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Paul Motwani
Number of games in database: 406
Years covered: 1974 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2440
Highest rating achieved in database: 2511

Overall record: +137 -80 =184 (57.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 5 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (69) 
    B22 B43 B25 B50 B30
 Vienna Opening (23) 
    C26 C28 C25 C27
 French Defense (20) 
    C00 C03 C05 C19 C11
 Pirc (17) 
    B07 B08 B09
 French (9) 
    C00 C11 C10
 Ruy Lopez (8) 
    C77 C68 C69 C60
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (26) 
    C67 C92 C80 C96 C89
 French Defense (20) 
    C07 C18 C09 C02 C01
 Queen's Pawn Game (16) 
    E00 D02 A40 D05 A46
 Sicilian (11) 
    B42 B43 B41 B28 B32
 Nimzo Indian (10) 
    E39 E42 E26 E25 E33
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (9) 
    C92 C96 C89 C91 C84
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   P Motwani vs P Rockwell, 1974 1-0
   P Motwani vs P Roca, 1986 1/2-1/2
   Spassky vs P Motwani, 1987 0-1
   P Motwani vs Adams, 1994 1-0
   Illescas Cordoba vs P Motwani, 1988 0-1
   P Motwani vs Antunes, 1992 1-0
   P Motwani vs Vescovi, 2000 1-0
   Tukmakov vs P Motwani, 1990 1/2-1/2
   P Motwani vs I Gourlay, 2001 1-0
   P Motwani vs W Hendriks, 1996 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Scottish Championship (1993)
   Scottish Championship (2001)
   Scottish Championship (1999)
   British Championship (2004)
   111th Scottish Championship (2004)
   Scottish Championship (2009)
   British Championship (1988)
   Gibraltar Masters (2004)
   British Championship (1989)
   British Championship (1985)
   British Championship (1986)
   Dubai Olympiad (1986)
   Novi Sad Olympiad (1990)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2000)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)

   🏆 Irish New Year GM
   Kanyamarala Tarun vs P Motwani (Jan-05-22) 0-1
   T O'Gorman vs P Motwani (Jan-04-22) 1/2-1/2
   P Motwani vs Nils de Vos (Nov-19-17) 1-0
   P Motwani vs R Kevlishvili (Oct-22-17) 1/2-1/2
   D Dardha vs P Motwani (Aug-15-17) 1/2-1/2

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(born Jun-13-1962, 60 years old) United Kingdom

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Paul Anthony Motwani was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He won the Scottish Championship in 1978 and was World Under 16 Champion in 1978-79. Becoming Scotland's first GM in 1992, he later moved with his family from Dundee to Belgium.

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 page 1 of 17; games 1-25 of 423  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. P Motwani vs P Rockwell 1-0151974DundeeB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
2. P Motwani vs A J Mestel  0-1271978British ChampionshipB50 Sicilian
3. Watson vs P Motwani  ½-½321978British ChampionshipC15 French, Winawer
4. P Motwani vs K Coates  1-0421978British ChampionshipB53 Sicilian
5. P H Clarke vs P Motwani  1-0351978British ChampionshipD93 Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3
6. P Motwani vs P Garbett  0-1461978British ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
7. A A Smith vs P Motwani 0-1291978British ChampionshipA40 Queen's Pawn Game
8. P Motwani vs W A Linton  ½-½471978British ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
9. J J Carleton vs P Motwani  1-0461978British ChampionshipC50 Giuoco Piano
10. P Motwani vs P M Giulian  ½-½271978British ChampionshipC07 French, Tarrasch
11. V W Knox vs P Motwani  ½-½311978British ChampionshipC47 Four Knights
12. P Motwani vs L P Burnett  ½-½141978British ChampionshipB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
13. P Motwani vs Yusupov  ½-½161979Wch U20C43 Petrov, Modern Attack
14. I Rogers vs P Motwani  1-0431979Wch U20A10 English
15. G Sanna vs P Motwani 1-03619799th European Junior Championship 1979/80A10 English
16. P Motwani vs A Ferreira  ½-½3319799th European Junior Championship 1979/80B50 Sicilian
17. G Borg vs P Motwani  ½-½2219799th European Junior Championship 1979/80C01 French, Exchange
18. P Motwani vs K Merchiers  1-05819799th European Junior Championship 1979/80C09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
19. H Elyoseph vs P Motwani  ½-½4319799th European Junior Championship 1979/80C02 French, Advance
20. P Stigar vs P Motwani  ½-½1419799th European Junior Championship 1979/80C10 French
21. P Motwani vs E Curtin  ½-½5619799th European Junior Championship 1979/80B53 Sicilian
22. P Motwani vs M Santo-Roman  ½-½2819799th European Junior Championship 1979/80B40 Sicilian
23. D Radziejewski vs P Motwani  ½-½2619799th European Junior Championship 1979/80D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. P Motwani vs Damljanovic 0-14619799th European Junior Championship 1979/80B40 Sicilian
25. H P Hoeksema vs P Motwani  ½-½2519809th European Junior Championship 1979/80C74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
 page 1 of 17; games 1-25 of 423  PGN Download
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Apr-08-05  offramp: Here it is:

[Event "34. Olympiad"]
[Site "Istanbul TUR"]
[Date "2000.11.04"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Motwani, Paul"]
[Black "Sokolov, Ivan"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C33"]
[WhiteElo "2464"]
[BlackElo "2611"]
[PlyCount "81"]
[EventDate "2000.10.28"]

1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Bc4 Ne7 4. Nf3 d5 5. exd5 Nxd5 6. Bxd5 Qxd5 7. Nc3 Qd8 8. d4 Be7 9. Bxf4 O-O 10. Qd3 Nc6 11. O-O-O Bd6 12. Bxd6 cxd6 13. Rhf1 Bg4 14. Qb5 Na5 15. h3 a6 16. Qd5 Be6 17. Qh5 h6 18. d5 Bd7 19. Nd4 Nc4 20. Rf3 Qe7 21. b3 Ne5 22. Rg3 Qf6 23. Qe2 Qf4+ 24. Re3 Rae8 25. g3 Qg5 26. Ne4 Qg6 27. g4 f5 28. gxf5 Bxf5 29. Nxf5 Rxf5 30. Rg3 Rg5 31. Nxg5 hxg5 32. Rdg1 Qf6 33. Kb1 Re7 34. Re3 b5 35. Rf1 Qh6 36. Rc3 Re8 37. Qe4 Qh5 38. Qf5 Qe2 39. Rg1 Nf7 40. Rc8 Qe3 41. Rf1 1-0

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  WTHarvey: Here are some crucial positions from Paul's games not shown here.
Aug-21-05  sitzkrieg: I highly recommend his book STAR Chess. Nice chessgames, nice comments and ideas, and some original puzzles and jokes make a good book for the not too serious chessplayer.

Jun-13-06  BIDMONFA: Paul Motwani


Jun-13-09  wordfunph: GM Jonathan Rowson once asked GM Paul Motwani, "If you were a chess piece, which would you be?" Paul replied that he'd be a knight because it can get everywhere albeit slowly.

Happy Birthday GM Paul Motwani!!!

Jun-13-10  wordfunph: "A wise player does not move his king into a corner without good reason, because apart from one precious tempo being spent, the king may well be required later near the middle of the board to play a central role in the struggle."

- GM Paul Motwani

happy birthday Paul!

Jun-13-11  ketchuplover: He likes his chess H.O.T and C.O.L.D.
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  fm avari viraf: He is a very good gentleman GM. I met him a couple of times during my participation in the International Chess Tournaments at Hastings. I won a Prize [a chess book by Motwani] in the International Blitz Chess Tournament at Hastings, U.K. <ConLaMismaMano> His last name Motwani comes from the Indian origin.
Jun-28-11  wordfunph: "Do you remember your first-ever game of chess? In my case, I still enjoy thinking back to 1973, when, as an 11-year-old schoolboy, I faced a classmate named Ann Fraser. After 1.e4 d6, she played 2.Bb5+ and announced 'Checkmate'! I was stunned and asked for an explanation, to which she replied, 'It's check and your king can't move.'"

- GM Paul Motwani (from his book H.O.T. Chess)

Dec-31-12  Abdel Irada: <Becoming Scotland's first GM in 1992 he later moved with his family from Dundee to Belgium.>

Aye. It would never do to let Scotland have a GM of its own for a second longer than necessary. ;-)

Dec-31-12  Abdel Irada: <After 1.e4 d6, she played 2.Bb5+ and announced 'Checkmate'! I was stunned and asked for an explanation, to which she replied, 'It's check and your king can't move.'">

There was a teenage girl in Santa Cruz who occasionally liked to challenge into blitz rotations at a local café, in spite of her vast inexperience.

On one memorable occasion, she sat down across from a B-player and played about thirty moves. Then, capturing a pawn in directly front of his king with her bishop, she grandly proclaimed "Check and *mate*!" and stalked triumphantly from the room before anyone could explain that her opponent wasn't in check.

Jun-13-14  ketchuplover: Pleasant birthday Paul :)
Aug-05-14  Octavia: <Aye. It would never do to let Scotland have a GM of its own for a second longer than necessary. ;-)> another 2 come to mind: J Rowson who now lives in England & Jacob Aagard who got his GM title living in Sco & now plays for Denmark. However Sco also has 2 'foreign' GMs who play for Sco - does that even it out?
May-25-15  TheFocus: <Tenacity is a very important quality for a chess player to develop. For example, it may mean stubbornly defending a difficult position for a long time… (or) you may be sitting with an advantageous position, but meeting resistance from your opponent. Then you need to be tenacious in order to nurture your advantage patiently, keep your opponent under pressure, and finally break down his resistance> - Paul Motwani.
Jun-13-15  ketchuplover: May your chess always be hot and cool :)
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  eternaloptimist: Happy Birthday to 1 of my favorite chess book authors/players! I'm reading H.O.T. Chess again now, & I bought C.O.O.L. Chess about 3 weeks ago. I plan to buy some of his other books eventually. The quote that <wordfunph> pointed out where the girl thought that she checkmated him is 1 of my favorites. There were actually 5 ways to block the check after she played 2)Bb5+. The "tenacious" quote that <TheFocus> pointed out is at the beginning of chapter 2 of H.O.T. Chess & is also a good quote. H.O.T. Chess is his 1st book & like some of his other books, uses mnemonics to help ppl remember principles that should be used when playing chess. He's 1 of the most creative chess book authors/players that I've ever seen. <ketchuplover> Amen! :)
Aug-27-16  diagonal: H.E.R.O. of the month, Self-Portrait by Paul Motwani:

Paul Motwani (then IM, later GM, the first ever of Scotland) won the inaugural <Watson, Farley, Williams> tournament at London in 1988 ahead of shared Sadler, Levitt and Arkell; twelve players including Hodgson, Hebden, King, Evans, Fedorowicz, and Westerinen; maybe Motwani's biggest success:

The 1989 and 1990 <WFW> editions (always with a bunch of brits and some guest stars from abroad) both saw the Danish Dynamite Bent Larsen carry off first prize, a feat he repeated the same year at an additional WFW held in New York as a curtain raiser side event of the 1990 WCC match between Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov which was split, with the first 12 games played in New York, USA, and the final 12 in Lyon, France.

In the <WFW> 1991 at London again, Alexander Khalifman and William Watson won, triple WFW winner Bent Larsen tied for sixth to eight with Mihai Suba and Robert Byrne.

Jun-13-17  rea: Scots, wha hae wi' Motwani bled,
Scots, wham Rowson has aften led;
Welcome to your gory bed,
Or to victory!
Jun-13-17  AlastairMarston: Really nice bloke. Met him at the Isle of Man tournament in the early 90's. He was a Maths Teacher (like myself) but was on a years sabbatical with the aim of qualifying as a GM. Good to see that he managed it!
Jun-13-17  Sally Simpson: Happy birthday Paul.

You once noted up one of my early games in 'Scottish Chess' by saying "Chandler has never played a boring game in his life."

I tried to live up to that. Can I stop now. I'd like to win a few.

Jun-13-17  offramp: <Sally Simpson: Happy birthday Paul. You once noted up one of my early games in 'Scottish Chess' by saying "Chandler has never played a boring game in his life."

I tried to live up to that. Can I stop now. I'd like to win a few.>

Bravo! That is a lovely testament from Motters, you must be happy with that!

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  eternaloptimist: Happy birthday to GM Paul Motwani! I have enjoyed & still enjoy his chess books & playing over his games.

<Sally Simpson> lol 😃

Jun-13-17  Sally Simpson: Hi eternaloptimist,

Yes I have them all including an autographed 'Hot Chess'.

Chatty, Instructive, humorous and thought provoking. You can not ask more from a chess book. Excellent.

Today he just started his own blog.

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  eternaloptimist: Hi <Sally Simpson> 😎 So u have an autographed copy of Hot Chess! I love that book! I also have Cool Chess & I'm thinking about buying some of his other books. Btw which book of his is your favorite? If u can't narrow it down to 1, which books r your favorites? Actually I saw on his Facebook wall where he mentioned his new blog. I plan to read some of it soon.
Jun-12-20  Sally Simpson: Happy Birthday G.M. Paul Motwani.
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