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Ian Duncan Wells
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.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (49) 
    B40 B52 B32 B29 B51
 Ruy Lopez (24) 
    C69 C68 C78 C61 C80
 French Defense (19) 
    C05 C09 C04 C07 C03
 French Tarrasch (18) 
    C05 C04 C09 C07 C03
 Ruy Lopez Exchange (17) 
    C69 C68
 Caro-Kann (13) 
    B10 B16 B18 B13 B17
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (50) 
    B83 B40 B22 B80 B20
 Sicilian Scheveningen (25) 
    B83 B80 B81 B82
 English, 1 c4 e5 (18) 
    A28 A22 A20 A29
 Queen's Indian (18) 
    E12 E14 E19 E17 E16
 Nimzo Indian (15) 
    E45 E32 E24 E20 E30
 King's Indian Attack (11) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   I D Wells vs D King, 1981 1-0
   I D 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  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Short vs I D Wells 1-0321975BCF-ch U11D78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
2. I D Wells vs N Ivell  ½-½261975Kendal opA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
3. I D Wells vs N Ivell  0-1321977NCCU ch U18B56 Sicilian
4. N Ivell vs I D Wells  ½-½601977League MatchB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
5. I D Wells vs N Ivell  0-1351977League MatchB56 Sicilian
6. I D Wells vs S Caldwell  1-03219771st Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
7. J Pitcher vs I D Wells  0-1401978Manchester opA28 English
8. B Cafferty vs I D Wells  1-0461979Blackpool opA28 English
9. J Sanz vs I D Wells  0-1261979Aaronson MastersB22 Sicilian, Alapin
10. K Burger vs I D Wells  1-0261979Aaronson MastersA22 English
11. N Davies vs I D Wells  1-0301979Lloyds Bank Junior-chB83 Sicilian
12. I D Wells vs J Horner  0-1411979Lancashire OpenC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
13. I D Wells vs P C Hoad  1-0511979Lancashire OpenB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
14. I D Wells vs Short  1-0331979Lancashire OpenC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
15. R A Doney vs I D Wells 0-1401979Lancashire OpenB83 Sicilian
16. I D Wells vs Arthur Hall  1-0221979Borehamwood OpenC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
17. I D Wells vs Ian S Capes 1-0591979Borehamwood OpenB40 Sicilian
18. T K Hemingway vs I D Wells  1-0631979Borehamwood OpenA04 Reti Opening
19. I D Wells vs Neil I Fox  1-0441979Borehamwood OpenC07 French, Tarrasch
20. B Jacobs vs I D Wells  1-0561979Borehamwood OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
21. D Fryer vs I D Wells  1-0461979Ilford OpenA02 Bird's Opening
22. I D Wells vs J Beadle  1-0431979Ilford OpenB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
23. A Aaron vs I D Wells  1-0591979Ilford OpenE14 Queen's Indian
24. I D Wells vs Keith D Gregory  1-0281979Ilford OpenB08 Pirc, Classical
25. Keith R Barnes vs I D Wells  0-1341979Ilford OpenA14 English
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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
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  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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