J Rowson 
Photo Copyright © 2004 Chris Marciano    
Number of games in database: 396
Years covered: 1992 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2561 (2525 rapid, 2519 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2599

Overall record: +158 -84 =141 (59.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 13 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (38) 
    B30 B40 B33 B47 B90
 Nimzo Indian (18) 
    E32 E34 E37 E33 E38
 King's Indian (17) 
    E81 E84 E86 E92 E70
 Slav (16) 
    D17 D15 D12 D11 D13
 Queen's Pawn Game (15) 
    D00 A45 A40 D02
 French Defense (14) 
    C18 C11 C14 C07 C15
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (64) 
    B90 B92 B80 B93 B22
 Sicilian Najdorf (24) 
    B90 B92 B93 B97 B98
 Grunfeld (21) 
    D85 D76 D97 D71 D78
 Queen's Pawn Game (19) 
    D02 A45 A46 A41 A40
 Nimzo Indian (11) 
    E20 E42 E33 E41 E32
 English, 1 c4 e5 (9) 
    A28 A29 A20 A25 A26
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J Rowson vs T Nixon, 2005 1-0
   P K Wells vs J Rowson, 2000 0-1
   J Rowson vs de Firmian, 2003 1-0
   J Rowson vs L Cooper, 1997 1-0
   J Rowson vs T Hinks-Edwards, 1998 1-0
   J Rowson vs P Motwani, 1999 1-0
   M Bluvshtein vs J Rowson, 2008 0-1
   S Williams vs J Rowson, 2001 0-1
   J Rowson vs A Ledger, 1995 1-0
   J Rowson vs K Arakhamia-Grant, 2004 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   111th Scottish Championship (2004)
   British Championship (2005)
   Hastings 2003/04 (2003)
   British Championship (2006)
   British Championship (2004)
   British Championship (2007)
   London Chess Classic Open (2012)
   Scottish Championship (2009)
   Corus Reserve Group (2000)
   BCF-ch (1999)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   Calvia Olympiad (2004)
   Gibraltar Masters (2004)
   Turin Olympiad (2006)
   Dresden Olympiad (2008)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Chess for Zebras (Rowson) by trh6upsz
   Chess for Zebras (Rowson) by Qindarka
   Jonathan Rowson: The Seven Deadly Chess Sins by trh6upsz
   Seven Deadly Chess Sins (Rowson) by howardb86
   Seven Deadly Chess Sins (Rowson) by Qindarka
   Jonathan Rowson: The Seven Deadly Chess Sins by cu8sfan
   Jonathan Rowson: The Seven Deadly Chess Sins by isfsam

   🏆 British Knockout Championship
   Sadler vs J Rowson (Dec-01-17) 1-0
   J Rowson vs Sadler (Dec-01-17) 1/2-1/2
   J Rowson vs G Jones (Dec-08-16) 1/2-1/2
   G Jones vs J Rowson (Dec-08-16) 1-0
   J Rowson vs C Bauer (Dec-13-15) 1/2-1/2, rapid

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(born Apr-18-1977, 44 years old) United Kingdom

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Jonathan Rowson was born in Aberdeen, Scotland. He became Scotland's third grandmaster, after Paul Motwani and Colin A McNab. He placed second in the European Under 20 Championship in 1997, and then went on to win the 1999 Scottish Chess Championship. Rowson won it again in 2001 and 2004. He won the British Championship in 2004, 2005, and 2006. He is the author of two chess books and has studied at Oxford University in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.

Wikipedia article: Jonathan Rowson

 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 396  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. O Jackson vs J Rowson  0-1531992BCF-chC33 King's Gambit Accepted
2. I Nei vs J Rowson  1-0411993Cappelle op 9thA10 English
3. J Rowson vs Sutovsky  0-1461993Wch U16B33 Sicilian
4. J Rowson vs J Parker  ½-½221994SNCL Div 1 Aberdeen 1-EdinburghC67 Ruy Lopez
5. J Rowson vs J I M Grant  ½-½311994SNCL Div 1 Aberdeen 1-Edinburgh WestB12 Caro-Kann Defense
6. D Norwood vs J Rowson  1-031199418th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
7. J Rowson vs V Malakhov  0-1221995EU-ch U20B06 Robatsch
8. J Rowson vs Hebden  0-1621995Isle of LewisC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
9. J Rowson vs A Coull  1-0501995Isle of Lewis opC17 French, Winawer, Advance
10. J Rowson vs A Ledger 1-0311995Tyneside InternationalB12 Caro-Kann Defense
11. J I M Grant vs J Rowson 0-1341995SCO-chA25 English
12. J Rowson vs Shulman  ½-½231995Wch U20C15 French, Winawer
13. Sutovsky vs J Rowson 1-0401995Wch U18C41 Philidor Defense
14. Brodsky vs J Rowson 1-0221996Cappelle op 12thB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. J Rowson vs Hoang Thanh Trang  1-0561996Budapest FS04 GMC11 French
16. J Rowson vs J Stocek  0-1351996Budapest FS04 GMB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
17. D Kolbus vs J Rowson  1-0351996Budapest FS04 GMA25 English
18. Gulko vs J Rowson ½-½491996Politiken Cup 18thD02 Queen's Pawn Game
19. J Rowson vs T Christensen  1-0391996Politiken Cup 18thB40 Sicilian
20. J Hoogendoorn vs J Rowson  0-1751996DEN-chJB20 Sicilian
21. J Rowson vs Kulaots 1-0731996DEN-chJB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
22. J Rowson vs N V Pedersen  1-0461996DEN-chJD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. R Tibensky vs J Rowson  0-1411996Yerevan OlympiadE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
24. Miles vs J Rowson 0-15619964th 4NCLA45 Queen's Pawn Game
25. D Cummings vs J Rowson  0-1601997BCF-chT 9798 (4NCL)A07 King's Indian Attack
 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 396  PGN Download
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"Improvement begins at the edge of your comfort zone."

-Jonathan Rowson

Feb-23-12  AlphaMale: In other words, you gotta get out of bed first. Nobody ever became a GM in their pyjamas.
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  wordfunph: "I am aiming to be 2600 before I am thirty."

- GM Jonathan Rowson

Rowson's peak at 2599 :)

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  wordfunph: "Affirm your mistakes; don't deny them. Try to appreciate them and learn from them because they are inevitable. Observe yourself carefully before you play and enjoy the experience of playing. And, of course, buy my books!"

- GM Jonathan Rowson

ok, will buy your books :)

happy birthday, GM!

Apr-14-13  voyager39: Read your article on Chessbase.

Wish you could come up with a more educated analysis of Kramnik's interview

Apr-18-13  Everett: Player of the day has written some very enjoyable books: The Seven Deadly Chess Sins and Chess for Zebras. Never got my hands on his Grunfeld book, though I never could wrap my head around that opening anyway.

Happy Birthday and thank you Mr. Rowson.

Nov-30-13  RedShield: < Jonathan Rowson @Jonathan_Rowson

Hugely grateful, very excited & suitably nervous to be 'the wild card' @londonclassic Inspired by Magnus, I'm going to prepare some endgames>

Nov-30-13  jancotianno: I hope he will have some good results in the London chess classic.
Dec-22-13  RedShield: <Jonathan Rowson has a golden collection of academic qualifications, having got himself a first class honours in PPE, spent a year at Harvard and got a PhD from Bristol. Oh yes, and he's a chess grandmaster.


Rowson, like so many of people who venture into the climate debate from the social science side are unashamedly ignorant about what the climate debate is about. It doesn't matter how many articles you write about climate sensitivity, with all that implies; to the Rowson's of this world you are a denier. This failure to engage with the actual arguments made suggests a highly developed sense of intellectual cowardice or the kind of casual dishonesty that we see so often from greens.>

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  MissScarlett: Tired of being on the losing side of one debate, Rowson plunges headlong into another:

<If the case for independence is so strong, why isn’t Yes winning?>

Expect him to announce his candidacy for the 2018 FIDE presidency soon.

Sep-10-14  kellmano: I follow Rowson on twitter and he is fiercely behind the 'yes' campaign for independence. Perhaps this page might be a nice place to discuss it - I'm sure he'd approve.

I've tried to see what people think on the Rogoff page but no-one seems interested. Surely this is not the case? Perhaps it is just posts there get swallowed up by other things.

Anyway - anyone care to offer their tuppence-worth?

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  offramp: It is being discussed in its proper place, Scotland.
May-22-15  TheFocus: <Chess no longer seems important, but it remains extremely interesting, and though it may never again feel meaningful, it will always be beautiful> - Jonathan Rowson (New In Chess#2, 2012, page 11).
May-24-15  TheFocus: <If you want to become a better player, you need better habits, and you cultivate better habits through training. The best training is the kind that pushes you up against the edges of your comfort zone, where you force yourself to take responsibility for difficult decisions. It is so much easier to read books that give strategic guidelines, hints and tips, etc., but what you need is ‘know how’ and that means learning by doing> - Jonathan Rowson.
May-24-15  TheFocus: <Playing good chess usually means that clear-cut solutions are quite rare, and that when they exist they won't necessarily follow any logical argument> - Jonathan Rowson.
May-24-15  TheFocus: <The main function of chess trainers should be to guide the training of their students, rather than teach them directly. The best thing you can do for a student is to select interesting positions for them, and analyse them carefully so you can see the kings of things that the student is missing> - Jonathan Rowson.
May-24-15  TheFocus: <Many players get into trouble because they have definite assessments and vague ideas when what you want is clear ideas and revisable assessments - almost the exact opposite!> - Jonathan Rowson.
May-24-15  TheFocus: <I strongly believe that your practical results will improve once you are more willing to sacrifice material - not for attack (we can all do that) but for defensive and psychological reasons> - Jonathan Rowson.
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  offramp: He is known as the Tarrasch of the Trossachs.
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  wwall: I listed all the doctors (PhD or MD) in chess at

It may be outdated by a few years. I will need to update it soon.

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  MissScarlett: <Jonathan Rowson ‏@Jonathan_Rowson 8h 8 hours ago

I've never felt less British than I do this morning, except for the strong feeling that I need to apologise for what just happened.>

@#$% EU!

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  Penguincw: Jonathan Rowson after Michael Adams crushed him in a match in 1998: < "I was amazed at how little he saw." >

I read this quote when reading an article, regarding how AlphaZero was able to defeat Stockfish in a match (recently as of this timestamp).

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  Kapmigs: Jonathan Rowson
Gosh. I just saw how Magnus Carlsen defeated Wesley So. So many beautiful notes.
Such fluency between forms of quality.
Such confidence in transitions.
Such abundant harmony.
You would think he is World Champion or something...
Nov-26-19  pazzed paun: In his new book
He talks about throwing I Ching sticks
...wonder if you did that during a game you would be disqualified? You could argue that it was not a source outside of your own self
Apr-18-21  Albertan: Jonathan Rowson has a website at:

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