Four of the world’s top Super-Grandmasters were in Fife this weekend, 24-26th May 2019. World Champion Magnus Carlsen together with Chinese GM Ding Liren, former World Champion Vishy Anand from India as well as Russian former World-Champion contender Sergey Karjakin were at Lindores Abbey, Newburgh, competing in a Rapid-play event. The event was hosted by Lindore Abbey whisky distillery and won by Magnus on 3.5/6. Full reports can be viewed on the Chess Scotland home page as well as on a series of videos on You Tube most notably those of Chess India.
In a tense finish in Rd 5 of the Club Championship Declan Shafi won his match against Alastair Dawson while David Findlay also won a long and bruising encounter with Euan Dawson. The results mean that both share this year’s Club Championship on 4.5/5. Many congratulations to both players.
The final round of the Dundee Club Championship is now underway. With David Findlay having overcome Euan Dawson is a closely fought match, David now sits on 4.5/5. Alastair Dawson (3) is paired against Declan Shafi (3.5) in the final. The result of this match will determine whether Declan ties with David for the championship title or whether David wins the trophy outright.
David Findlay 3.5 (4.5) 1-0 Euan Dawson 3.0 (3.0)
Alastair Dawson 3.0 (3.0) 0-1 Declan Shafi 3.5 (4.5)
Paul Shafi 2.5 (2.5) 0-1 Frank Stevenson 3.0 (4.0)
Ray Flood 2.0 (3.0) 1-0 def. Jim Anderson 2.5 (2.5)
Laurenziu Archip 2.0 (3.0) 1-0 def. Murad Abdulla 2.0 (2.0)
David Sim 2.0 Alan Borwell 2.0
Others: Peter Gibson (1.5) vs Andy; Christine Sim (1) vs Alan Woodcock (1.5); Robert Burnett (1) vs Jean Chalmers (1) and Zdenek Swaczyna (1) vs Norrie Carroll (1).
The Annual Meeting of he Tayside and Fife Chess Association will take place on Tuesday 21st May at Dundee Chess Club, St Peter’s Church, Dundee starting at 7.30 pm. The Annual Meeting of Dundee Chess Club will take place on Tuesday 28th May also at Dundee Chess Club starting at 7.30 pm. The annual prize givings for both organisations will take place on the two respective evenings.
Round 5 starts next Tuesday 23rd April 2019 and must be played by the ends of May. Please arrange with your opponent as soon as possible.
At the recent SNCL Round 7 at the Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline on Sunday March 24th 2019, the Dundee City A team were crowned national champions. Also the Dundee City C team gained promotion to Division 3. For a full report see next post.
SNCL (Scottish National Chess League) Round 7, Sun 24th March 2019, Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline. Report by Ray Noble
The competition for prizes, promotions and relegations reached a climax at this year’s final Round. Dundee City was represented this year by 4 teams. As in previous years the participation of our chess teams is a joint venture between Castlehill Chess Club, Dundee and Dundee Chess Club. Unfortunately for Dundee City teams we had a few call offs for Round 7. These were sufficiently serious that for the first time in 7 years we were only able to field 3 teams instead of 4. The effect of team changes and reorganisation significantly affected the strengths of 2 of the 3 teams. The Dundee City A team were unaffected and fielded an unchanged team as they attempted to defend their Championship title. Although the B team was weakened the greatest impact of the call offs was on the C team who were leading Division 4 by one point going into the last round. It was with great regret that we had to default Dundee City D. In Division 1, Dundee City A are the defending champions and were in top spot. They faced the very strong Edinburgh 1. After all the struggles and ups and downs to win their first title last year, Dundee City A made the title defence look easy after an emphatic win by 4.5 -0.5. Andrew Greet was held to a draw by FM Gheorghiu but the rest of the team all won their matches. This was a magnificent achievement and many congratulations should go to the team of Andrew Greet, David Findlay, Andrew Wright, Stephen Hogg and Declan Shafi.
In Division 2, Dundee City B were sitting mid-table and had had nothing to play for except their pride. Unfortunately they lost to probably the strongest team in the Division, Wandering Dragons A, led by IM Mark Orr, with only Alastair Dawson saving the whitewash! The score was Wandering Dragons 4½, Dundee City B ½. So it is another season ahead for Dundee City B in Division 2.
Division 4. Dundee City C were up against a strong Corstorphine and were handicapped by a much weaker side than normal. In one sense it proved too much in the end as they lost the match and the chance of finishing champions at the last hurdle! However, there was a twist in the tale because one of our promising Juniors, Max Whisson J13 (974), won his match against an 1188 on board 4. What a result Max! Then, Ray Noble (1482) on board 1 managed with the black pieces to get a draw against Alistair MacNaughton (1810). It was a fantastic result and huge congratulations should go to Max and Ray as well as the rest of the team (Ed Walton, Cameron Wilson and Ramit Kanodia). The effect of this loss by 1.5 – 3.5 was that the C team slipped down into 2nd place but results elsewhere meant that they stayed there once Round 7 was completed. This means that, against big odds, the Dundee City C team was now promoted to Division 3.
All in all this 2018-19 SNCL campaign went very well indeed. A big thank you to the SNCL organisers for a great tournament. Thank you to all our players, captains and parents for their support and last but my no means least, Alastair Dawson for all the hard work he has put in to make sure Dundee City teams (Castlehill Chess Club & Dundee Chess Club) turned up and could take on the other teams with a full complement of players.
Going into Round 5 Declan Shafi and David Findlay lead the Dundee Club Championship. A hard fought draw between them in Round 4 leaves them in joint lead on 3.5/4. Close behind on 3 points are Alastair and Euan Dawson who beat Alan Borwell and Ray Flood respectively. Murad Abdulla can join them on 3 points depending on the outcome of his game against Frank Stevenson. The above players are closely followed on 2.5 points by Jim Anderson after his win over Tommy Sutherland.