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The Year 2003 in Review
National Championships (of the main English speaking countries)

Since the majority of the visitors to the About site are native English speakers, here are the results of the championships of the main English speaking countries.

In January Alexander Shabalov won the U.S. Championship in Seattle. It was his third 1st-place finish in the event, and his first as a solo winner. Anna Hahn won the Women's Championship after a playoff.

The 110th New Zealand Championship was played January in Wanganui. IM Anthony Ker, who finished in 3rd place behind two Australians, retained the title of New Zealand Champion.

The 40th National Championship of India was held January in Mumbai. The category VIII, 21 player event fielded 5 GMs and 10 IMs. The two young stars of Indian Chess again finished in the top two places. Krishnan Sasikiran (+13-1=6) took 1st two points ahead of Pentala Harikrishna (+8-0=12) who finished 1.5 points ahead of the field.

The 41st National Championship was held December in Calicut. This time the category VIII event had 24 players with 6 GMs and 10 IMs. SS Ganguly took 1st place and the winner's trophy on tie-break over Sandipan Chanda. Both finished with 17.5, a half point ahead of favorite Harikrishna. Sasikiran did not play. Rising women's star Humpy Koneru finished in a tie for 4th-6th.

The Scottish Championship, a 9-round 18-player Swiss, was held April in Edinburgh. Paul Motwani and Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant of Georgia finished 1st/2nd with 7 points, sharing the title.

The European Championship, a 13-round 207-player Swiss, was held May/June in Turkey. GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili won the men's event with 9.5 points. The Women's Championship (114 players) playoff was won by Pia Cramling of Sweden over Viktorija Cmilyte of Lithuania 1.5-0.5.

The 9-round Irish Championship was held July in Dublin. Stephen Brady won his fourth title with 8 points, 1.5 points ahead of 2nd/3rd.

The Smith & Williamson British Championship, the 90th annual championship of the British Chess Federation, took place July/August in Edinburgh, attracting 1009 players. 97 players competed in the 11-round top section. Abhijit Kunte of India won with 8.5 points, a half point ahead of Pentala Harikrishna, Vassilios Kotronias of Cyprus, and Paul Motwani of Scotland. Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant was the top women's player at 5th-9th place.

The play-off for the Australian Championship, held back in January 2002, finally took place September in Queensland. GM Darryl Johansen beat Nick Speck 2.5-0.5 to capture the title.

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