Top Brits Player Profiles


Britain is experiencing a growing army of Grandmasters, International masters and FIDE masters. This section aims to show some of the achievements of these players. This year alone (1997 at time of writing), Aaron Summerscale, Dharshan Kumaran and Harriet Hunt have achieved Grandmaster status. Furthermore, Peter Wells, Sadler,  Short, and Adams have all qualified for the 1997 FIDE world championship. Adams reached the semi finals.

For past British tournaments which the following profiles refer to, such as the annual Hastings congress event, etc. games may be available in the rapidly evolving BritBase developed by John Saunders at the 4NCL web site.

This section will naturally evolve, and your feedback is welcome to make this section more accurate, complete and up-to-date.


TR00262A.gif (1715 bytes)  Top World 100  | g Grandmaster | wgm Women Grandmaster | wgjc World girls junior champion | wjc World junior champion | xbc X- British Champion | cbc Current british champion | xjwc X- Junior world champion

  1.     Adams, Michael g 2680     TR00262A.gif (1715 bytes), xbc, cbc
  2.     Arkell, Keith g
  3.     Bellin, Jana  wgm
  4.     Chandler, Murray g
  5.     Conquest, Stuart g
  6.     Davies, Nigel g
  7.     Emms, John,g
  8.     Flear, Glenn g
  9.     Hebden, Mark g
  10.     Hodgson, Julian M g 2590 TR00262A.gif (1715 bytes), xbc
  11.     Howell, James g
  12.     Hunt, Harriet, wgm, wgjc
  13.     Keene, Raymond g xbc
  14.     King, Daniel g
  15.     Kosten, Tony g
  16.     Kumaran, Dharshan g
  17.     Lallic, Susan, wgm
  18.     Levitt, Jonathan g
  19.     McDonald, Neil g
  20.     Mestel, Jonathan g, xbc
  21.     Miles, Anthony John g 2600 TR00262A.gif (1715 bytes), xbc, xjwc
  22.     Norwood, David g
  23.     Nunn, John Dennis Martin g 2620 TR00262A.gif (1715 bytes), xbc
  24.     Penrose, Jonathan g, xbc
  25.     Plaskett, Jim g, xbc
  26.     Sadler, Matthew g 2665 TR00262A.gif (1715 bytes), xbc, cbc
  27.     Short, Nigel David g 2660 TR00262A.gif (1715 bytes), xbc
  28.     Speelman, Jonathan Simon g 2630 TR00262A.gif (1715 bytes), xbc
  29.     Stean, Michael g
  30.     Summerscale, Aaron g
  31.     Ward, Chris g, xbc
  32.     Watson, William g
  33.     Wells, Peter g 2530

A bit of trivia...

Interesting name stats:

Jonathan:4 ; Jon:2 ; Stuart: 2
If you want your son to be a grandmaster, then Jonathan or John is the best first-name choice!
Harriet, Susan and Jana are all good first names for your potential daughter!

Surname first letters.... C-2 H-4 K-5 M-3 P-2 S-5 W-3
therefore K and S are the best letters for a surname!

Adams, Michael

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Author's Introduction
Adams is a very calm and relaxed player that has maintained a friendly and outgoing personality whilst rapidly ascending the echelons of British and International chess. His achievements include:-

Adams Michael - Karpov An [B17/06]
Dortmund (1), 1994

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Nf3 Ngf6 6.Ng3 e6 7.Bd3 c5 8.0-0 Be7 9.Qe2 0-0 10.Rd1 Qc7 11.c4 Re8 12.dxc5 Nxc5 13.Bc2 Ncd7 14.Ng5 Nf8 15.N3e4 Bd7 16.Nxf6+ Bxf6 17.Qd3 Bxg5 18.Bxg5 Rac8 19.Rac1 Qe5 20.Qd2 Bc6 21.b4 b6 22.Bf4 Qf6 23.Bg5 Qe5 24.Re1 Qb8 25.a4 Ng6 26.f3 Bb7 27.Bb1 h6 28.Be3 e5 29.Qf2 e4 30.f4 Qd6 31.Qd2 Qf6 32.b5 Nh4 33.a5 bxa5 34.c5 a6 35.c6 Ba8 36.Bd4 Qd8 37.Rxe4 axb5 38.c7 Qd7 39.Rxe8+ Rxe8 40.Qd3 Ng6 41.Bf2 Bc6 42.Qxd7 Bxd7 43.Rd1 Nf8 44.f5!

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Rc8 45.Bg3 b4 46.Bd6 Nh7 47.Be4 Nf6 48.Bb7 Re8 49.Be5 Bxf5 50.Rd8 Kh7 51.Rxe8 Nxe8 52.Be4 Nxc7 53.Bxf5+ g6 54.Bxc7 gxf5 55.Bxa5 b3 56.Bc3 Kg6 57.Kf2 Kg5 58.Kf3 h5 59.h4+ 1-0

Sadler, Matthew

Short, Nigel

Authors Introduction

Nigel short (1965-) has certainly matured since the days when he was part of a rockband!. His agressive uncompromising style, has led him to the doors of the world championship facing Garry Kasparov. Although he lost that match, his games, especially with the white pieces were absolutely tremendous and did much credit for himself and for the general standard of British chess. His achievements include:-

Short Nigel D - Kasparov G [B87/20]
PCA-Wch01 London, 1993

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 b5 8.0-0 Be7 9.Qf3 Qc7 10.Qg3 Nc6 11.Nxc6 Qxc6 12.Re1 Bb7 13.a3 Rd8 14.f3 0-0 15.Bh6 Ne8 16.Kh1 Kh8 17.Bg5 Bxg5 18.Qxg5 Nf6 19.Rad1 Rd7 20.Rd3 Rfd8 21.Red1 Qc5 22.Qe3 Kg8 23.Kg1 Kf8 24.Qf2 Ba8 25.Ne2 g6 26.Nd4 Qe5 27.Re1 g5 28.c3 Kg7 29.Bc2 Rg8 30.Nb3 Kf8 31.Rd4 Ke7 32.a4 h5 33.axb5 axb5 34.Rb4 h4 35.Nd4 g4 36.Rxb5 d5 37.Qxh4 Qh5 38.Nf5+ 1-0

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Nunn, John (up to 1984 only)

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Authors Introduction

John Nunn (1955-) is a very exciting agressive grandmaster. His superb attacking games in the Kings Indian Defence, and in the Sveshnikov sicillian are complete inspiration to any serious attacking players. His depth of analysis in books, is absolutely superb, second to none (pardon the pun). His achievements include:- 

Nunn John D M - Karpov An [B12/12]
Monaco Amber, 1994

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nc3 e6 5.g4 Bg6 6.Nge2 Ne7 7.Be3 h5 8.Nf4 hxg4 9.Nxg6 Nxg6 10.Qxg4 Nh4 11.Bd3 g6 12.0-0-0 Be7 13.Kb1 Nd7 14.Ne2 Nb6 15.Nf4 Na4 16.Ne2 b5 17.Nc1 Nb6 18.Nb3 Nc4 19.Rhg1 a5 20.Bc1 a4 21.Nc5 Bxc5 22.dxc5 Nxe5 23.Qg3 Nef3 24.Rh1 e5 25.Be4 Qf6 26.Bxf3 Nxf3 27.Rd3 e4 28.Rxf3 exf3 29.Re1+ Kf8 30.Bg5 Qf5 31.h4 Kg8 32.Re5 Qd7 33.Re7 Qf5 34.Re5 Qc8 35.Bf6 Rh7 36.h5 Qf8 37.a3 Qxc5 38.Qg1 Rh6 39.Qg5!

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Qf8 40.hxg6 fxg6 41.Re7 Re8 42.Rd7 Rh1+ 43.Ka2 Qh6 44.Qg3 Rhe1 45.Qc7 R1e7 46.Rxe7 Rxe7 47.Qxe7 Qf8 48.Qe6+ Qf7 49.Qxc6 d4+ 50.Kb1 d3 51.cxd3 Kh7 52.Qxf3 Qb3 53.Qh3+ Kg8 54.Qh8+ Kf7 55.Qg7+ Ke8 1-0

Wells, Peter


Speelman, Jonathan 

Miles, Anthony John

1974 1st World Junior Manilla (While a student at Sheffield University!)
1975 Honorary MA awarded for chess achievements
1975 1st London tournament
1976 1st equal with Korchnoi, Amsterdam
1977 1st  Amsterdam
1977 1st  Biel
1977 2nd Tilburg cat. 14
1978 3rd Tilburg
1980 1st equal with Andersson and Korchnoi ahead of Larsen
1980 1st equal with Geller and Petrosyan Las Palmas
1980 1st Vrbas ahead of Petrosyan
1981 1st equal with Ribli ahead of Korchnoi
1st 1983 Biel
1st 1984 Tilburg
1st 1985 Biel
1st 1985 Portorozh-Ljubljana
1st 1985 Tilburg
1st 1986 Ostende
1st 1987 Buzum
1st 1987 Philadelphia
1st 1990 Rome
1st 1990 Bad Worishofen
1st 1992 Bangi
1st 1992 Komotini
1st 1993 Sevilla
1st 1993 Munster
1st 1993 Iraklion
1st 1994 Cappelle la Grande
1st 1994 Matanzas
1st 1994 Andorra
1st 1995 Calcutta
1st 1995 Cappelle la Grande
1st 1995 Matanzas
1st 1995 Benasque
1st 1995 Isle of Man
1st 1995/96 Pamplona
1st 1996 Gran Canaria
1st 1996 Cuba Capablanca memorial
1st 1998 Andorra

Karpov Anatoly - Miles Anthony J [B16/09]
Bath, 1983

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Nxf6+ gxf6 6.Nf3 Bf5 7.Bf4 Nd7 8.c3 Qb6 9.b4 e5 10.Bg3 0-0-0 11.Be2 h5 12.0-0 Be4 13.Nd2 Bd5 14.Bxh5 exd4 15.c4 Be6 16.a3 Ne5 17.Re1 d3 18.c5 Qb5 19.Rb1 Bh6 20.a4 Qa6 21.f4 Nc4 22.b5 cxb5 23.Rxb5 Na3 24.Rb2 Nc2 25.Bf3 Bd5 26.Re7 Bf8 27.Bxd5 Rxd5 28.Rbxb7 Bxe7 29.Rxe7 Qc6 30.Rxf7 Rxc5 31.Qg4+

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f5! 32.Qg7 Re8 33.h4 Ne3 34.Bf2 Rc1+ 35.Kh2 Ng4+ 36.Kg3 Nxf2 37.Nf3 Ne4+ 38.Kh2 d2 39.Nxd2 Nxd2 0-1

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