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British Championship Tournament

Michael Adams7.5/9(+6 -0 =3)[games]
Steven A Jones6.5/9(+6 -2 =1)[games]
Daniel Howard Fernandez6/9(+6 -3 =0)[games]
Harry Grieve6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Yichen Han6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Matthew J Wadsworth6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Lan Yao5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Jack Rudd5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Andrew Ledger5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Tarun Kanyamarala5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Nicholas Pert5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
William Claridge-Hansen5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Borna Derakhshani5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Aaravamudhan Balaji5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
David J Eggleston5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Eldar Gasanov5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Jonah B Willow5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Richard G Pert5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Mark Hebden5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Edward Jackson5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
James P Jackson5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
John Merriman5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Bao Nghia Dong5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Jude Shearsby5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Aron Saunders5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
John C Pigott5/8(+3 -1 =4)[games]
Thomas Villiers5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Richard A Bates5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Adam G Ashton4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Sheng Liang Bernard Chan4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Jacob Connor Boswell4.5/8(+3 -2 =3)[games]
Tanmay Chopra4.5/8(+2 -1 =5)[games]
(64 players total; 32 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
British Championship (2023)

Name: British Championship Event Date: Jul 22 - 30, 2023 Site: Leicester ENG Format: 9-round swiss Time Control: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 30 more minutes will be added. The players will have a 30 second increment from move 1.

Official Website: https://www.britishchesschampionshi...

 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 277  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D H Fernandez vs M A Ismail  1-0692023British ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Adams vs S A Jones 1-0382023British ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
3. R Mitra vs N Pert 0-1232023British ChampionshipA15 English
4. M P Unnikrishnan vs E Gasanov  0-1322023British ChampionshipA09 Reti Opening
5. H Grieve vs J C Boswell  1-0422023British ChampionshipC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. S M Stoica vs M Hebden  ½-½472023British ChampionshipE73 King's Indian
7. M Wadsworth vs T Villiers 1-0322023British ChampionshipA37 English, Symmetrical
8. A Mihalik vs R Pert  ½-½402023British ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
9. J B Willow vs B Ogunshola  1-0552023British ChampionshipB07 Pirc
10. A Saunders vs Y Han  ½-½682023British ChampionshipC55 Two Knights Defense
11. J Jackson vs M Payne  ½-½362023British ChampionshipC11 French
12. M Burrows vs T Chopra  0-1302023British ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. D Eggleston vs A Kueh  ½-½322023British ChampionshipB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
14. O Pollack vs J C Pigott  1-0412023British ChampionshipB54 Sicilian
15. T Kanyamarala vs S Chan 1-0342023British ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
16. J Shearsby vs T Kanyamarala  0-1282023British ChampionshipB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
17. B Derakhshani vs J Merriman  1-0492023British ChampionshipC11 French
18. T Khoury vs A Balaji  0-1382023British ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
19. W Claridge-Hansen vs P Shaw  ½-½302023British ChampionshipA10 English
20. R Starley vs B N Dong  0-1472023British ChampionshipC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
21. R Bates vs M Dignam 1-0402023British ChampionshipE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
22. O Smith vs A G Ashton  0-1542023British ChampionshipB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
23. A Ledger vs N Pert  1-0542023British ChampionshipA14 English
24. T Cox vs J Rudd 0-1612023British ChampionshipB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
25. A Khandelwal vs F Badacsonyi  1-0352023British ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 277  PGN Download
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  Teyss: <perfidious: <Geoff> 'insult' anyone? That has never happened. He is one of the most knowledgeable and temperate members we have.> I'll second that.

<goodevans: <Overgod> seems to have an extraordinary amount of time on his hands. Any suggestions how he might better use it?> He could create another Earth with atmosphere, plants, animals and humans. When He comes to that last part, He could remove the arrogance gene. Would only take Him seven days though.

Aug-06-23  jeupham: For more on this see

John Upham, British Chess News

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  perfidious: <jeupham>, ta; a voice of tolerance is most welcome amidst this hurry on the part of one poster to sully the reputation of a player, sans concrete evidence.
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  MissScarlett: <I decided to ignore him but he has kept it up adding insults. I raised an objection (something I very rarely do) but as yet nothing has been done, his post are still there which is surprising, I've seen others removed for a lot less. Hopefully he will cease or has been warned by the powers that be.>

The cretins at the English Chezzzzzz Forum ought to observe our posting guidelines.

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  Teyss: Hi <jeupham>,

I wouldn't be too worried by this unique instance. Would have been more serious if there had been a pattern as for Niemann. Thanks nonetheless for taking it onto your page.

Re. moderation mentioned there, unless there's a serious offence CG generally doesn't delete posts and lets users moderate which sort of worked here. IMHO it's interesting to see what some users think even if it's excessive, keeps us aware of what's happening or could happen.

Nice to see a contributor of the great BCM post here, honestly.

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  Teyss: PS: and never take what <MissScarlett> says at face value.
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Perfidious,

I feel pretty bad about grassing on him (raising a flag) but he could have got himself into legal trouble.

Giving O.G. the benefit of doubt, he may not be aware how nigh impossible it would be to cheat OTB without attracting attention to yourself.

I've seen these modern arbiters scanning for devices. They are very thorough. You get the feeling they would love to find a catch a live cheat. High fives and off to the bar.

And the rules regarding mobiles are set in stone. Do not bring one into the playing hall even it is at the bottom of your backpack and you never left the hall, if it is discovered you lose by default. (as happened recently to some lad in another English event.)

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  perfidious: <Geoff>, I was under the impression that you were only forfeited if the phone went off, as happened in the celebrated case of Short, who thereby benefitted, or are the rules different in Britain than under FIDE auspices?
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  Teyss: Hi Geoff,
You shouldn't feel bad about it, he went off limits not only with Jones but with you. You cannot do otherwise than to give a bit of food to test if it's a real troll or just a temporary number and/or chess blindness. Then of course you stop feeding.

I appreciate the way you don't mention the user's name so as not to attract attention through the search function. (A bit like what you did with MC during the World Championship, for different reasons.) I'm learning here.

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  Sally Simpson: Hi Teyss,

He is a chess player, a bit of a troll on occasion but still a chess player. I cut a lot slack to any chess player. I really thought he was grade blind.

And the other thread was about the World Championship. I did a report on every game without mentioning M.C's name once - he was not playing. For the next match I may not be using Ding's name either....where is he? Our Chess World Champion has gone AWOL.

Aug-06-23  IMJackRudd: The rules in force at the British Championship are that if you bring a mobile phone into the playing hall, it must not be switched on and it must not be on your person at any time during the game. Face-down on the table is OK, in a bag that you don't access during the game is OK.
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  perfidious: Most interesting; very different from when I play at the WSOP.

Phone use while playing poker is only barred when one must act on their hand. I only open my phone when on breaks or dinner. Anyone else wants the distraction? Fine; I will take every edge an opponent is willing to vouchsafe me.

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  Sally Simpson: Hi Jack,

Welcome to C.G. I did not go down to Torquay this year, too far.

I was wondering where I got my mobile in a rucksack from. Then I remembered I was poling about the thread on the 2019 British, also held at Torquay that year, when looking for the name of this guy presenting the trophy to Mickey in 2019.

It's Adrian Elwin. as a gag (hilarious!) I used that as a picture Mickey getting the trophy in 2023.

On that 2019 thread there was a debate about a mobile default game, Something about leaving the hall with a rucksack but there was a mobile in it. Long thread.

I like the idea of the mobile being in plain sight on the table as then why would a player take it to the toilet? Last years Scottish was a mobile off job as all tournaments are (though not really needed as the toilet door was frosted glass, and not very frosted, it should be painted over.)

It's the times we live in. Nobody can play above their rating without being called a cheat. Nobody can play an inspired opening move OTB with it being smeared as preparation.

Don't make a stranger of yourself here. (though be warned, it can get far too addictive.)

Nice game: T Cox vs J Rudd, 2023

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  MissScarlett: What happens if you wear a hearing aid like Petrosian did?
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  MarcusBierce: <And the other thread was about the World Championship. I did a report on every game without mentioning M.C's name once - he was not playing. For the next match I may not be using Ding's name either....where is he? Our Chess World Champion has gone AWOL.>

His handlers don’t appreciate individual achievement perhaps.

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  PawnSac: MissScarlett: you get accused of receiving advanced chess Intel from aliens
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  Sally Simpson: <What happens if you wear a hearing aid like Petrosian did?>

I've no idea, but there are tournaments for the deaf or hard of hearing and I imagine the room will be full of players wearing hearing aids.

I just googled to find out more about this and my first hit was;

The page is titled; 'Have You Heard About Deaf Chess?'

Aug-21-23  zaxcvd: if nothing is done from tournament organizers, then these anomalies will occur more frequently. The problem is most people are unaware how easy it is for miniaturized transmitting/receiving devices to escape detection. Classical chess time control only exacerbates the issue. Cheaters are just as determined probably more determined than terrorists , and certainly present in larger numbers. Need to impose extremely inconvenient security measures to weed out this menace.
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  beatgiant: <zaxcvd> Are you making an actual accusation? If so, have you got any basis beyond the points that cheating tech is good and is supposedly undetectable, and a player outperformed his rating? Because those points apply every time an upset occurs.
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  perfidious: <zaxcvd.....Need to impose extremely inconvenient security measures to weed out this menace.>

Would an appropriate countermeasure be duelling with pistols at dawn?

Aug-22-23  zaxcvd: Cheating tech is definitely undetectable. Posters here seem naively unaware of what is possible. Totalitarian measures would be needed so yes not just dueling pistols but armed guards with machine guns ! Live chess events need same security as in airports...otherwise the **upsets** will happen more often. Legalistic arguments of innocent till proven guilty only apply to court cases ... skepticism of "upsets" is healthier than blindness to something clearly happening in front of you.
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  beatgiant: <zaxcvd> How to estimate the difficulty of cheating? By setting up an experimental event with a "red team" mandated to cheat by any means possible, and see how many get caught. Anything less is mere speculation.

Our opinions remain apart on the matter of an upset as sole criterion for suspicion, but the discussion has reached the point of repetition. If you've got any <new> reasons to suspect cheating specifically in this British Championship, I'm sure we'd all be interested to learn them.

Aug-22-23  dehanne: Where was Nigel?
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  perfidious: Maybe he is paying another visit to Thailand.
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  Williebob: There are so many assumptions built into <zaxcvd>'s assertions that it is hard to choose where to start a rebuttal. I mean no disrespect, truly; after all, the world's #1 player has implied there was *some kind* of cheating in his game with Niemann. However, it's easy to start seeing phantoms everywhere once you start down that path.
<...The problem is most people are unaware how easy it is for miniaturized transmitting/receiving devices to escape detection.>
Please explain or show us what you mean; what is this tech, is it affordable on a chess player's salary, and is there any proof that these devices get past the wands?
<...certainly present in larger numbers.> Since when, and if they are all using the same method wouldn't honest professionals be publicly demanding specific remedies?
<...skepticism of "upsets" is healthier than blindness to something clearly happening in front of you.>
What is the correct percentage of upsets in a large tournament? At what point does a player's rating become a concrete ceiling, never to be exceeded or outperformed for even a single event or game?
<...Posters here seem naively unaware of what is possible.>
Though <beatgiant> and others' responses here were entirely sufficient, this is what stuck in my craw. Reasonable doubt should not be mistaken for naiveté, unless you think the hard working chess professionals of the world are all powerless sheep who just roll over when their livelihoods are threatened. I do not think that for a second. I think there is and will continue to be tremendous energy to combat any perceived deceptions when paychecks are at stake, to be blunt.
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