Adams, Short, Jones lead in British Championship

8/1/2011 – The Darwin Strategic British Chess Championships are taking in Sheffield. After six rounds the top GMs are comfortably in the lead. There are also many other events taking place: seniors, under 2000, 1800, 1400; U16, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, and, most enchanting of all, the U8 section. Top games are being commented by Andrew Martin in all-you-can-eat video coverage.

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The 98th Darwin Strategic British Championships are taking place in Ponds Forge, Sheffield, from July 25th to August 6th 2011. Top seeds are Michael Adams, Nigel Short, David Howell and Gawain Jones, making this the strongest national championship in history. The Championship is also hosting events for seniors, U2000, U1800, U1600, U1400, British U16, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, U8, the Major Open, Five Day Open (a.m. and p.m.) Weekenders and Rapid Plays.

The Championship games are held as seven hour sessions: 100 minutes for 40 moves followed by 50 minutes for 20 moves, then 15 minutes for the remaining moves with 30 seconds cumulative increment for each move starting from first move. Play starts at 2:15 p.m. British time = 15:15h on the European continent and 9:15 a.m. New York.

After six rounds (Sunday was a rest day) top seeds Michael Adams and Nigel Short, together with Gawain Jones, are in the lead with 5.0/6 points and performances of 2700+.


Nigel Short in round six game against IM Jonathan Hawkins (Nigel won in 66)


A key round six game: Michael Adams vs David Howell (Adams won in 54 moves)


GM Stephen Gordon in his round six game against IM Jovanka Houska (she won in 86)


Jovanka Houska vs GM Peter Wells in round five (draw in 36)


WFM Maria S Yurenok, rated 2090, performing at 2152


Sheila J Dines, rated 1889, performing at 2079

Top ranking after round six

Rnk
Name
Score
Rating
TPR
W-We
1
GM Adams, Michael
5.0
2715
2749
+0.33
2
GM Short, Nigel D
5.0
2687
2735
+0.36
3
GM Jones, Gawain C B
5.0
2606
2702
+0.73
4
GM Howell, David W L
4.5
2625
2708
+0.70
5
GM Williams, Simon K
4.5
2528
2414
-0.62
6
GM Conquest, Stuart C
4.5
2519
2573
+0.53
7
GM Wells, Peter K
4.5
2489
2452
-0.14
8
IM Houska, Jovanka
4.5
2418
2475
+0.53
9
GM Pert, Nicholas
4.0
2555
2392
-0.95
10
GM Hebden, Mark L
4.0
2533
2375
-0.95
11
IM Pert, Richard G
4.0
2459
2480
+0.24
12
IM Hawkins, Jonathan
4.0
2457
2519
+0.53
13
IM Hunt, Adam C
4.0
2436
2460
+0.26
14
GM Summerscale, Aaron P
4.0
2415
2378
-0.19
15
IM Bates, Richard A
4.0
2373
2430
+0.57
16
Adair, James R
4.0
2212
2446
+1.79


Abigail Pritchard, playing in the Under 2000 British Championship


Ali Roy and Cristi Espinosa Cancino playing in the Under 16 British Championship


A participant at the Under Nine championship


And here one from the Under Eight section


Not yet eight and he can already fianchetto!


At the other end of the spectrum: the British Seniors Championship


Game-of-the-day video reports by IM Andrew Martin


Links

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