British Championships 2023, Day 5
Day 5: Monday 24th July
Day 5 saw the third round of the British Championship proper, with the four participating Yorkshire players recording results as below. The first result came when Devonian Jack Rudd, who reportedly often plays very fast and hence can blunder, dropped a piece in the opening, resigning at move 17 (play through game here). Meanwhile, Andrew Ledger’s opponent was overworking his knight at f6 which prevented the win of his d-pawn and prevented the win of a piece with a mate threat uncovering an attack on a bishop at g4, but the knight could not defend against both combinations, which combined netted a pawn. (The win with an extra pawn was, however, going to be laborious; so, was Black’s “blunder” really a blunder or a drawing ploy? In the event White managed to win.) Eric Gardiner drew by repetition being the exchange down for a pawn on the seventh. Peter Shaw’s game was too chaotic to be understood and was drawn effectively by repetition in an inscrutable position. Bernard Chan’s efforts to win a rook-and-pawn ending by going for K+P+P versus K+R did not quite work, ending in a draw.
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Day 5 saw the start of the shorter (7-round) Over 50 and Over 65 Championships, with three Yorkshire players in each:
In the parallel Major Open the two Yorkshire participants recorded the following results in round 3:
Meanwhile, the first round of the 6-round AM/PM week-long events were played. It might be noted that Messrs. Hodge, Clegg, Zigmond and Dunne are each playing in both an AM event and a PM event, so filling most of the day with square-bashing (as chess-playing might be called), and in effect creating a schizoid 12-round event for themselves. Simon Watson is combining his AM event with the over 50 Championship, and Mark Collinson is combining his AM Open with the Over 65 Championship, each so getting 13 games in 7 days. AM/PM event results were as follows:
Further, there was the second rapidplay event, played this time in the afternoon and evening.