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01/08/21 1995 British Championship M Sadler 223 games from the 1995 British Championship played in Swansea. Posted here for the first time on 1 August 2021. Full Chapionship crosstable plus partial crosstable of the Major Open and full results of junior sections. The games already appear on ChessBase but their version is seriously flawed (players wrongly identified, wrong results, etc).
01/08/21 1994 British Championship W Watson 235 games from the 1994 British Championship played in Norwich, plus 131 games from subsidiary sections. Posted here for the first time on 30 July 2021. Full crosstable plus leading results of subsidiary sections. Latest: Roger de Coverly has sent all 11 of his games from the Championship, including a replacement for the inaccurate game vs R Dive which was already on file. Many thanks, Roger.
30/07/21 1993 British Championship M Hennigan 234 games from the 1993 British Championship played in Dundee, plus four games from the Hennigan/Kumaran play-off. Posted here for the first time on 30 July 2021. Full crosstable plus results of subsidiary sections.
28/07/21 1994 Lloyds Bank Masters Alexander Morozevich 780 games from the 1994 Lloyds Bank Masters. Games unchanged from the last upload in 2009, except for a correction to Morozevich-Petursson. What's new is a games viewer and complete crosstable, plus some reports, details of norms achieved, etc. This was the last of the great Lloyds Bank Masters tournaments, and featured a stunning 9½/10 score by Alexander Morozevich - a TPR of 2970 and (claimed the organisers) bettered only by Fischer and Karpov. At the time he was only an IM! If anyone has any more games (e.g. their own) played in this event, I would be pleased to include them. Latest: the game A.Kitchlew 0-1 R.de Coverly added, which Roger de Coverly played as a filler in rd 1. Thanks, Roger.
28/07/21 Games of Dr JM Aitken - An interim collection of games played by leading Scottish player Dr JM Aitken (1908-1983). This PGN file is growing on a regular basis, starting at around 400 games at the beginning of November 2020. Geoff Chandler is sending me a scorebook's worth of games (around 50) for upload as he sets out to input all of Dr Aitken's games from the collection of 45 scorebooks (each containing 50 games) held by Edinburgh Chess Club. Latest Update: 1,713 game entries now, after the addition of Books 33-34. That takes us up to May 1972. Books 23 and 24 are still missing (that's May 1961 to May 1963).
25/07/21 1989 Lloyds Bank Masters Azmaiparashvili 223 games posted here for the first time. I have corrected some of the names from what appears on ChessBase, but have so far only been able to provide dates and round numbers for about two thirds of the games, based on the part-crosstable that was published in the 1990-91 BCF Yearbook (which also had errors). Can anyone loan me the tournament bulletin?
23/07/21 1990 Lloyds Bank Masters Conquest (on tie-break from), Adams, Sturua 241 games posted here for the first time, plus a game from the tournament launch. Games sourced from ChessBase but checked against the original bulletin. As a result, dates and round numbers have been added, and names corrected. For example, one of the games ChessBase have listed as being played in the tournament by Demis Hassabis was in fact played by his six-year-old brother George at the tournament launch. I've added as full a crosstable as appears to be available. Has anyone got a complete crosstable? Latest: ten more games played by David Houston and submitted by David McAlister, for which many thanks. I've also added details where games were lost on time. 252 games in total.
22/07/21 1978 Lloyds Bank Masters P Littlewood, J Peters, Y Rantanen 211 games from the 2nd Lloyds Bank Masters. Some additions and corrections as compared with Mega/Big Database, plus round numbers and dates. Also available is a PDF of the complete bulletin, with crosstables, results, norms and an article by Leonard Barden. Latest: 16 more games played by John C Henshaw and Geoffrey H James and kindly contributed by Brian Denman, for which many thanks.
22/07/21 1992 Lloyds Bank Masters Speelman, Timoscenko 204 games from this tournament, posted here for the first time (12 July 2021). They consist of 177 games from the bulletin (as posted on Mega/Big Databases) plus all the games played by me and Tony Corkett, who kindly sent me a batch of his Lloyds Bank games. I've also applied corrections to the file as published by ChessBase, and added round numbers and dates. And included a complete crosstable as published in the bulletin. Latest: ten games played by Kevin Thurlow added, for which many thanks.
20/07/21 Murray Chandler's Games, 1972-2008 - 2,431 games played by Murray Chandler. This major BritBase item was first posted here during the summer of 2020 to showcase the early games of the New Zealand GM during a particularly exciting and important era of British chess in the 1970s, and has now been extended to include all his extant games. There is still some work to do finding missing games from weekenders and identifying the events that a handful of games were played in. Readers' contributions are very welcome. Murray's early New Zealand games are being worked on independently by Bill Forster and Helen Milligan and these are made available at the Peter Stuart NZ Games Database, which I recommend you to visit. I can also recommend following Murray's excellent Facebook chess autobiography where he is recounting his chess career in regular segments with numerous photos and illustrations, providing a unique and innovative insight into the career of an emerging grandmaster. Update: An extra game added - Ward 0-1 Chandler, Remploy Calderdale (Halifax) Open, 02.05.1988. My thanks to Gerald Hartmann for finding it in BCM, July 1988. Total now 2,431.
13/07/21 1993 Lloyds Bank Masters Speelman Now up to 530 games, but now with dates, plus a complete crosstable and details from the bulletin. The additional games were played and submitted by Tony Corkett, for which many thanks. Latest: One additional game and one correction, submitted by Andy Ansel - many thanks.
13/07/21 1991 Lloyds Bank Masters Shirov 205 games from this tournament, posted here for the first time (13 July 2021). I've applied a number of amendments to the games, and added some more, played and submitted by Tony Corkett. Many thanks, Tony. I've also produced a complete crosstable and supplied other material from the bulletin.
09/07/21 1967 Bognor Regis International Kurajica, Drimer & Padevski New file (7 July 2021): 19 games and 5 part-games from the 15th Churchill Memorial, plus a complete crosstable of results. Latest: Two further games from the international and one from a subsidiary event. My thanks to Brian Denman.
09/07/21 Varsity Chess Matches (1873-2020) - All the game scores from this series of matches in a single file for viewing and download. It currently amounts to 739 game entries, a few of which are stubs or positions from games. Latest: we now have the complete score of Locock-Morley (1st game, 1883). Thanks to Brian Denman.
07/07/21 1967 British Championship Penrose All the games of the 1967 Championship, plus more than 150 of the subsidiary events, from the bulletin. Latest update: three games from the Rowena Bruce vs Dinah Dobson play-off match added, plus crosstables updated and a photo of Julie Dobson added.
06/07/21 1912 British Championship RC Griffith 37 of the 66 games from the 1912 British Championship held in the Castle Assembly Rooms, Richmond, Surrey; also 10 games from the Major Open, 4 games from the Women's Championship won by Gertrude Anderson and 4 games from an innovative match between the 12 competitors in the British Championship proper and the 12 Major Open competitors (the Major Open won by 6½-5½). Latest update: added a game lost by Frank Marshall to Harry Bogdanor in a 48-board simul. Thanks to Gerard Killoran.
06/07/21 1909 British Championship HE Atkins Revamped in 2018, adding photos and text from BCM, including round numbers and dates in subsidiary games, etc. Latest update: two games added from subsidiary sections. Thanks to Gerard Killoran.
05/07/21 1985 Lloyds Bank Masters A Belyavsky 183 games from the 9th Lloyds Bank Masters, won by Alexander Belyavsky, plus a PDF of the complete bulletin, with crosstables, results, norms and prizes. Latest: the game N.Carr-J.Sachs (rd 2) added - my thanks to Andy Ansel.
05/07/21 1984 Lloyds Bank Masters John Nunn 184 games, which is just two more than already appears on ChessBase's Big Database 2020. I've also added dates and made various amendments to names and moves. Latest: further amendments to scores as identified by Andy Ansel, for which many thanks. Details of amendments listed in the file.
04/07/21 1988 Lloyds Bank Masters G Lane, M Adams 205 games. First time uploaded here.
04/07/21 1987 Lloyds Bank Masters M Wilder, M Chandler 205 games. First time uploaded here.
09/06/21 1960 British Championship Jonathan Penrose 38 games out of 198, plus 8 part-games, plus 3 games & 2 part-games from subsidiary events. Also crosstables of the two main tournaments, plus some contemporary newspaper coverage. Latest: seven more Championship games, played by Dr Aitken (replacing one part-game for same). My thanks to Geoff Chandler for his input work.
19/05/21 1979 Lloyds Bank Masters Murray Chandler A new item as of 19 May 2021. 183 games, which have been available on commercial databases for some time, but I've given them a make-over, adding dates and some ratings, and applying various corrections. Also a complete crosstable, three photos of the last round and prizegiving and contemporary reports of the tournament. Latest: Mike Yeo has sent in a correction (in round 6 he played Peter Wells, not Ian Wells) plus the scores of six more of his games, so now there are 189 games in total. Thanks, Mike.
17/05/21 1956 Paignton Premier F E A Kitto All 28 games. These have been available here since 1997 but now have dates, and there is a crosstable, contemporary reports and results from other sections. Plus a game from the women's international which was held alongside that year's Paignton Congress. Latest: Ulrich Tamm sent me a second game from the women's international, between Fenny Heemskerk and Elfriede Rinder (Rd 2). Thanks, Ulrich.
16/05/21 1957 British Championship Stefan Fazekas 65 of the 176 games (plus three part-games) of the British Championship played in Plymouth and won by the rank outsider, 59-year-old Dr Stefan Fazekas. Includes a crosstable, results for other sections, various newspaper reports and related discussions. One game from the Boys' Under 18 also included, with a favourite Stewart Reuben anecdote in the notes. Latest update: added two games from the Major Open B section played and won by the Scottish player Thomas Russell, culled from the Glasgow Herald chess column.
12/05/21 1956 British Championship Alexander 54 of the games, plus 10 part-games and 12 from subsidiary events (including all 11 of Bernard Cafferty's games in the Major Open), and results from all the events. Latest update: Eight more Dr Aitken games added.
10/05/21 1955 British Championship Golombek 80 of a possible 198 games, plus 1 game fragment and 4 games from other sections. Full results and crosstables. Latest: four Aitken games added.
09/05/21 1963 British Championship J.Penrose All 154 Championship games plus 80 from subsidiary sections and full results and crosstables. Latest: the game J.Littlewood-J.Penrose (Rd 4) has been discovered to have an obvious input error (34 Kf1 must be wrong). I have substituted a move (34 Re3) after which the remaining score makes sense. Further news: Andy Ansel has consulted the 1963 tournament bulletin and confirms that 34 Re3 was played. Thanks, Andy.
03/05/21 1967 Glasgow Open Ray Keene All 60 games from the Glasgow Open played in September 1967. My thanks to Alan McGowan for drawing my attention to this download at the Chess Scotland site.
03/05/21 1965 Glorney Cup Scotland All 36 games of the Glorney Cup (junior team tournament) played in Glasgow in August 1965. My thanks to Alan McGowan for drawing my attention to this download at the Chess Scotland site.
03/05/21 1962 Derby Premier Hindle / Hilton All 24 games of the eight-player, six-round Derby Premier, played over the Easter weekend in 1962. My thanks to Michael Alderson for making the games available at the Derbyshire Chess Association website and notifying me.
02/05/21 1954 British Championship Barden / Phillips 74 of a possible 165 games, plus 3 game fragments, 13 games from other sections and the 10 games of the Barden-Phillips play-off match. Full results and crosstables. Latest: now 79 games of the possible 165, with the addition of all Dr Aitken's missing games. Some cosmetic amendments made at the same time.
27/04/21 1969 British Championship Penrose All 176 games from the bulletin, plus 149 games from subsidiary events. Latest update: the game LeMoir-Knee (Rd 8, British U21) added. Many thanks to Andy Ansel.
27/04/21 BCF Victory Congress, Hastings 1919 Capablanca 58/66 games from the Chief Tournament, 26/66 from the Minor, 6 games from the British Ladies Championship and 32 games from other sections and side events. Complete crosstables and several press reports and interviews. This is a fresh upload and builds on the games as already digitised by ChessBase from Tony Gillam's 1995 booklet. I've unearthed several more scores from old newspapers, previously undigitised. Latest: one game added: Bonwick 1-0 Lean (First-Class B, Rd 2), contributed by Brian Denman, for which many thanks.
24/04/19 1952 British Championship Bob Wade 51 of a possible 154 games, plus 13 game fragments and 24 games from subsidiary sections. Latest update: added nine of Dr Aitken's games, completing his complement of 11.
21/04/21 1914 British Championship FD Yates 36 of the 55 games from the 1914 British Championship held in Chester just after the outbreak of the Great War, plus 28 games from that year's Major Open, 4 from the Ladies' Championship and 11 from other events. Latest update: Added two games: (1) A.Spencer 1-0 F.Brown (Major Open, Rd 1); (2) J.O'Hanlon 1-0 A.Spencer (Major Open, Rd 9). Updated crosstables and results, added BCM report.
20/04/21 1913 British Championship FD Yates 32 of the 66 games from the Championship, plus 20 from subsidiary sections. Latest update: Another four game entries: (1) Hamond 0-1 Scott, Championship Rd 8 (found in a Dutch newspaper); (2) Schelhout 1-0 Taylor, Major Open Rd 11; (3) Billings 1-0 Tipal, First-Class A; (4) AW Daniel 1-0 NN, Second-Class B (part-game). I have also provided more details of results, round numbers and dates, having discovered the draw numbers for all events, plus more press reports and a photo of youngest vs oldest competitors.
14/04/21 1910 British Championship Atkins 34 of the 66 games, with 32 stubs and 27 games from the subsidiary games, from the 1910 British Championship played in Oxford. Latest update: Added one Championship game - Yates-F.Smith, Rd 4 - found in the Oxford Times; also six games from subsidiary groups (of a very poor standard): (1) WL.Biggs 1-0 RFS.Stevenson (Second-Class B); (2) WL.Biggs 1-0 AL.Densham (Second-Class B); (3) G.Wheeler 0-1 W.Hobbs (Third-Class B); (4) R.Moss 0-1 E.Walters (Third-Class C); (5) W.Hobbs 1-0 W.Hooppell (Third-Class D); (6) Miss K Eyre 0-1 A.Franks (Handicap). Plus full crosstables for all sections plus a number of other minor details. EDIT (15 April 2021): two more games added from subsidiary sections - FP.Wenman 1-0 NN (First Class) and TA.Sheldon 0-1 PO.Forshaw (Third-Class B).
04/04/21 Bernard Cafferty file - 1,928 games by English FM Bernard Cafferty (born 1934), including 2 part-games and 19 stubs. Update: Andy Ansel has tracked down the eight missing games from the 1971 Albena International. Many thanks to Andy.
21/03/21 1989 British Championship Adams 296 games from a possible 429, of the 78-player British Championship held in Plymouth. I've created a partial crosstable, based on the one published in BCM, but I'd like to have more data, which may be in the BCF Yearbook, if someone could scan some pages for me. What's needed is round numbers for some of the games already published, plus results from subsidiary sections. Original upload 20 August 2020. Update: Joe Conlon sent me a photo of the group of champions which his parents took at the prizegiving. I've identified the main winners but readers can enjoy identifying the junior champions for themselves. Many thanks to Joe. A further update (21 March 2021) - I am grateful to Sean Coffey for notifying me of three wrongly dated games in the PGN file. The download is now correct but if you would prefer to amend your database in situ, the amendments are: (1) Muir - Murugan, round 1: Date 1989.08.31 should be 1989.07.31; (2) Ruxton - Barua, round 5: Date 1989.01.04 should be 1989.08.04; (3) Stewart - Hennigan, round 5: Date 1989.08.05 should be 1989.08.04. Many thanks to Sean.
16/03/21 1974 British Championship G Botterill All games of the championship in Clacton, plus seven-player play-off in Llanelli, plus five games from other sections. Latest: added the game Trangmar-Cook, Major Open.
08/03/21 1949 Varsity Oxford-Cambridge match Oxford This was first posted last year but I've now added considerably more detail as regards the preceding week's events, which used to be a major feature of these matches. I've added a few game scores from the matches against various London clubs played by the combined universities' squad, and also details of the Oxford Past vs Cambridge Past match.
03/03/21 Games of H E Atkins - First upload (328 entries, including about 35 stubs and part-games). I decided to create this file when Alan A Smith sent me 50+ club and county games played (and won) by HE Atkins which Alan had culled from an extensive newspaper search. Alan's is an admirable compilation, containing many previously undigitised scores and providing corrections to others (including errors in RN Coles' book of Atkins' games, H. E. Atkins Doyen of British Chess Champions, published by Pitman in 1952). I have added other Atkins games from BritBase, plus some more which I have found myself, while Brian Denman has provided others. There are also games culled from ChessBase's Mega/Big Database 2020 (mainly from Atkins' infrequent competitions outside Britain) and chessgames.com. Thanks to Alan and Brian, and also to Gerard Killoran for help with names and dates. Steve Mann's Yorkshire Chess History was also extremely useful in discovering opponents' forenames. Latest update: Nine games added: (1) Sturton 1-0 HEA, Kentish Men vs Men of Kent 1896; (2) C Lambert ½-½ HEA, SCCU Championship 1897; (3) HEA 1-0 J Serrailler, Kent Open B, Folkestone 1901; (4) T Marriott ½-½ HEA, Notts v Leics, 29.11.1902; (5) HEA 1-0 HB Lund, Yorkshire v Cheshire, 19.03.1910 (there is already a game between the same two players with the same colours, opening moves and result in another Yorks vs Cheshire match some six weeks later but they are from different matches, the second being a play-off match to break a tie for the Northern Counties' Championship); (6) E. Spencer ½-½ HEA, Lancashire vs Yorkshire, 25.01.1913; (7) F.Elwell 0-1 HEA, SCCU Ch, Southampton 1897; (8) HEA 1-0 J.Allcock, SCCU Champ 1900; (9) B.Cohen ½-½ HEA, Lancs v Yorks, 16.01.1926. Other alterations: (1) Brian Denman has identified two near duplicates of the game HEA 1-0 C Draycott, Leics v Staffs, 31.05.1902 - I've removed the duplicate and given the game as published in the Leicester Chronicle with the Sunday Times version as a variation. (2) Alan Smith and Brian Denman both alerted me to a wrong result in E.Spencer - HEA, Lancs-Yorks, 21.03.1925 - Spencer (White) won. The running total of games is now 347. My thanks to Gerard Killoran, Brian Denman and Alan Smith for their invaluable contributions.
03/03/21 1993/94 4NCL Invicta Knights 207 of the 240 possible games from the first season of the 4NCL (British Team Chess League). I input these games myself around 2006 and in 2016 gave them a make-over to include team data and make them viewable online. 35 games are missing from the second weekend of the season, held in Bolton. If anyone has any leads to the discovery of these games, please let me know. Originally uploaded 204 games (2016). Latest: added two games from rounds 3 and 4 - A.A. Smith 1-0 P.Richmond and P.Byway ½-½ A.A. Smith. Many thanks to Alan Smith for sending these scores.
03/03/21 Games of Comins Mansfield - 36 games played by Comins Mansfield (1896-1984). Many thanks to Gerard Killoran for originating this set of games by the famous problemist in 2016. Latest update: added the game Mansfield 0-1 Fairhurst, Glasgow 1945. Thanks to Alan Smith.
28/02/21 1980 Lloyds Bank Masters Gheorghiu 132 games, plus 3 from the junior event running alongside. This is one fewer than had been posted here some time ago, as the game S.D.Brown-Nunn was actually played in a different tournament one month previous to the Lloyds Bank Masters. I have now included a complete crosstable, plus text from the official tournament bulletin.
22/02/21 Universities Chess, Xmas Term 1964 - PDF of the 17-page bulletin of the British Universities Chess Association, edited by RFT (Frank) Wood, son of BH Wood. Includes reports of the 1964 World Students Team Championship (Cracow) and the 1964 BUCA (British Universities Chess Association) Congress in Manchester.
22/02/21 Universities Chess, Summer Term 1965 - PDF of the 15-page bulletin of the British Universities Chess Association, edited by RFT (Frank) Wood, son of BH Wood (whose signature may be seen on the cover). Reports of university competitions, annotations by Mike Basman, Adrian Hollis and Peter Lee. Note that I have effected some technical amendments to PDF-loading generally - if you experienced problems loading PDFs in recent months, you should now find they load into your browser rather better than before.
22/02/21 1962 British Championship Jonathan Penrose All 176 games of the main championships, plus 40 games from subsidiary events. These games have been widely available for many years, but now given dates, newspaper sources and forenames of players, plus full results and crosstables, etc. Latest update: no new games but I have replaced scanned crosstables with properly constructed and more informative ones, with more forenames and many errors corrected.
09/01/21 1912 Varsity Match Oxford Four complete games and 1 part-game from the 1912 Varsity match, with results, reports and biographical material. My thanks to Gerard Killoran for supplying the photo, which prompted me to upload the file. Latest update: added the game Coad-Pryor v Davies, sent some time ago by Alan Smith, for which many thanks.
09/01/21 Hector William Shoosmith (1877-1912) - 126 games (plus 2 part-games and 16 stubs) of Hector William Shoosmith (1877-1912), a strong English player of the Edwardian era, who played in several British Championships. I made a collection of his games as part of my research for an article about Shoosmith published in the August 2017 issue of CHESS Magazine. My thanks to Brian Denman for his considerable help with this task, also Gerard Killoran for additional games. Latest update: Added one game, E.Macdonald-Shoosmith, found in a 1905 newspaper by Alan Smith. Event, venue and date unknown. Many thanks to Alan.
08/01/21 Varsity Match 1978 Cambridge An ambiguity in the score of Goodman-Mestel has been resolved and corrected. My thanks to John Swain.
07/01/21 Happy New Year   Happy new year to all BritBase readers. After a very busy year in 2020, I took a bit of a break over Xmas but am taking up the cudgels again today. Three Varsity match games added today, to each of the 1971, 1978 and 1979 matches. My thanks to John Swain for submitting the games.
10/12/20 1983 Lloyds Bank Masters Razuvaev 132 games. Originally posted here in 2007, now with a game viewer. I will add a crosstable in due course. Latest update: Ian Rogers sent me a corrected version of the game Murey-Nunn (rd 4). Thanks, Ian.
07/12/20 1949/50 Hastings Premier Szabo All 45 games of the Premier and 4 from subsidiary sections. The Premier games have been available for some time but I needed to correct one of the game scores (Rossolimo-Winser, round 7), so took the opportunity to give the games a make-over, adding dates, crosstables, results of all sections and a contemporary report. Latest Update: four games from subsidiary sections contributed by Ulrich Tamm, for which many thanks.
07/12/20 1950 Southsea Bisguier, Tartakower 60 of a possible 204 games from the 2nd Stevenson Memorial, which also doubled as the Southern Counties' Chess Union (SCCU) Championship, held in Southsea, 12-22 April 1950. 52 of these games have been available here since 1997 as a zipped file but it now includes all Dr Aitken's games, plus crosstable, viewer and a report by Harry Golombek. Latest update: added a complete game, Cole-F.Alexander, rd 3, contributed by Brian Denman, and a part-game, Trott-Wade, rd 9, contributed by Ulrich Tamm. Many thanks to Brian and Ulrich.
03/12/20 1949 British Championship H Golombek 55 complete games of a possible 176, plus many game fragments and one game from the Ladies' Championship. This was the first British Championship to be held on a Swiss system basis, with 32 selected players. Latest update: all of Dr Aitken's game scores are now available.
02/12/20 1956 BCF Grading List - Another grading list added to those which already appear amongst these BritBase documents. All grades down to 169.
30/11/20 1936/37 Hastings Alekhine All 45 games from the Premier, which have been available for some time, but now 18 games (and 10 part-games) from lower sections, crosstables, report and full results. Latest update: added the game Diemer-Hammond from the Major A section. White's 19th move is a zinger! Many thanks to Ulrich Tamm.
30/11/20 1936 Nottingham Botvinnik, Capablanca All 105 games of this famous event, originally posted here in 1999, plus 46 games from subsidiary events, including the two very strong Major Opens which were held alongside. Latest updates: an additional near-complete game from the First-Class B section, T.Cox-W.M.P.Mitchell. Thanks to Sean Coffey.
30/11/20 1938 British Championship CHO'D Alexander 40 of the 66 Championship games, plus 28 games from subsidiary events, results, crosstables. Latest Update: Another two games from the Championship proper found by Gerard Killoran in the Leicester Evening Mail (for which Alf Lenton wrote a column): Mallison-Lenton (rd 2) and Thomas-Alexander (rd 11). Many thanks, Gerard.
30/11/20 1939 BCF Bournemouth M Euwe All 66 games of the non-championship tournament held as part of the BCF Congress, won by ex-world champion Euwe. Also 29 games from the British Ladies' Championship and Major Open competitions. Full crosstables and results from all sections. Update: A further two games added, both from Major Open A: Booth-Saemisch (rd 1) and Wenman-Znosko Borovsky (rd 11). Many thanks to Ulrich Tamm.
30/11/20 1939 Margate Keres All 45 games from the Premier, previously posted here as a zipped file but now with dates, plus three games from lower sections, crosstables and results. Update: four more games from subsidiary sections added, thanks to Ulrich Tamm, for which many thanks. All four were played by Friedrich Saemisch, against Opocensky, Zalys, Abrahams and Fazekas.
30/11/20 1949 Southsea Rossolimo 52 of the 140 games, plus 4 from subsidiary events. This is not new to BritBase - the games have been downloadable since 1997 - but I have tidied up the names and added dates, crosstable, some contemporary text, etc. Latest updates: two more Dr Aitken games, making the full set of his games from this event. Plus the game O'Hanlon-Rhodes, contributed by Ulrich Tamm. Thanks, Ulrich. And an additional minor amendment - the game O'Hanlon-Woodthorpe was actually played in rd 2 (14.4.1949) and not rd 3 (15.4.1949). Thanks for this correction, Brian.
29/11/20 1948 British Championship RJ Broadbent 27 of the 66 games of the 1948 British Championship, held at Bishopsgate, London, plus several game fragments, and 24 games from the subsidiary sections. This was the last British Championship to be held on an all-play-all basis. Latest update: eight further games played by Dr Aitken added - we now have all 11 of his games, thanks to Geoff Chandler and the Aitken game-inputting project.
25/11/20 1936 British Championship W Winter 30 of a possible 66 games, plus 11 part-games. Latest update: Gerard Killoran supplied the complete score of Lenton vs Noel-Johnson (round 5). Many thanks to Gerard.
25/11/20 1976/77 Hastings O Romanishin 105 games from the Premier (previously posted here as part of a larger zipped file), plus some games from the Challengers and other sections, crosstables and results. Update: a correction to Webb-Farago (round 14) applied. Thanks to Han Bükülmez for drawing my attention to this.
24/11/20 1934 British Championship Sir George Thomas All 66 games, plus 23 games from the Major Open, the Major Open Reserves and the Ladies' Championship. Last update: added a game fragment from the British Ladies' Championship (Elsie Reid 1-0 Esme Rudge, 2nd round). Many thanks to Gerard Killoran.
24/11/20 1945 London Championship G Wood 19 of the 55 games of the London Championship, an 11-player tournament held in October 1945 which was the first event of significant strength after the war. This is a by-product of the Aitken project - it includes all ten of his games, plus nine played by other competitors, and a handful of games from the preliminary knock-out qualifier. Crosstable, report by William Winter, plus his round-by-round summaries.
19/11/20 1977/78 Hastings Dzindzhihasvili All 105 games, now with dates, plus 26 games from the Challengers, crosstables and full results of the general congress. Update: Twelve more games from subsidiary sections added, kindly submitted by Brian Denman. One is from the Challengers (D.Cummings-C.Wessels), one played by a very young Stuart Conquest in the Main D Section, plus ten games played by Geoff H James and John C Henshaw in the Christmas Special A section. Many thanks to Brian.
15/11/20 1946/47 Hastings CHO'D Alexander All 45 games of the Premier, plus 14 games from subsidiary sections. Crosstables of the major sections, with full names of players where available. Latest Update: Sean Coffey sent me a longer version of the game Znosko-Borovsky-O'Hanlon, which he sourced from JJ Walsh's unpublished manuscript of selected Irish games. Many thanks for this, Sean, whose IRLchess site is an excellent resource for Irish chess history.
11/11/20 1947 British Championship Golombek (after a play-off versus Broadbent) 25 of the 66 games from the 1947 British Championship in Harrogate and six games of Golombek/Broadbent play-off. A number of games from the Major Open and the women's championship have also been included. Latest update: a much more convincing reconstruction of the part-game Morry-Broadbent (rd 7) by Han Bükülmez supersedes the one previously included. Many thanks to Han for sending it.
05/11/20 1982 Lloyds Bank Masters Miles (tie-break) 144 games from the 6th Lloyds Bank Masters, plus crosstable and report. ChessBase has had these for some time but they have misassigned 14 games to the tournament and made various other errors. I've done my best to sort this out. Update: Andy Ansel sent me two more games, added to the file so now there are 146 games. Thanks, Andy.
05/11/20 1982 Manchester Benedictine Miles, Kudrin 111 games plus 6 stubs. A few new games added to the 107 which have been here in a zipped file since 1999. Also a complete crosstable and contemporary report.
04/11/20 1932/33 Scottish Championship WA Fairhurst 13 of the 21 games played in this seven-player all-play-all held in Edinburgh and won by William A Fairhurst with 6/6. This was prompted by the project to input all Dr Aitken's games, though curiously none of these games actually appear in that collection. I have included eight stubs for completion. Fairhurst's six games have been available for some time but a further seven were sourced from Scottish newspapers by Gerard Killoran and me.
21/10/20 1988 Haringey Masters Murey/Hodgson 81 games of this Scheveningen format tournament, previously posted here in 2008, but now with one replacement score supplied by Andy Ansel, plus game viewer and (slightly weird!) crosstable. Thanks to Andy for the Jacobs-Gallagher score.
21/10/20 1986 Lloyds Bank Masters Simen Agdestein 142* games of this tournament (out of circa 800 played), 141 of which were posted some years ago but now with a complete crosstable of results (it was no small feat compiling this from the tiny print in both bulletin and BCF yearbook). Update: an extra game supplied by Paul Georghiou, plus various textual amendments. Thanks, Paul.
19/10/20 1985 Brighton International - Eileen Tranmer Memorial Whiteley These 45 games have been here since 2006 - now with a game viewer and crosstable.
19/10/20 1984 Lewisham International Hebden, de Boer 111 games originally uploaded as a zipped file in 2006 but a missing game has now been added and game viewer and crosstable included.
14/10/20 1982 Kings Head International Tisdall 45 games from this IM/FM norm event held in Bayswater, London. It had previously been posted here in 2008 but the set-up had been overtaken by changes to browser technology in the past 12 years and no longer worked. It should now work OK. Plus a crosstable and a brief report from CHESS Magazine.
14/10/20 1939 England-Netherlands Match Drawn These 20 games have been available here for 20 years but now come with a crosstable and the match report from the contemporary BCM. Update: a minor amendment made to the score of Alexander-Euwe, round 2 (½-½). My thanks to Andy Ansel.
13/10/20 1939 Scottish Championship Pavey Not really new—it was first posted here 21 years ago!—but presented in our now-standard format, with viewer, crosstable, etc. I've also added dates and some more forenames.
10/10/20 1992 British Championship Julian Hodgson 222 of a possible 303 games, plus full crosstable and results from other sections. As with the 1991 British, the games have been available for some time but I have applied corrections, added dates and pairings, with some considerable help from Paul Georghiou. Update: Brian Denman has contributed a further 11 games, all played in the Major Open by the later Erkki Pesonen. Many thanks to Brian.
09/10/20 1991 British Championship Julian Hodgson 267 of a possible 385 games, plus full crosstable and results from other sections. These games have been available commercially for some time but I have applied some corrections, added dates and pairings, etc. Many thanks to Paul Georghiou for assisting in this process. Update: a further 23 games from subsidiary events supplied by Brian Denman, for which many thanks.
03/10/20 1975 Staffordshire Open Richard A Beach 33 games from this weekender held over the late May bank holiday weekend. I have added a further four to the 29 games already published on Mega/Big Databases, corrected some names and added dates.
01/10/20 1971 British Championship Raymond Keene All 198 games of the championship proper, plus 23* games from subsidiary sections. Crosstables of the championship, women's championship and Under-21, plus full results of all sections. First uploaded August 2017. * Latest update: added 11 games played by Brian Denman in the Major Open (many thanks to Brian) and five more games played by Mike Donnelly in the Under-21. Also revamped the presentation of crosstables, adding one for the U18 Championship, created from my contemporary notes.
29/09/20 1974 Evening Standard London / Islington Open Ten-way tie 26 games from the 1974 Islington Open. Not many games but they are very entertaining ones. Also John Ripley's equally entertaining report from CHESS (his report in BCM being almost identical), plus a photo of Tony Miles and Gerald Bennett sharing the Grand Prix spoils. Update: Brian Denman has kindly contributed a further six games, including five by Geoffrey H James – who incidentally was one of the joint winners. The report I appended from CHESS magazine omitted his name from the list of winners but he was one of ten players on the top score of 5/6.
27/09/20 1995 Tyneside International (3rd) McDonald, T Wall All 45 games of this ten-player all-play-all held in Newcastle just before Xmas in 1995. I don't think these have been published online previously. My thanks to Tim Wall for sending me the bulletin. He accomplished the rare feat of organising a tournament, winning it (jointly) and gaining a title norm. I wonder if anyone else has managed that.
27/09/20 1996 Northumbrian Masters L. Pliester 99 games, never before published online, from the bulletin of the 1st Northumbrian Masters, played in Newcastle in August/September 1996. The tournament marked the international debut of Gawain Jones, aged only 8, and featured several other players who have gone on to become GMs (Rowson, Gormally, Williams, Shaw). My thanks to Tim Wall for sending me the bulletin.
25/09/20 1975/76 Hastings Bronstein, Hort, Uhlmann All 120 games, which have been available here previously, but now with 34 games from the Challengers, plus crosstables of the Premier and Challengers, results of subsidiary events and reports from magazines. Update: a further 11 games contributed by Brian Denman, ten from the Challengers and one from another section. Thanks, Brian.
23/09/20 1970 Welsh Championship Gavrilovic, Chesters 138 games from the Championship and subsidiary events played at swansea. These games have been available at BritBase for 20 years but now have accompanying crosstables and more forenames than were available originally. Any further help with names would be much appreciated.
23/09/20 1977 Lloyds Bank Masters Miguel Quinteros First uploaded here as a zip file in 2007 with 166 games, plus 1 from a subsidiary event. Leonard Barden wrote out the entire bulletin in manuscript, including crosstables, rating calculations and annotations. This was the first of these legendary series of tournaments. My thanks to Stewart Reuben for lending the bulletin, Steve Giddins for keying in the games, and to Leonard Barden for producing the bulletin. Update: an extra 7 games added, and this page now features a complete crosstable, details of norms and ratings, results of the subsidiary section, and much more. It was a significant tournament in the development of chess in this country as it was the first of its type to offer norm and rating opportunities. Following the main update, Bob Taylor informed me of the full name of a player, Martin A Lee, so we now have a forename for all the competitors. Thanks, Bob. And, stop press, we have a further 15 games involving the Sussex players John Henshaw and Geoff James. Many thanks, Brian. The total number of games now stands at 188 from the Masters and one from the subsidiary event.
23/09/20 Ian Wells Collection - The collection of games played by Ian Duncan Wells (1964-82) now numbers 299. Latest update: a by-product of the 15 games added to 1977 Lloyds Bank Masters was that one of them involved Ian Wells - a loss to John Henshaw in round 7. Thanks again to Brian Denman.
20/09/20 1968 BUCA Individual Championship G Chesters, J Carleton 177 (i.e. all bar a couple of) games played in the nine-round British Universities' Chess Association Championship held in Swansea. My thanks to Alex Holowczak for sending me the games. Update: one of the games, Eustis-Ilersic (rd 5) was shown with an incorrect result – should be 0-1. Thanks to Brian Denman for pointing it out.
20/09/20 1984 British Championship N. Short All 347 games, plus three from the Ladies' Championship. The Championship games have been here for some time but are now with dates, a game viewer, crosstables and results of other sections. Update: a further 29 games from other sections added, including all Brian Denman's and John Henshaw's Major Open games. Many thanks to Brian Denman.
20/09/20 1966 Glorney Cup England 18 games and 11 part-games from the 1966 Glorney Cup Junior International Team Tournament, from a possible maximum of 90. There were already 10 games on 2020 Mega/Big Database but with some incorrect identifications. Update: Brian Denman has supplied a correction to the score of Pritchett-Sugden.
19/09/20 1990 British Championship Jim Plaskett Still just 293 games of a possible 407, plus 11 from the Major Open. Latest update: I've added a full crosstable and results of other sections. The games themselves also came in for some running repairs, including a game which had the wrong round number, with rating data revised in line with what appears in the BCF Yearbook.
18/09/20 1982 British Championship A. Miles All 308 games, first posted here in 1997, now with ratings and dates, plus crosstables and full results.
17/09/20 1972 Irish Championship W.Heidenfeld, M. O'Leary Five years ago Sean Coffey sent me the 90 games of the 1972 Irish Championship in Dublin. Apologies to Sean and readers for keeping you waiting so long! I've not appended a crosstable or report to the file on this occasion because Sean has already posted an immaculate crosstable and tournament report.
16/09/20 1994/95 4NCL Midland Monarchs 442 games (plus 11 stubs) out of 528 games played in the 1994/95 4NCL season. Another major BritBase offering, featuring a substantial tranche of games which haven't seen the light before. Only a handful of games from the 4NCL's second season have ever been published to date. The tale of how these games came to light is told in the September 2020 issue of CHESS Magazine, which will be arriving through letterboxes today. If you want to know more, why not buy a copy. Update: small tweak to the end of G.H.James-A.Mack (Rd 10.7) Black played 33...Qd4+ before White resigned. Thanks to Brian Denman for this.
16/09/20 1989 Barnsdale Young Masters M.Suba 40 of a possible 230 games, from this very strong weekender played 24-26 February 1989. Some of the games appear already on 2020 Big/Mega Databases but without dates or round numbers plus identification errors. It has been possible to work out most of these from the results given in the 1989/90 BCF Yearbook.
16/09/20 1987 British Championship Short All 321 games of the Championship (of which three are byes). Additional to the games already available on mega/Big database, these feature round numbers and dates. There are crosstables of the Championship and Women's Championships plus full results of other sections. Update: Further running repairs to this file: minor amendments made to the scores of Shutler-Upton (Rd 10) and Rossiter-Levitt (Rd 11). Many thanks again to Andy Ansell for doing the necessary checking work.
16/09/20 1974 Mikhail Tal Simul, Knotty Ash, Liverpool +23 =2 -2 23 of the 27 games which Mikhail Tal played in a simul given at Knotty Ash, Liverpool, on 18 January 1974. I am grateful to Gerald Hartmann for sending me the games, which had been noted down by Jimmy Adams. There is a photo of this event to be found at the Liverpool Chess Club website.
14/09/20 1981 Lloyds Bank Masters Keene, Miles, Seirawan 122 games from the 1981 Lloyds Bank Masters, won on tie-break by Ray Keene. Three games added to what was here previously, added from Big Database 2020 (but they have attributed another two games which were NOT played in this event). Also five games from associated events (simuls and junior competition), plus a full crosstable. Update: added two games played by Paul Georghiou in the Junior Invitation event, and tidied up the crosstable.
14/09/20 1985 British Championship Speelman All 418 games (including a few stubs and bye games), plus 13 previously unpublished games from other sections. Now with round and board numbers and dates. Plus crosstables and full results of all sections.
13/09/20 1986 British Championship Speelman All 341 games of the Championship, plus the eight games of the Speelman/Chandler/Mestel play-off in December 1986. All games now have rounds and dates. Crosstables of the Championship and Women's Championship, plus full results of other sections.
12/09/20 1988 British Championship Mestel 305 of the 385 games played in the 1988 British Championship in Blackpool. This is the first time it has been available here, and the games have dates, round and board numbers included compared with what appears on Mega/Big Database and also corrects errors found therein. Full crosstable of the Championships and results of all subsidiary events.
07/09/20 1981 Regency Masters Fedorowicz 46 of the (roughly) 250 from this 56-player nine-round Swiss event held in Ramsgate in December 1981.
06/09/20 1981 Brighton Chandler All 45 games. These are new here though they have been on Big/Mega Database for many years. I have added a crosstable.
06/09/20 1981 Benedictine Miles 116 games from the 4th Manchester Benedictine Open. These have been here for some time but now have a viewer and complete crosstable.
05/09/20 1874 Varsity Match Cambridge Jason Radley pointed out that I had overlooked the third game played by Meredith and Ogden, which was printed alongside other games which I had culled from the Westminster Papers, 1 April 1874. I have now added it to the page, making 12 out of the 20 games played as part of the 1874 match.
02/09/20 1990 & 1991 Isle of Man Opens Colin Crouch David McAlister has contributed a further three games played by David Houston at the 1990 Isle of Man Open, in addition to one already posted there (vs Roger de Coverly). Thanks, David.
30/08/20 1980 British Championship John Nunn (after a play-off) All 220 games of the tournament plus 13 games from the Major Open, 1 from the U14 and all 6 games from the Nunn-Hartston play-off match. Update: added 13 games from subsidiary sections, contributed by Brian Denman, for which many thanks. This includes 11 games played by Canon (Arthur) Eric Smith in the Major Open – the same clergyman whose nine games from the 1927/28 (!) Hastings Major Reserves tournament I uploaded an hour or so ago. What remarkable longevity. Incidentally, I've just solved the mystery of what happened to the 1980 British U14 Girls' Champion, Mandy Hepworth. She's now Mandy Gilmore and works as head of dietetics at a hospital in Northern Ireland. Here's a story with a photo showing her receiving an award in 2016.
30/08/20 1927/28 Hastings Tartakower The 25 (out of 45) Premier games have been available here for some time but I've now added 23 games from subsidiary sections (including five Vera Menchik games), crosstables, results and some biographical items. Update: Brian Denman sent me a further nine games, played by Canon (Arthur) Eric Smith in the Major Reserves section, including a draw with a very young Hugh Alexander.
28/08/20 1926 British Championship FD Yates 52 of the 66 games from the 1926 British Championship held in Edinburgh, plus seven games from that year's Major Open. Latest update: one game added - Parsons-Elliot, First Class Section.
24/08/20 1983 British Championship Mestel All 319 games, plus 34 games from subsidiary sections. The Championship games now have round numbers and dates, and names have been revised. Crosstable and short summary of other sections included. Update: full results of subsidiary sections, full crosstable of the Major Open and ten more games received from Mark Page. I am grateful to Paul Georghiou for proof-reading and helping me with names of his contemporaries. Many thanks to Mark and Paul.
20/08/20 1986/87 Hastings Chandler, Larsen, Lputian, Speelman All 91 games have been available for some time, but I have now added round numbers and dates, plus a crosstable and some results and games from the Challengers.
19/08/20 1980 Brighton Chandler & Speelman All 45 games, from Big Database 2020. However, ChessBase have a name wrong - it was William (not John) Watson who took part.
11/08/20 1921/22 Hastings Kostic All 45 games have been available for some time; now added 3 from the Masters, plus crosstables, report and results. Update: Brian Denman has contributed two more games from the subsidiary sections, while Andy Ansel has corrected two moves from Premier games Kostic-Scott and Norman-O'Hanlon. Many thanks to both.
10/08/20 1950/51 Hastings Premier Unzicker All 45 games of the Premier and 1 from a subsidiary section. The Premier games have been available for some time but I have added dates, a crosstable, results of all sections and contemporary reports. Update: one game from a subsidiary section contributed by Brian Denman, for which many thanks.
18/07/20 1987 Varsity Match Oxford One more game added - the top board game between Peter Wells and David Watts, found in a Guardian column.
18/07/20 1986 Varsity Match Oxford One game added - top board Bell-McNab. My thanks to Colin McNab for supplying the score.
18/07/20 1984 Varsity Match Oxford One game added (Walker-Regan) on 16 July and another game, McNab-Bell two days' later. I am grateful to Colin McNab for sending in the score of his game and also for resolving the anomaly of the wrongly-attributed game published in the May 1984 BCM which he tells me was the game Dyson-McNab from the Varsity Freshers' match, played a month before the first-team Varsity match. My thanks to Alex McFarlane for forwarding the score of Walker-Regan.
28/06/20 BritBase has moved - BritBase is now on a new secure site on a different host. The URL has changed to www.saund.org.uk (i.e. 'org' instead of 'co') and you should change any bookmarks you have to the new one immediately. There may be some glitches - if you spot anything not working, please email me. (The old 'co' site will still be in place for some time while I dismantle it but will not be updated.)
06/06/20 Mir Sultan Khan - 204 games plus 32 stubs/part-games. Latest update: some games added from Daniel King's new book Sultan Khan (New in Chess, 2020) and also from ChessBase's Big/Mega Base 2020.
12/05/20 1965 British Championship Peter N Lee All 184 games from the Championship proper, plus results and crosstables. Latest: nine games from subsidiary events added. My thanks to Brian Denman for these.
12/05/20 1964 British Championship Michael Haygarth 40 complete Championship games and 5 part-games, plus 18 games from subsidiary events. Crosstables and results from the BCF Congress, held that year in Whitby. Latest update: One game added from the British Under-18 - Eley 0-1 Nicholas (rd 3). Many thanks to Brian Denman.
12/05/20 1961 British Championship Jonathan Penrose 32 of the 187 games in the championship, plus 13 part-games, plus 22 games (and 1 part-game) from subsidiary events. Latest: Added one game from the First-Class section, Whicher vs Geoffrey Chesters. Thanks to Brian Denman.
12/05/20 1911 British Championship HE Atkins (after play-off) 30 of the 66 games from the 1911 British Championship held in Glasgow, plus 8 games from subsidiary events. Latest update: Brian Denman has identified an error in the score of the game Yates-McKee, round 11. It has now been corrected, with the full score of the game now appearing. Also, a game has been added from the Third Class tournament - Dr CF Knight vs Miss Wilkins. Thanks to Brian Denman.
12/05/20 1959 British Championship Jonathan Penrose (after a play-off with Leonard Barden) All 187 games of the 1959 British Championship, plus 15 from subsidiary events, and all four from the play-off tournament played in November 1959 between Penrose, Haygarth and Golombek. Latest update: added a game from the First Class section: AT Watson vs Geoffrey Chesters (brother of Graham).
12/05/20 1921 British Championship FD Yates 27 of the 66 games of the 1921 British Chess Championship, held at Malvern College in August, plus 4 part-games, and 25 games from the subsidiary events. Latest update: added one game from the 1st Ladies' play-off - Price-Michell (Round 2). Thanks to Brian Denman.
12/05/20 1908 British Championship HE Atkins Added a new game, Schories-Fawcett (Round 7, First-Class A), kindly submitted by Alan Smith (many thanks). I have also taken the opportunity to add further data regarding this tournament played in Tunbridge Wells, including photos, full scores of events and the report as published in BCM, plus round numbers and dates for two previously published games from subsidiary events. Latest: added one game (Watson-Crum, Ladies' Championship) - thanks to Brian Denman.
08/05/20 Games of GPS Coy (1917-2019) - 74 annotated games played by George Philip Stanley Coy (1917-2019) between 1934 and 1940. He was a strong amateur player who represented the civil service and Kent in matches and won the civil service championship four times. Games input and contributed by Kevin Thurlow, for which many thanks.
01/05/20 1975 British Championship W. Hartston All 187 games from the Championship, plus 7 from other sections. Latest update: Three games added and one corrected as regards its provenance. The game Sheila Jackson vs Anne Sunnucks previously given here was not played as part of the British Women's Championship proper, but was the last of the four play-off games played in 2-5 January 1976 in Cardiff. I've now added the three other games of this play-off match.
27/04/20 1977 British Championship G. Botterill Originally uploaded with results & crosstables, 2017. Latest: Added all four games of the British Women's Championship play-off between Sheila Jackson and Jana Hartston (n.b. the latter's surname given as 'Bellin' for ease of reference). This play-off took place in Hastings in January 1978 "during the last stages of the international tournament" (BCM).
07/03/20 2020 Varsity Match   Today I am attending the 2020 Varsity match and will be updating this page during the afternoon with results and photos. Also note that my compilation of historical records of the Oxford-Cambridge chess fixture now go back to 1935, with full reports, games (where available) and biographical information. (It's work in progress for earlier matches: in the fullness of time these will stretch right back to 1873.)
28/02/20 1951 World Junior Championship Borislav Ivkov 98 of the 99 games of the inaugural World Junior (U20) Championship, held in Birmingham from 11-22 June 1951 as an 11-round Swiss tournament, with 18 players including future GMs Borislav Ivkov (winner), Bent Larsen and Fridrik Olafsson. There is one missing score, another is obviously faulty in some respect and others appear in slightly different versions in different places. I have used the Chess Player (Tony Gillam) booklet as the main source of these games.
28/02/20 1950 Birmingham Junior (U20) International Bjorn Karl Haggqvist 20 games (plus 1 part-game, from a possible 110 played) taken from the tournament booklet "First International Junior 1950 / First World Junior Championship, Birmingham 1951," edited by Tony Gillam and first published by The Chess Player in 2014. My thanks to Tony Gillam for supplying the booklet. Held alongside the Birmingham Easter Congress, this has a claim to be the first ever junior international chess tournament.
27/02/20 1929 British Championship Sultan Khan 32 games out of 66, with stubs, part-games, and 14 games from subsidiary events. Latest update: added two Major Open games: Noteboom-Howell-Smith (Rd 2) and Thompson-Noteboom (Rd 6). And another three Noteboom games added 27 Feb - Vukovic-Noteboom (Rd 1), Vajda-Noteboom (Rd 10) and Noteboom-Seitz (Rd 11).
27/02/20 1968 Glasgow Invitational Basman 47 of the 48 games played in this September 1968 weekender, with 16 players. Entered from the bulletin by Alan McGowan, for which many thanks. There is one missing score (Lumsden-Hunter) and one defective score (Hunter-Lancaster) - if anyone can provide solutions, please contact me.
27/02/20 1904 British Championship Napier

57 of the 66 games, with 9 stubs, plus 27 games from subsidiary events, and the play-off games between Napier and Atkins played in early 1905. My thanks to Tim Harding for helping me to sort out round numbers and dates, plus indicating where a handful of individual games were played ahead of schedule. Latest update: a game from the women's championship, Hallaway-Michell/Tapsell, added. My thanks to Brian Denman.

27/02/20 1920 British Championship Roland Henry Vaughan Scott 30 of the 66 games of the 1920 British Championship, held in Edinburgh, plus 20 games from subsidiary sections. Latest: Added three British Championship games: Mackenzie-Wenman (Rd 5), S.Smith-Wenman (Rd 9) and Wenman-Michell (Rd 10). Thanks to Brian Denman.
25/02/20 2019 Thanet Open Alan Merry All 52 games from the traditional August event, and 45 from the subsidiary event, with crosstables. My thanks to Kevin Thurlow.
18/02/20 1980, 1981 & 1982 Varsity Matches   I am grateful to Clive Frostick for supplying scores of all three of his Varsity match games.
13/02/20 1931 London/Philadelphia Cable Match London All six games of the March 1931 Insull Trophy cable match held between the London League and the Philadelphia club. London won by 3½-2½. This was the fifth and last in the Insull Trophy series of London/USA cable matches, all of which are now complete on BritBase. The text and photo are from BCM, while I have culled the game scores from the American Chess Bulletin, via the excellent game collection of ACB game scores posted by David Moody on chessgames.com.
12/02/20 1928 London/Washington Cable Match Annulled All six games of the November 1928 cable match held between the London League and the Washington club. The score of the match was 3-2 in favour of London but after a protest by the US team to FIDE regarding a hitch in the transmission of moves, the match was considered annulled. These games appear to be previously unpublished in commercial databases and on the web.
12/02/20 1927 London/New York Cable Match London All six games of the November 1927 cable match held between the London League and New York. These games have previously been published on Big/Mega Database and elsewhere. The report is from BCM.
12/02/20 1926 London/Chicago Cable Match London All six games of the November 1926 cable match held between the London League and Chicago for the Insull Trophy. These games have previously been published on Big/Mega Database and elsewhere. The report is from BCM.
30/07/19 1960 Paignton Premier Threefold tie All 70 games from the 1960 Paignton Premier which I found on Mega/BigBase 2017. I have amended the numerous mistakes in players' names, added dates, crosstable and results.
23/07/19 Steve Berry Collection - A collection of games played by strong English amateur Steve Berry (1951-2019). Latest update: three more games submitted by Alan Smith, for which many thanks.
23/07/19 1924 British Championship Atkins All 66 of the 66 games from the 1924 British Championship held in Southport (same venue as the 1905 championships), plus 45 games from subsidiary events. The most interesting of the latter category are 10 of the 11 games played and won by Akiba Rubinstein in compiling his 11/11 score in the 1924 Major Open. I have also included a couple of photos I took of the venue in September 2015, names of competitors, results, etc. Latest update: added one game from the Ladies' Championship (Banting 0-1 Holloway), thanks to Alan Smith. I have also taken the opportunity to add complete crosstables of results and photos of HE Atkins and Edith Price.
25/06/19 Korrection Korner - I draw readers' attention to a couple of recent entries in 'Korrection Korner' where I list Mega/Big Database errors that I come across.
23/06/19 Peter Griffiths file - Games of the well-known Midlands player Peter C Griffiths, with the majority input from Griffiths' own scorebooks by Matthew Tapper and originally posted here in 2009. Latest update: one game added Griffiths 0-1 Kurajica, Midland Open Championship 1968.
23/06/19 1970 British Championship Bob Wade All 179 games, plus 19 from subsidiary events. Note that one of the championship games (Farooqui-Pritchard, Round 5) was shown in the bulletin with the wrong result. This has been corrected to 0-1. Latest update: added RH Tracy-P Griffths from the First-Class tournament (n.b. not PC Griffiths)
20/06/19 1981 British Championship Paul Littlewood All 286 games have been available here since 1998. Latest update: reformatted, with improvements to names, plus crosstables and full results of subsidiary sections.
19/06/19 1932 British Championship Mir Sultan Khan 48 of the 66 games, plus 5 part-games. 23 games and part-games from subsidiary sections. Latest update: added 13 more games and part-games from subsidiary events and provided round numbers where known. I have also added more sources to championship games where known.
18/06/19 1930/31 Hastings Max Euwe 33 of the 45 games of the Premier. Latest update: I have just stumbled on the score of Winter-Menchik, Premier Round 8, which was in the Manchester Guardian for 9 January 1931. Perhaps surprising that it hasn't come to light before.
12/06/19 1933 British Championship Mir Sultan Khan 34 of the 66 games from the 1933 British Championship, held at the Hastings Chess Club, plus some part-games, and three games/part-games won by Ghulam Fatima in the British Ladies Championship held alongside. Crosstables included, plus those of the General Congress, which was held the previous month alongside the Team Tournament in Folkestone. Latest update: some newspaper reports added, plus one significant item of data culled from a 1933 ship's passenger list - the full name of 'Miss Fatima' which the register gave as Ghulam Fatima (though the latter name was misspelt as 'Fatims').
04/06/19 Wilfred Henry Pratten - 533 games played by strong Hampshire amateur player Wilfred Henry Pratten (1908-1985). Pratten was a fine player who won the British Boys' (Under 18) Championship in 1924 and 1925 and might have gone on to become a master had not the necessity to earn a living and support a family intervened. 400 of these these games were originally published in a 2004 self-published book Wilfred Henry Pratten: Doyen of Hampshire Chess by Roger Paige; the number of games has grown subsequently and this file was kindly made available to me by Arthur Brameld who collaborated with Roger Paige in collecting them. I am grateful to both Roger and Arthur. Latest update: 12 more games contributed by Brian Denman, for which many thanks. Brian has also provided some amendments to dates and venues.
30/05/19 1935 British Championship William Winter 32 games, 2 part-games of the 66 available. Also, 20 games of the 1935 Major Open, won with 10/11 by Samuel Reshevsky, and other subsidiary events. Latest update: part-game from the Major Open added (Menchik 0-1 Seitz) plus two semi-complete games and one part-game from First-Class B.
28/05/19 1953 British Championship Abe Yanofsky All 176 games of the Championship, plus 17 from subsidiary events. Latest update: 8 games from the junior (U21, Boys U18 and Girls U18 tournaments) which were played separately and earlier than the main congress. I've have also added further textual detail about these events.
25/05/19 1923 British Championship Sir George Thomas 49 of the 66 games played in the British Championship, played at the girls' school in Southsea. For the final three rounds, I had the benefit of the Tinsley notebooks, lent by Tony Gillam. The tournament was also significant for the participation of future world champion Alekhine in the Major Open, in which he scored 10½/11. The download includes eight of his games, the missing or incomplete ones being from rounds 5, 7 and 11, against Groen, Kahn and Gurnhill respectively. The eight extant Alekhine games appear on Mega/Big 2016 and elsewhere but they are often mixed up with others from simuls and lightning tournaments. Latest update: I've added a significant amount of new text and images, culled from the 1923 BCM reports, and included some new games and part-games from subsidiary events. Also, an amendment to the score of the Rd 5 Championship game between Jacobs and Sir George Thomas.
20/05/19 1969 BCF Grading List & SCA Ratings - PDF with leading grades of 183 and above as published in the Autumn of 1979, plus the equivalent top Scottish national list for that year.
20/04/19 1969 England vs Netherlands Drawn 11 of the 22 games played in this double-round match played in London. Uploaded for the first time on 20 April 2019. All decisive games of the match are included. Some of the games are additional to those which have previously appeared on Big/Mega Database.
10/04/19 1962 Paul Keres Simul Tour - 16 games and part-games from a simul tour made by Soviet/Estonian GM Paul Keres between 25 November and 3 December 1962, with magazine and newspaper reports and a photo. First uploaded to BritBase, 10 April 2019.
10/04/19 1962 Netherlands vs England England 12 of the 22 games played in this match, held in Vlissingen [Flushing] on 3-4 November 1962. Some of the games have previously been published on Mega/Big but I have added a few more, culled from CHESS magazine. It includes all the decisive games played in the double-round match. Also, full results and reports from CHESS, The Times and the Manchester Guardian. First upoaded to BritBase, 9 April 2019. Latest update: One game added - Kuijpers-Hollis (Rd 2, ½-½).
27/03/19 1976 Birmingham Mestel 19 games plus 6 part-games of the Birmingham International, played 12-24 April 1976. It seems strange that a complete record of this tournament is not available, given its strength, but I've not come across a bulletin. Can anyone help to discover more games?
27/03/19 1958 London Boys Championship Various Just the one game but a significant one for the laws of chess. The result of the game between David Rumens and David Mabbs was eventually decided by the 1958 FIDE Congress which established that checkmate on the board concluded the game irrespective of the flag falling before the player could stop his clock. The score was published in the Glasgow Herald and sent to me by Stewart Reuben for inputting.
26/03/19 1976 London-Belgrade telex match Drawn 4-4 All 8 games played in this April 1976 match.
24/03/19 1975 Glasgow 800 Cup England This was a three-round team event featuring representative sides from Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland. All 48 games available, with thanks to Alan McGowan and Alistair Maxwell who input them and uploaded them to the Chess Scotland download area. Alan has also supplied further background information at the same site here.
12/03/19 1949 London-Sydney Radio Match London A 10-board match played via radio on 26/28 August 1949 between teams representing the city leagues of London and Sydney, Australia. All ten games, sourced from The Chess Bulletin, Vol, 1, No.3, 17 September 1949, plus a results table and links to biographical information about the players.
03/03/19 2019 Varsity Oxford-Cambridge Oxford All eight games, report plus several photos of this match, played 2 March 2019 at the RAC Clubhouse, Pall Mall, London. Note, I have also updated the complete lists of Oxford and Cambridge participants in this series of 137 matches.
03/03/19 1989 Varsity Oxford-Cambridge Cambridge Added one game: Webster-Mukherjee. Thanks to Peter Webster for supplying.
28/02/19 1937 British Championship WA Fairhurst 44 of the 66 games, plus 9 games from subsidiary events, results and crosstables, and a photo from a regional newspaper. My thanks to Eduardo Bauza and Andy Ansel for help with the games. Updated 10/02/16: three games from the Ladies' Championship added, thanks to Gerard Killoran. Updated 24/03/16: one Major Open game (Watson-Cole) added. Many thanks to Brian Denman. And, later the same day, two Fairhurst games added (vs Golombek (rd 6) and Michell (rd 10). Latest update: One game added: Peters-Mallison, Major Open, Rd 5. Many thanks to Brian Denman..
28/02/19 Roger Emerson - 602 games played by Roger Emerson between 1965 and 1982. They were for the most part input by Roger himself and some of them include his extensive commentary. Roger stopped playing competition chess in 1982, unable to devote the time needed to maintain his standard, but returned to play on retirement in 2009, since when his ECF grade has once more reached 200 and he has won three British Senior Championship titles and sponsored/captained Guildford to six 4NCL Division One titles. As well as the games there is some biographical information and photos. Latest update: two further games submitted by Brian Denman, plus some amendments made to names and dates.
18/02/19 Shoosmith, Cafferty and Varsity Matches - Added one game to the Hector Shoosmith file and another to the Bernard Cafferty file (my thanks to Gerard Killoran for both games). I've also added some years to the Varsity match series - it now goes back as far as 1947 from the present day. I have also added a new feature - complete lists of Oxford and Cambridge participants in Varsity matches going back to 1873.
18/01/19 Steve Berry (1951-2019) - 342 games played by FM Steve Berry who sadly died only a few days ago. He was a strong player, consistently of 2300+ standard for around 40 years, and held the FM title. Latest update: now up to 394 games following updates from Roger de Coverly, Mark Page, Norman Stephenson and others.
07/08/18 2018 Alexander Cup Final Surbiton Eight of the ten games played in the Alexander Cup (Surrey team K.O. competition) final in which Surbiton beat Kingston by 6-4. Reports, results and photos. Latest update: The board two game Jogstad-Holland added. Thanks to John Foley.
14/05/18 Technical update   I have changed the board window throughout BritBase to a two-tone shade of blue, and changed to the Merida font for the pieces. This is part of an upgrade of the game viewer software Pgn4Web from version 2.71 to 3.03. If the board and/or pieces don't load properly, please try refreshing the screen or clearing the cache. If that doesn't work, or you spot anything else peculiar, please report the problem to me.
03/05/18 1905 British Championship Atkins 40 games from the 1905 British Championship held in Southport, plus 38 games from subsidiary events. Many thanks for help from Gerard Killoran, Brian Denman, Richard James and others. Latest update: Added nine more games from subsidiary sections, all contributed by Gerard Killoran: three from First Class B — Coates-Hamond, Wallwork-Hamond, Hamond-Crum (this last one was already on file but without clarity about result or end of game) — and six from Second Class B — Adcock-Burgoyne, Collins-Adcock, Greenhalgh-Adcock, Adcock-Kitchin, Adcock-Stockwell, Adcock-Forrest. Many thanks, Gerard. I have taken the opportunity of adding complete crosstables (in draw order) from BCM.
01/05/18 1953 Bognor Regis Winter / Golombek 9 of the 28 games of this eight-player round robin, played as the main event of the first Bognor Regis congress. Also three part-games and three games from lower sections. Latest update: an additional Premier game (Gross-Wade, Rd 1) and a game from Reserves B (Fawcett-Nield) added - thanks to Andy Ansel and Brian Denman. And, later the same day, Golombek-Wood (Rd 7) has now transformed from a part-game to a complete game, thanks to Gerard Killoran.
01/05/18 1953 Glasgow International Jonathan Penrose 16 of the 25 games played in this eight-player round robin, July-August 1953. My thanks to Alan McGowan for the games.
01/05/18 1953 Wade-Fairhurst match Bob Wade All eight games played in this match held in Glasgow in February/March 2018, contributed by Alan McGowan. They have long been available via ChessBase and elsewhere but Alan has placed them in the correct order. I have added dates and printed sources.
29/04/18 1946 GB-USSR Radio Match USSR All 24 games of the GB versus USSR radio match played in June 1946. These games have long been generally available but, with the help of Eduardo Bauza, we now have dates, round numbers and provenance, plus a table of results and some press reports added by me.
27/04/18 1906 British Championship Atkins 32 games from the 1906 British Championship held in Shrewsbury, plus 33 stubs and 25 games from subsidiary events. Latest update: the game Lee-Wainwright (Rd 2) added - thanks to Gerard Killoran.
19/04/18 1920/21 Hastings Yates All 12 games from this four-player double-cycle event, which was the first in the sequence of Hastings Christmas/New Year congresses. Latest update: correction to Griffith-Scott (Rd 6), plus some extra text giving a round-by-round report, as well further source references for some of the games. My thanks to Andy Ansel for pointing out the error in Griffith-Scott.
18/04/18 1935 Varsity Match Drawn All seven games plus a lot of biographical information about the participants, including some photos.
16/04/18 1958 British Championship Jonathan Penrose (after a play-off with Leonard Barden) 28* of the 154 games, plus six part-games and a default game, plus 11 games from the Major Open and the five games of the Penrose-Barden play-off match played some months later. As usual I have supplied a crosstable and results of other sections. Disappointing to have found so few games, though BH Wood's scathing comment about how 120 of the 154 games played were "very boring" may give a clue as to why so few are in circulation. * Latest update: (15 April 2018) Six more Championship games contributed by Andy Ansel. Many thanks to Andy. And on 16 April 2018 a game from the Major Open (Cook-Matchett) contributed by Brian Denman. Thanks, Brian.
16/04/18 2018 Bolton Easter Open Ali Jaunooby, Joe McPhillips, Mike Surtees All 47 games from the open section. Thanks to Ian Lamb for inputting the games, and Richard Palliser for forwarding them to me.
09/04/18 1951 Paignton Harry Golombek 14 of the 28 games, plus 3 part-games, from the eight-player all-play-all won by Harry Golombek ahead of Max Euwe.
09/04/18 1951 Commonwealth Championship WA Fairhurst All 15 games. Not new - these have been available for many years - but now presented in a games viewer, with a crosstable and photo.
09/04/18 1951 British Championship E. Klein 39 of a possible 165 games, plus 3 games from the Major Open. Crosstables and results. Updated 09/04/18 to include the score of the game Morry-Blaine (round 4).
08/04/18 2018 Polar Capital Jersey Open Tiger Hillarp Persson, Alan Merry 177 games from the Polar Capital Jersey (Channel Islands) Open, input by IM Jack Rudd. Note that the file was amended an hour or two after its original upload to show that Mitchell-Wojciechowski (round 3.14) was won (on time) by White rather than drawn.
29/03/18 Varsity match archive - The Varsity match archive is now up-to-date for the years 1956 to 2018. I am systematically adding years in reverse chronological order. It will be some time before this is complete.
29/03/18 1954 Grading List - I've added a scan of the November 1954 British Chess Federation Grading List to the documents folder.
03/03/18 2018 Varsity Oxford-Cambridge Oxford The 136th Varsity chess match between Oxford and Cambridge, played on 3 March 2018.
01/03/18 Gibraltar page - A special new page set up to provide PGNs and lists of winners for the Gibraltar International Chess Festival from 2003 onwards. Now up to date with complete PGNs for all the 2018 Tradewise Gibraltar Festival tournaments (Masters, Challengers A and B, Amateurs A and B) and all the Masters and Challengers tournaments from 2003 to 2017. Only a handful of games are available from some of the Amateur tournaments.
10/02/18 2018 Tradewise Gibraltar Masters Levon Aronian All 1,388 games, including play-offs, defaults and byes. I have made some amendments to the games from the official site, showing where games have been won by default, etc. In due course I hope to add separate files for the subsidiary sections.
09/01/18 2017 Chess.com Isle of Man International Magnus Carlsen All the games of the 2017 Chess.com Isle of Man Masters, won by Magnus carlsen, plus all the games from the Major and Minor tournaments, plus crosstables for all three competitions. This and other historical Isle of Man tournaments may also be accessed via the Isle of Man tournament page.
29/11/17 1904 City of London National Napier All 125 extant games, plus 11 blanks, with copious notes, of the games played in this tournament which shortly preceded the first British (BCF) Championship. Kindly contributed by Eduardo Bauza, with full names and sources given.
29/11/17 1900 City of London Invitational Teichmann All 78 games from this 13-player round-robin, won by Richard Teichmann. Kindly contributed by Eduardo Bauza, with full names and sources given.
29/11/17 1893 London Black and White Blackburne All 15 games from this short tournament, played at Simpson's Divan in 1893, and kindly contributed by Eduardo Bauza, with full names and sources given.
09/10/17 1907 British Championship Atkins 29 games, 4 part-games, 14 games from subsidiary events. The 1907 British Championship was held in Crystal Palace, Sydenham, London. Latest update: Palmer-Mackenzie added (thanks to Brian Denman) (Full list of updates here)
16/09/17 Correction to a player name - I am grateful to David LeMoir for pointing out an error in a name in the game Miles-Wise from the British Under-21 Championship in 1970. I have now corrected this error - the black player was Derek M Wise - but it led me to investigate further confusion between games played by Derek M Wise (of Bristol) and by David Wise (of Middlesbrough). I consulted David Wise and I am grateful for his help in sorting out the confusion. I am in the process of applying these amendments to BritBase. For those wish to apply amendments to their databases without having to download the games again, here's the solution. All games which you have downloaded for a player from this site named D or DM or David Wise which were played in the 1960s and 1970s (in particular the British Championships of 1971, 1973, 1974 and 1976) should be ascribed to Derek M Wise (1949-2010). And all games downloaded from here for the 1980s onwards with one of these names should be ascribed to David Wise (b 1956). (Please note that these names have frequently been confused in various contemporary sources. There is no third player with games from this era called David M Wise. Note also that David Wise has also sometimes been referred to erroneously as David A Wise. He has no middle name.)
13/09/17 2017 Thanet Open Alan Merry All 30 games from the traditional August event, plus a crosstable. My thanks to Kevin Thurlow.
24/08/17 Isle of Man Index - You may notice that I have added another item to the left-hand menu, which leads to a new page indexing all the Isle of Man material which I have amassed here. There are now games viewers for all 16 Monarch Assurance tournaments (1992-2007), with crosstables and results where known, plus the current PokerStars/Chess.com Masters (2014-2016). I have also rescued many old web pages relating to the Monarch Assurances events from 2001 to 2007 when I was the tournament webmaster, with daily reports, photos, etc.
16/08/17 Correction to a player name - I have made a correction to a player's name - Miss M Henniker-Heaton, who played in a number of British Championships between 1946 and her death in 1972 had the full name Mary Araluen Elizabeth Anne Henniker-Heaton (and not Monica as previously given here). As the name is overlong, I have reduced it to Mary Araluen E A Henniker-Heaton in the PGN downloads. Corrections have been made to all the relevant files here, and if you wish to correct the name on your databases, you will find one of her games in each of the 1946 and 1969 British Championship downloads. Biographical note - her date of birth was 26 Nov 1904 and date of death 31 Jan 1972 (died in Sydenham, Kent).
09/08/17 2017 British Championship and Subsidiary Events Gawain Jones All 455 games from the 104th British Championship, played in Llandudno, plus the six play-off games. On a separate page may be found 2,435 games from the subsidiary events (Major Open, Senior, Junior Championships, etc), with tournament titles and names tidied up, and some crosstables. My thanks to the tournament game inputters.
09/08/17 2016 British Championship and Subsidiary Events Mickey Adams Rather belatedly, all 471 games from the 103rd British Championship, played in Bournemough in 2016. On a separate page may be found 2,693 games from the subsidiary events (Major Open, Seniors, Junior Championships, etc), with tournament titles and names tidied up, and some crosstables. My thanks to the tournament game inputters.
09/07/17 2017 De Montfort Bell King's Place Rapidplay Luke McShane (on tie-break), Stephen Gordon, Richard Bates 30 games taken directly from the electronic boards and kindly supplied by David Clayton. Please note that, since this was a rapidplay, there would have been no scoresheets to refer to, hence some scores may be incomplete or inaccurate.
03/05/16 London Central YMCA (Centymca) Games, 1968-76 - These games have been input from the bulletin The Centymca Story by Jimmy Adams, published in 1976, which I have supplemented with a few more relevant games sourced from elsewhere. Games input without notes for the most part. For further details of what the file contains, click on the link. Updated 9/10/15 - 174 games. Updated 03/05/16 with the addition of a game lost by Korchnoi at a simul in Luton in 1976. Thanks to Mark McCready. Now 175 games.
28/04/16 2016 Colin Crouch Celebration Congress J. Vakhidov 183 games of the April 2016 Masters tournament held in Harrow in memory of the late IM Colin Crouch. Also 40 games from the intermediate tournament and 53 games of the English Senior Championship held alongside. My thanks to David Sedgwick for sending me the games. Link to the official tournament website.
26/04/16 1955 British Championship bulletin - A PDF (2MBs) of the official 1955 BCF Congress bulletin, with reports, results and some games from the year's British Championship events. The congress was held in Aberystwyth and the title won by Golombek. All the games have long since been input and have already appeared on BritBase.
26/04/16 1925 British Championship HE Atkins 54 of the 66 games played in the 1925 British Chess Championship, played in Stratford-upon-Avon. I have input complete games from rounds 2-8 from the Tinsley notebooks, kindly lent by Tony Gillam, and a number of these won't have seen the light of day until now. Others sourced from newspapers and elsewhere, with the assistance of Gerard Killoran. There are also 13 games from the subsidiary tournaments, plus three crosstables and results of lower sections. Originally uploaded 13.03.16. * Updated 14.03.16 with one extra game, plus tidied up references to which games come from the Tinsley notebooks, etc. Updated 15/03/16 with five more games contributed by Gerard Killoran - 1 in the Major Open (Morrison-Znosko-Borovsky), 1 in the Women's Championship (Houlding-Gilchrist) and three from lower sections. Many thanks, Gerard. Updated 30/03/16 with three further Major Open games (Lean-Watts, Rd 5; Znosko-Borovsky-Atkinson, Rd 10; Short-Drewitt, Rd 11), for which many thanks. Updated 12/04/16 with one championship game (Spencer-Saunders, Rd 9) and three games from the Major Open, all of which were in BCM. I have also tightened up some of the source references (as I did for the 1924 file). Updated 26/04/16: Roger Watson has unearthed Winter-Yates (Rd 11) from a Czech newspaper. Many thanks, Roger.
24/04/16 1954 BCF Championship Bulletin - A PDF of the official 1954 BCF Congress bulletin, with reports, results and some games from the year's British Championship events.
21/04/16 1928 British Championship FD Yates 37 of the 66 games played in the 1928 British Championship, played in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales. Also, 9 games from the Major Open, 2 from the Women's Championship and 2 others from subsidiary events. The Tinsley notebooks were available for rounds 9-11 so the games from those rounds are complete. Many thanks to Tony Gillam and Gerard Killoran for their help with this. With this post, Britbase now features all the readily available games for all the pre-WW2 British Championships from 1904 to 1938 (after which there was no Championship proper until 1946). Note that the easiest way to browse them is via the British Championship page, clicking on the link against the year in the second column. Updated 21.04.16 to include a game from the First-Class section, plus an updated score of Wright-Menchik (Major Open). Many thanks to Brian Denman.
19/04/16 1931 British Championship Yates Now includes 30 complete championship games, plus 3 part-games, plus 21 games from Major Open (won by Vera Menchik), etc. Thanks to Gerard Killoran. Updated 16 Jan 2016: final move of Thomas-Sultan Khan (R6) corrected. Thanks to Andy Ansel. Updated 19/04/16 to include the Major Open game Menchik-Seitz (Rd 2 - many thanks to Tony Gillam). I have corrected the round number of Seitz-Znosko-Borovsky to Rd 1, and added round numbers and dates for other Major Open games.
19/04/16 1963/64 West of England Grading List - Another submission from Ray Collett (for which many thanks). A bit hard to read in places: I've cleaned it up as far as I can.
18/04/16 1975 Scottish Grading List - Ray Collett sent me a PDF of the 1975 Scottish Grading List, which I have uploaded.
17/04/16 Mir Sultan Khan - 182 games, plus part-games and stubs, by the legendary Indian/Pakistani player Mir Sultan Khan (c1905-66), who played most of his chess whilst residing in the UK between 1929 and 1933. As of the date of posting (26/02/16), it is probably the most comprehensive collection of Sultan Khan's games currently online, though there are gaps that still need to be filled. Updated 27/03/16 to include a game played against Vera Menchik in a county match, 14 Nov 1931. Many thanks to Brian Denman. Note that a list of previous updates to this file is located under the games viewer. Updated 17/04/16 with Sultan Khan's last-round game against William Fairhurst from the 1932 British Championship. Many thanks to Alan McGowan. I've also just found most of the Yates game from the 1932 Cambridge Premier (Rd 6).
17/04/16 1950 British Championship R.J. Broadbent 56* complete games out of a possible 198, plus 17 game fragments and 5* complete games from the Major Open. Originally posted 16.04.16. Updated 17.04.16 to include a further ten games played by William Fairhurst (many thanks to Alan McGowan) and three more games from the Major Open (many thanks to Brian Denman).
11/04/16 1930 Canterbury Sir George Thomas A strong eight-player all-play-all, held in the Crypt(!) at St Augustine's College, Canterbury, in April 1930. 16 out of 28 games, plus 1 part-game and 5 games from subsidiary events. This tournament is already to be found on ChessBase and in one of Tony Gillam's rare/unpublished tournament booklets but I have found one additional complete game - Price-Yates, Rd 2. A photo and crosstables appended.
07/04/16 1946 British Championship Robert Forbes Combe All 66 games, plus 89 games from the subsidiary sections, of the 1946 British Championship, won by Scottish player Robert Forbes Combe. Results of the events, full names of the players, press cuttings and photos. Updated 28/03/16 to include seven more games played by Ron Bruce in the 4th section of the 1946 Major Open, taken from the Ron Bruce file input by Bob Jones and Bill Frost some time ago. This enabled me to work out round numbers and dates for other games played in the 4th Major Open section. Updated 07/04/16 to add three games from the First and Second Clas sections - thanks to Brian Denman.
06/04/16 1970 Middlesex County Championship Paul F Timson All the available games of the 1970 Middlesex County Individual Championship 1969, a ten-player all-play-all won by Paul Timson ahead of a strong field. The tournament was played over the course of six months, between March and September 1970. I'm afraid I cannot remember who sent me the bulletin! I think it might have been Simon Spivack - whoever it was, many thanks.
06/04/16 1969 Middlesex County Championship Ken Rogoff All the available games of the 1969 Middlesex County Individual Championship 1969, a ten-player all-play-all won by Ken Rogoff ahead of a strong field. The tournament was played over the course of six months, between March and September 1969. I'm afraid I cannot remember who sent me the bulletin! I think it might have been Simon Spivack - whoever it was, many thanks.
03/04/16 1952 Bolton Easter Congress S. Milan 54 games from the Bolton Easter Congress of 1952. All the games of the Premier, plus some from other sections. They were input from an excellent bulletin produced by BL Wilkinson. I have also included crosstables and results, plus a 1972 obituary of BL Wilkinson. Many thanks to Mike Conroy for sending me a copy of the bulletin and obituary. I have now made a PDF of the bulletin available: 1952 Bolton Easter Congress
30/03/16 Korrection Korner - A couple of notable games on your database may need fixing - click on the link and navigate to Bogoljubow-Botvinnik and Winter-Capablanca, both played at the famous Nottingham 1936 tournament. Big/Mega Database 2016 has the scores of these games wrong.
26/03/16 1944 Blackpool Premier David Hooper 10 of the 15 games in this six-player round-robin. Hooper 3½, Wahltuch 3, Rhodes, Abarhams, Gurnhill 2½, Mieses 1. Reports from the Manchester Guardian included as text annotations. I was inspired to collect the games from this tournament following a discussion on the English Chess Forum. My thanks to David McAlister, Richard James, Kevin Thurlow who contributed game scores and information.
25/03/16 1932 Cambridge Premier Mir Sultan Khan 18 of a possible 28 games, plus some part-games. Corrections made to some scores found on commercial databases. Originally posted 15/02/14. Updated 25/03/16 to inlude two games from the subsidiary event.
25/03/16 1930 London-Washington Cable Match Drawn All six games of the 1930 cable match for the Insull Trophy, kindly sent by Andy Ansel. Four of the games were adjudicated. I have found a photo of the Washington players, published in a contemporary US newspaper.
24/03/16 1969 Glasgow Congress RD Keene, DNL Levy, RM McKay All 30 games of the five-round Glasgow Invitation tournament held 27-29 September 1969, plus all 30 games of the 'Candidates' tournament which ran alongside. Games input from the bulletin by Andy Ansel, for which many thanks. (Small adjustment made later the same day - 24/03/16 - to adjust the round 5 dates to 1969.09.29)
13/03/16 1913 British Championship Yates 29 of the 66 games, with 37 stubs, plus 13 games from subsidiary events. Culled mainly from the Times, Manchester Guardian, Yorkshire Post, Falkirk Herald and other chess columns in regional newspapers. My thanks to Tim Harding, Gerard Killoran, Brian Denman and others who have helped to source games and supply information about names. A number of the players' real names have yet to be discovered so there is, as ever, scope for further investigation by those who enjoy these riddles. Originally uploaded on 15.08.15, updated on 13.03.16 to amend just one move - 31...Qf7 Yates-Jacobs, rd 4 (not 31...Qc7). Thanks to Andy Ansel.
05/03/16 2016 Varsity Match   Cambridge won 6-2. All games now available.
25/02/16 Old-Style BCF tournament pairings - Warning: this is something which will probably be of interest only to a tiny number of chess historians - it explains (1) how the BCF used to pair its 12-player all-play-all tournaments, and (2) how this arcane information can be used by harmless drudges such as myself to discover tiny snippets of information about tournament games long ago.
17/02/16 1973 Evening Standard Islington Open Borivoje Vujacic 89* of the games of this weekender, plus six games from subsidiary events and the London U21 Ch'p (which, strictly speaking, was a separate event). More than 2,000 players took part in this record-breaking congress, played 7-9 December. My thanks to Richard James for the loan of the bulletin. * updated to include the game Goldschmidt-Crouch.
16/02/16 Thanet Open 2013 and 2014 Martin Taylor (2013); Gordon Scott, Alan Merry (2014) 49 games and 45 games respectively of the 2013 and 2014 Thanet Opens. Many thanks to Kevin Thurlow.
20/01/16 1988 Oakham International James Howell All 235 games of this strong young masters event, won by James Howell ahead of an impressive field, including Michael Adams, Boris Gelfand, Ivan Sokolov, etc. There is also a very comprehensive bulletin in PDF format.
18/01/16 1986 Midland Ch, Forrest Cup K Arkell, C Baker, G Lawton 55 games from the bulletin of the 1986 Midland (MCCU) Individual Championship (Forrest Cup), held in Derby. Bulletin provided by Neil Graham - many thanks.
16/01/16 Dragon (Cambridge University CC Bulletin), Michaelmas 1971 - A PDF of Dragon, the bulletin of Cambridge University Chess Club, for Michaelmas 1971 (Vol. 13, No.37), with 14 games to play through here.
16/01/16 2015/16 Tradewise Hastings Masters Mista, Vakhidov All 358 games, from the official website. Incidentally, I have added the games played therein by Bernard Cafferty to his individual player file.
12/01/16 1968 British Championship Penrose All 198 games from the bulletin, plus 101 games from subsidiary events. Updated 12/01/16 to include the game A.Miles-J.Nunn (from John Nunn's Secrets of Grandmaster Chess).
12/01/16 1967 British Championship Penrose This one has been here for a very long time, and previously updated to include all dates and full names. But recently, to my horror, I noticed that three games had wrong results recorded. As a result, every database in the world seems to have the same three errors! The correct results are as follows: Parr-Gilbert (R1) 1-0 (not 0-1); Horton-Ludgate (R2) 1-0 (not 0-1); Whiteley-N.Littlewood (R4) 1-0 (not ½-½). I've a feeling I may have been the person who originally input the games from the bulletin, many years ago. It underlines the importance, after inputting all the games, of using ChessBase's tournament crosstable facility to check results against published crosstables (which is how I picked up the errors). I have also taken the opportunity to update a few names and generally tidy up, making the file viewable, etc. If anyone can supply full forenames (rather than initials) for players, please let me know. Note that there are 198 games from the Championship (complete), two from the Ladies' Championship, 28 from the Major Open, 37 from the U21, 41 from the U18, 40 from the U16, and six from the U14. I've also included full results of all sections and a photo of Norman Littlewood and Dinah Dobson I found in the Times. Updated 12/01/16 to include the game L.Marks-J.Nunn (from John Nunn's Secrets of Grandmaster Chess).
29/10/15 University Chess Annual (1950 - 1953/4) - I have uploaded PDFs of the four issues of University Chess Annual, which was a 20+ page booklet published by the British Universities Chess Association (BUCA). The PDFs may be found here. I have also uploaded a games viewer will all 92 games and part-games to be found in these four issues. Game Viewer.
26/10/15 PDFs and Documents - I have introduced a new menu item on the left-hand side of the website: PDFs. I will occasionally be making available PDFs of scanned chess documents in my possession, such as old bulletins, grading lists and indexes. It's as much for my own convenience as anything (as I get tired of rifling through old files and papers looking for things), but the files may be of interest or benefit to other chess researchers and antiquarians.
25/10/15 1970 British Universities (BUCA) Individual and Team Championships Simon Webb; London University 1 All the games from the 1970 British Universities Chess Association (BUCA) Bulletin 1970. Andy Ansel has kindly input the 72 games of the individual championship, while I have input the 163 games of the Team Championship. Results of the events are appended. Many thanks to Andy Ansel.
15/10/15 2012 Thanet Open Martin Taylor All 55 games, sent to me by Kevin Thurlow, for which many thanks.
14/10/15 1973 Ilford Open Alan Phillips 39 games from the 1973 Ilford Open, published in the bulletin of the 24th Ilford Congress, 25-28 May 1973, held at the Ilford County High School for Girls. Congress hon.sec. was P Rosenberg, chief controller David Eustace and adjudicator Bob Wade (yes, no quickplay finish in those days). Originally uploaded 11/10/15, updated 14/10/15 to correct forename of Helman to 'Amir' (and not 'Abraham').
09/10/15 1971 Bayswater Open Barden, Blackstock 47 of the 60 games of the 3rd Bayswater Open, played 11-13 June 1971, from a bulletin published by Jimmy Adams.
08/10/15 1976 Young England vs USSR Rapidplay USSR by 12½-5½ All 18 games of the Young England vs USSR (Scheveningen system) match between three young English players, Michael Stean, David Goodman and Jonathan Mestel, and three Soviet GMs, Viktor Korchnoi, David Bronstein and Mark Taimanov. The time limit was 25 minutes per player per game. It was played at the offices of chess publishers B.T. Batsford on 24 January 1976. The games already appear on Mega/Big Database but I have added dates and round numbers, etc.
08/09/15 New Blog Posts: Kate Belinda Finn and Grace Moore Curling. - Whilst researching games for Britbase, I often come across historical snippets which are worth sharing. So I've revived my blog to feature some of these chess snippets. Today I've compiled two posts on early British women's champions Kate Belinda Finn and Grace Moore Curling. Both have new items of biographical information which don't seem to have emerged previously.
06/09/15 2013 British Championship: Other Events Various 1,715 games from subsidiary events at the 2013 British in Torquay, from the website but with names tidied up and standardised. The round 5 games from the Five-Day Week 2 morning tournament are missing (faulty link on the official site) but the games are otherwise complete.
06/09/15 1908 British Championship Atkins All 66 games, sourced mainly from BCM. Not new - this file has been on Britbase for years - but it contains a significant amendment made to Palmer-Blackburne, Rd 11, which had been misprinted in the contemporary BCM in which the games appeared. My thanks to Tim Harding for pointing this out and providing the correct score. Added 6/9/15, two games from subsidiary events, many thanks to Gerard Killoran and Brian Denman.
06/09/15 1909 British Championship Atkins All 62 games played in the main championship (first posted here in 2013 - n.b. EG Sergeant missed 4 rounds through illness), plus three games from the play-off match between Atkins and Blake, to which I have now added 16 games from the subsidiary events, for which many thanks to Gerard Killoran. And, the same day, two more games from Brian Denman - many thanks.
30/08/15 New Feature: Player Collections - More of a tidying-up operation, but with one new item. Britbase already featured game collections of Peter C Griffiths, Bernard Cafferty and the late Ian Wells but I've now collected them together on a separate page, with the addition with a small file of games by my old Bucks county colleague Barry Sandercock. I'd like to feature more players here - any offers? JS
27/08/15 1961 Grading List - Not games, but the 1961 BCF Grading List as published by the British Chess Federation and reproduced in the January 1962 BCM. It has the bulk of players then graded in England Wales. A key to the then grading list is included at the end.
23/08/15 1911 Yates-Palmer match, Bradford Yates All 3 games of a short match between FD Yates and Rev. WC Palmer, held in Bradford, 2-4 October 1911. The Rev. Palmer was domiciled in Trinidad and craved top-level competition whilst he was on leave in the UK. He had done very well to finish 3rd at the 1911 British Championship but he lost all three of what had originally been scheduled as a five-game match. My thanks to Roger Watson for supplying the games.
10/08/15 1965 London Training Tournament Mike Basman All 14 games of a six-player training tournament held in London in 1965, featuring Mike Basman, Ray Keene, Owen Hindle, Bill Hartston, Bob Wade and Graham Chesters. It preceded a junior team tournament in which four of the above represented England. My thanks to Andy Ansel for the games.
10/08/15 1975 Glorney Cup England All 90 games of the Glorney Cup (Junior six-nation championship over six-boards), held in Carmarthen. My thanks to Andy Ansel for supplying the games. * Edited 13/08/15 to correct names of Jonathan Benjamin, Peter Varley and Paul Hadden. My thanks to Richard James for the info.
09/08/15 2015 British Championship Jonathan Hawkins All 405 games from the tournament website. Note that Hawkins-Arkell, Rd 11, is shown correctly here with the last move as 26...Rd4 (followed by resignation). There may be other instances of LMS (last move syndrome) - I would be grateful if readers could let me know and I'll fix them.

Tinsley notebooks: I am grateful to Tony Gillam for loaning me his photocopies of the Tinsley notebooks. Edward Samuel Tinsley (1869-1937) was the Times chess columnist from 1903 to his death in 1937 and he kept notebooks of games from the many tournaments he visited. I am hugely grateful to Tony Gillam for lending me this valuable repository of chess games, and it will keep me busy for months inputting and uploading the games. You can expect to see regular updates here. The batch of photocopies I received from Tony includes the following: (1) British Championship, Southsea 1923, Rds 1-11; (2) British Championship, Southport 1924: Rds 1-11 + other games (Ladies Ch); (3) British Championship, Stratford 1925: Rds 2-8; (4) British Championship, Edinburgh 1926: Rds 1-7 + 3 other games; (5) British Championship, Chester 1934: Rds 1-11; (6) Inter-university match 1924, 1925, 1927?, 1929; (7) University Cable match 1924; (8) English Counties Final 1926; (9) London v Washington, cable match 1928; (10) Northumberland v Staffs, year?; + several other games; (11) two games by CHOD Alexander in Boys’ Tournament, year?

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