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Martin Simons, Ian Clark & Alan Dommett Ian Clark announces the chess board prize

Michael Adams British Chess ChampionJovanka Houska Chess

Martin presents to Michael Adams & to British Women’s title winner Jovanka Houska

Every day of the British Championships Martin produced reports of how local players had fared plus analysis of some of the games. This attracted much interest, especially the games analysis, so it has all been retained below to bring back memories of a great tournament and a chance to revisit key moments in certain games – with, of course, expert analysis. At the foot of this page Martin has carried out an analysis of final performances.

 

Report 7th August on the final day (Day 12) & the Closing Ceremony

Closing Ceremony This was held yesterday morning at 9.30am.

Kevin Staveley (Congress Manager) was very complimentary on how the Championships went from an organisers’ perspective and GM Michael Adams spoke very highly of the event and the playing conditions at the Pavilion. He also enjoyed his seaside walks and the live bands by Bournemouth pier!

On behalf of the Bournemouth & District Chess League and Dorset County Chess Association, I thanked the Control Team especially Kevin Staveley, the local chess fraternity (in particular Ian Clark and Alan Dommett for all their hard work and support in helping to bring these Championships to Bournemouth), BH Live & the Pavilion staff and finally, to everyone who came along to make this a very successful British Championships.

Ian Clark presented a chess board prize for the Best Dorset player in the Championships which was won by FM Mike Waddington for a great tournament performance of 2250. Ian also explained the background behind the chess board which was made by the inmates at Verne prison.

Prizes were handed out to all winners.

Number of Entrants A lot of you have been asking me this question and how Bournemouth fared. Did it break the record number of entries? Well, it was all close, very close!

In terms of numbers, we came 1st and 3rd in the last 26 years! By looking at all the individual events under the Pairing & Results tab I had calculated Bournemouth had 1,206 entrants which would have been a record entry, but, unfortunately, the ECF then make deductions for players who pay to enter but don’t turn up and also for those players it classifies as ‘fillers’ who only play one or two rounds to even up numbers.

So the final results, as calculated by the ECF, are: On the total number of entrants (i.e. including multiple entries):

1st – 1,192 entrants – 2015 Warwick University

2nd – 1,188 entrants – 2013 Torquay

3rd – 1,187 entrants – 2016 Bournemouth (we missed out by just 5)

On the total number of individual entrants (i.e. excluding multiple entries):

1st – 835 entrants – 2016 Bournemouth (we stormed this one)

2nd – 794 entrants – 2013 Torquay

3rd – 784 entrants – 2015 Warwick University

In summary, this is a great result for us and demonstrates the attraction of Bournemouth to chess players. As the Championships will now move to a new 10 day format which is 5 days less than the current fomat it would make sense to measure the true success of future Championships by the number of individual entrants as the possibility of many multiple entries will be less likely. Therefore Bournemouth’s 835 is the new target to beat.

Overall, we can safely conclude that Bournemouth has now been placed firmly on the UK chess map.

In the Championship – 11th Round

GM Michael Adams (2727) demonstrated why he is a class act by despatching Martin Brown (2252) as Black so effortlessly in 28 moves. I am sure we all ask ourselves why are his moves so simple yet the rest of us cannot seem to play them? He makes chess look so easy. He is a very worthy British Chess Championship. He also achieved a joint record score of 10pts out of 11 which was initially set by his good friend Julian Hodgson in 1992 when the Championships were last held in Plymouth.

There was no win for Team Dorset in the last round but there were three draws.

FM Mike Waddington (2018) stopped his wheels falling off completely with a good draw against Koby Kalavannan (2131). Due to his impressive performance in the first week he was awarded the prize as the best Dorset Player in the Championship section. He also achieved the highest rating performance amongst Team Dorset throughout the tournament.

Oliver Gill (2102) had a quick 9 move draw as Black with Jonathan Nelson (2207). Olli has also had an excellent tournament.

Martin Simons (2018) lost with another Blackmar-Diemer Gambit against David Coleman (2181). I do enjoy these openings but I am not sure if they are much good for my chess health (and rating).

Allan Pleasants (2038) lost to Richard Britton (2188) after he missed an opportunity to hold.

Ian Clark (1963) had an excellent draw with FM Akshaya Kalaiyalahan (2288) and his best two results came in the last two rounds. I am sure he would have wanted the tournament to continue as he was just warming up.

inal standings after 11 rounds (86 players): =36 Oliver Gill 5.5pts (Tournament performance FIDE 2245)

=49 FM Mike Waddington 5pts (Tournament performance FIDE 2250)

=68 Martin Simons 4pts (Tournament performance FIDE 2061) & Allan Pleasants 4pts (Tournament performance FIDE 2000) & Ian Clark 4pts (Tournament performance FIDE 1992)

So, overall, despite some disappointing results in the second week, most of the Team Dorset players had an improved performance to their current rating.

There is only one game to finish with in these Championships and that is the British Champion’s cruise control final round win.

Martin Brown (2252) v GM Michael Adams (2727)

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nxc6 bxc6 6. e5 Qe7 7. Qe2 Nd5 8.c4 Nb6 9. Nc3 Qe6 10. Qe4 g6 11. Bd3 Bg7 12. f4 O-O 13. O-O f5

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14. exf6? Although this move has been played before (with success), it does give Back too much easy play and White’s pieces soon become targets.

14… Qxf6 15. Bd2? In view of Black’s next move this looks like a mistake.

15… d5! 16. Qe2 Black is already well on top. If 16. cxd5 then 16… Bf5 wins the Bishop on d3 and 17. Qe3 allows 17… Rae8 whilst 17. Qf3 allows 17… Qd4+

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Michael now increases the pressure and his pieces simply flow majestically into the heart of White’s position. Compare the above position to the final position some 12 moves later.

16… Ba6 17. Rae1 Again 17.cxd5 allows 17… Qd4+ winning the White Bishop on d3. If 17. b3 then the simple 17…. Rae8 is winning. 17… Bxc4 18. Bxc4 Nxc4 19. Bc1 a5

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20. Qc2?! 20.Qe6+ to trade Queens would have lasted longer but White now embarks on a faulty plan.

20… Rae8 21. Qa4? Abandon ship! Michael now ends the game in a clinical manner.

21… Qd4+ 22. Kh1 Rxe1

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23. Rxe1

23… Qf2 24. Rg1 Bd4 25. Rd1 Re8 26. h3 An escape square is needed but it is now mate in a few moves.

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26… Re1+ 27. Kh2 Qg1+ 28. Kg3 Ne3 0-1

Final Position: A fitting end to these Championships!

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In the Major Open – 11th Round,

Some great performances in the Major Open. IM Zaro Alfonso Llorente (2461) won again but despite finishing on a massive 10pts out of 11, he came 2nd! I am not sure this has ever happened before. This is because the winner, Brandon Clarke (2192), scored 10.5pts out of 11. I understand that he shouldn’t have done so as local player, James Forster (1841), may have missed a winning opportunity against him.

FM Daniel Gomez (2238) drew. Final standings after 11 rounds (36 players): 2 Zaro Alfonso Llorente 10pts (2pts clear of 3rd place!) =4 FM Daniel Gomez 6.5pts =16 James Forster 5.5pts

In the Week 2 PM

Kenny Harman (Ringwood) drew to finish equal 5th place on 3.5pts out of 5 whilst Richard Perrin (Ringwood) had a good win to finish on 3pts in equal 11th.

In the Over 50s Kevin Goater (Dorchester) drew and finished on an excellent 5pts out of 7 in 2nd place. Martin Clancy (Ringwood) won and finished on 3pts in equal 15th place.

In the Over 65s U150

Jørgen Holmstrøm Nielsen (Wimborne) unfortunately lost and finished on 3pts out of 5 in equal 4th place. Alan Tyler (Wimborne) also lost and finished on 2.5pts in equal 14th place. Paul Errington (Bournemouth) had a good win to also finish in equal 14th place with 2.5pts.

In the Under 160s

Steve Pollyn (Wimborne) had an excellent win in his final round match to finish undefeated on 3.5pts out 5 and came equal 3rd.

In the Under 120s David Burt (Bournemouth) drew to finiosh on 3.5pts from 5 in equal 12th. Frank Hamilton-Taylor (Southbourne) and Seth Rider (Poole) unfortunately lost and finished on 2pts in equal 25th. Stephen Bailey (Poole) lost and finished on 1pt in equal 38th.

In the Under 11s Sam Millar (Bethany) unfortunately lost his 7th and final game and finished on 1pt in equal 34th place.

Well played all players.

I hope I have covered everyone and you have enjoyed these daily reports. The Pavilion has been our second home for the past fortnight and it will feel very strange now that it is all over. A final bulletin will be produced next weekend to wrap everything up and will cover all the individual scores by local players. If you have a question or anything you would like me to mention or if you have a great game, then please email me. Thank you for all your much appreciated support.

Best wishes Martin

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Report 5th August on Day 11

Closing Ceremony This will be held at the Pavilion tomorrow morning at 9.30am. Everyone is welcome.

In the Championship – 10th Round GM Michael Adams (2727) only needs a draw as Black to be the Bournemouth 2016 British Chess Champion. He has played exceptionally well and has proven to be a class above the rest, although I have also been very impressed with the play of GM David Howell (2663), particularly how he has won some of his Black games against good opposition.

The last round maybe a bit of a non-entity as Michael Adams will be playing Martin Brown (2252) today who is close to some 500 FIDE rating points less than Michael. The question is whether there might be a quick draw or due to the rating differential Michael may wish to play for the win and achieve a possible record score of 10 out of 11. I am not sure if this has been achieved before, I vaguely remember someone getting to 9 out of 9 then drawing his last 2 games (GM James Plaskett – Eastbourne in 1990?) but my memory might be deceiving me. Maybe the ECF or IM Andrew Martin will confirm this. In some ways, as this could be the last ever British Chess Championships to be held over the 11 round format, it would be fitting if GM Michael Adams can achieve the (joint) record score in Bournemouth.

Yesterday was another poor day for Team Dorset with only half a point from 5 games. However, our fortunes may have been better.

FM Mike Waddington (2018) probably wishes the tournament stopped after round 7 as he has now had 3 losses in a row. His loss yesterday came at the hands of the speed king himself, IM Jack Rudd (2213). Confidence can play such a big part in chess. When you are on a roll, luck seems to be with you. When luck is against you, you tend to roll over.

Oliver Gill (2102) lost to Rob Willmoth (2189) despite a good position from the opening. Once given a chance Rob played the game exceptionally well. See Game 1

Martin Simons (2018) had an enjoyable game against Tim Wall (2162), may have missed a win on move 47 and then missed a trick on move 50 to lose immediatelyj. See Game 2.

Allan Pleasants (2038) had a poor game by his own high standards to lose to a great attack by Jonathan Nelson (2207).

Ian Clark (1963) had a great game and successfully held an endgame a pawn down against Akshaya Kalaiyalahan (2288).

Current standings after 10 rounds (86 players): =35 Oliver Gill 5pts (current tournament performance FIDE 2249) =53 FM Mike Waddington 4.5pts (current tournament performance FIDE 2266) =60 Martin Simons 4pts (current tournament performance FIDE 2089) & Allan Pleasants 4pts (current tournament performance FIDE 2022) =74 Ian Clark 3.5pts (current tournament performance FIDE 1964)

Game 1 – Oliver Gill (2102) v Rob Willmoth (2189)

Position after Black’s 14th move.

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Olli has played the opening really well and can settle for a nice positional edge with 15.Bxf6 gxf6 16. Nfe3 but this is not Olli’s style. He has seen something better …

15. Nxg7+? Bxg7 16. Bxf6

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16… e4!

Think this is the move Olli missed. Now Black’s position comes alive. 17. Qxe4 (17. Nxe4 allows Qxc2 mate) Bxf6 18. Nd5 Qe5 19. Qb4 a5

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20. Qa3? Possibly missing Black’s 21st move

20… Bxd5 21. Rhe1 Be4 With the pin covered and 2 Bishops to the good, Black went on to win in 34 moves.

Game 2 – Tim Wall (2162) v Martin Simons (2018)

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It is Black 47th move. I was trying to make 47… Qh1+ 48.Kg3 and firstly 48… Rg1+ to work and then secondly 48… Bh4+ 49.Nxh4 (49.Kxh4 loses to Qxf2 mate) Rg1+ to work but I could not analyse the King chase. The first option draws and the second option wins for Black but it is complicated!

Instead I played … 47… Qf4 to centralise the Queen but Tim played some great moves 48. Qd5! Bc3 49.Nd4!

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If now 49… Bxd4 50. Qxd4+ Qxd4 51.Rxd4 picking up Black’s b-pawn with great winning chances so I played 49… Re1 intending to respond to 50. Ne6+ with Rxe6 51. Qxe6 Bf4 but Tim delivered the knockout blow 50. Nf5+! If 50… gxf5 then 51. Qxf7+ followed by mate so I resigned. Instead 49… Qf6 and there is no immediate win. Well played Tim.

In the Major Open – 10th Round,

Some great performances in the Major Open. IM Zaro Alfonso Llorente (2461) won again but still remains half a point behind tournament leader Brandon Clarke (2192) who is still having the tournament of his life! If Brandon wins today, then he will achieve 10.5pts out of 11 which surely must be a record for the Major Open! His current tournament performance is a whopping 2548, that’s almost a strong GM standard! The person in his way for the final round is Dorset’s local lad James Forster (1841) who had a great win in round 10.

FM Daniel Gomez (2238) also had a nice win. Current standings after 10 rounds (36 players): 2 IM Zaro Alfonso Llorente 9pts (2pts clear of 3rd place!) =5 FM Daniel Gomez 6pts =7 James Forster 5.5pts

In the Week 2 PM

Kenny Harman (Ringwood) had a nice win to move up to equal 3rd place on 3pts out of 4 but unfortunately Richard Perrin (Ringwood) lost and remains on 2pts in equal 19th.

In the Over 50s Kevin Goater (Dorchester) had a great win and is now on 4.5pts out of 6 and is currently in 2nd place. Martin Clancy (Ringwood) lost and remains on on 2pts in equal 20th place.

In the Over 65s U150 Jørgen Holmstrøm Nielsen (Wimborne) had a great draw against a higher rated opponent and is on 3pts out of 4 in equal 2nd place. Alan Tyler (Wimborne) also drew and is on 2.5pts in equal 4th place. Paul Errington (Bournemouth) unfortunately lost is in equal 20th place with 1.5pts.

In the Under 160s Steve Pollyn (Wimborne) drew his 3rd round match and is on 1.5pts and in equal 16th.

In the Under 120s

David Burt (Bournemouth) drew and is on 2.5pts from 4 games in equal 12th. Frank Hamilton-Taylor (Southbourne) unfortunately lost and and remains on 2pts in equal 17th. Seth Rider (Poole) had a great win and joins Frank on 2pts. Stephen Bailey (Poole) had a nice win and is on 1pt and moves up to equal 35th.

In the Under 11s (started yesterday)

Sam Millar (Bethany) unfortunately lost his 6th game and remains on 1pt.

I hope I have covered everyone but please let me know if I have missed anyone. If you have any brilliancies then please send them to me.

Please do come along and support the British Chess Championships in Bournemouth, also tell all your club members if they can come along too.

You can see all the most of the round 10 games in the Championship for a while on …

http://www.britishchesschampionships.co.uk/live-games/

This link will then show final round live games from 2.30pm today. There is also excellent daily Game of the Day commentary on You Tube which is given by International Master Andrew Martin and I give the link below ..

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRazaRwwrCej7HDCNr2SSLw/videos

Andrew is also providing daily live commentary at the Pavilion venue in the Lucullus room (floor below the ballroom) between 3pm and 6.30pm (approx) and today will be the last day. There are lots of fantastic chess books to be won with guess the next move competitions! Good luck to all local players today!

Best wishes Martin

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Report 4th August on Day 10

In the Championship – 9th Round It looks like GM Michael Adams (2727) is walking away with it as he is now 1pt clear of GM David Howell (2663). Only if he draws with GM Daniel Gormally (2494) today and David Howell wins in a tough match as Black v GM Nick pert (2570) could the final round be interesting.

After Day 8’s disastrous day, Team Dorset came bouncing back with its best day of the Championships yesterday with a 70% score (3 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss).

FM Mike Waddington (2018) seems to be hitting his brick wall and lost to Anthony Zhang (2189). However, he has had an exceptional tournament and with a couple of wins in the final two rounds, he could still get a good place and a prize.

Oliver Gill (2102) had a great win against the speed merchant IM Jack Rudd (2213), see Game 1, and could achieve a significant prize if he wins his last two games. He has a chance in round 10 with White against Rob Willmoth (2189).

Martin Simons (2018) turned up thinking he was Black against FM Richard Britton (2188) as he was White in the last round. When struggling to find his board (as there was someone sitting in the Black chair) it became clear he was White again. I should have gone to Specsavers! There was a repeat of the same variation of the Blackmar Diemer Gambit from the 1st round. This time I varied with 8.h3 (to prevent 8… Bg4) and Richard went into a big think think, probably around a 30 minute think and although he had a reasonable position, time played its part and with many pieces remaining on the board, Richard missed a nice tactic which allowed White to bag Black’s Queen. See Game 2.

Allan Pleasants (2038) had a good draw against Oskar Hackner (2156). Alan has remained undefeated in his last 7 games, a tremendous effort.

Ian Clark (1963) had a fine win against Joseph Doulton (1928) bambouzling his opponent with lots of sharp tactics! See Game 3.

Game 1 – Oliver Gill (2102) v IM Jack Rudd (2213)

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Olli seems to be outplaying Jack and is completely dominating the e-file. Jack now makes a mistake which brings the game to a swift end. 31… Qc6? 32. Rxe7! and Black resigns as after 32… Kxg7 33. Qe7+ picks up the Rook on e8. Well played Olli!

Game 2 – Martin Simons (2018) v FM Richard Britton (2188)

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White has sacrificed the exchange earlier for attacking chances but Black now believes he can get good play by sacrificing back with … 27… Bxd5 28. cxd5 c4

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29. Bg6! fxg6 30. Nd7+ The point of Bg6 was to deflect the f pawn so that the Black Knight is pinned, hence Black is now losing his Queen. 30… Kf7 31. Nxb6 axb6 32. d6!

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If 32… exd6 then 33.Rf3 winning the Black Knight. 1-0

Game 3 – Ian Clark (1963) v Joseph Doulton (1928)

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Ian has just played 26.Nxe6 and there is complete carnage in the position. The computer unbelievably assesses this position as approximately equal but to the human eye anything can happen as is typical with Ian’s games! 26… Bd4+ 27.Kf1 Qf7+ 28. Nf4 Rg8 29. Rxd1

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So far, both players are playing accurately but now Black should play 29… Rac8 according to our silicon friend. This is because the exchange of the Bishops (d4 v c2) favours Black and if the Bishop on c2 moves then the c1 Bishop is exposed if White chooses to capture on d4, therefore Black has gained some time. However, this is hard to see. 29… Rad8?! 30. Nge2! Bf6 31. Rxd8 Bxd8 32. h4!

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Ian is playing exceptionally well and it is obvious to see that White now has a clear advantage as the Black King is so vulnerable to the fantastically positioned Bishops on c2 and c1. Perhaps this is why one of them needed to be exchanged (see earlier comment). 32… Bc7 33. h5 Bxf4 34. hxg6+ Rxg6

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35. Bxf4? Although White is still winning it is not clear why Ian did not play 35. Nxf4 increasing the pressure on g6 and probably forcing instant resignation. Maybe he was worried about 35… Qc4+ but there is nothing to be worried about after 36.Qe2. 35… Bd5 36. Kg1 Be6 37. Qh5 Kg7 38. Be5+ Rf6

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Black is in a complete mess. The White Bishops are just so dominant. 39. Nf4 Kf8 40. Bg6 Rxg6 41. Nxg6+ Ke8 42. Qxh6 Qf5 43. Qh8+ Kd7 44. Nf4 Kc6

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Ian finds the right way to finish off the game. 45. Qe8+! Bd7 46. Qa8+! Kb5 47. Qd5+ Ka4 48. Qc4+ 1-0

Well played, Ian, who always seems to play better in complex tactical positions.

Current standings after 9 rounds (86 players): =23 Oliver Gill 5pts (current tournament performance FIDE 2299) =38 FM Mike Waddington 4.5pts (current tournament performance FIDE 2311) =49 Martin Simons 4pts (current tournament performance FIDE 2118) & Allan Pleasants 4pts (current tournament performance FIDE 2038) =71 Ian Clark 3pts (current tournament performance FIDE 1958) In the Major Open – 9th Round,

IM Zaro Alfonso Llorente (2461) won again but still remains half a point behind tournament leader Brandon Clarke (2192) who is having the tournament of his life as he beat FM Daniel Gomez (2238). James Forster (1841) drew. Current standings after 9 rounds (36 players): 2 IM Zaro Alfonso Llorente 8pts (2pts clear of 3rd place!) =8 FM Daniel Gomez 5pts =15 James Forster 4.5pts

In the Week 2 PM

Kenny Harman (Ringwood) and Richard Perrin (Ringwood) drew their respective matches and are both in equal 5th place.

In the Over 50s Kevin Goater (Dorchester) had an excellent draw against FM Andrew Lewis (2269) and is now on 3.5pts out of 5 and is currently in equal 2nd place.

Martin Clancy (Ringwood) lost and remains on on 2pts in equal 17th place. In the Over 65s U150 Jørgen Holmstrøm Nielsen (Wimborne) had a fine win and is on 2.5pts out of 3 in equal 2nd place. Alan Tyler (Wimborne) drew and is on 2pts in equal 5th place. Paul Errington (Bournemouth) also drew and is in equal 12th place with 1.5pts. In the Under 160s Steve Pollyn (Wimborne) drew his 3rd round match and is on 1.5pts and in equal 16th.

In the Under 120s Frank Hamilton-Taylor (Southbourne) and David Burt (Bournemouth) had great wins and are now on 2pts out of 3 in equal 6th. Unfortunately Seth Rider (Poole) lost and remains on 1pt in equal 26th. Stephen Bailey (Poole) unfortunately lost and remains on 0pts.

In the Under 11s (started yesterday)

Sam Millar (Bethany) unfortunately lost his 5th game and remains on 1pt.

I hope I have covered everyone but please let me know if I have missed anyone. If you have any brilliancies then please send them to me.

Please do come along and support the British Chess Championships in Bournemouth, also tell all your club members if they can come along too.

You can see all the round 9 games for a while on …

http://www.britishchesschampionships.co.uk/live-games/

This link will then show round 10 live games from 2.30pm today. There is also excellent daily Game of the Day commentary on You Tube which is given by International Master Andrew Martin and I give the link below ..

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRazaRwwrCej7HDCNr2SSLw/videos

Andrew is also providing daily live commentary at the Pavilion venue in the Lucullus room (floor below the ballroom) between 3pm and 6.30pm (approx) until Friday 5th August. There are lots of fantastic chess books to be won with guess the next move competitions! Good luck to all local players today!

Best wishes Martin

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Report 3rd August on Day 9

In the Championship – 8th Round What a disaster! Day 8 was not good for Team Dorset, our worst day of the Championships so far as there was only one draw amongst the five of us. FM Mike Waddington (2018) seemed to get slowly squeezed by IM Jovanka Houska (2386).

Oliver Gill (2102) had a difficult position versus Oyama Akito (2183), then showed his fighting spirit and seemed to be heading for a draw when his opponent found some interesting tactics in a sharp Bishop engame to find a win (see 1st game below).

Martin Simons (2018) played quickly but without purpose against Jeremy Fallowfield (2109). Allan Pleasants (2038) had a good draw against Akshaya Kalaiyalahan (2238) but could he have had more? (see 2nd game below). Ian Clark (1963) lost to Alex Golding (1961)

Oyama Akito (2183) v Oliver Gill (2102)

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Can Black play 45… Kg4. Olli probably did not like 46.cxb6 axb6 47. Ke5 but it looks like Black is holding after 47… Kxg3 48. Kf6 Bg8 49. Kg7 Be6 50. Bxg6 Kxh4 51. f5 Bxf5 52. Bxf5 Kg5. Instead Olli played 45… Kf6 which is probably loses. 46. g4 Be6 47. g5+ Kf7 48. Ke5 bxc5 49. Bxg6+! Kxg6 50. Kxe6 c4

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It’s a pawn race and even though both players queen at the same time White’s second pawn is closer to the queening square. 51. f5+ Kh5

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52. g6 c3 53. g7 c2 54. g8=Q c1=Q 55. Qg6+ (55.f6 immediately is stronger) Kxh4 56. f6

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56… Qe3+ 57. Kd7 Qh3+ 58. Kd8 Qe6 59. Qh7+? This only draws. 59.Qg7 is correct to keep the Black King cut off. Just shows that Queen endings are difficult. 59… Kg5 60. f7 Qd6+ 61. Ke8 Qb8+ 62. Ke7

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Now 62… Qb4 draws as it prevents White playing the Kf8, Kg8 winning plan. but 62… Qc7+?? 63. Kf8 Kf6 64.Qh6+ Kf5 65. Kg8

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Black resigns as f8(Q) cannot be prevented. This shows that even the simplest of endgames are often more difficult than openings and middlegames as more precision is required and even at the higher levels, players can make mistakes.

Allan Pleasants (2038) v Akshaya Kalaiyalahan (2238) 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. c3 Nf6 4. e5 Nd5 5. d4 cxd4 6. cxd4 d6 7. Nc3 Nxc3 8.bxc3 dxe5 9. Nxe5 Nd7 10. Bb5 Bd6 11. f4 O-O 12. Bd3 Qc7 13. Bb2 Rd8

 

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This allows the Greek sacrifice. 14. Bxh7+! Kxh7 15. Qh5+ Kg8 16. Qxf7+ Kh8 17. Qh5+

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And it was here that a draw was agreed but did Allan have more? After 17… Kg8 18. Qf7+ Kh8 could Allan have played 19. 0-0 threatening Rf3 and Rh3? Now best for Black appears to be 19… Nxe5 20. Qh5+ Kg8 21. fxe5.

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If now 21… Bf8 then 22. Rf3 seems to win. If 21… Be7 then 22. Qf7+ Kh8 23. Rf3 wins. So Black must play 21… Bxe5 22. fxe5 when White has a slight advantage (he is a pawn up). If Black tries to win White’s Bishop on b2 with 22… Qb6+ 23. Kh1 Qxb2 then 24. Qf7+ Kh8 25. Rab1 Qc2 26.Rb4! seems to win ge.g. 26… Qh7 27.Qf8+! Rxf8 28. Rxf8+ Qg8 29.Rh4 is mate!

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It is understandable that both players could not see this.

Current standings after 7 rounds (86 players) : =24 FM Mike Waddington 4.5pts (current tournament performance FIDE 2375) =33 Oliver Gill 4pts (current tournament performance FIDE 2261) =52 Allan Pleasants 3.5pts (current tournament performance FIDE 2029) =64 Martin Simons 3pts (current tournament performance FIDE 2071) =80 Ian Clark 2pts (current tournament performance FIDE 1910) In the Major Open – 8th Round,

IM Zaro Alfonso Llorente (2461) drew against FM Daniel Gomez (2238).

James Forster (1841) drew with Daniel Sutton (1812). Current standings after 8 rounds (36 players): 2 IM Zaro Alfonso Llorente 7pts =4 FM Daniel Gomez 5pts =15 James Forster 3.5pts

In the Week 2 PM

Kenny Harman (Ringwood) and Richard Perrin (Ringwood) had a Grandmaster draw They are now both in equal 7th place.

In the Over 50s Kevin Goater (Dorchester) drew and is now on 3pts out of 4 and is currently in equal 2nd place. Martin Clancy (Ringwood) is on 2pts in equal 11th place having drawn yesterday. In the Over 65s U150 Both Alan Tyler (Wimborne) and Jørgen Holmstrøm Nielsen (Wimborne) drew and are on 1.5pts from 2 games in equal 4th place whilst Paul Errington (Bournemouth) won and moved up to equal 12th place with 1pt. In the Under 160s Steve Pollyn (Wimborne) drew his 2nd round match and is on 1pt and in equal 13th. In the Under 120s Frank Hamilton-Taylor (Southbourne) unfortunately lost and is now on 1pt out of 2. He is joined by Seth Ryder (Poole) who drew and David Burt (Bournemouth) who won. Stephen Bailey (Poole) unfortunately lost and is on 0pts.

In the Under 11s (started yesterday)

A great result for Sam Millar (Bethany) who won his 4th game and is now on 1pt.

I hope I have covered everyone but please let me know if I have missed anyone. If you have any brilliancies then please send them to me.

Please do come along and support the British Chess Championships in Bournemouth, also tell all your club members if they can come along too.

You can see all the round 8 games for a while on …

http://www.britishchesschampionships.co.uk/live-games/

This link will then show round 9 live games from 2.30pm today. There is also excellent daily Game of the Day commentary on You Tube which is given by International Master Andrew Martin and I give the link below ..

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRazaRwwrCej7HDCNr2SSLw/videos

Andrew is also providing daily live commentary at the Pavilion venue in the Lucullus room (floor below the ballroom) between 3pm and 6.30pm (approx) until Friday 5th August. There are lots of fantastic chess books to be won with guess the next move competitions! Good luck to all local players today!

Best wishes Martin

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Report 2nd August on Day 8

In the Championship – 7th Round FM Mike Waddington (2018) had another excellent controlled win beating David Coleman (2181).

Oliver Gill (2102) fought well and managed to draw in a difficult position against Mark Lyell (2238).

Martin Simons (2018) had his third Benko Gambit of the tournament but his opponent, Rob Willmoth (2189) was well prepared and secured a safe opening advantage which was converted.

Allan Pleasants (2038) had a good draw against David Graham (2152).

Ian Clark (1963) lost to Richard Birkett (2053).

FM Mike Waddington (2018) v FM David Coleman (2181) This is a good example of how to smother your opponent. 1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 d5 3. Nf3 c6 4. e3 Nbd7 5. Bd3 Qb6 6. b3 g6 7. O-O Bg7 8. c4 O-O 9. Nc3 dxc4 10. bxc4 e5

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11. Rb1 Qa5

Mike’s position is preferable and he is already eyeing up the d6 square for one of his knights. 12. Qb3 Re8 13. Qc2 a6 14. Bh4 Ra7 15.Nd2 b5 16. a4 bxa4 17. Nxa4 h5?

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It is not clear what this move achieves? Black should maybe looking to create counter play against White’s pawn on d4 but his position is already difficult. 18. c5! Nd5 19. Nc4 Qc7 20. Nd6 Re6 21. Qc4 Rxd6 22. cxd6 Qxd6 23. Rfc1

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White is a clear exchange ahead and with pressure against Black’s queenside. Mike won in 40 moves, his shortest game.

Oliver Gill (2102) v Mark Lyell (2238) After 10 moves, Olli had this difficult position

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…. But he managed to turn it around this position after move 29, where with the exchange advantage he may stand slightly better.

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Olli then spent a large part of the game trying to swap of Queens but both players eventually settled for a draw by a repetition of moves. This is the final position.

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In Rob Willmoth (2189) v Martin Simons (2018) I had been outplayed for most of the game (or at least it felt like it). However, we reached this position at move 35 (White to play) when Rob gave me a chance.

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Houdini assesses this as +6 for White after 35.Qxe7 but Rob inexplicably played 35.Qc7?? which allows 35… Re8 with drawing chances but I then even more inexplicably played 35… Rc8?? which allowed 36.Qxb7! which ended the game immediately. My only excuse was that I was a little short of time. Current standings after 7 rounds (86 players) : =13 FM Mike Waddington 4.5pts (current tournament performance FIDE 2426) =21 Oliver Gill 4pts (current tournament performance FIDE 2322) =50 Martin Simons (current tournament performance FIDE 2115) & Allan Pleasants 3pts (current tournament performance FIDE 1991) =76 Ian Clark 2pts (current tournament performance FIDE 1965)

In the Major Open, Red hot favourite ex-Poole player IM Zaro Alfonso Llorente (2461) won his 7th round game. He and Brandon Clarke who are now 1.5pts point ahead of the field. Daniel Gomez (2238) won to move into equal 4th spot on 4.5pts and James Forster (1841) drew. Current standings after 7 rounds (36 players): =1 IM Zaro Alfonso Llorente 6.5pts =4 FM Daniel Gomez 4.5pts =14 James Forster 3.5pts

In the Week 2 PM

Kenny Harman (Ringwood) and Richard Perrin (Ringwood) both made excellent starts by winning their first matches.

In the Over 50s Kevin Goater (Dorchester) is progressing well with 2.5pts out of 3 and is currently in equal 2nd place.

Martin Clancy (Ringwood) is on 1.5pts having secured a nice win yesterday. In the Over 65s U150

Alan Tyler (Wimborne) and Jørgen Holmstrøm Nielsen (Wimborne) both had excellent wins in their 1st round matches whilst Paul Errington (Bournemouth) unfortunately lost.

In the Under 160s Steve Pollyn (Wimborne) drew his 1st round match. In the Under 120s There were mixed fortunes in the 1st round.

Frank Hamilton-Taylor (Southbourne) continued his fine form from the first week by winning,

Seth Ryder (Poole) drew and Stephen Bailey (Poole) lost.

In the Under 11s (started yesterday)

Sam Millar (Bethany) has unfortunately lost his first three games.

I hope I have covered everyone but please let me know if I have missed anyone. If you have any brilliancies then please send them to me.

Please do come along and support the British Chess Championships in Bournemouth, also tell all your club members if they can come along too.

You can see all the round 7games for a while on …

http://www.britishchesschampionships.co.uk/live-games/

This link will then show round 8 live games from 2.30pm today. There is also excellent daily Game of the Day commentary on You Tube which is given by International Master Andrew Martin and I give the link below ..

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRazaRwwrCej7HDCNr2SSLw/videos

Andrew is also providing daily live commentary at the Pavilion venue in the Lucullus room (floor below the ballroom) between 3pm and 6.30pm (approx) until Friday 5th August. There are lots of fantastic chess books to be won with guess the next move competitions! Good luck to all local players today!

Best wishes Martin

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Report 1st August on Day 7

This is a long bulletin (sorry) as there is so much to cover including the weekend events to report on as well as Saturday’s and Sunday’s matches. Tomorrow’s report should be much shorter!

Firstly, I have noted that the Blitz tournament has attracted 77 entries (only 53 still showing as the list of entrants on the website), the Weekender Open has attracted 48 entries (only 46 on website), the Weekender Under 150 has attracted 39 entries (38 on website) and the Weekender Under 125 has attracted 42 entries (only 37 on website). This means we now have 32 more entries to the 1,142 reported last Friday and currently showing on the website so I believe we are up to 1,174 entries and only 13 short of the record entry! There are still the Week 2 tournament entries to go so Bournemouth might get close to the record entry. Either way, it’s a tremendous achievement and shows that Bournemouth, despite being on the south coast and is not as central in the country as Warwick University or as established as Torquay, is a major attraction to chess players and their families, as it offers so much more than just the chess, including a great family holiday location. However, I am sure many will argue that the playing hall conditions, the commentary room and the location of the Pavilion are excellent too.

It was a little disappointing to hear of a controversial moment in the Blitz tournamant yesterday involving two of the top players which held up the tournament for a period of time but, unfortunately, these things do happen and have to be resolved. Who wants to be arbiter?

On a much more positive note, there were some great local performances over the weekend, perhaps the highlight being Adam Ursell’s excellent 3rd place in the Under 120 section (out of 42 entries too!). At 16 years old and a recorded grade for the tournament of only 82, this was a phenomenal performance!

In the Championship – 6th Round

FM Mike Waddington (2018) continued to battle hard with his second Black in a row versus FM Peter Batchelor (2341). The complicated game lasted 54 moves and swayed from winning for White to winning for Black. Mike was at least holding the position a few moves before the end but unfortunately he could not find the right continuation and Peter capitalised. A real courageous effort by Mike.

Oliver Gill (2102) secured an excellent solid 21 move draw versus FM Chris Duncan (2292).

Martin Simons (2018) secured a nice quick win versus Philip Crocker (2122), his first win of the tournament.

Allan Pleasants (2038) had to work a bit harder for his first win of the tournament versus James Golding (1991).

Ian Clark (1963) was unlucky to lose against Dominic Klingher (2117) as he miscalculated a pawn race.

So another excellent 50% score for Team Dorset.

Current standings after 6 rounds (86 players) :

=20 FM Mike Waddington 3.5pts & Oliver Gill 3pts
=36 Martin Simons 3pts
=51 Allan Pleasants 2.5pts
=66 Ian Clark 2pts

A couple of games from the Championships as I know some of you enjoy these.

In Peter Batchelor (2341) v Mike Waddington (2015), the following position was reached after White’s 39.h5. It is extremely complicated, Mike is well in the game and he has many interesting possibilities and moves

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The game continued 39 … Rc2 and this should hold.

39… Rdc7 may be winning (threat of Rc3) but can a human spot this?

40. hxg6 Bb4 41. gxf7+ Rxf7 42. Kh1 Bxd2 43. Qg2+ Kh7 44. Rxd2 Rc3 45. Kg1 Qxf4 46. Rf2 Qh4 47. Qxd5 Rg3+ 48. Rg2 Rxg2+ 49. Kxg2

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So far both players have played this reasonably accurately but Mike now goes astray.

49… Qg4+?

49… Qg5+ should be played and if 50.Kh2 then Qh5+ followed by Rxf6. If King to the f-file then Rxf6+ wins!

50. Kf2 Qh4+ 51.Ke2

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51… Rc7?! (52… Qh5+ followed by Rxf6 looks best)

52. Qf3

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52… Qh2+? the losing move. Apparently passing with 52… Kh8 but what person would spot this!

53. Kf1 h5 54. f7 Black resigns 1-0

Another well played game for Mike and he was unlucky to lose. He is certainly giving the stronger players a good run for their money!

Martin Simons (2018) v Philip Crocker (2122)

1. e4 Nf6 2. Nc3 d5 3. e5 Ne4 4. Nce2 f6 5. d3 Ng5 6. Bxg5 fxg5 7. h4 g4 8. f4 gxf3 9. Nxf3 Bg4 10. Qd2 e6 11. Qf4 Bxf3 12. gxf3

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Although assessed as equal by the silicon friend, I think White stands better due to his lead in development and an easy plan. It’s also harder for Black to find the right plan as shown in the game.

12… Be7?! 13. Nd4! g5??

This loses 14. hxg5 Bxg5 15. Qg4 Be3? and this loses quickly.

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16. Rxh7! Rxh7 17. Qg8+ Ke7 (17… Kd7 is not possible due to 18.Qxe6 mate) 18. Qxh7+ Ke8 19. Nxe6 Qc8 20. Bh3 Nd7 21. Bg4 a6 22. Bh5 mate. 1-0
In the Major Open,

Red hot favourite ex-Poole player Zaro Alfonso Llorente (2461) won his 6th round game and it looks like Major Open is between him and Brandon Clarke who are both 1 point ahead of the field. Daniel Gomez (2238) and James Forster (1841) both drew whilst Martin Clancy (1958) took a well earned rest!

Current standings after 6 rounds (36 players):

=1 IM Zaro Alfonso Llorente 5.5pts
=8 FM Daniel Gomez 3.5pts
=15 James Forster 3pts

Martin Clancy 1.5pts (after 5 rounds) has withdrawn. Martin will reappear in another tournament event this week!

In the Over 65s
Andrew Footner had a fine win to finish his tournament on 4pts out of 7 and came equal 11th.

Bill Adaway drew to finish with 3pts and came equal 22nd.

In the Under 14s
Andre Reid unluckily lost his final round match to finish on 2.5pts out of 7.

In the Under 12s

Ciaran Southey lost his final round game to finish on 3pts out of 7.

In the Under 11s (started yesterday)

Sam Millar has unfortunately lost his first two games.

In the Under 10s

Nidhi Ramesh drew and finished on 1.5pts out of 7.

Well played all juniors!

In the Weekend Tournaments:

In the Open Section

Reenen Du Toit (New Milton), Mark Littleton (Wimborne) and Michael Fuller (Poole) all came equal 16th out of 48 with 2.5pts out of 5. Well done.

In the Under 150 section

Jørgen Holmstrøm Nielsen (Wimborne) is to be congratulated for an excellent performance in coming equal 3rd out of 39 with 3.5pts out of 5. Peter Wilcock (Wimborne) and Tim Joyce (Wimborne) also performed well coming equal 9th with 3 out of 5. Malcolm Steevens (Bridport) and Rob Davenport (Ringwood) came equal 17th with 2.5 out of 5.

In the Under 125 section

David Dixon (Purbeck) and Adam Ursell (Highcliffe) are to be congratulated for an excellent equal 3rd place out of 42 with 3.5pts out of 5. Adam’s grade is only 82 so this is an exceptional performance. Well done, Adam! Nigel Purry (Southbourne) also played well to come equal 10th with 3pts as his grade is only 95. Michael Davidson (Wimborne) came equal 19th with 2.5pts. John Doull (Purbeck) came equal 32nd with 1.5pts and Brian Beard (Purbeck) came equal 36th with 1pt.

In the Blitz Tournament

Daniel Gomez (Poole) played well to come equal 10th out of 76 with 7pts out of 11. Oscar Garcia (Poole) came 17th equal with 6.5pts. Grzegorz Sawicki (Southbourne) and Steve Pollyn (Wimborne) came equal 43rd with 5pts. Graham White (Southbourne) came equal 70th with 3pts.

I understand there was some controversy (player touching a piece … accidental or deliberate?) on one of the higer boards in the Blitz tournament involving two IMs which held up the tournament for a considerable length of time. This is never pleasant to see and does not reflect well on the players or tournament.

I hope I have covered everyone but please let me know if I have missed anyone. If you have any brilliancies then please send them to me.
Please do come along and support the British Chess Championships in Bournemouth, also tell all your club members if they can come along too.

You can see all the round 6 games for a while on …

Live Games – British

This link will then show round 7 live games from 2.30pm today.

There is also excellent daily Game of the Day commentary on You Tube which is given by International Master Andrew Martin and I give the link below ..
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRazaRwwrCej7HDCNr2SSLw/videos

Andrew is also providing daily live commentary at the Pavilion venue in the Lucullus room (floor below the ballroom) between 3pm and 6.30pm (approx) until Friday 5th August. There are lots of fantastic chess books to be won with guess the next move competitions!

What more can a chess player want?

We would love to see you.
Good luck to all local players today!

Report 31 July on Day 6

Today is a rest day for the Championship and Major Open players and the weather has been so nice that I have taken full advantage of it.

Yesterday’s matches and a round up on the local weekend events will be provided tomorrow.

Best wishes

Martin

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Report 30 July on Day 5

All these daily bulletins are being stored in the section labelled Martin’s Analysis … http://www.dorsetchess.co.uk/martins-british-chess-column-25-july/

Also within Alan Dommett’s “Games Analysis” there is his work on the Oliver Gill v Keith Arkell opening day fascinating encounter. As Alan comments, Ollie is a great example to us all to keep going and not to be daunted by the level of opposition; also to take the game to your opponent … http://www.dorsetchess.co.uk/game-analysis/

In the Championship – 5th Round This was most definitely the highlight of the Championship for the Dorset players. Despite being heavily outrated in 4 of the 5 matches, the Team Dorset managed to secure 5 draws (and there was even an opportunity or two to have performed even better). Even more of a highlight were the excellent draws achieved by FM Mike ‘Houdini’ Waddington (2018) against GM John Emms (2467) and Oliver Gill (2102) against IM Dietmar Kolbus (2315). Well done to both players! In GM John Emms (2467) v FM Mike ‘Houdini’ Waddington (2018) the game always looked tight with lots of manoeuvring behind the scenes in a Giuoco Piano.

Key moments: Position 1.

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Can Black (Mike) snap a pawn on move 21 with 21… Qxb3? Looks tempting. However, Mike probably saw 22.h4 Qe6 23.hxg5 hxg5 24.Rf5 Nh7 25.Rxh7ch winning e.g. 25… Kxh7 26.Qh5ch Kg7 27.Rxg5ch Kf8 28.Bh4! Black can defend with 22… Rh8 but it is complicated. Mike chose wisely and played 21… Nd7.

Position 2.

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This is the final position (well the Live Game website says Black played 40… Rh8 which is clearly wrong as it allows mate in 8!). Mike maybe slightly better due to White’s pawn weaknesses and exposed King?! However, understandably he was happy to settle for the draw.

In Oliver Gill (2102) against IM Dietmar Kolbus (2315) It looks like White may have had a slight advantage from the opening after … 1. e4 c5 2. b3 Nf6 3. Nc3 d6 4. Bb2 g6 5. Nd5 Bg7 6. Nxf6+ exf6 7. Bc4

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However, pieces were traded and the final position looks dead drawn.

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So well done both Mike and Olli. In the other Championship matches, Martin Simons (2018), Ian Clark (1963) and Allan Pleasants (2038) all drew, with Ian drawing an unusual Rook and 2 connected h and g passed pawns versus Rook endgame. Once again another 50% score from the 5 local players. Current standings after 5 rounds (86 players) : =8 FM Mike Waddington 3.5pts =23 Oliver Gill 3pts =50 Martin Simons & Ian Clark 2pts =72 Allan Pleasants 1.5pts Despite all the above players being in the bottom quartile of the Championships, Team Dorset have scored 12pts out of 25pts which so far, is an excellent achievement as we approach the half way stage. You can see all the round 5 games for a while on …

http://www.britishchesschampionships.co.uk/live-games/

This link will then show round 6 live games from 2.30pm today. As already mentioned, there is excellent daily Game of the Day commentary on You Tube which is given by International Master Andrew Martin and I give the link below ..

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRazaRwwrCej7HDCNr2SSLw/videos

Except for this Sunday, Andrew is also providing daily live commentary at the Pavilion venue in the Lucullus room (floor below the ballroom) between 3pm and 6.30pm (approx) until Friday 5th August. There are lots of fantastic chess books to be won with guess the next move competitions! In the Major Open: Red hot favourite ex-Poole player Zaro Alfonso Llorente (2461) drew his 5th round game to Brandon Clarke (2192) and remains in equal 1st place, whilst James Forster (1841) had an excellent draw against John Garnett (2010), Daniel Gomez (2238) won and Martin Clancy (1958) unfortunately lost. Current standings after 4 rounds (36 players): =1 IM Zaro Alfonso Llorente 4.5pts =8 FM Daniel Gomez 3pts =15 James Forster 2.5pts =22 Martin Clancy 1.5pts In the Over 65s

Andrew Footner could not follow up on his win from the previous day and lost whilst Bill Adaway drew. They both have 3pts and 2.5pts out of 6 respectively.

In the Over 50s Under 150

Peter Wilcock could only draw on top board to finish on 4 out of 5 so he had to settle for 2nd place as this tournament has come to an end. Well done Peter, a great result! Frank Hamilton-Taylor had an excellent tournament winning his last round match against Chris Fraser (127) to finish on 3pts. All his opponents were higher graded than him and his tournament performance was fantastic 136. Well done Frank!

In the Under 14s

There was another great win for Andre Reid who is now on 2.5 out of 6. He is now finding his form with two wins in a row!

In the Under 12s

Congratulations go to Ciaran Southey who won and is on 3 out of 6 and has also won 2 games in a row!

In the Under 10s

Nidhi Ramesh won by default.

In the Under 180s

Grzegorz Sawicki was clearly not on form and finished on 1 out of 5.

In the Under 140s

Richard Ursell won again to finish equal 3rd with 4 out of 5. Well played Richard. Derek Mount had a great win to finish equal 7th on 3.5pts. John Belinger drew and was joined on 3pts and equal 12th by Tim Joyce and Jørgen Holmstrøm Nielsen who both won. Unfortunately, Tom Trach lost and finished on 1pt.

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Kenny Harman won his last round to finish in equal 2nd with 4pts out of 5. Well done Kenny. Richard Perrin finished on 2pts as he had to withdraw from his last round game.

I will cover the local players’ performances at the weekend congresses on Monday.

I hope I have covered everyone but please let me know if I have missed anyone. If you have any brilliancies then please send them to me.

Please do come along and support the British Chess Championships in Bournemouth, also tell all your club members if they can come along too. We would love to see you.

Good luck to all local players today!

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Report 29 July on Day 4 Firstly, an update on numbers. As at Wednesday 27th July, this year’s Championships in Bournemouth had attracted 1,128 entries which is 65 extra entries since than last Friday. We now need 60 more to set the record entry in the last 26 years. If any of your club members are thinking about entering one of the weekend’s tournaments or an event next week then please encourage them to do so. Whilst understanding the reasons why the ECF prefer to move to a 9 day format (mainly to attract stronger players in the Championship itself), there is clear evidence from the last four years’ entries that other people love the two week format. Maybe it might return.

Year Place Number
2013 Torquay 1187
2015 University of Warwick 1187
2016 Bournemouth (currently) 1128
2003 Edinburgh 1009
1997 Hove 1001
1989 Plymouth 989
1999 Scarborough 986
2002 Torquay 973
1998 Torquay 963
2001 Scarborough 960
2011 Sheffield 951
2004 Scarborough 940
2009 Torquay 935
1994 Norwich 933
1992 Plymouth 933
1990 Eastbourne 926
1995 Swansea 923
1991 Eastbourne 921
2010 Canterbury 891
1996 Nottingham 877
2012 North Shields 854
2007 Great Yarmouth 824
2014 Aberystwyth 819
1993 Dundee 773
2006 Swansea 768
2008 Liverpool 742
2000 Street 711
2005 Isle of Man 503

Mike Jay has added a recent chess article published in the Dorset magazine which covers the British Chess Championships being held in Bournemouth and also an article on Alan Dommett. Please click on the link below. http://www.dorsetchess.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/DorsetMagArticlJuly2016-1.pdf

In the Championship – 4th Round Oliver Gill (2102) could not keep his form going and had a difficult game v IM Richard Palliser (2422) on board 9. 1. d4 d5 2. c4 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 dxc4 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 Bg4 7. d5 Bxf3 8.exf3 Ne5 9. f4 Nd3+ 10. Bxd3 cxd3 11. Qxd3 Although theory, this looks like a good position for White (better space and development). However, Black Chigorin players are often very resourceful and comfortable with such positions.

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11… c6?! Maybe Black should not be opening the position up further when behind in development. 12. Bxf6 gxf6 13. O-O-O Qc7 14.Kb1! O-O-O 15. Nb5!

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15… Qd7? 16. Qc2! and Black is losing material due to the dxc6 threat. Olli bravely tried 16… Qxd5 giving up the Queen for a Rook and battled on for 10 more moves before resigning. However, Olli is having a great tournament. Talking about players having great tournaments Mike ‘Houdini’ Waddington (2018) had an excellent win with White versus the Sniper Charles Storey (2256). He kept it steady throughout and allowed the Sniperman to self destruct. We pick up the game at move 35 with Black to move.

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Charlie should play 35…Bh6 (to bring the Bishop into the game) and the game is likely to end in a draw (although there is still a lot of play) but Charlie plays … 35…exf4? (this prevents the Black Bishop having an active part in the attack) 36. Re6 Nc5 37. Rd6 Kh7 38. Nd2

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Black should be defending his b-pawn but chooses 38… Bf8? (the idea is to double rooks on the g-file but there is no attack. 39. Bxc5 Rcg7 40. Ne4 Rg2+ 41. Kh1 Bxd6 Mike now plays for the safer win… 42. Nf6+ Kg7 43. Nxg8 Rd2 44. Bxd6 Rxd6 45. Ne7

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The dust has settled and White is a safe piece ahead and went on to win. Well played Mike! Mike only played 53 moves in this game (his lowest of the tournament), which is 295 moves in total across his first 4 games (an average of 74 moves!). In the other Championship matches, Martin Simons (2018), Ian Clark (1963) and Allan Pleasants (2038) all drew. This is the first time I had not sacked a pawn in the first 3 moves! I understand Ian’s game was crazy. He has told me he was -5 according to Fritz at one point but was then winning his endgame. Sounds like one of Ian’s typical games! So another 50% score from the 5 local players. Current standings after 4 rounds (86 players) : =7 FM Mike Waddington 3pts =18 Oliver Gill 2.5pts =49 Martin Simons & Ian Clark 1.5pts =71 Allan Pleasants 1pt You can see all the round 4 games for a while on …

http://www.britishchesschampionships.co.uk/live-games/

This link will then show round 5 live games from 2.30pm today. As already mentioned, there is excellent daily Game of the Day commentary on You Tube which is given by International Master Andrew Martin and I give the link below ..

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRazaRwwrCej7HDCNr2SSLw/videos

Except for this Sunday, Andrew is also providing daily live commentary at the Pavilion venue in the Lucullus room (floor below the ballroom) between 3pm and 6.30pm (approx) until Friday 5th August. There are lots of fantastic chess books to be won with guess the next move competitions! In the Major Open: Red hot favourite ex-Poole player Zaro Alfonso Llorente (2461) defeated one of his nearest challengers IM Gyula Meszaros (2271) to maintain his 100% record and move to 4pts out of 4 whilst James Forster (1841), Daniel Gomez (2238) and Martin Clancy (1958) all drew so another set of good results. Current standings after 4 rounds (36 players): =1 IM Zaro Alfonso Llorente 4pts =13 Daniel Gomez & James Forster 2pts =22 Martin Clancy 1.5pts In the Over 65s

Andrew Footner had a nice win to tuck himself behind the leaders whilst Bill Adaway drew. They both have 3pts and 2pts out of 4 respectively.

In the Over 50s Under 150

Peter Wilcock drew on top board so he still has a good chance of winning this section and is joint leader on 3.5 out 4. Unfortunately Frank Hamilton-Taylor rich vein of form came to end as he lost to a much higher rated opponent. However, he is having a good tournament.

In the Under 14s

Congratulations to Andre Reid who won and is now on 1.5 out of 5.

In the Under 12s

Congratulations also go to Ciaran Southey who won and is on 2 out of 5.

In the Under 10s

Nidhi Ramesh unfortunately lost both matches and is on 0 out of 5.

In the Under 180s

Grzegorz Sawicki unfortunately lost and is on 1 out of 4.

In the Under 140s

Richard Ursell bounced back to win. He is now on 3 out of 4 and is equal 5th. A win in the final round should mean he will win a good prize. Derek Mount and John Belinger drew with each other and are on 2.5 out of 4. However, Tim Joyce and Jørgen Holmstrøm Nielsen both lost and are on 2 out of 4. Unfortunately, Tom Trach also lost and remains on 1pt.

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Both Kenny Harman and Richard Perrin had excellent wins and are on 3pts and 2pts respectively after 4 rounds. Kenny is in equal 3rd place and still has a chance of winning this section.

I hope I have covered everyone but please let me know if I have missed anyone. If you have any brilliancies then please send them to me.

Please do come along and support the British Chess Championships in Bournemouth, also tell all your club members if they can come along too. We would love to see you.

Good luck to all local players today!

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Report 28 July on Day 3 The latest July 2016 ECF Newsletter is out which I imagine most of you have now received. I attach it in case you haven’t seen it. It includes an interesting article on Victor Korchnoi who sadly passed away earlier this year.

In the Championship – 3rd Round Our local player Mike ‘Houdini’ Waddington (2018) could not make it 3rd time lucky with Black v IM Richard Pert (2441) but he did take him to 80 moves. Mike has so far played 242 moves in his 3 matches which is an average of 81 moves a game so he is getting his money’s worth. Even the end of day cleaners are watching his games as they are busy hoovering around his board! I admire Mike’s stamina. 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4 Bxb4 5. c3 Ba5 6. d4 d6 7. Qb3 Qd7 Although what seems an unnatural square blocking in the light squared Bishop, this was the move recommended by Harding (all those years ago) describing it as the hardest move for White to gain an advantage against. The more natural moves 7… Qf6 and 7… Qe7 allow 8.d5 and then 9.Qa4ch although Black can complicate things with 8… Nd4! in both lines. 8. dxe5 dxe5 9. O-O Qe7?! Maybe its best to wait for White to kick the Queen with Rd1. Tempo are all important in such sharp positions. 10. a4 Bb6 11. a5 Bxa5

Chess position British Champiosnship

12. Nbd2?! 12. Nxe5 appears to give White an advantage after 12… Qxe5 13.Bxf7ch Kf8 14.Bxg8 Rxg8 15.Ba3ch Ne7 16.Bxe7ch Qxe7 17.Rxa5 but Richard wanted to maintain the tension. 12… Bb6 13. Ba3 Qf6 14. Bd5 Nge7 15. Nc4 O-O 16. Bxc6 bxc6 17. Ncxe5 Re8 18. c4 Be6 19. Qc2

Chess British Champiosnhip

19… Bd4? A losing move (19… c5 was necessary but understandably Mike did not want to block in his dark squared bishop). White now forces the win of the exchange and effectively the game with …. 20. Bxe7 Rxe7 21. Nxd4 Qxe5 22. Nxc6 Qc5 23. Nxe7+ Qxe7 Once again Mike defended resolutely to make the game last 80 moves even though the result was probably not in doubt. Well played, Mike, over your first 3 games.

In the other Championship matches, Oliver Gill (2102) had a nice win against Marcus Osborne (2244) to move him up to equal 4th place which is a great achievement. I have to confess that I never fully understand Olli’s games. He seems to play his chess on the edge but he won the exchange and was probably winning from an early stage. Well played Olli. Tough match next with Black v IM Richard Palliser (2422) but it could have been so much worse (or better), he could have been paired against Michael Adams! Martin Simons (2018) and Ian Clark (1963) both drew against higher rated opponents and Allan Pleasants (2038) is now nicely off the mark with a draw. So this is now the second time the local players have scored 50% in a round in the Championship. Current standings after 3 rounds (86 players) : =4 Oliver Gill 2.5pts =18 FM Mike Waddington 2pts =50 Martin Simons & Ian Clark 1pt =75 Allan Pleasants 0.5pts You can see all the round 3 games for a while on …

http://www.britishchesschampionships.co.uk/live-games/

This link will then show round 3 live games from 2.30pm today. There is also excellent daily Game of the Day commentary on You Tube which is given by International Master Andrew Martin and I give the link below ..

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRazaRwwrCej7HDCNr2SSLw/videos

Except for this Sunday, Andrew is also providing daily live commentary at the Pavilion venue in the Lucullus room (floor below the ballroom) between 3pm and 6.30pm (approx) until Friday 5th August. There are lots of fantastic chess books to be won with guess the next move competitions! In the Major Open: Red hot favourite ex-Poole player Zaro Alfonso Llorente (2461) expectedly moved to 3pts out of 3 whilst James Forster (1841) drew. Daniel Gomez (2238) secured his first win and Martin Clancy (1958) drew so another set of good results. Current standings after 3 rounds (36 players): =1 IM Zaro Alfonso Llorente 3pts =14 Daniel Gomez & James Forster 1.5pts =23 Martin Clancy 1pt

In the Over 65s

Both Andrew Footner had a nice win whilst Bill Adaway drew. They both have 2 and 1.5 out of 4 respectively.

In the Over 50s Under 150

Peter Wilcock continues to maintain his excellent form with a win and is joint leader on 3 out 3 whilst Frank Hamilton-Taylor shows he is a formidable player securing another good draw against a much higher graded opponent and he now stands in equal 4th place with 2pts. Well played both players!

In the Under 14s

Andre Reid, as the lowest ranked player, unfortunately lost and is now on 0.5 out of 4 but is picking up great tournament experience.

In the Under 12s

Ciaran Southey unfortunately lost and is on 1 out of 4.

In the Under 10s

Nidhi Ramesh also unfortunately lost and is on 0 out of 3.

In the Under 180s

Grzegorz Sawicki is off the mark with a good win and is on 1 out of 3.

In the Under 140s

Richard Ursell unfortunately could not keep up his good run and lost. He is now on 2 out of 3. He is joined by Jørgen Holmstrøm Nielsen, Derek Mount and John Belinger and Tim Joyce who all had excellent wins. All players are well placed. Unfortunately, Tom Trach could not join them as he lost and is on 1pt.

In the Week 1 PM

Both Kenny Harman and Richard Perrin drew and are on 2pts and 1pt respectively after 3 rounds.

I hope I have covered everyone but please let me know if I have missed anyone. If you have any brilliancies then please send them to me.

Please do come along and support the British Chess Championships in Bournemouth, also tell all your club members if they can come along too. We would love to see you.

Good luck to all local players today!

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Report 27 July on Day 2 Hi everyone There is also excellent daily Game of the Day commentary on You Tube which is given by International Master Andrew Martin and I give the link below ..

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRazaRwwrCej7HDCNr2SSLw/videos

Except for this Sunday, Andrew is also providing daily live commentary at the Pavilion venue in the Lucullus room (floor below the ballroom) between 3pm and 6.30pm (approx) until Friday 5th August. There are lots of fantastic chess books to be won with guess the next move competitions! Please do come along and support the British Chess Championships in Bournemouth. Please also tell all your club members if they can come along too by forwarding this email. We would love to see you. The Opening Day was covered in yesterday’s Bournemouth Daily Echo and the link to this is … http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/14641796.PICTURES__British_Chess_Championships_return_to_Bournemouth_after_80_years/

There is also a link on the British Championship website to the Opening Ceremony which included Alan Dommett’s opening remarks. http://www.britishchesschampionships.co.uk/opening-ceremony/#more-1417 And just in case you don’t know, here is the link to the new (July 2016) ECF chess grades which are now out. http://www.ecfgrading.org.uk/new/menu.php

There was late drama and excitement on Day 2 of the Championships involving one of our local players, FM Mike Waddington (Dorchester). Having hung in there in his first round match v Alistair Hill (2257) to completely turn it around in the 5th hour, he was at it again in round 2 when playing White v Marcus Harvey (2324). We pick up the game (after White’s 98th move Kf5), which is probably well after everybody else had gone home. Did someone then turn the lights out?

British Champs Chess

Being a pawn up Marcus had been pushing for the win throughout the game and had clearly become very frustratated. Maybe exhaustion was also playing its part but what happens next is unbelievable. 98… Be2?? whoops! 99.Rh1 mate! I am sure we have all been here but it is not nice when it happens in the Championships when games are transmitted live across the internet. Well played Mike for playing the part of Houdini (and I wasn’t referring to the chess engine!). He is now one of 14 players on 2 out of 2 and now faces Black v Richard Pert (2441) on board 7. We will all watch this game with interest and see what spell Mike can cast over Richard! Another win and he will be on a demonstration board in the main playing hall. We will all be behind Mike with our football rattles cheering him on, that’s assuming we don’t get thrown out of the tournament hall! In the other matches in the Championship: Oliver Gill (2102) also did the job to beat Leo Keely (1938) to move up to 1.5pts. He is now paired with Marcus Osborne (2244) in round 3. Ian Clark (1963) could not hold a Benko position against Phil Brooks (2190). Even though he won his gambit pawn back he had to give up his dark squared Bishop to achieve this and this left a massive vacuum on the dark squares around King which proved fatal. Martin Simons (2018) had a nice Benko position v Koby Kalavannan (2131) to secure a comfortable draw whilst Allan Pleasants (2038) must have been a little disappointed with his play v Charles Storey (2256). Current standings: =1 FM Mike Waddington 2pts =15 Oliver Gill 1.5pts =55 Martin Simons & Ian Clark 0.5pts =79 Allan Pleasants 0pts You can see all the round 2 games for a while on …

http://www.britishchesschampionships.co.uk/live-games/

This link will then show round 3 live games from 2.30pm today. In the Major Open: Zaro Alfonso Llorente (2461) expectedly moved to 2pts out of 2 but James Forster (1841) could not repeat his heroics of the 1st round losing to Mark Talbot (2021). Daniel Gomez (2238) was held by Aditya Munshi (1838). Martin Clancy (1958) drew with Connor Boswell (1798) to get his tournament started. Current standings: =1 IM Zaro Alfonso Llorente 2pts =13 James Forster 1pt =24 Daniel Gomez & Martin Clancy 0.5pts

In the Over 65s

Both Bill Adaway and Andrew Footner suffered losses to higher graded opposition and both now have 1 out of 3.

In the Over 50s Under 150

Peter Wilcock scored another great victory and is joint leader on 2 out 2 whilst Frank Hamilton-Taylor is playing out of his skin securing a good draw against a much higher graded opponent and he now stands in equal 6th place with 1.5pts.

In the Under 14s

Andre Reid, as the lowest ranked player, picked up a good draw and is now on 0.5 out of 3.

In the Under 12s

Ciaran Southey unfortunately lost and is now on 1 out of 3.

In the Under 10s

Nidhi Ramesh also unfortunately lost and is on 0 out of 1.

In the Under 180s

Grzegorz Sawicki will be disappointed to be on 0 out of 2.

In the Under 140s

Richard Ursell had another good win and is joint leader on 2 out of 2. Both Jørgen Holmstrøm Nielsen and Derek Mount could not repeat their first round successes and are now back in the pack with 1 out of 2 joined by John Belinger and Tim Joyce who both drew and Tom Trach who won!. Well played Tom.

In the Week 1 PM

Both Kenny Harman and Richard Perrin drew and are on 1.5pts and 0.5pts respectively after 2 rounds.

I hope I have covered everyone but please let me know if I have missed anyone. If you have any one move turnarounds or brilliancies then please send them to me.

Fingers crossed for our local man Mike!

Best wishes Martin

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Report 26 July on the Opening Day The opening ceremony went well. Alan did us all proud with his opening remarks, and provided some insight into the history of the last British Championships to be held in Bournemouth in 1936. He also wished everyone well, particularly all the Bournemouth and Dorset players … naturally!

It was, for many of us, our first day playing at the Pavilion Ballroom. With the air conditioning keeping us all cool and with fantastic views of the beach, it was a very pleasant environment to play chess.

In the Championship:

Most of the local players performed well. The 5 of us were all up against much higher rated opposition so perhaps our expected score would have been around half a point from the 5 matches.

We managed to score 2 points with two excellent draws. Ian Clark (1963) achieved a solid draw against Richard Britton (2188) but the result of the round was probably Oliver Gill (2102) drawing against GM Keith Arkell (2455) holding a rook and opposite coloured bishop endgame 2 pawns down. FM Mike Waddington (2018) caused one of only two major upsets in the round by securing a great win against Alistair Hill (2257). He can rightly boast that he is currently in joint first position alongside Michael Adams. Perhaps we should stop the tournament now!

Unfortunately Allan Pleasants (2038) with black v William Claridge-Hansen (2299) and Martin Simons (2018) v Martin Brown (2252) had games to forget, both achieving losing positions in less than 20 moves. Some of you may ask when will I ever give up the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit?

Except for Ian’s match, these games can be seen for a while on …

http://www.britishchesschampionships.co.uk/live-games/

In the Major Open:

Zaro Alfonso Llorente (2461) expectedly beat Oscar Pollack (1866) but James Forster (1841) had the result of his life by beating Daniel Gomez (2238). Martin Clancy (1958) could not quite play the game of his life losing to Elliott Cocks (1756).

In the Over 65s

Both Bill Adaway and Andrew Footner have made solid starts with both players on 1 out of 2 although knowing how they play their chess, their games may have been anything but solid.

In the Over 50s Under 150

Both Peter Wilcock and Frank Hamilton-Taylor have made great starts winning their first match and are at the top of the leaderboard!

In the Under 14s

Andre Read, as the lowest ranked player, is finding matters tough going with a score of 0 out of 2 but there is still time.

In the Under 12s

Ciaran Southey is progressing nicely with 1 out of 2.

In the Under 9s

Simon Button and Jasmin Drodge scored well finishing on 2.5 out of 6. Larissa Cuthbert gained useful experience playing in a higher age category scoring 1 out of 6.

In the Under 180s

Grzegorz Sawicki has had a disappointing start losing his first match.

In the Under 140s

Most players are doing well. Richard Ursell, Jørgen Holmstrøm Nielsen, and Derek Mount all won their first round games whilst John Belinger and Tim Joyce both drew. Tom Trach (Highcliffe) has been less successful.

In the Week 1 PM

Kenny Harman has started well winning his first match whilst Richard Perrin was less successful and unfortunately lost.

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Report 25 July The British Chess Championships are being held in Bournemouth for the first time in 80 years and they have started! We are also about to see the start the main Championship event itself and there is a lot of excitement down at the Pavilion. It has taken 4 years to get us here (from the initial discussions amongst ourselves, to negotiating with BH Live, to putting in our bid with the ECF, to its acceptance) and we hope that with the high number of entrants, the pleasant playing conditions and everything Bournemouth has to offer, that this will be one of the best ever. We have attracted some of the strongest British players and with 99 entrants received in the 4 days between last Monday and Friday, we were up to 1,063 last Friday which puts us comfortably in 3rd place, in terms of numbers, of all the British Championships held in the last 26 years. With additional entries expected over the next fortnight we may still get close to the all time record of 1,187.

Everyone’s support has been much appreciated and we should all be proud of what’s been achieved in firmly placing Bournemouth on the UK chess map and we can look forward to a fortnight of exciting chess.

Year Place Number
2013 Torquay 1187
2015 University of Warwick 1187
2016 Bournemouth (currently) 1063
2003 Edinburgh 1009
1997 Hove 1001
1989 Plymouth 989
1999 Scarborough 986
2002 Torquay 973
1998 Torquay 963
2001 Scarborough 960
2011 Sheffield 951
2004 Scarborough 940
2009 Torquay 935
1994 Norwich 933
1992 Plymouth 933
1990 Eastbourne 926
1995 Swansea 923
1991 Eastbourne 921
2010 Canterbury 891
1996 Nottingham 877
2012 North Shields 854
2007 Great Yarmouth 824
2014 Aberystwyth 819
1993 Dundee 773
2006 Swansea 768
2008 Liverpool 742
2000 Street 711
2005 Isle of Man 503

On Friday Ian and I spent 5 hours at the Pavilion assisting the ECF, from providing help with the set up of the equipment to walking down to the EE shop to purchase dongles for internet coverage. The Pavilion is a grade 2 listed building and does not have its own wi-fi. It’s the first time dongles will be used. We would also like to thank the volunteers Mike Jay, Nigel Purry and Paul Sandy for all their help out over the weekend.

Please come down at 2pm if you can to see the official Opening of the Championships when Alan Dommett (President, Bournemouth & District Chess League) will say a few welcoming words on behalf of the Bournemouth & District Chess League and the Dorset County Chess Association.

I have been advised that Aberystwyth received an extra £1.3 million worth of income arising from the British Chess Championships held there in 2014. Bournemouth should have in the region of 300 more entries, therefore my last estimate of £1 million additional funds being brought to the town (including the revenue received from accommodation) may be a bit light.

The Pavilion is a great venue for all players and families being so close to the beach and the town centre. The ballroom should also offer very pleasant playing conditions. There will also be lots of free entertainment on offer including live bands every evening next to the pier, a family fun event on Saturday 30th July, fireworks on Friday evenings at 10pm from the pier and a candlelight evening on Wednesday 3rd August, when candles can be lit in the pleasure gardens. I just hope the chess is not too noisy to disturb these activities!

Local players shown at the end of this report. Further additions from my previous email updates:

Graham White (Southbourne) has entered the Blitz, Reene Du Toit (New Milton) and Michael Fuller (Poole) have entered the Weekend Open, Michael Davidson (Wimborne) and John Doull (Purbeck) have entered the Weekend U-120.

Results from the weekend are just in:

Well done to Hugo Svedberg and Larissa Cuthbert for their good performances in the Under 8s.

There was also an excellent performance by Steve Peirson in the Open Rapidplay where he came 7th equal with 6.5/11. Steve Pollyn also scored a credible 4.5/11.

In the Under 150 Rapidplay Jørgen Holmstrøm Nielsen and Tony Pitcher both scored well with 5/11 and 4/11 respectively.

In the Under 120 Rapidplay Paul Sandy and Frank Hamilton-Taylor also performed well with 5.5/11 and 4.5/11 respectively.

1st Round Draws (matches to be played today at 2.30pm):

In the 1st round of the Championship, the local players have the following pairings:

Board 9 – Oliver Gill (2102) – GM Keith Arkell (2455)

Board 20 – William Claridge-Hansen (2299) v Allan Pleasants (2038)

Board 23 – Mike Waddington (2018) v Alistair Hill (2257)

Board 25 – Martin Simons (2015) v Martin Brown (2252)

Board 33 – Ian Clark (1963) v Richard Britton (2288)

All tough matches but we are hopeful of an upset. It looks as though the top 32 boards will be on the live boards so most of the above matches should be live on the internet so you should be able to follow these from your home.

http://www.britishchesschampionships.co.uk/live-games/

Live commentary by chess24 can be found here … https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/british-chess-championships-2016/1/1/1

If you wish to hear Andrew Martin then he will be providing live commentary at the venue. In the Major Open, the local players have the following pairings:

Board 1 – Oscar Pollack (1866) v Zaro Alfonso Llorente (2461)

Board 3 – James Forster (1841) v Daniel Gomez (2238) a local derby!

Board 13 – Elliott Cocks (1756) v Martin Clancy (1958)

Good luck to all players in the above competitions and also those competing in other events that also start this week.

Please remember that car parking at the Pavilion is expensive (£15 per day) so if you are coming to watch or play you may well prefer to use the Central car park in Upper Hinton Road (BH1 2HH) which only costs £4 per day.

For those who know Bruce Jenks, he has recently had a serious illness but following stabilisation, he has been transferred to Bournemouth General hospital after a short spell at King’s College Hospital in London. We all wish him well for a speedy recovery.

We look forward to seeing as many of you at the Pavilion!

Best wishes

Martin Simons Chairman – Bournemouth & District Chess League

Ian Clark President – Dorset County Chess Association

Alan Dommett President – Bournemouth & District Chess League

 

2016 British Chess Championships – Bournemouth

 

List of Local Entrants and their Performances

 

Section

 

Name

 

Club

 

Score

 

Rounds

 

Position

Championship

Oliver Gill

Ex-Ringwood

5.5

11

36th=

Mike Waddington

Dorchester

5

11

49th=

Allan Pleasants

Weymouth

4

11

68th=

Martin Simons

Southbourne

4

11

68th=

Ian Clark

Wimborne

4

11

68th=

Major Open

Alfonso Llorente Zaro

ex-Poole

10

11

2nd

Daniel Gomez

Poole

6.5

11

4th=

James Forster

Southbourne

5.5

11

16th=

Martin Clancy

Ringwood

1.5

5

35th

Over 50

Kevin Goater

Dorchester

5

7

2nd=

Martin Clancy

Ringwood

3

7

15th=

Over 65

Andrew Footner

Dorchester

4

7

11th=

Bill Adaway

Dorchester & Bridport

3

7

22nd=

Over 50 U150

Peter Wilcock

Wimborne

4

5

2nd=

Frank Hamilton-Taylor

Southbourne

3

5

6th=

Over 65 U150

Jørgen Holmstrøm Nielsen

Wimborne

3

5

4th=

Alan Tyler

Wimborne

2.5

5

14th=

Paul Errington

Bournemouth

2.5

5

14th=

Under 14

Andre Reid

Poole

2.5

7

18th=

Under 12

Ciaran Southey

Bournemouth Grammar

3

7

24th=

Under 11

Sam Millar

Bethany

1

7

34th=

Under 10

Nidhi Ramesh

Bethany

1.5

7

46th=

Under 9

Simon Button

Castle Court

2.5

6

55th=

Jasmin Drodge

Home Educated

2.5

6

55th=

Larissa Cuthbert

Bournemouth Library

1

6

77th=

Under 8

Hugo Svedberg

Buckholme Towers

3

6

26th=

Larissa Cuthbert

Bournemouth Library

2

6

47th=

Under 180

Grzegorz Sawicki

Southbourne

1

5

29th=

Under 160

Steve Pollyn

Weymouth

3.5

5

3rd=

Under 140

Richard Ursell

Highcliffe

4

5

3rd=

Derek Mount

Purbeck

3.5

5

7th=

John Bellinger

New Milton

3

5

12th=

Tim Joyce

Wimborne

3

5

12th=

Jørgen Holmstrøm Nielsen

Wimborne

3

5

12th=

Tom Trach

Highcliffe

1

5

52nd=

Under 120

David Burt

Bournemouth

3

5

12th=

Frank Hamilton-Taylor

Southbourne

2

5

25th=

Seth Ryder

Poole

2

5

25th=

Stephen Bailey

Poole

1

5

28th=

Week 1 PM

Kenny Harman

Ringwood

4

5

2nd=

Richard Perrin

Ringwood

2

5

24th=

Week 2 PM

Kenny Harman

Ringwood

3.5

5

5th=

Richard Perrin

Ringwood

3

5

11th=

Weekend Open

Reenen Du Toit

New Milton

2.5

5

16th=

Mark Littleton

Wimborne

2.5

5

16th=

Michael Fuller

Poole

2.5

5

16th=

Weekend Under 150

Jørgen Holmstrøm Nielsen

Wimborne

3.5

5

3rd=

Peter Wilcock

Wimborne

3

5

9th=

Tim Joyce

Wimborne

3

5

9th=

Malcolm Steevens

Bridport

2.5

5

17th=

Rob Devonport

Ringwood

2.5

5

17th=

Weekend Under 120

David Dixon

Purbeck

3.5

5

3rd=

Adam Ursell

Highcliffe

3.5

5

3rd=

Nigel Purry

Southbourne

3

5

10th=

Michael Davidson

Wimborne

2.5

5

19th=

John Doull

Purbeck

1.5

5

32nd=

Brian Beard

Purbeck

1

5

36th=

Rapidplay Open

Steve Peirson

Purbeck

6.5

11

7th=

Steve Pollyn

Wimborne

4.5

11

29th=

Rapidplay Under 150

Jørgen Holmstrøm Nielsen

Wimborne

5

11

15th=

Anthony Pitcher

Southbourne

4

11

22nd

Rapidplay Under 120

Paul Sandy

Southbourne

5.5

11

7th=

Frank Hamilton-Taylor

Southbourne

4.5

11

12th=

Blitz

Daniel Gomez

Poole

7

11

10th=

Oscar Garcia

Poole

6.5

11

17th=

Grzegorz Sawicki

Southbourne

5

11

43rd=

Steve Pollyn

Wimborne

5

11

43rd=

Graham White

Southbourne

3

11

70th=

231

475

49%

 

Starting list of local Entrants at 25 July 2016

Section Name Club
Championship Oliver Gill Ex-Ringwood
Allan Pleasants Weymouth
Mike Waddington Dorchester
Martin Simons Southbourne
Ian Clark Wimborne
Major Open Alfonso Llorente Zaro ex-Poole
Daniel Gomez Anadon Poole
Martin Clancy Ringwood
James Forster Southbourne
Over 50 Kevin Goater Dorchester
Over 65 Andrew Footner Dorchester
Bill Adaway Dorchester & Bridport
Over 50 U150 Peter Wilcock Wimborne
Over 65 U150 Alan Tyler Wimborne
Jørgen Holmstrøm Nielsen Wimborne
Paul Errington Bournemouth
Keith Spooner Purbeck
Under 14 Andre Read Poole
Under 12 Ciaran Southey Bournemouth Grammar
Under 11 Sam Millar Bethany
Under 10 Nidhi Ramesh Bethany
Under 9 Larissa Cuthbert Bournemouth Library
Simon Button Castle Court
Jasmin Drodge Home Educated
Under 8 Larissa Cuthbert Bournemouth Library
Hugo Svedberg Buckholme Towers
Under 180 Grzegorz Sawicki Southbourne
Under 160 Steve Pollyn Weymouth
Under 140 Richard Ursell Highcliffe
John Bellinger New Milton
Tim Joyce Wimborne
Jørgen Holmstrøm Nielsen Wimborne
Derek Mount Purbeck
Under 120 Frank Hamilton-Taylor Southbourne
Stephen Bailey Poole
Seth Ryder Poole
Week 1 AM Ronnie Burton Weymouth
Week 1 PM Kenny Harman Ringwood
Richard Perrin Ringwood
Week 2 PM Kenny Harman Ringwood
Richard Perrin Ringwood
Weekend Open Reenen Du Toit New Milton
Michael Fuller Poole
Weekend Under 150 Peter Wilcock Wimborne
Tim Joyce Wimborne
Jørgen Holmstrøm Nielsen Wimborne
Weekend Under 120 David Dixon Purbeck
Michael Davidson Wimborne
Nigel Purry Southbourne
John Doull Purbeck
Brian Beard Purbeck
Adam Ursell Highcliffe
Rapidplay Open Steve Peirson Purbeck
Steve Pollyn Wimborne
Rapidplay Under 150 Jørgen Holmstrøm Nielsen Wimborne
Anthony Pitcher Southbourne
Rapidplay Under 120 Frank Hamilton-Taylor Southbourne
Paul Sandy Southbourne
Blitz Grzegorz Sawicki Southbourne
Graham White Southbourne
Steve Pollyn Wimborne
Dorset Chess
Dorset Chess3 weeks ago
Dorset County Chess Association Junior Championships, Saturday 25 November 2017, all day event. Attractive addition this year will be a bookstall run by Tim Onions from Devon. Tim is currently setting up to professionally specialise in writing and selling junior chess books. There will also be a chess clinic during the day run by Jorgen Nielsen. Entries invited from girls and boys, school ages 3-13 (pl note not actual ages). £5 entry fee. Venue Bournemouth School for Girls. Please apply by 20 November, but sorry, no entries possible on the day. Entry form on Dorset Chess website, www.dorsetchess.co.uk
and then go to "Junior Chess". Entries coming in very well (as at 12 Nov) so please apply soon to try and be sure of a place for your daughter or son. The organiser is Eric Sachs, the County Junior Chess Officer. Eric is expecting a maximum entry of 70.
Dorset Chess
Dorset Chess3 weeks ago
Reminder the Dorset Chess Association Rapidplay is at Ringwood on Sunday 18 March 2018. Entries will be possible around Christmas through the Dorset Chess website
Dorset Chess
Dorset Chess4 weeks ago
The popular East Devon Congress in Exeter is running 23-25 Feb '18. Entries now welcome and website https://eastdevonchesscongress.com
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