2010 British Chess Championships

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8/9/2010 – In an event where he had over 150 Elo on his closest opponent, Michael Adams justified his favoritism with a crushing 9.5/11 score, undefeated and a point and a half over the second place finisher. GM Nicholas Pert came in clear second with a last-round victory. Jovanka Houska is the 2010 British Women's champion. We bring you many pictures in the pictorial coverage.

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Michael ("Mickey") Adams (2706) won the 2010 British Championship (and is therefore also English champion) with a score of 9½/11 and a 2757 performance. Although he was a huge favorite, with a 150 Elo edge over his nearest competitor, it would hardly be the first time numbers on paper failed to translate into the expected result.

Mickey Adams, 2010 British Champion, rejoining the world top 20.

As it were, he left no doubt as to his form, and took off with a blistering 5.0/5 pace, and never looked back. His result even exceeded his Elo rating, and as a result he will be rejoining the world's top 20 in the next rating list.

GM Nicholas Pert (2551) came clear second with 8.0/11 after a last-round win
against Stephen Gordon (2534).

GM Nick Pert (2551) finished second on 8.0/11 with a 2612 performance whilst Stuart Conquest, Andrew Greet, Jonathan Hawkins, Adam Hunt, Richard Pert and Alexei Slavin all finished equal third on 7.5/11.

IM Adam Hunt one norm away from the grandmaster title.

IM Adam Hunt secured his second GM norm with a round to spare and a 2624 performance over eleven rounds.

Jovanka Houska, 2010 British Champion.

Jovanka Houska finished on 6.5/11 and is the British (and English) women’s champion, ahead of Lateefah Messam-Sparks, who scored 4.5/11, and Sheila Dines who finished with 3.5/11.

Gallery of pictures

The event was held in Canterbury, home to the famous Canterbury Cathedral, first
founded in 602, and after suffering serious damage from Danish raids, was thoroughly
rebuilt in the 11th century.

The cathedral is home to many spectacular stained glass depictions.

One can also visit the famous Old Weaver's House, built in 1507,
which takes its name from the Flemish and Huguenot Weavers who
fled from France to escape religious persecution in the 16th and
17th Centuries.

There were daily spectators to watch the strongest players live.

They also had the option of following the live commentary provided by IM Andrew Martin.

GM Stuart Conquest, tied for third with 7.5/11

IM Richard Pert, twin brother to GM Nicholas Pert.

Lateefah Messam-Sparks, second in the 2010 British Women's championship.

Sheila Dines

At the same time there were categories such as the Senior championship,

and the Under-9 championship.

The Under-9 event drew more than 30 competitors.

Isabelle Gilbert, winner of the British Girl's Under-8 title.

Pictures by Brendan O'Gorman, Ray Morris-Hill, and Stephen Connor


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