The 98th British Chess Championship gets under way in Sheffield, England today. Although Michael Adams won the event last year it’s often been ignored by the top British players, but not this year. Funding arranged, and in part provided, by the President of the English Chess Federation, CJ de Mooi (oddly enough, a UK TV celebrity!), has meant almost all the top players are competing, including Adams’ great rival, Nigel Short.
The event runs from today, Monday 25 July, to Saturday 6 August. It’s an 11-round Swiss event, with 86 players taking part. One of those, GM Gawain Jones, fresh from winning the Commonwealth Championship in South Africa, wrote a preview on his blog, including:
Although there are no crucial encounters in round 1, the pairing system in use means the top players don’t start off with the very weakest opponents – for instance, Michael Adams on top board is playing IM Dietmar Kolbus.
British Championship with Adams and Short starts today