Club Championship 17/6


Vlad Drabych 1160 1-0 Andrew Collins

A nice win for Vlad, and a reminder that the London System needn’t be just a plug & play ‘system’ as he expands with a delayed c4.

AGM Matters


All AGM business matters of course(!), but the particular business of this one concerned the future funding of the club. Membership fees have never been increased for as long as anyone can remember, last 20 years or so, but lately we have been victims of our own extremely welcome success.

The large increase in membership has resulted in a corresponding increase in teams entered in competitions, number of competitions entered, and the increasing costs of doing so – associations and competition organisers have been affected by the cost of living along with everyone else. Our biggest increase in cost has been the need to hire a second hall at the church premises for competitive play, as the large attendance on club nights makes it impossible to hold matches etc. downstairs. We have had to use our new match room most week nights during the league season, at a significant extra cost.

Treasurer Bruce raised concerns some time ago that the club was now operating at a significant loss. In subsequent discussions over ensuing months, it was clear that fees would have to rise for the first time in a generation. Bruce himself noted that the headline figure of an operating loss of some £250 is likely to be an underestimate, as the church has been somewhat generously irregular in their invoicing for charges.

We have excellent premises at the church – likely the best that most of the veteran members, going back 50 years or more(!) can think of. We have an excellent relationship with the church too, and we all feel that finding a way to remain here is by far the best option and in the best interests of the club. Bottom line outcome from the meeting was an increase in fees from £30 per annum to £48, payable by online payment at £4 per month. Junior fees to rise from £10 to £20. Less than £1 a week for all that the club offers must be an exceptional deal these days?!

We append the full minutes of the meeting for you to peruse at your leisure, and hope you agree with the decisions of the members attending, and continue to support the club in what we are all sure will be a very bright future.

Please click link bellow to view AGM Minutes or click button to download.


Club Championship 10/6/24


Round 5

Ed Spencer 2132  1-0  2163 David Findlay

David was caught in Ed’s preparation, and struggled early on, Ed at one point having used 4 minutes to David’s 37!

The game was a throwback to the Romantic era of chess, enhanced by modern technology, but you still have to work it out over the board. Rather them than me! The complications were huge, and David was unable to wend his way through them, as Ed scored a very impressive win over his old rival, in the latest chapter of the Battle of the Giants.

Club AGM Monday3rd June 7:30pm


Yep, that time of year again. This one is rather more important than usual though.

We have several vital issues to discuss on Monday, mostly related to membership fees and club funding in general, so we really need and would appreciate a good turnout to hear the views of as many (or all!) members as possible.

These matters are not decided by a committee or a few people ‘at the top’ – they’re decided by the members at meetings like these. It’s your club and it should run the way you want it.

Aside from these matters, it’s also a chance to have your say on anything else that’s important to you. What you like about the club, what you think could be improved, anything you’d like to see that’s not on offer just now. Nothing about the club is set in stone if the members would rather have something different. We want the club to be what you want it to be, but we need to know what that is.

Please come along if you can. Monday June 3rd 7.30

Club Championship Round 5 20/5


Joshua Crofts 1629 0-1 CM Jacques Ophoff 2253

Alastair Dawson 1764 1-0 Christine Sim 984

Ronnie Agnew 1150 0-1 Bruce Wallace 1435

Lewis Bisset 1-0 Kara McHugh

Richardson Cup Final


Saturday May 18th 2024 turned out to be a very signifcant day. Not since the days of Paul Motwani and Colin McNab over 20 years ago have Dundee been represented in the Final of the Richardson Cup. Having battled through earlier rounds against Cathcart and Bank of Scotland, we were paired in the Final against Edinburgh. On paper, Edinburgh were, by far, the strongest team in the competition. Their Rounds 1 and 2 matches illustrated a team that dazzled with International Masters, Fide Masters and Candidate Masters. In the preparation of the match, therefore, we anticipated opponents with IMs on the top boards down to players with FIDE grades in excess of 2000 on the bottom boards. As it turned out we were completely wrong as, on the day of the match, Edinburgh fielded a weaker team with  several of the strongest players missing. Although it still looked like a big ask for us, the reduction in the overall strength of our opponents at least meant that we had a realistic chance. That said, we were still out-graded on the lower boards – on the other hand with Jacques on Board 1 and strengthened by Declan Shafi and Rishi Vijayakumar on Boards 2 and 3 we were exceptionally strong on the top boards. So it was a big day – with all of the 8 games being streamed live on the Internet.

As the match unfolded, several of the bottom boards were the first to resolve themselves. First to finish was Alastair against Lindsay MacGregor on Board 8. In a Kings Indian, Alastair, with the white pieces, reached a blocked position where neither side thought they could progress without endangering their positions – and so a draw was agreed. Shortly after, Euan Dawson, up against Willie Rutherford’s London System, found himself in difficulty and could not resist white’s kingside breakthrough. Thereafter, Joshua Crofts played a Qb3 Nimzo-Indian against Hugh Brechin and eventually reached a drawn Queen and minor piece ending. So, halfway through the match, Dundee were 1-2 down. Shortly afterwards, Ed Spencer found himself in a valiant struggle against Petros Valden but it could not be sustained and resignation soon followed. 

In a difficult position therefore, with 4 matches remaining, there was a moment of joy when on Board 1 Jacques Ophoff made a winning exchange sacrifice against Keith Ruxton that forced resignation. At this point the score was 2-3. On Board 3 Rishi Vijaykumar was having a hard time against Craig Thomson and eventually had to resign. That left 2 matches with Dundee needing to win both. The first of the two matches was between Andrew Wright and Andrew Green. Andrew pushed hard for the win but once the Queens were exchanged, his pawn deficiency was exploited by his opponent and he had to resign. On Board 2 Declan had an equal Queen and Pawn endgame against Neil Berry but with the pawns locked, a draw was the only result. When the dust had settled, our efforts were not enough with the final score showing 2.5 – 5.5. That said, the tournament organisers at the prize-giving described a very tough match that had taken place between the two teams. When the match day was nearing its end, Dundee were left to contemplate what might have been. One thing was for sure, that we would be back again in the Richardson Cup next year ready to take on all-comers.

Alastair Dawson

Dundee 2½ – 5½ Edinburgh

  1. CM Jacques Ophoff 2262 1-0 FM Keith Ruxton 2289
  2. Declan Shafi 2226 ½ – ½ FM Neil Berry 2260
  3. Rishi Vijayakumar 2196 0-1 FM Craig Thompson 2247
  4. Ed Spencer 2123 0-1 Petros Valden 2174
  5. Andrew Wright 2128 0-1 CM Andrew Green 2113
  6. Joshua Crofts 1922 ½ – ½ Hugh Brechin 2047
  7. Euan Dawson 1892 0-1 William Rutherford 1935
  8. Alastair Dawson 1847 ½ – ½ Lindsay McGregor 1948

[table id=30 /]Draw for round 5


Here is the draw for round 5 games must be played tis Monday 20th or next Monday 27th.

1Crofts Joshua4Ophoff Jacques
2Spencer Edwin A33Findlay David J
3Clark Adam33Emery Keith
4Dawson Alastair G3Sim Christine
5Drabych VladyslavCollins Andrew
6Agnew Ronnie22Wallace Bruce
7Seijas Otero Ana Belen22Smart Doug
8Burnett Robert22Ewing David
9Leaburn Jnr Steven11Soutar Amy
10Carroll Norrie11McInally Kerr
11Soutar BrianWatson Thomas
12Bisset Lewis10McHugh Kara

Club Championship Round Four


Jacques Ophoff FM 2253 1-0 Edwin Spencer 2132

A powerhouse performance by Jacques to move into a clear lead on 4/4 with a final round to come.

Club Championship Round 4


Joshua Crofts 1629 1-0 Vladyslav Drabych 1660

David Ewing 1300 0-1 Alastair Dawson 1764

Two very contrasting encounters. A surprisingly one-sided game in the first, but a very impressive performance by Joshua. David and Alastair kept us all late with a very hard fought encounter, with David pushing Alastair all the way. Well played folks 🙂

Important events



There are some very important events for the Club taking place over the next few weeks.

  1. The Club Championship round 4 still has 5 games to finish on the 13th Then the final round to be played next week on the 20th May.

  1. The TAFCA AGM is this Thursday, 16th May and it would be nice to have a good turnout from the Club. The Club has 6 votes. There is one very important issue which must be discussed as this affects all clubs. Stonehaven Chess Club has asked to enter a team in the League next year. This will mean clubs from Dundee will have to travel there. Clubs outside Dundee (Perth, Kirkcaldy, and St Andrews) would probably play their games in Dundee at either Castlehill or Dundee Chess Clubs. This will all have to be decided on the night.

  1. Our own Club AGM will take place on Monday, 3rd We are looking for a good turnout as one item on the agenda to be discussed is an increase in fees which will affect all members. So please come along and have your say.