hess William Hartston

The British Championship ended in a triumph for Chris Ward, whose last-round draw with Mark Hebden gave him an unbeatable score of 9 out of 11. The runner-up was Jonathan Parker on 81/2, with Aaron Summerscale in third place on 8. So none of the three grandmasters in the event featured among the top three. Matthew Sadler and John Emms were among the group sharing fourth place on 71/2, and Mark Hebden was a further half-point behind.

Harriet Hunt won the Women's title, with a score of 61/2 points; the same score gave 12-year-old Luke McShane his first International Master norm.

The following highly entertaining game settled the destination of second prize. Played in the penultimate round, it enabled Parker to overtake Summerscale. He continued his sprint finish by beating Matthew Sadler in the last round, picking up the under-21 title as a bonus.

Black's 5...f6, declining an invitation to enter the complex Botvinnik System after 5...Nf6 6.e4 b5, led to an original and messy position. Black kept his gambit pawn, but only at the cost of putting his pieces on some very odd squares.

White's 20.d6!? was either finely calculated or led to some inspired improvisation. After 22...Qc5 the natural 23.Bxb8 is met by Bf5! but White's 23.Qd1! made real the threat of Bxb8 while also introducing the idea of Bd6.

The result was an endgame in which Black still had his extra pawn, now even on the seventh rank, but once that pawn was surrounded and won, White's bishops were always going to be too much for the black knights.

White: Jonathan Parker

Black: Aaron Summerscale

1 d4 d5 23 Qd1 Bg4

2 c4 c6 24 Bd6 Bxf3

3 Nf3 e6 25 Bxc5 Bxd1

4 Nc3 dxc4 26 Bxf8 c2

5 Bg5 f6 27 Bxb4 Nd7

6 Bh4 b5 28 Rc1 Ne5

7 e4 Bb7 29 Bf1 Nf5

8 Be2 Be7 30 Bc5 Ng6

9 0-0 Nh6 31 Nc4 Rd7

10 a4 a6 32 Na3 Rd2

11 Qc2 Qb6 33 Bb4 Rd4

12 Rfd1 0-0 34 Bc3 Nf4

13 b3 b4 35 Nxc2 Bxc2

14 a5 Qd8 36 Rxc2 Rd5

15 Na4 c3 37 Rd2 h5

16 Bc4 Bc8 38 b4 Nd6

17 Nb6 Ra7 39 Bxa6 Ne4

18 d5 exd5 40 Rxd5 cxd5

19 exd5 Kh8 41 Bd4 Ne6

20 d6 Bxd6 42 Bb6 Nd6

21 Rxd6 Qd6 43 Bb7 1-0

22 Bg3 Qc5

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
ebooksA superb mix of recipes serving up the freshest of local produce in a delicious range of styles
Life and Style
ebooksFrom the lifespan of a slug to the distance to the Sun: answers to 500 questions from readers
Arts and Entertainment
From Mean Girls to Mamet: Lindsay Lohan
theatre
Sport
Nathaniel Clyne (No 2) drives home his side's second goal past Arsenal’s David Ospina at the Emirates
footballArsenal 1 Southampton 2: Arsène Wenger pays the price for picking reserve side in Capital One Cup
News
Mike Tyson has led an appalling and sad life, but are we not a country that gives second chances?
peopleFormer boxer 'watched over' crash victim until ambulance arrived
Arts and Entertainment
Geena Davis, founder and chair of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
tv
News
i100
Travel
travelGallery And yes, it is indoors
Life and Style
tech
Arts and Entertainment
The Tiger Who Came To Tea
booksJudith Kerr on what inspired her latest animal intruder - 'The Crocodile Under the Bed'
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
British actor Idris Elba is also a DJ and rapper who played Ibiza last summer
film
News
Alan Bennett criticised the lack of fairness in British society encapsulated by the private school system
peopleBut he does like Stewart Lee
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs General

    Account Executive/Sales Consultant – Permanent – Hertfordshire - £16-£20k

    £16500 - £20000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: We are currently r...

    KS2 PPA Teacher needed (Mat Cover)- Worthing!

    £100 - £125 per day: Randstad Education Crawley: KS2 PPA Teacher currently nee...

    IT Systems Manager

    £40000 - £45000 per annum + pension, healthcare,25 days: Ashdown Group: An est...

    IT Application Support Engineer - Immediate Start

    £28000 per annum: Ashdown Group: IT Software Application Support Analyst - Imm...

    Day In a Page

    Syria air strikes: ‘Peace President’ Obama had to take stronger action against Isis after beheadings

    Robert Fisk on Syria air strikes

    ‘Peace President’ Obama had to take stronger action against Isis after beheadings
    Will Lindsay Lohan's West End debut be a turnaround moment for her career?

    Lindsay Lohan's West End debut

    Will this be a turnaround moment for her career?
    'The Crocodile Under the Bed': Judith Kerr's follow-up to 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea'

    The follow-up to 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea'

    Judith Kerr on what inspired her latest animal intruder - 'The Crocodile Under the Bed' - which has taken 46 years to get into print
    BBC Television Centre: A nostalgic wander through the sets, studios and ghosts of programmes past

    BBC Television Centre

    A nostalgic wander through the sets, studios and ghosts of programmes past
    Lonesome George: Custody battle in Galapagos over tortoise remains

    My George!

    Custody battle in Galapagos over tortoise remains
    10 best rucksacks for backpackers

    Pack up your troubles: 10 best rucksacks for backpackers

    Off on an intrepid trip? Experts from student trip specialists Real Gap and Quest Overseas recommend luggage for travellers on the move
    Secret politics of the weekly shop

    The politics of the weekly shop

    New app reveals political leanings of food companies
    Beam me up, Scottie!

    Beam me up, Scottie!

    Celebrity Trekkies from Alex Salmond to Barack Obama
    Beware Wet Paint: The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition

    Beware Wet Paint

    The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition
    Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

    Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

    Can 'The Endless River' carry on the tradition?
    Sanctuary for the suicidal

    Sanctuary for the suicidal

    One mother's story of how London charity Maytree helped her son with his depression
    A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

    Not That Kind of Girl:

    A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
    London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

    London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

    In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
    Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

    Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

    Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
    Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

    Model mother

    Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world