This is the man who was working behind the scenes in organizing the England Team Battle as a successful event last weekend. An experienced and FIDE-recognized Organizer and Arbiter, chess coach and member of the English Chess Federation (International Director and Junior Director) – he is a man who is highly involved with chess. Now, from being an organizer to a guest master for the United Queens Chess Club, please welcome International Master Lawrence Cooper of England!
For the last 40 years as a chess player, he has experienced competing both on a national and international level. He received his cherished international title exactly 20 years ago, when he earned his three IM norms in 1995, 1996 and 1999. On his journey to his first IM norm, he competed in the Lloyds Bank Maters Open in 1987, where he scored 6.5/10 and nine of them were IMs! He was close in winning the prize in a field with MIchael Adams and future Chess Champion Anand. With his long history as a player, he was recognized by his teammates and privileged to be the captain five times. He coached and captained the Welsh women’s team at the 2016 Baku Olympiad, spearheaded the men’s team at the 2009 & 2011 European Team Championship and represented England in the 2010 Chess Olympiad as team captain. It all started when he led his team to victory in the national championship way back in 1992. In a more recent outing, he went straight to the finals of the UK Blitz Tournament by finishing strong as the 1st runner up, trailing behind by GM Howell and beating the second-seeded player, IM Ameet Ghasi with an overall record of 12/15. In the finals, he was the oldest player; however, it did not mean that he was any more rusty than the others. After fifteen rounds, he had a performance rating of 2287 and landed in the middle of the pack with a score of 7/15. Lastly, to celebrate his birthday last July 2020, he conducted a birthday blitz and won against GM Peter Svidler, the 27th strongest player in the world – a memorable feat on a very special occasion.
Experience first-hand his unbelievable chess repertoire.
UNITED QUEENS CHESS CLUB
Friendly Simultaneous Online Chess with IM LAWRENCE COOPER (Fide rating: 2331) on lichess.org
This is your chance to play with an International master on lichess.org on October 17, 2020 at 5:00 P.M.
Time control: 30 mins per player
Open to all female chess players and boys 13 years old and below.
First 10 participants only!
IM COOPER will play a 10 player exhibition on lichess.org
Deadline of registration: OCTOBER 16, 2020 at 7:00 P.M.
The 10 participants will be invited to join the group chat to access the link for the Simul.
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.