Jonathan Rowson wins
his third British Championship.
Reigning British Champion
Jonathan Rowson has retained his title with a score of 8½/11 and
takes away a cheque for £10,000. He beat Jonathan Parker in an exciting
last round game sacrificing pawns for a positional advantage. This is
Rowson's third successive title, the first time it's been
achieved since 1969 when Penrose won the last of his ten titles (he won
won six and then four titles in successive years). Rowson has won the
British Championships in
England, Isle of Man and Wales but not Scotland.......yet! In the game between the players on 7, Ketevan
Arakhamia-Grant beat Nicholas Pert in a tense game (she was shaking for
much of it!). She finished a clear second in the championship, the best
performance by a woman player in the history of the British
Championship. In addition to a cheque for £5,000 she also took the British
Women's Championship title, her third in a row (it was not competed for
last year). Final scores: 1st J. Rowson 8½/11, 2nd Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant 8, 3rd-6th
J. Parker, D. Gormally, M. Hebden, G. Jones 7½, 7th-13th N. Pert, B. Lalic, R.
Pert, N. Davies, C. Ward, S. Haslinger, R. Palliser 7.
Crosstable and final standings.
games in PGN.
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Crosstable and final standings. All 372
games in PGN.
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Crosstables and final standing for all junior events. 532
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One of the more striking
features of this years ECF congress was the large number of junior
competitors including many girls. There behaviour throughout was
excellent and their willingness to help each other and work the demo
boards was exemplary. Peter Purland and his assistants can be justly
proud. Quite a few players competing in the 'adult' tournaments had
children playing at the same time in their respective events emphasising
the sense of family that this congress always generates. International
Master Malcolm Pein who's own son Jonathan played in the U8 championship
entertained a large group of energetic children with what looked like an
impromptu athletics meeting on the main lawn during their free time
between rounds. With over 770 competitors this one one of the most
enjoyable and well run British Championships for a long time.
The Deputy Mayor of Swansea and Jonathan Rowson pose for the opening move.
Chancellor looks on.
Rowson starts his title defence against FM Brett Addison. A smooth
him saw an unstoppable kingside attack in 34 moves.
IM Gawain Jones (left) in play with
David Ledger in round 2. In the background is
IM Stewart Haslinger (dark blue top)
and veteran US IM James T Sherwin.
4NCL Webmaster and FM Peter Sowray starts play
against GM Nicholas Pert in
round 2. Black won a closely contested R+P
ending after 63 moves.
Adam Ashton and IM Thomas Rendle (right)
read the ever popular congress bulletin
before starting play in round 4.
Mark Hebden making his final mental
preparations before the start of round 4 and
his encounter against GM Chris Ward. This
fabulous game involved 4 queens on the
board at the same time! Eventual result
FM and time trouble addict Martin Taylor
(right) about to start play against Simon
Fowler in round 4. The game was drawn in 53
GM Rowson in play with IM Richard Pert in
round 4. This was a close endgame
encounter of the NvB kind! Pert's active
Bishop unable to stop Rowson's even more
active N and queenside passed pawn.
IM Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant looking
reasonably calm prior to her fourth round
encounter with GM Nigel Davies. The game
was agreed drawn after 67 moves.
Don Mason about to start play in round 4.
FM Maxim Devereaux prepares his scoresheet
while he awaits for the arrival of
GM Jonathan Parker for the start of round
GM Mark Hebden starts play with 1.d4
against Jonathan Rowson in round 5. This
exciting game was eventually drawn after 47
Croatian GM Bodgan Lalic in his familiar
Swansea bay, a stones throw from the
University campus. On clear days the
Devonshire coastline was easily visible.
Swansea University is
adjacent to the very picturesque and tranquil Singleton Park.
Some of the oldest buildings on the campus.
University chapel and gardens.
Some of the new buildings on the campus. To
the left is the entrance to the brand
new, 'state-of-the-art' Faraday Lecture
theatre where the prize giving was held.
GM Nigel Davies (left) getting ready to
play IM Stewart Haslinger in round 5. Black
won comfortably in 39 moves.
IM Simon Williams (left) plays England
Olympiad team member GM Daniel
Gormally in round 7. After 5 hours and 78
moves, White resigned.
FM Jack Rudd in play during round 7.
GM Jonathan Rowson plays 1.d4 against
Daniel Gormally in round 10 and won
impressively in 35 moves.
IM Stephen Gordon waits for Gormally to
arrive for the start of round 11.
The game starts with 1.d4 Following a brisk
Kingside attack, White eventually won.
IM Stewart Haslinger in relaxed mood prior
to his final game against fellow IM
Graeme Buckley. Stewart won convincingly in
37 moves with a powerful Kingside
More last minute bulletin swotting before
the chief arbiter checks his watch at
2.15pm and says "Will you please start
white's clock?" to begin the final round.
IM Andrew Greet and GM Mark Hebden during
their final round game. Hebden won
a fine R+P ending in 67 moves to guarantee
a share of the prize money.
arrives and immediately straightens the pieces for the final game.
Last round showdown between GM Rowson and GM Parker. The result of the
would determine the championship winner. Rowson prevailed, the game
awarded the 'Alexander Best Game' prize.
A view of Swansea bay from the balcony at
the front of the Fulton House building
where the Championships were staged.
The brand new accommodation at the
University made our stay very enjoyable.
The Major Open ran
concurrently with the British Championship. Jonathan Hawkins
2225 won the event with
The Major Open was very popular with a total
Travelling across the impressive Severn
bridge linking Wales with England. Just be
aware of undertaking coach drivers!
Photos © SJConnor 2006. All