Gawain Jones – 2017 British Champion

Congratulations to GM Gawain Jones who is the 2017 British Chess Champion. Gawain won a four-man playoff against GM Luke McShane, GM David Howell, and IM Craig Hanley after they all finished on 7/9.

Gawain wrote two excellent books on the Dragon for Quality Chess, and naturally we would like him to write more books for us, but so far he has been too busy playing chess and winning tournaments.

4 thoughts on “Gawain Jones – 2017 British Champion”

  1. Well, it’s probably weird to comment a very old entry, but I think this is the most matching entry for my question 😀

    First of all let me say, that the Dragon books of Gawain Jones are just excellent in my opinion.
    Though, I have one question about the ‘Burnett-Variation’ (12. Kb1) in the Yugoslav Attack.
    If White plays 15. h4, the suggestion is to play 15… h5 but I didn’t manage to find an entirely convincing solution against 16. e5 (which has the idea to use the pin in the d-file and to grab the bishop on d7), which is not mentioned in the book.
    Will you give an update about this?

    Best regards,

  2. @Christoph
    A very interesting line!

    1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 O-O 8. Qd2
    Nc6 9. Bc4 Bd7 10. O-O-O Ne5 11. Bb3 Rc8 12. Kb1 Nc4 13. Bxc4 Rxc4 14. g4 b5
    15. h4 h5 16. e5

    as i understand, this is the line you asked about

    16…dxe5! 17. Nb3 hxg4! 18. h5 Re8! 19. Ne4 Nxh5 and now, two lines:

    A) 20. Qxd7 Qxd7 21. Rxd7 gxf3 22. Nbd2 Rcc8! 23. Nxf3 f5

    with plenty or comp for Black due to his mobile pawn mass, and

    B) 20.fxg4 Rxe4 21. gxh5 Qc8!?
    (21… Rxe3 22. hxg6 fxg6 23. Qxe3 Qc8, “unclear”, is another possible direction)
    22. Nc5 (22. hxg6 Bf5) 22… Bf5 23. Nxe4 Bxe4 24. Rh4 Qc6 25. hxg6 Bxg6

    and Black has two nice bishops and two pawns for the exchange. I think he should stand fine

  3. Thank you very much for your fast answer 🙂

    The line you’re giving looks like a decent solution.
    I just looked at 17… Qa8 (targeting f3 and planning some tricks with Bf3) where are some really crazy lines occuring after 18. g5 Ng4 19. fxg4 Bxg4 20. Rc1 b4 21. Qd5 (that’s quite funny to analyse but I’m almost sure that it’s not really much fun to play this on the board).

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