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Max Illingworth

Max Illingworth at the 2013 Malaysian Open
Country Australia
Born 5 November 1992
Sydney, Australia
Title International Master
Peak rating 2517 (September 2015)

Max Illingworth (born 5 November 1992, Sydney) is an Australian chess International Master, coach and writer. He became a FIDE Master (FM) in 2010, an IM in 2012 and a FIDE Trainer in 2014.

Chess career

Illingworth started playing competitive chess at the age of nine, and represented Australia in the 2007 World Youth Olympiad.

He has competed in six Oceania Chess Championship events in 2007 (Fiji), 2009 (Gold Coast), 2011 (Rotorua), 2012 (Queenstown), 2013 (Nadi) and 2015 (Sydney). His best result was finishing =1st with a score of 7½/9 in the 2015 event. Illingworth won the Steiner Medal (for the Australian Player of the Year) in 2011 and 2012.

Illingworth scored 6/9 to finish =3rd at the 2009 Commonwealth Chess Championship in Singapore.

He finished =6th at the 2011 Thailand Open, scored 7/9 and came equal first (scoring a grandmaster norm) at the September 2011 First Saturday GM tournament, and scored 7/10 for Australia at the 2012 Chess Olympiad in Istanbul. These results earned him the IM title and established him as one of Australia's strongest chess players.

Illingworth won the MCC Cup Weekender 2012 with a score of 8½/9. He has also won the New South Wales State Championship for three consecutive years (2011-13) and tied for first place in the 2011 and 2013 NSW Open.

Illingworth tied for second place in the 2013 Australian Open with a score of 8½/11 and also came equal second in the 2013 Malaysian Open with a score of 7/9.

Illingworth won the 2014 Australian Chess Championship in Springvale with a score of 8/11. He scored 6½/9 for Australia at the 2014 Chess Olympiad in Tromso and obtained his second grandmaster norm at the September 2014 First Saturday GM Tournament, scoring 7/9 and first place. Strong recent domestic results include winning the 2014 MCC Hjorth Open with a score of 9/9, finishing second with an 8/9 score in the 2015 MCC Hjorth Open and placing =2nd in the 2015 Australian Open.

Internationally, Illingworth is known as a chess theoretician, as a contributor to the Australian chess magazine 50 Moves and the New In Chess Yearbook. He also writes surveys for the Chessbase Magazine as well as opening articles for ChessPublishing. Illingworth is a professional chess coach, who has worked with several of Australia's most promising junior players.