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Tournament: 50th British Chess Championship • all 154 Championship games, plus 81 games from subsidiary events
Venue: Assembly Rooms, Bath • Dates: 12-23 August 1963 • Download PGN • Last Edited: Thursday 17 June, 2021 4:15 PM

1963 British Chess Championship, Bath, 12-23 August

1963 British Chess Championship Resid. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11  Total 
1 Penrose,Jonathan London N10 ◊ 1/21 ♦ 1/12 ◊ 1/2 ♦ ½/5 ◊ ½/6 ♦ 1/3 ◊ 1/22 ♦ ½/10 ◊ 1/19 ♦ ½/4 ♦ ½/7
2 Littlewood,Norman Sheffield ◊ 1/14 ♦ 1/15 ♦ 0/1 ◊ 1/13 ♦ 1/11 ◊ 1/6 ♦ ½/19 ◊ 0/3 ♦ 1/7 ♦ 1/8 ◊ ½/4 8
3 Franklin,Michael J London SW16 ◊ 1/28 ♦ ½/8 ◊ 1/19 ♦ ½/6 ◊ 1/5 ◊ 0/1 ♦ ½/4 ♦ 1/2 ◊ ½/10 ♦ 1/13 ◊ ½/9
4 Hindle,Owen Mark Norwich ◊ ½/18 ♦ 1/20 ◊ ½/12 ♦ ½/8 ◊ ½/9 ♦ ½/10 ◊ ½/3 ♦ 1/22 ◊ 1/14 ◊ ½/1 ♦ ½/2 7
5 Littlewood,John Eric Skegness ♦ 1/26 ◊ ½/22 ♦ 1/16 ◊ ½/1 ♦ 0/3 ◊ 0/7 ♦ ½/6 ◊ 1/11 ♦ ½/9 ◊ 1/19 ♦ 1/10 7
6 Clarke,Peter Hugh Woodford Green ◊ 1/17 ♦ 1/13 ◊ ½/8 ◊ ½/3 ♦ ½/1 ♦ 0/2 ◊ ½/5 ♦ ½/9 ◊ 1/21 ♦ ½/10 ◊ ½/11
7 Fazekas,Stefan Buckhurst Hill ◊ 0/13 ♦ 1/21 ◊ ½/9 ♦ ½/10 ◊ ½/14 ♦ 1/5 ◊ 1/8 ♦ ½/19 ◊ 0/2 ♦ 1/16 ◊ ½/1
8 Haygarth,Michael John Leeds ♦ 1/24 ◊ ½/3 ♦ ½/6 ◊ ½/4 ♦ ½/22 ◊ ½/11 ♦ 0/7 ◊ 1/12 ♦ 1/20 ◊ 0/2 ♦ 1/19
9 Cafferty,Bernard Smethwick ♦ 0/19 ◊ 1/27 ♦ ½/7 ◊ 1/16 ♦ ½/4 ◊ ½/20 ♦ ½/11 ◊ ½/6 ◊ ½/5 ♦ 1/14 ♦ ½/3
10 Hollis,Adrian Swayne London W8 ♦ 0/22 ◊ 1/23 ♦ ½/15 ◊ ½/7 ♦ 1/13 ◊ ½/4 ♦ 1/20 ◊ ½/1 ♦ ½/3 ◊ ½/6 ◊ 0/5 6
11 Parr,Frank Sutton ◊ 1/27 ♦ ½/19 ◊ 1/22 ♦ ½/14 ◊ 0/2 ♦ ½/8 ◊ ½/9 ♦ 0/5 ♦ ½/15 ◊ 1/23 ♦ ½/6 6
12 Pritchard,David Brine Godalming ♦ 1/23 ◊ 0/1 ♦ ½/4 ◊ 0/19 ♦ 0/15 ◊ 1/27 ◊ 1/21 ♦ 0/8 ♦ ½/16 ◊ 1/26 ◊ 1/20 6
13 Hilton,Clifford George Manchester ♦ 1/7 ◊ 0/6 ♦ 1/25 ♦ 0/2 ◊ 0/10 ◊ 1/23 ♦ 1/16 ♦ 0/14 ◊ 1/22 ◊ 0/3 ♦ ½/17
14 Wheatcroft,Timothy Martin London W10 ♦ 0/2 ◊ 1/24 ♦ 1/28 ◊ ½/11 ♦ ½/7 ◊ 0/19 ♦ 1/18 ◊ 1/13 ♦ 0/4 ◊ 0/9 ♦ ½/15
15 Lawrence,John A Birmingham ♦ 1/25 ◊ 0/2 ◊ ½/10 ♦ 0/20 ◊ 1/12 ♦ 0/18 ◊ ½/17 ♦ ½/23 ◊ ½/11 ♦ 1/28 ◊ ½/14
16 Firth,Malcolm Chadderton ◊ ½/20 ♦ 1/18 ◊ 0/5 ♦ 0/9 ◊ ½/17 ♦ 1/28 ◊ 0/13 ♦ 1/26 ◊ ½/12 ◊ 0/7 ♦ 1/24
17 Sutton,John Anthony Stafford ♦ 0/6 ◊ 0/25 ♦ 0/27 ◊ 1/26 ♦ ½/16 ◊ 1/24 ♦ ½/15 ◊ ½/20 ♦ ½/23 ♦ 1/22 ◊ ½/13
18 Abrahams,Gerald Liverpool ♦ ½/4 ◊ 0/16 ◊ 0/20 ♦ ½/24 ♦ 1/25 ◊ 1/15 ◊ 0/14 ♦ 0/21 ◊ ½/26 ♦ 1/27 ♦ 1/28
19 Milner-Barry,P Stuart London SE3 ◊ 1/9 ◊ ½/11 ♦ 0/3 ♦ 1/12 ◊ ½/20 ♦ 1/14 ◊ ½/2 ◊ ½/7 ♦ 0/1 ♦ 0/5 ◊ 0/8 5
20 Bowen,Alfred William Orpington ♦ ½/16 ◊ 0/4 ♦ 1/18 ◊ 1/15 ♦ ½/19 ♦ ½/9 ◊ 0/10 ♦ ½/17 ◊ 0/8 ◊ 1/25 ♦ 0/12 5
21 Levens,David G East Leake ♦ 0/1 ◊ 0/7 ♦ 1/26 ◊ 1/25 ♦ 1/23 ◊ 0/22 ♦ 0/12 ◊ 1/18 ♦ 0/6 ◊ 0/24 ♦ ½/27
22 Freeman,Michael J Whitecraig ◊ 1/10 ♦ ½/5 ♦ 0/11 ◊ 1/28 ◊ ½/8 ♦ 1/21 ♦ 0/1 ◊ 0/4 ♦ 0/13 ◊ 0/17 ♦ 0/26 4
23 Wells,David Graham Bristol ◊ 0/12 ♦ 0/10 ♦ 1/24 ◊ 1/27 ◊ 0/21 ♦ 0/13 ♦ 1/28 ◊ ½/15 ◊ ½/17 ♦ 0/11 ♦ 0/25 4
24 Walker,Philip E Beaconsfield ◊ 0/8 ♦ 0/14 ◊ 0/23 ◊ ½/18 ♦ 1/26 ♦ 0/17 ◊ ½/25 ♦ 1/27 ◊ 0/28 ♦ 1/21 ◊ 0/16 4
25 Thomas,Andrew Rowland B Tiverton ◊ 0/15 ♦ 1/17 ◊ 0/13 ♦ 0/21 ◊ 0/18 ♦ 0/26 ♦ ½/24 ◊ 1/28 ◊ ½/27 ♦ 0/20 ◊ 1/23 4
26 Clough,Fred Lydbrook ◊ 0/5 ♦ 0/28 ◊ 0/21 ♦ 0/17 ◊ 0/24 ◊ 1/25 ♦ ½/27 ◊ 0/16 ♦ ½/18 ♦ 0/12 ◊ 1/22 3
27 Richardson,H[arry?] W ¶ Tynemouth ♦ 0/11 ♦ 0/9 ◊ 1/17 ♦ 0/23 ◊ ½/28 ♦ 0/12 ◊ ½/26 ◊ 0/24 ♦ ½/25 ◊ 0/18 ◊ ½/21 3
28 Hardy,Otto Henry Loughborough ♦ 0/3 ◊ 1/26 ◊ 0/14 ♦ 0/22 ♦ ½/27 ◊ 0/16 ◊ 0/23 ♦ 0/25 ♦ 1/24 ◊ 0/15 ◊ 0/18

¶ Tentative identification: full name Harry Ward Richardson - of Dewsbury, when he played in the 1956 British Under-18 Championship, then of Tynemouth and King's College, Newcastle. Later lived in Aberdeen (possibly an economics lecturer at the university), later still a professor in the USA. But all this is still unconfirmed.


1963 British Ladies' Championship Resid. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9  Total 
1 Mrs Rowena Mary Bruce Plymouth
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2 Capt. (Patricia) Anne Sunnucks London SE18 ½
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3 Mrs Elaine Pritchard Godalming 0 ½
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4 Mrs Margaret Eileen Elizabeth Clarke Woodford Green ½ 0 0
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1 1 ½ 1 1 5
5 Mrs Margaret Penrose London N10 0 ½ 0 0
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6 Miss Mary A E A Henniker-Heaton London W8 0 ½ 1 0 ½
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0 1 0 3
7 Miss Margaret Eleanor Lander Gillingham, Dorset 0 0 ½ ½ 0 1
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8 Miss Leah Margaret Hogarth Glasgow 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
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9 Miss Sheila A Corbyn Birmingham 0 0 0 0 0 1 ½ 0
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Major Open.—W Arthur Winser, David Lees 8; K. R. Ingram 7½; J. L. Seppings and R. Thomas 7; L. R. Kirkcaldy and H. G. T. Matchett 6½; P. E. Collier, S. J. Noorda, and M E. Poolake 6; D. G. Ellison, D. C. van Enk, R. Jessop, and R. P. Ross 5½; Wilfred Evans 5; C R. Gurnhill 4½; Gordon R Evans, B. Goulding Brown, and P. E. Whitehead 4; A. Brocklesby 3½; W. S. Mackie and G. P. Webb 2½. Winser qualified for the next British Championship by superior sum of opponents’ scores.

First Class.—W. Bainbridge and G. Chesters 9; R. Morton 8; R. G. Thimann 7½; B. Crowther, E. G. Exell, and C. Hatch 6; A. Archer and G. A. Peck 5½; J. W. Daniels, H. F. Gook, H. B. Howard, and R. Owen 5; L. Buckland and A. Milner 4½; T. V. Parrott 4; A. Attenborough, G. G. Homan, and A. T. Watson 3; M. F. Robins 1½.

Second Class.—S. Denham Jacobs 9; A. Terrett 8½; R. J. H. Starks 7; J. H. Brown, C. C. Hales, and J. Salt 6; C. R. Frost, G. O. J. Melitus, and Miss J. Pickles 5; S. R. Huggins 4½; D. Ll. Jones 3; F. H. Bath 1.

THE JUNIOR TOURNAMENTS

The entry for the junior tournaments was 138, as opposed to 148 last year, but they were rather differently distributed in the boys’ sections because of changes in the lower age-groupings, which brought in Under-sixteen and Under-fourteen sections instead of the single previous Under-fifteen tournament. The effect was to decant a number from the British Boys’ Championship which had only fifty-eight competitors as against some ninety last time. The sectional qualifying events were also omitted and the usual all-in Swiss events took place with additional rounds, where required.

Play in all the junior sections reached a high standard, particularly in the Boys’ Championship which was a thirteen-round struggle of great intensity. Indeed such is the effort which these boys put into their play that some of them, not surprisingly found the task of playing two rounds in one day had an adverse effect on their form.

The Under-sixteen section, with forty-three competitors, clearly helped to relieve the congestion in the Boys’ Championship and the new Under-fourteen event did well to attract thirty players at the first time of asking.

The entry for the Under-twenty-one Championship attracted the same number as in 1962, but it was not, perhaps, quite so strong. The performance of M. J. Basman, who was still young enough for the Boys’ Championship, was very noteworthy. He is a player of great promise and had just previously performed well in the Northern Open Championship at Whitby.

British Junior (Under-twenty-one) Championship.—M. J. Basman and R. J. Harris 8; H. Lamb and D. J. Masters 7½; R. G. Jones and J. N. Walker 7; M. Alcock 6½; G. H. Davies and J. E. Scholes 6; G. V. Guy, P. R. Hindley, C. H. Pemberton, R. A. E. Shaw, and N. Stockman 5½; C. Boss, M. J. Conroy, I. P. Eustis, R. Lorch, R. W. O’Brien, and A. Toothill 5; N. J. Davies, R. Julian, and S. J. Ridout 4½; S. J. Strode and Colin Waring 3.

British Boys’ (Under Eighteen) Championship.—P. Jamieson 9½; P. Almond, P. C. Griffiths, W. R. Hartston, and K. B. McAlpine 9; B. Kooiman, D. N. L. Levy, and A. J. Whiteley 8½; J. D. L. Ball, L. P. Burnett, G. Chesters, and M. V. Lambshire 8; A. Davie, T. C. Fox, R. V. M. Hall, V. W. Knox, J. R. Mitchell, J. N. Wingfield, R. C. Vaughan, C. Waites, and A. L. Wernick 7½; P. Murphy, D. L. Roth, and D. P. Thompson 7; B. L. Cartwright, E. Davis, P. F. Habershon, A. Heaton, B. Hopewell, R. Keely, M. Levene, S. Mac-Donald-Ross, G. Phillips, and T. A. K. Thomson 6½; P. Dean, B. A. Lewis, D. R. Markham, and W. Smith 6; P. Blackman, D. Blake, D. Crook, A. M. M. Hurman, C. Needham, A. I. Ogus, D. Parr, G. L. Porter, and M. N. Walsh 5½; T. Bimpson, J. C. Hull, A. F. Morgan, and B. Wood 5; A. G. Hughes, M. J. Smith, and G. Tyrell 4½; C. N. Price and J. Wheelan 4; P. H. Poole 3½; D. H. Young 2.

British Boys’ (Under-sixteen) Championship.—N. J. Patterson 9½; B. R. Smith 9; A. R. Price 8½; P. S. N. Kendall, D. K. Openshaw 8; D. A. Floyer 7½; P. J. Chapman, R. Collett, S. R. Curry, R. de L. Holmes, A. J. Hughes, P. Parr, D. J. Sully, M. Walsh, and G. A. Young 7; T. D. Hughes, R. J. Lee, J. Leeson, Peter R Morriss §, D. Oakes, and P. Timson 6½; M. J. Edwards, B. G. Gosling, N. J. D. Jacobs, R. Kendall, D. K. Lawton, P. T. Lee, and R. H. Natham 6; J. M. Brown, M. P. J. Potter, J. C. W. Rose, and T. Tausz 5½; M. D. Boreham, M. M. Daube, R. Holroyd, H. R. D. Richter 5; A. J. Nelder and V. J. E. Rideout 4½; J. C. Morgan and D. Steadman 3; V. Burnett 1; R. Middleton ½; D. Hansen 0. § BCM gives this player's name as P. R. Morris but I think it is the Dulwich College and Glorney Cup player Peter R Morriss (born 1947, now of Galway and Ireland - note, double 's'). I can see that I have previously confused him with the player called P. L. Morris who played in the 1967 British Under-16. Apologies for the mix-up.

British Boys’ (Under-fourteen) Championship.—T. Baldwin 8½; S. L. Thompson 8; P. Chubb, I. A. Friedlander, T. Hart, A. M. Walker 7; J. Century, D. J. Renehan, and P. D. Venn 6½; R. Hedges, S. Povall, and J. H. Stocker 6; C. Davy, J. D. Foster, B. Jennings, A. P. Kendry, and J. K. O’Grady 5½; R. G. Eales, S. M. Williams, R. A. Wilson, and D. Wise 5; D. J. Bruce, D. K. Bryan, G. M. Hughes, and J. F. Thorley 4½; C. E. Webb 4; S. N. Anscombe 3½; J. S. Zalin 2; S. Mobbs 0.

British Girls’ Championship.—Dinah Dobson, Gillian Moore, and Marcia Syme 5; Elizabeth Harman, Rosemary Sawyer, and Heather Tapper 2; Susan Pike 0.


File Updated

Date Notes
19 June 2019 Uploaded for the first time in this format. All 154 Championship games (which have been widely available for some time but now with dates and some newspaper sources), plus 80 games from subsidiary events, full results of all competitions, Championship crosstable, etc.
12 May 2020 Added one game from the First-Class section, Geoffrey Chesters vs Bainbridge. Thanks to Brian Denman.
8 May 2021 It's been pointed out on chessgames.com that the end of the game J.Littlewood-J.Penrose (Rd 4) makes no sense as Black has a series of obvious wins from move 36 onwards. Almost certainly an input error at move 34, when White cannot have played Kf1, which is nonsensical. Having examined the game, I've a strong feeling that White actually played 34 Re3 as this makes the most sense in the position, and after which the rest of the score hangs together well. I've substituted Re3 for Kf1 in the score. Later: Andy Ansel has kindly checked the 1963 bulletin and confirms that 34 Re3 was indeed played. Thanks, Andy.