Linton success at the British Championships 2023

Ruben Evans played a superb tournament to become joint British U16 Champion on 5/7 with a five-way tie at the top!

Ruben moved into joint first place after 4 rounds and managed to hold his nerve and maintain his pace right to the end to scoop joint top honours.

Abigail Weersing also had a very impressive run in the main championship, scoring 3.5 points against higher rated opposition, picking up over 60 rating points over the course of the tournament and in so doing now becoming Linton’s leading player by rating. (Nate deserves a mention too, emerging with an eminently respectable even score in the U1750!)

This caps a strong run for Abbey, following up from the UK Chess Challenge earlier in the month where she captured 2nd place in the Northern Gigafinal U18 on 6/7 for a mightily impressive +5 score placing as the top U18 girl. Here she is pictured being presented her spoils of victory from Sarah Longson.

Here is a position from Abigail’s round 6 game vs. Robert Starley (2064) in the British Championship.

Abigail has firm control of the f-file, and White’s King looks rather exposed. How did Abigail deliver the coup de grace here?

And here is a position from Ruben’s Round 3 game vs. Austin Ivan (1818) that helped to put him into contention for a top spot and allowed him to demonstrate his tactical chops.

Can you match Ruben’s tactical prowess?

The Championships were held at De Montfort University, Leicester, with the main Championship being contested over 9 rounds from 22nd July to 30th July and the Junior U16 over 7 rounds from 25th July to 29th July.

Solutions to the positions