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  • British Championship 2018

    David Howell is the first to score of the leaders in round 3. He may well be the only perfect score in the field after this round. Many interesting games to watch.

  • #2
    British Championship 2018

    July 30, 2018

    Round Three

    The 2018 British Chess Championship is an 9-round Swiss tournament taking place at Hull City Hall, Hull, England from 28 July to 5 August. In case of a tie for first a rapid and blitz playoff will take place. The top prize is £10,000, with £1,000 for the British Women's Champion. The time control is 90 minutes for 40 moves then 30 minutes to the end, with a 30-second increment from move 1

    Some of the decisive games of the round

    105thBritish Chess Championship
    Hull, ENG
    Round 3, July 30, 2018
    Fodor, Tamas Jr –- Adams, Michael
    E35 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa variation

    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 d5 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bxf6 Qxf6 8.e3 O-O 9.a3 Bf5 10.Qb3 Bxc3+ 11.bxc3 Qb6 12.Qa2 Qa5 13.Qb2 c5 14.Nf3 Nd7 15.Bb5 Rfc8 16.Bxd7 Bxd7 17.O-O Rc7 18.h3 Rac8 19.Rfc1 Qa6 20.Qd2 Bf5 21.dxc5 Rxc5 22.Nd4 Bd7 23.Nb3 Rb5 24.Nd4 Ra5 25.Rcb1 b6 26.Rb3 Rc4 27.Nf3 Bf5 28.Nd4 Bd7 29.Nf3 Rca4 30.Rb4 Rxb4 31.cxb4 Rxa3 32.Rxa3 Qxa3 33.Qxd5 Qc1+ 34.Kh2 Qc7+ 35.Ne5 Be8 36.f4 a5 37.b5 Kf8 38.Nc4 Qd7 39.Nd6 f6 40.e4 Ke7 41.e5 fxe5 42.Qxe5+ Kf8 43.Nxe8 Qxe8 44.Qd6+ Kg8 45.Qxb6 a4 46.Qc5 a3 47.b6 a2 48.Qd5+ Qf7 49.Qa8+ Kh7 50.Qe4+ Qg6 51.Qxg6+ Kxg6 52.b7 a1=Q 53.b8=Q Qd4 54.Qe8+ Kf6 55.Qf8+ Kg6 56.Kg3 Qe3+ 57.Kh4 Qe1+ 58.g3 Qe6 59.Qc5 Kf6 60.Qc3+ Kf7 61.Qe5 g5+ 0-1

    Position after Fodor's 45.Qxb6

    John Moore - Tamas Fodor is yet another player who assumed I can't lose this Queen ending a pawn up and found out he was wrong.

    Nick Ivell - Misplay a rook ending, you draw. Misplay a queen ending, you get mated. I've seen it so many times

    Round 3, July 30
    Howell, David –- Adair, James
    E32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical variation

    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 O-O 5.e4 d5 6.e5 Ne4 7.Bd3 c5 8.Nf3 cxd4 9.Nxd4 Nd7 10.Bf4 Qh4 11.g3 Qh5 12.h4 Nxe5 13.Be2 Ng4 14.Bxg4 Qxg4 15.f3 Qh5 16.g4 Qg6 17.fxe4 e5 18.O-O-O Bxc3 19.Nf5 Bxf5 20.gxf5 Qg4 21.Be3 Bd4 22.Bxd4 exd4 23.exd5 Rac8 24.Kb1 b5 25.c5 Rfd8 26.Rhg1 Qxh4 27.c6 g6 28.fxg6 hxg6 29.Qf5 Kg7 30.c7 Re8 31.d6 Re6 32.Rdf1 Rf8 33.c8=Q 1-0

    Round 3, July 30
    Fernandez, Daniel –- Jones, Gawain
    B55 Sicilian, Prins variation

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.f3 Nc6 6.c4 e6 7.Nc3 Be7 8.Nc2 O-O 9.Be2 d5 10.cxd5 exd5 11.exd5 Nb4 12.Nxb4 Bxb4 13.O-O Bxc3 14.bxc3 Qxd5 15.Be3 Bd7 16.Bd4 Bb5 17.Rb1 Bxe2 18.Qxe2 Rfe8 19.Qb5 Re7 20.a4 a6 21.Qb6 Qf5 22.Rbe1 Nd5 23.Qa5 Rae8 24.c4 Qd3 25.Bc5 Rxe1 26.Rxe1 Rxe1+ 27.Qxe1 Nf6 28.Qe7 h5 29.Qf8+ Kh7 30.Qxf7 Qb1+ 31.Kf2 Qf5 32.Qe7 Ng4+ 33.Kg3 Ne5 34.h4 Nxc4 35.Bd4 Qg6+ 36.Kf4 Qxg2 37.Qc5 Qh2+ 38.Ke4 Qe2+ 39.Kf4 Qh2+ 40.Ke4 Qe2+ 41.Kf4 Qe6 42.Qxh5+ Kg8 43.Qg4 Qf7+ 44.Ke4 Nd6+ 45.Ke5 Nc4+ 46.Ke4 b5 47.axb5 Nd6+ 48.Ke5 Nc4+ 49.Ke4 Nd6+ 50.Ke5 Nxb5 51.Bc5 a5 52.Qe6 a4 53.Be3 Qxe6+ 54.Kxe6 a3 55.Bc1 Nd4+ 56.Kd5 a2 57.Bb2 Nc2 58.Ke6 a1=Q 59.Bxa1 Nxa1 60.f4 Nb3 61.h5 Kh7 62.Kd5 Kh6 63.f5 Kxh5 64.Ke6 Nd4+ 65.Ke5 Nxf5 0-1

    Position after White’'s 62. Kd5

    Round 3, July 30
    De Coverly, Roger –- Ratnesan, Ranesh
    A04 Neo-Closed Sicilian, King’s Indian Attack

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.g3 Nf6 4.d3 Nc6 5.Bg2 g6 6.O-O Bg7 7.Nc3 O-O 8.h3 Rb8 9.a4 a6 10.Be3 e5 11.Qd2 b5 12.axb5 axb5 13.Bh6 Nd4 14.Nxd4 cxd4 15.Ne2 Bb7 16.Bxg7 Kxg7 17.f4 Qb6 18.Rf2 Nd7 19.Raf1 f6 20.g4 b4 21.b3 Bc6 22.Ng3 Qd8 23.h4 Qe7 24.h5 Kg8 25.Bh3 Nc5 26.g5 fxg5 27.f5 Bd7 28.f6 Qf7 29.Bxd7 Qxd7 30.f7+ Kg7 31.Qxg5 Qd8 32.Rf6 1-0

    Standings after Round Three

    1-3 Adams, Howell, Jones 3
    4-10 Eggleston, Hawkins, Hebden, Tan, Emms, Wells, Palliser 2.5

    Last edited by Wayne Komer; Tuesday, 31st July, 2018, 12:31 AM.


    • #3
      Nasty tactic by Mickey Adams (pawn tickler) nets him a full point from a worse position. Nice!


      • #4
        Amazing result for Mickey. I was watching it live, thinking it had all gone wrong and that after 45 Qd6+ he would soon lose. I better play that out now. Thanks!


        • #5
          Gawain Jones with a nice pressure win takes first with the only perfect score - 4-0 - so far.


          • #6
            British Championship 2018

            July 31, 2018

            Round Four

            Round 4, July 31
            Adams, Michael -– Howell, David
            C07 French, Tarrasch, open variation

            1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.Ngf3 cxd4 5.exd5 Qxd5 6.Bc4 Qd7 7.O-O Nc6 8.Nb3 a6 9.Nbxd4 Nxd4 10.Nxd4 Qc7 11.Qe2 Bd6 12.h3 Ne7 13.Be3 O-O 14.Rad1 b5 15.Bb3 Ng6 16.c4 bxc4 17.Qxc4 Bh2+ 18.Kh1 Qxc4 19.Bxc4 Bf4 20.Bxf4 1/2-1/2

            Round 4, July 31
            Jones, Gawain –- Hawkins, Jonathan
            C10 French, Rubinstein variation

            1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Nf3 Ngf6 6.Nxf6+ Nxf6 7.g3 b6 8.Bb5+ Bd7 9.a4 a6 10.Be2 Bc6 11.O-O Bd6 12.Ne5 Bxe5 13.dxe5 Nd7 14.Qd4 O-O 15.b4 Bd5 16.Rd1 c5 17.bxc5 bxc5 18.Qe3 Qc7 19.c4 Bb7 20.Bb2 Rfe8 21.Rd6 Bc6 22.Bf3 Bxf3 23.Qxf3 Nb6 24.Qe4 f5 25.Qd3 Ra7 26.Qe2 Nc8 27.Rd3 Rb7 28.Rad1 Nb6 29.a5 Nxc4 30.Rd7 Qc6 31.Rxb7 Qxb7 32.Qxc4 Qxb2 33.Qxc5 Qe2 34.Qd6 Kf7 35.h3 Re7 36.Rc1 Qb5 37.Qd1 g6 38.Qd8 Qxe5 39.Rc8 Qe1+ 40.Kg2 Qe4+ 41.Kh2 e5 42.h4 Ke6 43.Qb6+ Kf7 44.Rh8 1-0
            • Colossal late blunder in Jones - Hawkins - from [0.00] to [6.50] in a move #39. Black had 1' 30" for two moves, one of which could be a 'free' check (39...Qa1+) provided the forced 40...Qg7 followed. Alas, 39...Qe1+ was played - fatally

            Round 4, July 31
            Arkell, Keith –- McShane, Luke
            E69 King’'s Indian, Fianchetto, Classical main line

            1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.Nc3 O-O 5.g3 d6 6.Bg2 Nbd7 7.O-O e5 8.e4 c6 9.h3 Qa5 10.Re1 exd4 11.Nxd4 Ne5 12.Bf1 Qb6 13.Nb3 Be6 14.Be3 c5 15.Nd5 Bxd5 16.exd5 Rae8 17.Be2 Ne4 18.Qc2 f5 19.Nd2 Qd8 20.Rab1 Nf7 21.Nxe4 Rxe4 22.Bf3 Re7 23.Bd2 Bd4 24.Re6 Ne5 25.Bg2 Ref7 26.Bh6 f4 27.Bxf8 Rxf8 28.gxf4 Rxf4 29.Rf1 Qh4 30.Rxd6 Qg3 31.Kh1 Bxf2 32.Rd8+ Kg7 33.Qc3 Rf3 34.Qxe5+ Qxe5 35.Bxf3 Qe7 36.Ra8 Bg3 37.Bg2 Bd6 38.Rxa7 Kh6 39.Ra3 Qe5 40.Kg1 Qh2+ 41.Kf2 Qf4+ 42.Kg1 Qh2+ 43.Kf2 Qf4+ 44.Kg1 Qxc4 45.Rb3 Qd4+ 46.Kh1 Qe5 47.Kg1 c4 48.Rc3 b5 49.a3 Bc5+ 50.Kh1 Bd6 51.Kg1 Qh2+ 52.Kf2 Bc5+ 53.Kf3 Qe5 0-1
            • Engine wanted to play 34 Qa5 which might have saved Keith?

            Round 4, July 31
            Trent, Lawrence -– Fodor, Tamas
            C07 French, Tarrasch, open variation

            1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.Ngf3 Nf6 5.e5 Nfd7 6.c3 Nc6 7.Bd3 f6 8.exf6 Nxf6 9.O-O cxd4 10.cxd4 Bd6 11.Re1 O-O 12.Nf1 Qb6 13.h3 Bd7 14.b3 Rae8 15.Bb2 Re7 16.Rc1 Be8 17.Ng3 Bxg3 18.fxg3 e5 19.Rxc6 Bxc6 20.Ba3 Ree8 21.Bc5 Qa5 22.b4 Qxa2 23.Re2 Qa4 24.Qxa4 Bxa4 25.dxe5 Bd1 26.Rd2 Bxf3 27.exf6 Be4 28.Bxf8 Kxf8 29.fxg7+ Kxg7 30.Bxe4 Rxe4 31.b5 d4 32.Kf2 Kf6 33.Rd3 Ke6 34.Ra3 Re5 35.Rxa7 Rxb5 36.g4 Kd5 37.Ra8 Kc4 38.Rc8+ Kd3 39.Rh8 Rc5 40.Rxh7 b5 41.h4 b4 42.Rb7 Kc3 43.h5 d3 44.h6 d2 45.h7 Rc8 46.Rc7+ Rxc7 47.h8=Q+ Kc2 48.Qd8 Rf7+ 49.Ke2 Re7+ 50.Qxe7 d1=Q+ 51.Kf2 Qd4+ 52.Kf3 b3 53.Qe2+ Qd2 54.Qe8 Qd3+ 55.Kf4 b2 56.Qa4+ Kc1 0-1

            Standings after Round Four

            1 Jones 4
            2-3 Adams, Howell 3.5
            4-15 Eggleston, Fodor, Hebden, Fernandez, McShane, Tan, Bradbury, Emms, Ghasi, Gormally, Wells, Palliser 3



            • #7
              British Championship 2018

              August 1, 2018

              Round Five

              Round 5, August 1
              Macklin, Paul –- Rudd, Jack
              B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange, Rubinstein variation

              1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.c3 Nf6 6.Bf4 Bg4 7.Qb3 Qc8 8.Nd2 e6 9.Ngf3 Bxf3 10.Nxf3 Be7 11.O-O O-O 12.Rfe1 Nh5 13.Bd2 Bd6 14.Qc2 g6 15.Bh6 Re8 16.Ne5 Qc7 17.f4 Rac8 18.Re2 f6 19.Bxg6 hxg6 20.Qxg6+ Ng7 21.Ng4 Rf8 22.Rxe6 Bxf4 23.Rxf6 Bxh6 24.Nxh6+ Kh8 25.Nf7+ Kg8 26.Raf1 Qe7 27.Ng5 1-0

              Position after 26….Qe7

              Discussing the position above on the EC Forum, Simon Brown wrote to Jack Rudd saying, “"Shame your opponent missed 27. Qh7 though. Quite pretty”"

              Jack replied, “"I was also hoping he would play it. (I'd have allowed the mate if he had.)”"


              In the other games of Round 5, – the two top matches,
              Howell-Jones and McShane-Adams were short draws.

              Round 5, August 1
              Fodor, Tamas -– Fernandez, Daniel Howard
              B01 Scandinavian Defence, Lasker variation

              1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.h3 Bxf3 7.Qxf3 c6 8.Bd3 e6 9.O-O Nbd7 10.Ne4 Nxe4 11.Bxe4 Rd8 12.c3 Nf6 13.Bc2 Be7 14.Bf4 O-O 15.Rfe1 Bd6 16.Be5 Qd5 17.Qg3 Nh5 18.Qg4 g6 19.Bb3 Qb5 20.Bxd6 Rxd6 21.Re5 f5 22.Qg5 Qb6 23.Bxe6+ Kh8 24.Bb3 Qd8 25.Qxd8 Rfxd8 26.Rae1 Nf6 27.f3 f4 28.h4 R8d7 29.Re7 Rxe7 30.Rxe7 Rd7 31.Rxd7 Nxd7 32.Be6 Nb6 33.c4 Na4 34.c5 Nxb2 35.Bc8 Nd1 36.Bxb7 Nc3 37.Bxc6 Ne2+ 38.Kh2 Nxd4 39.Bd5 Kg7 40.c6 Nb5 41.Kh3 Nc7 42.Bb3 h5 43.g3 fxg3 44.Kxg3 Kf6 45.f4 Ke7 46.Bc2 Kf6 47.Be4 Ne8 48.Kf3 Nc7 49.Ke3 Ne6 50.Bc2 Nc7 51.Ke4 Ne6 52.Kd5 1-0

              Round 5, August 1
              Ghasi, Ameet -– Wells, Peter
              A13 English Opening, Agincourt variation

              1.c4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.e3 Nf6 4.Nc3 a6 5.b3 c5 6.cxd5 exd5 7.d4 Nc6 8.Bb2 Bg4 9.dxc5 Bxc5 10.Be2 O-O 11.O-O Qd6 12.Rc1 Rad8 13.Qc2 Ba7 14.Ng5 Nb4 15.Qb1 g6 16.Rcd1 Rfe8 17.a3 h6 18.axb4 hxg5 19.Nxd5 Nxd5 20.Bxg4 Bb8 21.g3 Qxb4 22.Bf3 Ne7 23.Ba1 Rxd1 24.Rxd1 Nf5 25.Rd7 Be5 26.Rxb7 Qd2 27.Bxe5 Rxe5 28.Qa1 g4 29.Rb8+ Kh7 30.Qxe5 Qe1+ 31.Kg2 1-0

              Round 5, August 1
              Pert, Nicholas -– Kolbus, Dietmar
              A46 Queen’'s Pawn

              1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bf4 c6 5.e3 Bg4 6.h3 Bxf3 7.Qxf3 e6 8.Bd3 Bd6 9.Be5 O-O 10.Qg3 Ne8 11.e4 Bxe5 12.dxe5 d4 13.Ne2 Qa5+ 14.c3 dxc3 15.Nxc3 Nd7 16.f4 Nc5 17.O-O Qb6 18.Kh2 Qxb2 19.Rac1 Rd8 20.Bb1 Rd2 21.f5 b5 22.Nd5 cxd5 23.Rxc5 dxe4 24.fxe6 fxe6 25.Rxf8+ Kxf8 26.Qf4+ Ke7 27.Bxe4 h6 28.Qh4+ Kf8 29.Qf4+ Ke7 30.Qh4+ Kf8 31.Qh5 Ke7 32.Bc6 Nc7 33.Bf3 Ne8 34.Bc6 Nc7 35.Bf3 Ne8 36.Qh4+ Kf8 37.Qf4+ Ke7 38.Qh4+ Kf8 39.Qf4+ Ke7 40.Qe4 Qd4 41.Qxd4 Rxd4 42.Rxb5 Rc4 43.Ra5 Rc7 44.Kg3 g5 45.h4 gxh4+ 46.Kxh4 Ng7 47.g4 Kf8 48.Kg3 Ne8 49.Be4 Kf7 50.Ra3 Kg7 51.Rb3 Kf7 52.Rb8 Rc3+ 53.Kf4 Ke7 54.a4 Rc4 55.a5 Nc7 56.Rh8 Nd5+ 57.Kf3 Rc3+ 58.Kf2 Ne3 59.Kg3 Nc4+ 60.Kf4 Nxa5 61.Rh7+ Kf8 62.Rxh6 Nb3 63.Rxe6 a5 64.Ra6 Nc5 65.Ra8+ Ke7 66.Bd5 Rd3 67.Ra7+ Kf8 68.Ba2 Ra3 69.Bf7 Ra1 70.e6 Re1 71.Kf5 a4 72.g5 Ne4 73.Rxa4 Nd6+ 74.Kg6 Nxf7 75.Ra8+ Nd8 76.Rxd8+ Ke7 77.Ra8 Rxe6+ 78.Kg7 Re1 79.g6 Re2 80.Ra1 Re3 81.Rf1 Re2 82.Kh7 Rh2+ 83.Kg8 Re2 84.g7 Re3 85.Rh1 Rg3 86.Kh8 Kf7 87.Rf1+ Ke7 88.g8=Q Rh3+ 89.Qh7+ Rxh7+ 90.Kxh7 1-0

              Position after White’'s 76.Rxd8+

              Standings after Round Five

              1 Jones 4.5
              2-5 Adams, Howell, Fodor, Ghasi 4
              6-14 Eggleston, McShane, Hebden, Pert, Tan, Emms, Gormally, Palliser, Ward 3.5


              • #8
                British Championship 2018

                August 2, 2018

                Round Six

                The two commentators on are Karsten Muller and Michael Rahal. The former is a German GM and author of Fundamental Chess Endings with Frank Lamprecht and Bobby Fischer (The Career and Complete Games). Rahal is a Spanish IM and a FIDE Trainer.

                If you are commentating, you probably should be fluent in a couple of languages. Michael’'s webpage says this, “"My name is Michael Rahal and I am a professional trilingual chess coach - English, Spanish and Catalan. I also speak some French (bonjour! and exactly fifteen Russian words (privyet, kak dyela?)"”

                At one point the expression “"ersatz läufer"” was used, throwing the chat room into confusion. I think it means replacement bishop.

                Round 6, August 2
                Jones, Gawain –- Fodor, Tamas
                C67 Ruy Lopez, open Berlin Defence, l'’Hermet variation

                1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.O-O Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.dxe5 Nxb5 7.a4 Nbd4 8.Nxd4 Nxd4 9.Qxd4 d5 10.exd6 Qxd6 11.Qe3+ Be6 12.Nc3 c6 13.b3 Qc5 14.Qg3 Bd6 15.Ne4 Bxg3 16.Nxc5 Be5 17.Nxe6 Bxa1 18.Nc7+ Kd7 19.Bf4 Rac8 20.Rd1+ Ke7 21.Rxa1 Rhd8 22.f3 Rd7 23.Re1+ Kf8 24.Kf2 g5 25.Be5 Rcxc7 26.Bxc7 Rxc7 27.Rd1 Re7 28.Rd8+ Kg7 29.b4 h6 30.Rd6 h5 31.g3 Kh7 32.h4 gxh4 33.gxh4 Kg7 34.c3 a6 35.c4 f6 36.Kg3 Kg6 37.Rd8 Re1 38.Rb8 Rc1 39.c5 a5 40.Rxb7 axb4 41.Rxb4 Rxc5 42.Kf4 Rc3 43.Rd4 c5 44.Re4 Kf7 45.Re3 Rc4+ 46.Re4 Rc3 47.Kg3 Rc2 48.Kf4 1/2-1/2

                Round 6, August 2
                Adams, Michael -– Ghasi, Ameet
                Bo6 Pirc-Robatsch

                1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Be3 Bg7 5.Qd2 c6 6.Bh6 Bxh6 7.Qxh6 Qa5 8.Bd3 c5 9.Nf3 cxd4 10.Nxd4 Nc6 11.Bb5 Bd7 12.O-O-O Nxd4 13.Bxd7+ Nxd7 14.Rxd4 O-O-O 15.Kb1 Kb8 16.Nd5 e6 17.Ne3 Ne5 18.Rhd1 Qc7 19.a3 a6 20.f4 Nc6 21.R4d3 Rhe8 22.g4 b5 23.Qh4 Ka8 24.g5 Na5 25.Qe1 Rd7 26.Rc3 Qb6 27.b3 Rc7 28.Rxc7 Qxc7 29.Qb4 Rd8 30.Rd3 Nb7 31.Kb2 Nc5 32.Rd4 Qc6 33.Nd1 Rc8 34.Nc3 Rc7 35.Rd2 Nb7 36.a4 a5 37.Qd4 bxa4 38.Nxa4 Kb8 39.Nb6 Qb5 40.Qh8+ Ka7 41.Nc8+ Ka6 42.Nxd6 Qb4 43.c3 1-0

                Round 6, August 2
                Palliser, Richard –- McShane, Luke
                E34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa variation

                1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 d5 5.cxd5 Qxd5 6.e3 c5 7.Bd2 Bxc3 8.Bxc3 Nbd7 9.Ne2 b6 10.f3 O-O 11.e4 Qc6 12.dxc5 Qxc5 13.Qd2 Qe7 14.O-O-O Ba6 15.g4 Rfd8 16.Nd4 Bb7 17.Be2 Nc5 18.Rhg1 Rac8 19.g5 Nh5 20.Kb1 Qc7 21.Qe3 Qxh2 22.Bb5 a6 23.Bc6 Qf4 24.Qxf4 Nxf4 25.b4 Bxc6 26.Nxc6 Re8 27.bxc5 Rxc6 28.Bd2 Ne2 29.Rge1 Nd4 30.Be3 bxc5 31.Bxd4 cxd4 32.Rxd4 Rb8+ 33.Ka1 g6 34.Rb1 Rxb1+ 35.Kxb1 Kg7 36.e5 h6 37.gxh6+ Kxh6 38.Kb2 Rc5 39.f4 g5 0-1

                This game from yesterday was mentioned in the EC Forum. Nick Grey writes: On the youngsters, I’m impressed by Koby’'s 3/5 and perhaps he will end up with a performance rating over 2400. His only loss so far was to the Championship leader. Yesterday Koby had Black, was outgraded by 125 points and yet took his opponent to school with a masterclass on how to play against 1. b4.

                Round 5, August 1
                McPhillips, Joseph –- Kalavannan, Koby
                A00 Sokolsky Opening

                1.b4 e5 2.Bb2 Bxb4 3.Bxe5 Nf6 4.Nf3 O-O 5.e3 Re8 6.Bb2 d5 7.a3 Ba5 8.c4 Bf5 9.cxd5 Nxd5 10.Be2 c5 11.O-O Qb6 12.Qc1 Nc6 13.d3 Nf4 14.Qc2 Nxe2+ 15.Qxe2 Bxd3 16.Qxd3 Qxb2 17.Nbd2 Bxd2 18.Qxd2 Qxd2 19.Nxd2 Rad8 20.Nb3 c4 21.Nc5 b6 22.Na6 Na5 23.Nb4 Rd2 24.Rab1 Rc8 25.Rfc1 c3 26.Nc2 Nc4 27.Rb3 Ne5 28.Ne1 c2 29.Rbb1 Nd3 30.Rd1 cxd1=Q 0-1

                Final position


                See the above link because there was some discussion that White had lots of time at the end but played quickly because he was tired!

                “Gelfand noted that inability to concentrate manifests as unusually fast play in some people and unusually slow play in others. I'm definitely in group one, maybe Joe is too.”

                Standings after Round Six

                1-2 Adams, Jones 5
                3-7 Howell, Fodor, Eggleston, McShane, Hebden 4.5
                8-17 Pert, Arkell, Fernandez, Adair, Ghasi, Tan, Payne, Toma, Houska, Ward 4
                Last edited by Wayne Komer; Thursday, 2nd August, 2018, 04:08 PM.


                • #9
                  British Championship 2018

                  August 3, 2018

                  Round Seven

                  The commentators today are Oliver Reeh and Michael Rahal, broadcasting from Hamburg.

                  Oliver Reeh (born January 19, 1964) is a German chess player , translator and journalist specializing in chess and computer chess. For many years he has been working as a translator for the Hamburg-based company ChessBase.

                  It very much looks, with two rounds to go, that either Adams or Howell will be champion at the end.

                  Round 7, August 3
                  Jones, Gawain –- Adams, Michael
                  C88 Ruy Lopez, Closed, anti-Marshall

                  1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 O-O 8.a4 b4 9.d4 d6 10.dxe5 Nxe5 11.Nxe5 dxe5 12.Qxd8 Rxd8 13.Nd2 Bc5 14.Nf3 Bb7 15.Nxe5 Nxe4 16.Kf1 Kf8 17.a5 Bd4 18.Nxf7 Rd7 19.Ng5 Nxg5 20.Bxg5 Bxb2 21.Rad1 Rxd1 22.Rxd1 Bc6 23.Bf4 Bb5+ 24.Kg1 Rc8 25.Rd5 Bf6 26.Rh5 h6 27.Rf5 Ke8 28.Rc5 Rd8 29.h3 c6 30.Rf5 Bd4 31.Bc7 Rd7 32.Bb6 Bxb6 33.axb6 Rb7 34.c4 bxc3 35.Rc5 Rxb6 36.Rxc3 a5 37.f4 a4 38.Ba2 Rb7 39.f5 Rd7 40.Rg3 Kf8 41.f6 gxf6 42.Rg8+ Ke7 43.Rg7+ Kd8 44.Rg6 Rd2 45.Bg8 a3 46.Rxf6 a2 47.Bxa2 Rxa2 48.Rxh6 c5 49.Rh5 Rc2 50.h4 Ke7 51.g4 Bd3 52.Rd5 c4 53.h5 Ke6 54.Rc5 Kd6 55.Rc8 Ke5 56.Re8+ Kf4 57.h6 Kg5 58.Rh8 Kg6 0-1
                  • Why is Jones playing on?
                  • there's always swindles and adams is 107 years old
                  • Indeed. Why is Jones playing on. Even I could beat him from this position.

                  Round 7, August 3
                  Howell, David –- Eggleston, David
                  E18 Queen’'s Indian, old main line

                  1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 Be7 6.O-O O-O 7.Nc3 d5 8.cxd5 exd5 9.Bf4 Na6 10.Qa4 Re8 11.Rac1 c5 12.Rfd1 cxd4 13.Nxd4 Nc5 14.Qc2 Rc8 15.Bh3 Ncd7 16.Nf5 Bc5 17.Qa4 a6 18.Nd6 Bxd6 19.Bxd6 Nc5 20.Bxc5 Rxc5 21.Bg2 Qc8 22.Qf4 b5 23.Rd4 Rc4 24.a3 a5 25.Rcd1 b4 26.axb4 axb4 27.Nb5 Rxd4 28.Nxd4 Qd8 29.e3 g6 30.Rc1 Ba8 31.Bh3 Qb6 32.Rc7 Kg7 33.Kg2 h6 34.Rc1 Bb7 35.Qc7 Qxc7 36.Rxc7 Ba6 37.Ra7 Bd3 38.Rb7 g5 39.Bf5 Bxf5 40.Nxf5+ Kg6 41.Nd4 Rc8 42.Rxb4 Ne4 43.Rb5 Nc5 44.g4 f6 45.b4 Nd3 46.Rb7 Rc4 47.b5 h5 48.h3 hxg4 49.hxg4 Rb4 50.f3 Rb2+ 51.Kf1 f5 52.gxf5+ Kf6 53.Rb6+ Kf7 54.Rb7+ Kf6 55.Rb6+ Kf7 56.Rc6 Ne5 57.Rc2 Rb4 58.Ke2 Nc4 59.Kd3 Ra4 60.Rc3 Ra2 61.Rb3 Nb2+ 62.Kc3 Na4+ 63.Kb4 Nb6 64.Kc5 Nd7+ 65.Kxd5 1-0
                  • David Howell has yet to play Luke McShane. So you'd have to make Adams hot favourite now. But who knows, one slip up and there's a pack of players who could catch him.

                  Round 7, August 3
                  Fodor, Tamas –- Adair, James
                  A29 English, Bremen, reverse Dragon

                  1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Nc3 Nb6 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.O-O Be7 8.Rb1 a5 9.d3 O-O 10.Be3 Be6 11.a3 f5 12.Qc1 a4 13.Ng5 Bb3 14.Bxc6 bxc6 15.Nf3 Bd6 16.Nd2 Be6 17.f3 Qe8 18.Kh1 c5 19.Nd1 Qc6 20.Bf2 Nd5 21.e4 fxe4 22.dxe4 Nb6 23.Qc3 Rf6 24.Rc1 Nd7 25.Be3 Rb8 26.Kg2 Qb5 27.Rf2 Qa6 28.Qc2 Kh8 29.Nc3 Nb6 30.h4 Rff8 31.h5 h6 32.Rh1 Be7 33.Nf1 Bc4 34.Nh2 Bd3 35.Qc1 Nc4 36.Ng4 Qe6 37.Rd1 Nxe3+ 38.Nxe3 c4 39.Nxa4 Qa6 40.Nc3 Bc5 41.Re1 Rb3 42.Rd2 Qf6 43.Nf5 Qg5 44.Nd5 Qxh5 45.Nde3 Qg5 46.Rxd3 Rxd3 47.Nxc4 Qxc1 48.Rxc1 Bd4 49.Rc2 Rb3 50.Na5 Rd3 51.Nc6 Ra8 52.Nb4 Rb3 53.Rxc7 Rxb2+ 54.Kh3 Rxa3 55.Nd5 Ra7 56.Rc6 Kh7 57.Nde7 Rba2 58.Rg6 Rxe7 59.Nxe7 Bc5 60.Re6 Bxe7 61.Rxe7 Ra5 62.Kg4 Kg6 63.Re6+ Kf7 64.Rb6 Ra3 65.f4 exf4 66.gxf4 Ra5 67.e5 Ra4 1/2-1/2

                  The two commentators had a lot of fun looking at positions after White's 57.Nde7. The knights and rook look menacing for White but the engine says that Black has the edge.

                  Position after 57. Nde7

                  Round 7, August 3
                  Ward, Chris -– Pert, Nicholas
                  A96 Dutch, Classical variation

                  1.d4 e6 2.c4 f5 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 Be7 5.Nf3 O-O 6.O-O d6 7.Nc3 Ne4 8.Nxe4 fxe4 9.Nd2 d5 10.f3 Nc6 11.fxe4 Rxf1+ 12.Kxf1 dxc4 13.Nf3 b5 14.Be3 a6 15.Kg1 Qe8 16.d5 Nd8 17.e5 Bb7 18.d6 cxd6 19.exd6 Bf6 20.Qd2 Nf7 21.d7 Qe7 22.Ng5 Rd8 23.Rd1 Ne5 24.Nxh7 Rxd7 25.Nxf6+ Qxf6 26.Qc1 Rxd1+ 27.Qxd1 Bxg2 28.Kxg2 Ng4 29.Qd4 Nxe3+ 30.Qxe3 b4 31.Qe4 c3 32.bxc3 bxc3 33.Qc4 a5 34.a4 Qg6 35.e4 Qe8 36.Qxc3 Qxa4 37.Qc8+ Kf7 38.Qc7+ Kg6 39.Qe5 Qa2+ 40.Kf3 a4 41.h4 Qb3+ 42.Kf4 a3 43.g4 Qb2 44.Qh5+ Kf6 45.e5+ Ke7 46.Qg5+ Kd7 47.Qxg7+ Kc6 48.Qa7 Qd2+ 49.Kg3 a2 50.Qa6+ Kc5 51.Qa7+ Kb4 52.Qe7+ Ka4 53.Qe8+ Ka3 54.Qa8+ Kb2 55.Qb7+ Kc2 0-1

                  Round 7, August 3
                  Toma, Katarzyna –- Fernandez, Daniel
                  C42 Petrov, Nimzowitsch Attack

                  1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Nc3 Nf6 6.d4 Be7 7.Bd3 O-O 8.h3 b6 9.O-O Bb7 10.Re1 Re8 11.Bg5 Nbd7 12.Nh4 g6 13.Qd2 Nh5 14.Bc4 Bxg5 15.Rxe8+ Qxe8 16.Qxg5 Qd8 17.f4 Qf6 18.Ne2 a6 19.Qg4 b5 20.Bd3 Nb6 21.f5 Nd5 22.fxg6 hxg6 23.Nf5 Re8 24.Rf1 Bc8 25.Nh6+ Kg7 26.Rxf6 Bxg4 27.Rxf7+ Kxh6 28.hxg4 Nhf6 29.g3 Nxg4 30.Nf4 Nxf4 31.Rxf4 Kg5 32.Bxg6 Re1+ 33.Kg2 Re2+ 34.Kg1 Ne3 35.Bd3 Rg2+ 36.Kh1 Rd2 37.Kg1 Nxc2 38.Bxc2 Rxc2 39.Rf2 Rc1+ 40.Rf1 Rxf1+ 41.Kxf1 Kf5 42.Kg2 Ke4 43.Kh3 Kxd4 44.Kh4 Ke5 45.Kh5 d5 0-1

                  Round 7, August 3
                  Gormally, Daniel –- Wells, Peter
                  C94 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer Defence

                  1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 O-O 9.h3 Nb8 10.d3 Nbd7 11.Nbd2 Bb7 12.Nf1 Nc5 13.Bc2 Re8 14.Ng3 Bf8 15.Nh2 Ne6 16.Bb3 g6 17.Bxe6 Rxe6 18.f4 exf4 19.Bxf4 c5 20.Nf3 h6 21.Qd2 Kh7 22.Qf2 Bg7 23.Rad1 Qe7 24.b4 Rc8 25.bxc5 dxc5 26.e5 Nd5 27.Bd2 f5 28.exf6 Nxf6 29.Rxe6 Qxe6 30.Re1 Qd6 31.Ne5 Rf8 32.Nxg6 Kxg6 33.Nf5 Qxd3 34.Re7 Ne8 35.Nh4+ Kh7 36.Qxf8 1-0

                  Standings after Round Seven

                  1 Adams 6
                  2 Howell 5.5
                  3-9 Jones, Fodor, Hebden, McShane, Pert, Fernandez, Ghasi 5



                  • #10
                    Big result in round 7. Mickey Adams as black beating the leader Gawain Jones to take clear first.


                    • #11
                      British Championship 2018

                      August 4, 2018

                      Round Eight

                      This game from yesterday’s round:

                      Round 7, August 4
                      De Coverly, Roger –- Thurlow, Kevin
                      A08 Neo-Sicilian, King’'s Indian Attack

                      1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d3 d5 4.Nbd2 Nc6 5.g3 Nf6 6.Bg2 dxe4 7.dxe4 e5 8.O-O Be7 9.c3 O-O 10.Nc4 Qc7 11.Qc2 b6 12.Re1 Be6 13.Ne3 h6 14.Nh4 Rfd8 15.b3 Rd7 16.Bb2 Rad8 17.Rad1 g6 18.Rxd7 Rxd7 19.Rd1 Qd8 20.Rxd7 Qxd7 21.Qd1 Qxd1+ 22.Nxd1 c4 23.b4 b5 24.Ne3 Bd8 25.Nd5 Kg7 26.Bf3 g5 27.Nxf6 Kxf6 28.Nf5 Kg6 29.Kf1 h5 30.Bc1 Ne7 31.Nd6 a6 32.Be3 Bc7 33.Bc5 Nc8 34.Nb7 Bd7 35.Be3 Nb6 36.Nc5 Bc8 37.Bd1 Nd7 38.Bc2 Nxc5 39.Bxc5 g4 40.Ke2 1/2-1/2

                      Now the backstory (slightly edited):

                      "“The "Match of the Day" had some excitement round about move 12. I wandered out to buy a cup of tea, had a sip of it and put it on my score sheet, next to the clock (so clearly in my space). The idiot to my right (who was right-handed) somehow knocked it over so it went over his board and his leg. He and his opponent looked blankly at each other, so I found an arbiter, who came over with an assistant and 500 m of paper towels, and paused the clock on the wet board. They proceeded to mop up the tea. Roger was thinking and I went over and suggested he pause the clock whilst the clean-up was in progress. The arbiter then said the same thing. So Roger and I smiled and went for separate walks for a few minutes. Eventually we resumed, and I had to buy myself another cup of tea, which I placed on the left of the board...

                      My travels in Hull have been useful, finding some family history, but finding also oddities. There's a lovely notice near the venue, which says (roughly), "Don't drop your chewing gum, it sticks to rats' feet and makes it easier for them to enter your house and bite you."”"

                      Kevin Thurlow at:



                      Michael Rahal said that he learned from a tweet that Mickey Adams had not lost a game in the British Championships in 30 years (since 1988). He has not played in all of them, but still an impressive record.

                      Round 8, August 4
                      Adams, Michael -– Pert, Nicholas
                      B30 Sicilian, Nimzowitsch-Rossolimo Attack

                      1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.Nc3 g6 5.h3 Bg7 6.e5 Ng8 7.Bxc6 dxc6 8.d3 Nh6 9.g4 O-O 10.Qe2 Qb6 11.Nd2 Qc7 12.Nb3 f5 13.g5 Nf7 14.f4 b6 15.Be3 Be6 16.Nd2 Bd5 17.Nf3 Nd8 18.h4 Ne6 19.h5 Bxf3 20.Qxf3 Nd4 21.Qf2 Rfd8 22.O-O-O e6 23.Rh4 Qd7 24.Ne2 Nxe2+ 25.Qxe2 Kf7 26.c4 Qc7 27.Rdh1 Rg8 28.R1h3 Rad8 29.Kc2 Qc8 30.Qf3 a5 31.Rh2 Qd7 32.Rd2 Qc7 33.Qh1 Qc8 34.Rh3 Qd7 35.Qf3 Qc8 36.Rh1 Rd7 37.Kd1 Rgd8 38.Ke2 a4 39.Rb1 Ra7 40.b4 axb3 41.Rxb3 Qc7 42.Rdb2 Rda8 43.Rxb6 Rxa2 44.Rb3 Bxe5 45.fxe5 1/2-1/2

                      Round 8, August 4
                      Fernandez, Daniel - Howell, David
                      A06 Reti Opening

                      1.Nf3 d5 2.e3 Nf6 3.c4 c5 4.a3 Nc6 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.d4 e6 7.Be2 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Bd7 9.e4 Nxd4 10.Qxd4 Rc8 11.O-O Qb6 12.Qxb6 Nxb6 13.Nc3 Nc4 14.Rd1 f6 15.Bxc4 Rxc4 16.Be3 a6 17.Rd3 Rc8 18.Rad1 Bc6 19.f3 Be7 20.g4 Kf7 21.Kg2 Rhd8 22.Rxd8 Bxd8 23.h4 Bc7 24.h5 Be5 25.Bd4 Bb8 26.Bb6 Bf4 27.Kf2 Be8 28.Be3 Be5 29.Bd4 Bf4 30.Be3 Be5 31.Bd4 Bb8 32.Ke2 Bc6 33.Bb6 Bh2 34.Rd8 Rxd8 35.Bxd8 Bf4 36.Kd3 f5 37.Bb6 Bc1 38.Kc2 Bg5 39.Kd3 Bc1 40.Kc2 Bg5 41.Kd3 h6 42.Bd4 fxg4 43.fxg4 Bc1 44.Nd1 Bb5+ 45.Kc2 Bf4 46.Nf2 e5 47.Bc5 Be2 48.b4 b5 49.Kc3 Kf6 50.Bd6 Be3 51.Nd3 Bd4+ 52.Kd2 Bxd3 53.Kxd3 Kg5 54.Bc5 Ba1 55.Bf8 Kxg4 56.Bxg7 Kxh5 57.Ke3 Bb2 58.Kf3 Kg6 59.Bh8 h5 60.Kg3 Bxa3 61.Bxe5 Bxb4 0-1

                      Round 8, August 4
                      Hebden, Mark - Jones, Gawain
                      A45 Trompovsky Attack

                      1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 d5 3.e3 c5 4.Bxf6 gxf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Qh5 cxd4 7.exd4 e6 8.Nf3 Bd7 9.Bb5 a6 10.Bxc6 Bxc6 11.O-O Qc7 12.a4 O-O-O 13.Rfb1 Be8 14.Ne2 Kb8 15.Rc1 Rg8 16.c4 dxc4 17.b3 Rg6 18.bxc4 f5 19.Qh4 f6 20.Qf4 Bd6 21.Qe3 f4 22.Qb3 e5 23.d5 Bc5 24.Rab1 Bd7 25.Nc3 Bh3 26.Ne4 Rxg2+ 27.Kh1 Rg7 28.Rg1 Rdg8 29.Nxf6 Rxg1+ 30.Rxg1 Rxg1+ 31.Nxg1 Bf5 32.Qf3 Bd4 33.Qe2 Qg7 34.Ne4 Qg6 35.Nd2 e4 36.Nb3 f3 37.Qf1 Be5 0-1

                      Round 8, August 4
                      McShane, Luke - Fodor, Tamas
                      C08 French, Tarrasch, open

                      1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.Ngf3 Nf6 5.exd5 exd5 6.Bb5+ Bd7 7.Bxd7+ Nbxd7 8.O-O Be7 9.dxc5 Nxc5 10.Re1 O-O 11.Nf1 Re8 12.Be3 Rc8 13.c3 a5 14.Bd4 Ne6 15.Be5 Qb6 16.Re2 Nh5 17.g3 Bc5 18.Rd2 g6 19.Qb3 Qa7 20.Rad1 Rcd8 21.Qc2 Ng5 22.Nxg5 Rxe5 23.Nf3 Rf5 24.Nd4 Re5 25.Nf3 Rf5 26.Nd4 Re5 27.Ne3 Nf6 28.Rd3 Rde8 29.a3 a4 30.Kg2 Kg7 31.Qc1 Qb6 32.Qc2 h5 33.h3 Ne4 34.f4 Nxc3 35.Rxc3 Bxd4 36.fxe5 Bxe3 37.Rxd5 Bd4 38.Rd6 Qa7 39.Rc7 Bxe5 40.Qxg6+ 1-0

                      Two fairly well-known names playing against each other

                      Round 8, August 4
                      Houska, Jovanka -– Gormally, Daniel
                      D02 Queen’s Pawn game

                      1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.e3 Be7 5.b3 O-O 6.Bb2 c5 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.dxc5 Bxc5 9.Bd3 Nb4 10.Be2 Qxd1+ 11.Kxd1 Rd8+ 12.Nbd2 b6 13.a3 Nd5 14.Bc4 Bb7 15.Ke2 Nd7 16.Rhd1 a6 17.Rac1 Rac8 18.b4 Be7 19.Nb3 b5 20.Bd3 N7b6 21.Na5 Ba8 22.Rxc8 Rxc8 23.Rc1 Rxc1 24.Bxc1 Bf6 25.Ne1 Nc3+ 26.Kd2 Na2 27.Kc2 Nxc1 28.Kxc1 Na4 29.Be2 Be4 30.Bd3 Ba8 31.Be2 Bd5 32.Bf3 Bb2+ 33.Kb1 Bxa3 34.Nc2 Bxf3 35.gxf3 Bb2 36.Ne1 Be5 37.f4 Bc7 38.Nb3 Nc3+ 39.Kc2 Nd5 40.Nd3 Bd6 41.Ndc5 Nxb4+ 42.Kc3 Bxc5 43.Nxc5 a5 44.Nb7 Nd5+ 45.Kd4 a4 46.Nc5 Kf8 47.f5 Ke7 48.fxe6 fxe6 49.e4 Nb4 50.Kc3 Nc6 51.f4 b4+ 52.Kc4 a3 53.Kb3 e5 54.f5 Nd4+ 55.Ka2 Ne2 56.h4 Kd6 57.Nb7+ Kc6 58.Nd8+ Kb5 59.Nf7 Ka4 0-1

                      Jovanka has written books on the Caro-Kann and the Scandinavian and a romance novel, “The Mating Game”.
                      Daniel wrote and published “Insanity, passion and addiction: A year inside the chess world”. He also appeared as a contestant in three episodes of a television quiz called Fifteen To One.

                      Standings after Round Eight

                      1-2 Adams, Howell 6.5
                      3-4 Jones, McShane 6
                      5-9 Eggleston, Pert, Arkell, Ghasi, Gormally 5.5
                      10-16 Fodor, Hebden, Hernandez, Hawkins, Tan, Pritchett, McPhillips 5

                      Adams and Howell are tied and have already played each other.

                      The pairings for the final round should be coming up shortly at:

                      Last edited by Wayne Komer; Saturday, 4th August, 2018, 06:22 PM.


                      • #12
                        British Championship 2018

                        August 4, 2018


                        Round 9 Pairings

                        Bo. NameRtg Pts.Result Pts.NameRtg

                        1 Howell David Wl 2687- 6½ - 6 Mcshane Luke J 2669
                        2 Gormally Daniel W 2478- 5½ - 6½ Adams Michael 2706
                        3 Ghasi Ameet K 2494- 5½ - 6 Jones Gawain Cb 2670
                        4 Arkell Keith C 2406- 5½ - 5½ Eggleston David J 2397
                        5 Pert Nicholas 2544- 5½ - 5 Hawkins Jonathan 2590
                        6 Fodor Tamas Jr 2506- 5 - 5 Hebden Mark L 2423
                        7 Mcphillips Joseph 2402- 5 - 5 Tan Justin Hy 2481
                        8 Fernandez Daniel H 2477- 5 - 5 Pritchett Craig W 2274
                        9 Macklin Paul 2363- 4½ - 4½ Adair James R 2492
                        10 Fitzsimons David 2328- 4½ - 4½ Wells Peter K 2426
                        11 Young Daniel J 1962- 4½ - 4½ Palliser Richard Jd 2418
                        12 Kalavannan Koby 2277- 4½ - 4½ Houska Jovanka 2406
                        13 Trent Lawrence 2406- 4½ - 4½ Derakhshani Borna 2315
                        14 Roberson Peter T 2401- 4½ - 4½ Kolbus Dietmar 2303
                        15 Zakarian David 2354- 4 - 4½ Payne Matthew J 2113
                        16 Emms John M 2488- 4 - 4 Webb Laurence E 2306
                        17 Ward Chris G 2434- 4 - 4 Rudd Jack 2244
                        18 Wall Tim P 2234- 4 - 4 Bradbury Neil H 2348
                        19 Toma Katarzyna 2274- 4 - 3½ Zapolskis Antanas 2283
                        20 Abdulla Murad 2281- 3½ - 3½ Kalaiyalahan Akshaya 2138
                        21 Maroroa Sue Y 2104- 3½ - 3½ Britton Richard 2249
                        22 Pollack Oscar 2064- 3½ - 3½ Moore Graham J 2218
                        23 Tozer Philip Aa 2142- 3½ - 3½ Krzyzanowski Patryk 2087
                        24 Jackson Sheila 2072- 3 - 3 Longson Sarah N 2123
                        25 Miller Dominic 2017- 3 - 3 Burke Mitchell R 1988
                        26 Mcmichael Richard J 2245- 2½ - 3 Mcdougall William M 2056
                        27 Price Gwilym T 2085- 2½ - 2½ Muir Andrew J 2291
                        28 Waddington Mike P 2110- 2½ - 2½ Verma Aditya 2084
                        29 Jarmany John 2110- 2½ - 2½ De Coverly Roger D 1920
                        30 Iyengar Ilya 2017- 2½ - 2½ Ratnesan Ranesh 2073
                        31 Thurlow Kevin J 2030- 2 - 2 Sugden John N 2090
                        32 Stephenson David W 1817- 0 - 1 Jamroz Krzysztof 2026
                        Last edited by Wayne Komer; Saturday, 4th August, 2018, 04:08 PM.


                        • #13
                          Should be an exciting finish to the British Championships. Too close to call. Interesting commentary about Mickey Adams and his thirty year streak. Hope he keeps it going for another thirty years!


                          • #14
                            The British Championship 2018

                            August 4, 2018

                            From Leonard Barden’'s column in The Guardian:

                            “The British championship at Hull has become a battle of the generations between England’'s veteran No 1, Michael Adams, 46, and his ambitious rivals Gawain Jones, 30, and David Howell, 27.

                            The wily and phlegmatic Cornishman, who once reached a world championship final, has often been in the global top 20. Adams is nicknamed “"The Spider”" for his deep and intricate strategical patterns which bemuse opponents.

                            He has not lost a single game in the British championship since Blackpool 1988, a 30-year streak, although he has missed many years due to international commitments. His record score of 10/11 at Bournemouth 2016 will never be broken, because the championship has been reduced from 11 rounds to nine.

                            Jones and Howell are regulars in strong international opens. Both are former British champions, so besides the £10,000 first prize their target is to win clearly ahead of Adams, who has dropped back in the world rankings during the past year.”



                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Hans Jung View Post
                              Big result in round 7. Mickey Adams as black beating the leader Gawain Jones to take clear first.
                              By far the strongest British Championship. I wish and hope one day Julian will come back and play even just one more time: