Number of games in database: 299
Years covered: 1975 to 1982
Highest rating achieved in database: 2355
Overall record: +163 -73 =63 (65.1%)*
* Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.
NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
I Wells vs D King, 1981 1-0
I Wells vs Chandler, 1979 1-0
NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
Lone Pine (1981)
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(born Jun-22-1964, died Jan-25-1982, 17 years old) United Kingdom
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|Ian Duncan Wells was born in Scarborough, England. He was awarded the FM title in 1982. At the Islington Open in December 1981 he finished 1st= with John Nunn and Tony Miles. Following a 5th= placing in the Golden Pawn of Brazil Junior tournament held in Rio de Janeiro he and other players went swimming outside their hotel. He got into difficulties and although he was brought ashore by lifesavers he died after six days in a coma.|
| page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 299
|1. Short vs I Wells
||1-0||32||1975||BCF-ch U11||D78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6|
|2. I Wells vs N Ivell
|| ||½-½||26||1975||Kendal op||A01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack|
|3. I Wells vs N Ivell
|| ||0-1||32||1977||NCCU ch U18||B56 Sicilian|
|4. N Ivell vs I Wells
|| ||½-½||60||1977||League Match||B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4|
|5. I Wells vs N Ivell
|| ||0-1||35||1977||League Match||B56 Sicilian|
|6. I Wells vs S Caldwell
|| ||1-0||32||1977||1st Lloyds Bank Masters Open||A01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack|
|7. J Pitcher vs I Wells
|| ||0-1||40||1978||Manchester op||A28 English|
|8. B Cafferty vs I Wells
|| ||1-0||46||1979||Blackpool op||A28 English|
|9. F J Sanz Alonso vs I Wells
|| ||0-1||26||1979||Aaronson Masters||B22 Sicilian, Alapin|
|10. K Burger vs I Wells
|| ||1-0||26||1979||Aaronson Masters||A22 English|
|11. N Davies vs I Wells
|| ||1-0||30||1979||Lloyds Bank Junior-ch||B83 Sicilian|
|12. I Wells vs J Horner
|| ||0-1||41||1979||Lancashire Open||C61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense|
|13. I Wells vs P C Hoad
|| ||1-0||51||1979||Lancashire Open||B17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation|
|14. I Wells vs Short
|| ||1-0||33||1979||Lancashire Open||C04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line|
|15. R A Doney vs I Wells
|| ||0-1||40||1979||Lancashire Open||B83 Sicilian|
|16. I Wells vs A Hall
|| ||1-0||22||1979||Borehamwood Open||C63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense|
|17. I Wells vs Ian S Capes
||1-0||59||1979||Borehamwood Open||B40 Sicilian|
|18. T K Hemingway vs I Wells
|| ||1-0||63||1979||Borehamwood Open||A04 Reti Opening|
|19. I Wells vs Neil I Fox
|| ||1-0||44||1979||Borehamwood Open||C07 French, Tarrasch|
|20. B A Jacobs vs I Wells
|| ||1-0||56||1979||Borehamwood Open||B22 Sicilian, Alapin|
|21. I Wells vs J Beadle
|| ||1-0||43||1979||Ilford Open||B16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation|
|22. D Fryer vs I Wells
|| ||1-0||46||1979||Ilford Open||A02 Bird's Opening|
|23. A Aaron vs I Wells
|| ||1-0||59||1979||Ilford Open||E14 Queen's Indian|
|24. I Wells vs Keith D Gregory
|| ||1-0||28||1979||Ilford Open||B08 Pirc, Classical|
|25. Keith R Barnes vs I Wells
|| ||0-1||34||1979||Ilford Open||A14 English|
| page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 299
|Jul-04-08|| ||whiteshark: What happened to this British 'prodigy'? If I am not mistaken he beat Kotov in a match at the age of 15.|
|Jul-04-08|| ||Prugno: Surely some of CG.com's English members can be more helpful, but I seem to remember he went out for a swim on the rest day of a junior chess tournament and drowned. Or, at any rate, something similarly tragic. Must have been in the early '80s.|
|Jul-05-08|| ||whiteshark: <MichAdams: A picture of Ian playing GM Kotov> Yes, that's the picture I've seen, too, only mirror-inverted. What a tragedy.|
|Jul-05-08|| ||whiteshark: <MichAdams: Agreed, I hate when they do that.> No, it have been two separate thoughts.|
|Jul-06-08|| ||GBKnight: Ian Wells early death was indeed tragic, for all his friends, and family of course. I had the pleasure of playing him in one of the London congresses around 1980, and as I recall he had a very mature style for his age.
I have no doubt that had he lived he would have become a very strong GM.|
|Dec-12-08|| ||Karpova: Some information:
<A 10 year old Ian Wells played in the 1973-74 Cumbrian Minor Individual Championship,. Within a few years he was playing for the Cumbrian first team, and in 1979 played in the British Championship. tragically he died in 1982, and was awarded the posthumoust title of FIDE master by the International Chess Federation.>
More might be found in CHESS Volume 56 "Lost Promise", June 16-17
Brian Jones: <[...] young Ian Wells from Morecambe. He was 14yo and represented England in the World Junior in South America many years ago. He drowned on Cocacabana Beach.>
Some games have been added, among them this nice save I D Wells vs Keene, 1980
and a game from his match against Kotov. Who knows more about that match?
I D Wells vs Kotov, 1979
|Jun-22-09|| ||WhiteRook48: I think he beat Korchnoi|
|Mar-11-12|| ||wordfunph: <GBKnight: I have no doubt that had he lived he would have become a very strong GM.>|
|Mar-21-14|| ||Karpova: Wells' annotations ripped off: <Paying tribute to a dead man while simultaneously ripping off his notes is a little on the tasteless side.> http://streathambrixtonchess.blogsp...|
|Dec-21-14|| ||Stonehenge: Apparently the 1979 games vs Prins were played by Peter K Wells. See C.N. 8990:|
|Dec-21-14|| ||Lonnie Lurko: <Paying tribute to a dead man while simultaneously ripping off his notes is a little on the tasteless side>|
Strictly speaking of course it wasn't Wells' annotations that were ripped off, but annotations in CHESS that were adapted (with proper attribution) from comments by Wells.
|Nov-19-18|| ||Caissanist: Collection of games by Wells, annotated by the Chess.com blogger "Simaginfan": https://www.chess.com/blog/simaginf... .|
|Dec-21-18|| ||Caissanist: John Pitcher (perhaps User: GBKnight?) annotates a game he lost to Wells after a pretty knight sac: https://www.chess.com/blog/simaginf... .|
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