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Mickey Adams British Champion 2011 - IM Jovanka Houska British Womens Champion 2011



GM Mickey Adams

British Champion 2011

Mickey won the play-off for the British Championship 2011.


IM Jovanka Houska

British Womens Champion 2011

Jovanka is also

English Womens Champion 2011.



Mickey Adams and Nigel Short are joint winners of the

English Chess Championship 2011. They will jointly hold the Tony Miles Trophy.

Mickey Adams has won the British Championship sponsored by Darwin Strategic Limited after a dramatic tie-break playoff with Nigel Short. Both Adams and Short finished the 11-round event with 8½/11 which then required a 2-game play-off to decide the title.


The 89th Championships took place at Ponds Forge, International Sports Centre in Sheffield, 24 July - 6 August.


After a draw in the first rapid game, Adams won the second to successfully defend his title and claim the championship.


Jovanka Houska also defended her women's title after finishing the best placed woman on 7/11, making it her fourth British title.


Click for all Championship 2011 results.



photos: Stephen Connor

British Champions 1904-present

11.08.11 - See a recently updated list of past British Champions here. Please report any errors to .

Prizewinners & Champions 2011

11.08.11 -  A complete list of prizewinners is here and a list of Champions 2011 is here.

British 2011 Survey

10.08.11 - Click to download the British Championships 2011 survey results and comments (8 page document - 270kb).

Play-off games

06.08.11 - Click here to see the two rapid games that decided the British Championship.

Game of the day


06.08.11 - Andrew Martin's instructional game of the day video series published on YouTube is also available here.

Press Release

Andrew Farthing (English Chess Federation Chief Executive) and Stewart Reuben (ECF Marketing Director and former British Chess Championships organiser).


There was a discussion just before the prizegiving at the highly successful Darwin Strategic 98th British Chess Championships on Saturday 6 August in Sheffield between CJ De Mooi (ECF President) and Lara Barnes (an ECF Senior Arbiter). This led to an unfortunate misunderstanding which has attracted a certain amount of media and other unwanted attention. This misunderstanding has now been resolved amicably.


For our part we wish to reaffirm our confidence in CJ De Mooi as President of the ECF and Lara and all the administrative team of the British Chess Championships who did a magnificent job as always.


For further information: Stewart Reuben 0208 892 6660





Keene on Chess

06.08.11 - We are very grateful to Grandmaster Ray Keene OBE who has written over thirty articles about the British Championships in Sheffield. Click for more information.

Championship reports


05.08.11 - Frederic Friedel of Chessbase is producing some pictorial reports about the British Championships.

| Report 1 | Report 2 | Report 3 |

Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2012

03.08.11 - The 10th edition of this fabulous event takes place in late January-early February 2012. You might have seen the flyers available on the publicity desk. If not, see further details and dates for this highly prestigious tournament.

MP visits the British

02.08.11 - Member of Parliament for Sheffield Heeley, Meg Munn paid a short visit to Ponds Forge today and addressed the players and audience before the start of round 8. She welcomed everyone to the venue and wished players, spectators and all concerned with the congress, best wishes on behalf of Sheffield City.

Final List

01.08.11 - Click to see the final entrants list for 2011 - 966 @ 1st August.

Rest Day

31.07.11 - Sunday is a rest day for players in the Championship and Major Open but there many other events continuing. Admission to the sports hall is free and play starts at 9.30am.

Fischer documentary


28.07.11 - A special showing at the Showroom Cinema was arranged for tonight at 20.15.  Running time: 90 mins. The concessionary price is £5.10 and full price £7.60.


Please display your membership card. The cinema seats 170. Click for further details.

PGN Games

28.07.11 - These are available here.

LIVE Games commentary

26.07.11 - This is now available below the LIVE boards and also here.

PGN Games

25.07.11 - British Championship rd1 pgn is available here.

Results and Pairings

25.07.11 - You can keep up date with the pairings and results of all the active events here. Postings are made to the site as soon as details are made available.

Good start

25.07.11 - Round 1 got off to a good start with ECF President CJ de Mooi making the ceremonial first move in the game between Mickey Adams and Dietmar Kolbus on board 1.


25.07.11 - CJ de Mooi took part in a radio interview this morning all about Championships on BBC Radio Sheffield at 8.35am. Click to listen (move the slider to 1:38.00) to hear the discussion (9 mins).


Round 1 pairings

24.07.11 - Round 1 pairings  for the Championship, Major Open, U180, U140 and 5-day am are now online.

LIVE games


24.07.11 - We are grateful for the support of 2seeitlive.com for the hosting of LIVE games at this year's British Championships.


Games start at 2.15pm daily. The intention is to broadcast up to 14. They take place in the Sports Hall, S1 2BP. Spectators are very welcome and admission to the playing hall is free.

Latest Entrants

24.07.11 - See the latest lists - 866 @ 24th July.

Telephone numbers

24.07.11 - 0114 223 3535 - Congress Office 

0114 223 3538 - Answerphone for pairings (British Championship only).

Address for late entries

20.07.11 - All new entries should now be sent to:

Roger Edwards , British Chess Championships, Ponds Forge International Sports Centre

Sheaf Street, Sheffield S1 2BP ... and not to his home address.

ECF Certificate of Merit


20.07.11 - Stewart Reuben will be on hand throughout the Sheffield event to demonstrate the certificate system. If you can't find him, or he is playing, please make contact through the Congress Office.


The system is a great deal of fun and a very useful teaching tool, particularly for chess teachers with the new intake in September.


For more information about the Certificate of Merit scheme click here.

ECF & UK Chess Challenge


19.07.11 - English Chess Federation President CJ De Mooi, of Eggheads fame, will preside over the Opening Ceremony for the Darwin Strategic 98th British Chess Championships.


This will take place at 2pm Monday 25 July at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre which is where all the many events are taking place until Saturday 6 August.


In his address CJ will emphasise that it has been agreed the ECF and the British Land UK Chess Challenge will work in very close cooperation in the future. [Read More]


18.07.11 - Entry deadlines for all events have now passed. However your entry will still be accepted on payment of the late fee. See details here.

CJ on the Radio


17.07.11 - George Lamb from Talk Sport spoke to ECF President CJ de Mooi about chess, his career as an actor and quiz professional. The discussion also went into the debate over the Kasparov vs. Deep Blue match, the DVD 'Game Over', snooker and more. It lasted about 10 minutes.


Move the slider to 06.50 mins to hear the chess discussion


CJ was himself a competitive chess player and has been a Mensa chess champion.


Documentary 'Bobby Fischer Against the World'

12.07.11 - Showroom Cinema in Sheffield will be screening this highly acclaimed film from Friday 15th - Thursday 21st July at the following times: 14.20, 16.30, 18.40 & 20.50. Running time: 90 mins.






A special showing has been arranged for Thursday 28th July at 20.15 followed a question and answer session to be conducted by Stewart Reuben who knew Fischer personally.


Located in the heart of Sheffield’s cultural quarter, Showroom Cinema is within a 5-10 minute walk of Ponds Forge at Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BX. Tickets are available from the box office for the main dates above but concessionary rates for those who are members of their national chess federations have been arranged for the 20.15 showing on Thursday 28th July. The concessionary price is £5.10 and full price £7.60. Please display your membership card. The cinema seats 170.


Showroom Cinema website | Box Office | Further details and showing times | Official documentary website | BBC News

Qualifiers for 2011

12.07.11 - Click to see the latest list of qualifiers for this year's Championships. Please contact if you have any queries. This is likely to be the final list for this year's event.

British Championships Programme 2011

Download the full 15 page programme (1Mb) or view it online.

Soft Shoe Shuffle

06.07.11 - Please note that soft shoes must be worn in the playing hall. Absolutely no stilettos!

John Littlewood U18 Brilliancy Prize


28.06.11 - The Littlewood family have again kindly decided to give a prize of £100 to the most brilliant game played by an U18 Junior in this year's British Championship.


This annual prize is in memory of husband and father, John Littlewood, who was one of the leading British players of his generation.


Rather aptly John was born in Sheffield in 1931. He was the fourth of eleven siblings and did not start playing chess until he was about 13. He played in two Olympiads, several Anglo-Dutch matches, and European and World Seniors. He was proud to have defeated the German grandmaster Wolfgang Uhlmann on two occasions. Aside from playing the game, he also managed the national blind chess team and was at one stage the Director of Junior Chess.


John was outright winner of the British Senior Chess Championship in 2006 and finished equal first in 2008, when the contest was held in Liverpool. To be eligible, participants must be 60 and above; he was seventy-seven on this second occasion and one of the oldest players taking part. [More]

Anyone Can Play

07.06.11 - There are sections for every level of player at the British Chess Championships from novice to Grandmaster, of any age or nationality, in the biggest annual chess festival in the UK. Whether you like rapid chess or prefer longer internationally rated games, there's an event for you. [Read more].

Northern Lights

31.05.11 - The championships sponsored by Darwin Strategic get started on Monday, 25 July 2011 at Ponds Forge and go on for a fortnight.

Britain’s top players will be turning out for the strongest domestic event for a decade. Entrants include former World Title challengers Michael Adams and Nigel Short. They’ll be doing battle against other top Grandmasters, including past winners David Howell and Stuart Conquest. [Read more].


The latest list of entries to this year's Championships is here. Michael Adams, Nigel Short, David Howell, Gawain Jones and Nick Pert head the Championship field. Regular updates are being made to the entry lists each week.



Mickey Adams

GM 2715


Nigel Short

GM 2687


David Howell

GM 2625


Gawain Jones

GM 2606


Nick Pert

GM 2555


Click to see more main contenders ...


Roger Edwards on Countdown


28.04.11 - Congress Secretary and Principal Arbiter Roger Edwards took part in Channel 4's Countdown Game Show on 28 April. Roger won 55-68 and goes onto the next round as Champion. You can see the whole of today's programme here (29 days left) or here on YouTube.


The idea of the game is that two contestants engage in a battle of wits, competing against the clock in games of lexical dexterity and numerical agility.


Roger Edwards in fine form during his game on Channel 4's Countdown Programme


Qualifiers for 2011

12.04.11 - Click to see the latest list of qualifiers for this year's Championships. Please contact if you have any queries.



CJ de Mooi

I am delighted to formally announce the Darwin Strategic British Chess Championships 2011. Darwin Strategic are an inspirational company who have once again chosen to sponsor a major chess event.


The British Chess Championships are the crown jewel in the domestic calendar and 2011 will see the strongest ever tournament and it is wholly appropriate that such a forward thinking company should offer its support as an illustrious history becomes a prestigious future.


I am proud and humbled to be associated with both such a wonderful tournament and an amazing company and thank Darwin Strategic on behalf of the millions of grateful chess players who will benefit from such generosity.


CJ de Mooi

President of the English Chess Federation


Remarkable chess win by youngster

Published on Thu Feb 17 16:53:41 GMT 2011


14 year-year-old Marcus Harvey  

CHESS: Fourteen-year-old Marcus Harvey of Bicester Chess Club secured his place in the British Chess Championship later in the summer by winning the recent Kidlington Open Tournament.


He won all five games over the weekend including wins against the two previous years’ winners and a victory against a chess master. His win was all the more remarkable as he was seeded 18th out of a section of 28 players.


The youngster produced a grading performance of 247, comparable with some of the top players in the country.


As well as winning the £250 first prize he also added another £10 by taking the team prize which included Bicester player Carl Portman.


Marcus will go onto to play at the British championships in Sheffield during the summer which will be held over two weeks.


See this article here too.

Qualifiers for 2011

24.02.11 - Click to see the latest list of qualifiers for this year's Championships. Please contact if you have any queries.

Entry Form and Conditions of Entry 2011

28.03.11 - The 2011 entry form is now available. Also see the conditions of entry which you should read as there are some changes since last year. Click to download the entry brochure which includes the entry form and details of fees and important dates for each event.

Accommodation 2011



There is a limited number of rooms available for the duration of the Chess Championships at Victoria Hall.  This is accommodation in the centre of Sheffield, which is usually let to students. During the summer vacation, it is available for short-term let to visitors to Sheffield [Read more]


There’s a whole range of accommodation in Sheffield available for you. Whether you want four star accommodation just a few minutes walk from the Championships venue, contemporary city centre apartments providing fully self-catered facilities, or B&B accommodation on a leafy green University campus within easy reach of the city centre you’ll find something to suit your taste and your budget! The tourism team in Sheffield have negotiated some really good rates for you and to make it even easier, if you follow this link you can find out all the details of the different options and book online.




If you would prefer to stay in University accommodation, the newly built facilities at the Endcliffe Village site of the University of Sheffield has rooms available. Built in a leafy suburb, easily accessible to the city centre, en-suite single bedrooms are built in clusters of up to eight rooms with shared lounge facilities. Full catering services are available on site so breakfast is included in the price. Additional services include a comfortable lounge bar and coffee bar facilities.


If you wish to book accommodation at the University please use the promotional code CHESS2011 and follow this link:


http://www.withus.com/conferencewithus/booking/ (Please note that Double Rooms are extremely limited in number.)





Endcliffe village   Endcliffe room   Ranmoor village


Click for more information about accommodation at the Championships.




Ponds Forge is conveniently placed for access in Sheffield City Centre. Within 5-10 minutes walking distance of the bus & train interchange, the complex is also served by the nearby tramstop of Fitzalan Square/Ponds Forge.


The Sheffield Parkway is a conveniently placed dual-carriageway that runs directly from Park Square to junction 33 of the M1 motorway.


We would be delighted to see you all in Sheffield for what promises to be a fabulous British Championships 2011. Details about how to enter, accommodation and travel will be posted soon.


Qualifying Regulations for 2011

Click to see the 2011 Qualifying Regulations - 'How to Qualify in 2011' (Sheffield). These have recently been updated (20 Aug). Please contact if you have any queries.



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