100th British Chess Championship

Guess who spotted another chess player in Torquay? An IM who was born there :-)

Guess who spotted another chess player in Torquay? An IM who was born there 🙂

Gawain left on Saturday to go and defend his title in Torquay. This year’s line up include 12 Grandmasters including just 2 former champions – Can you guess which ones? Also this year we see 9 other countries represented in the Championship! I’m not including the 4 nations (England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland) or Guernsey.

The current rule state:

Only players who fulfil one of the following criteria shall have the right of entry to the Championship sections of the Annual Congresses:

(a) British Citizenship, or
(b) British Overseas Territories Citizenship, or
(c) Citizenship of Ireland, or
(d) not less than one years continuous ordinary residence in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland ending on the 30th June in the calendar year of the Championship in question, or
(e) not less than one years continuous ordinary residence in Ireland ending on the 30th June in the calendar year of the Championship in question, or
(f) not less than one years continuous ordinary residence in the Channel Islands ending on the 30th June in the calendar year of the Championship in question, or
(g) not less than one years continuous ordinary residence in the Isle of Man ending on the 30th June in the calendar year of the Championship in question

Here are the list of countries and the people that are playing.

Australia – IM Gary Lane – Born in the UK and I’m guessing he has Dual Citizenship.

Croatia – GM Bogdan Lalic – Resident in the UK or if not owns a home here.

France – GM Tony Kosten – British Citizen

Germany – IM Dietmar Kolbus – Lives on the Isle of Man – must check.

Hungary – IM  Gyula Meszaros – Plays a lot of the Hampstead Congresses and Blitz in London.

Israel – Guy Moss – A junior who I assume is British and lives and studies here.

South Africa – Laurence Ball – Has played in the UK since 2009.

Singapore – IM Daniel Fernandez – Born in Singapore but studies in the UK or may have British Citizenship.

Trinidad and Tobago – Shawn Tavares – From what I see born in West Indies and has been in the UK since doing his post graduation studies I’m guessing 30years?

Why do I point this out? Well don’t you think a national championship should be filled of players that represent only that country or in the case England, Wales, Scotland and the territories and Ireland for historical reasons? I switched from representing NZ to England earlier on in the year and yes, I was eligible last year to play due to qualifying via residency but if Gawain and I moved overseas I would then become ineligible to play in my federation’s national championship as WIM Ingrid Lauterbach is ineligible to play under the current rules as she does not hold residency in the UK or have a British passport. She has played for England in the 2008 and 2010 Olympiads (and I’m not sure if there are more) and also has represented England at the European Teams. Now this seems a ridiculous rule that she can play for England but can’t participate in a National Championship. Some people point out that she she not even be playing under the English flag but that is an issue that the Federation should deal with not the individual themselves. I applied to transfer and England accepted. In some countries they have a Championship and then an Open Championship for example the Netherlands. In Australia every year they alternate with an Open and a Closed Championship. To now play in the NZ Championship I must be “invited” – I’m not sure how difficult it would be to play but I don’t think it would be so hard but nevertheless it’s not a give in.

One positive point to note is that the arbiters have not used acceleration which must be the first time that I can recall. Perhaps Gawain’s post on it was read or maybe they started listening to the players but it’s definitely a plus point.

You can check out all information related to the tournament here. Rounds start at 2.30pm local time. Gawain started off with a win today and faces FM Dave Ledger tomorrow.

I won’t be in Torquay until next weekend (I’m looking very much to visiting and taking lots of photos)and I won’t be posting frequent updates about the tournament but I’m sure Gawain will do a end of tournament report. If you want great updates check out the Yorkshire Chess, you can try out your skills at the Predictions Competition if you dare.



12 Responses to “100th British Chess Championship”

  1. NZCF council
    July 30, 2013 at 8:02 am #

    Actually any New Zealand citizen with an NZCF rating over 2000 or a FIDE over 2100 is eligible to play in the Championship. Absolutely no need to be ‘invited.’

    • Sue Maroroa
      August 1, 2013 at 12:30 am #

      So I am eligible to play and win the titles as I’m a “New Zealand Player” and if I were to play and win the tournament outright I automatically qualify for Tromso as it says that the highest placed “New Zealand player” qualifies. Well that is ridiculous as obviously I can’t play for NZ!!! Makes no sense whatsoever.

      • NZCF council
        August 1, 2013 at 2:07 am #

        The slightly inaccurate wording on the entry form is a mistake, I’ll admit. It should say:
        ‘The highest placed eligible New Zealand player in the NZ Championship (Outright Winner) will automatically qualify for the New Zealand Open team for the 2014 Chess Olympiad in Norway.’
        This would exclude (from the Olympiad team) those of a different FIDE affiliation and those who have been banned from playing for NZ teams due to breaking the Player Agreement. I suggest you just win the thing then we’ll be reminded to correct the wording for the 2015 event…

        • NZCF council
          August 1, 2013 at 3:17 am #

          Ah, in fact I stand corrected by the greater Council! There is no need for the word ‘eligible.’ If the outright NZ Champion does not take up the place in the Open team, for whatever reason (work, illness, being banned, different affiliation, etc etc) then there is in fact no automatic place at all. So if Sue were to win it, then no-one else gets it, even though she can’t take it up.

  2. Basil Faultingham
    August 1, 2013 at 6:20 pm #


    http://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?event=4301498 [nice picture BTW]

    Are both now English players [regardless of past affiliation]

    Both are surely entitled to play in the British Championships? Unless rating is an issue?

    I agree it would be bonkers otherwise for either player to be in any way prevented from playing in what is now their national championships.

    National of course in the broadest sense of the word because there is no nation called Britain, but rather a principality called Wales, then two actual nations called Scotland and England, a dependency island called the Isle Of Man [though I hear the population is actually 50 percent women too so I have no idea why it is not called the Isle of Men and Women] to the west.

    Further to the west yet again is an island in which the vast majority of that island is made up of a nation so separate, distinct and detached from Britain as to be an actual Republic

    (not a peoples Republic now ,just your standard Republic like say France, or the USA but more democratic that either of those two.)

    not even affiliated or part of the British Commonwealth (unlike say New Zealand or Australia which are both on the other side of the planet! Or about as far away as you can get from dear old Blighty)

    This Republic may have great friendly relations nowadays but that is a fairly recent thing as most of the last 800 years was spent trying to kick the British out of Ireland.

    That this was only partially successful is evidenced by the fact that the other part of the island in the north east of the island was colonized so badly that about 40 percent of what might be called the natives

    (though after a few hundred years of British- Scots,English and Welsh settlers I would say they feel very much like “natives” by now)

    were able to survive, still regarding themselves as oddly enough Irish. This failure to wipe out, and or fully colonize this part of the island has left it still part of the UK as a province minus a third of the actual province of Ulster. So this section of the north east of the Island goes by the name of “nooreen iland” as spoke colloquially.

    [three of the nine counties being part of the Republic to this day since partition of the Island.]

    Still while players from the “mainland” ( A term deeply offensive to some people from the Republic of Ireland and some from “nooreen iland”) can not lay in for example the Irish Championships- well not anymore since a recent rule change now requires that people be listed with Fide as Irl, whereas people from all parts of the island of Ireland, be they citizens of the republic, or UK citizens within nooreen iland can lay in the “British Championships”

    For what it is worth I think the “Brits” are being a little bit too generous and easy going and they could consider some reforms which might include tighter residency rules?- Say 5 years residency? Or only those who have taken the trouble to actually change their federation affiliation as YOU HAVE SO CORRECTLY DONE!

    Out of the 106 in the main Championships there are still very few who look out of place in the tournament, maybe a handful but not more. I would say that if these 5 or so players were 2500- 2700 players we would see the rule change rather fast. As who wants to see a British champion who is simply not British?

    I hope and expect to see your husband, Gawain Jones make a good recovery and win the title again.

    Splendid event no matter what, it has to be said. The British do know how to put on a good show.

    • Sue Maroroa
      August 1, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

      I’m eligible because I live here but Ingrid is ineligible as she neither lives here nor holds British Citizenship. I unfortunately couldn’t play this year as I have to work but I hope that I’ll be able to play soon!

      The immigration requirements are now much harder. It is indeed 5 years in the UK and though I’ve been here for 3 my 2 years on a Youth Mobility Visa does not count.

      Here are the rules:

      Applying for settlement
      New immigration rules that came into force on 9 July 2012 changed the length of time that family members must be in the UK before applying for settlement. This applies to partners of those who are British citizens, settled in the UK, in the UK with refugee leave or humanitarian protection, or here as a worker in a points-based category.

      If you applied to come to the UK or for permission to stay here on or after 9 July 2012 and that permission was granted, you will need to be in the UK for 5 years before you qualify for settlement. You will initially be given leave to enter for 2 and a half years, and then you can apply for another period of 2 and a half years.

      If you do not meet the requirements on the 5 year route you may qualify for settlement after 10 years if you were given permission to stay on t

      he basis of your family or private life in exceptional circumstances.

      Thanks for the best wishes, I’ll head over tomorrow and visit for the weekend! I expect that if the weather permits I’ll be out running 🙂

      • Basil Faultingham
        August 2, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

        Makes no sense at all for players to be able to play for and represent a country or federation and then not be allowed to play in a national championships. It is a very silly anomaly which needs to be addressed and put right ASAP.

        As for immigration rules for the UK all I can say is that they are crazy and very very demanding.

        There are already so many immigrants now living in the UK that with the huge numbers of illegal immigrants too it is so ironic that people of good character and standing from countries so close culturally [Let us just say for the moment all the English speaking nations like AUS, NZ CAN just to start with] that the immigrants most likely to assimilate best are now having to pay the price for the mass immigration that was allowed to happen in the UK over the past 30 plus years.

        On the other hand I guess that is also a price to be paid for having being an Imperial power with a huge unsustainable and very dodgy Empire for so long?

        Still the British Championships is still a fantastic event for chess enthusiasts the world over. Gawain seems to awakened from his slumber today and should coast home to victory with a series of blitzkrieg wins over the coming days. I am sure the rest of the GMs will start to get very nervous indeed now that a wounded player has started to return to his true self.

    • Sue Maroroa
      August 1, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

      Btw, not sure where they got the photo from! My facebook page or from an Olympiad!

  3. Basil Faultingham
    August 3, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

    After the game today I have changed my mind. Gawain will win the tournament joint with David Howell and then win the title in the play off.

    • Sue Maroroa
      August 6, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

      There isn’t a playoff 🙂 As Gawain has to fly out Saturday AM to Norway for the World Cup.


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