The dates for the Scottish National Chess League (SNCL) for season 2019-2020 have just been released. PLease put in your diary – they are Sundays November 3rd 2019 (Rounds 1 and 2), Sunday February 2nd 2020 (Rounds 3 and 4), Sunday March 1st (Rounds 5 and 6) and Sunday March 29th 2020 (Round 7) – all to be held at the Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline.


The new chess season started for Dundee Chess Club last evening. A mid-evening meeting was held in order to make plans for the coming season. The number of teams to play in the forthcoming TAFCA league was decided as well as arrangements made for the national competitions that include the Nancy Elder Cup, the MacIsaac Cup, the Scottish National Chess League as well as he TAFCA league competitions the latter comprising the League itself as well as the TAFCA Knockout tournament. First things fist, however, with the start of season opening competition – the Bobby Gow trophy scheduled to take place at Castlehill Chess Club on Thursday 19th September between Castlehill Chess Club and Dundee Chess Club.

Start of new chess season: 2019-20


The new season starts on Tuesday 3rd September and we are hoping for a good turnout. On the 10th September there is a start of season meeting the purpose of which is to decide teams for the TAFCA (Tayside and Fife Chess Association) chess league for the new season. The meeting will also be used to make plans for other chess events scheduled for the new season. The opening match of the chess year is the Bobby Gow Memorial Tournament which is set to take place on Thursday 19th of September at Castlehill Chess Club, Dundee. This is the annual match between Castlehill and Dundee Chess Clubs.  All members are welcome and encouraged to play. We are looking for as many people as possible to represent our club. This is the 15th year of the tournament, we have not won the match for several years now. As in previous years the Bobby Gow evening promises to be a great night of chess.

We are also now taking entries for this year’s club championship. The closing date is 22nd September with the first round starting on the 1st October. Round 2 is scheduled for 5th November, Round 3 3rd December, Round 4 on 4th February and Round 5 on 3rd March 2020.


Dundee City was represented in this year’s Glorney Cup by Euan Dawson and Ben Volland. The event was held last week in Ireland at the Carrickdale Hotel and Country Club, Dundalk. The competition this year (as most years) was fierce with France, the Netherlands, England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales competing. Scotland were the lowest graded team and were always going to find it tough and so it proved. After 5 rounds the championship was won on tie-break by France over the Netherlands. England came 3rd, Ireland 4th and Scotland a very creditable 5th above Wales. All the games can be found at the Glorney site on the CS home page and the scores can also be found separately on ‘Chess Results’. Both Euan and Ben scored a very creditable 1/4 against very tough opposition. Well done both.


The Scottish Championships were held this year in Dean Church Hall, Stewart Melville College, Edinburgh. The Open Championship ran alongside several other events including an U-1850 tournament and an U-1500 tournament. In the main event there were 64 entrants. Dundee’s competitors this year were Alastair Dawson and Declan Shafi. After 9 gruelling rounds the Championship was won by GM Matthew Turner on 7/9. Alastair did well this year to make 28th place with 4.5/9 and a TPR of 1968. Declan performed excellently scoring 6/9 and coming 9th with a TPR of 2148. Details of the tournament can be found in ‘Chess Results’.

Ladder Tournament Starts Tuesday 25th June, 7.30 pm.

LADDER tournament starts tomorrow evening and running from 25th June 2019 – 5th May 2020.

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  1. The Chess Ladder is a form of competition where each player is assigned a position (rank). A lower number means higher rank on the ladder (better position).
  2. The goal of the competition is to move up the Ladder, ultimately to the #1 position (highest rank). Players move up the Ladder (i.e. improve their rank) by winning Ladder games. Players move down the Ladder (i.e. lose their rank) when they lose Ladder games, and when other players move up the Ladder ahead of them.
  3. Check Table to see where you are on the ladder and who you can challenge. (Ladder Table able will be updated as soon as results are notified before next club night.)
  4. Players can challenge a player up to 3 places higher than them (the list for a particular evening will be made up only of the players who turn up on a particular club night.)
  5. Time control is 30 minutes each player. (lower ranked player gets White first time they play then Black next game,)
  6. You can only play a player once on the same club night. If you are challenged before 8:30 pm (and you do not have a league/other match that evening) you must accept or lose a place in the ranking. So, if  you already have a match arranged. i.e. Club championship or TAFCA match then you clearly cannot be involved in the Ladder that specific evening). Challenges after 8:30pm are by mutual consent and can be rejected without any penalty.
  7. After each Ladder game has ended, both players are assigned new positions on the Ladder, depending on their current positions, and the result of the game:
    1. If the winning player has a lower rank than the losing player, the winning player is moved up to just above the losing player’s position.
    2. If the winning player has the higher position, positions remain unchanged,
    3. In case of a draw, the player with the lower position is moved up by one and the other player keeps their current position. If the players are next to each other in the ladder, their positions remain unchanged.
  8. A player can lose their rank (i.e. move down the Chess Ladder) between completing their games, due to other players moving up the ladder after winning their games (i.e. moving up in front of the player).
  9. Any new players joining the tournament are placed at a position in the Ladder at the discretion of the tournament organiser.


The Chess Club will be open this summer for the Ladder Competition on four evenings – Tuesday June 25th, Tuesday July 30th and Tuesday August 27th – all at 7.30 pm as well as Tuesday September 3rd, the latter to coincide with our pre-season administrative meeting.