Perth Congress 2020


The Perth Congress rolled into the new decade with a record entry. Doors were closed at the start of the week despite extra tables being put in to accomodate the number of players wishing to participate. A healthy sign for chess in Scotland.

As ever, the venue at the Salutation Hotel was warm and welcoming despite the weather. Perth may have been windswept, but the Congress is endlessly interesting.

The club had five representatives this time. Stephen Hogg and Alastair Dawson in the Open, myself, Trevor Harley and Ross Bremner in the Major. Stephen and Alastair took byes in the first round and performed creditably over the weekend games.

In the Major, Trevor had a solid run, with just one loss that he’ll be disappointed with. Ross found it tough in his first congress and debated whether he should have opted for the Minor instead. All good learning experience though. My own tournament started well, but faded somewhat with three successive draws, only one of them of any interest. Still, an improvement on recent months, and the first congress for a while that I’ve gone through unbeaten.

A hugely enjoyable event as ever, with thanks and appreciation to John McNicoll, Andy Howie and the organising team for an impeccable job once again.

46 entries               Rating       Rating Performance
11= S Hogg  3/5       2065               1912
15= A Dawson  2.5  1806               1823
51 entries
4= R Flood  3.5         1509             1654
42=T Harley  1.5       1439             1167
R Bremner  1.5             0               1128