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Max Illingworth
Number of games in database: 167
Years covered: 2007 to 2020
Last FIDE rating: 2493 (2498 rapid, 2435 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2525

Overall record: +64 -41 =45 (57.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 17 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (14) 
    B48 B33 B80 B40 B20
 Queen's Pawn Game (12) 
    A45 A41 D02 E10 A40
 French Defense (6) 
    C18 C10 C03 C14 C00
 King's Indian (6) 
    E75 E62 E94 E90 E92
 English (5) 
    A15 A13 A16
 Ruy Lopez (5) 
    C78 C72 C82 C95
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (13) 
    B91 B29 B30 B27 B46
 Queen's Pawn Game (13) 
    D02 A45 A41 D00 A50
 Queen's Gambit Declined (10) 
    D37 D35 D30 D38 D31
 King's Indian (5) 
    E94 E97 E92 E62
 Grunfeld (5) 
    D82 D85 D86 D80
 Caro-Kann (4) 
    B10 B17
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Illingworth vs Rakesh Kumar Jena, 2016 1-0
   M Illingworth vs Nisipeanu, 2014 1-0
   M Illingworth vs G Lester, 2011 1-0
   M Illingworth vs Movsesian, 2014 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Bangkok Chess Club Open (2015)
   Queenstown Chess Classic (2012)
   11th BCC Thailand Open (2011)
   Abu Dhabi Masters (2016)
   Isle of Man Masters (2016)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2012)
   Batumi Olympiad (2018)
   Isle of Man Masters (2015)
   Abu Dhabi Masters (2017)
   Baku Olympiad (2016)
   Tromso Olympiad (2014)
   PRO League Group Stage (2019)
   FIDE Online Olympiad (2020)

   🏆 FIDE Online Olympiad
   Novendra Priasmoro vs M Illingworth (Aug-16-20) 1-0, rapid
   N Murshed vs M Illingworth (Aug-15-20) 1-0, rapid
   M Illingworth vs D Laylo (Aug-15-20) 1-0, rapid
   T Stoyanov vs M Illingworth (Aug-14-20) 0-1, rapid
   S Tologontegin vs M Illingworth (Aug-14-20) 0-1, rapid

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(born Nov-05-1992, 30 years old) Australia

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International Master (2012), Grandmaster (2015); NSW Champion (2011, 2012, 2013 & 2015); Australian Champion (2014).

Master norms

Illingworth won an IM norm from the Queenstown Chess Classic (2012), an IM and GM norm from the First Saturday GM September 2011 and scored his 3rd IM norm playing for Australia on board 4 in the Istanbul Olympiad (2012).

He won his second GM norm at the First Saturday GM 2014 and his third at the Australasian Masters in December 2015. Illingworth is Australia's fourth grandmaster (fifth if the late Walter Browne is counted as an Australian GM).


<State> He won the NSW Championship in 2011 with 7/9, in 2012 with 8.5/9, in 2013 and in 2015 with 8/9.

<National> He placed equal second with 8.5/13 at the 2013 Australian Championship in January. Illingworth started 2014 on a high note, winning the bi-annual Australian Championship outright with 8/11, defeating Australian wunderkind Anton Smirnov in the final round.

<World> In July 2015 he won the Oceania Zonal 3.6 to qualify for the World Cup (2015). There he was paired with Indian GM Pentala Harikrishna in the first round and bowed out of the tournament after losing by 0.5-1.5.

Standard Tournaments

In November 2012, he won the MCC Cup Weekender 2012 with the commanding score of 8.5/9, the only "blot" on an otherwise perfect score being a draw with IM Andrew Brown. He placed =2nd at the 2012 Gold Coast Open, won the NSW Open 2013. In August 2013, he placed =2nd with 7/9 at the 10th IGB Dato Arthur Tan International Open, half a point behind Xiu Deshun. He wound up 2013 with an =3rd at the Australasian Masters GM norm tournament. In April 2014, he scored a mildly disappointing 5.5/9 at the Doeberl Cup. Illingworth won the First Saturday GM Sep 2014 with 7/9, picking up a GM norm and 18 rating points to move him into 3rd position on the Australian rankings for the October 2014 FIDE rating list. In November 2014, he scored a perfect 9/9 at the 2014 MCC Hjorth Open to boost his rating by another 25 points to rapidly close in on 2500. However, 2014 finished on somewhat of an anticlimax for Illingworth at the Australasian Masters GM Norm Tournament 2014 held in Melbourne, finishing far from the leader board on 3.5/9, and shedding 17 rating points. Nevertheless, 2015 started on a strong note with 2nd place with 8/11 at the Australian Open, 2.5 points behind a rampant 10.5/11 performance by the runaway winner, Chinese super-GM Ni Hua. In June 2015, he won the NSW Open on tiebreak from Anton Smirnov.

In December 2015, Illingworth won his third GM title at the 2015 Australasian Masters where he placed 2nd, thereby securing his GM title.

Team Events

He represented Australia at the Istanbul Olympiad (2012), scoring 7/10 on the reserve board, and helping Australia to a higher than expected placement of 32nd (seeded 61). In August 2014, he played board 3 for Australia in the Tromso Olympiad (2014) scoring an impressive 6/9 (+5 -2 =2 & TPR 2563), just shy of a GM norm, breaking even against his 4 GM opponents with an impressive last round win against Romanian GM Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu, and defeating his three IM opponents 3-0. His performance also helped Australia to an excellent 31st place, 29 ahead of its #60 seeding.

Rating and ranking history

Illingworth's highest rating to date was 2517 in September 2015 making him the #2 ranked player in the country, his highest ranking to date.


The Australian Chess Federation awarded Illingworth the Steiner Medal (Australian player of the year) for 2012.

Wikipedia article: Max Illingworth

Last updated: 2021-03-13 02:50:41

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 173  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Shipov vs M Illingworth  1-0252007Sydney opE92 King's Indian
2. M Illingworth vs C Li  ½-½582007Malaysian Open TtD80 Grunfeld
3. M Illingworth vs G Xie 0-1302007Vikings WeekenderE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
4. M Illingworth vs V Akobian  ½-½772008Doeberl CupE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
5. J Ikeda vs M Illingworth 1-0272008Vikings WeekenderA15 English
6. M Illingworth vs D Mastrovasilis  ½-½5520092nd Queenstown Chess ClassicD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. M Illingworth vs S J Solomon 0-13620092nd Queenstown Chess ClassicA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
8. M Illingworth vs N Croad  1-03420092nd Queenstown Chess ClassicE15 Queen's Indian
9. B Cheng vs M Illingworth  1-0352010Australian MastersE12 Queen's Indian
10. E Wu vs M Illingworth  0-1272011Australian OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
11. M Illingworth vs G Lester  1-0682011Australian OpenA48 King's Indian
12. F Zulfic vs M Illingworth  0-1492011Australian OpenA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
13. M Illingworth vs Z Zhao ½-½322011Australian OpenB41 Sicilian, Kan
14. S J Solomon vs M Illingworth  ½-½202011Australian OpenD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
15. M Illingworth vs M Ly 1-0862011Australian OpenB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
16. V Smirnov vs M Illingworth  1-0932011Australian OpenA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
17. M Illingworth vs Blair Mandla  1-0342011Australian OpenE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
18. G Xie vs M Illingworth  1-0262011Australian OpenC45 Scotch Game
19. M Illingworth vs G Nakauchi  1-0322011Australian OpenA30 English, Symmetrical
20. A Brown vs M Illingworth  1-0382011Australian OpenD85 Grunfeld
21. S Tuamsang vs M Illingworth  0-132201111th BCC Thailand OpenD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. M Illingworth vs B Thebault  1-042201111th BCC Thailand OpenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. M Illingworth vs G Schebler  ½-½15201111th BCC Thailand OpenC10 French
24. J Gustafsson vs M Illingworth  ½-½51201111th BCC Thailand OpenD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
25. N Murshed vs M Illingworth  ½-½41201111th BCC Thailand OpenD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-13-11  ozmikey: Congratulations to Max on joint first place in the September First Saturday tournament in Budapest, with wins against three GMs along the way:

Great to see another young Oz player making a name for himself beyond our shores. With Moulthun Ly, Bobby Cheng, Andrew Brown, James Morris and others on the march as well, the outlook is excellent for us.

Sep-13-11  SimonWebbsTiger: I chatted with Max on a little while ago. He said he was taking a sabbatical, trying to see if he could become a GM. This result will boost his confidence and be a good help on that rocky road.
Sep-13-11  twinlark: <ozmikey> So is this an actual GM norm for Max? Guess it must be as 7/9 must be a GM norm in that field. I see he beat all the GMs and drew with most of the rest. Don't see that very often.
Sep-16-12  ozmikey: Max has apparently now achieved his IM title on the back of his performance at the Olympiad. Congratulations!
Jan-11-14  ozmikey: Max has just won the 2014 Australian Championship, beating young Anton Smirnov in the decisive last round game. Congratulations.

It was a tournament where the younger players excelled - apart from Max and Anton, Karl Zelesco had a superb tournament, beating Darryl K Johansen in the last round to finish in shared second place.

Only a matter of time before we produce another GM...or several!

Jan-11-14  twinlark: Congratulations to Max! Reckon Max, Karl and Anton are all GM material.
Aug-07-14  offramp: He is the second-best Illingworth to leave Australian shores.
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  Penguincw: Max Illingworth is coming close to that 3rd GM norm (or however many he has/needs). At the Bangkok Chess Club Open (2015), he scored 6.5/9 (+6,-2,=1) to finish in a 14-way tie for 5th (15th overall).

He was the 14th seed, so it may seem that he kinda underperformed, but he did gain 7 rating points to move from 2489 to 2496 (2500 is needed for a GM title). Unfortunately, his TPR was only 2528, so no norm here, just points.

Dec-26-15  twinlark: Max Illingworth finally secured his 3rd GM norm at the recently concluded Australian Master event. His ratification by FIDE as a GM should be a formality as he has already rated over 2500.
Dec-26-15  sonia91: <twinlark> It was actually the <Australasian> Masters (; you wrote already <Grandmaster (2015)> but the next FIDE presidential board meeting will be held in March 2016.
Dec-26-15  twinlark: <sonia91>

Thanks for the correction concerning the Australasian Masters. However, the date of effect of a GM title is from the date a player meets all technical criteria.

FIDE's presidential board meeting in March ratifies the application that is lodged for the title, but the date of effect of the acquisition of the title is not the date of FIDE's meeting, but is backdated to the final criterion - in this case the third GM norm - being met.

Jan-03-16  sonia91: <Illingworth is Australia's fourth grandmaster (fifth if the late Walter Shawn Browne is counted as an Australian GM).> According to there are already 4 Australian GMs (excluding Browne), Illingworth should be the fifth.

There is still "Australian Master" instead of "Australasian Masters" in the "Master norms" paragraph.

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  piltdown man: Congrats to the new GM!
Apr-08-16  ozmikey: Wonderful news, and no-one has worked harder for the title than Max, believe me. As I've mentioned on another thread, it is much, much more difficult for an Australian (so far away from the epicentre of high-level chess activity, and with zero government or private-sector support) to gain the GM title than it is for Europeans.

I still have some of those old NSW Junior League magazines with photos of Max as a fresh-faced 10-year-old winning his first junior tournaments. Congratulations on reaching the well-deserved end of a long journey.

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  piltdown man: <ozmikey> Hopefully not the end, but the beginning. The sky's the limit!
Oct-06-16  BIDMONFA: Max Illingworth

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  Messiah: A very nice guy.

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