Leonard Barden on Chess

The 33-year-old financial trader, said to be the world’s strongest amateur, finished level at the top with two other competitors on a score of 5.5/6

Kings Place, home of the Guardian, was again the venue last Saturday for England’s strongest one-day tournament. The fifth annual Kings Place festival, sponsored by the financial services provider DeMontford Bell, attracted its usual high-class field. There were six grandmasters and nine IMs in the record entry of 338 players competing for £4,000 prize money, including £1,000 for first. Novices could enter a special “My first chess tournament” section.

The GMs Luke McShane and Stephen Gordon and IM Richard Bates shared the top prizes with 5.5/6. This was a notable treble for McShane, who also tied for first at Kings Place 2015 (with GM Gawain Jones) and 2016 (with Australia’s Justin Tan).

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