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).


Thursday October 4th 2018: Konrad Wierszbicki Memorial Allegro, Castlehill Chess Club, Dundee

Monday October 8th: TAFCA League Division 1: Perth A – Dundee B

Tuesday October 9th TAFCA League Division 1: Dundee A – Kirkcaldy A

Wednesday October 10th TAFCA League Division 2: Newport Knights B – Dundee D

Friday October 19th – Sunday October 21st: Dundee Chess Congress, Chaplaincy Centre, University of Dundee (5 rounds)

Tuesday October 23rd TAFCA League Division 2: Dundee C – University of St Andrews

Wednesday 24th October: TAFCA Allegro Series, Event No. 1 (of 5): venue – Newport Knights Chess Club, The Newport Club, 6 Cupar Rd., Newport DD6 8AE

Tuesday October 30th TAFCA League Division 2: Dundee D – Dundee C



Congratulations to Castlehill Chess Club for overcoming Dundee Chess Club at the annual Bobby Gow tournament held last night at Dundee Chess Club. In total 24 players from the respective clubs competed with the score over the 12 boards of 7.5-4.5 in favour of Castlehill.  The match was one of fierce competition with individual games swaying to and fro over 3 hours of competitive play. On the top boards David Findlay and Declan Shafi battled out a draw in a R + N + pawns ending. On board 2, Alastair Dawson could not break through the defences of Paul Shafi and this match also ended in a draw. On Board 3, Euan Dawson converted a won ending against Jim Anderson. Elsewhere there were wins for Keith Rose over Robert Burnett, Ray Noble against Alan Woodcock, Colin Young against Peter Gibson, L Archip over Norrie Carroll and A Ramsay over C Patterson. Appreciation should also go to Jim Anderson for doing much of the organization as well as to Ray Noble for his running of the event on the night. And so the new 2018-19 chess across Tayside and Fife has started and we look forward to much exciting chess in the forthcoming months.

Here is one of the games played on the night. it was a very hard fought game and a great victory for Euan.

12/09/18 Game

The following is a game from the British Chess Championships seniors tournament game and report is from Alastair.

At the end of July, Euan and I travelled to Hull to take part in the British Chess Championships. While Euan was taking part in the exceptionally strong Major tournament, I had a go at the Seniors championship. On first sight one might imagine that such a tournament would not be tough, the opposite was the case. Nearly all of the players were rated over FID 1900 and most had a fine sense for strong uncompromising and positional play. The tournament lasted 7 gruelling rounds and I emerged at the end with one win, one loss and 5 draws. In the Major, Euan gained a very creditable 3/9 performing excellently against some very strong opposition.

The British Championships is a real festival of chess. The championships were held in Hull City Hall. There were over 900 competitors in a range of tournaments ranging from Under -8 to the Championship packed with GMs , IMs and FMs. A live commentary room was in the basement as well as adjoining analysis areas as well as a highly popular chess stall. If there is a difficulty with tournaments such as this it is being able to last the pace and not succumb to exhaustion with one round following another in quick succession. The following game took place in Round 1 with a fortunate stroke of good luck arriving in the late afternoon.



7-9th September: Inverness Chess Congress,

Tuesday 11th September: 3rd Allegro tournament, Dundee Chess Club.

Saturday 15th September: Isle of Arran FIDE Rapidplay, 11.15 – 16.30, See homepage of

Tuesday 18th September: Bobby Gow (Castlehill Chess Club vs Dundee Chess Club); venue Dundee Chess Club.

Wednesday 19th September: Chess Scotland Management Board, Connal Building, 3rd floor, 34 West George St, Glasgow G2 1DA.

Tuesday 25th September: TAFCA committee meeting, Dundee Chess Club, 19.30.

Thursday 27th September: Glasgow Polytechnic Quickplay, Wellington Church Hall, Southpark Avenue, Glasgow G12 8LE. See homepage of


05/08/20018 New chess season

The Club is now open for business again.  We had 14 people there last night which is encouraging.  I have received a lot of enquiries from prospective new members, including from parents of juniors,  juniors should come along at 6.30 pm and adults from 7 pm onwards.  The TAFCA leagues will be starting soon and we are entering 4 teams again with the possibility of another team if we have enough players.  There will be the usual Club Championship and other internal competitions yet to be arranged.  The Dundee Chess Congress is taking place from 19th to 21st October and entry forms are available at the Club.  So, there is plenty going on.  Our senior players are on hand to do coaching and tea, coffee, soft drinks and snacks are available at modest prices.  As you can see, we are spoilt for choice!  Come and join us.  You have nothing to lose – except for maybe your game!