Jones Wins The Play Off

As I thought might happen, Gawain Jones won the British Championship play off against Stephen Gordon. Although Gordon has the more cultivated style, Jones’s very quick sight of the board is going to carry more weight at the quicker stuff, and especially with so much nervous tension. In the first game Gordon won his opponent’s queen but ultimately lost the game as time ran out.

I think that Gordon made a mistake in not playing all out in his last round game against Hawkins, which probably offered around a 40% chance of taking the title outright. Admittedly it’s an understandable one with things like prize money to consider. But becoming British Champion carries a lot of value, even when many of the best players are missing.

I hope that Gordon gets a chance to win the title at some time in the future. But these opportunities can be fleeting, and new players come through all the time.

Here are the games:


Author: NigelD

Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: