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Colin McNab retains British title
McNab edges out three world champions in British Solving win (press release by Steve Giddins)
Eton College, February 23 2013: Grandmaster Colin McNab of Scotland finished ahead of three former world solving champions, to win the Winton Capital British Chess Solving Championship. Held in the sumptious surroundings of Eton College, the event attracted 35 solvers, who competed over six rounds, solving a variety of two-, three- and more-movers, plus endgame studies, helpmates and selfmates.
McNab dropped just four points out of a maximum of 65, to take both the British and Open solving titles. Multiple world champion John Nunn was second, four points behind McNab, with Belgian solving GM Eddy van Beers a further two points behind in third place. Former world champions Jonathan Mestel and Piotr Murdzia finished fourth and seventh respectively. Mark Jones of England won the prize for the best performance by a newcomer to the championship.
The event was once again sponsored generously by investment management specialists Winton Capital Management, and the prizes were presented by Gordon Brown of Winton Capital, who attended the event for the purpose, and even managed to solve a problem or two himself! The British Solving Championship is run under the auspices of the British Chess Problem Society, which expresses its gratitude to Winton Capital, the staff of Eton College, and Tournament Director Brian Stephenson and his assistants, who ran the event with their customary impeccable efficiency.
Photos by John Upham
Posted on: 01-03-2013