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Mark Hebden
Photo courtesy of Eric Schiller.  
Number of games in database: 1,778
Years covered: 1977 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2453 (2458 rapid, 2457 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2585

Overall record: +842 -364 =512 (63.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 60 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (210) 
    A46 D02 A45 A40 D05
 Sicilian (104) 
    B21 B23 B25 B47 B83
 Queen's Gambit Declined (72) 
    D30 D39 D37 D06
 Slav (63) 
    D12 D11
 French Defense (45) 
    C16 C17 C11 C10 C14
 Pirc (37) 
    B08 B07
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (253) 
    E92 E97 E60 E81 E62
 Ruy Lopez (223) 
    C84 C89 C68 C91 C96
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (168) 
    C84 C89 C91 C96 C85
 Two Knights (65) 
    C55 C58 C57 C59
 English (53) 
    A10 A15 A16
 Ruy Lopez Exchange (50) 
    C68 C85 C69
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Hebden vs N Birnboim, 1992 1-0
   Hebden vs F Felecan, 1993 1-0
   Hebden vs E Prie, 1984 1-0
   M Roeder vs Hebden, 1992 0-1
   Hebden vs R Cantero, 1986 1-0
   D A Holmes vs Hebden, 1989 0-1
   D J Ledger vs Hebden, 2004 0-1
   Hebden vs McShane, 1998 1-0
   Hebden vs E N Holland, 1993 1-0
   Hebden vs P Littlewood, 1992 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   British Championship (2009)
   E.U. Championship and Cork Chess Congress (2005)
   Hastings 2013/14 (2013)
   British Championship (2014)
   British Championship (2015)
   British Championship (2016)
   Hastings 2005/06 (2006)
   18th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1994)
   London Chess Classic Open (2012)
   London Chess Classic Open (2013)
   London Chess Classic Open (2019)
   Scottish Championship (2012)
   Hastings 2014/15 (2014)
   4NCL Div 1a 2018/19 (2018)
   European Union Championship (2008)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Killer Rubbish Fredthebear Won't Eat by fredthebear
   xMack Daddy of More Recent Times by fredthebear
   Sic McDonnell & GPA f4, Bb5 Fredthebear's Hive by fredthebear
   1. d4 alt by ChessPraxis
   Hastings 1982/83 by Chessdreamer
   1993 Capablanca memorial (group A) by gauer
   Hastings Premier 2001/2 by protean
   Biel 1983 by suenteus po 147

   🏆 Hastings Online All-Play-All
   A Ghasi vs Hebden (Jan-10-21) 0-1, rapid
   Hebden vs Flear (Jan-10-21) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Adams vs Hebden (Jan-10-21) 1-0, rapid
   Hebden vs M J Turner (Jan-10-21) 0-1, rapid
   Hebden vs Arkell (Jan-10-21) 0-1, rapid

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(born Feb-15-1958, 63 years old) United Kingdom

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Mark L Hebden was born in Leicester, England. He was awarded the IM title in 1982 and the GM title in 1992.

He won the British Rapidplay Championships in 1990, 1994, 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2013; was =1st at the Cappelle-la-Granda Open in 1989, 1990, 1995 and 1997; (1) He won the 9th Monarch Assurance International Open in 2000. (2) He also won the Svein Johannessen Memorial (Norway) in 2010 ahead of Jon Ludvig Hammer; (3), and won the 2012 Dublin Easter International. (4). Placed =1st at Hastings Chess Congress (2013).

Played for the Guildford 1 team that won the 4NCL in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. (1) & (5)

(1) Wikipedia article: Mark Hebden; (2); (3) http://turneringsservice.sjakklubb....; (4); (5) and

 page 1 of 72; games 1-25 of 1,780  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. P Biyiasas vs Hebden 1-0361977HastingsC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
2. R Burbach vs Hebden 1-0361979Hastings IIC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
3. Nunn vs Hebden 1-0211979London LARAC29 Vienna Gambit
4. Iskov vs Hebden 0-1141979Benedictine InternationalC44 King's Pawn Game
5. Hebden vs A J Norris  ½-½441979LondonB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
6. Hebden vs J Quinn 1-0331979LondonB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
7. R C Balinas vs Hebden 1-0351979LondonC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
8. Hebden vs Nunn 0-1261979London m/1C36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
9. Hebden vs G Ligterink  0-1301979Aaronson MastersB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
10. S Jackson vs Hebden  0-1391979BCF-chC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
11. Hebden vs I Wells 1-0301979BCF-chB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
12. Nunn vs Hebden  1-0401979BCF-chC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
13. Hebden vs Graham Morrison  1-0391979BCF-chB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
14. A J Mestel vs Hebden  0-1731979BCF-chC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
15. Hebden vs Speelman  ½-½561979BCF-chE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
16. J Penrose vs Hebden  0-1761979BCF-chC77 Ruy Lopez
17. Hebden vs R Bellin 0-1201979BCF-chC34 King's Gambit Accepted
18. Hebden vs K Langeweg 0-1241979Regency Masters AB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
19. Hebden vs E Davis 1-0281980cr GrandC17 French, Winawer, Advance
20. Hebden vs I Wells  1-0361980Robert Silk International FellowshipB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
21. M Pein vs Hebden  0-1431980BCF-chA57 Benko Gambit
22. I Wells vs Hebden  1-0371980Oxford OpenC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
23. I Wells vs Hebden  ½-½671980Islington OpenC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
24. Hebden vs A Kuligowski  1-0351981Lewisham opB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
25. S Conquest vs Hebden  ½-½241981Lewisham (ENG)A57 Benko Gambit
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Feb-15-09  MaxxLange: Maybe he means "hustle at speed chess" by "busking"? Or maybe Hebden plays a mean Neil Young cover, who knows?

Anyway: hbd!

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  fm avari viraf: Mark & I played many years together the Challengers, Weekends & the International Blitz Chess Tournaments at Hastings, England. Once, I lost a crucial game to him in the Blitz Chess Tournament but manage to win a Prize. Many years,I participated in the Blitz Chess Tournaments & kept on winning Prizes! I think, Mark has lost the motivation to scale higher in the firmament of Chess & that is why he keeps losing to weaker players.
Feb-15-09  WhiteRook48: Mark your place, Mark! :D
Jul-28-09  champsylove: I think it is the same Hebden that got smashed by Kingcrusher on youtube in a 1 minute blitz.
Sep-01-09  HeadCrunch: That Blitz video on Youtube is hilarious!
Nov-23-09  Ezzy: Mark Hebden has just come joint first with David Howell in the 2009 British rapidplay championships.
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  Tabanus: Winner of the Svein Johannessen Memorial (Norway) 18-22 June 2010, ahead of GM Hammer:


Feb-15-12  teddyo: Mark Hebden played top board for Leicestershire in a recent match against my county... our top board was ill and so our lowest rated substitute was drafted in. Needless to say the game was very one-sided and I don't think Mr. Hebden was very happy at having to dish out a free lesson.

He also gave my scoresheet a bit of a frown - don't think he approved of my black opening... he was wrong ;)

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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday POTD!
Feb-15-12  rapidcitychess: Happy birthday!
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  Dionysius1: Hi teddyo. What was the logic of putting your lowest rated substitute on top board? What about moving everybody up one to fill the gap, or putting your strongest substitute on against Hebden?
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  Tabanus: Congrats for winning the Dublin Easter International 5-9 April 2012!

Oct-29-12  notyetagm: A nice win by Hebden from earlier this year.

[Event " Amersham Open"]
[Site "De Vere Latimer Place Hotel, "]
[Date "2012.05.20"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Hebden, Mark L"]
[Black "Tozer, Philip A A"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2512"]
[BlackElo "2199"]
[PlyCount "89"]
[EventDate "2013.??.??"]

1. d4 e6 2. Nf3 f5 3. g3 Nf6 4. Bg2 d5 5. O-O Bd6 6. c4 c6 7. Bf4 Bxf4 8. gxf4 O-O 9. Ne5 Nbd7 10. Nc3 Ne4 11. Rc1 Nxe5 12. fxe5 Bd7 13. e3 Nxc3 14. Rxc3 Qh4 15. f4 Be8 16. Qe1 Qe7 17. Bf3 Kh8 18. h4 Rg8 19. Rc2 g6 20. b3 Rg7 21. Kh1 Bf7 22. Rg1 Rag8 23. Rgg2 Be8 24. Rh2 h6 25. Qa5 b6 26. Qe1 Rh7 27. Rcg2 Rgg7 28. Kg1 Rg8 29. Qc3 Rgg7 30. Qe1 Rg8 31. a4 Qb7 32. Qb4 Qe7 33. Qxe7 Rxe7 34. Rc2 Rgg7 35. Rc3 a6 36. Kf1 b5 37. cxd5 cxd5 38. a5 Rc7 39. Rhc2 Ra7 40. Rc8 Rge7 41. Ke2 Kg7 42. Rb8 h5 43. Rcc8 Kf7 44. Ra8 Kf8 45. Rxe8+ 1-0

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  wordfunph: GM Mark Hebden <known as "The Butcher" for his meat-cleaver attacking style>.

Source: Inside Chess 1990 05

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  offramp: A very unusual-looking character. A cross between Jackie Chan and Jackie Onassis.
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  offramp: A book of his complete games would probably have about 50,000 pages.
Aug-09-13  Nina Myers: Mon Dieu, at least, AT LEAST!
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  offramp: A very good result at the latest Hastings.
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  offramp: Strange news from the BBC.
Jan-10-14  RedShield: The Beeb is big on queer news.
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  offramp: Hebden played many other games of chess as well. If all of them were recorded, I imagine the world itself wouldn't have enough room for the books that would be written.
Jan-10-14  RedShield: He looks a bit Oriental, doesn't he? Gives another meaning to the expression <had a Chinese>.
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  offramp: He looks like a cross between Jackie Chan and Jackie Onassis.
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  offramp: He comments on his fine win Hebden vs H Tirard, 2009 at
Oct-08-14  waustad: There seem to be some games of his this tournament under the name Mark L. Hebdan.
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