Michael Adams: A class of his own

Michael Adams demonstrated why he is the leading player from the British Isles as he left everyone in his wake in the 97th British Championships in Canterbury (in Kent in the south of England).
Jovanka Houska was the highest placed female in the 78-player swiss event and was thus awarded the title of British Ladies Champion.

Nicholas Pert, who plays less these days, had a good result finishing on 8/11, a score that in some years is sufficient for first place.

However the main man was Michael Adams who only dropped three draws on his way to a convincing victory.

His 9.5/11 isn't a record however, as his good friend Julian Hodgson managed 10/11 in 1992.

A 9-round GM norm for Adam Hunt © official site.

Among the players in equal third was Adam Hunt (from a chess family as he is the brother of the strong English woman Harriet Hunt) who obtained a GM norm.

The final rankings in this 11-round swiss, with first prize being a useful 5,000 pounds sterling, as well as the title:

1GMMichael AdamsENG27069.5
2GMNicholas PertENG25518
3GMStuart ConquestENG25237.5
4IMAndrew GreetENG24517.5
5FMJonathan HawkinsENG24237.5
6IMAdam HuntENG24087.5
7IMRichard PertENG24607.5
8FMAlexei SlavinRUS24177.5
9GMKeith ArkellENG24657
10GMStephen GordonENG25347
11-Donald MasonENG22197
12IMThomas RendleENG23917
13GMAaron SummerscaleENG24287
14GMPeter WellsENG24887

For more information see the Official site

Victory by one-and-a-half points @ official site
British ladies champion despite a last round defeat @ official site

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