Michael Adams edged out David Howell for the British chess championship last weekend as the pair, who are separated by a whisker in the global live ratings, both finished unbeaten with 7.5/9 and 7/9. The rising North London talent Ravi Haria, 20, drew with both of them and shared third with Richard Palliser on 6.5/9. Jovanka Houska, the England No 1, retained the women’s title, incorporated within the main event, with an excellent 6/9. The gap in the respective ratings of Michael Adams and David Howell is extremely tight. Adams’s seventh chess championship came 30 years after his first, at 17 and still the record youngest, at Plymouth 1989. Last week’s victory was at Torquay and the Cornishman always plays well in his native West Country. Adams did have favourable pairings in the final two rounds when the colour allocation gave …

Source: GameKnot online chess news