Nick Pert wins British Championship

by André Schulz
10/20/2021 – This year, the British Chess Federation organised two national championships, an online championship in July/August, and an "Over-the-Board" championship at the beginning of October. Nicholas Pert (pictured) won the Open Championship, Harriett Hunt became Women's Champion. | Photos: John Stubbs (Tournament page)

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Over-the-board: The British Championships 2021

The British Championships are traditionally held as a large chess festival with tournaments in different age groups and divisions, and originally, the British Championships 2021 were to be held in Torquay in July/August, but were then cancelled because of the uncertain corona situation. As a substitute, the British Chess Federation organised online championships.

But then the BCF still organised "Over-the-Board" Championships. However, in contrast to previous Championships, the Open Championship and the Women's Championship were played on different dates.

Dates:

Finals of the Open Championship - 2 to 10 October
Finals of the Women's Championship - 11 to 17 October
Finals of the Senior Championship - 4 to 10 October
Finals of the Junior Championship - 2 to 3 October

22 players took part in the Open Championship, among them four Grandmasters and three women players. Nick Pert won the a nine-round Swiss with 6.5/9.

Pert started with two draws against nominally weaker players but then got going and scored 3.5 points from his next four games. With two draws and a win against Josef McPhillips Pert then secured the title.

Typical mistakes by 1800-2000 players

On this DVD GM Nick Pert shows you typical mistakes by 1800-200 players. Themes as when to exchange pieces, how to convert an advantage, passive pieces, anticipating your opponents plan, openings and pawn structure are shown throughout the DVD.

Pert,Nicholas (2548) - McPhillips,Joseph (2425) D41

British OTB Chess-ch 2021 Yorkshire (8.3), 09.10.2021

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 d5 4.Nc3 c5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.e3 6.e4 Nxc3 7.bxc3 cxd4 8.cxd4 Bb4+ 9.Bd2 Bxd2+ 10.Qxd2 leads to the main line of the Semi-Tarrasch.

6...cxd4 7.exd4 Nxc3 8.bxc3 Qc7 9.Rb1 Qxc3+ 9...Nd7 10.Bd3 Qxc3+ 11.Kf1 Be7 12.h4 0–0 13.Rh3 Nf6 14.Ne5 Qa5 15.Rg3 Kh8 16.Bg5 h6 17.Bxh6 gxh6 18.Qf3 1–0 (18) Carlsen,M (2855)-Duda,J (2756) chess24.com INT 2021

10.Bd2 Qc7

 

11.Bd3 White's quick development offers good compensation for the pawn.

11...Qd8? Better was 11...Be7 12.Rc1 Nc6

12.0–0 Nc6 13.Be4 Be7 13...Nxd4? 14.Qa4+

14.Ne5 Nxe5 15.dxe5 Qd4? Taking another pawn is too risky. Better was 15...0–0 though Black is still under pressure.

16.Qc2 Bd7 17.Bxb7 Rb8 18.Be3 Qxe5 Black's position now quickly collapses.

 

19.Bxa7 0–0 20.Bxb8 Rxb8 21.Rfd1 Bb5 22.Re1 Dc7 23.Dxc7 1–0

Typical mistakes by 1800-2000 players

On this DVD GM Nick Pert shows you typical mistakes by 1800-200 players. Themes as when to exchange pieces, how to convert an advantage, passive pieces, anticipating your opponents plan, openings and pawn structure are shown throughout the DVD.

Solid and safe against the Indian openings: Play the Fianchetto

The King''s Indian and Grunfeld are notoriously tricky and theoretical openings. The Fianchetto variation avoids the main lines which Black players enjoy, and goes for a small but safe edge. GM Nick Pert played the Fianchetto variation for over 20 years, and at the time of recording was unbeaten with White since November 2011!

Final standings

Rk. Name  TB1 
1 Pert Nicholas 6,5
2 Gormally Daniel W 6,0
  Harvey Marcus R 6,0
  Hebden Mark L 6,0
  Ledger Andrew J 6,0
  Olson Hamish 6,0
7 Mcphillips Joseph 5,5
  Finn Peter 5,5
9 Arkell Keith C 5,0
10 Sucikova Svetlana 4,5
  Head Louise 4,5
12 Starley Robert 4,0
  Stubbs Oliver 4,0
  Khoury Theo 4,0
15 Eggleston David J 3,5
  Latypova Olga L 3,5
17 Bradbury Neil H 2,5
  Webb Laurence E 2,5
19 Willison Steven 2,0
  Gordon Frederick 2,0
21 Brooks Phil J 1,0
22 Mehrafarin Amirabbas 0,0

Games

 

Eleven players took part in the Women's Championship. Tournament favourite Harriett Hunt won with 5.5/7.

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Michael Jones Michael Jones 10/21/2021 01:59
@Zagliverichess: My guess would be that many players were deterred from participating by the Covid situation; if the venue was limited to less than its usual capacity that would also explain the unusually small field.
Zagliveri_chess Zagliveri_chess 10/20/2021 06:49
Do you call 'National championship' a tournament that includes players rated under 1300? And nobody above 2550 in a country that has 5 players at 2650 or higher?
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