Scottish National Chess League (SNCL) 2015-16:
Rounds 1 and 2, October 25th 2015.
This season Dundee City entered 3 teams of 5 players into our national competition. Our squad is made up from players of both local clubs ie Dundee Chess Club and Castlehill Chess Club. Our A team this year is a strong one with a mission to win the National Championship where they have so narrowly failed in recent years. Our B team is in Division 2 and hopes to put in a strong performance. Our C team, made mostly of our Junior players, is competing in a very strong Division 4. Rounds 1 and 2 (of 7 rounds) took place on Sunday at the Glen Pavilion, Pittencrieff Park, Dunfermline.
In the morning Round 1, our A team started with a storming 5-0 whitewash over IPCC (formerly Greenwood) with Andrew Greet, David Findlay, Elaine Bamber, Mickey Groves & Alan Borwell all winning. The B team found the going tougher against Giffnock and Clarkston with the sole points gained from a nice win by Keith Rose and a draw from Carey Groves giving us a 1.5-3.5 loss. The C team narrowly lost out to Wandering Dragons B by 2-3 with a win from Subhayu Bannerjee and draws from Euan Dawson and Tom Constance.
After 4 hours of energy-sapping play in the morning session, Round 2 resumed at 3 pm. The A team continued where they left off in the morning with a 4.5-0.5 win over East Kilbride, with Mickey Grove drawing and the others all winning. The B team found their form against Edinburgh 2 with a 3.5-1.5 win made up of wins from Stephen Hogg, Sergey Tin and Alastair Dawson and a draw from Carey Groves. A sweep of 3 match wins was completed by the C team who overcame the much higher rated banking team CS-BOS 2 by 3-2 with nice wins from Martin Chalmers and Euan Dawson and draws from Subhayu and Agnijo Bannerjee.
Overall, it was a good day for Dundee Chess. Particular praise should go to the A team for such an outstanding start and to the C team for performing so well against much higher graded opponents. We now look forward to Rounds 3 and 4 which will take place in Dunfermline on Sunday November 29th.