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Stuart Conquest

Stuart Conquest (born 1 March 1967 in Ilford, England) is an English chess Grandmaster.

Chess career

In 1981, at the age of 14 he won the World Youth Chess Championship in the under-16 category. Conquest was British Rapidplay Chess Champion in 1997. In 1995 and 2000 he shared first place at the Hastings Premier[1] and in 2001, won the category 14 tournament in Clichy.[2]

Following a relatively lean period, he capped his return to form in 2008 with victory in the British Chess Championship,[3] defeating Keith Arkell in a two-game rapidplay play-off match for the title, after they tied for first place. In May 2009 he came first at the Capo d'Orso Open.[4]

Since the mid-1990s, he has been a frequent member of the England team at the Olympiads and European Team Chess Championships.[5]

A prolific player of international tournaments for many years, Conquest has in recent times been a regular commentator and organiser of the Gibraltar tournament, held annually in Caleta.

Chess strength

According to Chessmetrics, at his peak in August 1996 Conquest's play was equivalent to a rating of 2581, and he was ranked number 167 in the world. His best single performance was at London (Lloyds Bank Open), 1990, where he scored 6 of 7 possible points (86%) against 2565-rated opposition, for a performance rating of 2703.[6]

His highest Elo rating was 2601, in the October 2001 FIDE rating list. He gained the International Master and Grandmaster titles in 1985 and 1991 respectively.


External links

  • Stuart Conquest player profile and games at
  • Chessmetrics Player Profile: Stuart Conquest
  • Interview with Stuart Conquest (August 2008)

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