Commonwealth Championship: Gawain Jones first on tie-break

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Commonwealth Championship: Gawain Jones first on tie-breakGawain Jones won the Commonwealth Championship on Sunday with a score of 9.5/11. The English grandmaster finished shared first with his compatriot Nigel Short, but had a better tie-break.

Gawain Jones wins in South Africa | Photo © Günther van den Bergh, more here

General info

The Commonwealth Chess Championships took place from June 25th to July 4th in the Emperors Palace Hotel Casino & Convention Resort in the City of Ekurhuleni in Gauteng, South Africa. The event, an 11-round Swiss, also functioned as the South African Open Chess Championships. There were over 700 participants with more than 40 titled players, headed by three times past champion GM Nigel Short from England. There was also a strong Indian contingent present including former World Junior Chess Champions GM Abhijeet Gupta and IM Harika Dronovalli. More info here.

Rounds 8-11

Gawain Jones was leading the tournament after seven rounds, but eventually Nigel Short managed to catch him and in the final standings they shared first place with 9.5/11. Australian GM David Smerdon finished third. He wrote:

Gawain won the title from Nigel Short on tie-break, due to, bizarrely, me beating one of Nigel’s previous opponents in the last round. In an even crueller and more unfair twist of fate, I finished in third. Justice did not prevail, not only because my opponent, Watu Kobese, was beating me severely, but also because I played some of the worst chess of my life and I was worse in all eleven of my games. Well, I guess there’s no accounting for luck in these big opens…


As we mentioned before, unfortunately the organizers were having trouble getting the games live online or saving them correctly. We assume that Mark Crowther of TWIC is still trying to get the games correctly. In the game viewer below we show a few from rounds 8-11 but it's clearly incomplete data...

Selection of games rounds 8-11



Game viewer by ChessTempo


Commonwealth Championship 2011 | Round 11 (Final) Standings (top 30)
Rk. Fed. Ti. Name Group Sex FED Rtg Pts. TB1 TB2 TB3
1 ENG GM Jones Gawain CB ENG 2596 9.5 56.5 74.25 2254
2 ENG GM Short Nigel D ENG 2682 9.5 55.5 73.00 2286
3 AUS GM Smerdon David AUS 2520 9.0 54.0 63.00 2117
4 GER IM Huschenbeth Niclas U20 GER 2502 9.0 53.0 64.25 2095
5 IND GM Kunte Abhijit IND 2526 9.0 50.5 63.00 2131
6 ARG GM Lafuente Pablo ARG 2555 8.5 55.0 63.00 2191
7 ZAM FM Jere Daniel ZAM 2344 8.5 54.0 62.00 2182
8 IND IM Grover Sahaj U20 IND 2485 8.5 53.5 61.75 2154
9 IND GM Laxman Rajaram IND 2446 8.5 51.5 59.75 2099
10 BEL IM Ringoir Tanguy U18 BEL 2399 8.5 50.5 59.00 2090
11 IND IM Karavade Eesha W IND 2343 8.5 48.5 58.25 1992
12 IND GM Gupta Abhijeet IND 2604 8.0 54.5 57.25 2269
13 RSA FM van der Nat Nicholas P RSA 2308 8.0 54.0 55.50 2183
14 IND IM Harika Dronovali W IND 2520 8.0 53.5 57.00 2164
15 RSA IM Kobese Watu AKW RSA 2355 8.0 52.0 56.50 2126
16 IND WGM Ghate Swati W IND 2317 8.0 52.0 55.75 2099
17 IND IM Mokal Prathamesh S IND 2405 8.0 51.5 57.00 2095
18 RSA CM Bouah Lyndon RSA 2147 8.0 49.5 53.50 1992
19 IND WGM Subbaraman Meenakshi W IND 2317 8.0 49.0 54.50 1980
20 RSA Dole Anant U18 RSA 2103 8.0 49.0 53.00 1987
21 RSA IM Mabusela Johannes M RSA 2272 8.0 49.0 52.75 2059
22 ZIM Makoto Rodwell ZIM 2166 8.0 48.0 53.00 1957
23 RSA Anderson Gavin A RSA 2157 8.0 47.5 52.25 1943
24 RSA CM Cawdery Daniel J RSA 2274 8.0 47.5 51.00 1986
25 ZAM FM Phiri Richmond ZAM 2165 8.0 47.0 48.25 1991
26 ZAM Simutowe Musa ZAM 2119 8.0 46.5 50.50 1958
27 RSA Ovcina Denis RSA 2248 8.0 46.5 49.00 2069
28 BOT CM Notha Moakofi BOT 2123 8.0 44.5 50.25 1777
29 IND IM Sachdev Tania W IND 2416 7.5 50.0 50.75 1953
30 ZIM Takawira Erick ZIM 2035 7.5 48.5 46.50 1995



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