British Rapidplay Chess Championships
THE 2009 DATES ARE 21-22 NOV.
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North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax, HX3 6TE. MAP
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NEWSGM David Howell wins the Open
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Report by Tournament Co-ordinator, Brent KitsonWith nearly four hundred entries the weekend saw some fine chess. A summary of the main winners is given as follows. For more detailed information visit the Results page.
Open 1st David Howell GM 10.5/11. Joint 2nd Mark Hebden GM & Jonathan Hawkins FM 8.5/11
Major Joint 1st Guy Batchelor & Mark Talbot 8.5/11Intermediate Joint 1st Robert Hughes & Adrian Archer-Lock 9/11
Minor 1st Andrew Cowan 9/11
England Under 11 Trial Joint 1st James Walsh & Anna Wang & Alexei Davis & Ravi Haria all on 5/6
Junior Champions (Sunday)
Grandmasters David Howell (fresh from the Olympiad), Mark Hebden, Stewart Haslinger and Keith Arkell, to name but four, were all there. Pete Wells GM, the 2007 champion, was unfortunately not present. Harriet Hunt WGM was also there. On the first day David Howell started to show commanding form. Despite the cold weather and fog, the chess was hot as David strode into the lead. Only Keith Arkell GM could hold the young grandmaster. Meanwhile in the under 11 England Qualifier Ravi Haria was showing the form which won the event in 2007. Andrew Garside had a straight eight wins in the Minor event. By the evening David Howell GM led in The Open on 5.5 out of 6 points.
Sunday saw that the fog had gone. Leeds United football team got beat 1-0 by Histon. Was this to be the day of the Hs? But which one? Howell, Hebden or Hawkins? In round eight Jonathan Hawkins FM made a strong but unsuccessful attempt to unseat David. David finished strongly with several wins, and before the final round, he knew he was home and dry. Mark Hebden GM grinded out the key final rounds and got joint second with Jonathon Hawkins FM. This win by David Howell GM is significant as the highest score in the Tournament's modern era history. Only Nigel Short in 1986 with 11/11 has done better. The gracious new young champion had done it in style. Once again the weekend was dominated by many upcoming juniors, and many sections saw some real chess talent. My personal thanks to all the Controllers, Administrators, Helpers etc, and above all the chess players who made this a successful weekend.
News as it broke on the day
Round 10. Howell (9.5/10) clinches the Championship
with a round in hand with a win against FM David Eggleston
Round 9. GM David Howell
wins again, against FM Jovica Radovanovic
and now has 8.5/9
Round 8. GM David Howell
beats FM Jonathan Hawkins
who was under severe time pressure and leads with 7.5/8
Round 7. GM David Howell
beats IM Lawrence Trent
and maintains lead with 6.5/7.
Round 6. Four of the top games are drawn and GM David
goes into the second day a whole point clear (5.5/6).
TEST yourself against the BEST
Juniors and others might enjoy looking at some of the slips made in last year's Open Championship games here. Scroll through the games to any place where Fritz calculates that a blunder has been made. Occasionally you will find that Fritz is wrong - too short-sighted. But usually you will find a line that some of these excellent players have missed in the speed of play. Either way you can learn a lot, and perhaps gain in confidence.
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