I just checked out his website, which has given odds for the players entered.
Nick's guide to the favourites for this year's British Championship in Liverpool
Implied odds only! Based on entries as at 22 July.
3/1 Gawain Jones. Probably the closest player to a computer when it comes to pure calculation. Recently making up for some erratic form, and is a decent contender.
3/1 Nick Pert. A strong frontrunner the last 2 years. A good all round game. Faced the toughest opposition in the competition the last 2 years, and lost both last rounds when receiving a double black, nerves will play a big part in my final position this time round, but I definitely have the game to win here.
7/2 Mark Hebden. Always dangerous, deep positional understanding, and strong attacking flair, but tends to struggle to win this tournament! Has come into the tournament, with good warmup, finishing outright 3rd in the Irish Championships.
4/1 Steve Gordon. Very strong IM, his openings are probably the best in the competition, he's defending English Champion, and will be hungry for his final GM norm. Definitely not one to write off.
6/1 Stewart Haslinger. A recent surge in form gained him the GM title. Reliable player, capable of beating anyone, and tends to perform well in the British. I certainly wouldn't be surprised to see him with 7.5 points.
7/1 Glenn Flear. Has expanded his opening repetoire. Very strong in the endgames, which he has written extensively about, if he can stay fresh, and steer games in this direction, it will favour him.
7/1 Danny Gormally. You never quite know what you will get with Danny. Capable of performing well over 2600, but just as capable of performing under 2300. Broad opening repetoire, creative style, a lot of his battle is with himself!
10/1 Keith Arkell. Big endgame specialist. Left the game for a while, but coming back, and capable of grinding out the victories. Too many draws may prevent him from coming first.
12/1 Simon Williams. The most creative and attacking player of the field. Definitely one for the spectators, he is bound to produce some brilliant games. Flip side is his consitency as his flair can often backfire.
12/1 Stuart Conquest. Totally wiped out at the Irish Championships managing just 4.5/9. Needs to improve considerably to justify his 3rd seeding.
12/1 Bogdan Lalic. Very strong, but likely to take too many draws. Expect to see him on +4 at the end of the tournament!
20/1 Richard Pert. A new father, maybe new inspiration. Good recent form and hunger for a GM norm could play in his favour.
20/1 Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant. Good track record at the British, and as the leading Scot to have entered, well we certainly can't rule her out!
33/1 Nigel Davies. Very solid and experienced, again likely to have too many draws to win, but a very difficult opponent to beat.
33/1 Lawrence Trent. His rating seems to have shot up recently. I haven't seen enough of his games to rate his chances accurately, but it may be worth keeping an eye on him.
50/1 Andrew Greet. Big on openings, and a decent solid player. Needs to move up a level to win here though.