As predicted in my June 2015 blog it has just been announced that GM Nigel Robson has won the Adrian Hollis Memorial Tournament with a remarkable score of 8/10 (+6, =4, -0). Despite there being four games still in progress he cannot be caught. The tournament has an average ICCF rating of 2504, equivalent to category XI, with eleven competitors from myself to GM Richard Hall. I am pleased to say that my final score of 4/10 (+1, =6, -3) will not end up as the lowest score, despite my ‘clerical blunder’ and having the lowest rating at the start!
GM Adrian Hollis was a distinguished classical scholar and his career focused mainly on Hellenistic and Roman poetry. He was also a strong over the board player and played several times in the British Chess Championships finishing seventh equal in 1961.
Second and third places have still to be decided and it is still too early to predict them with possibly seven players in with chances. To check the latest positions here is a link to the crosstable www.iccf.com/event?id=41391
Here is my game against GM Nigel Robson which illustrates just how good a player he is. I was hoping to hold a draw, but towards the end his pieces just seemed to float into the best positions!