David Wei Liang Howell
(born November 14, 1990) is an English chess
player. He is the youngest chess Grandmaster
in the United Kingdom, a title he earned when he came second during the 35th Rilton Cup in Stockholm
on 5 January 2007 when he was 16. The previous record holder, Luke McShane
, was six months older when he became a grandmaster.
Howell was born in Eastbourne
to Angeline (originally from Singapore
) and Martin Howell. He has a younger sister, Julia, and lives with his family in Seaford, East Sussex
. He has been playing chess since the age of five years and eight months, following his father's purchase of a second-hand chess set
at a jumble sale.
Howell quickly learned to defeat his father and soon came to the attention of the Sussex
Junior Chess Association, where he received tuition from a number of established county players. He progressed rapidly and became the British Under-8, Under-9 and Under-10 chess champion.
In August 1999, Howell became famous internationally when he broke the world record for the youngest player to have defeated a Grandmaster
in an official game. He defeated GM John Nunn
in a blitz
game at the Mind Sports Olympiad
., The Guardian
, 30 August 1999, Leonard Barden Howell still holds this record. He is also the youngest player in the... Read More