British Championship: Hawkins leads with 4.0/4

7/23/2014 – The British Championships 2014 take place in Aberystwyth in West Wales. The idyllic surroundings seem to suit IM Jonathan Hawkins, who won with black against FM Justin Tan in round four to become the only player with 4.0/4. GM Chris Ward, co-leader after three rounds, lost to his old friend GM John Emms and for IM Andrew Martin this was the Game of the Day.

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The 101st British Chess Championships are taking place 19th to 30th July 2014 in Aberystwyth in West Wales. The event is open only to exempted or qualified players. There are a number of sections: Senior Championships; Major Open; Under 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16; Rapidplay Open, Weekenders, etc.

Since the late 19th century Aberystwyth has also been a major Welsh educational centre, with the establishment of a university college there in 1872. The town's population is 16,000, with an influx of over 10,000 students during nine months of the year.

The Old University Buildings in Aberystwyth

Not exactly in mint condition: Aberystwyth Castle, an Edwardian fortress that was built
during the First Welsh War in the late 13th century

Aberystwyth Harbour from the Castle

North Beach and Cliffs

The town from Constitution Hill

IM Andrew Martin's Game of the Day

British Championship 2014 in Aberystwyth: Game of the Day round four

Rankings after four rounds of play

Rank Name
Score
Rating
TPR W-We
1 IM Hawkins, Jonathan
4.0
2516
2980 +0.74
2 GM Pert, Nicholas
3.5
2564
2590 +0.11
3 GM Williams, Simon K
3.5
2462
2599 +0.62
4 GM Emms, John M
3.5
2456
2520 +0.29
5 IM Fernandez, Daniel
3.5
2396
2602 +0.98
6 GM Hebden, Mark L
3.0
2554
2453 -0.34
7 GM Ward, Chris G
3.0
2422
2457 +0.39
8 FM Tan, Justin
3.0
2375
2452 +0.55
9 FM Jackson, James P
3.0
2320
2435 +0.59
10 Harvey, Marcus R
3.0
2287
2415 +0.65
11 IM Rudd, Jack
3.0
2278
2468 +0.98
12 GM Howell, David W L
2.5
2650
2461 -0.82
13 IM Zhou, Yang-Fan
2.5
2475
2282 -0.80
14 IM Pert, Richard G
2.5
2430
2386 -0.07
15 FM Lewis, Andrew P
2.5
2286
2330 +0.14
16 Wadsworth, Matthew J
2.5
2221
2168 -0.28
17 McPhillips, Joseph
2.5
2200
2148 -0.28
18 Brown, Martin
2.5
2194
2327 +0.44
19 Batchelor, Peter J
2.5
2177
2346 +0.76
20 Graham, David B
2.5
2155
2094 -0.24
21 Fernandez, Michael
2.5
2029
2280 +1.32
22 Taylor, Adam A
2.5
2021
2383 +1.76

Mr. 100% and leading with 4.0/4: IM Jonathan Hawkins (photo: John Saunders, Archive)

GM Keith Arkell and IM Jack Rudd preparing for the start of their game

Dion Huang and Oscar Pollack waiting for the start of round four

GM Nicholas Pert adjust his pieces before his game in round four

Jim Burnett from Doncaster in the British Championship

Amy Hoare on board 15 in the British Championship

Joshua Higgs on top board in the Major Open

GMs Chris Ward and Mark Hebden who met in the British Championship in round three

Competitors in the Senior Over 50 Championship

Photos by courtesy of the offical tournament site


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