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Hilton International and Ron Banwell Masters

August 4-9, 2003

Blackpool Hilton

First place in the Premier ended in a three-way tie between Kunte and
Nigel Davies of England, who alongside Scottish IM John Shaw scored 6/9.
Despite the tremendous performance, the result wasn't sufficient for
John Shaw to gain his second GM norm as he vies to become Scotland's
fourth grandmaster.

India's IM Kidambi Sundarajan won the Masters with 7/9. A final round
loss to Gary Kenworthy cost Scotland's Steve Mannion his chance of joint
first, but his final score of 6/9 was still good enough for a three-way
share of 2nd prize.

Final standings: 1-3 GM N Davies (England), GM A Kunte (India), IM J
Shaw (Scotland) 6/9; 4-6 FM S Haslinger (England), FM S Collins
(Ireland), IM A Hunt (England) 5; 7-8 IM R Palliser (England), IM D
Gormally (England) 3.5; 9 GM C McNab (Scotland) 3; 10 FM C Hanley
(England) 1.5.

J Shaw - C Hanley
Hilton Premier, (8)
Sicilian Alapin
1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 e6 3 c3 d5 4 exd5 Qxd5 5 d4 Nf6 6 Na3 a6 7 Nc4 Nbd7 8 Be2
b5 9 Ne3 Qd6 10 a4 b4 11 0-0 Bb7 12 Nc4 Qc7 13 Nfe5 cxd4 14 cxd4 Nd5 15
Bg5 Nxe5 16 dxe5 h6 17 Bh4 Nf4 18 Rc1 Bxg2 19 Bf3 Bxf3 20 Qxf3 Nd5 21
Rfd1 Bc5 22 Ne3 0-0 23 Nxd5 exd5 24 Qxd5 Rac8 25 Rc2 Rfe8 26 Bg3 Rcd8 27
Qf3 Rxd1+ 28 Qxd1 Qb6 29 Qd5 Bf8 30 Rc6 Rd8 31 Rxb6 Rxd5 32 Rxa6 Bc5 33
Rc6 Bd4 34 Rd6 Rxd6 35 exd6 b3 36 d7 Bb6 37 Bd6 Bd8 38 Bb4
1-0 (JBH)

Preview: Top Scots Shaw, McNab and Mannion are taking part in international tournaments in Blackpool this week.

The Hilton Blackpool International tournament takes place August 4th-9th
2003 at the Hilton Hotel Blackpool. Players: New British Champion GM Abhijit Kunte 2499 India,
GM Nigel Davies 2483 England, GM Colin McNab 2412 Scotland, IM Danny Gormally 2496 England,
IM John Shaw 2474 Scotland, IM Richard Palliser 2441 England, IM Adam Hunt 2366 England,
FM Stewart Haslinger 2385 England, FM Craig Hanley 2375 England, FM Sam Collins 2390 Ireland.
Organiser Bill O'Rourke.

Also August 4th-9th is the Ron Banwell Masters. Players: 1 Sundararajan
Kidambi IM 2442 2 Crouch, Colin IM 2392 3 Jeff Horner FM 2354 4 Stephen
Mannion IM 2339 5 David Howell FM 2323 6 Gary Kenworthy FM 2269 7 8 Brett
Lund 2248 9 Alan Walton 2158 10 Josh Specht 2111.

Website: http://www.hiltoninternational.lancashirechess.info/



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