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British Championship Tournament

William Hartston8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Simon Webb7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Louis De Veauce7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Tony Miles7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Maxwell Fuller7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Jonathan Speelman6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Craig Pritchett6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
John Eric Littlewood6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Owen M Hindle6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Victor W Knox6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Jonathan Penrose6/11(+1 -0 =10)[games]
Alan H Perkins6/11(+2 -1 =8)[games]
Bernard Cafferty6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Peter Hugh Clarke6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Brian Eley6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Michael John Haygarth5.5/11(+1 -1 =9)[games]
Andrew Whiteley5.5/11(+2 -2 =7)[games]
Nigel Povah5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Michael Macdonald-Ross5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Nigel John Holloway5.5/11(+4 -4 =3)[games]
Roderick M McKay5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Kenneth P Neat5/11(+5 -6 =0)[games]
John G Nicholson5/11(+2 -3 =6)[games]
Alan Ludgate5/11(+2 -3 =6)[games]
Ian Sinclair5/11(+3 -4 =4)[games]
Jeff Horner5/11(+3 -4 =4)[games]
Frank Parr4.5/11(+1 -3 =7)[games]
Paul R Kemp4.5/11(+2 -4 =5)[games]
Rory O'Kelly4.5/11(+2 -4 =5)[games]
Moss McCarthy4/11(+3 -6 =2)[games]
Peter J Lee4/11(+0 -3 =8)[games]
David John Sully3.5/11(+0 -4 =7)[games]
* (34 players total; 2 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
British Championship (1975)

The 1975 British Championship was held in Morecambe, Lancashire, a seaside town in northwest England. Thirty-four players participated in an eleven-round Swiss System event.

The results continued a trend in the British Championship. After Jonathan Penrose's run of ten championships in twelve years had been ended by Robert Wade in 1970, subsequent tournaments were won by players born after World War II. (1) Morecambe proved to be a repeat victory for 1973 Champion William Hartston, who celebrated his 28th birthday during the event with an important eighth-round victory (C W Pritchett vs Hartston, 1975).

That win gave Hartston a full-point lead with 6.5/8, ahead of Louis De Veauce, Anthony Miles and Simon Webb. At 5.0 were Maxwell Fuller, Owen Hindle, Craig Pritchett, and Jonathan Speelman. For the last three rounds, Hartston was content to play solid draws and let his pursuers knock each other off.

Thus, in round nine Hartston drew with Webb, while De Veauce and Miles lost to Fuller and Speelman respectively and Hindle defeated Pritchett. In round 10, Hartston drew drew with Speelman, while Miles beat Fuller and Hindle fell to Webb. Those results left Hartston with 7.5, a half-point up on Webb going into the last round. Miles and Speelman at 6.5 and De Veauce, Fuller, Hindle, and Victor Knox on 6.0.

The final round saw Hartston draw with Hindle. Webb had a chance to tie for first, but lost with Black against Fuller. The latter two players ties for second with Miles and De Veauce.

This version of the crosstable allows colours in each game to be determined. If the result (W, L, D) comes first, the player had White. If the result follows the opponent's number, the player had Black. For example, Hartston's first three results are win with Black vs. #30, draw with White vs. #12, win with Black vs. #5.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 1 William Hartston 30W D12 5 W D16 22W 3 W D 4 7 W 2 D D 6 D 9 8.0 2 Simon Webb 19D W23 7 D W18 6 W L 4 3 D 8 W D 1 W 9 5 L 7.0 3 Louis De Veauce D13 27W 12W W 6 7 W L 1 D 2 4 D L 5 15D 10W 7.0 4 Anthony Miles D32 13D W17 10D W 8 2 W 1 D D 3 6 L W 5 11D 7.0 5 Maxwell Leonard Fuller W33 8 D L 1 23D W29 D16 6 D W10 3 W 4 L W 2 7.0 6 Jonathan Speelman W28 18W W10 3 L L 2 11D D 5 22W W 4 1 D L 7 6.5 7 Craig William Pritchett W20 17W D 2 8 W L 3 10D 22W L 1 9 L D11 6 W 6.5 8 Jone Eric Littlewood 34W D 5 15W L 7 4 L W18 16W L 2 14D D12 22W 6.5 9 Owen M Hindle D29 28D D11 15D D17 27D W21 20W W7 2 L 1 D 6.5 10 Victor W Knox W14 25W 6 L D 4 16D D 7 D11 5 L W20 19W L 3 6.0 11 Jonathan Penrose 23D D26 9 D D12 13W D 6 10D D14 D15 7 D D 4 6.0 12 Alan Howard Perkins W31 1 D L 3 11D D27 17D D19 23D W22 8 D D15 6.0 13 Bernard Cafferty 3 D D 4 19W L22 L11 29D 24D D18 27W W23 14D 6.0 14 Peter Hugh Clarke 10L L22 24D W30 26W W15 D20 11D D 8 21D D13 6.0 15 Brian Eley D27 21W L 8 D 9 34D 14L W28 W25 11D D 3 12D 6.0 16 Michael J Haygarth D25 32W D20 1 D D10 5 D L 8 17D D23 18D D21 5.5 17 Andrew John Whiteley 22W L 7 4 L W28 9 D D12 27D D16 21D D24 D18 5.5 18 Nigel Edward Povah 24W L 6 26W 2 L D23 8 L D31 13D W28 D16 17D 5.5 19 Michael Macdonald-Ross D 2 29D L13 21W W20 L22 12D W27 24D L10 23D 5.5 20 Nigel John Holloway 7 L W30 16D W34 19L W23 14D L 9 10L D25 24W 5.5 21 Roderick M McKay 26D L15 25D L19 30W W34 9 L 31W D17 D14 16D 5.5 22 Kenneth P Neat L17 14W W29 13W L 1 19W L 7 L 6 12L 26W L 8 5.0 23 John G Nicholson D11 2 L W32 D 5 18D 20L W33 D12 16D 13L D19 5.0 24 Alan Templeton Ludgate L18 31D D14 29L D28 32W D13 26W D19 17D L20 5.0 25 Ian Sinclair 16D L10 D21 27L W33 31D W29 15L L26 20D W34 5.0 26 Jeff Horner D21 11D L18 31D L14 33D 34W L24 25W L22 30W 5.0 27 Frank Parr 15D L 3 28D W25 12D D 9 D17 19L L13 32D D33 4.5 28 Paul R Kemp 6 L D 9 D27 17L 24D W30 15L W32 18L D33 D31 4.5 29 Rory O'Kelly 9 D D19 22L W24 5 L D13 25L 33D L30 34W D32 4.5 30 Moss McCarthy L 1 20L D33 14L L21 28L D32 W34 29W 31W L26 4.0 31 P J Lee 12L D24 34D D26 32D D25 18D L21 33D L30 28D 4.0 32 David John Sully 4 D L16 23L 33D D31 L24 30D 28L D34 D27 29D 3.5 33 Gerald Bonner 5 L L34 30D D32 25L D26 23L D29 D31 28D 27D 3.5 34 David Brine Pritchard L 8 33W D31 20L D15 21L L26 30L 32D L29 25L 2.5

This collection, crosstable, and observations were prepared using a file of games from BritBase, Any further information would be welcomed.

(1) British Chess Champions 1904-2017,

Original collection: Game Collection: British Championship, 1975, Morecambe, by User: Phony Benoni.

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 187  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Ludgate vs N Povah  0-1281975British ChampionshipA32 English, Symmetrical Variation
2. K Neat vs A Whiteley  0-1561975British ChampionshipE73 King's Indian
3. J Horner vs R M McKay  ½-½221975British ChampionshipB10 Caro-Kann
4. L De Veauce vs B Cafferty  ½-½481975British ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
5. B Eley vs F Parr  ½-½641975British ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
6. M Fuller vs G Bonner  1-0311975British ChampionshipD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
7. M J Haygarth vs I Sinclair  ½-½301975British ChampionshipD90 Grunfeld
8. O M Hindle vs R O'Kelly  ½-½561975British ChampionshipC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
9. V W Knox vs P H Clarke  1-0461975British ChampionshipC16 French, Winawer
10. M Macdonald-Ross vs S Webb  ½-½391975British ChampionshipA56 Benoni Defense
11. M McCarthy vs W Hartston  0-1321975British ChampionshipB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
12. Miles vs D Sully  ½-½201975British ChampionshipE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
13. J G Nicholson vs J Penrose  ½-½271975British ChampionshipB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
14. A H Perkins vs P J Lee  1-0531975British ChampionshipB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
15. D B Pritchard vs J E Littlewood 0-1401975British ChampionshipC41 Philidor Defense
16. C Pritchett vs N J Holloway  1-0321975British ChampionshipB03 Alekhine's Defense
17. Speelman vs P R Kemp  1-0561975British ChampionshipB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
18. P J Lee vs A Ludgate  ½-½401975British ChampionshipE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
19. A Whiteley vs C Pritchett  0-1311975British ChampionshipA68 Benoni, Four Pawns Attack
20. N Povah vs Speelman 0-1311975British ChampionshipB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
21. J Penrose vs J Horner  ½-½231975British ChampionshipC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
22. G Bonner vs D B Pritchard  0-1461975British ChampionshipC02 French, Advance
23. B Cafferty vs Miles  ½-½181975British ChampionshipA10 English
24. P H Clarke vs K Neat  0-1501975British ChampionshipA10 English
25. W Hartston vs A H Perkins  ½-½271975British ChampionshipC28 Vienna Game
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  Fusilli: The winner of the tournament had a very odd performance as far as handling the white or black pieces goes.

Hartston scored +5 =1 -0 with black, +0 =5 -0 with white.

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  perfidious: Not quite as extreme as the performance of Weaver Adams in one US Open, but hardly according to expectation.
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  FSR: <Fusilli: The winner of the tournament had a very odd performance as far as handling the white or black pieces goes. Hartston scored +5 =1 -0 with black, +0 =5 -0 with white.>

Crazy Weaver Adams, author of "White to Play and Win," once had a U.S. Open where he scored 0-4 with the "winning" color, and 3.5-.5 with the "losing" color. Here's an example (different U.S. Open) of him trying to prove his thesis: W Adams vs G Kramer, 1946.

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  FSR: <Fusilli: The winner of the tournament had a very odd performance as far as handling the white or black pieces goes. Hartston scored +5 =1 -0 with black, +0 =5 -0 with white.>

As <perfidious> alluded to, crazy Weaver Adams, author of "White to Play and Win," once had a U.S. Open where he scored 0-4 with the "winning" color, and 3.5-.5 with the "losing" color. Here's an example (different U.S. Open) of him trying to prove his thesis: W Adams vs G Kramer, 1946. According to Bill Wall, "Just after publication of his book, he played in a chess tournament in Dallas. He lost all his games as White and won all his games as Black!"

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