GM Stuart Conquest is the new British Champion after beating fellow grandmaster Keith Arkell in a 2-game play-off. Conquest, who visited New Zealand last year, had opportunity to win the event outright in the final regulation game but could only manage a draw against Simon Williams, while Arkell defeated Gawain Jones.
The eventual champion overcame Arkell, 1.5 points to a half in their play-off.
This game below was the tournament's game of the day from round 10.
2008 British Championship
1. c4 Nf6 2. d4 c6 3. Bf4 d5 4. e3 a6 5. Nf3 e6 6. Nc3 Bb4 7. a3 Bxc3+ 8. bxc3 Qa5 9. Qb3 dxc4 10. Bxc4 Nd5 11. O-O O-O 12. Bg3 b5 13. Bd3 Qxc3 14. Qb1 Qa5 15. Bxh7+ Kh8 16. Bd6 Rd8 17. Ne5 f5 18. Bg6 Rxd6 19. Nf7+ Kg8 20. Nxd6 Qd8 21. Nxc8 Qxc8 22. e4 Nc3 23. Qb3 Ne2+ 24. Kh1 Nf4 25. exf5 Ra7 26. Rae1 Re7 27. Qf3 Nxg6 28. fxg6 Nd7 29. Rxe6 1-0
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