British KO Final: Gawain Jones Storms into Lead

Report BKO Day 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.



Jones now has a large advantage going into the Rapid and Blitz portion of the match, as the 2 Rapid games are worth 4 points each and the 4 Blitz games count for just 2 points each.


In the Third Place Playoff match, Mickey Adams and David Howell drew in 46 moves of a Ruy Lopez Anti-Marshall, in which Adams as Black had an endgame advantage for a while, but Howell managed to escape.


Live coverage of the British Knockout matches resumes on Monday at 14:00 UTC.



Press Release - 4: British KO: Adams, Howell, Jones & McShane into Semis

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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