The David Hodgkins
Memorial Annual
Best Game Prize

Diamond shaped pink paper weight


Awarded to Paul Benson

Awarded by Stan Lovell


Awarded to Gill Smith

Awarded to Richard Murphy

Awarded by Bill Armstrong

Bill Armstrong presents  prize to Gill Smith & Richard Murphy


Awarded to Chris Ross

Awarded by Graham Lilley

Julie Leonard presents prize to Chris Ross


Awarded to Bill Armstrong

Awarded by Owen Phillips

Owen Phillips awards prize to Bill Armstrong

This prize was donated to the BCA in memory of David Hodgkins. Each year, a member of the association is asked to choose a game from those submitted which they feel is worthy of the prize. It is open to players of any strength and ajudicators do not look for the most technically precise game or even an astonishing brilliance. They look for a notable performance for the individual player at their particular level.

The prize is open to any member or associate member of the BCA who lives in the British Isles. Games must have been played in a correspondence or over-the-board event run by the BCA or whilst playing for a BCA team.

Peter Gibbs will be awarding the prize for games played in 2020. Games published in the gazette are automatically submitted and members can send games they wish to be considered to any member of the committee or emailed to customer services.

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Colin Chambers - Paul Benson
BCA Geoff Patching Memorial British Championship 2019

1. e4 Nc6 2. d4 e5 3. d5 Nce7 4. Nf3 d6 5. c4 h6 6. Nc3 g5 7. Be3 Bg7 8. g3 f5 9. exf5 Bxf5 10. Bd3 Qd7 11. Qc2 Nf6 12. Bxf5 Qxf5 13. Qxf5 Nxf5 14. Nd2 O-O 15. O-O Kh7 16. Nde4 Nxe4 17. Nxe4 Nd4 18. Nd2 c6 19. dxc6 bxc6 20. Rad1 Rab8 21. b3 Ne2+ 22. Kg2 Nc3 23. Rde1 e4 24. a4  a5 25. f3  Rfe8 26. Bf2 d5 27. fxe4 dxe4 28. Be3 Kg6 29. Bg1 Rbd8 30. Be3 c5 31. Nb1 Nxb1 32. Rxb1 Bd4 33. Rbe1 Bxe3 34. Rxe3 Rd2+ 35. Rf2 Rxf2+ 36. Kxf2 Kf5 37. h3 h5 38. Re2 Rd8 39. Re3 Rd2+ 40. Re2 Rd3 41. Re3 Rd7 42. Ke2 Ke5 43. Rc3 g4 44. h4 Rf7 45. Re3 Kd4 46. Kd2 Rf3 0-1