Bulletin No.32 – The British Chess Championships in 2016 – Part 3

In Part 1, we covered how the idea all started, how we overcame a few hurdles to secure its return together with its build up including the Opening Ceremony. In Part 2, we looked at how the event unfolded, some excellent results by local players, and a couple of interesting games. Further, we provided coverage of the Closing Ceremony and our final thoughts. Today, in Part 3, we will focus on games by local players to wrap up these memorable British Championships held in Bournemouth!

Positions from all 7 games below originally featured in Martin Simons’ excellent daily column that appeared on this website during the championships. They are all from the main championship itself and this time the games are given in their entirety and with a little extra analysis on top of Martin’s original commentary. 

Everyone is a gem its own way, so it is worth playing through them all. 

For those of you who just want to see some critical points, there are diagrams on the right hand side of each game and you can jump to those positions by clicking on them.    

We think there should be enough good chess here to keep you going all week until the next bulletin!

Round 4, Mike Waddington vs Charlie Storey

We start with a tough game between Mike Waddington and his fellow FM Charlie Storey.  Charlie built up a strong position but Mike hung in there with solid chess and turned it around when Charlie was a bit hasty in trying to press his advantage.

Round 5, John Emms vs Mike Waddington

It’s Mike again, this time with black against a GM, never an easy task!  Mike earnt a very creditable draw.

Round 6, Martin Simons vs Philip Crocker

In a rare line against Alekhine’s Defence, Martin plays a novelty and quickly outplays his opponent, producing a pretty miniature.

Round 7, Mike Waddington vs David Coleman

When he is on top form Mike plays actively and at the same time very soundly which is a tough combination to face.  This game is a good example.  Mike applied steady pressure and was rewarded by a couple of dubious moves from his opponent.  He took full advantage of them and brought home the point.

Round 8, Allan Pleasants vs Akshaya Kalaiyalahan

Here Allan goes on the attack and then wisely forces a perpetual against a strong opponent.  This game itself is short but entertaining and the potential lines arising from the final position are quite fascinating.

Round 9, Martin Simons vs Richard Britton

Martin plays the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit and gets the usual steady pressure for his pawn.  He correctly sacs an exchange and builds a crushing attack.

Round 9, Ian Clark vs Joseph Dalton

Ian is in his element here in a highly tactical game.  His precision once the position gets complicated is most impressive.  A highly enjoyable game to end on!


Over the last 3 articles, we hope we have shown how energy, drive, a fantastic venue and a great seaside location can lead to a successful local British Championships with oodles of inspirational chess. These were memorable and exciting times for the B&DCL and DCCA, and our local players. Hopefully Dorset will be able to host the British Championships again in the not too distant future!

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