Michael Adams, the England No1, is making a rare appearance in the annual British chess championship, which reaches its half-way mark at Bournemouth on Saturday. Adams, 44, has competed in only six previous title contests but his record is highly impressive. He has won four times and one of his two failures came in 1987 when, as a 15-year-old, his performance was good enough to qualify him as the youngest international master in the world at that time. The Cornishman’s title victory percentage stands comparison with the two most prolific British winners, Henry Atkins, successful nine times in 11 attempts a century ago, and Jonathan Penrose, the record holder with 10 wins. They were chess amateurs. Atkins was a school headmaster and Penrose a psychology lecturer. Both played only a few international chess events but still achieved …

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