English Rapidplay

Format: 10 player all-play-all. A total of 9 rounds

Round Time
Saturday 11th December
Round 1 12:00 – 13:30
Round 2 13:30 – 15:00
Round 3 15:00 – 16:30
Round 4 16:30 – 18:00
Round 5 18:00 – 19:30
Sunday 12th December
Round 6 12:00 – 13:30
Round 7 13:30 – 15:00
Round 8 15:00 – 16:30
Round 9 16:30 – 18:00

Ten of England’s top Grandmasters and International Masters face off in a weekend all-play-all rapidplay tournament. Live commentary in the auditorium with GM Nigel Short and GM Stuart Conquest.


Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th December 2021

Time Control

15 minutes + 10 seconds increment.

Prize Fund

1st £5,000 2nd £3,000 3rd £2,000 4th£1,500 5th £1000 6th £500

In the event of a tie, prize money will be shared. If there is a share for first there will be a two game play-off. If still level then two blitz games of 3m+2s. If still level a final Armageddon game with 6 v 5 minutes; plus 2 second increment after move 60.

GM Michael Adams (FIDE Rating 2714)

Michael Adams

A World Championship Finalist in 2004, former World No. 4 and seven-time British champion, Michael ‘Mickey’ Adams has been the preeminent British player of the last two decades, with the highest-ever rating (2761) ever recorded by a British player. Born in 1971 in Truro, Cornwall, Mickey has played several times in the World Candidates tournament, is England’s regular Board 1, and has worked as a second to World Champion Magnus Carlsen. He lives in Somerset with his wife, the actress Tara MacGowran.

GM Luke McShane (FIDE Rating 2667)

Luke McShane

A member of the England team, Luke has been described as the world’s strongest amateur player. A former prodigy, Luke was the World Under 10 Champion at the age of eight. He played for England’s Silver Medal winning team at the 2019 World Team Championship in Kazakhstan, and was awarded the Gold Medal for Board 2. Luke has successfully combined playing in elite Grandmaster with a career as a trader in the City of London, and is currently the chess columnist for ‘The Spectator’.

GM Gawain Jones (FIDE Rating 2654)

Gawain Jones

A two-time British champion, Gawain is the current European Blitz Champion, and is a regular member of the England team. He was awarded a Silver Medal for his performance on Board 4 for England in the 2019 World Team Championships in Kazakhstan. Born in 1987 in Keighley, West Yorkshire, Gawain learned to play chess at the age of 4, and was the youngest player to beat an International Master. He has lived in Italy, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. He and his wife, Women’s International Master Sue Maroroa, and their daughter currently live in Sheffield.

GM Jon Speelman (FIDE Rating 2503)

Jon Speelman

Jonathan ‘Jon’ Speelman is a former World Championship Candidates semi-finalist and reached No. 4 in the world rankings. A regular on the England team for several Olympiads, Jon is renowned for his creative play, and is a mathematician, chess author and commentator. The longtime chess correspondent of The Independent newspaper, he currently writes a weekly column for The Observer.

GM Ravi Haria (FIDE Rating 2497)

Ravi Haria

Born in 1999, Ravi is the current British Under 21 Champion, and achieved the rank of International Master in 2017. In July 2021, he qualified for the FIDE World Cup and defeated Russian Grandmaster Vadim Zviagintsev in the first round. A month later, Ravi scored his third Grandmaster norm at the Northumbria Masters and is on the verge of qualifying as England’s next Grandmaster.

IM Ameet Ghasi (FIDE Rating 2485)

Ameet Ghasi

One of England’s strongest players yet to achieve the Grandmaster title – his peak rating to date is 2507, achieved in 2019 – Ameet is a Rapidplay and Blitz specialist. In 2000, he was the joint winner of the British Rapidplay Championship at the age of just 13, becoming the youngest ever winner. He won the British Blitz Championship in 2012, and in 2020, won the British Online Bullet Championship.

GM Daniel Gormally (FIDE Rating: 2478)

Daniel Gormally

Daniel ‘Danny’ Gormally is one of the most successful players on the English congress circuit, and is a critically acclaimed author of books about life as a chess professional. A former English Rapidplay Champion (2017), joint British Rapidplay champion (2006) and joint winner of the Hastings Congress in 2019, Danny lives in Alnwick, Northumberland.

FM Marcus Harvey (FIDE Rating: 2468)

Marcus Harvey

Marcus is one of the strongest young English players, and achieved his third International Master norm in August 2021. A Blitz and Rapidplay specialist, Marcus reached the final of the 2018 British Knockout Championship, only losing to Mickey Adams in the final Armageddon game of an epic match.

IM Lawrence Trent (FIDE Rating: 2401)

Lawrence Trent

International Master and Impresario, known Rapid and Blitz demon, former Second of Fabiano Caruana, Lawrence is a welcome addition to the line up.

IM Andy Horton (FIDE Rating: 2366)

Andy Horton

Born in 1998 and having grown up in Manchester, Andy Horton became an International Master in 2018 and is a former U21 British Champion. Last year he came runner-up in the British Online Blitz Championships. He currently lives in Cheltenham.