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British Championship Tournament

Stephen Gordon9/11(+8 -1 =2)[games]
Gawain Jones9/11(+7 -0 =4)[games]
David Howell8.5/11(+6 -0 =5)[games]
Keith Arkell7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Daniel Gormally7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Jonathan Hawkins7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Matthew J Turner7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
Stuart C Conquest7/11(+3 -0 =8)[games]
Richard J Palliser7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Jovanka Houska6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
James R Adair6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Marcus R Harvey6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
William J Foo6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
David J Eggleston6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Marcus E Osborne6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Simon J Roe6.5/11(+6 -4 =1)[games]
Craig A Hanley6.5/11(+6 -4 =1)[games]
David J Ledger6.5/11(+6 -4 =1)[games]
James P Holland6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Jack Rudd6/11(+6 -5 =0)[games]
Dominic Mackle6/11(+5 -4 =2)[games]
Dietmar Kolbus6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
David J Walker6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
James P Jackson6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
James L Hanley6/11(+5 -4 =2)[games]
Michael Paul Townsend6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Peter J Batchelor5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Robert Shaw5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Donald J Mason5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
(64 players total; 35 players not shown. Click here for longer list.)

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 102  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J L Hanley vs J Hawkins  0-1342012British ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
2. C Whitfield vs D Mackle  0-1322012British ChampionshipC12 French, McCutcheon
3. N P Walker vs D Eggleston  0-1442012British ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
4. M Brown vs Arkell  0-1672012British ChampionshipB15 Caro-Kann
5. D J Ledger vs D Gormally  0-1212012British ChampionshipB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
6. M P Townsend vs S Gordon  0-1622012British ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
7. P Poobalasingam vs G Jones  0-1452012British ChampionshipE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
8. A B Hoare vs P J Batchelor  0-1402012British ChampionshipB10 Caro-Kann
9. T Wall vs H Murphy  0-1352012British ChampionshipA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
10. M R Burke vs S Ledger  0-1462012British ChampionshipB23 Sicilian, Closed
11. R Jain vs A Combie  0-1602012British ChampionshipE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
12. J M Foster vs E Dodds  0-1492012British ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
13. S Ledger vs R Palliser  0-1222012British ChampionshipB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
14. J Rudd vs J Jackson  0-1352012British ChampionshipD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
15. A Combie vs T Wall  0-1542012British ChampionshipA40 Queen's Pawn Game
16. P Shaw vs W Foo  0-1482012British ChampionshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. A Elwin vs J L Hanley  0-1332012British ChampionshipE92 King's Indian
18. P J Batchelor vs S Conquest  0-1702012British ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
19. D Mackle vs D Howell 0-1242012British ChampionshipA40 Queen's Pawn Game
20. J Tambini vs N P Walker  0-1502012British ChampionshipC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
21. S Maroroa vs R Jain  0-1402012British ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
22. J Burnett vs C Waters 0-1492012British ChampionshipD64 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
23. M Grattage vs R Coathup  0-1472012British ChampionshipE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
24. M Surtees vs J M Foster  0-1562012British ChampionshipC00 French Defense
25. M Wadsworth vs R Shaw  0-1342012British ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Aug-04-12  kellmano: The play-off is 'probably around 10-30' according to the official site. Delightfully imprecise. That#s around two hours from now though.

Here's the link:

Aug-04-12  kellmano: Games on live now:

Aug-04-12  Cibator: Jones seems to have blundered his queen ...
Aug-04-12  kellmano: But has come back. Unbelievable.
Aug-04-12  Cibator: ... but Gordon's just resigned on the 56th move!! Was never able to get the Q out into the open and make it count.
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  perfidious: Jones' queen plays the major role at d5 in game two, both attacking and keeping Black from getting play against g2.
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  perfidious: Gordon was well ahead on the clock, but the time advantage has swung to Jones since this semi-open position was converted to more open play. White's 31.Rac1 contains the simple, yet clever point of 31....Rxc1? 32.Qxe6+ and 33.Rxc1 winning.
Aug-04-12  Cibator: Gordon looks like a gone goose in Game 2 .... 2 Ps down; a draw's the most he can hope for here now.
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  perfidious: Tip o' the cap to Gawain Jones, 2012 British champion!
Aug-04-12  SimonWebbsTiger: indeed <perfidious>

I haven't seen who has been picked for the OL team in Istanbul. I presume Michael and Nigel are 1 and 2. But 3 and 4 + reserve?

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  perfidious: <Simon> Good question and I haven't thought about it, but I should think it would be McShane (if he can get leave) and Jones, plus Howell.

You mentioned one reserve; Olympiad sides no longer carry two?

Aug-04-12  SimonWebbsTiger: I think it's only one reserve.
Aug-04-12  Everett: Whatever happened to Rowson. Is he done competing?
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  perfidious: <Everett> Rowson's a Scot, thus ineligible; in any case, he seems to have played only in the NCL over the last several years.

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  Eyal: According to the official site of the Olympiad (http://register.chessolympiadistanb...), the English team includes Adams (board 1), Jones (board 2), Short (board 3), Howell (board 4) & Nicholas Pert (reserve or "board 5").
Aug-04-12  Shams: <perfidious> Rowson has won this event thrice before.
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  perfidious: <Shams> He's ineligible to play Olympiads for England-anyone from a Commonwealth country may play the British Championships. Amongst other non-British players, Kevin Spraggett twice shared first.
Aug-04-12  Shams: <perfidious> Ahh, I see now, you were speaking of the Olympiad, sorry.
Aug-04-12  sambo: Will the playoff games be posted here?
Premium Chessgames Member British Championships (Playoff) (2012)

Congratulations to Gawain Jones.

Aug-04-12  Everett: <Shams: <perfidious> Ahh, I see now, you were speaking of the Olympiad, sorry.>

Well, I was in fact talking about he British Championship, but I didn't specify that in my post, so my apologies.

Does anyone know if he still plays. Ive really enjoyed his books (though I wouldn't touch the Grunfeld with a 10-footer)

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  perfidious: <Everett> We're quits: <Shams> made one reasonable assumption and I made another as to your intentions. We're all still here to tell the tale. (Wink, nod)

As mentioned above, I checked out his FIDE card, and the only rated games he's played since summer/fall 2009 are from NCL. No tournament action of any sort.

Aug-04-12  Everett: <perfidious> sorry I missed that post. Thank you kindly!
Aug-04-12  Shams: <Everett><[T]hough I wouldn't touch the Grunfeld with a 10-footer>

I'm down to about 4-5 feet of distance after playing through some of Caruana's games. I may even put my hand in the fire one of these days.

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  kingscrusher: I checked out GM Gawain Jones decisive games last night in my Chessbase weekly broadcast:

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