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British Championship Tournament

Michael Adams9.5/11(+8 -0 =3)[games]
Nicholas Pert8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Andrew Greet7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Jonathan Hawkins7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Stuart C Conquest7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Alexey Slavin7.5/11(+7 -3 =1)[games]
Richard G Pert7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Adam Hunt7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Keith Arkell7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Aaron Summerscale7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Peter K Wells7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Stephen Gordon7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
Thomas E Rendle7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Paul E Littlewood6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Robert S Eames6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Simon Kim Williams6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Ryan Rhys Griffiths6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Richard A Bates6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Jovanka Houska6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Peter Constantinou6/11(+2 -1 =8)[games]
Richard McMichael6/11(+5 -4 =2)[games]
Donald J Mason6/10(+3 -1 =6)[games]
Chris W Baker6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Rafal Tymrakiewicz6/11(+5 -4 =2)[games]
Ali Reza Jaunooby6/10(+5 -3 =2)[games]
Daniel Gormally6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
David Leslie Haydon6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Christopher J Dorrington6/10(+4 -2 =4)[games]
James P Jackson5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
(78 players total; 49 players not shown. Click here for longer list.)

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 131  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. C Dorrington vs S Gordon  ½-½342010British ChampionshipE41 Nimzo-Indian
2. D J Grant vs J Tambini ½-½262010British ChampionshipC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
3. A Galliano vs S Dines ½-½302010British ChampionshipC55 Two Knights Defense
4. M Brown vs R Cumming  ½-½372010British ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
5. P Krzyzanowski vs J Jackson  ½-½792010British ChampionshipA30 English, Symmetrical
6. P A Williams vs A Pleasants  ½-½482010British ChampionshipA50 Queen's Pawn Game
7. D Jameson vs R Almond  ½-½232010British ChampionshipB01 Scandinavian
8. P D Helbig vs G Senior  ½-½422010British ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
9. I Snape vs J Houska  ½-½462010British ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
10. D Mason vs J Hawkins  ½-½362010British ChampionshipC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
11. A Slavin vs P Cumbers  ½-½452010British ChampionshipA40 Queen's Pawn Game
12. P Constantinou vs P Shaw  ½-½312010British ChampionshipD00 Queen's Pawn Game
13. P Makepeace vs G Salimbeni  ½-½162010British ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
14. M Goodger vs A Combie  ½-½752010British ChampionshipB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
15. R Cumming vs B C Addison  ½-½142010British ChampionshipC45 Scotch Game
16. D J Ledger vs D J Grant  ½-½312010British ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. T Chapman vs M Brown  ½-½222010British ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
18. R McMichael vs P A Williams  ½-½342010British ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
19. R Almond vs Arkell  ½-½1002010British ChampionshipE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
20. G Salimbeni vs D Mason  ½-½252010British ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
21. I Snape vs D Mackle  ½-½652010British ChampionshipA21 English
22. R Tymrakiewicz vs P K Wells  ½-½132010British ChampionshipD04 Queen's Pawn Game
23. T Rendle vs S Conquest  ½-½322010British ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
24. A Hunt vs N Pert  ½-½262010British ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
25. D J Grant vs J N Sugden  ½-½292010British ChampionshipA56 Benoni Defense
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Aug-06-10  jamesmaskell: Finished second last in Under 120/1400. After 2 draws I was feeling pretty good but the last three rounds just went wrong. I threw away a win in round 4 knowing I had him under the cosh the whole game. Im pretty disappointed knowing the tournament could have easily turned out completely differently.
Aug-06-10  goodevans: Wells seems to have emerged from the major complications quite well. Looks as though he'll go a pawn up but the position is complex with chances on both sides.

Adams has a sac on e4 that looks tempting to a patzer like me.

Aug-06-10  goodevans: Well what d'yah know ... he's just played it!
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  HeMateMe: I didn't see the chess author Gary Lane's name here this year. Guess he was taking one off.
Aug-06-10  I Like Fish: all the same...
he came...
Aug-06-10  dx9293: I hate to say it, but Mickey probably played because (a) he needs some cash, or more likely (b) he needs some rating points.
Aug-06-10  zoren: A Swiss tournament as a top seed is hardly the place to gain rating points. Basically all professional chess players could need "some cash", but Mickey is likely to be playing for his own pleasure.
Aug-06-10  dx9293: <zoren> I hope you are right and Mickey did indeed play for his pleasure!
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  Check It Out: Adam's games in this tourney impressed me; his seemingly simple openings suddenly go very bad for his opponents, all in around 30 moves, against 2500 opposition - amazing!
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  wordfunph: <zoren: A Swiss tournament as a top seed is hardly the place to gain rating points. Basically all professional chess players could need "some cash", but Mickey is likely to be playing for his own pleasure.>

i agree, not for rating points but for (in order of satisfaction)..

+ own pleasure
+ prestige
+ money

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  pawn to QB4: <A Swiss tournament as a top seed is hardly the place to gain rating points.> agreed; managed it though, didn't he?
Aug-07-10  eightsquare: how many rounds are there?
Aug-07-10  BobCrisp: 11. It's over.
Aug-07-10  eightsquare: how did Richard pert play 12?
Aug-07-10  Marmot PFL: Adams did gain quite a few points from this and other events. Up to 2730 now and passed such prominent players as Leko, Movsesian and Nakamura.
Aug-07-10  cade: Richard Pert didn't play 12 games, it's just that his 12 move draw with Houska has been uploaded twice. (So you can also deduct half a point from the score listed here).
Aug-08-10  Don Cossacks: Mickey is back.
Aug-08-10  frogbert: <A Swiss tournament as a top seed is hardly the place to gain rating points.>

that depends to a big part on the specific player in question.

adams has gained 22 points now from events he's had to put up big scores (against relatively weak players) in order to <keep> his rating.

several other elite players are notably better at gaining rating points against 2500-players than against other 2700-players.

btw, the front page is wrong in its intro to this event: adams won with 9/11, but he'd already won after round 10, when he was 8,5/10.

Aug-08-10  Ezzy: Apparently, Adams, Short, McShane and Howell (Britain's top 4) will participate in next years championship! The prize money for first place is being increased from 5,000 to 10,000.

<frogbert: btw, the front page is wrong in its intro to this event: adams won with 9/11,>

btw, Adams won with 9.5/11 :-)

Aug-08-10  frogbert: right you are - and hence he was 9/10 after the penultimate round. i guess i should go to bed now.
Aug-08-10  Ezzy: <frogbert:> For somebody who does a fantastic job maintaining the 'live ratings' list, I feel slightly embarrassed pointing out rare errors of another dedicated chess enthusiast. I know you have a good sense of humour, so I couldn't resist. :-)
Aug-08-10  MrMelad: If you are wondering, then yes, the Perts are twins.
Aug-09-10  nigelsnoru: Folks, it's called bottom feeding. Everyone is about 5 zillion rating points below Adams. I do not believe invitations should be extended to or accepted by someone with such an enormous rating gap. Let Micky play with someone his own size and see if the results are any different. For now, I remain unimpressed, to put it mildly.
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  pawn to QB4: Of course, during all those years when neither Adams or Short participated, people put the opposite whine: why don't the top guys support their national championship and doesn't their non-appearance devalue the title? I imagine the other people were keen to chance their arm against him: for me, Wells in particular came out with great credit.
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  GrahamClayton: The 21 year gap between Adam's first British championship in 1989 and his third title in 2010 is a record. It was also Adam's first appearance in the British championship after winning the title for a second time in 1997.

Interesting that the Pert brothers finished 2nd and 3rd. When was the last time two brothers finished in the major placings in a national championship tournament? The Johner brothers in Switzerland come to mind.

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