He made his Scotland debut for the national Primary School team in the match against England in 1988. Although not the best player in his age-group at the time, his progress was rapid and he began competing on the world stage in 1991, winning a silver medal in the European Under 18 Championship in 1995 (behind Robert Kempiński of Poland).
After taking a year out to study chess in the wake of this success, he went to Keble College, Oxford University to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Rowson has an interest in Eastern thought and, following a year at Harvard, was working on a D.Phil thesis on Wisdom.
He came second in the European Under 20 Championship in 1997 and achieved his third and final Grandmaster norm (and with it the title) in the 1999 Scottish Chess Championship. He went on to win the event again in 2001 and 2004, completing a rare double when he went on to become the 2004 British Champion. He successfully defended his British title in 2005and again in 2006. He won the 2000 Canadian Open Chess Championship.
Rowson has written numerous magazine articles and three books on the game - Understanding the Grunfeld (1998), The Seven Deadly Chess Sins (2000), and Chess for Zebras (2005).
A sweeping move for world-class quality right across the board Jonathan Rowson is a king of his game - and now he's The Herald's new chess expert.
Oct 20, 2006; ABOUT a year ago, shortly after Jonathan Rowson won the British Chess Championship for the second time, his name was put forward...