99th British Championship under way

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7/24/2012 – The first round has been played in this national championship, which is taking place in the northernmost place ever in England, in North Shields, a town with fishing and seafaring tradition. The event lasts from July 22 to Aug. 4th and includes seven GMs, with Gawain Jones, rated 2653, leading the pack. We bring you live video coverage and round-by-round commentary by Andrew Martin.

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99th Championships of British Isles

Sun 22nd July – Sat 4th August, 2012

The British Chess Championships is taking place in take place in North Shields, the furthest north the Championships have ever been staged in England. [Addendum: Ron Canter of March, Cambs., informs us that the most northern place in England to hold the British Championship was Sunderland in 1966, where he was one of the organisers. It was won by Jonathan Penrose.

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North Shields (locally simply known as "Shields") is a town on the north bank of the River Tyne. Its name derives from Middle English "schele" meaning temporary sheds or huts (used by fishermen), and still today, the area is synonymous with fishing and other trades associated with seafaring. Here are some scenic views from North Shields and Newcastle Upon Tyne:

Top twenty participants

1 Jones, Gawain C 2653 GM
2 Howell, David Wl 2620 GM
3 Gordon, Stephen 2539 GM
4 Turner, Matthew J 2508 GM
5 Gormally, Daniel 2505 GM
6 Conquest, Stuart 2501 GM
7 Hawkins, Jonathan 2499 IM
8 Palliser, Richard Jd 2452 IM
9 Arkell, Keith C 2429 GM
10 Hanley, Craig 2419 IM
11 Houska, Jovanka 2414 IM
12 Eggleston, David 2367 FM
13 Wall, Tim P 2347 FM
14 Kolbus, Dietmar 2325 IM
15 Rudd, Jack 2300 IM
16 Walker, David J 2281 FM
17 Roe, Simon J 2275  
18 Poobalasingam, Peter 2263 FM
19 Adair, James 2262  
20 Osborne, Marcus 2255  

Commentary on the British Championship 2012

Preview of the Britisch Championship – with a game from the 2010 Championship in Canterbury

Round one report and analysis by Andrew Martin

You can follow Andrew Martin's round-by-round commentary on his
Yateley Manor Chess Master YouTube channel

Live video coverage

Watch live streaming video from leylandchess at livestream.com


The games are being broadcast live on the official web site and on the chess server Playchess.com. If you are not a member you can download a free Playchess client there and get immediate access. You can also use ChessBase 11 or any of our Fritz compatible chess programs.

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