Gawain Jones at London Chess Classic, 2010
|Full name||Gawain Christopher Bernard Jones|
|Born||11 December 1987|
Keighley, West Yorkshire, England
|FIDE rating||2692 (July 2019)|
|Peak rating||2702 (May 2019)|
Gawain Christopher Bernard Jones (born 11 December 1987) is an English chess player and chess author. Awarded the title Grandmaster by FIDE in 2007, he won the British Chess Championship in 2012 and 2017. Jones competed in the FIDE World Cup in 2013 and 2017.
Jones began playing chess at the age of four, competing in his first tournaments at six. In early 1997 he hit the headlines and was featured on the front page of The Guardian newspaper when he became the youngest player in the world ever to beat an International Master in an official tournament game. He has represented England in the World Junior and World Youth Championships on many occasions and since 2008 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 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 won the 2012/13 Hastings International Chess Congress as clear first.
In December 2014, he won the Challenge Match against Romain Édouard by 4-2; it was a six-game match held concurrently with the London Chess Classic. In 2016, Jones won the New Zealand Open in January, and the strong Dubai Open in April edging out Vladimir Akopian on tiebreak., defending his tournament title at Dubai Open successfully in 2017.
In team competitions, Jones has played for England in the Chess Olympiad, the World Team Chess Championship, European Team Chess Championship and the World Youth Under 16 Chess Olympiad. At the 2019 World Team Championship in Astana, England took the silver medal and Jones also won an individual silver playing on board four.
Born in Keighley, West Yorkshire, Jones has lived in Italy, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. In 2010, he returned to the United Kingdom to live in London in order to focus on his chess career and related projects.