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Gawain Jones
G Jones 

Number of games in database: 1,521
Years covered: 1996 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2670 (2609 rapid, 2657 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2676
Overall record: +525 -203 =455 (63.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 338 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (192) 
    B23 B51 B25 B30 B31
 French Defense (89) 
    C07 C05 C10 C04 C03
 Caro-Kann (61) 
    B12 B10 B11 B18 B13
 French Tarrasch (60) 
    C07 C05 C03 C04 C09
 Scotch Game (58) 
 English (37) 
    A14 A13 A15 A10 A11
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (190) 
    E60 E94 E97 E92 E62
 Sicilian (165) 
    B76 B22 B52 B70 B72
 Sicilian Dragon (76) 
    B76 B72 B70 B78 B77
 Ruy Lopez (69) 
    C78 C77 C91 C95 C65
 Queen's Pawn Game (46) 
    A45 A46 A40 D02 A41
 Modern Benoni (31) 
    A57 A58 A70 A56 A61
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   G Jones vs Van Wely, 2007 1-0
   G Jones vs A Zarkaj, 2008 1-0
   D J Ledger vs G Jones, 2012 0-1
   M Pesa vs G Jones, 2011 0-1
   G Jones vs C Boikanyo, 2011 1-0
   G Jones vs D Abhishek, 2007 1-0
   G Jones vs P Carlsson, 2016 1-0
   A Summerscale vs G Jones, 2009 0-1
   J Werle vs G Jones, 2019 0-1
   G Jones vs J Reid, 2013 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Tata Steel Challengers (2017)
   British Championship (2012)
   Commonwealth and South African Open (2011)
   2nd Queenstown Chess Classic (2009)
   London Chess Classic FIDE Open (2010)
   Politiken Cup (2014)
   British Championship (2011)
   Reykjavik Open (2012)
   World Junior Championship (2007)
   British Championship (2006)
   British Championship (2009)
   Isle of Man Masters (2014)
   Politiken Cup (2015)
   European Championship (2011)
   Pro Chess League (2018)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Game's That Enriched My Opening Knowledge ... by Galaxy7
   A00 English. Reversed Dragon [White] ALPHA by chess.master
   Gawain’s KIDs by WillingtoLearn
   Sicilian Grand Prix Attack by syuanjiang

   🏆 Chessable Sunway Sitges
   J Tin vs G Jones (Dec-21-22) 1-0
   G Jones vs O Nigmatov (Dec-20-22) 1-0
   B Firat vs G Jones (Dec-19-22) 1/2-1/2
   G Jones vs C Gokerkan (Dec-17-22) 1/2-1/2
   A Bournel vs G Jones (Dec-16-22) 0-1

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(born Dec-11-1987, 35 years old) United Kingdom

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Gawain Jones began playing chess at age four, competing in his first tournaments at six. In early 1997 he was featured on the front page of The Guardian newspaper when he became the youngest player ever to beat an International Master in an official tournament game. Since 2008, he has been one of England's highest-rated players.

An active player on the tournament circuit, he secured his Grandmaster title with successful results at the 2nd EU Individual Open Championship in Liverpool in 2006, 2006 European Club Cup in Fügen and 4NCL 2006/7 season. Elsewhere in Europe, he took first place at Porto San Giorgio and La Laguna (both 2007). During his stay in Australasia, there were many more tournament successes, including a share of first place at the Sydney International 2008 and creditable second places at the Doeberl Cup 2008 and Queenstown Classic 2009.

Jones shared first place with Simon Williams at the London Chess Classic FIDE Open 2010. In 2011, he won the Bunratty Masters, ahead of Nigel Short, whom he defeated in their individual encounter, and the Commonwealth Chess Championship in Ekurhuleni. Jones finished clear first at Hastings (2012/13).

In December 2014, he won the Challenge Match, held concurrently with the London Chess Classic, against Romain Édouard by 4–2. In 2016, Jones won the New Zealand Open in January, and the Dubai Open in April, edging out Vladimir Akopian on tiebreak. The next year he won at Dubai Open (2017) for the second time, becoming the first player to do so. This time he edged out Mustafa Yilmaz, Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, Eduardo Iturrizaga Bonelli, Ahmed Adly, Sergei Zhigalko and Aleksandr Rakhmanov on tiebreak score.

In team competitions, Jones has played for England in the Chess Olympiad, the World Team Chess Championship, the European Team Chess Championship and the World Youth Under 16 Chess Olympiad. At the World Team Chess Championship (2019), England took the silver medal and Jones also won an individual silver playing on board four.

Upon participating at the British Knockout Championship (2019) Gwain lost in the semifinals to David Howell -15 +13. At the Gibraltar Masters (2020) Jones ended with a very respectable 7/10 (+5 -1 =4).

He placed very well at the European Championship (2021) with 5/8 (+4 -1 =2). In the summer between Aug. 28th and Sep. 5th, he participated at the European Championship (2021) in Reykyavik, Iceland. He got 6/11 (+3 -2 =6). He also took part in the 8 player Sigeman & Co (2021) tying 2-4th (+2 -1 =4). At the European Team Championship (2021) Jones scored an impressive 5.5/7 (+4 -0 =3). Then at the London Chess Classic ENG - RoW (2021) he was third with 3.5/6 (+2 -1 =3).

Jones is the author of the books Starting Out: Sicilian Grand Prix Attack (2008); Dangerous Weapons: the Benoni and Benko - Dazzle Your Opponents! (2008) (with co-authors Richard Palliser, John Emms, and Chris Ward); How to Beat the Sicilian Defence - An Anti-Sicilian Repertoire for White (2011); The Dragon, Volumes One and Two (2015); and Coffeehouse Repertoire 1.e4, Volumes 1 and 2 (2021).

Jones was married to WIM Sue Maroroa. Tragically, she died on May 11, 2023 of complications following the birth of their second child, Daniel.

Jones' website:

Wikipedia article: Gawain Jones

Last updated: 2023-05-16 16:23:14

 page 1 of 61; games 1-25 of 1,521  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Buckley vs G Jones  1-0311996Northumbrian MastersA45 Queen's Pawn Game
2. G Jones vs E Campbell  1-0491996Northumbrian MastersA10 English
3. G Jones vs Kulwant S Bhatia  1-0321996Northumbrian MastersA88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
4. G Jones vs S Megaranto  ½-½691997Wch U10B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
5. Radjabov vs G Jones 1-0191997Wch U10A04 Reti Opening
6. A Volokitin vs G Jones  1-0341998Wch U12B76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
7. Kasparov vs G Jones 1-0551998BT Wireplay challengeB50 Sicilian
8. A Pashikian vs G Jones  ½-½531999EU-ch U12B23 Sicilian, Closed
9. Stellwagen vs G Jones  ½-½411999EU-ch U12A39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
10. S Lalic vs G Jones  ½-½7820014NCLA07 King's Indian Attack
11. S Ledger vs G Jones  0-14020014NCLB22 Sicilian, Alapin
12. G Jones vs R Palliser  ½-½2420014NCLB25 Sicilian, Closed
13. T Bromann vs G Jones  1-0322001SWYMB50 Sicilian
14. G Jones vs D Ippolito 0-1362001SWYMC50 Giuoco Piano
15. M Thiruchelvam vs G Jones  0-1302001SWYMB53 Sicilian
16. G Jones vs M Broomfield  0-1472001SWYMB03 Alekhine's Defense
17. M Erwich vs G Jones  1-0512001SWYMB72 Sicilian, Dragon
18. J Lappage vs G Jones  ½-½222001SWYMB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
19. G Jones vs J Bick  0-1692001SWYMC53 Giuoco Piano
20. L Trent vs G Jones 0-1522001SWYMB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
21. G Jones vs T Hinks-Edwards  0-1492001SWYMB06 Robatsch
22. G Jones vs C Ward  0-1402001British ChampionshipB23 Sicilian, Closed
23. E Player vs G Jones 1-0412001British ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
24. G Jones vs D E Rumens  ½-½292001British ChampionshipC55 Two Knights Defense
25. A Hunt vs G Jones  1-0272001British ChampionshipB50 Sicilian
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Sep-25-13  MarkFinan: Well i dont really do twitter but i do have that account above, ive only got about 75 followers lol.. In fact, the first time i used the internet was 2008!
Sep-25-13  MarkFinan: <JoergWalter: <MarkFinan: Well i dont really do twitter but i do have that account above, ive only got about 75 followers lol.. In fact, the first time i used the internet was 2008!> Were you born in 2007?>

Released ;)

Sep-26-13  MarkFinan: That was a joke btw Joerg, I didnt really get released in 07. 02, and i havent and hopefully wont be going back.
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  Penguincw: Happy 27th birthday to GM Gawain Jones. Good luck in LCC!
Dec-11-13  Marmot PFL: Boris just gave Gawain his present - a lesson in knight endings.
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  gawain: Just noticed that this is Gawain's day! Guess I'd better check in to honor my namesake. (Those who kibitz on the easier of the daily puzzles may recognize my avatar.)

I hope the real Gawain forgives me my use of his name, which I borrowed only for the chessic association evoked by a green knight.

Dec-11-13  waustad: This is a tough day to be POTD, sharing a birthday with Anand. Best of luck in the London rapids.
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  Penguincw: Although this way days ago,

Congratulations to Gawain Jones for winning the Bunratty Masters (2014) by an impressive score of 5.5/6 (+5,-0,=1). His only draw was against Jiri Stocek (G Jones vs J Stocek, 2014). He finished a clear point ahead of the 3 2nd place finishers (beating 2 of them, and not facing the other one).

Though not confirmed, his performance should bump his live rating by 18 (2654 to 2672). This will be a career high, but can he hit 2700?

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  Benzol: He's playing white against Alexandr Hilario Takeda dos Santos Fier today in the 9th Round of the New Zealand Open. If he wins or draws he'll take 1st or equal 1st depending on the result in the Daulyte - Ju game. Ju is the only other player with chances at 1st place. It will be interesting to follow what happens.


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  Penguincw: Congrats to Gawain Jones for winning the Dubai Open on tiebreaks with a score of 7.5/9.

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  MissScarlett: The next James Bond?
Jan-29-17  diagonal: <Jones, Gawain Jones> emerges winner at the Tata Steel - B 2017, co-winner is <Markus Ragger> from Austria. Jones defeated Ragger in their direct encounter in the tournament and qualifies for the 2018 Masters. Congrats!

Promotion rules: The winner of the Tata Steel Challengers will receive an invitation for the Tata Steel Masters of next year. In case of an equal score, the winner will be determined according to the following tie-break rules respectively: <a. The Mutual Result>, b. The Sonneborn-Berger Score c. The Player with more Number of Games with Black, d. Drawing of Lots

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  ketchuplover: All his opponents should have to sing "Me and Mr.Jones" before playing him.
Feb-02-17  Nezhmetdinov: I love this guy
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  Troller: <Promotion rules: The winner of the Tata Steel Challengers will receive an invitation for the Tata Steel Masters of next year. In case of an equal score, the winner will be determined according to the following tie-break rules respectively: <a. The Mutual Result>, b. The Sonneborn-Berger Score c. The Player with more Number of Games with Black, d. Drawing of Lots>

Historically, co-winners in the B-group (or "Challengers") have sometimes been invited both for next year's top group. E.g. Carlsen & Motylev 2006-07 and Naiditsch & Rapport 2013-14. Still some hope for Markus, especially if he maintains a high rating.

Jul-04-17  diagonal: <Still some hope for Markus, especially if he maintains a high rating> It would be good for Markus Ragger, and boosting Austrian chess, Markus is the clear number one of his country, but has to fight to be a stable member of the top-100 worldwide, there are so many strong players in the Elo-crowd of 2600 something.

Back to Gawain Jones, I've found these wonderful words:

«My name is Sue and I’m Gawain’s wife. I was born in Auckland, New Zealand and lived there with my family which consists of me, my parents and my younger brother Andrew.

I met Gawain in 2008 and my life has been better for it since!»

Enjoy the day. Fore everyone.

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  Willem Wallekers: Wanna see a mate position you never saw before? Check out
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  ketchuplover: All hail the newest British Champion!
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  saffuna: Concerning Jones writing two books on the Dragon and then losing to Carlsen with it, he should put an advisory on the covers:

"WARNING: The analysis contained in this book does not work against the world champion. So if you are playing the world champion, do not play this opening. If you are playing anybody else, it works just fine."

It would be like this great Volkswagen/Wilt Chamberlain ad from the 60s:

Apr-22-18  rayoflight: <saffuna>
Not only!
On 7th April 2018, 17-year-old Iranian genius talent,Parham Maghsoodloo, defeated Mr Jones in the Sicilian. Mr Parham attended the match at UAE on his own,without federation financial support. Link is: G Jones vs P Maghsoodloo, 2018
Apr-15-19  sonia91: He crossed 2700 in the live ratings after beating Constantin Lupulescu at the Reykjavik Open today in round 8.
May-01-19  diagonal: ... and is officially above the notorious 2700 Elo. GM Jones is now <the highest ranked chess player from England (and UK)>.

<Five Players from England in the Top 100> in classical chess, as of May 2019 are within just 21 points, pretty close ...

Gawain Jones (*1987), Elo 2702
David Howell (*1990), Elo 2698
Michael Adams (*1971), Elo 2693
Matthew Sadler (*1974), Elo 2688
Luke McShane (*1984), Elo 2681

followed by Nigel Short (*1965), out of Top Hundred at Elo 2630.

Gawain Jones will play at the traditional Malmö TePe Sigeman & Co., starting this week: (interview)

May-08-19  sac 4 mate: Today he chalked up his third win at Sigeman, and will take a half-point lead into the final round game against Harikrishna, his closest pursuer.
Dec-21-20  Paint My Dragon: Two good results from Gawain. Winning that <Sigeman> event in 2019, ahead of Harikrishna, Grandelius, Nisipeanu, Maghsoodloo, Saric etc.

Then yesterday, winning the <European Online Blitz Championship>.

He defeated David Navara in his semi-final and Alexei Shirov in the final.

Dec-13-21  Albertan: Gawain Jones wins English Rapidplay Championship:

Congratulation on your victory

Here is a fairly recent interview with the GM:

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