The Final of the 2019-20 British Chess Solving Championship, sponsored by Winton, took place at the Copthorne Hotel, Slough on 22nd February. The event consists of six rounds each featuring problems of a different type (mates in 2, mates in 3, mates in >3, helpmates, selfmates and endgame studies) which must be solved within the stipulated time.
Three-time former World Solving Champion John Nunn was on top form, solving 12 of the 13 problems set, and duly recorded his tenth win in the event. Former World Champion Jonathan Mestel recovered from a poor start to take second place, with defending champion David Hodge third. The event forms one leg of the World Solving Cup, and attracted 13 strong solvers from 6 countries, who could gain WSC points. Belgium’s Eddy van Beers top-scored among the visitors, who compete in the Open section (for those who have not qualified for the British Final – Finalists and Open solvers solve the same problems). A Minor event for lower-graded solvers, featuring easier problems, was won by Giles Body.
Prizewinners – British Championship
1st John Nunn 60/65
2nd Jonathan Mestel 47
3rd David Hodge 43.5
4th Colin McNab 37
5th Michael McDowell 35.5
1st Eddy van Beers (Belgium) 59.5/65
2nd Martynas Limontas (Lithuania) 53.5
3rd Abdelaziz Onkoud (Morocco) 51
4th Dolf Wissmann (Netherlands) 50
1st Giles Body 56/65
2nd Freddie Hand 54
3rd Stephen Peters 48
4th Oliver Penrose 32.5
Full results plus the two-movers from both events can be found below. All of the problems will be posted on the BCPS website in due course.