Magazine article The Spectator

Close Thing

Magazine article The Spectator

Close Thing

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The strongest ever British Championship concluded in Sheffield last week, supported by the chess-loving City firm Darwin Strategic. The results at the top were as follows:

Michael Adams and Dr Nigel Short both 81/2, Gawain Jones and Jonathan Hawkins both 8. This necessitated a play-off for the title, from which Adams emerged victorious.

This week a selection of key positions.

Hawkins-Short; British Championship, Sheffield 2011 Despite the presence of opposite-coloured bishops, Short broke through in fine style (see diagram 1). This game was awarded the best game prize. 44 . . . b5 45 axb5 Kxb5 46 Bg6 Kb4 47 Kc2 Rb7 48 Bf5 Rb5 49 Kd2 Rc5 50 Be6 Bc3+ 51 Kc2 Be5+ 52 Kd2 Ka3 53 e4 d4 54 Kd1 Kb2 55 Rd2+ Kb1 56 Ke2 Rc2 57 Kd3 Rc3+ 58 Ke2 Kc1 59 Rd1+ Kc2 60 Rd2+ Kc1 61 Rd1+ Kb2 62 Rd2+ Ka3 63 Rd3 c5 64 Bf7 Bf4 65 Rd1 Kb2 66 Rd3 Kc2 White resigns Adams-Short, British Championship Playoff, Sheffield 2011 This win enabled Adams to take the British Championship on tie-break (diagram 2). 26 Qb2 Rh6 27 Nf3 Rg6 28 Ne5 Rg8 29 Rd1 Nd5 30 Nd7+ Ka8 31 Nf6 Nxf6 32 Qxf6 a6 33 Rd7 Qf4 34 Rd8+ Black resigns Hawkins-Conquest, British Championship, Sheffield 2011 I n this ending Hawkins gradually weaves a mating net around the black king (diagram 3). …

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