SNCL REPORT, ROUNDS 5 AND 6, FEBRUARY 24TH 2019

Scottish National Chess League, Rounds 5 and 6, Dunfermline, February 24th 2019: Report by Ray Noble

After the festive break, battles resumed once again for our 4 teams in the penultimate day at the Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline. At present the A team is challenging for the national title, the B team is battling for promotion from Division 2 into Division 1, the C team presently in Division 4 is a contender for promotion to Division 3 while the D team, composed mostly of Juniors, is having its first year of competition. 

In the morning in Division One, Dundee City A started with a hard-fought draw against Edinburgh West (2½-2½) with remarkably all matches being drawm. It could have gone either way but the A team, consisting of Andrew Greet, David Findlay, Andrew Wright, Declan Shafi and Stephen Hogg, all performed excellently. In Division Two Dundee City B suffered against Forth Valley A losing 4½-½, with Ben Volland stopping the whitewash! In Division Four, by contrast, Dundee City C faced the league leaders, Dunfermline B and won convincingly. Paul Shafi on board 1 lost, but Keith Rose, Raymond Flood, Ray Noble and Ed Walton all won to give Dundee City C an excellent 4-1 win to go top of the league! In the same Division, Dundee Juniors + newbie Marten Kats won 3½-1½ against Hamilton B, but it was a disappointing match with Hamilton B defaulting on two boards causing Marten Kats and Krish Akula not to have a game. All teams that default boards in this way are fined by the organisers – it is always extremely disappointing when players make the effort to travel to the venue, sometimes from considerable distances away across the country, only to find out that some members of the opposing team have failed to arrive.

The afternoon matches in the afternoon Round 6 were also tightly contested. In Division 1, Dundee City A achieved a remarkable success after beating the highly-rated Bon Accord A by 4-1 to end the day in top spot (10 points) and 2 points ahead of their nearest rivals. With only one match left the ball is in their court to make it back to back national titles! They will face 3rd placed Edinburgh 1 in the last match. Edinburgh 1 are an exceptionally strong team and Dundee A will have to achieve at least a draw in this last match if they are to gain the national title. In Division Two, Dundee City B just did not have the best of days as they again lost, this time to Wandering Dragons B, 3½-1½. The “B” team were missing Alastair and Euan Dawson due to Euan turning 18 (Happy birthday Euan from all your chess friends and also well done in passing your driving test!) and having a family bash in St. Andrews! Even so it was a disappointing day and probably means that the B team next season is consigned to another year in the Second Division. They face league leaders Wandering Dragons A in their last match. Mathematically there are possibilities but…..

By contrast, the Dundee City C team excelled themselves in Division Four winning their 2nd match of the day against CS Bos 2 to guarantee top spot. The C team was helped by CS Boss 2 only having 4 players which meant Ed Walton missed out on a match. Ray Noble won his 2nd matchof the day to make it 2-0. All we needed was 1 point out of the remaining three matches. How hard could that be? Well Ray Flood lost to give CS Boss 2 some hope. At one point Paul Shafi on Board One seemed to be struggling and Keith Rose on Board 3 had a balanced position that could swing either way. Would he checkmate, or would his opponent promote his pawn? In a titanic struggle Keith Rose prevailed for Dundee City C in a nail-biting finish to not only secure the win for the team, but make sure we finished top of the Division by one point with one match left to play. Great play Keith – a Captain’s performance! In the end Paul lost his second match but this result did not matter. Division 4 champions and promotion are up for grabs on the last day of action on the 24th March! I do not know for sure but it looks like Dundee City C will face Corstorphine who sometimes turn up with the strongest side in the Division ( Board 1 1810; Board 2 1595 etc.) and other times not (e.g. Board 1 1596; Board 2 1222 etc.)! Let’s hope it’s the latter or we could have our work cut out! In the same Division, Dundee City Juniors fared less well in the 6th round losing 4½-½ to Dumfries & District B. Outgraded and outgunned they put up a fierce battle and the talented Rishabh Akula managed a great draw against a 1252! The experience gained by playing at this level will help all the Juniors develop their skills and will benefit them in the long run.

In summary, it was a day of mixed fortunes with Dundee City B having a nightmare experience and Dundee Juniors having an up and down day. Both have nothing to play for but pride in the last match left, or maybe not in the “B” team’s case? But the day belongs to the wonderful achievement of Dundee City A team and, in particular, the barn-storming performance of Dundee City C. Once again thank you to all the organisers of the SNCL for a great day’s chess! Without your dedication and support these matches would not take place. For all the results, tables and individual player performances visit the SNCL website at: http://snclchess.co.uk/

PERTH CHESS CONGRESS 8-10th FEBRUARY, 2019: REPORT

Chess players from the two chess clubs in Dundee City – Castlehill Chess Club and Dundee Chess Club – took part in the Perth Chess Congress that was held this weekend, 8-10th February 2019, at the Salutation Hotel, Perth. It was a wonderful event, a great playing hall with sufficient playing space, good hotel hospitality, an excellent atmosphere and a packed room full of chess players. Perth is well-known for being one of the best Congresses on the Scottish Chess circuit and it was no surprise therefore that there were a high number of entries. The event was superbly managed by David Congalton and his team of arbiters – and credit is due to them (Andy Howie, Alastair Maxwell, Steve Nicoll) – apologies if we have missed anyone – without them there would be no Congress. In total there were 37 competitors in the prestigious Open, 51 in the Major, 43 in the Minor and an additional 18 in the separate Junior Tournament that took place throughout Saturday – a total entry of almost 150 players. There were a significant number of Dundee players competing in the various events. Back home, a commentary on Facebook of events in the tournament hall was provided by Keith Rose – and we are very grateful to Keith for all his help with this (indeed the pairings and results listed below are borrowed from Keith’s posts) – it is so valuable to those not present (parents, friends, families and the wider international chess audience) to keep track of individual player performances. The results lists below are those provided by Keith with additional comments given.

On the Friday evening and Round 1, many players took byes but the core of the tournament players were at their seats when play began at 6.30 pm.

Round 1 results: Open- Alastair Dawson (1792) ½ – ½ Willie Rutherford (1961) Euan Dawson (1762) 0 – 1 Rob Colston (1915) Andre Babin, Stephen Hogg and Ben Volland byes Major- Ray Noble (1482) 0 – 1 David Harvey (1728) Ray Flood (1649) ½ – ½ Ian Washington (1434) Subhayu Banerjee (1403) 0 – 1 Joseph Watson-McFie (1600) Marten Kats (1114) 0 – 1 Andy McCallum (865) Cameron Wilson, Colin Young & Jan Barron-Majerik = byes Minor- Charvi Kanodia (701) 1 – 0 William Reid (1174) Rishabh Akula (608) 1 – 0 Daniel Boyle (1128) Ramit Kanodia (757) 0 – 1 Angus Ruthven (1188) Krish Akula (488) 0 – 1 Andy McCulloch (1108) Lisa Paton & Robbie MacLeod byes.

On Saturday the tournament hall was filled further by the Juniors who played a separate Allegro tournament in an adjacent room. After 7 gruelling rounds for the players but probably more so the parents, Ramit Kanodia emerged in 2nd= place on 5/7 – a wonderful performance. A few places behind in 9th= place on 3.5/7 was Max Jednaszewski, a score that could have been higher had he not arrived late and missed the first 2 rounds! Junior Tournament Scores (from 7 rounds of play) Ramit Kanodia – 2nd=, 5/7  (tournament performance 538,) Max Jednaszewski – 9th=, 3½, (977) Krish Akula 12th=, (346),  Rishi Vijayakumar 12th=, (475), Alexander Barron-Majerik 16th=, (232), Rishabh Anthuvan 16th =, (529).

Meanwhile in the tournament hall there were some amazing results coming through in Round 2. In the Open, Ben Volland, who had a bye on the Friday evening, pulled off a great win over Raymond Wynarczyk while Stephen Hogg who also took a bye in Round 1 overcame Alan Jelfs. In the Major, old adversaries Ray Noble and Subhayu Banerjee faced each other this time the result being in favour of the latter. In the Major, Colin Young moved up the field with a nice win over Seigrun McGilchrist while Jan Barron-Majerik converted another fine win to move up the table.

Round 2 results – Open- Alastair Dawson(1792) ½ – ½ Chris James (1891) Euan Dawson (1762) ½ – ½ Michael Ridge (1886) Andre Babin (1844) ½ – ½ Euan Gray (2013) Ben Volland (1795) 1 – 0 Raymond Wynarczyk (1904) Alan Jelfs ( 1852) 0-1 Stephen Hogg (2009) Major- Ray Noble (1482) 0 – 1 Subhayu (1403) Ray Flood (1649) ½ – ½ Ritvik Maheshwari (1424) Cameron Wilson (1302) 0 – 1 Jonathan Mckay (1540) Colin Young (1360) 1 – 0 Siegrun Macgilchrist (1607) Jan Barron-Majerik (1629) 1 – 0 Steve Sawaryn (1422) Minor- Charvi Kanodia (701) 0 – 1 Alan Buchan (1252) Marten Kats (1114) 0 – 1 Iwo Labuda (0) Lisa Paton (926) 1 – 0 Munshi Aryan(475) Robbie MacLeod (952) 0 – 1 David Newton (653)

Saturday afternoon and Round 3 and the competition was hotting up. Tournament favourite in the Open, Hamish Olsen, moved up to top with a perfect 3/3. Elsewhere Andre Babin notched up a fine win over David Robertson while Ben Volland and Stephen Hogg fought out a tough draw. In the Major there was a fine win for Cameron Wilson over Seigrun McGilchrist. Notable in the Minor was a win for Marten Kats.

Round 3 results – Open- Ben Volland (1795) ½ – ½ Steve Hogg (2009) Andre Babin (1844) 1 – 0 David A Robertson (1960) Euan Dawson (1762) ½ – ½ Douglas Will (1886) Alastair Dawson (1792) ½ – ½ Raymond Wynarczyk (1904) Major- Ray Noble (1482) 0 – 1 George R McRobert (1373) Ray Flood (1649) 0 – 1 Michael McRobert (1469) Cameron Wilson (1302) 1 – 0 Siegrun Macgilchrist (1607) Colin Young (1360) 0 – 1 Jonathan Mckay (1540) Jan Barron-Majerik (1629) ½ – ½ Craig Fay (1350) Subhayu Banerjee (1403) 0 – 1 David Burke (1570) Minor- Charvi Kanodia (701) 0 – 1 Andy McCulloch (1108) Marten Kats (1114) 1 – 0 William Reid (1174) Lisa Paton (926) – Ross Blackford (612) Robbie MacLeod (952) ½ – ½ Athol Macgilchrist (1088)

And so we move into Sunday morning and Round 4. In the Open, Hamish Olsen continued his fine form as favourite for the event to move onto 4/4. Elsewhere Ben Volland overcame Stephen McQuillan in a King and Pawn ending, Stephen Hogg beat Andre Babin with the Black pieces while Alastair Dawson with a draw against CM Paul Roberts kept up his run of drawing every game in the tournament. In the Major, Ray Noble started to find some form to beat Donald Wilson very quickly (He had more time on his clock than he started with!), Colin Young battled out a draw against Keith Atchinson and Jan Barron-Majerik drew his match against Kalyan Kante.

Round 4 results – Open- Ben Volland (1795) 1 – 0 Stephen McQuillan (1984) Andre (1844) 0 – 1 Steve Hogg (2009) Euan (1762) ½ – ½ Keith Emery (1874) Alastair (1792) ½ – ½ Paul Roberts (2142) Major- Ray Noble (1482) 1 – 0 Donald Wilson (1420) Ray Flood (1649) 0 – 1 Subhayu (1403) Cameron Wilson (1302) 0 – 1 Richard Dowling (1596) Colin Young (1360) ½ – ½ A Keith Aitchison (1667) Jan Barron-Majerlik (1629) ½ – ½ Kalyan Kante (1511) Minor- Charvi Kanodia(701) 0 – 1 Thor Saemundsson (1098) Marten Kats (1114) ½ – ½ Vundi Karthekeya (857) Lisa (926) 0 – 1 Ishan Kumar (862) Robbie (952) 1 – 0 Krish (488) Rishabh (608) ½ – ½ Andy McCulloch (1108) Ramit (757) 0 – 1 Athol Macgilchrist (1088)

And so to the final Round 5 matches on Sunday afternoon and a large number of chess players near the point of exhaustion! There was a surprise in the Open, where Hamish Olson who had been leading the tournament was beaten by Chinese player Xian Junhao, the latter winning the tournament outright on 4.5/5. Ben Volland faltered in the final round against Helge Magnussen, Euan Dawson finished the tournament in style with a fine win over Alan Jelfs, Alastair Dawson made it 5 draws in a row but perhaps most credit should go to Stephen Hogg who beat Duncan Campbell to reach 4/5 and share 2nd place in the Open – well done Stephen. Ben Volland finished the tournament with the U-1850 grading prize, Jan Barron-Majerik excelled with a share (among 6 players) of 1st place in the Major on 4/5. Colin Young won the U1380 grading prize, Robbie MacLeod won the U1100 grading prize while Ramit Kanodia shared 2nd place in the Junior tournament with 5/7.

Overall, in terms of grading performances, the most notable grading results were: for the OPEN: Stephen Hogg (Dundee) +121 points, Ben Volland (Castlehill) +230, Alastair Dawson (Dundee) +202, Euan Dawson (Castlehill) +39, Andre Babin (Castlehill) +24. In the MAJOR it was, Jan Barron-Majerik (Castlehill) +145, Subhayu Banerjee (Castlehill) +248, Colin Young (Castlehill) +279, Cameron Wilson (Castlehill) +78. In the MINOR the best performances were, Robbie MacLeod (Castlehill) +2, Rishabh Akula (Castlehill) +400, Ramit Kanodia (Castlehill) +72 and Charvi Kanodia (Castlehill)+ 158. It is particularly nice to see so many junior players doing well and progressing so fast. We follow Keith’s excellent commentary on Facebook in leaving out above those individuals whose grading performances required the minus button!

Round 5 results – Open- Ben Volland (1795) 0 – 1 Helge Magnussen (2045) Andre Babin (1844) 0 – 1 Paul Roberts (2142) Euan Dawson (1762) 1 – 0 Alan Jelfs (1852) Alastair Dawson (1792) ½ – ½ Jake Sanger (1888) Stephen Hogg (2009) 1-0 Duncan Campbell (1924) Major- Ray Noble (1482) 0 – 1 Perter Doris (1477) Ray Flood (1649) 0 – 1 George R McRobert (1373) Cameron Wilson (1302) 0 – 1 Frankie Murray (1729) Colin Young (1360) 1 – 0 William Harkins (1438) Jan Barron-Majerlik (1629) 1 – 0 Jim Robertson (1595) Subhayu Banerjee (1403) 1 – 0 William Clinton (1682) Minor- Charvi Kanodia (701) 0 – 1 Walter Pearson (1334) Marten Kats (1114) 1 – 0 William Walker (827) Lisa Paton (926) 0 – 1 Mark smith (1210) Robbie MacLeod (952) 1 – 0 David Fowler (1104) Rishabh Akula (608) 0 – 1 Iain Hope (1355) Krish Akula (488) 0 – 1 Ramit Kanodia (757)

Alastair Dawson 11th February 2019.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY: FEBRUARY 2019

Thurs. February 7th: Castlehill E vs Dundee C

Thurs. February 7th: Castlehill C vs Dundee A

Friday February 8th-10th: Perth Weekend Congress, Salutation Hotel, Perth

Tues. February 12th: Dundee vs Kirkcaldy B

Sunday February 24th: Scottish National Chess League Rounds 5 and 6, Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline.

Tues. February 26th: 4th TAFCA Allegro, Dundee Chess Club

 

Scottish National Chess League: Dundee versus Phones

Players from Dundee Chess Club travelled to Glasgow on Saturday 12th January to play Phones in the SNCL. The team had a poor day overall with losses from David Findlay, Alastair Dawson, Euan Dawson and Jim Anderson insufficient to compensate wins from Andrew Wright (by default), Stephen Hogg and Alan Borwell plus a draw from Ray Flood.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY: JANUARY 2019

January 19th and 20th : Kirkcaldy Congress including Kirkcaldy Junior Congress being held on 19th – Dean Park Hotel KY2 6HF, Chapel Level – various events for different playing strengths. Contact Gary McPheator 074111 96422.

January 26th: Edinburgh Team Allegro (see Chess Scotland home page for details).

January 15th: Dundee C versus Castlehill D

January 16th (Wednesday): Kirkcaldy B versus Dundee B

January 22nd (Tuesday): Dundee Chess Club Championship matches

January 23rd (Wednesday): Kirkcaldy A versus Dundee B

January 24th (Thursday): Castlehill F versus Dundee D

January 28th (Monday): 3rd TAFCA Allegro, Perth Chess Club, 7.30 pm start. THIS IS A SUPERB TOURNAMENT AND NEEDS YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT.

January 29th (Tuesday): TAFCA Knock Out Quarter-Final: Dundee A versus Dundee B

 

 

TAFCA league match reports

 

 

14th March: Dundee A versus Castlehill D (TAFCA Knock Out semi-final)

In the semi-final of the knock out championship Dundee A overcame Castlehill D. In the tournament, playing times are adjusted to compensate for playing strength. For example, Alan Borwell had 11 minutes for each of his two games against Subhaju Banerjee whilst the latter had 46 minutes. The playing time differences make for tense chess. In the end Alan beat Subhaju 2-0, Alastair Dawson beat Graham Atkins 2-0 while the matches between Ray Flood and Cameron Wilson as well as Frank Stevenson against Gordon Thomas were drawn leaving the match score 6-2.

19th March: Dundee A versus Perth A

In a crunch match for this year’s league Championship Dundee were .up against Perth A who have not lost so far this season. In the end Dundee won convincingly although the matches were close. David Findlay came through a tough encounter with Gwenole le Feuvre. Stephen Hogg overcame Mike Roth, Frank Stevenson had a very good win over Aaron Gourlay. For Perth Andrew Sutherland beat Alan Borwell to give a score win for Dundee of 3-1.

19th March: Dundee C versus Newport Knights B

Dundee put on a strong showing with two wins and two draws. The wins came from Robert Burnett and Tommy Sutherland and were supplemented with draws from Zdenik  and Alan Woodcock.

15th January : Dundee D versus Castlehill D

This evening, the C team were hosts to Castlehill D. Looking at the teams this looked like a close match on paper. Alan Woodcock’s game with Graham Atkins was first to finish and resulted in a draw, Then  Laurenziu Archip beat Cameron Wilson giving the C team the lead. Next to finish was Robert Burnettwho gained a draw against Subhaju  Banerjee  The result of the match came down the last game between Tommy Sutherland and Colin Young. The game came down to a interesting positio. Tommy had a Rook and 5 pawns while Colin had Rook, Knight and 3 pawns. Colin had to sacrifice one of Tommy’s pawns with his rook since it was about to queen. Colin also picked up another pawn. This left Tommy with Rook and pawn against Knight and Pawn. After some pawn exchanges, Colin had a pawn and Knight against Rook. With Tommy threatening to  take the pawn a draw was agreed. Final result 2.5 – 1.5 in favour of the D team.

11th December: Dundee B versus Castlehill A

Castlehill A arrived with a strong team team led by Declan Shafi. What followed was a tense and nail-biting encounter. On Board 1, Declan gained a win over Jim Anderson. Boards 2 and 3 were both drawn. On Board 2, Robert Jackson and Frank Stevenson shared the points while Board 3 Andy Rowe and Ray Flood fought out a fierce encounter. S it all boiled down to Board 4, the last match to finish and with Robert Burnett as White against Gordon Thomas. With Gordon down to his last 4 minutes and Robert with 17, they reached a position where Robert had a Queen plus pawns against Gordon’s pair of Rooks plus pawns. The stand-off was broken after exchanges and it was Robert who scraped over the line by a hair’s breadth. So the final score was a 2-2 draw.

11th December: Dundee D versus Castlehill E

This match was played alongside the Castlehill A versus Dundee B match in a crowded St Peter’s Hall. On Board 1 L Archip lost a tight contest to Ed Walton. On Board 2, young Max Whisson faltered against Innes Ford. On Board 3, Henri Meadows drew his encounter against Norman Waugh. On Board 4, Norrie Carroll watched his opponent’s clock tick away when he failed to appear on time. But it did not matter in the end. When he arrived, D Hayes found Norrie’s play too strong for him and he eventually succumbed. So the final match score was a 1.5 – 2.5 loss to Castlehill E with Norrie the sole winner.

13th Nov: Dundee D versus Perth B

The D team were hosts to Perth B. Perth B turned up a player short giving the D team a point which meant that Norrie Carroll had to sit this one out. Max Whisson was first to finish but lost to John Shovlin after a good game. Then Alex Ramsey had a fine win against Andy Cowan. This left everything to play for on Board 1 with Dundee D just needing a draw to win the match. The game went right to the end with Laurenziu Archip getting the win against Ian Washington. This gave Dundee D a fine win of 3 – 1.

13th Nov: Dundee A versus Dundee B

This annual clash turned out to be a match of attrition with the last game going down to the wire. But in the end Dundee A came out convincingly on top. First to finish was Ed Spencer who overcame Gordon Robertson in their Board 2 clash. Then Alastair Dawson won a Queen in exchange for Rook and Knight in his match against Robert Burnett. Mating threats with Queen and an advanced pawn on f6 created too many problems for Robert and the game was soon over. On Board 3 there was a heavyweight clash between Ray Flood (White) and Alan Borwell (Black). Ray opened with a Grand Prix attack. When Ray played the critical 10. g4 to mount a Kingside attack, Alan countered with 10…f5. The resulting middlegame was more favourable for Black and a nice exchange sacrifice by Black on the Bishop on g2 ended matters. Last to finish was the game between David Findlay and Jim Anderson. With what looked like a lengthy Rook and Pawn endgame in prospect and with David having less than 2 minutes left on his clock, the outcome looked unclear. But David’s superior endgame technique told in the end and the game was won in Black’s favour. So the match result was 4-0 in favour of Dundee A but this score does not reflect how closely fought the respective matches were.

8th Nov: University of St Andrews versus Dundee D

This match was postponed by mutual agreement due to shortage of players available for Dundee D. It has been agreed by the match captains that this match will be rearranged for a future date.

5th Nov: Perth B versus Dundee C

Dundee C travelled to Perth on Monday but the match did not take place due to insufficient opposition players.

1st Nov: Castlehill B versus Dundee A

Castlehill B are one of the toughest teams in the league and Dundee A knew that their task of winning the match would be difficult. On the night, things turned out well. Alan Borwell was first to finish against Robert Jackson. His use of a b3 line and Queenside castling as White against Robert’s Caro Khan proved very successful. Soon afterwards, Ed Spencer scored a decisive win over Paul Shafi. Then Alastair Dawson arrived at a won middlegame position as Black against Andrew Rowe. The last game to finish was a tight affair between David Findlay and Darius Kosznik. The endgame saw David with an extra piece but defending against two actively placed passed pawns. However, with Darius short of time the match was soon resolved in David’s favour. So overall a convincing 4-0 victory although the match score does not reflect four very closely contested games of chess.

 

30th Oct Dundee D versus Dundee C

Dundee D played the D team and, as expected, they were outgraded on all boards.  Zdenek did not turn up so the C team got off to a good start with a default on Board 3. Then Alan Woodcock earned a point for the C team by beating young Max Whisson.  Later in the evening Laurenziu Archip had a fine win against the very experienced Robert Burnett  to make the score 2-1 in favour of the D team. The last game to finish was between Henri Meadows and Tommy Sutherland. It was a very closely contested game with both players even on material.  With Tommy attacking and Henri defending well the result could have gone either way. Then Tommy committed a basic error by not noticing Henri pining his Queen against his King with a rook. This win for Henri gave the D team an excellent win by 3 – 1 over their club rivals.

Click here for 2 games from the match.

 

 

 

 

 

23rd Oct Dundee C versus St Andrews University

Dundee C faced a very strong St Andrews University team last night and were heavily outgraded on all boards. But the team put a very good fight. Robert Burnett lost to Sam Herring, the latter having played very well in the Open at the Dundee Chess Congress. Zdenek also was defeated by Daniel Chambers. So with two matches to go, it looked like it was going to be a heavy defeat. However, both of the final matches went down to the wire. Alan Woodcock was unfortunate in losing late on against Guilluame Poss. But team pride won through in the end with a fine draw by Tommy Sutherland against Wilf Wheatley. So, overall the match score was 0.5-3.5 but score does not reflect what a fine performance the C team put on against the odds-on favourites to top Division 2.

10th Oct Newport knights B versus Dundee D.

Dundee D travelled across the water to Newport to play their first match of the 2018/2019 season.  The players were A Laurentiu, M Whisson, H Meadows, and A Ramsey.  Jean Chalmers was non-playing captain/chauffeuse.

One of Newport’s players had been delayed as there had been a derailment at Stonehaven and he was stuck on a train in Edinburgh.   Alex,playing on board 4, won his game very quickly so we were off to a good start.  The other 3 games were neck and neck for a while.  Max was a bishop down but had 7 pawns,  and was advancing one of his pawns.  However, the bishop was too strong and he eventually succumbed.  The game was lost but he had played very well.  Next was Henri who had also had a tight game.  We were now 2-1 down.  Lauria on Board 1 eventually wore his opponent down and we finished at 2-2.  Excellent result for the team’s first outing of the season.  Many thanks to Newport who created a friendly and welcoming atmosphere plying us with tea and coffee and the customary hot pies.  Very nice touch.

9th Oct Dundee A versus Kirkcaldy A.
Dundee A started the new season defence of the Championship by hosting Kirkcaldy A. All the matches were keenly contested. First to finish was Ed Spencer on Board 2 against Stuart Blyth. Then Alastair Dawson was next on Board 3 with a win over Terry Doherty. Then Jim Anderson overcame Euan Henderson who had earlier sacrificed the exchange to improve his position. The last game to finish was on Board 1 between David Findlay and Russell Kynoch. David ended up with a passed a-pawn and a bishop but since the bishop was not of the same colour as the queening square the game was drawn. So overall the match score was a win by 3.5-0.5.

8th Oct Perth A versus Dundee B.
Dundee B travelled to Perth tonight to play their first league game of the season. It was going to be a tough night as they were out-graded on all boards. Jim Anderson lost first to Martin Gourlay. Then Raymond Flood lost to Mike Roth. Gordon Robertson then had a fine win against Gwenole Le Feuvre. This left all to play for on board three Frank Stevenson against David Hall. Frank lost in a very good endgame.

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY: DECEMBER 2018

Tuesday December 4th:  Dundee Club Championship Round 2 (the first of these matches take place on this evening but with other matches being played throughout January 2019. The draw for Round 3 will take place during the last week of January 2019).

Saturday 8th – Sunday 9th December: This is a 5-round event played over these two days for players graded below 1600. The tournament is held at Edinburgh Chess Club (Alva St, Edinburgh) with a maximum entry of 30 players. For further details see Chess Scotland home page).

TUESDAY December 11th: Dundee B vs Castlehill A (St Peter’s).

SCOTTISH NATIONAL CHESS LEAGUE ROUNDS 3 AND 4 – REPORT, NOVEMBER 25th 2018

Scottish National Chess League, Rounds 3 and 4, November 25th 2018

Dundee City Report

 

Four Dundee City teams arrived at the Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline, with different objectives. For the A team the intention was to continue to defend their Championship title. For the B and C teams, wins were required to maintain the push for promotion in their respective divisions. For the Junior team the aim was to play good chess, enjoy their games and learn from their experiences.

 

The A team started in the morning against Kilmarnock. Wins for Andrew Greet, Andrew Wright and Stephen Hogg together with a draw for David Findlay was sufficient to secure a 3.5/1.5 win. In Division 2, the Dundee City B team managed to overcome a strong Perth team led by Martin Gourlay on Board 1. Wins for Euan and Alastair Dawson together with draws for Carey Groves and Andre Babin was enough to earn a 3-2 victory. In Division 4, the C team had a tough encounter against Forth Valley B, outgraded on the top 3 boards but with a slight edge on the bottom two boards. The result was a 2.5/2.5 draw with wins from Ray Flood and Ray Noble as well as a draw from Paul Shafi. The Junior team, also in the same league, had another difficult set of games. From the heat of battle came 2 wins, one from Max Whisson on Board 1 and the other from Risabh Akula on Board 4. Despite these successes the team lost 2-3 to the Silly Sicilians.

 

In the afternoon, the A team was up against Thistles led by IM Roddy McKay. It turned out to be a successful afternoon with wins for Andrew Greet on Board 1, Andrew Wright on Board 4 and Stephen Hogg on Board 5. Stephen’s win against Stephen Robinson was particularly elegant with the latter’s King mated in the middle of the board. The match win was by 3.5-1.5 that now places them in 1st place on 7 points closely followed on 6 points by Bon Accord A and Stepps. In Division 2, the B team faced a weakened Giffnock team missing Phil and Rosie Giulian who are n Bled, Slovenia, playing in the World Senior Championships. The match was fiercely contested but wins from Euan and Alastair Dawson on Boards 4 and 5 together with draws from Sam Gregory, Carey Groves and Andre Babin resulted in a comfortable win by 3.5-1.5. This leaves the Dundee City B team in joint 1st place with Wandering Dragons A on 7 points closely followed one point behind by Forth Valley A. In Division 4, Dundee City C were up against Bon Accord B. This match proved to be one of the closest of the day. A nice win from Ray Noble was followed by another from Ed Walton who converted a slight edge in a R and P ending into a won K and P ending. Losses from Ray Flood and Keith Rose meant that the match result depended on the outcome of Paul Shafi’s game on Board 1 against Kalyan Kante. After a lot of manoeuvring and pressure by Paul against the White King position the game finally ended equal. This drawn game resulted in a drawn match 2.5/2.5. This result puts Dundee City C team in 2nd equal place in Division 4 tied with CS BOS 2 with both a point behind Dunfermline B. The Junior team had their first big success as a team in the afternoon when they beat Liver Fryers by 3-2. Stars of the afternoon were Ramit Kanodia, Charvi Kanodia and Risabh Akula who all won their matches. What a wonderful achievement and we all celebrate their success.

 

So a break now in the Scottish National Chess League for the Christmas and New Year period – the battles for success in the respective Divisions resumes with Rounds 5 and 6 scheduled to take place on Sunday February 24th 2019.

 

Alastair Dawson

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CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 2 TUESDAY DECEMBER 4TH 2018: DRAW ON WEBSITE

The draw for Dundee Chess Club Championship matches for Round 2 has now been made. The pairings can be viewed under the ‘Club Championship’ banner on the website. These matches should be played on the evening of Tuesday December 4th 2018. If it turns out that you cannot play your match on that evening, arrangements should be made with your opponent to play your match on Tuesday December 11th or at the very latest by Tuesday December 18th. Please let Jim Anderson know of any matches that have been rearranged.