David Howell is one of the country's top chess players.

An English chess Grandmaster and British champion in 2009, 2013 and 2014. He is the youngest chess Grandmaster in the United Kingdom.

David started playing chess at 5 years old after his father purchased a second-hand chess set for £1 at a local jumble sale - he started competing in tournaments shortly after and progressed rapidly. In August 1999, aged 8, David became famous internationally when he broke the world record for the youngest player to have defeated a Grandmaster in an official game. He later became the youngest player to score against a reigning World Champion. 

David competed throughout his teenage years combining chess with his academic studies, and became England's youngest ever Grandmaster at 16 years old.  

David has represented England on many occasions, including five Chess Olympiads and has been a member of the World's Top 100 since 2014, with a peak rating of 2712 (World Number 32).

He has been the chess columnist for The Times since 2017.



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