Michael Adams wins Cambridge International Open

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2/22/2023 – The first Cambridge International Open took place from Wednesday 15th to Sunday 19th February at the historic University Arms Hotel in Cambridge. In the first round top seed GM Michael Adams (2757) only drew against Henry Adams (1738), but still won the strong tournament convincingly with 8.0/9. Nigel Towers, director of Home Chess at the English Chess Federation, reports. | Photos: Shohreh Bayat

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Cambridge International Open

The University Arms Hotel in Cambridge

The event was organised by ECF Events Director Shohreh Bayat with generous support from the University Arms, and an experienced arbiters team consisting of IA Shohreh, IA Matthew Carr and FA Satish Gaekwad.

The University Arms Ballroom ready for round 1

The event was staged in the hotel ballroom and has proven itself to be one of the most sought-after events in England, with entries reaching capacity a full month before the event, with a waiting list of over 50 players looking for a place.

The tournament was played over 9 rounds with 121 players from 19 different federations taking part, and players coming from as far away as the USA and Vietnam.

The majority of players were English, with 93 out of the 121 from the host nation. Leading the charge and top seed for England was Michael Adams, the England number 1 for many years.

WIM Natasha Regan provided commentary on the event - in round 6 and round 8 with GM John Emms, and in the 9th and final on Sunday morning with WIM Lan Yao.

You can follow the commentary replay on the ECF Twitch Commentary channel: https://www.twitch.tv/ecf_commentary  and also the ECF’s Youtube Channel:


In round 1 Michael surprisingly only drew against his namesake Henry Adams, who was much lower-rated.

But after this upset, Adams proceeded to win his next 7 games and powered his way through  to first place. Adams completed the event with a draw in round 9 to finish first with 8.0/9.

Here is Mickey’s critical 6th round win against early leader GM Daniel Fernandez after which Mickey took the lead for the first time. The opening was a Sicilian Najdorf with a sharp middlegame where Adams shows the power of the two bishops in an open position.



Final standings for the top 20 places are as below with Adams finishing in top place on 8 points, just clear of GM Fernandez in second place on 7.5 and a group of four players including the reigning British Champion IM Harry Grieve on 7 points alongside GM Oleg Korneev, IM Boris Golubovic and FM Nghia Bao Dong.  Harriett Hunt was the highest placed female player with 5.5 point, followed by WCM Nina Pert on 5 points and Julia Volovich also on 5.

Cambridge International – Final Standings

No.     Name Country Elo
GM Adams, Michael ENG 2757
GM Dardha, Daniel BEL 2612
GM Korneev, Oleg ESP 2589
IM Clarke, Brandon G I ENG 2588
GM Bosiocic, Marin CRO 2564
GM Fernandez, Daniel H ENG 2519
FM Czopor, Maciej POL 2519
IM Grieve, Harry ENG 2514
GM Hebden, Mark L ENG 2510
IM Roberson, Peter T ENG 2510
GM Arkell, Keith C ENG 2506
GM Gormally, Daniel W ENG 2493
GM Turner, Matthew J SCO 2487
IM Lutsko, Artem UKR 2414
FM Dong, Bao Nghia VIE 2414
  Ismail, Mohammed Aayan ENG 2353
IM Golubovic, Boris CRO 2349
IM Hunt, Harriet V ENG 2349
FM Bazakutsa, Svyatoslav UKR 2330
FM Wall, Tim P ENG 2305
CM Villiers, Thomas ENG 2295
  Shafi, Declan SCO 2265
  Saunders, Aron ENG 2260
FM Anand, Batsukh MGL 2239
  Bonn, Thomas FRA 2237

Cambridge International Winner GM Michael Adams with Chief Arbiter and Organiser Shohreh Bayat | Photo: Satish Gaekwad

Second placed GM Danny Fernandez with Shohreh Bayat | Photo: Shohreh Bayat

IM Harriett Hunt won the prize for best female player

Julia Volovich was the third best women player



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