The Concluding Furlong

 as well as Jacob Aagaard has reestablished a sole atomic number 82 on  The Final Furlong

Just ii rounds to become now, as well as Jacob Aagaard has reestablished a sole atomic number 82 on 7½/9.

I don't suppose he is superstitious but he may live relieved to guide hold finally broken the run of results which mirrored BH Wood's ill-starred entitle drive of 1948. They matched all the agency until circular 9, at which indicate Wood had drawn a game but Aagaard has straight off won his game.

It is ever interesting to run across what course of report of score wins the British Championship. Luckily nosotros tin compare similar for similar equally eleven rounds guide hold ever been played. Until (and including 1948), the entitle was a 12-player all-play-all but since therefore it has ever been an 11-round swiss (with a varying reveal of players). In fact, the foregoing is non quite correct - it has either been eleven rounds or zero. How so? This is the 94th congress, but rather fewer than 94 guide hold featured a entitle equally such. For diverse reasons in that place were no championships played at the BCF Congresses of 1919, 1922, 1927, 1930, 1939, though all v of those figure inwards the numbered sequence, therefore the 2007 British Championship volition exclusively live the 89th to hit a truthful British Champion.

The winner's score has been equally depression equally 7 as well as equally high equally 10. Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 score of 7/11 was proficient plenty to win the entitle for George Botterill inwards 1974 though exclusively after a seven-way play-off inwards Llanelli afterward that year. 10/11 was Julian Hodgson's magnificent winning score inwards Plymouth inwards 1992. He won his starting fourth dimension iii games, therefore drew amongst Jonathan Mestel as well as Mark Hebden, therefore reeled off 6 direct wins.

9½/11 has taken the entitle 8 times: Yates (1914), Atkins (1925), Yates i time to a greater extent than (1926), Mir Sultan Khan (1933), Yanofsky (1953), Alexander (1956), Jonathan Mestel (1976) as well as Nigel Short (1987). There was a 9th illustration of 9½/11 - Blackburne inwards 1914 - but he was unlucky plenty to lose a play-off to Yates, making that the highest ever score that didn't win the title. Spare a idea also for Theodore Tylor (1933) as well as Frank Parr (1956) who both scored 9/11 to complete second. Mestel holds the tape for the best laid about - 9/9 inwards 1976. In fact, that effectively ended the tournament equally he could no longer live caught (the adjacent best score beingness 6½/9). With zippo left to play for, he drew amongst Haygarth inwards circular 10 as well as lost to Whiteley inwards the lastly round. Had he the motivation, he could likely guide hold made it 11/11. Like Hodgson, Mestel is also a phenomenal front-runner inwards tournaments. I recollect playing inwards the same Under-18 Championship equally him (in 1971), when he went through the opposition similar a knife through butter, scoring 10½/11 as well as exclusively conceding i describe to a Scots actor called Tudhope. After a few rounds, nosotros nicknamed board i inwards that lawsuit "the board of death" where yous went to live lay to the sword past times Mestel (I didn't score plenty points to warrant summary execution).

9/11 has won the entitle xiv times, all of them outright wins which required no play-off. Julian Hodgson has ii 9/11s to his credit, to become amongst his 10/11. One curiosity is that the human amongst the most entitle titles - Jonathan Penrose, who won the British Championship x times - never exceeded 8½. His titles were won amongst 8 8½/11 scores as well as ii 8/11s. There was a mini-vogue for 8/11 wins betwixt 1969 as well as 1972, when chess was inwards the doldrums, but from the early on 1980s to the early on 1990s, equally British chess took flight, the average British-winning score hovered at around the 9/11 score for a reveal of years. Like Penrose, Michael Adams also has a maximum score of 8½/11 inwards the British.

8½/11 is the commonest winning score: it has happened twoscore times, including the lastly v championships (2002-2006). Seven times it has led to a play-off. 8/11 has won 23 times, also amongst vii play-offs (two left unresolved). The lastly fourth dimension 8/11 was scored was inwards 2001 when Joe Gallagher won the title. 7½/11 has won simply i time (Atkins inwards 1907) when no play-off was required.

It volition live interesting to run across what score wins this year. The rubber bet would guide hold to live 8½ but if Aagaard as well as Haslinger sideslip upwards in that place could live a pile-up on 8. By the same token, if Aagaard keeps upwards his momentum therefore 9/11 is achievable.

But the existent involvement must prevarication inwards whether the Scottish streak tin live extended to 4 years, as well as the English linguistic communication drought to vii years amongst no title. It reminds me of i of Michael Palin's "Ripping Yarns", inwards which a fanatical football game supporter whose squad guide hold been losing every represent goes out as well as rounds upwards an elderly bunch of players who had played successfully for the same squad some years before. Perhaps the ECF volition guide hold to hit something similar: dust off its fifty-something grandmasters as well as one-time champions as well as persuade them to come upwards dorsum inwards 2008 to wrest dorsum the British Championship from the North British. Nunn, Mestel, Speelman... as well as what virtually Littlewood, Watson, Hennigan, Plaskett? Where are they when their province needs them?
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