2018 British Champions Crowned!

2018 British Chess Championship is an 9-round Swiss chess tournament

Final standings (top 30)

Full chess standings:

The 2018 British Chess Championship is an 9-round Swiss chess tournament taking place at Hull City Hall, Hull, England from 28 July to 5 August.

In case of a tie for first, a rapid and blitz chess playoff will take place. The top chess prize is £10,000, with £1,000 for the British Women's Chess Champion. The time control is 90 minutes for 40 chess moves then 30 minutes to the end, with a 30-second increment from move 1.

BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP

This chess event is open only to exempted or qualified chess players
Saturday 28th July to Sunday 5th August
9 rounds of chess – rounds 1-8 (Saturday 28th July – Saturday 4th August) begin each day at 2:30 pm; round 9 (Sunday 5th Aug) begins at 10:00 am

Comments
No. 1-1
KWRegan
KWRegan

Howell-McShane has a quasi-Zugzwang at the end after 30...h4. White's fatal 31.Rc4 blocked the defense 32.Qc4 after 31...Qe3! but White would have been forced there anyway after 31.a4 a5! White could however have brought about this position with Black to move by inserting 29.Qc8+ Kg7 and only then 30.Qc6, to be followed by 30...h4 31.a3. Black is still winning after 31...Qe3 32.Qc4 d5 33.Bxe5+ Qxe5+ 34.Qf4 f6! when White cannot resist giving Black two connected passers. But it's not trivial.