Pro-Biz Bios Pros Vladimir Kramnik GM Michael Adams GM playing as GMMickeyAdams 4 times World Chess Championship candidate, FIDE World Championship finalist and 7-time British Chess Champion. Mickey Adams’ chess history begins in his native Cornwall where, as a young boy; he won the Cornish U9, U13, U15 and U18 championships all at the same event. Current top-rated English player, Mickey Adams is beyond doubt one of the finest chess players this country has produced. David Howell GM playing as Howitzer14 Howell is one a cadre of English Millennial Grandmasters. He holds the distinction of being the youngest Briton ever to achieve the title of Grandmaster, which he achieved aged 16. But Howell was showing his prowess before becoming a teenager, he famously broke the world record to defeat a Grandmaster in an official Blitz game when he was aged just 8! Luke McShane GM playing as LMcShane Without doubt the strongest player who is not a professional, McShane was a child chess prodigy who won the World Under 10 Chess Championship aged 8. McShane boasts incredible chess acumen being able to play at top level whilst not playing professionally. A regular at the London Chess Classic, the site of his 2010 victory over Magnus Carlsen and Rapidplay Open 2015 1st place win with 9.5/10. Gawain Jones GM playing as VerdeNotte Gawain Jones GM holds a unique distinction amongst our Grandmasters, he managed to beat the charity’s own International Master Malcolm Pein; at the tender age of 9! Thus securing his world record holder of youngest to beat an IM. He went on to score 7/11 in the 97 World U10 Championship and nearly gained a medal in the 99 World U12. Since 2008 he has consistently been one of the country’s top chess players, having won an Individual Silver Medal playing for England at the 2019 World Team Championship. Matthew Sadler GM playing as TochtNaarChatham No one treats their “hobby” quite like Matthew Sadler treats his chess hobby. Winning the British Championship in 1995 at the tender age of 21. He retired from professional chess in his 20s, only to return to with a vengeance later on! He jumped right back in o the World Top 100 in 2012 after a string of strong tournament performances, and now writes about the cutting-edge developments of Artificial Intelligence in Chess. Matthew has acted as a consultant for DeepMind on the AlphaZero project. Nick Pert GM playing as GMNickPert Nick Pert is just one of a whole family of competitive chess players (he will tell you the best of the lot, and its hard to disagree) having won the World U-18 Chess Championship in 1998. Nick Pert has represented England in Chess Olympiads since 2006. Like many before, Nick left professional chess to pursue academic studies. But the siren call of chess lured him back and in 2015 was the runner up in the Inaugural British Knockout Championship held at the London Chess Classic. John Nunn GM playing as Doccy1 If you expect tricky chess problems on your board, then John Nunn is the man for the task. 1975 European Junior Chess Champion and formerly in the world’s top ten chess players. John Nunn remains one of the finest Chess Problem Solvers in the world and a prolific chess author. Jon Speelman GM playing as jon_speelman A top English chess player since when he first took the British Chess Championship in 1978; Jon Speelman eliminated Nigel Short and progressed to the semi-final eliminator of the World Chess Championship in 1989. Nigel later quipped that he was able to secure his position England number one but was struggling to achieve hegemony in West Hampstead where they lived a mile or so apart. Acknowledged as one of the world’s leading experts on the endgame, Jon contributes regularly for Chessbase and can be found offering his insights on Twitch. Emil Sutovsky GM Kanwal Bhatia WFM playing as KanwalB Kanwal Bhatia made her debut for the England Women's Team in 2008 and has been a regular member of the national team since. Unlike every other chess maestro here, she is also an arbiter, but no ordinary one. Kanwal regularly performs as arbiter to Chessboxing, so whilst player her mind your manners and defend yourself at all times! She is also a two-time English Women's Champion. Away from the board, she is a machine learning researcher and founder of a sports technology start-up. Lorin D’Costa IM playing as eagleide In a Rapidplay tournament like this one, who better than a former British Rapidplay Champion? Lorin D’Costa was such a champion in 2016 with an unbeaten 9/11 points. One of the country’s top chess coaches; he has taught players who have gone on to compete in World, and European Youth Championships and captained the England Womens Chess Team at the last Olympiad. Ravi Haria IM playing as Mesutgm The youngest of our maestros, that only means he is more of a prodigal whizz kid the GMs need to worry about.The current holder of the British U21 title and regularly playing for the top chess team in the land (Wood Green), Ravi is well on his way to securing his GM title. Callum Kilpatrick FM playing as Miller-Kilpatrick Callum Kilpatrick has represented England at a host of World and European junior chess championships, from the age of 10 through to 21. He has accumulated 3 IM norms and 1 GM norm too. Like many other great chess players, Callum has shifted his focus way from chess and into the world of finance. We are certain that like others before; the siren call will soon again tempt him back into chess full time.