In early August 1997, while others travelled south to Hove for the British Championships, GM Colin McNab headed east to Koszalin in Poland. It was a return visit, since he had enjoyed playing there last year, although not achieving a great deal of success. On arrival it was a great surprise to find that the tournament was considerably stronger this year: Colin was seeded 24th in a field including no fewer than 26 GMs and 21 IMs.

Colin put in a tremendous performance to finish 3rd on 7/10 behind winner Khenkin and runner-up Gdanski on 7.5.

Prizegiving pictures - Fide Champion Anatoly Karpov presenting the prizes (pictures by Helen Milligan)

Karpov gives speech at closing ceremony

Tie's the limit for Colin

Karpov presents Colin with prize

Colin poses before admiring crowds