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Stuart Conquest

Liverpool, 2008
Full name Stuart Conquest
Country England
Born 1 March 1967
Ilford, England
Title Grandmaster
Peak rating 2601 (October 2001)

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

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 and in 2001, won the category 14 tournament in Clichy.

Following a relatively lean period, he capped his return to form in 2008 with victory in the British Chess Championship, 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.

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

A prolific player at international tournaments for many years, Conquest has in recent times been a regular commentator and (since 2011) tournament director of the Gibraltar Chess Festival, 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.

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.