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.

 

Qtr Fina1 1

1 2 3 4 A

Simon Williams

2466

˝

0

-

- -

˝

 

Mickey Adams

2706

˝

1

-

- -

 

Qtr Fina1 2

1 2 3 4 A

David Howell

2697

˝

˝

1

1 -

3

 

Ravi Haria

2436

˝

˝

0

0 -

1

 

Qtr Fina1 3

1 2 3 4 A

Gawain Jones

2683

1

˝

-

- -

1˝

 

Alan Merry

2429

0

˝

-

- -

˝

 

Qtr Fina1 4

1 2 3 4 A

Jonathan Hawkins

2579

˝

0

-

- -

˝

 

Luke McShane

2667

˝

1

-

- -

 

 

 

 

After being becalmed in the Classical match,

David Howell won both rapid playoff games

 
 

   
 
   

David Howell had the closest shave of all the top seeds, only managing to qualify for the Semi-Finals after winning a nail-biting playoff match 2-0 against IM Ravi Haria.

 

Elsewhere, Mickey Adams enjoyed a convincing victory in Game 2 of his match, after putting GM Simon Williams’s central king position under pressure in a double-edged Sicilian Richter-Rauzer. As his position started to crumble, Williams launched a desperate knight sacrifice against Adams’ king, but to no avail.

 

Gawain Jones, after his Game 1 win against IM Alan Merry, opted for a pawn sacrifice and active play with an ‘octopus’ knight to keep the balance, drawing comfortably in a rook endgame to ensure qualification.

 

Luke McShane played a nicely controlled endgame to knock out GM Jonathan Hawkins, using a strong rook on the seventh rank and an active king to bring home the point.

 

After a break on Monday, for the Pro-Biz Cup at Google HQ in London, the Semi-Finals resume on Tuesday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Press Release - 3: First Blood to Gawain Jones, Narrow Escape for David Howell

Press Release - 2: Big Four Join the Fray

Press Release - 1: Twelve to One: Adams leads field for British KO Championship

 

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Tim Wall, @London_Chess, press officer, London Chess Classic

 

 


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