Olympia Conference Centre, Kensington, London


British Knockout Championship Draw



The following players received and accepted invitations and are listed in order of their FIDE Ratings at 1st November 2015.


David Howell ENG GM 2693

Luke McShane ENG GM 2687

Nigel Short ENG GM 2686

Gawain Jones ENG GM 2615

Jonathan Rowson SCO GM 2569

Jonathan Hawkins ENG GM 2563

Daniel Fernandez ENG IM 2476

Yang-Fan Zhou ENG IM 2455


Nicholas Pert ENG GM 2569 Reserve



Nigel Short was subsequently obliged to withdraw. Nicholas Pert replaced him in the draw as indicated below.



On Monday 23rd November pupils in the chess class at Marion Richardson Primary School in the Tower Hamlets district of London carried out a draw to determine the players who will have White in Game 1 of each of the Quarter Finals and the Semi Finals, and in Games 1, 3 and 5 of the Final.





In accordance with the Regulations and the draw for colours described above, the pairings are as follows. The players on the left will have White in Game 1 (and in Games 1, 3 and 5 of the Final).


Quarter Final 1: David Howell v Yang-Fan Zhou

Quarter Final 2: Daniel Fernandez v Luke McShane

Quarter Final 3: Nicholas Pert v Jonathan Hawkins

Quarter Final 4: Gawain Jones v Jonathan Rowson


Semi Final 1: Winner of Quarter Final 1 v Winner of Quarter Final 4

Semi Final 2: Winner of Quarter Final 3 v Winner of Quarter Final 2


Final (6 Games): Winner of Semi Final 2 v Winner of Semi Final 1


David Sedgwick

Chief Arbiter

27th November 2015



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