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Tournament: 87th British Championship • all 375 games • last updated Sunday August 22, 2021 11:16 AM
Venue: Millfield School, Street • Dates: 31 July - 11 August 2000 • Download PGN

2000 87th Smith & Williamson British Chess Championship, Millfield School, Street, 31 July - 11 August

2000 British Chess Championship Nat'y Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11  Total 
1 Hodgson,Julian ENG 2640 ♦ ½/26 ◊ 0/3 ♦ 1/31 ◊ 1/46 ♦ 1/53 ◊ ½/29 ♦ 1/24 ◊ 1/7 ♦ 1/5 ◊ 1/2 ♦ ½/4
2 Ward,Chris ENG 2508 ♦ 1/38 ◊ 1/20 ♦ 1/12 ◊ 0/7 ♦ 1/24 ◊ 1/22 ♦ ½/4 ◊ 1/6 ♦ ½/3 ♦ 0/1 ◊ 1/14 8
3 Speelman,Jonathan ENG 2623 ◊ ½/42 ♦ 1/1 ◊ 1/8 ♦ ½/10 ◊ ½/19 ♦ ½/16 ◊ 1/13 ♦ 1/14 ◊ ½/2 ♦ ½/11 ◊ ½/5
4 Hebden,Mark ENG 2505 ♦ 1/36 ◊ 1/40 ♦ 1/18 ◊ ½/9 ♦ 1/7 ◊ ½/6 ◊ ½/2 ♦ 0/5 ◊ ½/17 ♦ 1/10 ◊ ½/1
5 Chandler,Murray G ENG 2526 ♦ 1/46 ◊ 1/24 ♦ 0/7 ◊ 1/18 ♦ ½/29 ◊ 1/12 ♦ ½/6 ◊ 1/4 ◊ 0/1 ♦ 1/22 ♦ ½/3
6 Gormally,Daniel W ENG 2499 ◊ 1/32 ♦ 1/21 ◊ 1/30 ♦ ½/14 ◊ ½/22 ♦ ½/4 ◊ ½/5 ♦ 0/2 ◊ 1/23 ♦ ½/8 ◊ 1/17
7 Summerscale,Aaron ENG 2459 ♦ 1/50 ◊ 1/28 ◊ 1/5 ♦ 1/2 ◊ 0/4 ♦ ½/14 ◊ ½/10 ♦ 0/1 ◊ ½/22 ♦ 1/24 ◊ ½/11 7
8 Kelly,Brian IRL 2426 ♦ 1/62 ◊ ½/25 ♦ 0/3 ◊ 1/33 ♦ 1/28 ◊ ½/9 ♦ ½/11 ◊ ½/15 ♦ 1/18 ◊ ½/6 ◊ ½/10 7
9 Lalic,Bogdan CRO 2520 ◊ 1/57 ♦ 1/19 ◊ ½/22 ♦ ½/4 ◊ ½/16 ♦ ½/8 ◊ ½/14 ♦ ½/23 ◊ 1/29 ♦ ½/17 ◊ ½/13 7
10 Miles,Anthony J ENG 2584 1/bye ◊ 1/29 ♦ ½/15 ◊ ½/3 ♦ ½/12 ◊ 1/17 ♦ ½/7 ♦ ½/22 ◊ 1/16 ◊ 0/4 ♦ ½/8 7
11 Wells,Peter ENG 2506 ◊ 1/27 ♦ 0/18 ◊ 1/57 ♦ ½/53 ◊ ½/23 ♦ 1/20 ◊ ½/8 ♦ ½/29 ◊ 1/21 ◊ ½/3 ♦ ½/7 7
12 Pert,Nicholas ENG 2455 ◊ 1/55 ♦ 1/59 ◊ 0/2 ♦ 1/44 ◊ ½/10 ♦ 0/5 ◊ 1/27 ♦ 0/21 ◊ 1/42 ♦ ½/16 ◊ 1/22 7
13 Wohl,Aleksandar AUS 2461 ◊ 1/35 ♦ 0/30 ◊ ½/27 ♦ ½/42 ◊ 1/32 ◊ 1/43 ♦ 0/3 ◊ 1/26 ♦ ½/41 ◊ 1/15 ♦ ½/9 7
14 McShane,Luke ENG 2480 ♦ 1/61 ◊ 1/45 ♦ 1/17 ◊ ½/6 ♦ ½/25 ◊ ½/7 ♦ ½/9 ◊ 0/3 ♦ ½/24 ◊ 1/41 ♦ 0/2
15 Arkell,Keith ENG 2481 ◊ 1/43 ♦ 1/47 ◊ ½/10 ♦ 0/22 ◊ 1/21 ♦ 0/23 ◊ 1/30 ♦ ½/8 ◊ 1/19 ♦ 0/13 ◊ ½/16
16 Turner,Matthew ENG 2491 ♦ 1/37 ◊ ½/53 ♦ ½/26 ◊ 1/41 ♦ ½/9 ◊ ½/3 ♦ ½/29 ◊ 1/18 ♦ 0/10 ◊ ½/12 ♦ ½/15
17 Crouch,Colin ENG 2448 ◊ 1/56 ♦ ½/23 ◊ 0/14 ♦ 1/27 ◊ 1/54 ♦ 0/10 ◊ 1/42 ◊ 1/25 ♦ ½/4 ◊ ½/9 ♦ 0/6
18 Simutowe,Amon ZAM 2322 ♦ 1/64 ◊ 1/11 ◊ 0/4 ♦ 0/5 ◊ ½/30 ♦ 1/34 ◊ 1/54 ♦ 0/16 ◊ 0/8 ♦ 1/35 ◊ 1/42
19 Williams,Simon K ENG 2353 ♦ 1/60 ◊ 0/9 ♦ 1/38 ◊ 1/26 ♦ ½/3 ◊ ½/25 ♦ 0/22 ◊ 1/43 ♦ 0/15 ◊ ½/37 ♦ 1/41
20 Buckley,Graeme ENG 2351 ◊ 1/65 ♦ 0/2 ◊ 1/35 ◊ 0/25 ♦ 1/26 ◊ 0/11 ♦ 0/36 ♦ 1/55 ◊ 1/30 ♦ ½/23 ◊ 1/27
21 Koneru,Humpy IND 2286 ◊ 1/68 ◊ 0/6 ♦ ½/33 ◊ 1/39 ♦ 0/15 ◊ ½/36 ♦ 1/51 ◊ 1/12 ♦ 0/11 ◊ ½/25 ♦ 1/37
22 Hunt,Harriet ENG 2454 ♦ 1/49 ◊ 1/39 ♦ ½/9 ◊ 1/15 ♦ ½/6 ♦ 0/2 ◊ 1/19 ◊ ½/10 ♦ ½/7 ◊ 0/5 ♦ 0/12 6
23 Crawley,Gavin ENG 2401 ♦ ½/33 ◊ ½/17 ♦ ½/28 ◊ 1/37 ♦ ½/11 ◊ 1/15 ♦ ½/25 ◊ ½/9 ♦ 0/6 ◊ ½/20 ♦ ½/26 6
24 Knott,Simon JB ENG 2381 ◊ 1/51 ♦ 0/5 ◊ 1/43 ♦ 1/30 ◊ 0/2 ♦ 1/44 ◊ 0/1 ♦ 1/47 ◊ ½/14 ◊ 0/7 ♦ ½/25 6
25 Emms,John M ENG 2527 ◊ 1/34 ♦ ½/8 ◊ ½/53 ♦ 1/20 ◊ ½/14 ♦ ½/19 ◊ ½/23 ♦ 0/17 ◊ ½/27 ♦ ½/21 ◊ ½/24 6
26 Mahesh Chandran,Panjanathan IND 2238 ◊ ½/1 ♦ 1/55 ◊ ½/16 ♦ 0/19 ◊ 0/20 ♦ 1/48 ◊ 1/56 ♦ 0/13 ◊ ½/36 ♦ 1/34 ◊ ½/23 6
27 Willmoth,Robert ENG 2211 ♦ 0/11 ◊ 1/64 ♦ ½/13 ◊ 0/17 ♦ 1/39 ◊ 1/28 ♦ 0/12 ◊ 1/61 ♦ ½/25 ◊ 1/29 ♦ 0/20 6
28 Stephenson,F Norman ENG 2241 ◊ 1/54 ♦ 0/7 ◊ ½/23 ♦ 1/56 ◊ 0/8 ♦ 0/27 ◊ ½/35 ♦ ½/31 ◊ 1/51 ♦ ½/32 ◊ 1/47 6
29 Webster,Andrew ENG 2417 ◊ 1/31 ♦ 0/10 ◊ 1/32 ♦ 1/45 ◊ ½/5 ♦ ½/1 ◊ ½/16 ◊ ½/11 ♦ 0/9 ♦ 0/27 ◊ ½/34
30 McMichael,Richard ENG 2250 ♦ 1/66 ◊ 1/13 ♦ 0/6 ◊ 0/24 ♦ ½/18 ◊ 1/33 ♦ 0/15 ◊ 1/46 ♦ 0/20 ◊ ½/38 ♦ ½/36
31 Spence,David J ENG 2153 ♦ 0/29 ♦ ½/34 ◊ 0/1 ♦ ½/63 ◊ 1/58 ◊ 1/40 ♦ 0/41 ◊ ½/28 ♦ ½/45 ◊ 1/43 ♦ ½/38
32 Briggs,Philip ENG 2200 ♦ 0/6 ◊ 1/52 ♦ 0/29 ◊ 1/58 ♦ 0/13 ◊ 1/38 ♦ 0/46 ◊ ½/51 ♦ 1/60 ◊ ½/28 ♦ ½/33
33 Tan,Desmond ENG 2203 ◊ ½/23 ♦ ½/42 ◊ ½/21 ♦ 0/8 ◊ 1/66 ♦ 0/30 ♦ ½/45 ◊ 1/49 ◊ ½/47 ♦ ½/44 ◊ ½/32
34 Simons,Martin ENG 2226 ♦ 0/25 ◊ ½/31 ♦ 0/51 ◊ 1/52 ♦ 1/49 ◊ 0/18 ♦ 1/62 ◊ ½/37 ♦ 1/43 ◊ 0/26 ♦ ½/29
35 Collins,Sam IRL 2172 ♦ 0/13 ◊ 1/66 ♦ 0/20 ◊ ½/50 ♦ ½/40 ◊ ½/45 ♦ ½/28 ◊ ½/60 ♦ 1/54 ◊ 0/18 ♦ 1/46
36 Jackson,Oliver ENG 2209 ◊ 0/4 ♦ 0/58 ◊ 1/65 ♦ ½/67 ◊ 1/59 ♦ ½/21 ◊ 1/20 ◊ 0/41 ♦ ½/26 ♦ ½/42 ◊ ½/30
37 Broomfield,Matthew ENG 2192 ◊ 0/16 ♦ ½/68 ◊ 1/63 ♦ 0/23 ◊ 1/45 ♦ 0/42 ◊ 1/53 ♦ ½/34 ◊ 1/44 ♦ ½/19 ◊ 0/21
38 Kemp,Peter D ENG 2214 ◊ 0/2 ♦ 1/65 ◊ 0/19 ♦ ½/59 ◊ 1/67 ♦ 0/32 ◊ ½/55 ♦ ½/48 ◊ 1/56 ♦ ½/30 ◊ ½/31
39 Homer,Stephen ENG 2030 ◊ 1/44 ♦ 0/22 ◊ ½/47 ♦ 0/21 ◊ 0/27 ♦ 0/55 ◊ 1/59 ◊ ½/62 ♦ ½/50 ♦ 1/57 ◊ 1/54
40 Aarthie,Ramaswamy IND 2319 ◊ 1/58 ♦ 0/4 ◊ ½/56 ♦ 0/54 ◊ ½/35 ♦ 0/31 ◊ 0/48 ♦ 1/67 ◊ ½/55 ♦ 1/51 ◊ 1/52
41 McFarland,Robert S ENG 2267   1/bye ◊ 1/59 ♦ 0/16 ◊ ½/42 ♦ ½/56 ◊ 1/31 ♦ 1/36 ◊ ½/13 ♦ 0/14 ◊ 0/19 5½/10
42 Buckley,Simon ENG 2237 ♦ ½/3 ◊ ½/33 ♦ ½/49 ◊ ½/13 ♦ ½/41 ◊ 1/37 ♦ 0/17 ◊ 1/54 ♦ 0/12 ◊ ½/36 ♦ 0/18 5
43 Rudd,Jack ENG 2176 ♦ 0/15 ◊ 1/67 ♦ 0/24 ◊ 1/48 ◊ 1/47 ♦ 0/13 ◊ 1/44 ♦ 0/19 ◊ 0/34 ♦ 0/31 ◊ 1/55 5
44 Evans-Quek,Suan WLS 2261 ♦ 0/39 ◊ 1/62 ♦ 1/58 ◊ 0/12 ♦ 1/51 ◊ 0/24 ♦ 0/43 ◊ 1/50 ♦ 0/37 ◊ ½/33 ♦ ½/45 5
45 Rayner,Francis WLS 2256 ◊ 1/63 ♦ 0/14 ◊ 1/48 ◊ 0/29 ♦ 0/37 ♦ ½/35 ◊ ½/33 ♦ ½/56 ◊ ½/31 ♦ ½/52 ◊ ½/44 5
46 Lilley,Graham ENG 2224 ◊ 0/5 ♦ ½/51 ◊ 1/68 ♦ 0/1 ◊ 0/56 ♦ 1/67 ◊ 1/32 ♦ 0/30 ◊ 1/48 ♦ ½/47 ◊ 0/35 5
47 Greet,Andrew SCO 2266 ♦ 1/67 ◊ 0/15 ♦ ½/39 ◊ ½/51 ♦ 0/43 ◊ 1/60 ♦ 1/61 ◊ 0/24 ♦ ½/33 ◊ ½/46 ♦ 0/28 5
48 Morgan,Ben ENG 2035 ♦ 0/53 ◊ 1/61 ♦ 0/45 ♦ 0/43 ◊ 1/50 ◊ 0/26 ♦ 1/40 ◊ ½/38 ♦ 0/46 ◊ 1/62 ♦ ½/49 5
49 Frost,Nicholas ENG 2164 ◊ 0/22 ♦ ½/54 ◊ ½/42 ♦ ½/57 ◊ 0/34 ♦ ½/63 ◊ 1/58 ♦ 0/33 ◊ 1/53 ♦ ½/56 ◊ ½/48 5
50 Snape,Ian ENG 2170 ◊ 0/7 ♦ ½/63 ◊ 0/54 ♦ ½/35 ♦ 0/48 ◊ 1/68 ◊ 1/57 ♦ 0/44 ◊ ½/39 ♦ ½/55 ◊ 1/56 5
51 Barton,R Alan ENG 2145 ♦ 0/24 ◊ ½/46 ◊ 1/34 ♦ ½/47 ◊ 0/44 ♦ 1/57 ◊ 0/21 ♦ ½/32 ♦ 0/28 ◊ 0/40 ♦ 1/60
52 Evans-Quek,Debbie WLS 2046 ◊ 0/59 ♦ 0/32 ◊ ½/55 ♦ 0/34 ♦ ½/68 ◊ ½/64 ◊ 1/66 ♦ ½/53 ♦ 1/61 ◊ ½/45 ♦ 0/40
53 Vigus,James ENG 2266 ◊ 1/48 ♦ ½/16 ♦ ½/25 ◊ ½/11 ◊ 0/1 ♦ 0/54 ♦ 0/37 ◊ ½/52 ♦ 0/49 ◊ ½/61 ♦ ½/65 4
54 Douglas,Timothy ENG 2015 ♦ 0/28 ◊ ½/49 ♦ 1/50 ◊ 1/40 ♦ 0/17 ◊ 1/53 ♦ 0/18 ♦ 0/42 ◊ 0/35 ◊ ½/60 ♦ 0/39 4
55 Waters,Clive ENG 2170 ♦ 0/12 ◊ 0/26 ♦ ½/52 ◊ 1/68 ♦ 0/60 ◊ 1/39 ♦ ½/38 ◊ 0/20 ♦ ½/40 ◊ ½/50 ♦ 0/43 4
56 D'Costa,Lorin ENG 2157 ♦ 0/17 ◊ 1/69 ♦ ½/40 ◊ 0/28 ♦ 1/46 ◊ ½/41 ♦ 0/26 ◊ ½/45 ♦ 0/38 ◊ ½/49 ♦ 0/50 4
57 Hempson,Peter ENG 2219 ♦ 0/9 ◊ 1/60 ♦ 0/11 ◊ ½/49 ♦ ½/61 ◊ 0/51 ♦ 0/50 ♦ ½/58 ◊ 1/63 ◊ 0/39 ♦ ½/59 4
58 Freeman,Gordon IRL 2047 ♦ 0/40 ◊ 1/36 ◊ 0/44 ♦ 0/32 ♦ 0/31 ◊ 1/65 ♦ 0/49 ◊ ½/57 ♦ ½/62 ♦ ½/64 ◊ ½/61 4
59 Obiamiwe,Paul NGR 2065 ♦ 1/52 ◊ 0/12 ♦ 0/41 ◊ ½/38 ♦ 0/36 ◊ 0/61 ♦ 0/39 ♦ ½/68 ◊ ½/64 ♦ 1/66 ◊ ½/57 4
60 Buckley,Melanie ENG 2124 ◊ 0/19 ♦ 0/57 ◊ 0/66 ♦ 1/64 ◊ 1/55 ♦ 0/47 ◊ 1/63 ♦ ½/35 ◊ 0/32 ♦ ½/54 ◊ 0/51 4
61 Wise,David ENG 2173 ◊ 0/14 ♦ 0/48 ◊ 1/64 ♦ ½/66 ◊ ½/57 ♦ 1/59 ◊ 0/47 ♦ 0/27 ◊ 0/52 ♦ ½/53 ♦ ½/58 4
62 Binks,Michael E WLS 2155 ◊ 0/8 ♦ 0/44 ◊ 0/67 ♦ 1/65 ◊ ½/63 ♦ 1/66 ◊ 0/34 ♦ ½/39 ◊ ½/58 ♦ 0/48 ◊ ½/64 4
63 Freeman,Richard CP ENG 2025 ♦ 0/45 ◊ ½/50 ♦ 0/37 ◊ ½/31 ♦ ½/62 ◊ ½/49 ♦ 0/60 ◊ ½/64 ♦ 0/57 ◊ ½/65 ♦ 1/68 4
64 McDonnell,James IRL 2050 ◊ 0/18 ♦ 0/27 ♦ 0/61 ◊ 0/60 ◊ 1/65 ♦ ½/52 ◊ ½/67 ♦ ½/63 ♦ ½/59 ◊ ½/58 ♦ ½/62 4
65 Hebbes,Tim ENG 2121 ♦ 0/20 ◊ 0/38 ♦ 0/36 ◊ 0/62 ♦ 0/64 ♦ 0/58 ◊ 1/68 ♦ 1/66 ◊ 1/67 ♦ ½/63 ◊ ½/53 4
66 Howell,David W ENG 2020 ◊ 0/30 ♦ 0/35 ♦ 1/60 ◊ ½/61 ♦ 0/33 ◊ 0/62 ♦ 0/52 ◊ 0/65 ♦ ½/68 ◊ 0/59 ◊ 1/67 3
67 Pleasants,Allan WLS 2040 ◊ 0/47 ♦ 0/43 ♦ 1/62 ◊ ½/36 ♦ 0/38 ◊ 0/46 ♦ ½/64 ◊ 0/40 ♦ 0/65 ◊ ½/68 ♦ 0/66
68 Orton,Stephen ENG 2045 ♦ 0/21 ◊ ½/37 ♦ 0/46 ♦ 0/55 ◊ ½/52 ♦ 0/50 ♦ 0/65 ◊ ½/59 ◊ ½/66 ♦ ½/67 ◊ 0/63
69 Foster,James J ENG 2000   ♦ 0/56                   0 / 1

2000 British Ladies' Champion: Humpy Koneru
2000 British Under-21 Champions: Brian Kelly, Nicholas Pert

Alexander Best Game Prize: Mark Hebden (rd 10 v Tony Miles)
(No title norms achieved)


Major Open (11 round swiss, 72 players)

Ranking 2000 BCF Major Open  Total 
1 Richard Pert 8½/11
2-4 Bret C Addison, David Buckley, Joe Conlon 8
5-7 David W Anderton, Chris Jones, Mike Twyble
8-11 Jonathan Beedle, James R Bourne, Gavin Lock, Rafe Martyn 7
12-23 Philip Almond, Andrew Bigg, Stephen P Clark, Roger D de Coverly, John S Garnett Garnett, J Nick Hawkins, Jerry Humphreys, Paul Isherwood, Thomas Nixon, Thomas Quilter, Elaine Rutherford, James Stevenson
24-28 Thomas Dougherty, Paul McKeown, Koichi Nicholas, Marcus Osborne, Craig Young 6
29-37 Paul Davies, Andrew Hughes, Graeme Kafka, Eesha Karavade, Eesha Ezra J Lutton, Daniel McGowan, Ross Mooring, Santiago Perez, Neville Twitchell
38-49 Kenan Boztas, Samuel B Buckley, Stephen Casement, Sam Essen, James J Foster, Abhijeet Gupta, Ashok Koneru, Richard McMaster, Ronald Pearce, Sophie Tidman, Nicholas Timms, Mark Whitehead 5
50-54 William Bennet, Michael Healey, Ian G Kelly, Philip J Peck, Gordon Rigg
55-61 Lucy Broomfield, Oliver Cooley, Tristan Cox, Anna Partington, Annie Powell 4
62-63 Amir Habibi (6 games), David Simpson
64-65 James Berlin (7 games), Liam Roche 3
66 Stewart Reuben (5 games)
67 Nigel Blades (6 games) 2
68-70 John Hennigan (9 games), Robert McFarland (2 games), Mel J Young (5 games) 1
71 Roger Hardy (1 game) ½
72 Chris R Price (4 games) 0

2000 British Senior Championship (over 60 years of age, 7 round swiss, 16 players)

1 John Toothill 5½/7; 2-3 Stewart Reuben, Ivor B N Smith 5

Junior Championships

2000 British U18 Championship (incorporated within Major Open)

1 Bret C Addison 8/11
Girls U18 Elaine Rutherford

2000 British U16 Championship (7 round swiss, 21 players)

1st Andrew Hughes 6/7
Girls U16 Alexandra Kelly 5

2000 British U15 Championship (incorporated within U-16 above)

1-2 Kenan Boztas, Alexandra Kelly 5/7
Girls U15 Alexandra Kelly 5

2000 British U14 Championship (7 round swiss, 24 players)

1 Eesha Karavade 6½/7
Girls U14 Eesha Karavade

2000 British U13 Championship (7 rounds swiss, 27 players)

1-2 Sabrina Chevannes, Robert Payne 6/7
Girls U13 Sabrina Chevannes 6

2000 British U12 Championship (7 round swiss, 33 players)

1 Abhijeet Gupta 6½/7
Girls U12 Francesca Berlin, Danielle Gross, Claire Morris 3

2000 British U11 Championship (7 rounds, 37 players)

1 Abhijeet Gupta 6½/7
Girls U11 Sarah Hegarty 5

2000 British U10 Championship (7 rounds, 44 players)

1-2 Thomas Pym, James Snowden 6/7
Girls U10 Vellaikovil Sindhu

2000 British U9 Championship (7 rounds, 45 players)

1-3 Dana Hawrami, Sankalp Modwal, Tom Robinson 6/7
Girls U9 Amy Officer 5

2000 British U8 Championship (6 rounds, 30 players)

1 Parimarjan Negi 6/6
Girls U8 Katie Hale, Amy Officer 4


Other Tournaments

U-175 Championship (5 round swiss, 24 players)

1 Geoffrey W Sage 5/5; 2 Alec J Toll 4; 3-5 Colin Costello, Alan Downham, Mel J Young 3½

U-150 Championship (5 round swiss, 25 players)

1-2 Oliver Gill, Roger Hardy 4/5; 3-6 Robert Dean, Laurence Hunt, Teresa Khoo, George Murphy 3½

U-125 Championship (5 round swiss, 31 players)

1 Kenji O Nicholas 4½/5; 2-4 Laurence Hunt, Matthew Palmer, John Sutcliffe 4

U-100 Championship (5 round swiss, 31 players)

1 Lawrence Beech 5/5; 2 Ian Robertson 4½; 3 Alistair Hung 4

5 Day Week ONE Tournament (5 round swiss, 16 players)

1 Alec Toll 4½/5; 2 Philip Bonafont 4; 3 Stephen Connor 3½

5 Day Week TWO Tournament (5 rounds, 14 players)

1 Graham White 4½/5; 2 Paul Habershon 4; 3-5 Andrew Footner, Graham P Morris, Munroe Morrison 3

Atkins Tournament (6 round swiss, 18 players)

1 Ian C Clark 5½/6; 2 Krunal Kahar 4½; 3-4 Kevin P Goater, Paul Wallace 4

Harry Baines Week ONE Tournament (9 round swiss, 10 players)

1 Jonathan B Mutton 8/9; 2 Krunal Kahar 7½; 3 James Mansson 6½

Harry Baines Week TWO Tournament (9 round swiss, 10 players)

1-2 James Mansson, Mark Weighell 7; 3 Colin A Ramage 5½

Rapidplay - 30th July 2000 (6 rounds swiss, 41 players)

1 Bogdan Lalic 5½/6; 2-3 Daniel Gormally, Ian Ponter 5

Rapidplay - 6th August 2000 (6 round swiss, 38 players)

1 Bogdan Lalic 5½/6; 2-3 David M Moskovic, Amon Simutowe 5

Soanes Tournament (6 round swiss, 22 players)

1 Richard Mycroft 5/6; 2-4 George A A Murphy, Stephen Pride, Jack Tomac 4½

Yates Tournament (6 round swiss, 14 players)

1 Lawrence Beech 5½/6; 2 Wilfred Morgan 4½; 3 Albert R Willis 4


THE SMITH AND WILLIAMSON 87th BRITISH CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS

The actual entry, at 729, was the lowest for many years. In my report last year I advised Council that “this is a fundamental change for the event.... the problems in obtaining suitable, spacious and free accommodation at seaside resorts are immense and the offer to take the Championships to the magnificent settings of Millfield is a challenge I felt the Federation should accept.” I make no apology to Council for the choice of venue - in fact all the input I have received from players who actually attended is fulsome in its praise of the standards at Millfield. The facilities were second-to-none, the playing arena was vast and indeed the Championships were one of the best contested and enjoyable that I can remember. Taking everything into account, I can report to Council that despite the low entry, the 2000 Championships were successful and that we have learnt vital lessons which will hold us in good stead for the future. Obviously the financial situation of the event is less healthy than it might have been; last year I informed Council that the 1999 out-turn was substantially better than budget and I must advise Council this year that the event may well have come in at a loss. However I can advise that because of good housekeeping that has taken place whilst I have been in charge of this event, any such loss will be small.

I am pleased to announce to Council that I have negotiated an extension of the Smith & Williamson sponsorship of the Championships to 2003 at least and I am hopeful that our continued good relations with them can continue for many years to come. The sponsorships of the Championships have been the key element to its success over the past few years.

I will now deal with a number of matters that have arisen. 1999 saw criticism of the eligibility rules when a player from Bangladesh finished in equal second place, whilst this situation has been highlighted once again this year with children from India taking the majority of the junior titles. As far as I can see the situation is clear in that para 2.1 of the B.C.F. Constitution states that the objects of the Federation shall be to “encourage the study and practice of chess in the British Commonwealth”. Until this and subsequent paragraphs are altered by Council, I take the view that the eligibility of Commonwealth players remains inviolate. The success of the young Indian players will, I hope, encourage our juniors to strive to regain these titles from the sub-continent.

The website this year was contracted to Malcolm Pein as a sub-site to Chess & Bridge and introduced a number of innovations, notably touch-sensitive boards connected directly to the webmaster & inter-active comments via the internet direct to the Commentary Room. It is clear to me that the technology applications this year were a major step forward and work will be needed to ensure that we maintain that progress in forthcoming years. I will not dwell on results here - they have been adequately covered in the media. However, I will summarise some of the steps forward taken during the three years of my stewardship:-

  • Entry fees held steady or increased at less than the rate of inflation
  • Prizes increased especially in events other than the British
  • Increased discounts
  • Simplified entry form
  • Introduction of Under 175/150 Championship
  • Rules for Qualification defined.
  • Competing Certificates for all children competing

Neil Graham, Director of Congress Chess, September 2000


File updated

Date Notes
24 October 2000 First uploaded to BritBase as a zipped file (complete 375 games)
22 August 2021 Now with a complete crosstable for the Championship plus other leading scores from subsidiary competitions.