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Smith & Williamson British Chess Championships 2004

The 91st Annual Championships of the British Chess Federation
Sunday 1st August - Saturday 14th August, The Spa Complex, Scarborough

Results and Crosstables

Play over all 11 games by the new British Champion

Play over all 11 games by the FIDE World Major Champion

Saturday Aug 14: GM Jonathan Rowson of Troon was presented with the British Championship trophy and a cheque for £10,000 at the prizegiving ceremony in Scarborough. Joe Redpath of Edinburgh was presented with the FIDE World Major trophy, Kete Arakhamia won the British Women's title for a second successive year and Amy Officer of Perth won the British Girls Under 12 trophy. (All prizegiving photos by Donna Officer).

Aug 23: Late news! IA Stewart Reuben has pointed out that Joe Redpath gains the FIDE Master title and one IM norm from his FIDE World Major win - congratulations again.

Scottish Juniors at British: U13 Calum Macqueen 4/7; U12 Amy Officer 4.5/7 (Girls' Champ); U10 Jonathan Wright 4.5/7; U9 Bryan Rettie 3/7, Ali Roy 1.5; U8 Calum Fraser McDonald 3.5.

Amy Officer, Kete Arakhamia, Jonathan Rowson, Joe Redpath


Kete Arakhamia, Jonathan Rowson


Joe Redpath
Amy Officer



Friday Aug 13: Friday the 13th held no fears as GM Jonathan Rowson became the first Scot since 1946 to win the British Championship title. A nervy final round draw against Andrew Greet was sufficient to fend off the challenge of the chasing pack. Fellow Scot GM Paul Motwani held GM Peter Wells to a draw and IM Simon Williams made a valiant effort to defeat GM Mark Hebden but three draws on the top three boards maintained Rowson's half point lead.

Rowson was clearly the best player in the tournament recording a string of incisive victories - only an opening accident on Tuesday prevented a more emphatic victory margin. Jonathan now adds the British to the Scottish championship title won in Hamilton last month and the Hastings Premier won in January. The £10,000 first prize will come in handy and rating points have been gained on the way to 2600 and world top 100 ranking.

You wait decades for one bit of success and suddenly get two in one day. Joe Redpath won in the last round to take the FIDE World Major championship. Congratulations to both players. More details as soon as available.




Rowson v MotwaniThursday Aug 12: Jonathan Rowson is rolling again - this time right over Stewart Haslinger in a perfect one sided crush to retake the top spot. Peter Wells could only draw his all GM clash v John Emms. A quick look at the possible pairings suggest that Rowson will have the relatively modest task of playing Andrew Greet 2310 (who did beat Kete today though) while Wells and Williams will face a GM.

58 years of hurt (well minor irritation anyway) could soon be over if Rowson can take the British title. He must try and win since the play-off lottery on Saturday has to be avoided.

Wednesday Aug 11: Jonathan Rowson took a time out with a relatively quick draw against fellow Scot Paul Motwani (photos by Mark Crowther).

Kete Arakhamia stumbled badly in a very sharp position against Simon Williams. Fritz says 18...0-0 rather than 0-0-0 is clear edge to Black.

Rowson and Wells share lead on 7/9, two to go.

Joe Redpath wins again and leads the FIDE World Major by half a point from IM Peter Marusenko.

Tuesday Aug 10: A terrible opening was ruthlessly exploited by GM Peter Wells as Scottish Champion Jonathan Rowson suffered his first defeat. Meanwhile Scotland's player of the Year Kete Arakhamia made her own bid for the title by moving into the joint lead with an apparently effortless win against Craig Hanley.

Rowson, Wells and Arakhamia lead on 6.5/8 - three games to go (and then potentially penalties! ie a quickplay play-off on Saturday if leaders tied after 11 rounds).

Top Scot junior Joe Redpath has managed to just say no to draws and is rewarded with the lead in the FIDE World Major.

Monday Aug 9: An historic moment beckons. Scottish Champion Jonathan Rowson is a point clear of the field with four games left to play. He manufactured a win today for from what looked an unpromising middle game position against IM Danny Gormally.

Jonathan, Paul Motwani and John Shaw have all been close to snatching the British title in recent years but this is clearly the best chance with Jonathan on a hugely impressive 6.5/7.

There are dangerous players still to play Wells, Summerscale, Ward, Hebden even Paul Motwani (!) but the rating system and form to date makes JR the favourite in any match up before the last round on Friday.

The Spa Complex, ScarboroughPreview: Scottish Champion GM Jonathan Rowson and GM Paul Motwani are ranked 2nd and 3rd seeds behind GM Mark Hebden. After a succession of near misses in recent years this really is the best chance of a Scottish winner since R F Combe's victory in 1946.

The pundits told us last year that all the top English GMs stayed away from Edinburgh because of the Indian players. This is now a Brits only event and the player list below has only 5 English GMs - why the continued no show? 10K is not a trivial first prize.

Other Scots in championship: Ketevan Arakhamia, Eddie Dearing, Steve Mannion, Andrew Muir, Jonathan Grant, Graeme Kafka.

Prizes: - £10,000; £5,000; £2,500; £1,500; £1,200; £900; £700; £500; £300.
British Ladies Champion: - £500 British Under 21 Champion: - £250.

Player list: HEBDEN, Mark 2559g Leicester; ROWSON, Jonathan 2558g Troon; MOTWANI, Paul 2552g Belgium; EMMS, John 2508g Hildenborough; WELLS, Peter K 2494g Abingdon; SUMMERSCALE, Aaron 2493g London; WARD, Chris 2490g Beckenham; GORMALLY, Daniel 2479m London; JONES, Gawain 2453c# Ireland; LEDGER, Andrew 2452m Bedford; ARAKHAMIA-Grant, Ketevan 2446m~ Edinburgh; WILLIAMS, Simon K 2427m Farnham; PALLISER, Richard 2411m Harrogate; HASLINGER, Stewart 2408m - Southport; QUINN, Mark 2406m Ireland; DEARING, Eddie 2392 Botley; HOUSKA, Jovanka 2375wg~ Maidenhead; KNOTT, Simon 2359m Hertford; HANLEY, Craig 2356f # Lancaster; SOWRAY, Peter 2349f London; GORDON, Stephen 2338# Oldham; TAN, Desmond 2335# Mitcham; HOWELL, David 2334f # Seaford; MANNION, Stephen 2333m Paisley; TAYLOR, Martin 2331f Rainham; MUIR, Andrew 2328m Dumbarton; MARTYN, Rafe 2322# Belgium; GREET, Andrew 2310 St. Austell; SHERWIN, James 2303m - Bradford-on-Avon; LEDGER, Dave 2285f Bedford; RUDD, Jack 2281 Bideford; BIGG, Andrew 2275 Oxted; ASHTON, Adam 2270 Oldham; GRANT, Jonathan 2266 - Edinburgh; RENDLE, Thomas 2258# Hastings; RAYNER, Francis 2252 St. Leonards; SURTEES, Mike 2239 Bolton; SPENCE, David 2236 Ipswich; SNAPE, Ian 2228 Keston; BURROWS, Martin 2226 Leicester; LYELL, Mark 2217f London; STOREY, Charles 2217 Newcastle-upon-Tyne; HUTCHINSON, Paul 2216 Otley; WALTON, Alan 2208 Oldham; LEDGER, Steve 2203 Bedford; NIXON, Thomas 2198# Kew; ADAMS, David 2180 Totley; GREGORY, Stephen 2180 Ipswich; HUTCHINSON, Norman 2176 Cambridge; HEMPSON, Peter 2172 Sheffield; BRISCOE, Christopher 2157 Chessington; SMITH, Graham 2157 Milton Keynes; KAFKA, Graeme 2143 - Edinburgh; ALMOND, Philip 2131 Preston; CLARKE, Thomas 2131 Ulster; MYCROFT, Richard 2110# Foxton; PYM, Thomas 2059# Newport; SISASK, Jesper 2057 Bristol; WESTWOOD, Richard 2030# Cannock; BRYANT, Richard Llangynog; 59



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