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🏆 British Knockout Championship (2019)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Michael Adams, Luke McShane, David Howell, Gawain Jones, Nicholas Pert, Marcus R Harvey, Brandon G I Clarke, Andrew P Horton Chess Event Description
British Knockout Championship (2019)

The 5th British Knockout Championship was an 8-player KO held at the Olympia Conference Centre in Kensington, London, England, 1-7 December 2019, as part of the London Chess Classic Festival. Five invited players and three from the British Knockout Championship (Preliminary) (2019) qualifying event participated. The quarterfinals consisted of 2 Classical games (each worth 6 points) and if necessary 2 Rapid games (4 pts) and an Armageddon game. The semifinals consisted of 2 Classical games (6 pts), 2 Rapid games (4 pts) and 4 Blitz games (2 pts). The final consisted of 4 Rapid games (4 pts) and 6 Blitz games (2 pts). In the semifinals, all the games had to be played even if there was a winner after the two Classical games. In the final, all 10 games had to be played. Time control: 130 + 30' in Classical, 15 + 10' in Rapid and 5 + 3' in Blitz. Prize fund: £42,000, with a first prize of £10,000. Tournament director: Malcolm Pein. Chief arbiter: Lara Barnes.

Michael Adams won the final match with 18/28 points:

Quarterfinals Dec 1 Semifinals December 2-4 Final December 6-7

Howell 63 -- - 9 Horton 03 -- - 3 Howell 63 02 0211 - 15 Jones 03 42 2011 - 13 Jones 63 -- - 9 Pert 03 -- - 3 Adams 2244 101121 18 Howell 2200 121101 10 Adams 33 22 1 11 Harvey 33 22 0 10 Adams 33 04 2102 - 15 McShane 33 40 0120 - 13 McShane 63 -- - 9 Clarke 03 -- - 3

There was no match for 3rd place. Instead, the spectators witnessed two rapid 'No Castling' exhibition games: McShane vs G Jones, 2019 and G Jones vs McShane, 2019 (see

Official site:

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 39  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Adams vs M R Harvey  ½-½312019British Knockout ChampionshipC11 French
2. D Howell vs A P Horton  1-0752019British Knockout ChampionshipA17 English
3. Adams vs M R Harvey  1-0712019British Knockout ChampionshipC11 French
4. M R Harvey vs Adams  ½-½612019British Knockout ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
5. Adams vs M R Harvey  ½-½532019British Knockout ChampionshipC03 French, Tarrasch
6. G Jones vs N Pert  ½-½292019British Knockout ChampionshipB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
7. B Clarke vs McShane  ½-½362019British Knockout ChampionshipC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
8. M R Harvey vs Adams  ½-½522019British Knockout ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
9. A P Horton vs D Howell  ½-½442019British Knockout ChampionshipA09 Reti Opening
10. N Pert vs G Jones  0-1592019British Knockout ChampionshipE60 King's Indian Defense
11. McShane vs B Clarke  1-0432019British Knockout ChampionshipB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
12. G Jones vs D Howell  0-1652019British Knockout ChampionshipC02 French, Advance
13. Adams vs McShane  ½-½302019British Knockout ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
14. D Howell vs G Jones  ½-½362019British Knockout ChampionshipA15 English
15. McShane vs Adams  ½-½312019British Knockout ChampionshipC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
16. Adams vs McShane  1-0592019British Knockout ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
17. G Jones vs D Howell  ½-½802019British Knockout ChampionshipB10 Caro-Kann
18. McShane vs Adams  1-0452019British Knockout ChampionshipC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
19. D Howell vs G Jones  ½-½512019British Knockout ChampionshipE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
20. D Howell vs G Jones  0-1622019British Knockout ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
21. Adams vs McShane  ½-½602019British Knockout ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
22. McShane vs Adams  0-1162019British Knockout ChampionshipC53 Giuoco Piano
23. Adams vs McShane  1-0572019British Knockout ChampionshipC53 Giuoco Piano
24. G Jones vs D Howell  ½-½352019British Knockout ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
25. McShane vs Adams  1-0362019British Knockout ChampionshipC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  Tabanus: Not to be confused with the British Championship (2019).

This page and one more is not on the New Tournaments page. But they've sneaked in to the Tournament Index list.

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  Sargon: <Tabanus: The one missing game (rapid): [...]>

Thanks, Tab. I was finally able to add <Howell v. Adams, Rd. 3.4>—the missing game you had posted to this thread (post since removed)—by using the "force" option with the gameloader script:

D Howell vs Adams, 2019

It was being flagged as a duplicate, because it had similar/identical moves (beyond move 30!) to <Howell v. Adams, Rd. 3.2>:

D Howell vs Adams, 2019

This is a very rare circumstance, obviously, but <all's well that ends well>, I guess...

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  Tabanus: <Sargon> Of course! If it doesn't take too long time :)

Btw I think TWIC found a good or at least usable name for this series (CG has only 1), "British KO Championship".

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