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24/06/22 1950 British Championship R.J. Broadbent 56 complete games out of a possible 198, plus 17 game fragments and 6 complete games from the Major Open. Latest: one game added – E.Ansell 0-1 D.Saunderson (Major Open). EDIT: and two more the next day: I.Bradley 0-1 P.Cook (Major Open), M.Henniker-Heaton 0-1 Rowena Bruce (3rd play-off game). Many thanks to Gerard Killoran. I have now expanded this file to encompass the Boys' and Girls' Under-18 Championship held separately at Easter in Hastings and London respectively, with various photos and reports.
24/06/22 1950 Ilford Premier D Hooper, J Penrose New item: 7 of the 15 games, plus 3 part-games, of this six-player all-play-all which was the first of a long-running Whitsun event.
21/06/22 1946 London Championship Sir George Thomas 12 of the 28 games from the eight-player final of the London Championship Final, hosted by the Lud-Eagle club. Latest: a 12th game added: Wenman 0-1 König (rd 3). Thanks to Andy Ansel for forwarding this one.
21/06/22 1951 British Championship E. Klein 39 52 of a possible 165 games, plus 19 part-games and 9 games from other sections including the 1951 British Boys Championship played in Hastings at Easter. Crosstables and results. Latest: The number of Championship games has now gone up substantially to 52, with 19 part-games and 6 from subsiidiary sections. I have also added three games from the 1951 British Boys' Championship played at Hastings at Easter.
18/06/22 1953 British Championship D A Yanofsky All 176 games of the Championship, plus 22 from subsidiary events (junior events were played some months previous). Latest update: four more games from the Major Open and Under-21 Championship added. Thanks to Gerard Killoran for contributing the games. I've also added a complete crosstable of the British Under-18 Championship.
09/06/22 1953/54 Hastings Alexander, Bronstein New item: all 45 Premier games, plus five from other sections. Crosstables, results, reports and photos, including one of the famous marathon game between Hugh Alexander and David Bronstein which made big headlines in the UK.
07/06/22 1957 Bognor Regis / Stevenson Memorial S Gligoric New item: 15 17 games from the April 1957 Stevenson Memorial won by Gligoric ahead of O'Kelly, Andersen, Wade, etc. Crosstable, results, reports and some photos. Latest: four more games added, from Gerald Hartmann; and two more from Ulrich Tamm. Many thanks, Gerald and Ulrich.
07/06/22 1952/53 Hastings H Golombek, A Medina, J Penrose, D Yanofsky New item, though all 45 Premier games have been available for some time in a zipped file. Now with eight games from subsidiary sections, crosstables, results, reports and photos.
06/06/22 1951 Southsea Rossolimo, Tartakower A new item: 21 games and 2 part-games from the Stevenson Memorial / SCCU Championsip of April 1951. Complete crosstable, reports, results and two photos. Latest: one more game added, a brevity of eight moves, though the score looks questionable. My attempt at reconstruction failed - can you do better?
05/06/22 1958/59 Hastings Uhlmann Now 14 of the 45 Premier games (plus 4 part-games) are available from this curiously underreported Hastings Congress, plus 16 games from subsidiary events. I've now added crosstables and extensive magazine reports and results. Latest: 2½ more games from subsidiary events submitted by Sean Coffey. Many thanks, Sean.
04/06/22 1949 British Championship H Golombek 55 62 complete games of a possible 176, plus 43 part-games and one game from the Ladies' Championship. This was the first British Championship to be held on a Swiss system basis, with 32 selected players. Latest update: a substantial update and revamp - we now have 62 complete games and 43 part-games from the Championship, plus 14 games from subsidiary events.
03/06/22 1951/52 Hastings Gligoric All 45 Premier games plus 13 games from subsidiary tournaments, crosstables, press cuttings, etc. Latest: added two more games from the Premier Major Reserves: (1) F.Sämisch 1-0 J.Fuller; (2) F.Sämisch 0-1 W.Ritson Morry. Thanks to Ulrich Tamm.
02/06/22 1932/33 Hastings Flohr All 45 games of the Premier. Latest: I've added 18 games from subsidiary sections plus contemporary reports, etc.
01/06/22 1926 British Championship FD Yates 53 of the 66 games from the 1926 British Championship held in Edinburgh, plus seven games from that year's Major Open. Latest update: one Championship game added - C.Gurnhill 1-0 W.Gooding (rd 8). Many thanks to Geoff Chandler who submitted it. I have also added/amended round numbers and dates for the 1926 Women's Championship.
01/06/22 1914 British Championship FD Yates 37 of the 55 games from the 1914 British Championship held in Chester just after the outbreak of the Great War, plus 28 games from that year's Major Open, 4 from the Ladies' Championship and 18 from other events. Latest update: added the game J.Parry 1-0 R.Lean from one of the Handicap events, and added some round numbers and dates to games from subsidiary sections. My thanks to Brian Denman.
01/06/22 1948/49 Hastings Rossolimo All 45 games from the Premier, plus 23 from subsidiary sections; also crosstables of all sections and contemporary reports. Latest: two further games from the Premier Reserves Major plus identification of the players in the anonymous prize-winning game from the First Class section. Thanks to Brian Denman.
01/06/22 1945/46 Hastings Tartakower All 66 of the 1945/46 Hastings Premier games, plus 15 games from subsidiary tournaments. The Premier games have been been available for some time here but now have dates and sources, with some move order adjustments. Also crosstables and results of minor events. Latest: two further games from subsidiary sections added. My thanks to Brian Denman.
31/05/22 1947/48 Hastings Szabo 16 of the 45 Premier games, plus 2 part-games, plus 28 games and part-games from other sections. Now includes crosstables, report and results. Latest: four part-games from Premier Reserves A, B and C added, plus some further textual content. My thanks to Ulrich Tamm. Those who enjoy retrograde analysis might like to look at the position from Szabo-Abrahams to see if they can figure out how the game started.
26/05/22 1962 Bognor Regis International N Karaklajic A collection made by Arthur Brameld of games from the 10th Stevenson Memorial tournament played in April/May 1962. It includes all the games played by Peter Lee, Bernard Cafferty, Owen Hindle, Norman Stephenson plus many more besides: 60 complete games, 7 part-games and 59 stubs. Many thanks to Arthur. There's a complete crosstable and results from other sections. The hope is that we can find more - any offers? Latest: a couple of corrections - it turns out that the part-game Mills 0-1 Nemet (rd 1) was actually the end of Abrahams 0-1 Brameld which already appears on file in full. The confusion was down to a contemporary issue of Deutsche Schachzeitung. Thanks to Arthur Brameld for drawing my attention to this and also putting me right as regards the precise venue of the tournament.
04/05/22 1937/38 Hastings Reshevsky All 45 games have been available for a while here but there are now 34 games from the subsidiary events as well as crosstables, results and reports. Latest: Added two games: (1) W.Winser 1-0 W.Schelfhout (rd 4, Premier Reserves, Section 2); (2) Pat Foster 0-1 W James (2nd Class pm). Many thanks to Brian Denman for submitting them. EDIT: Ulrich Tamm has contributed another nine games - click on 'Latest' above for details. Many thanks, Ulrich.
04/05/22 1997 British Championship M Adams, M Sadler 247 games of the Championship, plus six play-off games. Full crosstable and results. Latest: ten games from subsidiary sections submitted by Brian Denman, for which many thanks.
04/05/22 1996 British Championship C Ward 213 games (from a possible 341) plus 32 games from subsidiary events. Includes crosstables and results. Latest: Brian Denman sent me a game Thomas Rendle drew in the Under-10 Championship. Many thanks to Brian.
04/05/22 1939/40 Hastings F Parr 10 of the 28 Premier games, with 3 part-games and 1 from a subsidiary event. Latest: Added one game: C.Hammond 1-0 R Coman (rd 4, Premier Reserves), submitted by Brian Denman, for which many thanks.
04/05/22 1938/39 Hastings Szabo All 45 games of the Premier, plus 19 games from subsidiary sections plus crosstables, etc. Latest: Added three games from subsidiary sections: (1) A John Peters ½-½ M Ellinger (Premier Reserves c); (2) F Heemskerk 1-0 M Musgrave (Major A); (3) F Sisley 1-0 H Heneage (Major B). My thanks to Brian Denman for submitting the games. I've also transferred the game F van Seters 1-0 J Perlmutter (Premier Reserves B) to this file - it had been misfiled under 1939/40.
03/05/22 1950 Southsea Bisguier, Tartakower The 2nd Stevenson Memorial doubled as the Southern Counties' Chess Union (SCCU) Championship, held in Southsea, 12-22 April 1950. Latest update: now 61 of a possible 204 games. Added one game: A.Trott 0-1 J.Duthilleul, round 2. Many thanks to Paul Brown for sending the game.
30/04/22 1913 British Championship FD Yates 34 of the 66 games from the Championship, plus 26 from subsidiary sections. Latest update: added a Championship game: F.Hamond ½-½ R.Michell (rd 1). My thanks to 'Tabanus' for drawing my attention to this game, which was already on
30/04/22 1912 British Championship RC Griffith 39 of the 66 games from the 1912 British Championship held in the Castle Assembly Rooms, Richmond, Surrey, plus 30 from subsidiary sections. Latest update: added two games: (1) F.Hamond ½-½ W.Gibson (rd 4); (2) S.Billings 0-1 R.Michell (rd 11). My thanks to 'Tabanus' for drawing my attention to these games, which were already posted on
28/04/22 2022 Central London Congress Alistair Hill Games from the three sections of the Central London / Imperial College Congress, 22-24 April. Thanks to Lance Leslie-Smith for forwarding the games.
28/04/22 2022 Mill Hill Congress P Koiza, M Dignam Games from the three sections of the Mill Hill Congress, 26/27 March. Thanks to Lance Leslie-Smith for forwarding the games.
27/04/22 1939 BCF Bournemouth M Euwe All 66 games of the non-championship tournament held as part of the BCF Congress, won by ex-world champion Euwe. Also 31 games from subsidiary events. Full crosstables and results from all sections. Latest: Added two games from First Class C: (1) N Clissold 0-1 W Hooper; (2) Lacy-Hulbert 0-1 W Hooper. Contributed by Gerard Killoran via the English Chess Forum, for which many thanks.
27/04/22 1938 British Championship CHO'D Alexander 40 of the 66 Championship games, plus 46 games from subsidiary events, results, crosstables. Latest Update: Added two games from subsidiary sections: (1) Lacy-Hulbert 1-0 L Birch (First Class C, rd 11); (2) James Blackley Goble 1-0 W A Aston (Second Class B). Contributed by Gerard Killoran via the English Chess Forum, for which many thanks.
27/04/22 1937 British Championship WA Fairhurst 44 of the 66 games, plus 16 games from subsidiary events, results and crosstables, and a photo from a regional newspaper. Latest update: Three games added: (1) H Mallison 1-0 J O'Donovan (Major Open, rd 11); (2) J S Richardson 0-1 Lacy-Hulbert (First Class C, rd 2); (3) Lacy-Hulbert 1-0 L Schaechter (First Class). Contributed by Gerard Killoran via the English Chess Forum, for which many thanks.
27/04/22 1936 Nottingham Botvinnik, Capablanca All 105 games of this famous event, originally posted here in 1999, plus 50 games from subsidiary events, including the two very strong Major Opens which were held alongside. Latest: Added two games: (1) A.Reynolds 1-0 S.Coggan (Major Open B, rd 2); (2) Lacy-Hulbert 1-0 G Craddock (First Class B), contributed by Gerard Killoran via the English Chess Forum, for which many thanks.
27/04/22 1935 British Championship William Winter 32 games, 2 part-games of the 66 available. Also, 30 games from subsidiary events including the Major Open won by Reshevsky. Latest update: added the game Lacy-Hulbert 1-0 G Fletcher, First Class B, contributed by Gerard Killoran via the English Chess Forum, for which many thanks.
27/04/22 1934 British Championship Sir George Thomas All 66 games, plus 27 games from subsidiary events. Latest: added the game Lacy-Hulbert 0-1 A.Lenton, Major Open Reserves. Contributed by Gerard Killoran via the English Chess Forum, for which many thanks.
27/04/22 1933 British Championship Mir Sultan Khan 34 of the 66 games from the 1933 British Championship plus some part-games, and eight gamesfrom subsidiary sections. Crosstables included, plus those of the General Congress, which was held the previous month alongside the Team Tournament in Folkestone. Latest: One game added: C.Heath 0-1 A.Lacy-Hulbert, Premier Reserves. Thanks to Gerard Killoran who contributed it via the English Chess Forum.
25/04/22 1932 British Championship Mir Sultan Khan 48 of the 66 games, plus 5 part-games. 23 games and part-games from subsidiary sections. Latest update: Added the game Lacy-Hulbert 0-1 C Wreford-Brown (Major Open Reserves, rd 10). My thanks to Gerard Killoran for contributing it via the English Chess Forum. I've taken the opportunity to revamp the crosstables and supply forenames where known.
25/04/22 1931 British Championship Yates 30 complete championship games, plus 3 part-games, plus 25 games from subsidiary sections. Latest: Two games added: (1) P.Bassalvi 1-0 D.Clarke, First Class A; (2) Lacy-Hulbert 1-0 E.Shepherd, First Class B. My thanks to Gerard Killoran who contributed the games via the English Chess Forum.
25/04/22 1930 BCF Scarborough E Colle All 66 games from the BCF Masters tournament, played in place of a British Championship in 1930, plus 20+ games from subsidiary events and full crosstables of all tournament held at the congress. Latest: Two more games added from the First Class B section: (1) Lacy-Hulbert 1-0 Barton-Eckett (rd 7); (2) Lacy-Hulbert 1-0 W Barker (rd 9). My thanks to Gerard Killoran who contributed them via the English Chess Forum.
25/04/22 1921 British Championship FD Yates 28 of the 66 games of the 1921 British Chess Championship, held at Malvern College in August, plus 4 part-games, and 25 games from the subsidiary events. Latest update: Two games added, from the First Class B section: (1) Lacy-Hulbert 0-1 W.Fairhurst (rd 6); (2) Lacy-Hulbert 1-0 W.Watts (rd 8). Many thanks to Gerard Killoran who contributed them via the English Chess Forum.
22/04/22 Games of H E Atkins - Running total of Atkins' games now 352. . Latest update: the result of the game Atkins-H.B.Lund, 19.03.1910, was a draw, not 1-0 as given here previously. My thanks to Paul Brown for alerting me to this.
19/04/22 1983 Lewisham International J Plaskett 101 games input from a bulletin of the 1983 Lewisham International, the third and last in the series, and actually held in a hotel in central London. It featured five GMs - Miles, Stean, Forintos, Westerinen and Flesch - but was won by soon-to-be GM Plaskett. Latest: John Nicholson shared his games from this tournament with me of which two were needed to complete the set - his rd 2 draw with Casa and rd 3 draw with Zak. Thanks, John.
19/04/22 2022 London Women's Norm Events Lan Yao / Machteld van Foreest All the games of the two women's norm events held at the London Mindsports Centre, 7-11 April.
19/04/22 2022 Southend Open Joakim Nilsson 232 games from the Southend Easter Open. Thanks to Lance Leslie-Smith for notifying me of the link to the games.
19/04/22 1920 British Championship Roland Henry Vaughan Scott 31 of the 66 games of the 1920 British Championship, held in Edinburgh, plus 30 games from subsidiary sections. Latest: nine Major Open games added - many thanks to Ulrich Tamm who has collected these games from Dutch sources.
18/04/22 1929 British Championship Sultan Khan 32 games out of 66, with stubs, part-games, and 14 games from subsidiary events. Latest update: The part-game Lacy-Hulbert 1-0 J.Thompson, Major Open (rd 5) is now a complete game thanks to Gerard Killoran.
18/04/22 1907 British Championship HE Atkins 29 games, 4 part-games, 20 games from subsidiary events. The 1907 British Championship was held in Crystal Palace, Sydenham, London. Latest: three games from the Third Class section added - my thanks to Gerard Killoran.
18/04/22 1904 City of London National Napier All 126 extant games, plus 10 blanks, with copious notes, of the games played in this tournament which shortly preceded the first British (BCF) Championship. Kindly contributed by Eduardo Bauza, with full names and sources given. Latest: I am grateful to 'Tabanus' of for drawing my attention to the extra game A.Mackenzie 0-1 J.Blackburne (rd 6) and the correct date for the games of rd 12.
12/03/19 1949 London-Sydney Radio Match London A 10-board match played via radio on 26/28 August 1949 between teams representing the city leagues of London and Sydney, Australia. Latest: the score of Steiner-Broadbent has been corrected to show 8...Nb6 (and not 8...Nb4 as previously). My thanks to Paul Summers for drawing my attention to this.
03/04/22 1923 British Championship Sir George Thomas 50 of the 66 games played in the British Championship, played at the girls' school in Southsea. Latest update: added one game - H.Jacobs 0-1 R.Scott (rd 3, Championship) - thanks to "Tabanus" of
11/03/22 2022 Varsity Match   The 140th Varsity match takes place tomorrow, 12 March 2022, from about 12.30 UK time. Live link at chess24.
10/03/22 1936/37 Hastings Alekhine All 45 games from the Premier, which have been available for some time, but now 18 games (and 10 part-games) from lower sections, crosstables, report and full results. Latest update: mainly cosmetic update, replacing crosstables images with proper tables with forenames, etc. It was whilst doing this that I discovered an interesting chess link with the UK PM Boris Johnson - click here - his maternal grandfather and great-grandfather were both keen players and members of Hastings CC.
09/03/22 1946/47 Hastings CHO'D Alexander All 45 games of the Premier, plus 14 games from subsidiary sections. Crosstables of the major sections, with full names of players where available. Latest Update: added some photos to the file, including shots of Tartakower, Yanofsky and Fenny Heemskerk.
07/03/22 1926 West of England, Weston-Super-Mare Euwe 37 of the 45 games played, with 12 from lower sections. Also a contemporary report and two photos.
07/03/21 Games of Comins Mansfield - 38 games played by Comins Mansfield (1896-1984). Many thanks to Gerard Killoran for originating this set of games by the famous problemist in 2016. Latest update: One complete game and one part-game added: (1) G.Wainwright 0-1 CM, Bath vs Bristol & Clifton, 1926; (2) CM 1-0 Edith Holloway, WECU Weston-super-Mare 1926 (part-game). Running total now 38.
22/02/22 2004/5 Hastings Knock-Out/Swiss Vladimir Belov Originally posted with 87 games in 2007, and now with a further eight games supplied by Brian Denman, for which many thanks. It now consists of 82 longplay games and 13 blitz games. This was the year a complicated hybrid knock-out/Swiss system was tried at Hastings (and thankfully never attempted again). Now includes full results for the congress.
22/02/22 Bernard Cafferty Collection - 1,935 games by English FM Bernard Cafferty (born 1934), including 2 part-games and 19 stubs. Update: Added a game BC 1-0 NH Twitchell, Hastings Knock-Out 31.12.2004, recorded by LJ Cannon and submitted by Brian Denman, for which many thanks. Running total of games now 1,935.
20/02/22 1964 Bognor Regis International DV Mardle Original upload (01.01.22) with 51 games from the main tournament plus 12 from subsidiary events. I am very grateful to Brian Denman for supplying me with 26 of those games and for amendments to names. Latest: I have added the game O.Hindle-A.May (rd 5), submitted by Ken Norman, for which many thanks. This follows the sad news of Alan May's death, aged 84, reported in the English Forum.
18/02/22 Varsity Chess Matches - I've added some more pages to the Varsity chess match records, which now goes back as far as 1930, with the biographical page expanding in tandem with each year added. I've also provided a new page featuring accounts of Varsity chess match history, notably two articles by B Goulding Brown from 1916 and 1917 (the first co-written by PW Sergeant) in which the origins of the two clubs and the match are detailed.
15/02/22 1968 Bognor Regis International Z Doda 37 games plus 3 part-games, crosstable and reports. Not new here but revamped and some new material added.
14/02/22 1968 Northern Open, Whitby K Bachmann First upload of 43 games from this 11-round event held immediately before the British Championship. Games culled from BCM, CHESS and the chess pages of Mike Donnelly. It includes all 11 games of future GM Walter Browne, none of which appear on Mega/Big 2022 and only one of which has found its way into
07/02/22 Ian Wells Collection - The collection of games played by Ian Duncan Wells (1964-82) now numbers 300. Latest update: added a game I.Wells 1-0 J.Foley from 29.11.1977 - my thanks to John Foley for sending it to me.
07/02/22 2022 #GibChess Battle of the Sexes Team Sabino All 100 games from the Men vs Women Scheveningen format tournament played in Gibraltar, 24 January to 3 February.
18/01/22 1966 Bognor Regis International Karaklajic 33 games and part-games from the 1966 Bognor Regis event, styled the Churchill Memorial that year. Also complete crosstable of the main tournament plus prizewinners of the subsidiary sections. Latest: Brian Denman contributed one more game from the open (Hall 0-1 Sombor, Rd 11) plus five games played by John Cannon in the Bognor Weekend Major A. Thanks, Brian.
15/01/22 1922 London Tournament Capablanca All 120 games from the celebrated international tournament played in London 100 years ago. These games have been available here for some time but I've now added 19 games from subsidiary tournaments. This was the official BCF Congress for 1922, and now features full crosstables of all sections, photos, cartoons, etc. Latest: Added one game, from the Major Open: G.Koltanowski 1-0 E.Sergeant - submitted by Andy Ansel, for which many thanks.
12/01/22 1930 Hastings (April) Drewitt, Winter Two of the ten games of a five-player tournament played in Hastings in April 1930, just before the Canterbury Tournament. Only two games but one of them, Menchik 1-0 Winter, is making its first appearance online here and doesn't feature in the Robert Tanner book collection of Menchik's games. Latest: now four games, thanks to Brian Denman sending me Winter 1-0 Jackson (rd 1) and Drewitt 1-0 Menchik (rd 3). Thanks, Brian.
12/01/22 1928 British Championship FD Yates 37 of the 66 games played in the 1928 British Championship, played in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales. Also, 9 games from the Major Open, 2 from the Women's Championship and 3 others from subsidiary events. Latest: One game added: A.Lowther ½-½ J Baines Lewis, Second Class. My thanks to Ulrich Tamm for forwarding the game which he found in Stephen Wright's excellent British Columbia games database. Stop press: three more games from the Major Open - (1) G.Koltanowski ½-½ D.Noteboom, rd 4; (2) V.Menchik ½-½ G.Koltanowski, rd 5; (3) J.Seitz ½-½ D.Noteboom, rd 6. Thanks, Ulrich.
12/01/22 Mir Sultan Khan - 204 games plus 32 stubs/part-games. Latest update: the stub of Yates-Sultan Khan, Hastings 1930/31, has just been updated to include the last few moves of the game, found in a Dutch newspaper.
12/01/22 1930/31 Hastings Max Euwe 33 of the 45 games of the Premier. Latest update: the stub of Yates-Sultan Khan, Hastings 1930/31, has just been updated to include the last few moves of the game, found in a Dutch newspaper.
12/01/22 1922 Hastings Six Masters Alekhine All 30 games from the six-player double-cycle tournament won by Alekhine ahead of Rubinstein in Hastings in September 1922. I've added a couple of reports from the Times.
07/01/22 1930 Canterbury Sir George Thomas A strong eight-player all-play-all, held in the Crypt(!) at St Augustine's College, Canterbury, in April 1930. 16 out of 28 games, plus 1 part-game and 6 games from subsidiary events. Photo and crosstables appended. Latest: one game added, from the Major A section - J.Thompson 0-1 A.Mortlock.
06/01/22 Varsity Chess Matches (1873-2020) - All the game scores from this series of matches in a single file for viewing and download. It currently amounts to 737 game entries, a few of which are stubs or positions from games. Latest: John Cox sent me his games from the 1982 and 1983 matches, vs Stuart Niman and Allan Beardsworth respectively. Thanks, John.
30/12/21 1954 British Championship Barden / Phillips 80 of a possible 165 games, plus 2 game fragments, 24 games from other sections and the 10 games of the Barden-Phillips play-off match. Full results and some crosstables. Latest: 11 games played by (Leslie) John Cannon in the Major Open, kindly supplied by Brian Denman, for which many thanks. I've also added some detail to the results.
27/12/21 Peter Griffiths file - Games of the well-known Midlands player Peter C Griffiths, with the majority input from Griffiths' own scorebooks by Matthew Tapper and originally posted here in 2009. Latest update: one game added - Griffiths 0-1 JDL Ball, 1964 Midland Open Championship. 1,011 games.
24/12/21 2021 EJCOA Forest Hall (2nd) Matthew Wadsworth All 45 games from the second (December) IM norm tournament organised by EJCOA in Forest Hall, Newcastle.
23/12/21 1974 Robert Silk & Paignton Premier John Nunn / Nigel Povah 10 of the 28 games played in the Robert Silk tournament played alongside the annual Paignton Congress. 18 games from the Paignton Premier, plus 7 from Paignton Challengers A. Crosstables of the two main events, plus results from other sections.
21/12/21 1909 British Championship HE Atkins Revamped in 2018, adding photos and text from BCM, including round numbers and dates in subsidiary games, etc. Latest update: two further games added from subsidiary sections. Thanks to Gerard Killoran who found them in the Cork Weekly News.
10/12/21 2021 London Chess Classic: England v Rest of World Rest of the World 18 games of the Scheveningen format match in which England's Mickey Adams, Gawain Jones and Luke McShane took on Boris Gelfand, Nikita Vitiugov and Maxime Lagarde.
17/11/21 1966 British Championship Penrose 165 games of the British Championship proper, plus 167 games from subsidiary events. Latest: an additional game, Rowena Bruce 0-1 Leah M Hogarth, rd 8, Ladies' Championship. I have also created a full crosstable for the Ladies' Championship and added dates and round numbers for this section.
01/11/21 1974/75 Hastings V Hort 120 from the 1974/75 Hastings, which have been available on BritBase but now have dates, round numbers, ratings and some corrections. Also, 24 games from the Challengers, six from lower sections, crosstables, etc.
30/10/21 2021 EJCOA Forest Hall (1st) Tarun Kanyamarala All 45 games from the first (October) IM norm tournament organised by EJCOA in Forest Hall, Newcastle.
29/10/21 1976/77 Hastings O Romanishin 105 games from the Premier (previously posted here as part of a larger zipped file), plus 43 games from the Challengers and other sections, crosstables and results. Update: nine more Challengers games from the bulletin (which I discovered on one of my chess shelves!). I have also completed the Challengers crosstable.
29/10/21 1980/81 Hastings Congress Andersson 120 games from the 1980/81 Premier, which have been posted before, but now with 53 games from the Challengers and six from subsidiary events, plus full crosstables of the Premier and Challengers and results of other sections, etc.
26/10/21 2021 Hull 4NCL GM Czopor, Fodor All 45 games from this GM norm event.
24/10/21 2021 Varsity Oxford-Cambridge Oxford All eight games, report, photo.
18/10/21 2021 British Championships Nick Pert, Harriet Hunt, etc All 475 games of the various British Championship sections played in Hull and Milton Keynes, plus crosstables of all sections.
17/10/21 1964 BCF Selection Tournament & Ilford Premier O Hindle (BCF Selection); J Penrose (Ilford) All the games of the 1964 Ilford Premier and 1964 BCF Olympiad Selection Tournament held at Whitsun and (in the case of the Selection Tournament) also over the August Bank Holiday. First uploaded in 2009, but now with report, viewer, photos and crosstables.
14/10/21 1983 Regency Masters Mark Hebden Upload of 100 games published in the tournament bulletin, plus one sourced from elsewhere (222 were played in total) plus a full crosstable. Many thanks to Nigel Povah for supplying the 1981, 1982 and 1983 bulletins. Has anyone got the 1980 Regency Ramsgate bulletin? It's still needed in order to complete documentation of this excellent series of British tournaments. Latest: another game added - Rachels 1-0 Kosten (rd 4) - thanks to Andy Ansel for contributing it.
14/10/21 1982 Regency Masters Mark Hebden Upload of 91 games published in the bulletin (207 were played in total), plus a full crosstable. I had some difficulties in interpreting the bulletin in places but most were resolved. Many thanks to Nigel Povah for supplying the bulletin. Latest: now up to 92 games: added Nunn ½-½ Langeweg (rd4). My thanks to Gerald Hartmann for send me this game. Also, some changes have been made to the scores of Grooten-Muir (rd 7), Upton-Carlier (rd 9) and Binham-Kosten (rd 9) after I have had sight of fully legible pages from the bulletin.
11/10/21 1968 Glasgow Invitational Mike Basman All 48 games played in this September 1968 weekender, with 16 players. Entered from the bulletin by Alan McGowan, for which many thanks. Latest: my appeal for further info about the one missing game and another incomplete score was successfully answered by Jim Anderson. I've now entered the missing score he sent me and also reinterpreted the incomplete game so it makes sense. Thanks, Jim.
10/10/21 1979 Aaronson Masters Paul Littlewood Originally posted as a zipped file with 114 games in 1998, now with a further eight games, including all those played by the winner, Paul Littlewood, and Murray Chandler. Latest: (1) score of P.Littlewood-Ligterink amended; (2) three games attributed to Julian Hodgson now corrected to show the player was John H Hodgson; (3) full crosstable now available. My thanks to Gert Ligterink and Paul Littlewood for their help with these amendments.
10/10/21 Games of IM Paul Littlewood   The first tranche of 505 games played by IM Paul Littlewood between 1967 and 1979. Many thanks to Paul Littlewood, who input a huge number of games himself and kindly made the whole file (some 1,600 games) available for publication on BritBase. I have added a record of his tournament career. I'm in the process of standardising names and competition info for the rest of the file. I'll be adding to the onfile file very soon, probably a decade at a time. Latest: AJ Peters-PE Littlewood, 21.07.1971 - result amended to 1-0. And the score of P.Littlewood-Ligterink amended - my thanks to Gert Ligterink for spotting this.
08/10/21 1978 Aaronson Masters Haik/Franklin 150 games from this very strong international - that's four more games than are available elsewhere. Also, complete crosstable and report. Latest: two score corrections - Baczynskyj - Bellin (rd 1): 28 Rg5 was played and not 28 Rg6. In Franklin - Diesen (rd 7) the final move of the game was 15...Bxd8, and not 15...Rxd8. Thanks to Gert Ligterink for pointing this out.
07/10/21 1984 Lewisham International Hebden, de Boer 111 games originally uploaded as a zipped file in 2006 but a missing game has now been added and game viewer and crosstable included. Latest: the final move of the game Ady-Hebden (0-1, rd 4) has been amended (28...Qxg4, not 28...Qh4). Amusingly, this game is identical to Timman-Nunn, Dutch Radio 1983, and also to Kosten-Hebden, Regency Masters 1982 (though in the latter case White played a further move before resigning).
04/10/21 1979 Denmark v England Denmark 16 games from a two-round eight-board match to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Danish federation. It passed without mention in BCM, CHESS, the Times and the Guardian, but the games were given in the 2nd (and last!) issue of International Chess.
01/10/21 2021 Manx Liberty Luke McShane 45 games from this strong ten-player all-play-all held in Douglas, Isle of Man, last month. By an extraordinary coincidence I arrived in Douglas as a tourist the day the tournament got underway and only learnt of its existence by chance. I visited and took some photos which I feature here.
01/10/21 2021 Hendon 2300+ Ezra Kirk 19 games played in an eight-player, five-round weekender at Hendon Chess Club last month. My thanks to Rob Hammond for supplying the games.
14/09/21 1980 Jersey International Ian Wells 52 games from the 1980 Jersey (Lloyds Bank) International, won by the late Ian Wells. Very much a collaborative effort: Andy Ansel very kindly sent me the bulk of these games a year ago, to which I have added the complete games of Ian Wells, supplied by Sean Parker in 2015, and Dr James Aitken, input by Geoff Chandler, while Bob Kane sent me the crosstable. I have included a couple of photos of Ian Wells I found online.
14/09/21 Games of Dr JM Aitken - A collection of games played by leading Scottish player Dr JM Aitken (1908-1983). 2,269 game entries in total including a few part-games and stubs. This is an amalgamation of around 500 games already in the public domain, added to a 50/100-game scorebook at a time as Geoff Chandler worked his way through 45 scorebooks during November 2020 to September 2021. Geoff's first tranche of 50 games uploaded here on 2 November 2020, with the final scorebook upload on 14 September 2021. Latest Update: books 44 and 45 added - job done! Many, many thanks to Geoff Chandler for inputting around 1,700 games over a period of 10½ months, and to Edinburgh Chess Club for making the scorebooks available for digitisation. Please note, however, that we still can't claim the collection is complete - two scorebooks are missing from the Edinburgh CC library, with Aitken's games from the period May 1961 to May 1963 (though we have some of these from other sources). There's still hope of finding these. But it's still a wonderful collection of games played by one of Scotland's most successful and admired players of the 20th century.
05/09/21 1981 Regency Masters Fedorowicz Now all 249 of the games from this 56-player nine-round Swiss event held in Ramsgate in December 1981. Nigel Povah kindly sent me the bulletin. Please note that a comparison of the 46 games previously posted here (mainly sourced from other databases) with the games as given in the bulletin brought to light quite a number of serious errors. Be sure to delete the 46 dodgy scores from your databases and replace with the 249 now posted.
31/08/21 2021 Northumbria Masters GM, IM & Open tournaments Games from the two 10-player all-play-alls and the Masters Open, 26-30 August 2021, plus crosstables from all three competitions.
31/08/21 2021 Muswell IM Czopor / Murphy All 45 games from the 10-player all-play-all held in London in early August 2021, plus a crosstable.
31/08/21 2019 Northumbria Masters Roeland Pruijssers 224 games from this event held in Newcastle in August 2019.
26/08/21 2021 Wood Green Invitational, Stafford Ravi Haria All 45 games. It's pleasant to have a contemporary OTB tournament to feature for once. Ravi Haria achieved a GM norm and Marcus Harvey his final IM norm.
20/08/21 1999 British Championship, Scarborough Julian Hodgson 471 games from the Championship, plus 12 from sibsidiary events. These games have been here for at least 12 years but I have now removed the defunct java viewer and included a crosstable and results of other sections.
19/08/21 1984 - 6th Regency Masters Ramsgate Andy Martin, Bruno Carlier, Gyozo Forintos, Herman Grooten All 212 games from this event, from a bulletin supplied by Stewart Reuben. These games were already on Mega/Big 2008 but contained numerous mistakes, which I tried to eradicate. Latest: I've revamped this file and included a crosstable.
19/08/21 1960 Chess Festival, Eastbourne Donner, O'Kelly 18 games (of which 12 have appeared before in the Cafferty file) from the 8th CHESS Festival held in Eastbourne. Comes with a complete crosstable of results compiled from notes taken by Bernard Cafferty. Latest: one further game added: W.Evans 0-1 H.Matchett, rd 9. My thanks to Brian Denman.
19/08/21 1993/94 4NCL Invicta Knights 208 of the 240 possible games from the first season of the 4NCL (British Team Chess League). I input these games myself around 2006 and in 2016 gave them a make-over to include team data and make them viewable online. 32 games are still missing from the second weekend of the season, held in Bolton. If anyone has any leads to the discovery of these games, please let me know. Originally uploaded 204 games (2016) since when four have been found. Latest: eagle-eyed Andy Ansel spotted the game A.P.Smith 1-0 L McShane - which had been missing from this collection - in Andrew Smith's new book Off the Board Chess. Now added. Thanks, Andy.
09/08/21 1952 British Championship Bob Wade 54 of a possible 154 games, plus 10 game fragments and 35 games from subsidiary sections. Latest update: added all 11 of L John Cannon's games from the Major Open, submitted by Brian Denman, for which many thanks.
03/08/21 1995 British Championship M Sadler 227 games from the 1995 British Championship played in Swansea, plus 9 games from subsidiary sections. Posted here for the first time on 1 August 2021. Full Championship crosstable plus partial crosstable of the Major Open and full results of junior sections. The games already appear on ChessBase but their version is seriously flawed (players wrongly identified, wrong results, etc). Latest: 13 games added today: 4 from the Championship, plus 9 from subsidiary sections. Thanks to Brian Denman and Andy Ansel for the extra games.
02/08/21 Murray Chandler's Games, 1972-2008 - 2,432 games played by Murray Chandler. This major BritBase item was first posted here during the summer of 2020 to showcase the early games of the New Zealand GM during a particularly exciting and important era of British chess in the 1970s, and has now been extended to include all his extant games. There is still some work to do finding missing games from weekenders and identifying the events that a handful of games were played in. Readers' contributions are very welcome. Murray's early New Zealand games are being worked on independently by Bill Forster and Helen Milligan and these are made available at the Peter Stuart NZ Games Database, which I recommend you to visit. I can also recommend following Murray's excellent Facebook chess autobiography where he is recounting his chess career in regular segments with numerous photos and illustrations, providing a unique and innovative insight into the career of an emerging grandmaster. Update: One game added: Povah ½-½ Chandler, North London Open, 01.11.1981. Also, the game Povah 0-1 Chandler, Streatham v Charlton, previously undated but estimated as 1977, has now been pinpointed by Nigel Povah as being played on 20.12.1978. My thanks to Nigel Povah and Murray Chandler for passing on the game score and information, and also for supplying the full crosstable of the 1980 Regency Masters tournament held in Ramsgate. Total now 2,432.
01/08/21 1994 British Championship W Watson 235 games from the 1994 British Championship played in Norwich, plus 131 games from subsidiary sections. Posted here for the first time on 30 July 2021. Full crosstable plus leading results of subsidiary sections. Latest: Roger de Coverly has sent all 11 of his games from the Championship, including a replacement for the inaccurate game vs R Dive which was already on file. Many thanks, Roger.
30/07/21 1993 British Championship M Hennigan 234 games from the 1993 British Championship played in Dundee, plus four games from the Hennigan/Kumaran play-off. Posted here for the first time on 30 July 2021. Full crosstable plus results of subsidiary sections.
28/07/21 1994 Lloyds Bank Masters Alexander Morozevich 780 games from the 1994 Lloyds Bank Masters. Games unchanged from the last upload in 2009, except for a correction to Morozevich-Petursson. What's new is a games viewer and complete crosstable, plus some reports, details of norms achieved, etc. This was the last of the great Lloyds Bank Masters tournaments, and featured a stunning 9½/10 score by Alexander Morozevich - a TPR of 2970 and (claimed the organisers) bettered only by Fischer and Karpov. At the time he was only an IM! If anyone has any more games (e.g. their own) played in this event, I would be pleased to include them. Latest: the game A.Kitchlew 0-1 Coverly added, which Roger de Coverly played as a filler in rd 1. Thanks, Roger.
25/07/21 1989 Lloyds Bank Masters Azmaiparashvili 223 games posted here for the first time. I have corrected some of the names from what appears on ChessBase, but have so far only been able to provide dates and round numbers for about two thirds of the games, based on the part-crosstable that was published in the 1990-91 BCF Yearbook (which also had errors). Can anyone loan me the tournament bulletin?
23/07/21 1990 Lloyds Bank Masters Conquest (on tie-break from), Adams, Sturua 241 games posted here for the first time, plus a game from the tournament launch. Games sourced from ChessBase but checked against the original bulletin. As a result, dates and round numbers have been added, and names corrected. For example, one of the games ChessBase have listed as being played in the tournament by Demis Hassabis was in fact played by his six-year-old brother George at the tournament launch. I've added as full a crosstable as appears to be available. Has anyone got a complete crosstable? Latest: ten more games played by David Houston and submitted by David McAlister, for which many thanks. I've also added details where games were lost on time. 252 games in total.
22/07/21 1978 Lloyds Bank Masters P Littlewood, J Peters, Y Rantanen 211 games from the 2nd Lloyds Bank Masters. Some additions and corrections as compared with Mega/Big Database, plus round numbers and dates. Also available is a PDF of the complete bulletin, with crosstables, results, norms and an article by Leonard Barden. Latest: 16 more games played by John C Henshaw and Geoffrey H James and kindly contributed by Brian Denman, for which many thanks.
22/07/21 1992 Lloyds Bank Masters Speelman, Timoscenko 204 games from this tournament, posted here for the first time (12 July 2021). They consist of 177 games from the bulletin (as posted on Mega/Big Databases) plus all the games played by me and Tony Corkett, who kindly sent me a batch of his Lloyds Bank games. I've also applied corrections to the file as published by ChessBase, and added round numbers and dates. And included a complete crosstable as published in the bulletin. Latest: ten games played by Kevin Thurlow added, for which many thanks.
13/07/21 1993 Lloyds Bank Masters Speelman Now up to 530 games, but now with dates, plus a complete crosstable and details from the bulletin. The additional games were played and submitted by Tony Corkett, for which many thanks. Latest: One additional game and one correction, submitted by Andy Ansel - many thanks.
13/07/21 1991 Lloyds Bank Masters Shirov 205 games from this tournament, posted here for the first time (13 July 2021). I've applied a number of amendments to the games, and added some more, played and submitted by Tony Corkett. Many thanks, Tony. I've also produced a complete crosstable and supplied other material from the bulletin.
09/07/21 1967 Bognor Regis International Kurajica, Drimer & Padevski New file (7 July 2021): 19 games and 5 part-games from the 15th Churchill Memorial, plus a complete crosstable of results. Latest: Two further games from the international and one from a subsidiary event. My thanks to Brian Denman.
07/07/21 1967 British Championship Penrose All the games of the 1967 Championship, plus more than 150 of the subsidiary events, from the bulletin. Latest update: three games from the Rowena Bruce vs Dinah Dobson play-off match added, plus crosstables updated and a photo of Julie Dobson added.
05/07/21 1985 Lloyds Bank Masters A Belyavsky 183 games from the 9th Lloyds Bank Masters, won by Alexander Belyavsky, plus a PDF of the complete bulletin, with crosstables, results, norms and prizes. Latest: the game N.Carr-J.Sachs (rd 2) added - my thanks to Andy Ansel.
05/07/21 1984 Lloyds Bank Masters John Nunn 184 games, which is just two more than already appears on ChessBase's Big Database 2020. I've also added dates and made various amendments to names and moves. Latest: further amendments to scores as identified by Andy Ansel, for which many thanks. Details of amendments listed in the file.
04/07/21 1988 Lloyds Bank Masters G Lane, M Adams 205 games. First time uploaded here.
04/07/21 1987 Lloyds Bank Masters M Wilder, M Chandler 205 games. First time uploaded here.
09/06/21 1960 British Championship Jonathan Penrose 38 games out of 198, plus 8 part-games, plus 3 games & 2 part-games from subsidiary events. Also crosstables of the two main tournaments, plus some contemporary newspaper coverage. Latest: seven more Championship games, played by Dr Aitken (replacing one part-game for same). My thanks to Geoff Chandler for his input work.
19/05/21 1979 Lloyds Bank Masters Murray Chandler A new item as of 19 May 2021. 183 games, which have been available on commercial databases for some time, but I've given them a make-over, adding dates and some ratings, and applying various corrections. Also a complete crosstable, three photos of the last round and prizegiving and contemporary reports of the tournament. Latest: Mike Yeo has sent in a correction (in round 6 he played Peter Wells, not Ian Wells) plus the scores of six more of his games, so now there are 189 games in total. Thanks, Mike.
17/05/21 1956 Paignton Premier F E A Kitto All 28 games. These have been available here since 1997 but now have dates, and there is a crosstable, contemporary reports and results from other sections. Plus a game from the women's international which was held alongside that year's Paignton Congress. Latest: Ulrich Tamm sent me a second game from the women's international, between Fenny Heemskerk and Elfriede Rinder (Rd 2). Thanks, Ulrich.
16/05/21 1957 British Championship Stefan Fazekas 65 of the 176 games (plus three part-games) of the British Championship played in Plymouth and won by the rank outsider, 59-year-old Dr Stefan Fazekas. Includes a crosstable, results for other sections, various newspaper reports and related discussions. One game from the Boys' Under 18 also included, with a favourite Stewart Reuben anecdote in the notes. Latest update: added two games from the Major Open B section played and won by the Scottish player Thomas Russell, culled from the Glasgow Herald chess column.
12/05/21 1956 British Championship Alexander 54 of the games, plus 10 part-games and 12 from subsidiary events (including all 11 of Bernard Cafferty's games in the Major Open), and results from all the events. Latest update: Eight more Dr Aitken games added.
10/05/21 1955 British Championship Golombek 80 of a possible 198 games, plus 1 game fragment and 4 games from other sections. Full results and crosstables. Latest: four Aitken games added.
09/05/21 1963 British Championship J.Penrose All 154 Championship games plus 80 from subsidiary sections and full results and crosstables. Latest: the game J.Littlewood-J.Penrose (Rd 4) has been discovered to have an obvious input error (34 Kf1 must be wrong). I have substituted a move (34 Re3) after which the remaining score makes sense. Further news: Andy Ansel has consulted the 1963 tournament bulletin and confirms that 34 Re3 was played. Thanks, Andy.
03/05/21 1967 Glasgow Open Ray Keene All 60 games from the Glasgow Open played in September 1967. My thanks to Alan McGowan for drawing my attention to this download at the Chess Scotland site.
03/05/21 1965 Glorney Cup Scotland All 36 games of the Glorney Cup (junior team tournament) played in Glasgow in August 1965. My thanks to Alan McGowan for drawing my attention to this download at the Chess Scotland site.
03/05/21 1962 Derby Premier Hindle / Hilton All 24 games of the eight-player, six-round Derby Premier, played over the Easter weekend in 1962. My thanks to Michael Alderson for making the games available at the Derbyshire Chess Association website and notifying me.
27/04/21 1969 British Championship Penrose All 176 games from the bulletin, plus 149 games from subsidiary events. Latest update: the game LeMoir-Knee (Rd 8, British U21) added. Many thanks to Andy Ansel.
27/04/21 BCF Victory Congress, Hastings 1919 Capablanca 58/66 games from the Chief Tournament, 26/66 from the Minor, 6 games from the British Ladies Championship and 32 games from other sections and side events. Complete crosstables and several press reports and interviews. This is a fresh upload and builds on the games as already digitised by ChessBase from Tony Gillam's 1995 booklet. I've unearthed several more scores from old newspapers, previously undigitised. Latest: one game added: Bonwick 1-0 Lean (First-Class B, Rd 2), contributed by Brian Denman, for which many thanks.
14/04/21 1910 British Championship Atkins 34 of the 66 games, with 32 stubs and 27 games from the subsidiary games, from the 1910 British Championship played in Oxford. Latest update: Added one Championship game - Yates-F.Smith, Rd 4 - found in the Oxford Times; also six games from subsidiary groups (of a very poor standard): (1) WL.Biggs 1-0 RFS.Stevenson (Second-Class B); (2) WL.Biggs 1-0 AL.Densham (Second-Class B); (3) G.Wheeler 0-1 W.Hobbs (Third-Class B); (4) R.Moss 0-1 E.Walters (Third-Class C); (5) W.Hobbs 1-0 W.Hooppell (Third-Class D); (6) Miss K Eyre 0-1 A.Franks (Handicap). Plus full crosstables for all sections plus a number of other minor details. EDIT (15 April 2021): two more games added from subsidiary sections - FP.Wenman 1-0 NN (First Class) and TA.Sheldon 0-1 PO.Forshaw (Third-Class B).
21/03/21 1989 British Championship Adams 296 games from a possible 429, of the 78-player British Championship held in Plymouth. I've created a partial crosstable, based on the one published in BCM, but I'd like to have more data, which may be in the BCF Yearbook, if someone could scan some pages for me. What's needed is round numbers for some of the games already published, plus results from subsidiary sections. Original upload 20 August 2020. Update: Joe Conlon sent me a photo of the group of champions which his parents took at the prizegiving. I've identified the main winners but readers can enjoy identifying the junior champions for themselves. Many thanks to Joe. A further update (21 March 2021) - I am grateful to Sean Coffey for notifying me of three wrongly dated games in the PGN file. The download is now correct but if you would prefer to amend your database in situ, the amendments are: (1) Muir - Murugan, round 1: Date 1989.08.31 should be 1989.07.31; (2) Ruxton - Barua, round 5: Date 1989.01.04 should be 1989.08.04; (3) Stewart - Hennigan, round 5: Date 1989.08.05 should be 1989.08.04. Many thanks to Sean.
16/03/21 1974 British Championship G Botterill All games of the championship in Clacton, plus seven-player play-off in Llanelli, plus five games from other sections. Latest: added the game Trangmar-Cook, Major Open.
08/03/21 1949 Varsity Oxford-Cambridge match Oxford This was first posted last year but I've now added considerably more detail as regards the preceding week's events, which used to be a major feature of these matches. I've added a few game scores from the matches against various London clubs played by the combined universities' squad, and also details of the Oxford Past vs Cambridge Past match.
28/02/21 1980 Lloyds Bank Masters Gheorghiu 132 games, plus 3 from the junior event running alongside. This is one fewer than had been posted here some time ago, as the game S.D.Brown-Nunn was actually played in a different tournament one month previous to the Lloyds Bank Masters. I have now included a complete crosstable, plus text from the official tournament bulletin.
22/02/21 Universities Chess, Xmas Term 1964 - PDF of the 17-page bulletin of the British Universities Chess Association, edited by RFT (Frank) Wood, son of BH Wood. Includes reports of the 1964 World Students Team Championship (Cracow) and the 1964 BUCA (British Universities Chess Association) Congress in Manchester.
22/02/21 Universities Chess, Summer Term 1965 - PDF of the 15-page bulletin of the British Universities Chess Association, edited by RFT (Frank) Wood, son of BH Wood (whose signature may be seen on the cover). Reports of university competitions, annotations by Mike Basman, Adrian Hollis and Peter Lee. Note that I have effected some technical amendments to PDF-loading generally - if you experienced problems loading PDFs in recent months, you should now find they load into your browser rather better than before.
22/02/21 1962 British Championship Jonathan Penrose All 176 games of the main championships, plus 40 games from subsidiary events. These games have been widely available for many years, but now given dates, newspaper sources and forenames of players, plus full results and crosstables, etc. Latest update: no new games but I have replaced scanned crosstables with properly constructed and more informative ones, with more forenames and many errors corrected.
09/01/21 1912 Varsity Match Oxford Four complete games and 1 part-game from the 1912 Varsity match, with results, reports and biographical material. My thanks to Gerard Killoran for supplying the photo, which prompted me to upload the file. Latest update: added the game Coad-Pryor v Davies, sent some time ago by Alan Smith, for which many thanks.
09/01/21 Hector William Shoosmith (1877-1912) - 126 games (plus 2 part-games and 16 stubs) of Hector William Shoosmith (1877-1912), a strong English player of the Edwardian era, who played in several British Championships. I made a collection of his games as part of my research for an article about Shoosmith published in the August 2017 issue of CHESS Magazine. My thanks to Brian Denman for his considerable help with this task, also Gerard Killoran for additional games. Latest update: Added one game, E.Macdonald-Shoosmith, found in a 1905 newspaper by Alan Smith. Event, venue and date unknown. Many thanks to Alan.
08/01/21 Varsity Match 1978 Cambridge An ambiguity in the score of Goodman-Mestel has been resolved and corrected. My thanks to John Swain.
07/01/21 Happy New Year   Happy new year to all BritBase readers. After a very busy year in 2020, I took a bit of a break over Xmas but am taking up the cudgels again today. Three Varsity match games added today, to each of the 1971, 1978 and 1979 matches. My thanks to John Swain for submitting the games.
10/12/20 1983 Lloyds Bank Masters Razuvaev 132 games. Originally posted here in 2007, now with a game viewer. I will add a crosstable in due course. Latest update: Ian Rogers sent me a corrected version of the game Murey-Nunn (rd 4). Thanks, Ian.
07/12/20 1949/50 Hastings Premier Szabo All 45 games of the Premier and 4 from subsidiary sections. The Premier games have been available for some time but I needed to correct one of the game scores (Rossolimo-Winser, round 7), so took the opportunity to give the games a make-over, adding dates, crosstables, results of all sections and a contemporary report. Latest Update: four games from subsidiary sections contributed by Ulrich Tamm, for which many thanks.
02/12/20 1956 BCF Grading List - Another grading list added to those which already appear amongst these BritBase documents. All grades down to 169.
30/11/20 1939 Margate Keres All 45 games from the Premier, previously posted here as a zipped file but now with dates, plus three games from lower sections, crosstables and results. Update: four more games from subsidiary sections added, thanks to Ulrich Tamm, for which many thanks. All four were played by Friedrich Saemisch, against Opocensky, Zalys, Abrahams and Fazekas.
30/11/20 1949 Southsea Rossolimo 52 of the 140 games, plus 4 from subsidiary events. This is not new to BritBase - the games have been downloadable since 1997 - but I have tidied up the names and added dates, crosstable, some contemporary text, etc. Latest updates: two more Dr Aitken games, making the full set of his games from this event. Plus the game O'Hanlon-Rhodes, contributed by Ulrich Tamm. Thanks, Ulrich. And an additional minor amendment - the game O'Hanlon-Woodthorpe was actually played in rd 2 (14.4.1949) and not rd 3 (15.4.1949). Thanks for this correction, Brian.
29/11/20 1948 British Championship RJ Broadbent 27 of the 66 games of the 1948 British Championship, held at Bishopsgate, London, plus several game fragments, and 24 games from the subsidiary sections. This was the last British Championship to be held on an all-play-all basis. Latest update: eight further games played by Dr Aitken added - we now have all 11 of his games, thanks to Geoff Chandler and the Aitken game-inputting project.
25/11/20 1936 British Championship W Winter 30 of a possible 66 games, plus 11 part-games. Latest update: Gerard Killoran supplied the complete score of Lenton vs Noel-Johnson (round 5). Many thanks to Gerard.
24/11/20 1945 London Championship G Wood 19 of the 55 games of the London Championship, an 11-player tournament held in October 1945 which was the first event of significant strength after the war. This is a by-product of the Aitken project - it includes all ten of his games, plus nine played by other competitors, and a handful of games from the preliminary knock-out qualifier. Crosstable, report by William Winter, plus his round-by-round summaries.
19/11/20 1977/78 Hastings Dzindzhihasvili All 105 games, now with dates, plus 26 games from the Challengers, crosstables and full results of the general congress. Update: Twelve more games from subsidiary sections added, kindly submitted by Brian Denman. One is from the Challengers (D.Cummings-C.Wessels), one played by a very young Stuart Conquest in the Main D Section, plus ten games played by Geoff H James and John C Henshaw in the Christmas Special A section. Many thanks to Brian.
11/11/20 1947 British Championship Golombek (after a play-off versus Broadbent) 25 of the 66 games from the 1947 British Championship in Harrogate and six games of Golombek/Broadbent play-off. A number of games from the Major Open and the women's championship have also been included. Latest update: a much more convincing reconstruction of the part-game Morry-Broadbent (rd 7) by Han Bükülmez supersedes the one previously included. Many thanks to Han for sending it.
05/11/20 1982 Lloyds Bank Masters Miles (tie-break) 144 games from the 6th Lloyds Bank Masters, plus crosstable and report. ChessBase has had these for some time but they have misassigned 14 games to the tournament and made various other errors. I've done my best to sort this out. Update: Andy Ansel sent me two more games, added to the file so now there are 146 games. Thanks, Andy.
05/11/20 1982 Manchester Benedictine Miles, Kudrin 111 games plus 6 stubs. A few new games added to the 107 which have been here in a zipped file since 1999. Also a complete crosstable and contemporary report.
04/11/20 1932/33 Scottish Championship WA Fairhurst 13 of the 21 games played in this seven-player all-play-all held in Edinburgh and won by William A Fairhurst with 6/6. This was prompted by the project to input all Dr Aitken's games, though curiously none of these games actually appear in that collection. I have included eight stubs for completion. Fairhurst's six games have been available for some time but a further seven were sourced from Scottish newspapers by Gerard Killoran and me.
21/10/20 1988 Haringey Masters Murey/Hodgson 81 games of this Scheveningen format tournament, previously posted here in 2008, but now with one replacement score supplied by Andy Ansel, plus game viewer and (slightly weird!) crosstable. Thanks to Andy for the Jacobs-Gallagher score.
21/10/20 1986 Lloyds Bank Masters Simen Agdestein 142* games of this tournament (out of circa 800 played), 141 of which were posted some years ago but now with a complete crosstable of results (it was no small feat compiling this from the tiny print in both bulletin and BCF yearbook). Update: an extra game supplied by Paul Georghiou, plus various textual amendments. Thanks, Paul.
19/10/20 1985 Brighton International - Eileen Tranmer Memorial Whiteley These 45 games have been here since 2006 - now with a game viewer and crosstable.
14/10/20 1982 Kings Head International Tisdall 45 games from this IM/FM norm event held in Bayswater, London. It had previously been posted here in 2008 but the set-up had been overtaken by changes to browser technology in the past 12 years and no longer worked. It should now work OK. Plus a crosstable and a brief report from CHESS Magazine.
14/10/20 1939 England-Netherlands Match Drawn These 20 games have been available here for 20 years but now come with a crosstable and the match report from the contemporary BCM. Update: a minor amendment made to the score of Alexander-Euwe, round 2 (½-½). My thanks to Andy Ansel.
13/10/20 1939 Scottish Championship Pavey Not really new—it was first posted here 21 years ago!—but presented in our now-standard format, with viewer, crosstable, etc. I've also added dates and some more forenames.
10/10/20 1992 British Championship Julian Hodgson 222 of a possible 303 games, plus full crosstable and results from other sections. As with the 1991 British, the games have been available for some time but I have applied corrections, added dates and pairings, with some considerable help from Paul Georghiou. Update: Brian Denman has contributed a further 11 games, all played in the Major Open by the later Erkki Pesonen. Many thanks to Brian.
09/10/20 1991 British Championship Julian Hodgson 267 of a possible 385 games, plus full crosstable and results from other sections. These games have been available commercially for some time but I have applied some corrections, added dates and pairings, etc. Many thanks to Paul Georghiou for assisting in this process. Update: a further 23 games from subsidiary events supplied by Brian Denman, for which many thanks.
03/10/20 1975 Staffordshire Open Richard A Beach 33 games from this weekender held over the late May bank holiday weekend. I have added a further four to the 29 games already published on Mega/Big Databases, corrected some names and added dates.
01/10/20 1971 British Championship Raymond Keene All 198 games of the championship proper, plus 23* games from subsidiary sections. Crosstables of the championship, women's championship and Under-21, plus full results of all sections. First uploaded August 2017. * Latest update: added 11 games played by Brian Denman in the Major Open (many thanks to Brian) and five more games played by Mike Donnelly in the Under-21. Also revamped the presentation of crosstables, adding one for the U18 Championship, created from my contemporary notes.
29/09/20 1974 Evening Standard London / Islington Open Ten-way tie 26 games from the 1974 Islington Open. Not many games but they are very entertaining ones. Also John Ripley's equally entertaining report from CHESS (his report in BCM being almost identical), plus a photo of Tony Miles and Gerald Bennett sharing the Grand Prix spoils. Update: Brian Denman has kindly contributed a further six games, including five by Geoffrey H James – who incidentally was one of the joint winners. The report I appended from CHESS magazine omitted his name from the list of winners but he was one of ten players on the top score of 5/6.
27/09/20 1995 Tyneside International (3rd) McDonald, T Wall All 45 games of this ten-player all-play-all held in Newcastle just before Xmas in 1995. I don't think these have been published online previously. My thanks to Tim Wall for sending me the bulletin. He accomplished the rare feat of organising a tournament, winning it (jointly) and gaining a title norm. I wonder if anyone else has managed that.
27/09/20 1996 Northumbrian Masters L. Pliester 99 games, never before published online, from the bulletin of the 1st Northumbrian Masters, played in Newcastle in August/September 1996. The tournament marked the international debut of Gawain Jones, aged only 8, and featured several other players who have gone on to become GMs (Rowson, Gormally, Williams, Shaw). My thanks to Tim Wall for sending me the bulletin.
25/09/20 1975/76 Hastings Bronstein, Hort, Uhlmann All 120 games, which have been available here previously, but now with 34 games from the Challengers, plus crosstables of the Premier and Challengers, results of subsidiary events and reports from magazines. Update: a further 11 games contributed by Brian Denman, ten from the Challengers and one from another section. Thanks, Brian.
23/09/20 1970 Welsh Championship Gavrilovic, Chesters 138 games from the Championship and subsidiary events played at swansea. These games have been available at BritBase for 20 years but now have accompanying crosstables and more forenames than were available originally. Any further help with names would be much appreciated.
23/09/20 1977 Lloyds Bank Masters Miguel Quinteros First uploaded here as a zip file in 2007 with 166 games, plus 1 from a subsidiary event. Leonard Barden wrote out the entire bulletin in manuscript, including crosstables, rating calculations and annotations. This was the first of these legendary series of tournaments. My thanks to Stewart Reuben for lending the bulletin, Steve Giddins for keying in the games, and to Leonard Barden for producing the bulletin. Update: an extra 7 games added, and this page now features a complete crosstable, details of norms and ratings, results of the subsidiary section, and much more. It was a significant tournament in the development of chess in this country as it was the first of its type to offer norm and rating opportunities. Following the main update, Bob Taylor informed me of the full name of a player, Martin A Lee, so we now have a forename for all the competitors. Thanks, Bob. And, stop press, we have a further 15 games involving the Sussex players John Henshaw and Geoff James. Many thanks, Brian. The total number of games now stands at 188 from the Masters and one from the subsidiary event.
20/09/20 1968 BUCA Individual Championship G Chesters, J Carleton 177 (i.e. all bar a couple of) games played in the nine-round British Universities' Chess Association Championship held in Swansea. My thanks to Alex Holowczak for sending me the games. Update: one of the games, Eustis-Ilersic (rd 5) was shown with an incorrect result – should be 0-1. Thanks to Brian Denman for pointing it out.
20/09/20 1984 British Championship N. Short All 347 games, plus three from the Ladies' Championship. The Championship games have been here for some time but are now with dates, a game viewer, crosstables and results of other sections. Update: a further 29 games from other sections added, including all Brian Denman's and John Henshaw's Major Open games. Many thanks to Brian Denman.
20/09/20 1966 Glorney Cup England 18 games and 11 part-games from the 1966 Glorney Cup Junior International Team Tournament, from a possible maximum of 90. There were already 10 games on 2020 Mega/Big Database but with some incorrect identifications. Update: Brian Denman has supplied a correction to the score of Pritchett-Sugden.
19/09/20 1990 British Championship Jim Plaskett Still just 293 games of a possible 407, plus 11 from the Major Open. Latest update: I've added a full crosstable and results of other sections. The games themselves also came in for some running repairs, including a game which had the wrong round number, with rating data revised in line with what appears in the BCF Yearbook.
18/09/20 1982 British Championship A. Miles All 308 games, first posted here in 1997, now with ratings and dates, plus crosstables and full results.
17/09/20 1972 Irish Championship W.Heidenfeld, M. O'Leary Five years ago Sean Coffey sent me the 90 games of the 1972 Irish Championship in Dublin. Apologies to Sean and readers for keeping you waiting so long! I've not appended a crosstable or report to the file on this occasion because Sean has already posted an immaculate crosstable and tournament report.
16/09/20 1994/95 4NCL Midland Monarchs 442 games (plus 11 stubs) out of 528 games played in the 1994/95 4NCL season. Another major BritBase offering, featuring a substantial tranche of games which haven't seen the light before. Only a handful of games from the 4NCL's second season have ever been published to date. The tale of how these games came to light is told in the September 2020 issue of CHESS Magazine, which will be arriving through letterboxes today. If you want to know more, why not buy a copy. Update: small tweak to the end of G.H.James-A.Mack (Rd 10.7) Black played 33...Qd4+ before White resigned. Thanks to Brian Denman for this.
16/09/20 1989 Barnsdale Young Masters M.Suba 40 of a possible 230 games, from this very strong weekender played 24-26 February 1989. Some of the games appear already on 2020 Big/Mega Databases but without dates or round numbers plus identification errors. It has been possible to work out most of these from the results given in the 1989/90 BCF Yearbook.
16/09/20 1987 British Championship Short All 321 games of the Championship (of which three are byes). Additional to the games already available on mega/Big database, these feature round numbers and dates. There are crosstables of the Championship and Women's Championships plus full results of other sections. Update: Further running repairs to this file: minor amendments made to the scores of Shutler-Upton (Rd 10) and Rossiter-Levitt (Rd 11). Many thanks again to Andy Ansell for doing the necessary checking work.
16/09/20 1974 Mikhail Tal Simul, Knotty Ash, Liverpool +23 =2 -2 23 of the 27 games which Mikhail Tal played in a simul given at Knotty Ash, Liverpool, on 18 January 1974. I am grateful to Gerald Hartmann for sending me the games, which had been noted down by Jimmy Adams. There is a photo of this event to be found at the Liverpool Chess Club website.
14/09/20 1981 Lloyds Bank Masters Keene, Miles, Seirawan 122 games from the 1981 Lloyds Bank Masters, won on tie-break by Ray Keene. Three games added to what was here previously, added from Big Database 2020 (but they have attributed another two games which were NOT played in this event). Also five games from associated events (simuls and junior competition), plus a full crosstable. Update: added two games played by Paul Georghiou in the Junior Invitation event, and tidied up the crosstable.
14/09/20 1985 British Championship Speelman All 418 games (including a few stubs and bye games), plus 13 previously unpublished games from other sections. Now with round and board numbers and dates. Plus crosstables and full results of all sections.
13/09/20 1986 British Championship Speelman All 341 games of the Championship, plus the eight games of the Speelman/Chandler/Mestel play-off in December 1986. All games now have rounds and dates. Crosstables of the Championship and Women's Championship, plus full results of other sections.
12/09/20 1988 British Championship Mestel 305 of the 385 games played in the 1988 British Championship in Blackpool. This is the first time it has been available here, and the games have dates, round and board numbers included compared with what appears on Mega/Big Database and also corrects errors found therein. Full crosstable of the Championships and results of all subsidiary events.
06/09/20 1981 Brighton Chandler All 45 games. These are new here though they have been on Big/Mega Database for many years. I have added a crosstable.
06/09/20 1981 Benedictine Miles 116 games from the 4th Manchester Benedictine Open. These have been here for some time but now have a viewer and complete crosstable.
05/09/20 1874 Varsity Match Cambridge Jason Radley pointed out that I had overlooked the third game played by Meredith and Ogden, which was printed alongside other games which I had culled from the Westminster Papers, 1 April 1874. I have now added it to the page, making 12 out of the 20 games played as part of the 1874 match.
02/09/20 1990 & 1991 Isle of Man Opens Colin Crouch David McAlister has contributed a further three games played by David Houston at the 1990 Isle of Man Open, in addition to one already posted there (vs Roger de Coverly). Thanks, David.
30/08/20 1980 British Championship John Nunn (after a play-off) All 220 games of the tournament plus 13 games from the Major Open, 1 from the U14 and all 6 games from the Nunn-Hartston play-off match. Update: added 13 games from subsidiary sections, contributed by Brian Denman, for which many thanks. This includes 11 games played by Canon (Arthur) Eric Smith in the Major Open – the same clergyman whose nine games from the 1927/28 (!) Hastings Major Reserves tournament I uploaded an hour or so ago. What remarkable longevity. Incidentally, I've just solved the mystery of what happened to the 1980 British U14 Girls' Champion, Mandy Hepworth. She's now Mandy Gilmore and works as head of dietetics at a hospital in Northern Ireland. Here's a story with a photo showing her receiving an award in 2016.
30/08/20 1927/28 Hastings Tartakower The 25 (out of 45) Premier games have been available here for some time but I've now added 23 games from subsidiary sections (including five Vera Menchik games), crosstables, results and some biographical items. Update: Brian Denman sent me a further nine games, played by Canon (Arthur) Eric Smith in the Major Reserves section, including a draw with a very young Hugh Alexander.
24/08/20 1983 British Championship Mestel All 319 games, plus 34 games from subsidiary sections. The Championship games now have round numbers and dates, and names have been revised. Crosstable and short summary of other sections included. Update: full results of subsidiary sections, full crosstable of the Major Open and ten more games received from Mark Page. I am grateful to Paul Georghiou for proof-reading and helping me with names of his contemporaries. Many thanks to Mark and Paul.
20/08/20 1986/87 Hastings Chandler, Larsen, Lputian, Speelman All 91 games have been available for some time, but I have now added round numbers and dates, plus a crosstable and some results and games from the Challengers.
19/08/20 1980 Brighton Chandler & Speelman All 45 games, from Big Database 2020. However, ChessBase have a name wrong - it was William (not John) Watson who took part.
11/08/20 1921/22 Hastings Kostic All 45 games have been available for some time; now added 3 from the Masters, plus crosstables, report and results. Update: Brian Denman has contributed two more games from the subsidiary sections, while Andy Ansel has corrected two moves from Premier games Kostic-Scott and Norman-O'Hanlon. Many thanks to both.
10/08/20 1950/51 Hastings Premier Unzicker All 45 games of the Premier and 1 from a subsidiary section. The Premier games have been available for some time but I have added dates, a crosstable, results of all sections and contemporary reports. Update: one game from a subsidiary section contributed by Brian Denman, for which many thanks.
18/07/20 1987 Varsity Match Oxford One more game added - the top board game between Peter Wells and David Watts, found in a Guardian column.
18/07/20 1986 Varsity Match Oxford One game added - top board Bell-McNab. My thanks to Colin McNab for supplying the score.
18/07/20 1984 Varsity Match Oxford One game added (Walker-Regan) on 16 July and another game, McNab-Bell two days' later. I am grateful to Colin McNab for sending in the score of his game and also for resolving the anomaly of the wrongly-attributed game published in the May 1984 BCM which he tells me was the game Dyson-McNab from the Varsity Freshers' match, played a month before the first-team Varsity match. My thanks to Alex McFarlane for forwarding the score of Walker-Regan.
28/06/20 BritBase has moved - BritBase is now on a new secure site on a different host. The URL has changed to (i.e. 'org' instead of 'co') and you should change any bookmarks you have to the new one immediately. There may be some glitches - if you spot anything not working, please email me. (The old 'co' site will still be in place for some time while I dismantle it but will not be updated.)
12/05/20 1965 British Championship Peter N Lee All 184 games from the Championship proper, plus results and crosstables. Latest: nine games from subsidiary events added. My thanks to Brian Denman for these.
12/05/20 1964 British Championship Michael Haygarth 40 complete Championship games and 5 part-games, plus 18 games from subsidiary events. Crosstables and results from the BCF Congress, held that year in Whitby. Latest update: One game added from the British Under-18 - Eley 0-1 Nicholas (rd 3). Many thanks to Brian Denman.
12/05/20 1961 British Championship Jonathan Penrose 32 of the 187 games in the championship, plus 13 part-games, plus 22 games (and 1 part-game) from subsidiary events. Latest: Added one game from the First-Class section, Whicher vs Geoffrey Chesters. Thanks to Brian Denman.
12/05/20 1911 British Championship HE Atkins (after play-off) 30 of the 66 games from the 1911 British Championship held in Glasgow, plus 8 games from subsidiary events. Latest update: Brian Denman has identified an error in the score of the game Yates-McKee, round 11. It has now been corrected, with the full score of the game now appearing. Also, a game has been added from the Third Class tournament - Dr CF Knight vs Miss Wilkins. Thanks to Brian Denman.
12/05/20 1959 British Championship Jonathan Penrose (after a play-off with Leonard Barden) All 187 games of the 1959 British Championship, plus 15 from subsidiary events, and all four from the play-off tournament played in November 1959 between Penrose, Haygarth and Golombek. Latest update: added a game from the First Class section: AT Watson vs Geoffrey Chesters (brother of Graham).
12/05/20 1908 British Championship HE Atkins Added a new game, Schories-Fawcett (Round 7, First-Class A), kindly submitted by Alan Smith (many thanks). I have also taken the opportunity to add further data regarding this tournament played in Tunbridge Wells, including photos, full scores of events and the report as published in BCM, plus round numbers and dates for two previously published games from subsidiary events. Latest: added one game (Watson-Crum, Ladies' Championship) - thanks to Brian Denman.
08/05/20 Games of GPS Coy (1917-2019) - 74 annotated games played by George Philip Stanley Coy (1917-2019) between 1934 and 1940. He was a strong amateur player who represented the civil service and Kent in matches and won the civil service championship four times. Games input and contributed by Kevin Thurlow, for which many thanks.
01/05/20 1975 British Championship W. Hartston All 187 games from the Championship, plus 7 from other sections. Latest update: Three games added and one corrected as regards its provenance. The game Sheila Jackson vs Anne Sunnucks previously given here was not played as part of the British Women's Championship proper, but was the last of the four play-off games played in 2-5 January 1976 in Cardiff. I've now added the three other games of this play-off match.
27/04/20 1977 British Championship G. Botterill Originally uploaded with results & crosstables, 2017. Latest: Added all four games of the British Women's Championship play-off between Sheila Jackson and Jana Hartston (n.b. the latter's surname given as 'Bellin' for ease of reference). This play-off took place in Hastings in January 1978 "during the last stages of the international tournament" (BCM).
07/03/20 2020 Varsity Match   Today I am attending the 2020 Varsity match and will be updating this page during the afternoon with results and photos. Also note that my compilation of historical records of the Oxford-Cambridge chess fixture now go back to 1935, with full reports, games (where available) and biographical information. (It's work in progress for earlier matches: in the fullness of time these will stretch right back to 1873.)
28/02/20 1951 World Junior Championship Borislav Ivkov 98 of the 99 games of the inaugural World Junior (U20) Championship, held in Birmingham from 11-22 June 1951 as an 11-round Swiss tournament, with 18 players including future GMs Borislav Ivkov (winner), Bent Larsen and Fridrik Olafsson. There is one missing score, another is obviously faulty in some respect and others appear in slightly different versions in different places. I have used the Chess Player (Tony Gillam) booklet as the main source of these games.
28/02/20 1950 Birmingham Junior (U20) International Bjorn Karl Haggqvist 20 games (plus 1 part-game, from a possible 110 played) taken from the tournament booklet "First International Junior 1950 / First World Junior Championship, Birmingham 1951," edited by Tony Gillam and first published by The Chess Player in 2014. My thanks to Tony Gillam for supplying the booklet. Held alongside the Birmingham Easter Congress, this has a claim to be the first ever junior international chess tournament.
27/02/20 1904 British Championship Napier

57 of the 66 games, with 9 stubs, plus 27 games from subsidiary events, and the play-off games between Napier and Atkins played in early 1905. My thanks to Tim Harding for helping me to sort out round numbers and dates, plus indicating where a handful of individual games were played ahead of schedule. Latest update: a game from the women's championship, Hallaway-Michell/Tapsell, added. My thanks to Brian Denman.

25/02/20 2019 Thanet Open Alan Merry All 52 games from the traditional August event, and 45 from the subsidiary event, with crosstables. My thanks to Kevin Thurlow.
18/02/20 1980, 1981 & 1982 Varsity Matches   I am grateful to Clive Frostick for supplying scores of all three of his Varsity match games.
13/02/20 1931 London/Philadelphia Cable Match London All six games of the March 1931 Insull Trophy cable match held between the London League and the Philadelphia club. London won by 3½-2½. This was the fifth and last in the Insull Trophy series of London/USA cable matches, all of which are now complete on BritBase. The text and photo are from BCM, while I have culled the game scores from the American Chess Bulletin, via the excellent game collection of ACB game scores posted by David Moody on
12/02/20 1928 London/Washington Cable Match Annulled All six games of the November 1928 cable match held between the London League and the Washington club. The score of the match was 3-2 in favour of London but after a protest by the US team to FIDE regarding a hitch in the transmission of moves, the match was considered annulled. These games appear to be previously unpublished in commercial databases and on the web.
12/02/20 1927 London/New York Cable Match London All six games of the November 1927 cable match held between the London League and New York. These games have previously been published on Big/Mega Database and elsewhere. The report is from BCM.
12/02/20 1926 London/Chicago Cable Match London All six games of the November 1926 cable match held between the London League and Chicago for the Insull Trophy. These games have previously been published on Big/Mega Database and elsewhere. The report is from BCM.
30/07/19 1960 Paignton Premier Threefold tie All 70 games from the 1960 Paignton Premier which I found on Mega/BigBase 2017. I have amended the numerous mistakes in players' names, added dates, crosstable and results.
23/07/19 Steve Berry Collection - A collection of games played by strong English amateur Steve Berry (1951-2019). Latest update: three more games submitted by Alan Smith, for which many thanks.
23/07/19 1924 British Championship Atkins All 66 of the 66 games from the 1924 British Championship held in Southport (same venue as the 1905 championships), plus 45 games from subsidiary events. The most interesting of the latter category are 10 of the 11 games played and won by Akiba Rubinstein in compiling his 11/11 score in the 1924 Major Open. I have also included a couple of photos I took of the venue in September 2015, names of competitors, results, etc. Latest update: added one game from the Ladies' Championship (Banting 0-1 Holloway), thanks to Alan Smith. I have also taken the opportunity to add complete crosstables of results and photos of HE Atkins and Edith Price.
25/06/19 Korrection Korner - I draw readers' attention to a couple of recent entries in 'Korrection Korner' where I list Mega/Big Database errors that I come across.
23/06/19 1970 British Championship Bob Wade All 179 games, plus 19 from subsidiary events. Note that one of the championship games (Farooqui-Pritchard, Round 5) was shown in the bulletin with the wrong result. This has been corrected to 0-1. Latest update: added RH Tracy-P Griffths from the First-Class tournament (n.b. not PC Griffiths)
20/06/19 1981 British Championship Paul Littlewood All 286 games have been available here since 1998. Latest update: reformatted, with improvements to names, plus crosstables and full results of subsidiary sections.
04/06/19 Wilfred Henry Pratten - 533 games played by strong Hampshire amateur player Wilfred Henry Pratten (1908-1985). Pratten was a fine player who won the British Boys' (Under 18) Championship in 1924 and 1925 and might have gone on to become a master had not the necessity to earn a living and support a family intervened. 400 of these these games were originally published in a 2004 self-published book Wilfred Henry Pratten: Doyen of Hampshire Chess by Roger Paige; the number of games has grown subsequently and this file was kindly made available to me by Arthur Brameld who collaborated with Roger Paige in collecting them. I am grateful to both Roger and Arthur. Latest update: 12 more games contributed by Brian Denman, for which many thanks. Brian has also provided some amendments to dates and venues.
20/05/19 1969 BCF Grading List & SCA Ratings - PDF with leading grades of 183 and above as published in the Autumn of 1979, plus the equivalent top Scottish national list for that year.
20/04/19 1969 England vs Netherlands Drawn 11 of the 22 games played in this double-round match played in London. Uploaded for the first time on 20 April 2019. All decisive games of the match are included. Some of the games are additional to those which have previously appeared on Big/Mega Database.
10/04/19 1962 Paul Keres Simul Tour - 16 games and part-games from a simul tour made by Soviet/Estonian GM Paul Keres between 25 November and 3 December 1962, with magazine and newspaper reports and a photo. First uploaded to BritBase, 10 April 2019.
10/04/19 1962 Netherlands vs England England 12 of the 22 games played in this match, held in Vlissingen [Flushing] on 3-4 November 1962. Some of the games have previously been published on Mega/Big but I have added a few more, culled from CHESS magazine. It includes all the decisive games played in the double-round match. Also, full results and reports from CHESS, The Times and the Manchester Guardian. First upoaded to BritBase, 9 April 2019. Latest update: One game added - Kuijpers-Hollis (Rd 2, ½-½).
27/03/19 1976 Birmingham Mestel 19 games plus 6 part-games of the Birmingham International, played 12-24 April 1976. It seems strange that a complete record of this tournament is not available, given its strength, but I've not come across a bulletin. Can anyone help to discover more games?
27/03/19 1958 London Boys Championship Various Just the one game but a significant one for the laws of chess. The result of the game between David Rumens and David Mabbs was eventually decided by the 1958 FIDE Congress which established that checkmate on the board concluded the game irrespective of the flag falling before the player could stop his clock. The score was published in the Glasgow Herald and sent to me by Stewart Reuben for inputting.
26/03/19 1976 London-Belgrade telex match Drawn 4-4 All 8 games played in this April 1976 match.
24/03/19 1975 Glasgow 800 Cup England This was a three-round team event featuring representative sides from Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland. All 48 games available, with thanks to Alan McGowan and Alistair Maxwell who input them and uploaded them to the Chess Scotland download area. Alan has also supplied further background information at the same site here.
03/03/19 2019 Varsity Oxford-Cambridge Oxford All eight games, report plus several photos of this match, played 2 March 2019 at the RAC Clubhouse, Pall Mall, London. Note, I have also updated the complete lists of Oxford and Cambridge participants in this series of 137 matches.
03/03/19 1989 Varsity Oxford-Cambridge Cambridge Added one game: Webster-Mukherjee. Thanks to Peter Webster for supplying.
28/02/19 Roger Emerson - 602 games played by Roger Emerson between 1965 and 1982. They were for the most part input by Roger himself and some of them include his extensive commentary. Roger stopped playing competition chess in 1982, unable to devote the time needed to maintain his standard, but returned to play on retirement in 2009, since when his ECF grade has once more reached 200 and he has won three British Senior Championship titles and sponsored/captained Guildford to six 4NCL Division One titles. As well as the games there is some biographical information and photos. Latest update: two further games submitted by Brian Denman, plus some amendments made to names and dates.
18/02/19 Shoosmith, Cafferty and Varsity Matches - Added one game to the Hector Shoosmith file and another to the Bernard Cafferty file (my thanks to Gerard Killoran for both games). I've also added some years to the Varsity match series - it now goes back as far as 1947 from the present day. I have also added a new feature - complete lists of Oxford and Cambridge participants in Varsity matches going back to 1873.
18/01/19 Steve Berry (1951-2019) - 342 games played by FM Steve Berry who sadly died only a few days ago. He was a strong player, consistently of 2300+ standard for around 40 years, and held the FM title. Latest update: now up to 394 games following updates from Roger de Coverly, Mark Page, Norman Stephenson and others.
07/08/18 2018 Alexander Cup Final Surbiton Eight of the ten games played in the Alexander Cup (Surrey team K.O. competition) final in which Surbiton beat Kingston by 6-4. Reports, results and photos. Latest update: The board two game Jogstad-Holland added. Thanks to John Foley.
14/05/18 Technical update   I have changed the board window throughout BritBase to a two-tone shade of blue, and changed to the Merida font for the pieces. This is part of an upgrade of the game viewer software Pgn4Web from version 2.71 to 3.03. If the board and/or pieces don't load properly, please try refreshing the screen or clearing the cache. If that doesn't work, or you spot anything else peculiar, please report the problem to me.
03/05/18 1905 British Championship Atkins 40 games from the 1905 British Championship held in Southport, plus 38 games from subsidiary events. Many thanks for help from Gerard Killoran, Brian Denman, Richard James and others. Latest update: Added nine more games from subsidiary sections, all contributed by Gerard Killoran: three from First Class B — Coates-Hamond, Wallwork-Hamond, Hamond-Crum (this last one was already on file but without clarity about result or end of game) — and six from Second Class B — Adcock-Burgoyne, Collins-Adcock, Greenhalgh-Adcock, Adcock-Kitchin, Adcock-Stockwell, Adcock-Forrest. Many thanks, Gerard. I have taken the opportunity of adding complete crosstables (in draw order) from BCM.
01/05/18 1953 Bognor Regis Winter / Golombek 9 of the 28 games of this eight-player round robin, played as the main event of the first Bognor Regis congress. Also three part-games and three games from lower sections. Latest update: an additional Premier game (Gross-Wade, Rd 1) and a game from Reserves B (Fawcett-Nield) added - thanks to Andy Ansel and Brian Denman. And, later the same day, Golombek-Wood (Rd 7) has now transformed from a part-game to a complete game, thanks to Gerard Killoran.
01/05/18 1953 Glasgow International Jonathan Penrose 16 of the 25 games played in this eight-player round robin, July-August 1953. My thanks to Alan McGowan for the games.
01/05/18 1953 Wade-Fairhurst match Bob Wade All eight games played in this match held in Glasgow in February/March 2018, contributed by Alan McGowan. They have long been available via ChessBase and elsewhere but Alan has placed them in the correct order. I have added dates and printed sources.
29/04/18 1946 GB-USSR Radio Match USSR All 24 games of the GB versus USSR radio match played in June 1946. These games have long been generally available but, with the help of Eduardo Bauza, we now have dates, round numbers and provenance, plus a table of results and some press reports added by me.
27/04/18 1906 British Championship Atkins 32 games from the 1906 British Championship held in Shrewsbury, plus 33 stubs and 25 games from subsidiary events. Latest update: the game Lee-Wainwright (Rd 2) added - thanks to Gerard Killoran.
19/04/18 1920/21 Hastings Yates All 12 games from this four-player double-cycle event, which was the first in the sequence of Hastings Christmas/New Year congresses. Latest update: correction to Griffith-Scott (Rd 6), plus some extra text giving a round-by-round report, as well further source references for some of the games. My thanks to Andy Ansel for pointing out the error in Griffith-Scott.
18/04/18 1935 Varsity Match Drawn All seven games plus a lot of biographical information about the participants, including some photos.
16/04/18 1958 British Championship Jonathan Penrose (after a play-off with Leonard Barden) 28* of the 154 games, plus six part-games and a default game, plus 11 games from the Major Open and the five games of the Penrose-Barden play-off match played some months later. As usual I have supplied a crosstable and results of other sections. Disappointing to have found so few games, though BH Wood's scathing comment about how 120 of the 154 games played were "very boring" may give a clue as to why so few are in circulation. * Latest update: (15 April 2018) Six more Championship games contributed by Andy Ansel. Many thanks to Andy. And on 16 April 2018 a game from the Major Open (Cook-Matchett) contributed by Brian Denman. Thanks, Brian.
16/04/18 2018 Bolton Easter Open Ali Jaunooby, Joe McPhillips, Mike Surtees All 47 games from the open section. Thanks to Ian Lamb for inputting the games, and Richard Palliser for forwarding them to me.
09/04/18 1951 Paignton Harry Golombek 14 of the 28 games, plus 3 part-games, from the eight-player all-play-all won by Harry Golombek ahead of Max Euwe.
09/04/18 1951 Commonwealth Championship WA Fairhurst All 15 games. Not new - these have been available for many years - but now presented in a games viewer, with a crosstable and photo.
08/04/18 2018 Polar Capital Jersey Open Tiger Hillarp Persson, Alan Merry 177 games from the Polar Capital Jersey (Channel Islands) Open, input by IM Jack Rudd. Note that the file was amended an hour or two after its original upload to show that Mitchell-Wojciechowski (round 3.14) was won (on time) by White rather than drawn.
29/03/18 Varsity match archive - The Varsity match archive is now up-to-date for the years 1956 to 2018. I am systematically adding years in reverse chronological order. It will be some time before this is complete.
29/03/18 1954 Grading List - I've added a scan of the November 1954 British Chess Federation Grading List to the documents folder.
03/03/18 2018 Varsity Oxford-Cambridge Oxford The 136th Varsity chess match between Oxford and Cambridge, played on 3 March 2018.
01/03/18 Gibraltar page - A special new page set up to provide PGNs and lists of winners for the Gibraltar International Chess Festival from 2003 onwards. Now up to date with complete PGNs for all the 2018 Tradewise Gibraltar Festival tournaments (Masters, Challengers A and B, Amateurs A and B) and all the Masters and Challengers tournaments from 2003 to 2017. Only a handful of games are available from some of the Amateur tournaments.
10/02/18 2018 Tradewise Gibraltar Masters Levon Aronian All 1,388 games, including play-offs, defaults and byes. I have made some amendments to the games from the official site, showing where games have been won by default, etc. In due course I hope to add separate files for the subsidiary sections.
09/01/18 2017 Isle of Man International Magnus Carlsen All the games of the 2017 Isle of Man Masters, won by Magnus carlsen, plus all the games from the Major and Minor tournaments, plus crosstables for all three competitions. This and other historical Isle of Man tournaments may also be accessed via the Isle of Man tournament page.
29/11/17 1900 City of London Invitational Teichmann All 78 games from this 13-player round-robin, won by Richard Teichmann. Kindly contributed by Eduardo Bauza, with full names and sources given.
29/11/17 1893 London Black and White Blackburne All 15 games from this short tournament, played at Simpson's Divan in 1893, and kindly contributed by Eduardo Bauza, with full names and sources given.
16/09/17 Correction to a player name - I am grateful to David LeMoir for pointing out an error in a name in the game Miles-Wise from the British Under-21 Championship in 1970. I have now corrected this error - the black player was Derek M Wise - but it led me to investigate further confusion between games played by Derek M Wise (of Bristol) and by David Wise (of Middlesbrough). I consulted David Wise and I am grateful for his help in sorting out the confusion. I am in the process of applying these amendments to BritBase. For those wish to apply amendments to their databases without having to download the games again, here's the solution. All games which you have downloaded for a player from this site named D or DM or David Wise which were played in the 1960s and 1970s (in particular the British Championships of 1971, 1973, 1974 and 1976) should be ascribed to Derek M Wise (1949-2010). And all games downloaded from here for the 1980s onwards with one of these names should be ascribed to David Wise (b 1956). (Please note that these names have frequently been confused in various contemporary sources. There is no third player with games from this era called David M Wise. Note also that David Wise has also sometimes been referred to erroneously as David A Wise. He has no middle name.)
13/09/17 2017 Thanet Open Alan Merry All 30 games from the traditional August event, plus a crosstable. My thanks to Kevin Thurlow.
24/08/17 Isle of Man Index - You may notice that I have added another item to the left-hand menu, which leads to a new page indexing all the Isle of Man material which I have amassed here. There are now games viewers for all 16 Monarch Assurance tournaments (1992-2007), with crosstables and results where known, plus the current PokerStars/ Masters (2014-2016). I have also rescued many old web pages relating to the Monarch Assurances events from 2001 to 2007 when I was the tournament webmaster, with daily reports, photos, etc.
16/08/17 Correction to a player name - I have made a correction to a player's name - Miss M Henniker-Heaton, who played in a number of British Championships between 1946 and her death in 1972 had the full name Mary Araluen Elizabeth Anne Henniker-Heaton (and not Monica as previously given here). As the name is overlong, I have reduced it to Mary Araluen E A Henniker-Heaton in the PGN downloads. Corrections have been made to all the relevant files here, and if you wish to correct the name on your databases, you will find one of her games in each of the 1946 and 1969 British Championship downloads. Biographical note - her date of birth was 26 Nov 1904 and date of death 31 Jan 1972 (died in Sydenham, Kent).
09/08/17 2017 British Championship and Subsidiary Events Gawain Jones All 455 games from the 104th British Championship, played in Llandudno, plus the six play-off games. On a separate page may be found 2,435 games from the subsidiary events (Major Open, Senior, Junior Championships, etc), with tournament titles and names tidied up, and some crosstables. My thanks to the tournament game inputters.
09/08/17 2016 British Championship and Subsidiary Events Mickey Adams Rather belatedly, all 471 games from the 103rd British Championship, played in Bournemough in 2016. On a separate page may be found 2,693 games from the subsidiary events (Major Open, Seniors, Junior Championships, etc), with tournament titles and names tidied up, and some crosstables. My thanks to the tournament game inputters.
09/07/17 2017 De Montfort Bell King's Place Rapidplay Luke McShane (on tie-break), Stephen Gordon, Richard Bates 30 games taken directly from the electronic boards and kindly supplied by David Clayton. Please note that, since this was a rapidplay, there would have been no scoresheets to refer to, hence some scores may be incomplete or inaccurate.
03/05/16 London Central YMCA (Centymca) Games, 1968-76 - These games have been input from the bulletin The Centymca Story by Jimmy Adams, published in 1976, which I have supplemented with a few more relevant games sourced from elsewhere. Games input without notes for the most part. For further details of what the file contains, click on the link. Updated 9/10/15 - 174 games. Updated 03/05/16 with the addition of a game lost by Korchnoi at a simul in Luton in 1976. Thanks to Mark McCready. Now 175 games.
28/04/16 2016 Colin Crouch Celebration Congress J. Vakhidov 183 games of the April 2016 Masters tournament held in Harrow in memory of the late IM Colin Crouch. Also 40 games from the intermediate tournament and 53 games of the English Senior Championship held alongside. My thanks to David Sedgwick for sending me the games. Link to the official tournament website.
26/04/16 1955 British Championship bulletin - A PDF (2MBs) of the official 1955 BCF Congress bulletin, with reports, results and some games from the year's British Championship events. The congress was held in Aberystwyth and the title won by Golombek. All the games have long since been input and have already appeared on BritBase.
26/04/16 1925 British Championship HE Atkins 54 of the 66 games played in the 1925 British Chess Championship, played in Stratford-upon-Avon. I have input complete games from rounds 2-8 from the Tinsley notebooks, kindly lent by Tony Gillam, and a number of these won't have seen the light of day until now. Others sourced from newspapers and elsewhere, with the assistance of Gerard Killoran. There are also 13 games from the subsidiary tournaments, plus three crosstables and results of lower sections. Originally uploaded 13.03.16. * Updated 14.03.16 with one extra game, plus tidied up references to which games come from the Tinsley notebooks, etc. Updated 15/03/16 with five more games contributed by Gerard Killoran - 1 in the Major Open (Morrison-Znosko-Borovsky), 1 in the Women's Championship (Houlding-Gilchrist) and three from lower sections. Many thanks, Gerard. Updated 30/03/16 with three further Major Open games (Lean-Watts, Rd 5; Znosko-Borovsky-Atkinson, Rd 10; Short-Drewitt, Rd 11), for which many thanks. Updated 12/04/16 with one championship game (Spencer-Saunders, Rd 9) and three games from the Major Open, all of which were in BCM. I have also tightened up some of the source references (as I did for the 1924 file). Updated 26/04/16: Roger Watson has unearthed Winter-Yates (Rd 11) from a Czech newspaper. Many thanks, Roger.
24/04/16 1954 BCF Championship Bulletin - A PDF of the official 1954 BCF Congress bulletin, with reports, results and some games from the year's British Championship events.
19/04/16 1963/64 West of England Grading List - Another submission from Ray Collett (for which many thanks). A bit hard to read in places: I've cleaned it up as far as I can.
18/04/16 1975 Scottish Grading List - Ray Collett sent me a PDF of the 1975 Scottish Grading List, which I have uploaded.
17/04/16 Mir Sultan Khan - 182 games, plus part-games and stubs, by the legendary Indian/Pakistani player Mir Sultan Khan (c1905-66), who played most of his chess whilst residing in the UK between 1929 and 1933. As of the date of posting (26/02/16), it is probably the most comprehensive collection of Sultan Khan's games currently online, though there are gaps that still need to be filled. Updated 27/03/16 to include a game played against Vera Menchik in a county match, 14 Nov 1931. Many thanks to Brian Denman. Note that a list of previous updates to this file is located under the games viewer. Updated 17/04/16 with Sultan Khan's last-round game against William Fairhurst from the 1932 British Championship. Many thanks to Alan McGowan. I've also just found most of the Yates game from the 1932 Cambridge Premier (Rd 6).
07/04/16 1946 British Championship Robert Forbes Combe All 66 games, plus 89 games from the subsidiary sections, of the 1946 British Championship, won by Scottish player Robert Forbes Combe. Results of the events, full names of the players, press cuttings and photos. Updated 28/03/16 to include seven more games played by Ron Bruce in the 4th section of the 1946 Major Open, taken from the Ron Bruce file input by Bob Jones and Bill Frost some time ago. This enabled me to work out round numbers and dates for other games played in the 4th Major Open section. Updated 07/04/16 to add three games from the First and Second Clas sections - thanks to Brian Denman.
06/04/16 1970 Middlesex County Championship Paul F Timson All the available games of the 1970 Middlesex County Individual Championship 1969, a ten-player all-play-all won by Paul Timson ahead of a strong field. The tournament was played over the course of six months, between March and September 1970. I'm afraid I cannot remember who sent me the bulletin! I think it might have been Simon Spivack - whoever it was, many thanks.
06/04/16 1969 Middlesex County Championship Ken Rogoff All the available games of the 1969 Middlesex County Individual Championship 1969, a ten-player all-play-all won by Ken Rogoff ahead of a strong field. The tournament was played over the course of six months, between March and September 1969. I'm afraid I cannot remember who sent me the bulletin! I think it might have been Simon Spivack - whoever it was, many thanks.
03/04/16 1952 Bolton Easter Congress S. Milan 54 games from the Bolton Easter Congress of 1952. All the games of the Premier, plus some from other sections. They were input from an excellent bulletin produced by BL Wilkinson. I have also included crosstables and results, plus a 1972 obituary of BL Wilkinson. Many thanks to Mike Conroy for sending me a copy of the bulletin and obituary. I have now made a PDF of the bulletin available: 1952 Bolton Easter Congress
30/03/16 Korrection Korner - A couple of notable games on your database may need fixing - click on the link and navigate to Bogoljubow-Botvinnik and Winter-Capablanca, both played at the famous Nottingham 1936 tournament. Big/Mega Database 2016 has the scores of these games wrong.
26/03/16 1944 Blackpool Premier David Hooper 10 of the 15 games in this six-player round-robin. Hooper 3½, Wahltuch 3, Rhodes, Abarhams, Gurnhill 2½, Mieses 1. Reports from the Manchester Guardian included as text annotations. I was inspired to collect the games from this tournament following a discussion on the English Chess Forum. My thanks to David McAlister, Richard James, Kevin Thurlow who contributed game scores and information.
25/03/16 1932 Cambridge Premier Mir Sultan Khan 18 of a possible 28 games, plus some part-games. Corrections made to some scores found on commercial databases. Originally posted 15/02/14. Updated 25/03/16 to inlude two games from the subsidiary event.
25/03/16 1930 London-Washington Cable Match Drawn All six games of the 1930 cable match for the Insull Trophy, kindly sent by Andy Ansel. Four of the games were adjudicated. I have found a photo of the Washington players, published in a contemporary US newspaper.
24/03/16 1969 Glasgow Congress RD Keene, DNL Levy, RM McKay All 30 games of the five-round Glasgow Invitation tournament held 27-29 September 1969, plus all 30 games of the 'Candidates' tournament which ran alongside. Games input from the bulletin by Andy Ansel, for which many thanks. (Small adjustment made later the same day - 24/03/16 - to adjust the round 5 dates to 1969.09.29)
13/03/16 1913 British Championship Yates 29 of the 66 games, with 37 stubs, plus 13 games from subsidiary events. Culled mainly from the Times, Manchester Guardian, Yorkshire Post, Falkirk Herald and other chess columns in regional newspapers. My thanks to Tim Harding, Gerard Killoran, Brian Denman and others who have helped to source games and supply information about names. A number of the players' real names have yet to be discovered so there is, as ever, scope for further investigation by those who enjoy these riddles. Originally uploaded on 15.08.15, updated on 13.03.16 to amend just one move - 31...Qf7 Yates-Jacobs, rd 4 (not 31...Qc7). Thanks to Andy Ansel.
05/03/16 2016 Varsity Match   Cambridge won 6-2. All games now available.
25/02/16 Old-Style BCF tournament pairings - Warning: this is something which will probably be of interest only to a tiny number of chess historians - it explains (1) how the BCF used to pair its 12-player all-play-all tournaments, and (2) how this arcane information can be used by harmless drudges such as myself to discover tiny snippets of information about tournament games long ago.
17/02/16 1973 Evening Standard Islington Open Borivoje Vujacic 89* of the games of this weekender, plus six games from subsidiary events and the London U21 Ch'p (which, strictly speaking, was a separate event). More than 2,000 players took part in this record-breaking congress, played 7-9 December. My thanks to Richard James for the loan of the bulletin. * updated to include the game Goldschmidt-Crouch.
16/02/16 Thanet Open 2013 and 2014 Martin Taylor (2013); Gordon Scott, Alan Merry (2014) 49 games and 45 games respectively of the 2013 and 2014 Thanet Opens. Many thanks to Kevin Thurlow.
20/01/16 1988 Oakham International James Howell All 235 games of this strong young masters event, won by James Howell ahead of an impressive field, including Michael Adams, Boris Gelfand, Ivan Sokolov, etc. There is also a very comprehensive bulletin in PDF format.
18/01/16 1986 Midland Ch, Forrest Cup K Arkell, C Baker, G Lawton 55 games from the bulletin of the 1986 Midland (MCCU) Individual Championship (Forrest Cup), held in Derby. Bulletin provided by Neil Graham - many thanks.
16/01/16 Dragon (Cambridge University CC Bulletin), Michaelmas 1971 - A PDF of Dragon, the bulletin of Cambridge University Chess Club, for Michaelmas 1971 (Vol. 13, No.37), with 14 games to play through here.
16/01/16 2015/16 Tradewise Hastings Masters Mista, Vakhidov All 358 games, from the official website. Incidentally, I have added the games played therein by Bernard Cafferty to his individual player file.
12/01/16 1968 British Championship Penrose All 198 games from the bulletin, plus 101 games from subsidiary events. Updated 12/01/16 to include the game A.Miles-J.Nunn (from John Nunn's Secrets of Grandmaster Chess).
12/01/16 1967 British Championship Penrose This one has been here for a very long time, and previously updated to include all dates and full names. But recently, to my horror, I noticed that three games had wrong results recorded. As a result, every database in the world seems to have the same three errors! The correct results are as follows: Parr-Gilbert (R1) 1-0 (not 0-1); Horton-Ludgate (R2) 1-0 (not 0-1); Whiteley-N.Littlewood (R4) 1-0 (not ½-½). I've a feeling I may have been the person who originally input the games from the bulletin, many years ago. It underlines the importance, after inputting all the games, of using ChessBase's tournament crosstable facility to check results against published crosstables (which is how I picked up the errors). I have also taken the opportunity to update a few names and generally tidy up, making the file viewable, etc. If anyone can supply full forenames (rather than initials) for players, please let me know. Note that there are 198 games from the Championship (complete), two from the Ladies' Championship, 28 from the Major Open, 37 from the U21, 41 from the U18, 40 from the U16, and six from the U14. I've also included full results of all sections and a photo of Norman Littlewood and Dinah Dobson I found in the Times. Updated 12/01/16 to include the game L.Marks-J.Nunn (from John Nunn's Secrets of Grandmaster Chess).
29/10/15 University Chess Annual (1950 - 1953/4) - I have uploaded PDFs of the four issues of University Chess Annual, which was a 20+ page booklet published by the British Universities Chess Association (BUCA). The PDFs may be found here. I have also uploaded a games viewer will all 92 games and part-games to be found in these four issues. Game Viewer.
26/10/15 PDFs and Documents - I have introduced a new menu item on the left-hand side of the website: PDFs. I will occasionally be making available PDFs of scanned chess documents in my possession, such as old bulletins, grading lists and indexes. It's as much for my own convenience as anything (as I get tired of rifling through old files and papers looking for things), but the files may be of interest or benefit to other chess researchers and antiquarians.
25/10/15 1970 British Universities (BUCA) Individual and Team Championships Simon Webb; London University 1 All the games from the 1970 British Universities Chess Association (BUCA) Bulletin 1970. Andy Ansel has kindly input the 72 games of the individual championship, while I have input the 163 games of the Team Championship. Results of the events are appended. Many thanks to Andy Ansel.
15/10/15 2012 Thanet Open Martin Taylor All 55 games, sent to me by Kevin Thurlow, for which many thanks.
14/10/15 1973 Ilford Open Alan Phillips 39 games from the 1973 Ilford Open, published in the bulletin of the 24th Ilford Congress, 25-28 May 1973, held at the Ilford County High School for Girls. Congress hon.sec. was P Rosenberg, chief controller David Eustace and adjudicator Bob Wade (yes, no quickplay finish in those days). Originally uploaded 11/10/15, updated 14/10/15 to correct forename of Helman to 'Amir' (and not 'Abraham').
09/10/15 1971 Bayswater Open Barden, Blackstock 47 of the 60 games of the 3rd Bayswater Open, played 11-13 June 1971, from a bulletin published by Jimmy Adams.
08/10/15 1976 Young England vs USSR Rapidplay USSR by 12½-5½ All 18 games of the Young England vs USSR (Scheveningen system) match between three young English players, Michael Stean, David Goodman and Jonathan Mestel, and three Soviet GMs, Viktor Korchnoi, David Bronstein and Mark Taimanov. The time limit was 25 minutes per player per game. It was played at the offices of chess publishers B.T. Batsford on 24 January 1976. The games already appear on Mega/Big Database but I have added dates and round numbers, etc.
08/09/15 New Blog Posts: Kate Belinda Finn and Grace Moore Curling. - Whilst researching games for Britbase, I often come across historical snippets which are worth sharing. So I've revived my blog to feature some of these chess snippets. Today I've compiled two posts on early British women's champions Kate Belinda Finn and Grace Moore Curling. Both have new items of biographical information which don't seem to have emerged previously.
06/09/15 2013 British Championship: Other Events Various 1,715 games from subsidiary events at the 2013 British in Torquay, from the website but with names tidied up and standardised. The round 5 games from the Five-Day Week 2 morning tournament are missing (faulty link on the official site) but the games are otherwise complete.
06/09/15 1908 British Championship Atkins All 66 games, sourced mainly from BCM. Not new - this file has been on Britbase for years - but it contains a significant amendment made to Palmer-Blackburne, Rd 11, which had been misprinted in the contemporary BCM in which the games appeared. My thanks to Tim Harding for pointing this out and providing the correct score. Added 6/9/15, two games from subsidiary events, many thanks to Gerard Killoran and Brian Denman.
06/09/15 1909 British Championship Atkins All 62 games played in the main championship (first posted here in 2013 - n.b. EG Sergeant missed 4 rounds through illness), plus three games from the play-off match between Atkins and Blake, to which I have now added 16 games from the subsidiary events, for which many thanks to Gerard Killoran. And, the same day, two more games from Brian Denman - many thanks.
30/08/15 New Feature: Player Collections - More of a tidying-up operation, but with one new item. Britbase already featured game collections of Peter C Griffiths, Bernard Cafferty and the late Ian Wells but I've now collected them together on a separate page, with the addition with a small file of games by my old Bucks county colleague Barry Sandercock. I'd like to feature more players here - any offers? JS
27/08/15 1961 Grading List - Not games, but the 1961 BCF Grading List as published by the British Chess Federation and reproduced in the January 1962 BCM. It has the bulk of players then graded in England Wales. A key to the then grading list is included at the end.
23/08/15 1911 Yates-Palmer match, Bradford Yates All 3 games of a short match between FD Yates and Rev. WC Palmer, held in Bradford, 2-4 October 1911. The Rev. Palmer was domiciled in Trinidad and craved top-level competition whilst he was on leave in the UK. He had done very well to finish 3rd at the 1911 British Championship but he lost all three of what had originally been scheduled as a five-game match. My thanks to Roger Watson for supplying the games.
10/08/15 1965 London Training Tournament Mike Basman All 14 games of a six-player training tournament held in London in 1965, featuring Mike Basman, Ray Keene, Owen Hindle, Bill Hartston, Bob Wade and Graham Chesters. It preceded a junior team tournament in which four of the above represented England. My thanks to Andy Ansel for the games.
10/08/15 1975 Glorney Cup England All 90 games of the Glorney Cup (Junior six-nation championship over six-boards), held in Carmarthen. My thanks to Andy Ansel for supplying the games. * Edited 13/08/15 to correct names of Jonathan Benjamin, Peter Varley and Paul Hadden. My thanks to Richard James for the info.
09/08/15 2015 British Championship Jonathan Hawkins All 405 games from the tournament website. Note that Hawkins-Arkell, Rd 11, is shown correctly here with the last move as 26...Rd4 (followed by resignation). There may be other instances of LMS (last move syndrome) - I would be grateful if readers could let me know and I'll fix them.

Tinsley notebooks: I am grateful to Tony Gillam for loaning me his photocopies of the Tinsley notebooks. Edward Samuel Tinsley (1869-1937) was the Times chess columnist from 1903 to his death in 1937 and he kept notebooks of games from the many tournaments he visited. I am hugely grateful to Tony Gillam for lending me this valuable repository of chess games, and it will keep me busy for months inputting and uploading the games. You can expect to see regular updates here. The batch of photocopies I received from Tony includes the following: (1) British Championship, Southsea 1923, Rds 1-11; (2) British Championship, Southport 1924: Rds 1-11 + other games (Ladies Ch); (3) British Championship, Stratford 1925: Rds 2-8; (4) British Championship, Edinburgh 1926: Rds 1-7 + 3 other games; (5) British Championship, Chester 1934: Rds 1-11; (6) Inter-university match 1924, 1925, 1927?, 1929; (7) University Cable match 1924; (8) English Counties Final 1926; (9) London v Washington, cable match 1928; (10) Northumberland v Staffs, year?; + several other games; (11) two games by CHOD Alexander in Boys’ Tournament, year?

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