Ernie Lazenby wrote:Can anyone from memory recall the last time Michael Adams played in the British, his results and the relevant strength of the field?
From memory, it was Hove in 1997 which was the first year of the Smith & Williamson sponsorship.
From looking it up in the games database, his opponents
rd 1 white v Ruth Sheldon 1-0 21
rd 2 black v Mark Ferguson 0-1 92
rd 3 white v Luke McShane 1-0 53
rd 4 black v Jim Plaskett 0-1 39
rd 5 white v Andrew Martin 1/2 53
rd 6 black v Aaron Summerscale 1/2 41
rd 7 white v Chris Ward 1/2 26
rd 8 black v Tony Miles 1/2 46
rd 9 white v John Emms 1/2 41
rd 10 black v Mark Hebden 1/2 36
rd 11 white v Tony Kosten 1-0 38
This left a 4 way tie for first place with Tony Miles, John Emms and Matthew Sadler. In the play offs, Adams drew with Emms with white and Miles with black and beat Sadler with white. Sadler won against the other two and they were declared joint champions.
Two of his first three opponents were juniors at the time , the last 8 were all established IMs or GMs. Mark Ferguson became an IM at about that time.
(OK Jon got his post in first!)