British Simultaneous Record
by GM Jonathan Rowson
Saturday August 9 2003 - Manchester
GM Jonathan Rowson walked into the chess record books
on Saturday, August 9. The Aberdeen born Scottish no.1 broke the British
record (previously 142) for the number of opponents challenged simultaneously.
Jonathan played 150 players winning 137, drawing 12 and
losing just once for an overall score of 143/150. Prior to the event
Jonathan had said: Anything over 140 will be satisfactory.
The event was held to publicise the opening of the Mind
Sports Olympiad in Manchester organised by IM David Levy, a former
Scottish Champion: We wanted to organise a special curtain-raiser
for the Olympiad, to thank Manchester for supporting our event.
Streets Shobna Gulati (pictured right), who plays shop girl Sunita
Parekh, was one of the opponents. The display earned £3,000 towards
the Kirsty Howard's Francis House Children's Hospice appeal.
For most strong players a simul is more onerous
on the feet than on the brain. Jonathan calculated he walked 10 miles
during the display. The simul started at 10.00 in the morning
to around 7.15 - a total of about nine hours! I only had two five minute
breaks but really enjoyed myself - some of the games were really tense."
The following was the first game to finish after two hours
play: 1 e4 b6 2 d4 Bb7 3 Bd3 f5 4 exf5 Bxg2 5 Qh5+ g6 6 fxg6 Nf6?
(6...Bg7) 7 gxh7+ Nxh5 8 Bg6 mate. Jonathan recalls, I
remember that this was a young kid sitting next to his dad. He looked
really excited when he took on g2 - I was sorry to disappoint him!
Play over game
Preview: YOU can help to break the British Record
for simultaneous Chess. On Saturday August 9th, in the Sugden Sports
Centre in Manchester, Scottish Grandmaster Jonathan Rowson will attempt
to break the British record for the number of Chess games played simultaneously.
You can be one of his opponents!
are expecting TV, radio and newspaper coverage of the attempt. The current
record stands at 142 and was set in December 1956. All proceeds from
this record attempt will support Kirsty's appeal to secure Francis House
Children's Hospice in Didsbury.
We are looking for 150 chess players who would like to
be part of this historic occasion and at the same time to help the Kirsty
Appeal. Everyone who takes part will be encouraged to find sponsorship
from friends and family to help the appeal.
Little Kirsty Howard was born with her heart back to front.
Kirsty is the face of the charity appeal formed in her name. She has
become a major celebrity since she walked onto the pitch at Old Trafford
hand in hand with her hero David Beckham and handed the final baton
to Her Majesty the Queen at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth
Kirsty was given six weeks to live three years ago. She
continues to defy medical prognosis and is an inspiration to everyone
she meets. Kirsty's target is to raise £5 million total for Francis
House, of which £2,139,127 has been raised to date. This record-breaking
attempt is being organized by the Mind Sports Olympiad. For information
about the Mind Sports Olympiad please visit www.msoworld.com.
This historic event starts at 10am on August 9th. The
Sugden Sports Centre is at 114 Grosvenor St, Manchester M1.
Contact information: If you would like to play in the
simultaneous chess record attempt: Telephone 01204 305563 or e-mail: