Leonard Barden on Chess

Michael Adams scythed through the opposition at Bournemouth this week to win the British championship with 10/11, a record-equalling score for the 103 years of the competition. The Cornishman, 44, won his last six games to match the landmark total set by his friend Julian Hodgson against a much weaker field in 1992. In the final round on Friday, with the title already virtually secure, Adams overran his opponent, Michael Brown, with a dashing checkmate attack in 29 moves.

It was an imperial and commanding performance, the best he has ever played in the national championship, and it demonstrated that, at 44, the Cornishman is still close to his peak and able to see off younger rivals.

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