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British Championship Tournament

David Howell9/11(+7 -0 =4)[games]
Simon Kim Williams8.5/11(+7 -1 =3)[games]
Mark Hebden8.5/11(+8 -2 =1)[games]
Richard J Palliser8/11(+8 -3 =0)[games]
Stuart C Conquest7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Daniel Gormally7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Peter K Wells7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Peter Constantinou7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Aaron Summerscale7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Jonathan Hawkins7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Gawain Jones7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
Lawrence Trent7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
Jack Rudd7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Gary W Lane7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
David J Eggleston6.5/11(+6 -4 =1)[games]
Paul E Littlewood6.5/11(+6 -4 =1)[games]
Stephen Gordon6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Andrew Greet6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Bret C Addison6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Thomas E Rendle6.5/11(+6 -4 =1)[games]
John N Sugden6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Charles H Storey6/11(+6 -5 =0)[games]
James L Hanley6/11(+5 -4 =2)[games]
Andrew P Lewis6/11(+5 -4 =2)[games]
George P W Salimbeni6/11(+5 -4 =2)[games]
Jovanka Houska6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Michael J R White6/11(+5 -4 =2)[games]
Keith Arkell6/11(+5 -4 =2)[games]
Graeme N Buckley6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Yang-Fan Zhou6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Peter Shaw6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Ankush Khandelwal6/11(+5 -4 =2)[games]
(76 players total; 44 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
British Championship (2009)


 page 1 of 17; games 1-25 of 418  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Jones vs P J Sowray 1-0722009British ChampionshipB23 Sicilian, Closed
2. D Eggleston vs S Conquest 1-0412009British ChampionshipB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
3. S Lalic vs S Gordon  0-1502009British ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
4. S Williams vs J Rudd 1-0222009British ChampionshipE10 Queen's Pawn Game
5. J Hawkins vs K Arkell 1-0402009British ChampionshipE00 Queen's Pawn Game
6. C Briscoe vs M Hebden 0-1222009British ChampionshipC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
7. P K Wells vs A Lewis  1-0332009British ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
8. L Trent vs J L Hanley 1-0472009British ChampionshipB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
9. C Storey vs D Gormally  0-1402009British ChampionshipB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
10. A Summerscale vs B C Addison  1-0442009British ChampionshipA87 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation
11. Y Zhou vs A Greet  0-1512009British ChampionshipC45 Scotch Game
12. J Cobb vs P Constantinou  ½-½312009British ChampionshipD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. M J R White vs R Palliser 0-1292009British ChampionshipA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
14. G Buckley vs J Anderson  ½-½532009British ChampionshipD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. K McPhillips vs J Houska  ½-½562009British ChampionshipD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. D Kolbus vs J N Sugden  ½-½502009British ChampionshipA25 English
17. M Burrows vs G Lane  0-1242009British ChampionshipC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
18. D Howell vs P Littlewood 1-0672009British ChampionshipC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
19. T Rendle vs P Cumbers 1-0302009British ChampionshipC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
20. P Bonafont vs T Gavriel 0-1492009British ChampionshipE92 King's Indian
21. A D Green vs P Shaw  0-1212009British ChampionshipC00 French Defense
22. J E Littlewood vs G Salimbeni 0-1202009British ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
23. N Gill vs F Ynojosa Aponte  0-1422009British ChampionshipE97 King's Indian
24. N Birtwistle vs S N Longson 1-0242009British ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
25. S Sen vs D Mackle  1-0392009British ChampionshipD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
 page 1 of 17; games 1-25 of 418  PGN Download
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Jul-30-09  Pyke: <HeMateMe>

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Jul-30-09  Chessforeva: 3rd round games here:
Jul-30-09  Ezzy: Top 2 seeds play in the 4th round today - Gawain Jones v David Howell.

Both on maximum points (3), but only by the skin of their teeth, as they both were losing their games in the second round. Hebden missed a winning move against Howell.

So it seems the leaders are beatable. Jones and Howell have played twice in 2002 and 2005 when both games were drawn. Today I predict a fight to the death.

Is this a first for a chess event? :-)

Round 3 Opening Chaos:
Heavy rain was forecast for the afternoon, and sure enough it arrived in time to drench those coming in for the start of afternoon play. It built to a tropical intensity until at 2 p.m. some little monkey on the gallery (no one knows who - yet) pressed the fire alarm button to see what would happen. Well, two things happened - speakers all around the building ordered everyone outside immediately and the windows in the roof opened automatically to let out the smoke. There was no smoke to go out, of course, but an awful lot of rain to come in. Within minutes the boards, tables and floor beneath each window were soaked and the start was delayed by 15 minutes while Centre staff worked wonders, mopping up and changing wet chairs and cloths. Play eventually got under way at 14.30.

Jul-30-09  Knight13: Yeah! Go Gawain Jones!!!
Jul-30-09  lolototo: Ale, Ale, Chess is bright
Ale,Ale, Chess is tight
Aye, aye , poor nay
Aye, aye , we got the hay(tie)!
Jul-30-09  lolototo: Go Richard go!
Jul-31-09  Chessforeva: 3D for 4th round:
Aug-02-09  Chessforeva: Round 1-6:
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: No Luke McShane? I thought he was a rising your star here.
Aug-05-09  kellmano: Glad to see Simon Williams in contention. I've met him and his girlfriend once. A great bloke. Plays great chess as well.
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  Peligroso Patzer: Here are the pairings on the top five boards for Thursday's penultimate round:

1 Conquest, Stuart (2572) (6½) vs.
Howell, David W L (2614) (7½)

2 Wells, Peter (2498) (6½) vs.
Williams, Simon K (2527) (7)

3 Hebden, Mark (2468) (6½) vs.
Rendle, Thomas (2377) (6½)

4 Hawkins, Jonathan (2325) (6) vs.
Jones, Gawain C (2554) (6)

5 Gordon, Stephen (2537) (6) vs.
Greet, Andrew N (2443) (6)

Aug-06-09  AdrianP: Howell seems to have gone a bit nuts today - he's trying to blow Conquest off the board with Black.
Aug-06-09  PhilFeeley: <Adrian> I thought Conquest's opening choice was a little strange. Howell prevailed in the end:

Conquest, Stuart C - Howell, David W L
96th ch-GBR Torquay (10), 2009.08.06

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.Bb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Bd3 Nd5 9.Ne4 f5 10.Ng3 Qf6 11.Be2 h5 12.h4 g6 13.d3 Rb8 14.Bf3 Qd8 15.Nc3 Be7 16.Qe2 Bf6 17.O-O O-O 18.Rd1 Re8 19.Qd2 Nxc3 20.bxc3 Bxh4 21.Re1 Re6 22.Ne2 Bf6 23.g3 Bd7 24.Bg2 Be8 25.Nd4 Rd6 26.Nb3 Bf7 27.Qe3 Nb7 28.Ba3 Re6 29.Rab1 Bg5 30.Qxa7 Ra8 31.Qxb7 Rxa3 32.Nc5 Re7 33.Qxc6 Rxc3 34.Qb5 Rxc2 35.Rb2 Rxb2 36.Qxb2 Bf6 37.Qb5 Ra7 38.a4 Ra5 39.Qc6 Ra7 40.Rb1 Kg7 41.Rb6 h4 42.gxh4 e4 43.h5 Bd4 44.Rb4 e3 45.fxe3 Bxe3+ 46.Kh1 Qe7 47.h6+ Kh7 48.Bd5 Bxd5+ 0-1

Aug-06-09  Dredge Rivers: Winner gets a date with Keira Knightley. The runner-up has to settle for Helen Mirren. :)
Aug-06-09  Jim Bartle: Wow, it would have been really great to come in second about twenty years ago!
Aug-06-09  Dredge Rivers: <Jim Bartle> Third place gets a date with Joan Collins. So, I guess third place would have been great 100 years ago! :)
Aug-07-09  DiscoJew: Whats David Howell's Performance rating on this lovely performance?
Aug-07-09  Albertan: <DiscoJew: Whats David Howell's Performance rating on this lovely performance?>

According to Chessbase 9 his performance rating going into the last round of play is 2790.

Aug-07-09  PhilFeeley: Everybody should be watching the last round Palliser - Wells game today. It's a barn burner!

1-d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. e4 Bb4 6. Bg5 c5 7. Bxc4 cxd4 8. Nxd4 Bxc3+ 9. bxc3 Qa5 10. Bb5+ Nbd7 11. Bxf6 Qxc3+ 12. Kf1 gxf6 13. Nf5 Qe5 14. Nd6+ Kf8 15. g3 Nc5 16. f4 Qc3 17. e5 fxe5 18. Qh5 Qxa1+ 19. Kg2 Qb2+ 20. Kh3 Ke7 21. Rd1 Bd7...

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I kept wishing Palliser would play Qxf7+. Maybe he knows it won't quite work. Wells has only 3 minutes left for almost 20 moves! I expect him to resign at any time.

Aug-07-09  wordfunph: Congrats GM David Howell...2009 British Champion!
Premium Chessgames Member
  Domdaniel: <PhilFeeley> According to my calculations, Qxf7+ *did* work, as an alternative to Qg5+ on move 22. Both won, but the 22.Qxf7+ line was long and dangerous with opportunities for white to go wrong. I won't bore you with details, but one line was

22.Qxf7+ Kd8 23.Nxb7+ Kc7 24.Rxd7+ Kb6! (not 24...Nxd7 when 25.Qxd7+ wins quickly) 25.Nxc5 Qxb5 26.Qxe6+ Ka5 27.Qxe5 Rhc8 28.Qe1+ and wins. But black gets a lot of optical counterplay, even if white holds the balance in actuality.

I agree that it was a great game -- I was riveted to it. The key was the brilliant 17.e5!! -- the combination, including the rook sac on a1, doesn't work unless the a1/h8 diagonal is blocked to keep the black queen from returning. After 17.e5 black should probably try ...h5 to keep the white queen out, though he's clearly much worse.

Aug-07-09  GBKnight: Another very interesting championship, with Howell a worthy winner with 9/11. However, Williams and Hebden shared 2nd place with 8.5/11, which would have been good enough for 1st place in many previous years. This was a great result for Williams, who beat Hebden, Jones, and Gordon, and drew with Howell, and also for Hebden, who lost to Howell and Williams, but was extremely efficient against the rest.
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Was Blackburne entered in this one? I hear he's very good, especially with a glass of whiskey handy.
Aug-10-09  Chessforeva: All games in 3D format:
Sep-01-09  Dredge Rivers: That's the end?
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