Some of England’s finest players - including Nigel Short and Michael Adams - have enjoyed playing at the Staunton and it has provided excellent, high-level experience for our younger generation of stars, such as Gawain Jones and David Howell. The latter has played in more than most; he was a 12 year old FIDE Master when he played in the inaugural event.
The tournament - and in particular, the Anglo-Dutch match aspect - had been boosted over the last four years by generous sponsorship from Jan Mol. A new sponsor is being sought from 2010 onwards.
Given the recent success of the London Chess Classic and the push to try and bring the World Championship to London in 2012, chess in the UK is definitely looking brighter than it has done for many years. It's a good time to get involved.
If anybody out there has a desire to be involved in sponsoring the Staunton Memorial, please contact GM Ray Keene at: email@example.com
More details about the events from previous years can be found here:
Here’s a reminder of some of the finest moments from 2003-2009...
Daniel King - David Howell
25 Qxf6+! 1-0
Tea Bosboom Lanchava - Erwin L’Ami
14 …Rxe2+! 15 Kxe2 Qf2+ 16 Kd1 Qf1+ 0-1
Jan Timman - Gawain Jones
13 Bxg7 Qg5! and Timman missed the best move (14 Kf2) and could find nothing better than 14 Qxf4 (0-1, 38)
Gawain Jones - Loek van Wely
25 Qxf8+! 1-0
David Howell - Ivan Sokolov
28 Qh8+! Ke7 29 Rxf7+ 1-0
Viktor Korchnoi - Simon Williams
Korchnoi missed 46 Rd4! and played instead 46 Rc8+ but won anyway after many adventures. 1-0 (76)
The following position was reached at the end of a Staunton game in 2004 and might well be the one seen by most people...
Jonathan Levitt - Daniel King
Does it look familiar? It was from the game staged by Daniel King and Ray Keene for BBC4’s recent ‘How to Win at Chess’.
I’m sure we all agree that having chess on the TV can only be of great benefit to our favourite game. If you enjoyed watching the show and would like to see more, why not drop a line here? : http://www.bbc.co.uk/feedback/