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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]
Daniel Gormally7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Jonathan Hawkins7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Keith Arkell7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Matthew J Turner7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
Richard J Palliser7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Stuart C Conquest7/11(+3 -0 =8)[games]
Simon J Roe6.5/11(+6 -4 =1)[games]
Marcus E Osborne6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
David J Eggleston6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
William J Foo6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Marcus R Harvey6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
James R Adair6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Jovanka Houska6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
David J Ledger6.5/11(+6 -4 =1)[games]
Craig A Hanley6.5/11(+6 -4 =1)[games]
David J Walker6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Dietmar Kolbus6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Dominic Mackle6/11(+5 -4 =2)[games]
Jack Rudd6/11(+6 -5 =0)[games]
James P Holland6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Michael Paul Townsend6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
James L Hanley6/11(+5 -4 =2)[games]
James P Jackson6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
John N Sugden5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Jean-Luc Weller5.5/11(+4 -4 =3)[games]
Liam D Varnam5.5/11(+4 -4 =3)[games]
(64 players total; 35 players not shown. Click here for longer list.)

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 94  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. K Bhatia vs A Elwin ½-½1192012British ChampionshipB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
2. D Howell vs J R Adair  ½-½932012British ChampionshipA28 English
3. S Conquest vs M E Osborne  ½-½322012British ChampionshipC00 French Defense
4. R Palliser vs D Mason  ½-½312012British ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
5. W Foo vs J L Weller  ½-½842012British ChampionshipC12 French, McCutcheon
6. M Surtees vs H Fabri  ½-½322012British ChampionshipB02 Alekhine's Defense
7. D Eggleston vs M J Turner  ½-½322012British ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
8. D Gormally vs J Holland  ½-½482012British ChampionshipD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
9. E Dodds vs P Poobalasingam  ½-½472012British ChampionshipC01 French, Exchange
10. H Fabri vs D J Ledger  ½-½282012British ChampionshipC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
11. J L Weller vs M P Townsend  ½-½322012British ChampionshipD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. J N Sugden vs C Whitfield  ½-½252012British ChampionshipE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
13. G Oswald vs K Bhatia  ½-½552012British ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
14. W Foo vs J Houska  ½-½1302012British ChampionshipD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. P Poobalasingam vs S Maroroa  ½-½522012British ChampionshipB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
16. K Bhatia vs J N Sugden  ½-½312012British ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
17. S J Roe vs S Ledger  ½-½262012British ChampionshipD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. L Varnam vs D J Walker  ½-½612012British ChampionshipA20 English
19. T Chapman vs P J Batchelor  ½-½472012British ChampionshipA14 English
20. T Wall vs D Mackle  ½-½612012British ChampionshipC05 French, Tarrasch
21. S Conquest vs D Mason  ½-½242012British ChampionshipA40 Queen's Pawn Game
22. J Lenier vs J Burnett  ½-½212012British ChampionshipC00 French Defense
23. M P Townsend vs C Whitfield  ½-½612012British ChampionshipE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
24. J N Sugden vs M Grattage  ½-½492012British ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
25. M E Osborne vs M J Turner  ½-½242012British ChampionshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
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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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