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Chris Ward
C Ward 
Number of games in database: 634
Years covered: 1981 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2402 (2418 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2527

Overall record: +257 -157 =220 (57.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (59) 
    E81 E70 E84 E86 E88
 Nimzo Indian (44) 
    E20 E21 E32 E33 E46
 Queen's Pawn Game (33) 
    A45 A40 A41 D02 A46
 Slav (26) 
    D15 D10 D17 D18 D11
 Grunfeld (26) 
    D70 D86 D91 D90 D85
 Queen's Gambit Declined (23) 
    D35 D31 D36 D30 D37
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (120) 
    B22 B76 B70 B77 B78
 Sicilian Dragon (56) 
    B76 B70 B78 B77 B72
 Queen's Pawn Game (55) 
    A46 E10 E00 A45 A40
 Nimzo Indian (32) 
    E44 E43 E34 E21 E32
 French Defense (19) 
    C18 C11 C03 C01 C02
 Reti System (15) 
    A04 A06
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   P J Morris vs Ward, 1983 0-1
   D Mason vs Ward, 2007 0-1
   K Visweswaran vs Ward, 2001 0-1
   R Pert vs Ward, 2005 0-1
   Ward vs Summerscale, 1996 1-0
   Stefansson vs Ward, 1998 0-1
   Nunn vs Ward, 1988 0-1
   Ward vs Adams, 2001 1/2-1/2
   D Tebb vs Ward, 1998 0-1
   A G Ashton vs Ward, 2005 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   British Championship (2000)
   British Championship (1996)
   Jersey Open (2000)
   British Championship (1994)
   British Championship (1993)
   Reykjavik Open (1998)
   British Championship (2015)
   Reykjavik Open (2006)
   British Championship (1991)
   British Championship (2006)
   British Championship (2016)
   British Championship (2014)
   British Championship (2013)
   British Championship (1999)
   18th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1994)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Sicilian as Black by momrahma26

   🏆 Chessable British Championship
   C Ward vs A Zapolskis (Aug-21-22) 1-0
   T Villiers vs C Ward (Aug-20-22) 1/2-1/2
   C Ward vs C Salmons (Aug-19-22) 1-0
   I Lentzos vs C Ward (Aug-18-22) 1/2-1/2
   C Ward vs A Balaji (Aug-17-22) 0-1

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(born Mar-26-1968, 55 years old) United Kingdom

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Grandmaster and British Chess Champion in 1996. He is the author of several chess books, among them Winning With the Sicilian Dragon 2 (2001), Winning with the Dragon (2003) and The Controversial Samisch King's Indian (2004).

Wikipedia article: Chris Ward (chess player)

Last updated: 2018-05-23 04:27:38

 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 670  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. C Ward vs Van der Wiel  1-0451981ColumbusB08 Pirc, Classical
2. P J Morris vs C Ward 0-12119837th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
3. Nunn vs C Ward 1-02919848th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
4. A J Mestel vs C Ward  1-03719859th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
5. C Ward vs Chandler  0-1361986British ChampionshipE46 Nimzo-Indian
6. S J Roe vs C Ward  1-0501986British ChampionshipA55 Old Indian, Main line
7. C Ward vs P Varley  1-0171986British ChampionshipE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
8. P M Giulian vs C Ward  0-1381986British ChampionshipE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
9. C Ward vs G Crawley  0-1331986British ChampionshipD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. M P Townsend vs C Ward  ½-½411986British ChampionshipA15 English
11. C Ward vs D J Walker  0-1471986British ChampionshipE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
12. A Dunnington vs C Ward  ½-½401986British ChampionshipC00 French Defense
13. C Ward vs K J Wicker  1-0401986British ChampionshipA43 Old Benoni
14. F J Kwiatkowski vs C Ward  0-1641986British ChampionshipB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
15. C Ward vs David Watts  ½-½581986British ChampionshipB33 Sicilian
16. C Ward vs B Thipsay  0-183198610th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
17. P Fossan vs C Ward  0-1151987Gausdal Arnold CupB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
18. Mark Sampson vs C Ward  0-1371987British ChampionshipB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
19. C Ward vs P Motwani  0-1321987British ChampionshipA52 Budapest Gambit
20. M McCarthy vs C Ward  0-1811987British ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
21. C Ward vs I Rogers  0-1341987British ChampionshipD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. D Hergott vs C Ward  0-1401987British ChampionshipE10 Queen's Pawn Game
23. Speelman vs C Ward 1-0351987British ChampionshipA43 Old Benoni
24. C Ward vs G Copeland  ½-½541987British ChampionshipA52 Budapest Gambit
25. C Ward vs T Upton  1-0571987British ChampionshipE18 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3
 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 670  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-24-06  exigentsky: All I can say is that I have never seen anyone explain the Queen's Gambit so well! And of course, he plays both sides extremely well too.
Nov-13-06  watergun7: He plays the Nimzo and Benoni as Black, but he is most famous for authoring a number of Sicilian Dragon books.
Jan-25-07  JustAFish: I just picked up a copy of his "It's your move: Tough Puzzles" and am enjoying it greatly. The puzzles are mainly of a positional nature- similar, though not entirely like, those in Silman's "Reassess your chess workbook"- but there are a few mainly tactical ones thrown in. As advertised the puzzles are quite tough.

The format of the book is interesting. He gives you a position, a brief assessment of the position, and then asks which of 6 fictional players' plans you most agree with. You are then given points based on which plan you picked. Most puzzles give partial credit for one or more of the non-favored plans, but the most points go toward the actual continuation seen in the game.

I've found it most fruitful to first try to come up with my own suite of plans before looking at those of Ward's fictional kibitzers- that way, I can assess my ability to come up with ideas in the first place. I've docked myself points for correct choices that I didn't independently conceive of.

As a chessplayer, one of the most difficult things I've found is not coming up with plans, but deciding between several appealing ideas. This book tests ones ability to assess the quality of a plan. Halfway through the book, I've found myself much more willing to try to "prove" plans, instead of simply assuming that any plan is better than no plan.

Some may quibble that a number of Ward's puzzles are rather subjective in nature, but I would argue that the purpose of picking up a chess book is to learn, not to prove something about yourself. I think I've learned some good habits.

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  Eric Schiller: Chris writes excellent books. He is playing here in Gibraltar now.
Jul-25-08  GreaseMonkey: Chris is also one of the nicest guys around. I am a 2050-2100 patzer and have played him twice - two losses since you ask. But he was the perfect gentleman both times.
Jul-25-08  Marmot PFL: I am examining Ward's book on the QG. He gives several lines outside my usual rep, such as 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6 4.e3 Nf6 5.Nf3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.g4. Ward says it must be sound if Kasparov played it against a computer, at any rate it never hurts to learn new tricks.
Apr-03-09  Dredge Rivers: His brother Montgomery was a much better player! :)
Apr-15-09  DarthStapler: I have some books by this guy
Jun-16-09  PhilFeeley: I wonder why this game isn't here?

Chris Ward - Aaron Summerscale
BCF-ch (6), 1992

1 d4 d5 2 c4 c6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 e3 e6 5 Nf3 Nbd7 6 Qc2 Be7 7 b3 0–0 8 Bd3 dxc4 9 bxc4 c5 10 0–0 cxd4 11 exd4 b6 12 Ne5 Bb7 13 Re1 Re8 14 Re3 Nf8 15 Ne2 N6d7 16 Rh3 Ng6 17 Bxg6 hxg6 18 Rh8+ Kxh8 19 Nxf7+ Kh7 20 Nxd8 Raxd8 21 Nf4 Nf8 22 Bb2 Bg5 23 Nh3 Bf6 24 Rd1 Rd7 25 Ba3 Bxd4 26 Qa4 Rdd8 27 Qxa7 Rd7 28 Qa4 Ra8 29 Qb3 Bc6 30 Qg3 e5 31 Bxf8 Rxf8 32 Kh1 Bxf2 33 Qb3 Be3 34 Re1 Rd2 35 Qxe3 Rxg2 36 Qe4 Bxe4 37 Rxe4 Rxa2 38 Rxe5 Rf1+ 39 Ng1 Rff2 0-1

Summerscale comments on it here:

Jan-06-11  wordfunph: In 2006, i had the chance to work in a gravy factory in Leeds England. On my first day, I learned from my fellow Filipinos that our supervisor's name would then be Christopher Ward, i burst with excitement ---- but i was disappointed, he was not the chess grandmaster and book author from England but a lonely separated man who was nice to me. I talked to him on chess but nada, he was interested in cricket!

i wonder how many Chris Wards in England.. :)

Jan-06-11  MaxxLange: well., good question.. but now, I need to know, how many gravy factories?

how much gravy do the Islanders eat per year, anyway?

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  GrahamClayton: <JustAFish>The format of the book is interesting. He gives you a position, a brief assessment of the position, and then asks which of 6 fictional players' plans you most agree with. You are then given points based on which plan you picked. Most puzzles give partial credit for one or more of the non-favored plans, but the most points go toward the actual continuation seen in the game.

"Chess Choice Challenge 3" has a similar format. A position is given, and you have to choose between 5 different assessments.

Oct-10-13  JustAnotherPatzer: Not ANOTHER one word bio!

Anyone who's earned such an exalted title and is also an esteemed chess author, is surely deserving of a couple of paragraphs?

Is it the player's own nonchalance or a shortage of biographers responsible?

Jan-24-14  MarkFinan: Here, Ward and 8 other top Masters play British Magician and illusionist Derron Brown... He's never played the game, knows how the pieces move and can calculate maybe 4 ply deep... Before watching see if you can guess how he comes away with a plus score!?! Really, really sly yet clever.

Jan-24-14  RedShield: <Finan>, you posted that crap here before and nobody had the heart to tell you then that this 'trick' has been common knowledge in the chess world for about 100 years. So I'm telling you now!
Jan-24-14  MarkFinan: Thanks 😃
Mar-26-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Christopher Ward.
Jul-27-19  BIDMONFA: Christopher G Ward

WARD, Chris G.

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