Bobby Gow Memorial Sept 2017

The 14th Bobby Gow Memorial was a great event with Dundee chess club turning up to play against  Castlehill chess club with 16 players including 3 juniors. Congratulations to Castlehill who won 11.5 to 4.5. For individual results click here


On the evening of September 21st, Tayside chess players met at Castlehill Chess Club to contest the annual Bobby Gow Memorial start of season match between Castlehill Chess Club and Dundee Chess Club. The venue was the Castlehill club premises at the Chaplaincy Centre, University of Dundee. With the growth of interest in chess in Dundee and following the internationally acclaimed Grandmaster chess tournament held in the city this summer, it was no surprise that attendance was high. Over 60 people were at the Club on the evening and there were scarcely enough tables, sets and clocks to enable everyone to play. The Bobby Gow Memorial match was, however, played over 16 boards with the top four boards being played in the Library upstairs and the remaining 12 matches in the main hall downstairs.


Dundee were under strength on the evening with David Findlay and Alan Borwell both overseas and Ed Spencer unavailable due to poor health. Castlehill also had greater strength in depth and emerged convincing winners by the end of the evening by 11.5 – 4.5. With Ed defaulting to Declan Shafi on Board 1, the battle was tight on the top boards. Joshua Crofts lost a tense and very close match to Sam Gregory. On Board 3, Dominic O’Rourke’s Philidor defence was sufficient to defeat Darius Kosznik while Alastair Dawson and Ben Volland fought out an interesting draw in the Ruy Lopez exchange. In the main hall, full points were picked up by Jim Anderson who recovered from material down to defeat Robert Jackson and also by Frank Stevenson who defeated Paul Shafi. On Board 10 Ray Flood continued his fine form from the Scottish Championships in the summer to convincingly beat Agnijo Banerjee. But elsewhere there were losses. That said, our players on the bottom boards gained much valuable experience from their matches. Above all, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening and the start of season competition and all are looking forward to the new league season.