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Report 2 >

28/07/2018

 

British Chess Championships, 2018 (Report 1)

 

Hull City Hall, Queen Victoria Square, Carr Lane, Hull HU1 3RQ Friday 27th July to Sunday 5th August

 

Play in this year’s British Championship proper started at 2.30 (assuming things went to schedule), on Saturday, 28/07/2018.  For those entering one of the three “weekend” events, play actually started a little earlier on the Friday evening.

 

Entries

 

The pre-event published list of entries totalled these at 996, with superficially looks like 4 less than 1,000 players.  Actually, that total of 996 includes each separate entry by any one player into up to as many as 4 events.  The total includes 712 individual players, analysable as follows:

entering

1

event

500

players

 

2

events

157

 

 

3

events

39

 

 

4

events

15

 

 

5

events

1

 

 

 

total

712

players

 

The player entering 5 events, with a schedule of 32 games in 9 days, is under-8 Sanjit Kumar, of Richmond (Surrey), who entered the Under-9 (6 games, Fri. 27th & Sat. 28th), U-8 (6 games, Sun. 29th), Under-10 (6 games, Sun. 29th to Sat. 4th, mornings), U-100 grade (5 games, Mon. 30th to Fri .3rd, afternoons), and the Rapidplay (Sat. 4th & Sun. 5th).  A half-point bye in round 1 of the Under 10 was necessary due to the overlap with Under 8.  The clash of round 7 of the Under 10 with rounds 1 & 2 of the Rapidplay may necessitate a withdrawal from the Under 10 after 6 rounds.

 

Of the 996 “entries” listed before the event, 127, nearly 13%, are from “Yorkshire” players (who live in Yorkshire, or play for teams in the YCA league, or represent Yorkshire).   Of the 712 listed participants, to which late entries to (say) the Rapidplay could add more names, 99, nearly 14%, are Yorkshire players.  Of the 996 “entries”, 50 are identifiably from Hull & District.  These are not “final” figures, but give a flavour of things.  There are of course “emigree” Yorkshire-born players such as Richard Britton not included.

 

The section with the least number of entries is the Under-16 Championship, presumably because at this age the stronger players are aiming higher than mere junior events.  There used to be U-18 and U-21 titles contested, but these have been discontinued, presumably for this reason.

 

Web Coverage

 

The British Championships website carries the following links to live coverage on the internet:

 

Commentary

https://videos.chessbase.com/Replay/EmbedLive

Championship Games

https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/british-chess-championship-2018/1/1/1

Major Open Games

https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/105th-british-championships-major-open-2018/1/1/1

Pairings, Results

http://chess-results.com/tnr367973.aspx?lan=1 (see below for each individual event’s link)

 

Direct links for each event to its round-by-round pairings, game results, and tournament standings on chess-results.com, are as follows:

 

British Championships

Entries *

Championship (proper)

65

Over 65 Championship

54

Over 50 Championship

32

Under 16 Championship

21

Under 14 Championship

32

Under 12 Championship

39

Under 11 Championship

60

Under 10 Championship

35

Under Championship 9

68

Under 8 Championship

50

 

 

Non‑Championship Week‑Long Events

 

Major Open

73

Open AM

31

Under 2050

42

Under 1900

46

Under 1750

78

Under 120

47

Under 100

44

 

 

Non-Championship Weekend Events

 

Atkins weekend tournament    (Open)

40

Soanes weekend tournament (U‑1825 / U‑150)

53

Yates weekend tournament     (U‑1600 / U‑120)

53

 

 

Non-Championship One-Day Event

 

Rapidplay

91

* Number of entries shown on chess-results.com

 

Schedule

 

See https://www.britishchesschampionships.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/BCC-schedule-2018.pdf.