GM Jonathan Hawkins, co-British Champion, has won the English Player of the Year poll among ECF members for 2014-2015.
This award from the English Chess Federation recognises Jonathan’s remarkable journey from a club player playing for the Leam Lane first team to the very top of the English game. In August 2014, Jonathan shared the first place at the British Championships in Aberystwyth. With this finish, he gained his third and final GM norm and shared the national title.
Jonathan’s story is a unique one in many ways. Not only is he the first north east player to become a GM but also unlike many others, his rise to English summit has been one of continuous improvement through careful study and efficient learning which he outlines in his excellent book, Amateur to IM: Proven Ideas and Training Methods.