Oban Chess Congress, November 16-18th, 2018

The Oban weekender is one of the most popular events on the Scotland chess circuit. The event has been superbly organised for many years by Duncan Campbell and his team. This years, as previous, the Congress was held in the Royal Hotel, Oban. The event was fully booked as usual – with four tournaments taking place, the prestigious Open, the Challengers (U-1900)  the Major (U-1600) and Minor (U-1350). This year, two players representing the Club competed in the Open, Euan and Alastair Dawson. Both scored creditably with 2.5/5 inclusive of a Friday evening Bye. Euan drew with Andrew Gillies, Alan Grant, with a very nice win over S K Tsang and a loss to C Bragg (overall TPR 1941). Alastair had draws with Ian Marks and Jake Sanger, a win against Michael Ridge and a loss to Stephen McQuillan (TPR 1895).  Andrew Greet, Board 1 in our Dundee City SNCL team, was the top seed and ran out deserved winner on 4.5/5 (TPR 2487). This is a wonderful weekend chess tournament, superbly organised with good playing conditions – and is highly recommended.

World Chess Championship, Magnus Carlsen versus Fabiano Caruana, London, November 2018: ALL GAMES

The long-awaited and exciting World Chess Championship between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana was finally won by Magnus Carlsen on the 3rd Tie Break game after 12 successive and nerve-jangling drawn games. You can see ALL of the games on the You TUbe links below.

For Game 1 DRAW click here

For Game 2 DRAW click here

For Game 3 DRAW click here

For Game 4 DRAW click here

For Game 5 DRAW click here

For game 6 DRAW click here

For Game 7 DRAW click here

For Game 8 DRAW click here

For Game 9 DRAW click here

For Game 10 DRAW click here

For Game 11 DRAW click here

For Game 12 DRAW click here 

Match now goes to Sudden Death Play-Off

Tie Break Game 1 click here

Tie Break Game 2 click here

Tie Break Game 3 click here



In this season’s Richardson Cup, the national knock out club competition, Dundee Chess Club have been drawn away to Phones (Glasgow). The big tie of the round is between Bon Accord and Glasgow Polytechnic. The remaining two matches are between Edinburgh and Bellshill and lastly Edinburgh West against Hamilton. The matches are scheduled to be played on the afternoon of Saturday 12th January 2019 with start of play agreed as 13.00 hr. The Dundee team pool is David Findlay, Ed Spencer, Andrew Wright, Stephen Hogg, Alan Borwell, Euan Dawson, Alastair Dawson, Jim Anderson and Ray Flood.


The first round of this season’s club championship took place last night. Accelerated pairings are being used for the first 2 of the 5 rounds. With only one match (Max Whisson versus Alan Woodcock) yet to be played, all of the matches yielded decisive outcomes. The standard of play was high and there were no surprises. Top seed Murad Abdulla overcame Alastair Dawson in a closely contested match. On the remaining top 6 boards there were wins for David Findlay over Jim Anderson, Declan Shafi against Frank Stevenson, Ed Spencer versus Pal Shafi, Alan Borwell over Ray Flood and Euan Dawson against Robert Burnett. Other wins came from Dean Ardian,Tommy Sutherland, Lauenziu Archip and Alex Ramsay.

SNCL Report 5th November

Scottish National Chess League: 2018-19 – Rounds 1 and 2, November 4th, 2018, Dunfermline

The new 2018-19 SNCL chess season kicked off in Dunfermline yesterday. Dundee City have 4 teams registered this year. The A team start as reigning champions; the B team seeking promotion to Division 1 having come so close last season; the C team is trying to gain promotion to Division 3 while we have a new Junior team, also in Division 4.

Round 1 started with a surprise for the A team. Up against Stepps they suffered a loss when Andrew Greet lost to Douglas Bryson. But with Stephen Hogg winning well on Board 5 and draws from David Findlay, Declan and Andrew Wright, the match was drawn 2.5/2.5. In the afternoon, the A-team came into their own with a 4.5/0.5 win over Hamilton. Wins from Andrew, David, Declan and Stephen supplemented with a draw from Andrew led to a very convincing performance and a step towards their title defence. Special mention should go to Stephen for two straight wins.

In Division 2, the Dundee City B team started their campaign with a thumping win 5-0 over Dumfries and District A. The team has changed slightly from last year. Andrew Babin now takes up Board 2 with Carey Groves moving down to Board 4. Strength in depth is a feature of the team now, not only with Carey on Board 4 but also with Ben Volland on Board 3 and Euan Dawson on Board 5. The impressive nature of the 5-0 win was highlighted by Sam Gregory’s win on Board 1 over Michael Green (2076). The afternoon match proved to be much tougher. The team was up against Dunfermline Knights led by Ian Robertson (2045). Unfortunately both Sam and Andre lost their games but this was countered by win by Ben and Euan on Boards 3 and 5. A draw from Carey led to the match being drawn 2.5/2.5. Deserved credit goes to both Ben and Euan for winning both their matches.

There were both new and old faces in the Dundee City C team in Division 4 now composed of Alastair Dawson, Paul Shafi, Ray Flood, Keith Rose and Ed Walton. The first match was a whitewash 5-0 over Hidden Dragons. Special mention goes to Ray Flood who crushed his opponent in only 13 moves. Whereas the opponents in Round 1 were relatively inexperienced, the match in the afternoon was very much more difficult against Dumfries and District B. Again the team completed a 5-0 whitewash win with, again, Ray Flood being first to finish after only 35 minutes of play. Some of the matches were very tight indeed, particularly those of Alastair and Keith. Overall a great start to the promotion push and a rare 10-0 score for the day.

The first SNCL tournament day of the 2018-19 season was most special, however, for our Dundee City Junior (D) team. For all of them it was their second outing in weekend chess following the highly successful Dundee Congress in October. The prime objective for them all is to have fun and enjoy their chess and also gain valuable experience. In the morning they were hugely out graded against Corstorphine, typically in excess of a 500 point difference. There were losses on all boards except that of Rishabh Akula (608) who pulled off an amazing win over Angus Ruthven (1188) – a brilliant performance. So the match result was 1-4. In the afternoon the Junior team were again heavily out graded against CS BOS2. This time the grading differences were individually between 500-700 points and this time there was a 0-5 loss. The Junior team players performed exceptionally well during both the morning and afternoon sessions. In fact they played two of the strongest teams in the group and they surely will relish playing some of less strong teams in Rounds 3 and 4 on November 25th.

Undoubtedly, the performance of the day has to go to Rishabh Akula while special mention should also go to Stephen Hogg, Ben Volland and Euan Dawson in the A and B teams for 100% game scores.

For a complete list of results click here.

Alastair Dawson
5th November 2018


For our club members this is one of the busiest months of the season:

Thursday 1st November: Castlehill B – Dundee A

Saturday 3rd November: Chess Scotland Annual General Meeting, Novotel Hotel, Glasgow 12.00-19.00

Sunday 4th November: Scottish National Chess League, Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline, Rounds 1 and 2, start of play 10.00 am.

Monday 5th November: Perth B – Dundee C

Tuesday 6th November: Dundee Chess Club Championship, Round 1, St Peters.

Thursday 8th November: University of St Andrews – Dundee D

Tuesday 13th November: Dundee A – Dundee B

Tuesday 13th November: Dundee D – Perth B

Friday 16th -Sunday 18th November: Oban Chess Congress, Royal Hotel, Oban (one of best weekend congresses on Scottish chess circuit).

Tuesday 20th November: TAFCA Knock Out Cup: Dundee A – Castlehill E (St Peters rearranged venue).

Sunday 25th November: Scottish National Chess League, Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline, Rounds 3 and 4, start of play 10.00 am

Tuesday 27th November: Dundee B – Castlehill B

Thursday 29th November: 2nd TAFCA Allegro, Castlehill Chess Club


1st TAFCA Allegro: Newport Knights Chess Club 24/10/18

The first of the new format TAFCA Allegro tournaments took place last night at Newport Knights Chess Club. There was an excellent turn out of 29 players from all of the clubs in Tayside and Fife. – 7 each from Castlehill, Dundee and Kirkcaldy chess clubs together with 8 from our hosts Newport Knights.  The format for these events is gruelling with each contestant playing 5 matches during the evening and with the clocks set at 15 mins per person per game to make all moves. All of the matches were tightly contested. Prior to the start of the final round only Euan Dawson and Alan Borwell remained on maximum points of 4/4. The final match between them was tightly contested. Alan slipped behind on time somewhat and as the time limit for all moves approached, Euan steered his way through the ending complications to become the outright winner of the tournament on maximum points on 5/5. Following close behind and tied in 2nd place on 4/5 were Alan Borwell, Paul Shafi, Alastair Dawson and Jim Anderson. This was the first of 5 Allegro events to take place this season and a huge debt of gratitude should go to Marcus Wylie and his team at Newport for so generously hosting such a successful event.

Dundee Chess Congress , October 2018: Report

There were 9 players from the club playing in the Dundee congress this year. It was held in the Dundee University Chaplaincy with 136 players taken part from across Scotland and beyond. David Findlay, Stephen Hogg and Alistair Dawson were playing in the Open. Also competing was Declan Shafi who is a member of both Castlehill Chess Club and Dundee Chess Club. This was a strong tournament with 10 players with grades over 2000 including GM Jacob Aagaard, IM Andrew Greet (both tied for 1st place), FM Murad Abdulla (the Scottish Champion). as well as CM Paul Roberts. Declan scored an impressive 3/5 with David, Stephen and Alastair close behind on 2.5/5.

In the Major (Under-1800), Raymond Flood represented Dundee Chess Club as well as Euan Dawson who is a member of both clubs. Both Euan and Ray had good tournaments both finishing on 3.5/5.

In the Minor tournament (Under-1400) we had 6 players competing. Of these, 5 were playing in a congress for the first time including 13 year old Max Whisson. Max scored an excellent 2/5. Scott McKenzie scored a creditable 1/5. Alex Ramsay finished on 2/5 and considering that Alex missed round 1 he did really well for his first tournament.  Congratulations should go to Zdenek Swaczyna and Tommy Sutherland who both scored 3/5 in their first chess tournament. However, the best performance was by Laurenziu Archip who scored 4/5 and in joint 3rd place with 4 other players.

Max Whisson in his first Tournament.


Running a weekend chess tournament is exceptionally hard work for the organisers. After a year’s absence, the annual Dundee Chess Congress is back on the tournament calendar and in rude health. This year’s congress at Dundee University Chaplaincy Centre was an enormous success with the organisers having to close entries several days in advance of the tournament due to a surge in entries and limited space. The organising team, led by Keith Rose, is due a huge vote of thanks from all participants. The arbiting team of Fiona Petrie, Michael Roth, Jim Anderson and Ray Noble did a superb job in keeping the event running smoothly. Jean Chalmers and Louise should also be thanked, having worked tirelessly running the catering facilities.  To them all, we owe a big debt of gratitude. Roll on the next Dundee Congress in October 2019!!

Club championship and new allegro tournament.

Jim Anderson is now taking entries for this years club championship. Entries must be in by the  27th October. First round starts 6th November.

There is also a new tournament that can be played throughout the season. This is an allego event 30 minutes each player.  Its split into 2 Major and Minors. Please see Cross Table in competitions and events above or click here.


Scotland’s top men and women chess players are presently representing the country in the World Chess Olympiad, Batumi, Georgia. the tournaments are excellently covered in the media. For the most rapid links, see the Chess Scotland website – you can follow all the latest results and individual performances by clicking on the ‘Chess Results’ icon. The event is also being superbly covered by various national media – one of the best to view on You Tube is via ‘Chess India’. The Olympiad started on September 23rd and continues until October 6th, 2018. Scotland’s men are represented by Andrew Greet, Alan Tate, Clement Sreeves, Murad Abdulla and Roddy McKay. The womens’ team is led by Keti Arakhamia-Grant together with Ali Roy, Rosie Giulian, Monica Espinosa Cancino and Caitlin Reid. After 7 rounds the men’s Open tournament is being led by USA and Azerbaijan followed by Armenia and Poland (Russia are currently sitting in 9th place). In the Women’s Championship the leading teams (also after Round 7) are the Ukraine and Armenia closely followed by China, Romania, USA and Italy. Keti is presently the leading points scorer in the Women’s tournament with 6.5/7. In the Men’s Open the top points scorers on 6/7 is shared by Anish Giri (Netherlands), Nils Grandelius (Sweden), Wesley So (USA), Andre Stratonowitsch (Seychelles), Dejan Marhanovic Bosnia & Herzegovina) and Eiti Bashir (Syria).