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Colin McNab
C McNab 
photo copyright © 2004, Chris Marciano  

Number of games in database: 945
Years covered: 1977 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2402 (2486 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2490
Overall record: +314 -249 =376 (53.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 6 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 English (207) 
    A15 A13 A10 A14 A11
 English, 1 c4 e5 (73) 
    A28 A21 A29 A27 A26
 Reti System (60) 
    A04 A06 A05
 English, 1 c4 c5 (48) 
    A37 A30 A38 A36
 King's Indian (22) 
    E63 E62 E67 E64
 King's Indian Attack (18) 
    A07 A08
With the Black pieces:
 Robatsch (168) 
 Pirc (103) 
    B08 B07 B09
 Queen's Pawn Game (69) 
    A41 A40
 King's Indian (68) 
    E94 E95 E69 E67 E96
 Sicilian (17) 
    B40 B42 B43 B41 B22
 Sicilian Kan (11) 
    B42 B43 B41
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   C McNab vs M Karttunen, 2006 1-0
   C McNab vs D Gormally, 2000 1-0
   A Abdulwahhab vs C McNab, 2010 0-1
   J Shaw vs C McNab, 1993 0-1
   Pelletier vs C McNab, 2012 0-1
   C McNab vs A Rittiphunyawong, 1984 1-0
   M Pribeanu vs C McNab, 2008 0-1
   E A Spencer vs C McNab, 2012 0-1
   C McNab vs J Redpath, 2004 1-0
   C McNab vs I Sokolov, 2007 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Isle of Man Open (1993)
   MK Cafe Open-A (1997)
   111th Scottish Championship (2004)
   British Championship (1982)
   12th International Junior Tournament (1978)
   Dublin Zonal (1993)
   British Championship (1980)
   Liverpool Open (2007)
   Gibraltar Masters (2005)
   British Championship (1989)
   British Championship (1988)
   17th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1993)
   Thessaloniki Olympiad (1988)
   British Championship (1987)
   World Junior Championship (1980)

   🏆 4NCL Div 1a 2018/19
   E Paehtz vs C McNab (May-06-19) 1/2-1/2
   C McNab vs D J Ledger (May-05-19) 0-1
   E Kirk vs C McNab (May-04-19) 1-0
   M Galyas vs C McNab (Mar-17-19) 1/2-1/2
   C McNab vs A Greet (Mar-16-19) 1/2-1/2

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(born Feb-03-1961, 62 years old) United Kingdom

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Colin Anderson McNab (born 3 February 1961) is a Scottish chess player. He is Scotland's second player to be awarded the title of Grandmaster (GM), fulfilling its requirements in 1992 just after Paul Motwani. After achieving his three norms, he strained to get his rating up to the required 2500 level, and is possibly unique among Grandmasters in only achieving a published rating of 2500 some six years after being awarded the title. The FIDE regulations in force at the time stated that an 'intermediate' rating at any stage during an event would suffice, and that ratings between 2498.5 and 2500 would be rounded up, which is indeed what happened in 1992. He is also an International Master of correspondence chess since 1993 and International Master of chess problem solving since 2007.

McNab played for Scotland in eighteen Chess Olympiads between 1980 and 2016,3 and won the Scottish Chess Championship in 1983, 1991, 1993 and 1995.4 He was also the Commonwealth champion in 1992.5 In 2012 and 2013 McNab won the British Problem Solving Championship.

His opening repertoire is noted for its seemingly quiet fianchetto systems, and he has written a book on the fianchetto variation of the King's Indian Defence, and co-authored a book about the Pirc Defence with John Nunn. He is renowned as an expert on the endgame and has written a regular column for Scottish Chess magazine for a number of years.

McNab is a doctor of Mathematics, having studied for a DPhil at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Peter Neumann.

Wikipedia article: Colin McNab

Last updated: 2021-12-08 19:02:58

 page 1 of 38; games 1-25 of 945  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kasparov vs C McNab ½-½431977Wch U17B06 Robatsch
2. C McNab vs R Baekelant  1-023197812th International Junior TournamentC00 French Defense
3. C McNab vs B Zueger  0-143197812th International Junior TournamentB30 Sicilian
4. W Barbier vs C McNab  0-170197812th International Junior TournamentA15 English
5. Azmaiparashvili vs C McNab  1-023197812th International Junior TournamentA04 Reti Opening
6. C McNab vs E Tangborn  0-152197812th International Junior TournamentB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
7. L Winants vs C McNab  0-125197812th International Junior TournamentB06 Robatsch
8. D Sadkowski vs C McNab  0-131197812th International Junior TournamentB06 Robatsch
9. C McNab vs P Gerbert  1-017197812th International Junior TournamentA45 Queen's Pawn Game
10. C McNab vs P Nikolic  0-134197812th International Junior TournamentC41 Philidor Defense
11. R M McKay vs C McNab  1-0331979Scottish ChampionshipA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
12. C McNab vs G Morrison  1-0331979Scottish ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
13. S Gillam vs C McNab  0-1281979Scottish ChampionshipA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
14. C McNab vs I Mullen  ½-½431979Scottish ChampionshipC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
15. T Upton vs C McNab  1-0581979Scottish ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
16. C McNab vs G Bonner  0-1311979Scottish ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
17. P M Giulian vs C McNab  0-1571979Scottish ChampionshipA10 English
18. J B Hall vs C McNab  ½-½601979British ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
19. C McNab vs S Jackson  ½-½211979British ChampionshipC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
20. G Brangham vs C McNab  ½-½251979British ChampionshipA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
21. C McNab vs B Jones  1-0471979British ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
22. J E Littlewood vs C McNab  1-0421979British ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
23. C McNab vs J Horner  0-1411979British ChampionshipC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
24. M Alcock vs C McNab  1-0471979British ChampionshipA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
25. C McNab vs D Kilgour  0-1341979British ChampionshipC01 French, Exchange
 page 1 of 38; games 1-25 of 945  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-24-05  WorldChampeen: McNab is a GM on this page;; in a column detailling the Scottish Allegro Tournament.

He is shown as employing the Pirc defence above and it seems he co-authored a book with Nunn on the subject.

Nov-08-05  Averageguy: I've seen this guy! He was playing in the open of the Glasgow Chess Congress.
Nov-28-05  Averageguy: I've also seen him playing at the Oban Congress. He won the Open.
Nov-28-05  WMD: His books aren't to be confused with those of Andy McNab.
Feb-03-06  BIDMONFA: Colin Anderson McNab

McNAB, Colin

Feb-03-06  MoonlitKnight: Although a comparatively weak one, Colin is definitely a grandmaster.
Jun-29-07  Paul123: There is no such thing as a weak Grand master
Aug-08-07  Akuni: <Paul123> Everything's relative
Aug-09-07  dabearsrock1010: I wonder why he stopped playing football for the Eagles, maybe all the injuries were getting to him...but this certainly cant pay as well.
Oct-25-08  blacksburg: wait this guy played for the eagles? that can't be right.
May-01-11  midknightblue: <blacksburg> yes, he was very popular and I loved the soup commercials. Now his chess is just a great bonus for all fans of his!
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  Penguincw: McNab captures a puzzle-solving title.

Oct-31-12  Anderssen99: I searched this database in vain to find McNab,s beautiful win against Sigurjonsson at Luzern Olympiad 1982 and also the game allegedly won by George Mackenzie (Against Simon Winawer) at Paris 1878 after making four under promotions (!!). I will be grateful if any member of the "Chess Family" and my friends here gives the score of those games.
Jan-06-14  PhilFeeley: Missing is McNab - Brunello, Edinburgh rapid 2007:

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McNab missed a couple of Zwischenzugs:

1. Nh6+ gxh6
2. Qg4+ Kh8
3. dxe5 Qc8
4. exf6 Qxg4
5. f7+ Re5
6. Bxe5+ Qg7
7. Bxg7 Kxg7
8. Ra1

Instead McNab played 1. Qf5 and black replied cxd4, eventually winning.

Jun-24-18  diagonal: <Winner of the very first edition of the Isle of Man Open in 1992>, then known as the Monarch Assurance International Open Chess Tournament, held in Port Erin:

1. Colin McNab (7/9), 2. Paul Motwani (6.5/9), 3.-7. Keith Arkell, his then-wife Susan Arkell (achieving a male IM norm), Glenn Flear, Gary Quillan (IM norm), Gennadi Timoshchenko (6/9), etc.

Colin McNab is Scotland's second player to be awarded the title of Grandmaster by FIDE, fulfilling its requirements in 1992 just after Paul Motwani.

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