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Jonathan Hawkins is the 2015 British Champion

Jonathan Hawkins won the British Championships in a tight and thrilling finish. At the onset of the final round, four GMs were tied for first place. Jonathan kept his cool and emerged with a sole win that put him on the first place podium. More here.


After 5 rounds, Jonathan Hawkins co-leads the British Championships

GM Jonathan Hawkins co-leads the British Championships after 5 rounds along with three others. Jonathan scored a crushing 20 moves win in the first round and appears to be in fine form. With another 6 rounds to go, things appear to be finely balanced. You can follow Jonathan’s escapades live here.

Jonathan Hawkins wins the English Player of the Year

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.