Julian Hodgson

Julian Michael Hodgson ( born July 25, 1963 in Llanelwy (English: St Asaph ), North Wales ) is a British chess player and chess book author.


Julian Hodgson made ​​for the first time attracted attention in the 1970s when he won the British Championships for under 21 -year-olds at the age of only 14 years. In 1983 and 1988 he was awarded by the World Chess Federation FIDE title of International Master or Grandmaster. Hodgson was four times British Champion ( 1991, 1992, 1999 and 2000). Among his greatest international successes in chess tournaments include his second place at the traditional " Lloyds Bank Open " in 1986, winning the Open in Geneva in 1988, winning the " Canadian Open " in 1997 and split his victory in 1999 in New York.

He is a specialist of Trompowsky Attack ( 1.d2 -d4 - f6 Ng8 2.Lc1 - g5 ) and named after him, Hodgson Attack ( 1.d2 -d4 d7 -d5 2.Lc1 - g5 ). Hodgson is known for a sharp and aggressive style of play, the quick profits and the nickname " Grand Master of Disaster" won him.

Hodgson played his last ELO - rated games in the season 2002/ 03 the German team championship, therefore, is his Elo rating since July 2003 unchanged at 2609th His previous highest Elo rating was 2640 in July 2000.

Hodgson is the author of numerous chess books, especially in the field of opening theory.

Chess team


Hodgson represented his country between 1990 and 2000 at five Chess Olympiads. He won at his first participation in 1990 in Novi Sad with the team the bronze medal in 1992 in Manila a silver medal for his individual performance as second substitute the English team. Hodgson participated in two European Team Championships and won the tournament in 1997 in Pula with the team, while in Haifa he reached in 1989, the highest individual score on the third board as well as the third-best Elo performance of all participants. In the same years he also took part in the World Team Championships.

Chess club

In the British Four Nations Chess League ( 4NCL ) Hodgson played from 1995 to 1998 in Slough, in the 1998/99 season at Home House, and from 2000 to 2002 Beeson Gregory. He won the 4NCL 1996, 2001 and 2002. In the German Chess Bundesliga Julian Hodgson 1993 to 1995 at the Munich SC 1836, for the seasons 1995/96 and 1997/98 at SK Zahringen, in the 1996/97 season at PSV Duisburg, 1998-2000 when Delmenhorster chess club and 2000-2003 at Lübeck chess club in 1873, with whom he was in 2001, 2002 and 2003 German team champion. The Dutch Hoofdklasse (until 1996 ) and won Meesterklasse Hodgson 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999 with Panfox / De Variant Breda.

Works (selection)

  • Grand Prix Attack: f4 Against the Sicilian, Collier Books, 1985, ISBN 0020114303
  • Trends in the Torre and Trompovsky, Vol 1 Trends Publications, London 1989
  • Trends Budapest Defence. Trends Publications, London May 1991
  • Trends Czech & Schmid Benoni. Trends Publications, London May 1991
  • 1 d4 d6 trends ... Bg4 system. Trends Publications, London July 1991
  • Trends f4 Sicilian. Trends Publications, London July 1991
  • Trends in the Torre and Trompovsky, Vol 2 Trends Publications, London 1992
  • Modern Practical Endings. Tournament Chess, London August 1993
  • Chess Traveller's Quiz Book. Cadogan Chess, London 1993, ISBN 1-85744-030-7
  • Foxy Openings: Trompowski Success. Grandmaster Video Ltd 1993 VHS
  • Trends Anti- Sicilian. Trends Publications, London March 1995
  • Trends in the Torre and Trompovsky, Vol 3 Trends Publications, London in October 1995
  • Quick Chess Knockouts. Everyman Chess, 1996, ISBN 1857440455
  • Attack with GM Julian Hodgson, Vol 1 Hodgson Enterprises, London 1996, ISBN 0-9529373-0-1
  • Attack with GM Julian Hodgson, Vol 2 Hodgson Enterprises, London 1997, ISBN 0-9529373-1- X
  • Secrets of the Trompovsky. Hodgson Enterprises, London 1997, ISBN 0-9529373-2-8
  • Foxy Openings: Mainline Trompowski. Grandmaster Video Ltd in 1997, VHS