Fantastic Performance by Peter Shaw in the British Chess Championships 2017

Peter's Summary of his tournament ...

"My overall summary of the tournament was that it was the best one I ever played, by some margin.

I was outrated in every game, in all but two by more than 200 points. My expected score against this field would be 2 points (or 1.9 to be super accurate) but I actually got 5. This is the way the rating prizes are calculated (difference between actual and expected score) and 3.1 was the biggest so I won £250.

I scored 2/4 against the IM's, 1/3 against the FM's and 2/2 against the untitled players for an overall performance rating of 2387. A win in the last round would have taken it over 2450 for an IM norm which is virtually unheard of for players rated about 2100."

Peter's Games can be played through below ...


Round 1: The most uneventful game. I was pleased when we started repeating moves at the end as I thought I might have a slight edge but I couldn't really see what to do - but the computer says I was close to winning.

White Adam Hunt (ELO 2424)
Black Peter Shaw (ELO 2103)
Result Draw

Round 2: In terms of quality of play this was the worst game. I got a good position out of the opening but the whole plan starting Ng5 shouldn't really be any good, I should have just continued developing. But he didn't play the best moves and eventually gave up a pawn. Then starting with 21.Qe2 I completely misplayed it. He missed 24...Rxd2 which was winning. I blundered again allowing Qxa3 but then he missed the defence Bc2 and went for the flashy Qa2 instead of Qc5 which was winning.

White Peter Shaw (ELO 2103)
Black Adam Taylor (ELO 2165)
Result 1-0

Round 3: My best game of the tournament against the British Women's champion, if I'd played 27...Be7 it would have been the best game I ever played. She moved the pieces too far away from the kingside, allowing a winning rook sacrifice. Despite missing the best continuation and I was still winning the endgame with the queen against the two rooks.

White Jovanka Houska (ELO 2402)
Black Peter Shaw (ELO 2103)
Result 0-1

Round 4: A difficult game where I got slowly outplayed, the position was about equal at move 34 but then I started going wrong starting with Bf2-e1 and he managed to break through.

White Peter Shaw (ELO 2103)
Black Zhou, Yang-Fan (ELO 2468)
Result 0-1

Round 5: A dreadful game. I had prepared another new opening which gave me a huge clock advantage but when I had to start thinking on my own I made one mistake after another.

White Alex Longson (ELO 2323)
Black Peter Shaw (ELO 2103)
Result 1-0

Round 6: This started with the same opening as round 2 and the game played out in a similar way. I got a good position, went for another premature attack which he didn't respond to correctly and I won a pawn. As in round 2 I misplayed it, allowing him counterplay with ...a4. By move 40 my position was completely lost and I went for a desperate plan of trying to get the knight to f6 and checkmating on the back rank. Somehow he allowed this and he was somewhat lucky to even draw at the end.

White Peter Shaw (ELO 2103)
Black Craig Pritchett (ELO 2326)
Result Draw

Round 7: I got into an awful mess in the opening and was hanging on move by move. He missed one chance to get a clear advantage, and shortly afterwards fell into a trap and lost the exchange then the rest of the game flowed perfectly.

White Golding, Alex (ELO 2212)
Black Peter Shaw (ELO 2103)
Result 0-1

Round 8: My opponent played a good exchange sacrifice after which he should have been the one with winning chances, but I was pleased with the way I responded and he started trying too hard to win, eventually blundering on move 41.

White Peter Shaw (ELO 2103)
Black David Fitzsimons (ELO 2352)
Result 1-0

Round 9: A very depressing game, I found myself in a horrible stonewall with no counterplay and in the end the useless light squared bishop proved decisive.

White Haria, Ravi (ELO 2417)
Black Peter Shaw (ELO 2103)
Result 1-0