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30/07/2023

British Championships 2023, Day 11

Championship website: https://www.britishchesschampionships.co.uk/

Day 11: Sunday 30th July

 

This, the final day, saw the final rounds of the British Championship proper, the two senior events and the Major Open, all other events having finished.  These were being played in the morning session, whereas earlier rounds had been in the afternoon session, so there was less than the customary amount of time for the top players to prepare for their respective imminent opponents.  Also, the morning session was to start at 10.00 a.m. rather than 10.30 a.m.

 

In the British Championship only, a tie on points for first place after 9 rounds was to be resolved by play-offs conducted on a knockout basis, the precise format depending on whether there were only two players involved or else more than two.

 

In the British Championship, the top three pairings were as follows.  If Adams won (probable) then he’d win the title outright.  If he drew (possible) then he could still win or else tie with Fernandez.  If he lost (improbable) then Fernandez could win or else there might be a three-way or four-way tie.

 

White

Points

Result

Points

Black

GM

Michael Adams

1-0

IM

Willow, Jonah B

GM

Daniel H Fernandez

6

0-1

 

Jones, Steven A

FM

Han, Yichen

½-½

IM

Grieve, Harry

 

Thereafter there were 11 players on 5 who could not hope for better than 3rd=.

 

Of course, if any of these players other than Adams were to win, then the title “British Champion” would be essentially nominal as the title-holder would not get into a full-strength England Olympiad team or similar.  Such is the nature of unseparated amateur and professional chess, which dichotomy was recognised in the late 19th century by the title “British Amateur Champion”.  There is of course no definable dividing line.

 

First of the above three key games to finish was Han-Grieve, agreed drawn in 10 moves.

 

Second of the above three games was Fernandez-Jones, which was a splendidly insane win for relative underdog Steven Jones of Basingstoke who delivered mate at move 39.

(Play through Daniel H Fernandez 0-1 Stephen A Jones here.)

 

In the remaining game Adams was a pawn up in a queen and pawn ending.  Agreeing a draw would win the championship, but he played on to grind out a win, both of the game and the championship, which came when Jonah Willow resigned at move 94!

(Play through Michael Adams 1-0 Jonah B Willow here.)

 

Yorkshire players’ final round results were as below.

Andrew Ledger played his third Pert of the event, this time Nicholas.  In round 6 it was Nicholas’s twin brother Richard.  In round 1 it was Richard’s 15-year-old daughter Nina.

Peter Shaw drew with a fourth Pert, Richard’s son Max who seems to have stepped in as a “filler”.

 

Section

Player

Rd.1

Rd.2

Rd.3

Rd.4

Rd.5

Rd.6

Rd.7

Rd.8

Rd.9

Total

to Date

Final

Place

British

Championship

IM Andrew Ledger

(Sheffield)

1

play

0

play

1

play

½

play

1

play

½

½

play

½

play

½

play

7th-20th=

 

Sheng Liang Bernard Chan

(Leeds University)

0

0

½

play

1

play

½

play

½

play

1

play

1

play

0

play

30th‑37th=

 

Peter Shaw

(Wakefield)

½

play

0

play

½

play

½

play

1

play

0

play

0

play

0

play

½

play

3   

53rd-58th

 

Eric Gardiner

(Hull)

0

1‑bye

½

play

0

0

0

play

0

play

1

play

0

play

59th-61st=

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As a matter of interest, almost 6 years ago to the day, Bernard Chan Sheng Liang was winning the 2017 Sarawak Closed Championship played in a shopping mall in Kuching, capital city of the Malaysian state of Sarawak.

 

That’s Bernard in the front row, sixth from the left, with the biggest trophy in front of him.

(Photo from Borneo Post, 28/07/20217)

 

Yorkshire players’ final-round results in the 7-round Over 50 and Over 65 Championships were as in the rolling result table below.

 

Section

Player

Rd.1

Rd.2

Rd.3

Rd.4

Rd.5

Rd.6

Rd,7

Total

to Date

Final

Place

Over 50

M Paul Townsend (York)

1

0

0

1

½

1

½

4   

10th-13th=

Michael R Handley (Sheffield Nomads)

0

1

1

0

½

0

0

29th-34th=

Simon Watson (Bradford)

½

1

½

0

0

½

0

29th-34th=

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over 65

Paul A Hutchinson (Scarborough)

1

½

½

½

1

1

½

5   

4th-9th=

Mike R Stokes (Harrogate)

1

0

1

½

0

1

½

4   

11th-21st=

Mark I Collinson (Hull)

0

1

0

1-def

0

½

1

21st‑29th=

 

In the 9-round Major Open the two Yorkshire participants recorded the following results in the final round:

 

Section

Player

Rd.1

Rd.2

Rd.3

Rd.4

Rd.5

Rd.6

Rd.7

Rd.8

Rd.9

Total

to Date

Final

Place

Major Open

Jonathan P Nelson (Sheffield)

½

½

½

1

1

½

½

½

½

13th-18th=

 

Adam Bedi (York)

½‑bye

½

0

1

1

0

½

1

½

5   

19th-32nd=