Gawain Jones won his second British title last weekend when the 29-year-old Yorkshireman defeated Luke McShane, 33, the grandmaster who works full time as a financial trader, in a speed play-off final. The pair finished in a four-way tie on 7/9 in the main event at Llandudno. McShane missed his chance when he beat the No1 seed, David Howell, in round six and went a point clear of Howell and Jones with only three rounds left but he then slowed up with draws. A new format, nine rounds instead of 11, triggered a more cautious approach by several top chess players, leading to a bunch finish. The surprise fourth man on 7/9 was Craig Hanley, a former talented junior and master who has played little chess in recent years. The Swiss pairing system gave him an easier draw than the three elite GMs. Familiar names dominated as …

Source: GameKnot online chess news