A double Scotch at the 94th British Championships

8/11/2007 – Jacob Aagaard and Keti Arakhamia, he originally from Denmark, she from Georgia, both now living in Scotland – these two won the British Open and Ladies sections. The last round was full of tension, with the final decision coming after 8 p.m., when Aagaard beat Glenn Flear with the black pieces to clinch the title. Big pictorial report.

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Breath-taking finish to the British Championship


Defending champion Jonathan Rowson, seated, with the Mayor and Lady Mayor, Mrs. & Mrs. Paul Garod, flanking ECF President Gerry Walsh at the opening ceremony of the 2007 British Championships.


The playing hall

After ten grueling rounds of the 2007 British Championship, held from July 30 to August 10 in Southtown, Great Yarmouth, there were two ladies and two men in the lead and in contention for the titles. Both Georgian-born Ketevan Arakhama-Grant and Lithuanian-born Dagne Ciuksyte had 6.0/10 points and went into the final round playing on adjacent boards, both with black. Ciuksyte was forced into a draw by Andrew Lewis, while "Keti" nicely outplayed Simon Fowler in a 27-move miniature. That meant that she had the title – for the 4th consecutive time.


British Ladies Champion 2007: Ketevan Arakhama-Grant

Actually there was no separate sections for the genders – everyone played in the same tournament, with the highest-placed female player taking the Ladies title. This has become the norm in countries where there are strong female players. One day, one assumes, Keti or someone like her will take both titles in a single tournament. That is the day you will hear us cheering until our lungs collapse.


Winning the championship for the fourth successive time: Keti Arakhama

In the general section Jacob Aagaard and Stephen Gordon were in the joint lead, with 7.5/10 points each. The Dane, who's name already insures that he will top any alphabetical list, had been leading most of the tournament. At the first time control, at 6:15 p.m., Jonathan Rowson beat Nick Pert (both had entered the final round with 7.5/10) to go into the lead at 8.0/11. The other theoretical contenders, Hebden and Haslinger, drew their game, leaving them at 7.5 points each. That left the spectators glued to the transmission of the two remaining games.


The 2007 British Champion Jacob Aagaard

Aagaard, who had been the exchange down at one point in his black game against Glenn Flear, fought back bravely and executed a combination that won him the full point. Shortly thereafter Stephen Gordon had to concede a draw in his white game against Tony Kosten, leaving Jacob Aagaard with a clear victory and the British Championship title without any playoffs.


Overtaken in the final round: Stephen Gordon


14-year-old Sheila Dines in action in the under 14 event


Sheila in one of Britains bright young talents


New British Girls' Under 16 Champion, Lateefah Messam-Sparks of Nottingham, at her 15th birthday party outside the playing hall.

Photos by Bob Jones, British Championship Press Officer

Final standings (after eleven rounds)

1 Aagaard, Jacob SCO 2467 8.5
2 Gordon, Stephen ENG 2487 8.0
3 Rowson, Jonathan W SCO 2599 8.0
4 Haslinger, Steward G ENG 2468 7.5
5 Hebden, Mark ENG 2540 7.5
6

Howell, David W L

ENG 2519 7.5
7 Kosten, Anthony FRA 2508 7.5
8 Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan   GEO 2418 7.0
9 Bellin, Robert ENG 2403 7.0
10 Conquest, Stuart ENG 2546 7.0
11 Flear, Glenn C ENG 2479 7.0
12 Pert, Nicholas ENG 2536 7.0
13 Rudd, Jack ENG 2370 7.0
14 Chapman, Terence ENG 2200 6.5
15 Ciuksyte, Dagne ENG 2426 6.5
16 Lewis, Andrew P ENG 2284 6.5
17 Sowray, Peter J ENG 2352 6.5
18 Ward, Chris G ENG 2439 6.5
19 Williams, Simon K ENG 2480 6.5

Previous British Champions

1904

W. E. Napier

1905

H. E. Atkins

1906

H. E. Atkins

1907

H. E. Atkins

1908

H. E. Atkins

1909

H. E. Atkins

1910

H. E. Atkins

1911

H. E. Atkins

1912

R. C. Griffith

1913

F. D. Yates

1914

F. D. Yates

1915-19

No contest

1920

R. H. V. Scott

1921

F. D. Yates

1922

No contest

1923

Sir G. A. Thomas

1924

H. E. Atkins

1925

H. E. Atkins

1926

F. D. Yates

1927

No contest

1928

F. D. Yates

1929

Mir Sultan Khan

1930

No contest

1931

F. D. Yates

1932

Mir Sultan Khan

1933

Mir Sultan Khan

1934

Sir G. A. Thomas

1935

W. Winter

1936

W. Winter

1937

W. A. Fairhurst

1938

C.H.O'D. Alexander

1939-45

No contest

1946

R. F. Combe

1947

H. Golombek

1948

R. J. Broadbent

1949

H. Golombek

1950

R. J. Broadbent

1951

E. Klein

1952

R. G. Wade

1953

D. A. Yanofsky

1954

L. Barden, A. Phillips

1955

H. Golombek

1956

C.H.O'D. Alexander

1957

Dr. S. Fazekas

1958

J. Penrose

1959

J. Penrose

1960

J. Penrose

1961

J. Penrose

1962

J. Penrose

1963

J. Penrose

1964

M. J. Haygarth

1965

P. N. Lee

1966

Dr. J. Penrose

1967

Dr. J. Penrose

1968

Dr. J. Penrose

1969

Dr. J. Penrose

1970

R. G. Wade

1971

R. D. Keene

1972

B. R. Eley

1973

W. R. Hartston

1974

G. S. Botterill

1975

W. R. Hartston

1976

A. J. Mestel

1977

G. S. Botterill

1978

J. S. Speelman

1979

R. Bellin

1980

Dr. J. D. M. Nunn

1981

P. E. Littlewood

1982

A. J. Miles

1983

A. J. Mestel

1984

N. D. Short

1985

J. S. Speelman

1986

J. S. Speelman

1987

N. D. Short

1988

A. J. Mestel

1989

M. Adams

1990

H. J. Plaskett

1991

J. M. Hodgson

1992

J. M. Hodgson

1993

M. Hennigan

1994

W. Watson

1995

M. Sadler

1996

C. G. Ward

1997

M. Adams, M. Sadler 

1998

N. D. Short

1999

J. M. Hodgson

2000

J. M. Hodgson

2001

J. G. Gallagher

2002

R. B. Ramesh

2003

A. Kunte

2004

J. Rowson

2005

J. Rowson

2006

J. Rowson

Links


Pictorial impressions 2007 Southtown, Great Yarmouth

By Meri Grigoryan


Nick Pert vs Jacob Aagaard in round five (Aagaard won)


A key encounter in round 6: Jacob Aagaard vs. Jonathan Rowson (draw)


Round 9: David Howell vs. Jacob Aagaard (0-1)


Thomas Rendle vs. defending British Ladies Champion Keti Arakhamia-Grant (draw)


Former British Ladies Champion Susan Lalic


Caister Castle, a 15th-century moated castle some 5 km north of Great Yarmouth


Caister Castle Car Collection – no photography is allowed indoors


Moonset over Caister-on-sea


Sunrise at 5:52 a.m.


At 6:52 a.m., with the wind farm coming into view


View from my window: Caister-on-sea – a quickie watercolour by me


Meri Grigoryan, former ladies champion of Armenia, playing at the British Championships. Her hobbies include languages (she speaks six), playing the guitar, painting, opera – and chess.


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