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Ian Wells
I Wells 
Number of games in database: 301
Years covered: 1975 to 1982
Highest rating achieved in database: 2355

Overall record: +162 -75 =64 (64.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (50) 
    B40 B52 B32 B51 B29
 Ruy Lopez (24) 
    C69 C68 C78 C84 C63
 French Defense (19) 
    C05 C04 C09 C07 C03
 French Tarrasch (18) 
    C05 C04 C09 C07 C03
 Ruy Lopez Exchange (17) 
    C69 C68
 Caro-Kann (13) 
    B10 B16 B13 B18 B17
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (50) 
    B83 B40 B80 B22 B81
 Sicilian Scheveningen (25) 
    B83 B80 B81 B82
 Queen's Indian (19) 
    E12 E14 E17 E19 E18
 English, 1 c4 e5 (18) 
    A28 A20 A22 A29
 Nimzo Indian (15) 
    E45 E32 E24 E20 E30
 King's Indian Attack (12) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   I Wells vs D King, 1981 1-0
   I Wells vs Chandler, 1979 1-0
   J Vickery vs I Wells, 1980 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   4th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1980)
   Peao de Ouro Youth Tournament (1982)
   ARC Young Masters (1981)
   British Championship (1979)
   Lone Pine Open (1981)
   British Championship (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 13; games 1-25 of 301  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Short vs I Wells 1-0321975BCF-ch U11D78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
2. I Wells vs N Ivell  ½-½261975Kendal opA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
3. I Wells vs N Ivell  0-1321977NCCU ch U18B56 Sicilian
4. N Ivell vs I Wells  ½-½601977League MatchB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
5. I Wells vs N Ivell  0-1351977League MatchB56 Sicilian
6. I Wells vs R Emerson  ½-½3819771st Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB32 Sicilian
7. J C Henshaw vs I Wells  1-03419771st Lloyds Bank Masters OpenE12 Queen's Indian
8. I Wells vs S Caldwell  1-03219771st Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
9. J Pitcher vs I Wells  0-1401978Manchester opA28 English
10. B Cafferty vs I Wells  1-0461979Blackpool opA28 English
11. K Burger vs I Wells  1-0261979Aaronson MastersA22 English
12. F J Sanz Alonso vs I Wells  0-1261979Aaronson MastersB22 Sicilian, Alapin
13. N Davies vs I Wells  1-0301979Lloyds Bank Junior-chB83 Sicilian
14. I Wells vs P C Hoad  1-0511979Lancashire OpenB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
15. I Wells vs J Horner  0-1411979Lancashire OpenC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
16. R A Doney vs I Wells  0-1401979Lancashire OpenB83 Sicilian
17. I Wells vs Short  1-0331979Lancashire OpenC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
18. I Wells vs Ian S Capes 1-0591979Borehamwood OpenB40 Sicilian
19. T K Hemingway vs I Wells  1-0631979Borehamwood OpenA04 Reti Opening
20. I Wells vs A Hall  1-0221979Borehamwood OpenC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
21. I Wells vs Neil I Fox  1-0441979Borehamwood OpenC07 French, Tarrasch
22. B A Jacobs vs I Wells  1-0561979Borehamwood OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
23. D Fryer vs I Wells  1-0461979Ilford OpenA02 Bird's Opening
24. I Wells vs J Beadle  1-0431979Ilford OpenB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
25. I Wells vs Keith D Gregory  1-0281979Ilford OpenB08 Pirc, Classical
 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 301  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  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'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.
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  whiteshark: <MichAdams: A picture of Ian playing GM Kotov> Yes, that's the picture I've seen, too, only mirror-inverted. What a tragedy.
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  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...
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  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 blogger "Simaginfan": .
Dec-21-18  Caissanist: John Pitcher (perhaps User: GBKnight?) annotates a game he lost to Wells after a pretty knight sac: .
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  Dionysius1: Hear! Hear! <Lonnie Lurko>, though my support is a bit on the late side.

This Keene plagiarism moaning and groaning is a bit too fussy for my taste anyway.

As with a lot of public reaction, with social media and the popular press going at it, we're all just a bit too fussy these days, raking over and reheating issues as if it makes us somehow significantly better people.

I'd be more convinced if we were getting on with stuff and not dragging ourselves back.

Dec-21-21  jerseybob: Wow, had never heard of this guy before. An eerie echo of Gordon Crown. And what sad stories!
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  FSR: This answers a little mystery for me. Every time I see Peter Wells' name I'm confusing, thinking "Didn't he die at a young age?" Obviously I was thinking of Ian Wells, not Peter.
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  MissScarlett: Didn't this guy win the 100 metres Olympic gold in Moscow?
May-12-22  Sally Simpson: That was Allan Wipper Wells. (smashing middle name that - pity he never played Jackson Whipps Showalter the puns would roll in.)

He could have played Jackson, Wells was so fast if he ran backwards he could go back in time...and...speaking of time travel.

The Wells you might be thinking of is H.G. Wells (The Time Machine) who once wrote;

""The passion for playing chess is one of the most unaccountable in the world. It slaps the theory of natural selection in the face. It is the most absorbing of occupations, the least satisfying of desires, an aimless excrescence upon life."

H.G. were not his real initials, 'H.G.' was the nickname given to him at his chess club because he always opened 1.h3 and 2.g4.

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