Justin Tan

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CitizenshipUnited States of America
Born (1997-03-19) March 19, 1997 (age 26)
OccupationChess player

Justin Tan (born 19 March 1997) is an Australian chess player. He was awarded the title of Grandmaster by FIDE in 2018, becoming the 8th Australian to achieve the title.[1] He was formerly British Under-21 Champion and is the 2019 British Blitz Champion.[2][3]

Chess career

Tan learned to play chess at the age of seven.[4] As a junior, he represented Australia at three World Youth Chess Championships ((Vietnam 2008, Under-12), (Turkey 2009, U-16), (Brazil 2011, Under-14) and at the World Youth Chess Olympiad in Turkey (2012).[5][6][7]

Tan moved to England in 2013 to study under a chess scholarship at Woodbridge School, Suffolk. He became an International Master in 2015 after gaining his final IM norm at the Bunratty Classic, Ireland.[8][9]

In 2015, Tan achieved his first GM norm at the Colin Crouch Memorial Congress at Harrow, London.[10] At the 2015 Under-18 World Youth Chess Championships in Greece, Tan tied for fourth place with fellow Australian, IM Rishi Sardana.[11]

In 2016, Tan tied for third place with GM Gawain Jones and also became British Under-21 Champion at the 103rd British Chess Championships at Bournemouth, gaining his second GM norm in the process.[12][13] In the same year, Tan was joint winner with GM Luke McShane at the DeMontford Bell Kings Place Rapidplay.[14]

In 2018, Tan won the Paracin Open in Serbia, securing his final GM norm and the Grandmaster title.[15]

Tan plays for league teams in the top divisions of the UK 4NCL, the Dutch and the Icelandic league teams for Wood Green, BSG and Taflfélag Garðabæjar respectively.[16][17][18]

Since 2018, Tan has been a monthly author for Chess Publishing.[19]

Personal life

Tan was born and grew up in Cardiff, South Wales, United Kingdom, until the age of seven, when his family moved to Melbourne, Australia. He is a dual Australian and British citizen.[20]

Until 2013, Tan was an elite national gymnast and a member of the Australian national artistic gymnastics squad.[21] He was the Australian Under-16 national individual apparatus champion on pommel horse in 2012.[22]

Tan read law at the University of Edinburgh.[23]


  1. "FIDE Profile".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. "Prizewinners' List 2016 – British Chess Championships". Retrieved 2020-12-03.
  3. "Chess-Results Server Chess-results.com - UK Blitz Open 2019". chess-results.com. Retrieved 2020-12-03.
  4. "Woodbridge: Chess prodigy Justin aims to be a grandmaster". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 2020-12-03.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. "World Youth Chess Championship 2008".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. "World Youth Chess Championship 2009, Kemer-Antalya, Turkey | Chessdom". Retrieved 2020-12-03.
  7. "Chess-Results Server Chess-results.com - World Youth Chess Championship - U 14 Open". chess-results.com. Retrieved 2020-12-03.
  8. "Student becomes Master as chess ace seals international title". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 2020-12-03.
  9. "Chess prodigy Justin Tan wins final IM norm at Bunratty Classic". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2020-12-03.
  10. Pein, Malcolm (2016-04-10). "Justin Tan boosts GM title charge with solid performance at Colin Crouch Memorial". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2020-12-03.
  11. "Chess-Results Server Chess-results.com - World Youth Ch 2015 - Open under 18". chess-results.com. Retrieved 2020-12-03.
  12. "Michael Adams equals record score while winning British Championship". the Guardian. 2016-08-05. Retrieved 2020-12-03.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. "Prizewinners' List 2016 – British Chess Championships". Retrieved 2020-12-03.
  14. "Luke McShane and Justin Tan share first place at Kings Place Chess Festival". the Guardian. 2016-07-15. Retrieved 2020-12-03.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. "Justin Tan wins Paracin open 2018 | Chessdom". Retrieved 2020-12-03.
  16. "4NCL List of Players".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  17. "Meesterklasse - Opstellingen". Schaken. 2018-09-10. Retrieved 2020-12-03.
  18. "Chess-Results Server Chess-results.com - Icelandic Team Championship 2019-21 - 1st division". chess-results.com. Retrieved 2020-12-03.
  19. Tan, Justin; Fernandez, Daniel. "1.e4". www.chesspublishing.com. Retrieved 2020-12-03.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  20. Tan, Justin. "FIDE Title Application".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  21. Gymnastics Australia (2014). "Annual Report" (PDF). p. 43.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  22. Gymnastics Australia. "Justin Tan Pommel Horse L9U16 2012.MTS - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 2020-12-03.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  23. "Adams takes his sixth British title". Chess News. 2018-08-06. Retrieved 2020-12-03.

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