Gawain Jones Wins 2018 British KO Championship in Double Quick Time

Press Release BKO 6 | 17 November 2018

 

LONDON (December 17, 2018) – Gawain Jones on Monday ensured his victory in the British Knockout Championship with 2 Rapid wins over fellow English GM Luke McShane, taking him to an insurmountable 17-3 lead without any need for points in the Blitz portion of the match.

 

In the first Rapid game, McShane – desperately needing a win to get back in contention, played an unsound knight sacrifice in the hopes of levering open the kingside. Jones refuted the sacrifice, wrapping up efficiently, and despite some nervy play in the second game, only once looked in danger when McShane could have tried to mix it up by opening files against the king.

 

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British KO Final: Gawain Jones Storms into Lead

Press Release BKO 5 | 16 November 2018

 

Gawain Jones on Sunday stormed into a 6-point lead in the British Knockout Championship Final, dispatching Luke McShane with a neat combination starting with 25 Bxf7+ that left his fellow English GM a pawn down with a hopeless position.

 

Out of an equal French Tarrasch, Jones as White banked on a well-placed central bishop to counteract McShane’s bishop pair. After an awkward rook placement by McShane (21…Rc5?!), Jones was in the driving seat, and the unfortunate 24…Bd6 set up Jones’s killer blow.

 

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British KO: Adams, Howell, Jones & McShane into Semis

Press Release BKO 4 | 10 November 2018

 

  • England top 4 Mickey Adams, David Howell, Gawain Jones and Luke McShane all negotiate their way through a tough quarter-final stage to qualify for the British Knockout Championship semi-finals.

  • David Howell triumphs eventually over IM Ravi Haria in a rapid playoff, despite almost coming to grief in the first Classical game.

  • Semi-Finals pit Adams vs McShane and Howell vs Jones.

  • Live coverage of the Semi-Final matches, starting Tuesday at 11:00 UTC, is available on the London Chess Classic website.

 

LONDON (December 10, 2018) – Despite valiant efforts from the underdogs in the British Knockout, England Olympiad team members Mickey Adams, David Howell, Gawain Jones and Luke McShane all managed to win their Quarter-Final matches – although not without a struggle

 

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British KO: First Blood to Gawain Jones, Narrow Escape for David Howell

Press Release BKO 3 | 09 November 2018

 

  • Gawain Jones becomes the first player in the British KO Quarter-Finals to pull ahead with a smooth victory in Game 1 over IM Alan Merry.

  • England No. 1 Mickey Adams is held to a draw by Simon Williams in a sharp Queen’s Gambit.

  • David Howell barely escapes defeat at the hands of IM Ravi Haria after disastrously weakening his kingside defences and being forced to give up the exchange.

  • Live coverage on the London Chess Classic website continues today in Game 2 of each of the Quarter-Final classical play matches, followed by rapid playoffs and an Armageddon game if necessary.

 

LONDON (December 9, 2018) – After a first round in which GMs John Nunn and Matthew Turner were knocked out, more surprises were in store for the top seeds in the British Knockout on Sunday as Mickey Adams was held to a draw by Simon Williams, while David Howell was lucky to survive a lost position against Ravi Haria

 

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Big Four Join the Fray

Press Release BKO 2 | 09 November 2018

 

  • England top 4 Mickey Adams, David Howell, Gawain Jones and Luke McShane join the British Knockout Championship at the quarter-final stage.

  • They join four qualifiers from Round 1, including giant-killing IMs Alan Merry and Ravi Haria, who knocked out GMs John Nunn and Matthew Turner, respectively.

 

LONDON (December 9, 2018) - England Olympiad team members Mickey Adams, David Howell, Gawain Jones and Luke McShane join the Quarter-Final stage today. Live coverage is available on the London Chess Classic website.

 

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Twelve to One: Adams leads field for British KO Championship

Press Release BKO 1 | 30 November 2018

 

 

England No. 1 Mickey Adams will head a stellar lineup for the British Knockout Chess Championship 2018, where 12 of the UK’s top players will battle it out for a total prize fund of £50,000 in four nail-biting KO rounds from December 8-17.

 

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