Chess: Michael Adams wins seven as England’s top players battle lockdown

English GMs compete in the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary and online in the absence of UK over-the-board chessEngland’s top grandmasters, most of them ranked among the world’s best 100 players, are battling against the rule of six and other restrictions which have virtually eliminated over-the-board chess in the UK.Michael Adams, the England No 1, took eye-catching advantage of the better opportunities in central Europe with a Caruana-esque run of seven straight wins in classic tournaments. It was a performance which harked back to the seven-time British champion’s peak years in 2000-02, when he was ranked No 4 in the world. Related: Chess: Kasparov and Carlsen undone by internet glitches following 55-move draw Related: Chess: Russia and India’s shared Olympiad gold sparks wave of criticism Continue reading…

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