Luke McShane[ edit ]

Luke McShane (born January 7, 1984) is an English chess player. In the April 2005 FIDE rating list, McShane had an Elo rating of 2620, making him the third highest rated English player and number ninety-five in the world.

McShane was something of a prodigy, winning the World Under-10 Championship at the age of eight. Shortly afterwards he found a sponsor in the form of computer company Psion. At sixteen he became the youngest ever British Grandmaster, gaining the three results required ("grandmaster norms") in tournaments in Germany, Iceland and the Politiken Cup in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Among McShane´s more notable results are joint first in the 1998 Bunratty Masters in Ireland with John Nunn, winning five of his six games, and joint winner with Stuart Conquest and Bogdan Lalic of the Iona Tech Masters in Kilkenny. McShane led the 2002 British Championship in [Torquay, and was in a good position in the final round before blundering and losing to the tournament´s winner, Ramachandran Ramesh. McShane finished tied for fourth.

From around 2002, McShane has been facing stiffer opposition, including players from the world´s top ten. He played for England in the 2002 Chess Olympiad in Bled, scoring 6.5/11, and won the silver medal at the World Junior Championship in Goa. In 2003 he finished a respectable fifth in the strong Hrokurinn tournament in Reykjavík, finishing ahead of Britain´s number one player Michael Adams and drawing games against Viktor Korchnoi and Alexei Shirov. Shortly afterwards, he beat Shirov in a Reykjavík blitz tournament. In the 2003 Siegman tournament in Malmö, he finished third with 5.5/9, drawing his game with the tournament winner, Vasily Ivanchuk. Also in 2003, McShane finished 27th out of 207 with 8/13 in the strong European Individual Championships in Silivri in Turkey, 1.5 points behind the winner, Zurab Azmaiparashvili. Shortly afterwards he tied for first with Alexei Dreev and Krishnan Sasiskiran in the North Sea Cup played in Esbjerg in Denmark with 6.5/9, finished tied for second in the Politiken Cup in Copenhagen with 8.5/11 and won the Malmö Masters with 7.5/9, a point and a half ahead of his nearest rival.

McShane is a strong blitz player (chess played with fast time limits). He won the 136-player Kuppenheim tournament in 2003 ahead of Vladimir Epishin and former German blitz champion, Robert Rabiega, finishing with a score of 50.5/53. In this tournament he played his games over the Internet, while all other participants were in the playing hall in Germany. In 2003 he won the British Blitz Championship held at Uxbridge with a score of 14.5/16 and the Greenland Open rapid tournament with 8.5/9.

McShane attended Westminster Under School and then City of London School, before entering Oxford University in 2003, where he is currently reading philosophy and mathematics at University College, a move likely to result in a decrease in his chess-playing activities. He has continued to play in the German Bundesliga, however, and in December 2003 finished joint first with Miguel Illescas Cordoba and Emil Sutovsky in Pamplona, with a tournament performance rating of 2701.


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