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British Championship Tournament

David Howell9.5/11(+8 -0 =3)[games]
Stephen Gordon8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Mark Hebden8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Gawain Jones8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Peter K Wells7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Daniel Gormally7.5/11(+7 -3 =1)[games]
Glenn C Flear7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Keith Arkell7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Bogdan Lalic7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Yang-Fan Zhou7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Gyula Meszaros7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Richard Weaving7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Chris G Ward7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
Neil L Carr7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
Ameet Ghasi7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Daniel Howard Fernandez7/11(+7 -4 =0)[games]
Alexander Longson7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Richard J Palliser7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Simon Kim Williams6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Terence P D Chapman6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Jonathan Hawkins6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Jean-Luc Weller6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Marcus R Harvey6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Charles H Storey6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Dietmar Kolbus6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Anthony C Kosten6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Marcus E Osborne6.5/11(+6 -4 =1)[games]
Francis Rayner6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Richard A Bates6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
David J Eggleston6.5/11(+6 -4 =1)[games]
Andrew P Horton6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
John M Emms6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
(106 players total; 74 players not shown. Click here for longer list.)

 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 509  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Jones vs J Reid 1-0342013British ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
2. M Wadsworth vs S Gordon  0-1382013British ChampionshipB25 Sicilian, Closed
3. J Hawkins vs R Haria  1-0492013British ChampionshipE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
4. Lalic vs S N Longson 1-0462013British ChampionshipD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. P K Wells vs J Lenier 1-0342013British ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. P J Batchelor vs J Emms  0-1282013British ChampionshipA40 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Y Zhou vs J Burnett 1-0382013British ChampionshipD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. A P Smith vs A Ghasi 0-1312013British ChampionshipA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
9. Kosten vs P Mercs 1-0272013British ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
10. Ward vs J Friedland  1-0352013British ChampionshipE81 King's Indian, Samisch
11. R Bates vs W Foo  0-1552013British ChampionshipD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. S McCullough vs S Knott  0-1342013British ChampionshipC01 French, Exchange
13. C I Howell vs D J Ledger  0-1302013British ChampionshipC49 Four Knights
14. N Carr vs D Henderson  ½-½332013British ChampionshipA13 English
15. J Rudd vs D H Coates  1-0342013British ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
16. L Martin vs A Longson  0-1362013British ChampionshipB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
17. R D de Coverly vs T Mordue  ½-½162013British ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
18. G Meszaros vs S A Jones  ½-½452013British ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
19. D Mackle vs R Freeman  1-0372013British ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
20. A Brusey vs C Storey 0-1422013British ChampionshipB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
21. O Jackson vs G Moss  ½-½402013British ChampionshipB23 Sicilian, Closed
22. Hebden vs C Purdon 1-0502013British ChampionshipD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. R Palliser vs L Varnam  ½-½422013British ChampionshipD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
24. M Surtees vs Arkell  0-1432013British ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
25. A Richardson vs D Howell 0-1492013British ChampionshipA15 English
 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 509  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Aug-06-13  fgh: <They should just ban using the exchange variation of the French defence>

+∞

Aug-06-13  Layson: <They should just ban using the exchange variation of the French defence>

I disagree. I like to play it every now and then. It tends to go this way:

1. French defense is played by my opponent
2. I perform the exchange. Muttered swears on how dull a player I am are heard. 3. I develop all of my pieces, Queen included, leaving my King in the center 4. Once my opponent castles, I castle the opposite direction and a race for the crown ensues.

I don't win all of them (or maybe even most), but sometimes opponents have difficulty adapting to the "It's going to be a dull one" to the "Oh! It's a fight!" mindset.

Aug-06-13
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  HeMateMe: Is Hebden a chess author? His name seems familiar, from advertisements.
Aug-07-13
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  HeMateMe: Howell is in the driver's seat. How many rounds to go?
Aug-07-13  weary willy: The conclusion to Howell-Gormally is amusing.

For Howell

Aug-07-13  notyetagm: 100th British Championship (2013)

<HeMateMe: Howell is in the driver's seat. How many rounds to go?>

None, 9 rounds. Howell is the new British Champion.

100th British Championship (2013)/David Howell

Aug-07-13  jamesmaskell: The Championship is an 11 round tournament. Chessbase is very wrong. Not quite sure where they got that from, the schedule makes it clear there are 11 rounds...
Aug-07-13  notyetagm: <jamesmaskell: The Championship is an 11 round tournament. <<<Chessbase is very wrong.>>> Not quite sure where they got that from, the schedule makes it clear there are 11 rounds...>

My apologies. That is *exactly* where I got my information from.

http://chessbase.com/Home/TabId/211...

Aug-07-13  jamesmaskell: <notyetagm> No worry. Its just odd that CB haven't realised yet. The BCC site did talk about 9 round norms but that's just an update for those chasing titles.
Aug-07-13
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  kingscrusher: blimey GM Chris ward has shock defeat to someone less than 2000
Aug-07-13  notyetagm: <kingscrusher: blimey GM Chris ward has shock defeat to someone less than 2000>

I, a USCF class player, had a winning position against US GM Alexander Ivanov once (♕♙♙♙ vs ♖♙♙♙) but had zero(!) time left and let him off with a draw. :-(

Aug-07-13  JimNorCal: Is there a new style on display at the Brit, where instead of resigning you construct a self-mate?

Check out the final positions and last few moves of Howell vs Gormally round 9, and Hebden vs Arkell round 8. (Are there more?)

Aug-08-13  goodevans: <JimNorCal> Thanks for pointing that out.

D Howell vs D Gormally, 2013 is indeed a suicide, but in Hebden vs Arkell, 2013 black's only chance of avoiding the mate-in-3 is to give up a piece on move 48.

Aug-08-13  JimNorCal: Does anyone know what's going on with GM B Lalic? The last few rounds he has played very short draws.

Also, shock! One of the games this round started with 1. e4 Palliser vs Jones.
Amazed.

Aug-08-13  JimNorCal: Prediction: today's game of Hebden vs Zhou will NOT end in a bloodless draw.

http://englishchess.org.uk/BCC/live...

Aug-08-13  jamesmaskell: Howell wins today, meaning he has won the British Championship with a round to spare. Pretty dominating performance with 9/10 and nearest competitors in Jones and Hebden a point and a half behind!
Aug-08-13  niemzo: A great performance and a deserved win. He was a bit lucky against Williams but who won a chess tournament with no luck?
Aug-08-13  hellopolgar: Something is not right with the chessgames home page description:

<David Howell has the championship clinched with a round to spare at 9/10, beating out Gawain Jones, David Howell, Simon Williams, Mark Hebden, Stephen Gordon, Daniel Gormally et al.>

Aug-08-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Check It Out: Congrats to David Howell, a smashing performance. I had the pleasure to hang out with him and Stuart Conquest at the 2012 London Chess Classic. He's very nice and easy-going.
Aug-09-13  jamesmaskell: Howell cant beat himself...
Aug-09-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  kingscrusher: I video annotated the GM Scalp of the Tournament here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzFN...

Aug-09-13  Harvestman: <<JimNorCal> Does anyone know what's going on with GM B Lalic? The last few rounds he has played very short draws.>

I can't remember where I read it, but I recall someone saying he is one of those talented players who is perhaps a bit too ready to take a draw rather than fighting to the bitter end.

No criticism, as he is a decent chess author, and the same comment could be said of my own chess, except I am a vastly inferior player.

Aug-10-13  Absentee: <hellopolgar: Something is not right with the chessgames home page description: <David Howell has the championship clinched with a round to spare at 9/10, beating out Gawain Jones, David Howell, Simon Williams, Mark Hebden, Stephen Gordon, Daniel Gormally et al.>>

I just noticed that on the homepage. Howell beating himself sure is a feat! Or maybe it was his William Wilson doppelgänger.

Sep-07-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  WTHarvey: Here's a collection of puzzles from the tournament: http://www.scribd.com/doc/166178531...
Sep-07-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  pawn to QB4: Haven't seen your stuff lately on the site; might have missed it, but if you haven't been around thanks very much, good to have you back. One or two of my buddies feature in these problems...on the receiving end.
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