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British Championship Tournament

David Howell8.5/11(+7 -1 =3)[games]
Jonathan Hawkins8.5/11(+6 -0 =5)[games]
Nicholas Pert7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Mark Hebden7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
John M Emms7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Keith Arkell7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Richard G Pert7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Ravi Haria7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Daniel Howard Fernandez7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Charles H Storey7/11(+7 -4 =0)[games]
Yang-Fan Zhou6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Simon Kim Williams6.5/11(+6 -4 =1)[games]
Chris Ward6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Justin Tan6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
James P Jackson6.5/11(+6 -4 =1)[games]
Marcus R Harvey6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Andrew P Lewis6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Thomas Kett6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Michael Fernandez6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Martin Brown6/11(+5 -4 =2)[games]
Alex Bullen6/11(+6 -5 =0)[games]
Matthew J Wadsworth5.5/11(+4 -4 =3)[games]
Joseph McPhillips5.5/11(+4 -4 =3)[games]
Peter J Batchelor5.5/11(+4 -4 =3)[games]
Donald J Mason5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Alistair Hill5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Oskar A Hackner5.5/11(+4 -4 =3)[games]
John D Wager5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Steven A Jones5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Allan J Pleasants5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Jasper Tambini5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Anthony Y Zhang5.5/11(+2 -2 =7)[games]
* (59 players total; 27 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
British Championship (2014)

Held at Aberystwyth, Wales 19-30 July 2014. Official site: Final standings table (40 best players): The British champion title was shared this year (between Howell and Hawkins), without any playoff.

Previous edition: British Championship (2013). Next edition: British Championship (2015)

 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 307  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Burnett vs D Howell 0-1352014British ChampionshipE61 King's Indian
2. O Hackner vs M Hebden  0-1642014British ChampionshipE81 King's Indian, Samisch
3. J Hawkins vs T Brown 1-0232014British ChampionshipD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. J Horton vs Y Zhou 0-1572014British ChampionshipB08 Pirc, Classical
5. S Williams vs J Lenier  1-0332014British ChampionshipE77 King's Indian
6. J D Wager vs J Emms  0-1232014British ChampionshipD04 Queen's Pawn Game
7. K Arkell vs A Brusey 1-0342014British ChampionshipD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
8. M Simons vs R Pert  0-1262014British ChampionshipD00 Queen's Pawn Game
9. C Ward vs A Elwin  1-0402014British ChampionshipE81 King's Indian, Samisch
10. J Jarmany vs D H Fernandez 0-1632014British ChampionshipB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
11. J Tan vs T Villiers  1-0262014British ChampionshipB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
12. S A Jones vs C E Hill  1-0882014British ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
13. J Jackson vs A Pleasants 1-0182014British ChampionshipB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
14. R Hughes vs M R Harvey  0-1282014British ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
15. J Tambini vs J Rudd  0-1392014British ChampionshipB23 Sicilian, Closed
16. T Kett vs M Fernandez  ½-½462014British ChampionshipB50 Sicilian
17. A A Taylor vs C Storey  1-0462014British ChampionshipA09 Reti Opening
18. M Wadsworth vs A Kalaiyalahan  0-1532014British ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
19. M Clancy vs R Haria  0-1682014British ChampionshipB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
20. J McPhillips vs L Davis 0-1332014British ChampionshipB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
21. P Shaw vs J Fathallah 0-1322014British ChampionshipA81 Dutch
22. A B Hoare vs P J Batchelor 0-1422014British ChampionshipB10 Caro-Kann
23. D Mason vs A Zhang  ½-½482014British ChampionshipB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
24. D B Graham vs T Slade  ½-½292014British ChampionshipC12 French, McCutcheon
25. R Van Kemenade vs A Hill  ½-½612014British ChampionshipB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 307  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Jul-27-14  Pulo y Gata: wavy, yes on the WSCC; not really on the WJCC- A handful of GMs got their title through that event.
Jul-29-14  waustad: I've seen various ages for senior championships. Until recently it was 60 for men and 50 for women, but in the recent Senior Team championships, they had a 50 group and a 65 group.
Jul-29-14  Conrad93: Random puzzle:

click for larger view

White to play and win.

Hint: It is not 1. d5 or any knight retreat.

Jul-29-14  Shams: Pert holds the draw against Howell. Hawkins keeps his half-point lead heading into the final round.
Jul-29-14  HaydenB: Is this the weakest British Championship since the 1960's? Instead of seeing names like Short, Adams, Nunn, and Speelman, we see names like Hawkins, Pert, Howell, and Williams; sad and disappointing.
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  plang: No one really came along to replace Adams and Short. Sadler deciding to retire was a big loss.
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  WannaBe: Pert (white) will play Hawkins in the last round.
Jul-30-14  notyetagm: British Chess Championships (2014)

Looks like Howell has tied Hawkins for the title after beating Hebden in the last round.

Will there be a playoff?


[White "Howell, David W L"]
[Black "Hebden, Mark L"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Round "11"]
[Date "Wed Jul 30 2014"]
[WhiteClock "0:02:05"]
[BlackClock "1:16:00"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Be7 4. d4 d6 5. dxe5 dxe5 6. Nbd2 Nf6 7. c3 O-O 8. Qe2 Nd7 9. O-O a5 10. Rd1 Nb6 11. Bb3 Bd6 12. a4 Qf6 13. Nc4 Nxc4 14. Bxc4 Qg6 15. Nh4 Qg4 16. Nf3 Kh8 17. h3 Qh5 18. Be3 f5 19. exf5 Bxf5 20. Nd4 Qxe2 21. Nxe2 e4 22. Bd5 Ne7 23. Bb3 Bg6 24. Nd4 Nf5 25. Nxf5 Rxf5 26. Bd5 Rff8 27. Rd2 Rab8 28. Re1 h6 29. Rde2 Rfd8 30. Bb3 b5 31. axb5 Rxb5 32. Ba4 Re5 33. Bd4 Re6 34. Bb3 Re7 35. Ra1 Be5 36. Be3 Red7 37. g3 Ra8 38. Bc2 Bf6 39. Ra4 Re7 40. Bc1 Kg8 41. Bxe4 Rxe4 42. Rexe4 Bxe4 43. Rxe4 a4 44. Kf1 Kf7 45. Ke2 a3 46. bxa3 Bxc3 47. Kd3 Bf6 48. a4 c5 49. Be3 Be7 50. g4 Bd6 51. Bd2 Bc7 52. Be3 Bd6 53. h4 Bf8 54. h5 Bd6 55. Bd2 Bc7 56. Be3 Bd6 57. f4 Kf6 58. Bd2 Bc7 59. Bc3+ Kf7 60. g5 1-0

Jul-30-14  SimonWebbsTiger: I do hope we don't get Ravikumar commenting again. Martin hardly gets a Word in, "isn't it?"*

*Statements, questions, whatever are followed by that annoying "isn't it?"

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  kingscrusher: I went over some interesting games for my weekly chessbase show last night here :

Cheers K

Jul-30-14  kevinatcausa: <notyetagm: Will there be a playoff?>

From the website (

<By winning his last round game against Mark Hebden, defending champion David Howell caught up with long term leader Jonathan Hawkins to share the British and English titles with a score of 8½/11.>,

which sounds like no.

Jul-30-14  GBKnight: The schedule was adjusted to allow players to travel to the Olympiad, so no time for a play-off so the title is shared. On the subject of strength, not a bad British at the top, but no real 'middle' and a long tail. Money talks of course, or doesn't in this case.
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  perfidious: <plang: No one really came along to replace Adams and Short. Sadler deciding to retire was a big loss.>

Writing in his collection of best games, John Nunn noted that even by 1994, numerous top English players had gone into other endeavours: David Norwood and Murray Chandler are two he mentioned who come to mind.

Jul-30-14  SimonWebbsTiger: @<perfidious>

Sadler is back, though!

There is a mischievous rumour that the fall of the Berlin Wall and the USSR put paid to many a western GM career. A flood of good Eastern Europeans took the prizes in Opens, making a career hopeless.

Jul-30-14  Wavy: Adams is still a top notch player. Why didn't he join this tournament?
Jul-30-14  kevinatcausa: Adams, Matthew Sadler, and Gawain Jones are on the British Team in the Chess Olympiad in Tromso starting August 1. The schedule allows players to participate in both (and David Howell is doing so), but they may have just decided that two long tournaments in that short a time would be a problem stamina-wise.
Jul-31-14  SimonWebbsTiger: Mickey Adams has just played in Dortmund. So it would be a bit much with the English Chp!
Jul-31-14  Marmot PFL: Top players like Adams have nothing to gain here. Why doesn't Nakamura play in the US ch, a much stronger event?
Jul-31-14  Marmot PFL: Remember that Adams, Jones, and Short are the top three boards on the English team for the Olympiad, which starts in a couple days.
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  Sally Simpson: Late result from the British just in.

G A Thomas vs G Wood, 1947

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  Tabanus: No crosstable available. At least I cannot find one. In 2015, the British Ch started to use Chess-Results.
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  MissScarlett: How about

A useful link:

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  Tabanus: Thanks Miss.

But that's not a crosstable, only how many points the 40 best players scored each round and in total.

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  Tabanus: Still useful though, making it possible to find two wrong (but now corrected) game results: in J Burnett vs S A Jones, 2014 and A Lewis vs A A Taylor, 2014.
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  Tabanus: In addition: J Tambini vs P Shaw, 2014 (shoud be 1/2) and J Tambini vs C E Hill, 2014 (should be 1-0).

To judge from TWIC, and by position.

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