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British Championship 2010 – A personal account by Mark Josse

Pre-tournament

I have just returned from 2 weeks in Canterbury where I was lucky enough to take part in the British Chess Championship. I managed to qualify for the event having finished 6th= at last year’s South Wales Open and, at the ripe young age of 41, felt it was about time I had a crack at it. Having recently returned to chess from a 14 year break I had never played in the British Championship before. I was curious to have a go at it before I forget the moves and have no hope of playing at anything approaching the level required. I was very interested to read on the English Chess Forum that the general consensus was that the event was no longer as elite as it used to be. There may well be some truth in that as 20 years ago I was a similar strength player and never qualified. Then again, I think the Database era has changed the game forever; meaning that weaker players can trouble the stronger guys and the rating gaps are not as significant as they once were.

Having sent my entry form off early I kept a keen interest in the entry list, which in the end grew to 78 players of a wide range of strengths of which I was rated 50th. The entry list was impressive and, whilst GM David Howell was not there to defend his title, a certain GM Michael Adams had been tempted into playing and this was going to make life hard for lots of the other professional masters trying to make a bob or two out of the British. In the end the event managed to attract 9 Grandmasters, 10 International Masters and 5 Fide Masters.

I set off with the family in tow on the Saturday. We had managed to book a cottage in Petham six miles away, which was lovely and a good base for the chess, and great for my two children to explore the Kent Countryside. Two weeks away from the family would have been difficult to negotiate so I managed to convince Frances and the boys that Canterbury was the number 1 tourist attraction in Kent and there would be loads to do and, in any event, I would not be playing chess for more than a few hours each day (well that’s how I sold it anyway!).

I started to turn my thoughts to the event, had another look at the entry list, and decided that it was a mixture of Professional and master players, young aspiring juniors and that there were not many players over 40 with full time jobs and 3 kids to deal with!! I was not sure what would be a good score but I decided that 5 would be a very good return for my efforts. My main priority was to enjoy the event, play some decent players and catch up with a few old friends. I knew a large number of players from the circuit to say hello to and there were also some colleagues from Club Chess that I knew. Ian Henderson had also qualified from Surbiton and I also knew some of the guys from Sandhurst like Nick Pert. I don’t have much time to socialise in the chess world but I have found them a friendly bunch. The event being held in the south meant that there were a lot of London based players so, in the odd breaks of play, there was generally a familiar face to chat to. 

Having settled into our accommodation, on the Sunday night I made my nightly call around 2130 hours to the pairings hotline and saw that my opponent for round 1 was to be Simon McCullough, rated 2030. Simon is a lad I know quite well from Sandhurst and, at 21 years old, fits into the category of improving Junior (well junior to me anyway!) and that is always enough to fill the adults with a drop of fear! The plus side was I had White. Simon had some good results last year and, on his day, is capable of turning over some good players, so this was not going to be an easy start. I started my nightly routine of doing prep and limited myself to no more than an hour for each game. I know some of the more experienced and stronger players (and juniors, for that matter) may do a lot more but I felt any more for me would have been counter productive and also lead to me being knackered at the board. I am not sure how others prepare but I had invested in a database and was hoping this would do the trick. Having seen that Simon played the French I thought I would play my usual line and see how we got on.

Round 1 White vs. Simon McCullough 2030

After the opening ceremony I shook hands with Simon and 1 e4, c5 was on the board and so much for the prep! I could have had a glass of wine instead! Fearing a Dragon or similar I wheeled out some dodgy Bb5 Sicilian. Simon did not know the opening so well and after 15 moves I was on the verge of winning. Simon then came alive and defended well. Although I was 3 pawns up at one stage the position had become less clear, with Simon gaining counter play having an active queen and knight, causing me problems as we approached the time control. I had to give some material back and we ended up in a double rook ending where I had an extra pawn but, more importantly, two connected centre pawns vs Simon’s split pawns. I was not sure if I was winning but I had an easier game and, although Simon might have had a chance to save it, I managed to get home.

I was pleased to get off to a good start and get the win although, when I got home, reality soon kicked in when I heard the draw for Round 2 was GM Steve Gordon 2534 and I was Black! I did not get to see much of the other first round games although I seem to remember Michael Adams defused Bob Eames’s Kings Gambit on top board and most of the top guys had come through unscathed. The ECF produce a good tournament bulletin, which is free to all competitors and, in future rounds, I was able to keep up with other boards a bit more as, in reality, my trips towards the stage were not going to be many.

I had managed to convince Frances and the boys that Howletts Safari Park was the place to be on Tuesday morning and I managed to do a quick bit of prep and decided to play the Slav in response to Steve’s customary 1 d4. I noticed he had drawn his first round match so he was likely be even more keen to put the boot in with the White Pieces.

Round 2 Black vs. GM Steve Gordon 2534

After a quick handshake Steve played 1 c4 and after 1...c6 I managed to slide myself into an a6 Slav which I knew very little about. I was beginning to think that the easiest thing was to throw the database out of the window. By move 11 my opponent unleashed a Knight Sacrifice on b5 which led to White gaining 3 pawns for the piece investment and the pleasure of leaving my king wandering around in the centre of the board for a while. Having said all that things were not that clear and I managed to get myself through the worst. Move 19 was the turning point. When faced with exchanging pawns on d4 I opted to close the position with e4 and this was a serious positional error. You are rarely forgiven by a GM for such inaccurate play and this was no exception. My opponent played 4 or 5 good moves and by move 27 I decided not to waste his time any more as heavy material loss was already on the cards and a busted position. I went home and reflected and, although I would like to have put up more of a fight, there were a couple of good lessons served up: Don’t play openings you don’t know against good players and beware the two bishops. The Gordon game is worth a look at how he handles the bishops. 

The Pairings Hotline did not bring me much better news that evening I was due Black in round 3 vs. Paul Littlewood IM 2361. There were some good games in round 2, the pick of which maybe was Simon Williams win over Paul Littlewood. Simon is always worth following as his games are nearly always sharp and entertaining, many of which he annotates on his website Ginger GM. Another game that interested me was on top board between Michael Adams and Aaron Summerscale as it brought back fond memories from 25 years ago and the London Junior events and Lloyds Bank events at Highbury when those 2 players did battle. Aaron was a junior at my club, Richmond, and also played out of Fulham and I remember watching his progress as he rapidly rose to IM and GM. I am not sure if Fulham still have a Chess Club but they used to play in a pub just over Putney Bridge (Golden Lion?) which was always fun for a young chess player. They had a president, a guy called Bill Jenkins, who used to run things there. He used to play in the minor events but did a lot for the young guys to encourage them on the chess scene. At the end of round 2 there were a number of players on 2 points: Adams, Williams, Gormally, Richard Pert and Jack Rudd led the field.

This leads me nicely on to round 3 and IM Littlewood.

Round 3 Black vs. IM Paul Littlewood 2361 (see game viewer at the end of this article)

Paul is famous for his attacking play and I was a bit surprised he was playing 1 d4 as I always seem to remember him as a 1 e4 player. A closer look revealed he played both but, latterly, 1 d4 was his choice. I had a quick look over the Slav again and, having been “move ordered” by Gordon, decided it was likely to crop up this time. The opening turned out as predicted with a main line e3 Dutch Slav. My opponent introduced a new move (on me): 12 f4 which was very challenging and afterwards I noticed had been played a few times. The move basically offered to give up a pawn in exchange for getting the two bishops and some long term attacking chances. Black did not have much choice but to accept as otherwise he would have been clearly worse.

White gained a strong initiative but Black hung on well and gained some activity and good counter chances in a complicated middle game. In the end with both players short of time the dust settled into an ending with White having the two bishops against two knights with the better position. It was not easy to convert and White had to be accurate but Littlewood played a fine move in 46 Re3 which set up dual mating threats with which Black could not cope. The endgame is a good example of using the strength of the two bishops and my opponent played the latter stages very well. I have annotated the game fully and it is worth a look as White’s aim in this line is to use the power of the two bishops in the long term to overhaul Black’s temporary piece play.

I went home a little dejected after 2 losses in a row but started to realise just how much damage the two bishops can do in the hands of a strong player. I put up much better resistance then in the Gordon game and, in parts, even played quite well. I was impressed with my opponents play as, although he expected a Meran opening, he understood the position well and another lesson was learned. At the end of round 3 Adams and Rudd were joint leaders on 3 points. Rudd had won a really good game vs Simon Williams in the Kings Indian and Adams had overcome some tough resistance from Richard Pert. Another good win in round 3 was Tom Rendle’s as Black in a Dutch vs. Steve Gordon. My Surbiton colleague, Ian Henderson, had a good draw in this round with the very experienced player Ian Snape in a Kings Indian.

I allowed myself a beer or two that night and hoped for a kinder draw. After 2 Blacks in a row I was drawn White vs. Saravanan Sathyanandha rated 1986. This was a nightmare for me as he is a 16 year old, who ended up having a great tournament with 5.5/11, and a quick look at his games revealed he was obviously far better than his rating. I did a little prep, noticed he played the French, and decided to flick over the prep I had done for McCullough and hopefully put it to use. I had no idea of his pet line vs. the Tarrasch though, which meant he had the choice of which line to go down. I did not know a lot else so decided to stick with what I knew. I was starting to feel a little sorry for myself having had 2 masters and 2 underrated Juniors and only 1 point seemed a little harsh - but welcome to life at the British!

Round 4 White vs. Saravanan Sathyanandha 1986

The game in round 4 started at a pace, with both sides rattling out the theory in universal French. At move 16 I became a little nervous as my opponent had only used 1 minute at this point and was clearly relishing me diving into the main line where I sac an exchange and it is supposed to be good for White . That’s all well and good but I was aware he must have looked at this, whereas I had not looked this far, and the last thing I needed was a 16 year old playing a whole game on memory alone. I spent ages on the position and came up with 17 Bb5 which sets more positional problems than tactics. It set my opponent different problems and a few moves later he made an error allowing me to win material in the form of a queen for a rook and bishop. The key to the position, though, was his exposed king and, after a few ups and downs, I managed to convert. The game is well worth a look as it is very sharp and tactical and was fun to play.

By the end of round 4 Michael Adams was the sole leader having beaten Jack Rudd. The pick of the games was a Classical Sicilian where Adam Hunt defeated Peter Wells in a sharp encounter. I went home in a good mood and the pairing hotline threw up another interesting battle. I was drawn to play Ian Henderson, my club colleague from Surbiton, as Black in round 5. This seemed very odd as Ian had 1.5/4 at this point and had been given an up float. I had a quick look on the database and Ian had very few games listed and none that I could find vs. 1...d5. So it was the Slav again I presumed but I was not really sure what line. Again this meant I had a quick flick over the stuff from earlier rounds. This match was going to be of interest to the Surbiton members and I had the feeling I had more to lose than gain. During my prep I noticed Ian had once held a partial Fide Rating of over 2300! He has kept that quiet and this did not add for a restful night’s sleep!!

Round 5 Black vs. Ian Henderson 2108

In truth the game was a quite affair and Ian played 4 e3 Bf5 5 Bd3 which is a quiet line vs the Slav which does not give Black large amounts of counterplay. A Rubinstein French structure arose with Black trying to get in the c5 advance and White trying to sit on his space advantage. White may have had a little edge in the early middle game but once Black played c5 Ian found the correct way through the tactics to a completely level endgame and a draw was agreed. In truth both players were happy with the result: I got to keep 50% and avoided the banana skin of a club colleague and Ian got the bragging rights and brought his score up to 2/5 having lost the previous day to IM Baker. All in all honours even in the clash of Surbiton and a bit of a quiet game really.

Elsewhere, on the top, GM Michael Adams drew a point clear of the field with a win vs. Alexei Slavin. A number of players were then grouped on 4 points: GM Danny Gormally, GM Nick Pert and IM Jovanka Houska. I did not see much of the other games although Rick McMichael (another guy I know from yesteryear) earned a good draw as Black vs. Tom Rendle. The biggest talking point of the round was Keith Arkell`s game vs. George Salimbeni which resulted in a draw after 160 moves. Fair play to both players for their stamina. In particular, well done to Salimbeni, for holding on to Arkell, when many would have been ground down.

Round 6 White vs. Bret Addison 2235

The draw for round 6 saw me paired as White vs Brett Addison, a guy I had not played before, rated 2235. I noticed he played 1...e5 fairly exclusively and, having just read John Emm’s new book on the Italian Game, I thought I would give this a whirl. The opening was fairly predictable with Black playing an early 0-0 and not committing his d pawn to d6, retaining the option of playing d5 in one move. The consequence of this is that, when White has not himself gone 0-0, the option with Bg5 can prove annoying. Black had to use a fair amount of time in the opening to solve his problems but my opponent came up with 12. Qd7, which was a good move improving on the known theory. I then played a poor series of moves with an early h4 when I should have built up the position a little first. This allowed a series of liquidations where Black had a slight edge going into a queen and rook endgame which would have been difficult to win as White got some annoying counterplay against the exposed Black king. My Opponent offered me a draw at move 24 which I was happy to accept.

The highlight of the round was GM Nick Pert taking a half point off the leader GM Michael Adams. Nick had gained a good position out of the opening as black in a Bb5 Sicilian and drew in 21 moves. I was pleased for Nick as we had met up before the tournament and he was not sure if he was actually going to play. He is a nice guy and I was pleased to see him rewarded with 2nd place in the event at the end of the second week. IM Andrew Martin awarded the best game of the day to Stuart Conquest for his win as Black vs. Alexei Slavin. It is a good game to go over as he slides White into a Kings Indian with a useful move order transpose.

I had had a couple of quiet draws at the end of the week and decided I needed to play a little sharper in week 2. Having spent the 8 weeks before the event cycling for an hour or two a day I was hoping I would be fit enough to survive the pace but, other than Littlewood, my opponents had averaged nearly 18 years younger than me per game so I was a little worried I might not last the distance.

I went back to Petham at the end of week 1 exhausted. I had a big day on Sunday as I had to make up for some lost time with the family! We also had some new neighbours at our cottage in the shape of nine teenage lads. I got the impression I was not in for much sleep in week 2!! Sunday was a quiet family day - we visited Canterbury, saw the sites, and had a nice family lunch and a few of the local beers. The neighbours at the cottage were now in full steam and played drinking games until 0400 hours so I was a little tired on Monday morning, having been paired against FM Bob Eames 2287 as Black.

The family did me proud by going off to Diggerland (which is superb by the way) as I came to terms with week 2. I had never played two weeks of chess before but at least I had not become bored with it yet.

Round 7 Black vs. FM Bob Eames 2287 (see game viewer at the end of this article)

I knew Bob Eames a little from the London League as he plays for Hackney and he beat me earlier this year in a London league game. I did a little prep and decided to play the Sicilian Najdorf rather than the Dragon. I had made a decision to vary my openings in week 2, if truth be told I had become a little weary of having to prepare! I noticed Bob played the 6 f3 English Attack so decided to chuck in 6...Qb6 which is not played too much. Bob also plays 1 d4 so I was not sure if we would get a Sicilian but I knew we would have a sharp game as it seemed to suit both players’ styles. Black managed to win a pawn which White had left en prise at the back end of the opening and got a good position. White defended well and liquidated into an ending where he played 26 Be3 when 26 Bg3 would have caused me more problems. Black then got a big advantage and, although White had a few tricks, Black was careful and got the point home. I was pleased with the game even if Bob may not have been at his best, although he did not look back after this and went on to score 6.5/11. I went home happy and heard about how cool Diggerland was from my two sons and found out I was playing IM Tom Rendle (2391) as White in round 8.

Round 8 White vs. IM Tom Rendle 2391

This was a hard draw as Tom is an IM of GM strength and somebody I knew a little from Sandhurst Chess Club. I knew a tough game lay ahead. The lads next door had begun to calm down after our complaints and settled down at 0200 hours, which meant I at least got some sleep before the game. I did a little prep in the morning for what was going to be a French Tarrasch. Tom Rendle had numerous database games but had played 3...a6, 3...Nc6 and 3...Be7, so again I was not the player with choice of variation, which I had kind of worked out by now seems to be the key to some of this prep work. I suspected 3...Nc6 or 3...a6 were on the cards and had a look at the lines. We sat down and I faced 3...a6. I then played 4 Bd3 rather than the universal 4 Ngf3. I had read in a book that 4 Bd3 was the best move and played it before in an easy win. The lesson, I suspect, is that my opponent knew I would likely head for 4 Bd3 whereas I was in the dark concerning his 3rd move choice. This may not seem much to the casual observer but Tom Rendle had done his homework and moved his Knight to e7 and not f6 and set White a few problems in the opening. My next few moves were ambitious and I set about advancing on the queenside. The position became very symmetrical and open. With 16 moves gone Black played the very strong 16...Qc8. I followed up with 17 Ng5, aiming to attack the King side, and Rendle hit me with 17... Rd8, a move which I had missed. A short while later I was forced to resign having lost my queen to avoid being mated. A 21 move smash from Black who must have been delighted with the quick win. We had a look over the game afterwards and my opponent offered me one or two good options in the universal which I can do some work on. Tom was very sporting after the match and, like a lot of the titled players, was happy to spend some time going over the game and, to his credit, showed me some analysis that will help me in the future. I felt a bit bashed losing in 21 moves but I took some comfort from the fact I did not play that badly. My opponent prepared a good line and played some really good moves and, at the end of the day, I had few complaints and give full credit to a very good player.

I watched some of the other matches and Adams increased his lead by beating Stuart Conquest. Other good matches included the Williams vs. Nick Pert match, an all Sandhurst CC clash. I thought Simon was winning the ending but after Kf2, instead of h4, things were not so clear and, all of a sudden, Nick had dangerous passed pawns and White seemed to be able to make no progress. Gormally had a good win over Mason with the Tromp and Hunt beat Houska in a good Kings Indian. Hunt thus became Adams’s closest challenger.

I was a bit gutted to have been beaten so easily but still determined to try and get 1.5/3 to finish the event on 50%. This would, of course, be tough as I had Black in 2 of the next 3 matches. In round 9 I was paired as Black vs. Paul Cumbers (2218). I had a terrible nights sleep with the teenagers next door keeping me awake until gone 0400 hours at which point I decided I might as well do my prep then. I had seen enough of the Slav by this time in 3 of my matches with Black already so I decided it was time to change. I noticed my opponent had just changed to 1 d4 and played the 4 Qc2 Nimzo. This is a good line but means you have to know an awful lot of theory and Black is the person who often decides which line to enter.

Round 9 Black vs. Paul Cumbers 2218

I bumped into a few familiar faces I knew on the way into the tournament hall and stopped for a chat. Jon Foley, the president of Kingston Chess Club, was there with Richard James of Richmond Chess Club. Richard was my first ever chess coach when I was around 10 years old! Richard produced an amazing set of players from that era, e.g. Agnos, Summerscale, Wall, Mortazavi and players like Briscoe and Cavendish. I know he followed this up with more strong players after my time. It was good to see him at the event and he still remains actively involved in coaching school children in the Hampton and Richmond area. I also met Alec Aslett, the manager of the Sandhurst Chess Club, and, fair play to him, he was there for the whole 2 weeks watching the chess, following his club players and is another guy who works hard for his club. Anyway, back to the chess.

I did a bit of work and after 3...Bb4 my opponent had a long think and side stepped me by playing 4 f3. After 4...c5 we entered a line which is lively where Black has two bishops and chances of an attack but White is positionally superior and long term will make this count. Black played quite well and whipped up chances of a king side attack which white had to defend accurately. White did this and begun to emerge with a position that was close to winning but, in the end, fell for a tactic allowing Black to win outright. The game was not of the highest quality by both players and on reflection I was a little lucky to win this one.

I went home happy with 5/9. I had a chance to maybe head for 6 but I knew tough opposition lay ahead. On the higher boards Michael Adams had drawn with Adam Hunt leaving him leading the event by one and half points. The Pert brothers were drawn together on board 2 and the game ended a draw. Peter Wells had a nice win vs. Rick McMichael and Simon Williams beat Stuart Conquest which meant it was all to play for. In the hunt for what was likely to be second place to Adams, two norms were achieved in this round by Adam Hunt (GM) and Rafal Tymrakiewicz (IM). Well done to them both.

Round 10 White vs. Chris Dorrington 2255

Round 10 saw me paired against Chris Dorrington 2255 as White. I was beginning to feel the pace by now and the thought of another 23 year old opponent was tiring just thinking about it. I did not do a lot of prep but observed he played the Scheveningen but often had a back up of the Kan or Taimanov. I did a bit of work on the Kan using the 2 Nc3, 3 Nf3 move order but he played 2...Nc6 and we quickly ended up in a Taimanov. I played the Ponomariov Attack, which is basically just a trap. The main line sees Black give up a queen for three pieces when he stands no worse, with a complicated middle game ahead. My opponent did not know the line and, at the end of the opening, I won an exchange. To his credit he battled on and started to secure some compensation with his light squared bishop taking aim at the white king from c6. White navigated through this and emerged with a pretty much winning position, having returned the exchange, but missed the winning move, 52 Qxg6, when Black has to enter a rook ending 3 pawns down. White should still be winning after the move played but Black has some nasty back rank mates. Black played a very good move in 54...Rf8, threatening a perpetual. In fact it is hard for White to stop, particularly as I was short of time running up to move 60. My opponent offered me a draw here. I did not want to accept a draw but, as my opponent quite rightly pointed out when he made his offer, he did indeed have a perpetual check. I shook hands disappointed as I had not converted but fair play to Chris who had hung on in, at times, a desperate position.

Back to the main event and Michael Adams secured the tile with a fine win over Simon Williams. There was a group behind containing Nick Pert, Steve Gordon, Richard Pert and Adam Hunt who would be contesting for second place.

I was very tired and worn out after the Dorrington game as I felt I let a win slip away. My punishment for this was to be paired as Black vs. Peter Constantinou FM (2302) in the last round. I had never played Peter before and noticed he had a fine tournament, losing only to Richard Pert and drawing with Peter Wells and Simon Williams. I had an awful night’s sleep as the teenagers next door had found their second wind and partied loud until 0500 hours. I went next door to have a moan, but what can you say to nine of them? In truth when I was 18 I was probably worse but it is little comfort when you are trying to sleep ahead of a chess match. I had a lie in and once awake I did a little prep for my last round match but, in truth, I was shattered.

Round 11 Black vs. FM Peter Constantinou 2302 (see game viewer at the end of this article)

I noticed my opponent played the London system with different move orders, often via an early c3. Richard Pert had beaten him earlier in the tournament with the same line I play and so I was a bit concerned as Peter would have looked to improve on that game. Still, at this stage, I stuck with what I knew and after 1 d4 d5 2 Bf4 Nf6 3 e3 I realised I had been “move ordered” as White delays the development of the Knight to f3, which gives him additional options vs. the c5, Qb6 and Nc6 plan. I played ambitiously and riskily and ended up with a knight on g7, bishop on f5 and pawns on h5 and g5 with no obvious home for my king. Peter quite rightly opened the queenside with b4, although he might have gained more from a different move order. In any event he ended up with good pressure as Black had a problem with his king stuck temporarily in the centre and while also trying to hold the a and b files. Black found a series of accurate moves and managed to acquire the two bishops leading to an equal endgame, particularly after the exchange of rooks. Black had actually begun to get on top and White offered a draw at a crucial time. I was exhausted but I should have played on as at this point. I feel Black was close to winning and in any event it was a risk free play on as Black was not going to lose by this stage. This may not sound much but would have meant 15th place and a money prize. The difficulty I had was that before the match I had in my mind said “half a point was respectable against an FM”, as indeed it was, but the harsh lesson is that you must play the position and not the man. I agreed the draw satisfied with 6/11.

On the main boards Adams cemented first place with a draw against Peter Wells who seemed to give him a tough time by playing the Nf3 Bg5 Nimzo in which he is known as an expert. Nick Pert managed to overcome Steve Gordon in a favourable ending to secure 2nd place. I was really pleased for Nick who is a top GM. Jonathon Hawkins also had a very good win in the last round over Simon Williams.

Its over!

The tournament was over and we headed away on the Friday night keen to get home and also, on my part, exhausted after 2 weeks at the British. I enjoyed the event and was happy with my 6/11 and having gained a good 30 plus FIDE points. I played a GM, 2 IM`s, 2 FM`s, 3 players 2220-2255, 2 juniors and a 2108. I learned a lot about tournament chess and the way to prepare. The reality is, if you want to even survive in this database era, you have to do some work; which means that for 2 weeks chess becomes a near on full time job. In truth it was hard on the family for 2 weeks and, whilst this is no excuse, I think I realise now why I gave up the game in the first place. Once you hit the 195-200 bracket, to inch any further towards FM/IM level you have to dedicate yourself to the game and this is something I found hard when aged 21 let alone 20 years later with a full on job and a family!!!

I thoroughly enjoyed my opportunity to play in the British, who knows if I will ever get the chance to play again? However I was pleased to have been given the opportunity and in many ways it has reinforced to me how tough it is to improve your chess.

Games Annotated by Mark from Rounds 3, 7 and 11

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See Ian Henderson's account of the event