Richardson Cup 2024

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BrdGradeDundee6v2CathcartGrade
1 2257 CM Ophoff, Jacques ½v½  IM Mckay, Roderick M 2179
2 2121 Findlay, David John 1v 0 Tsang, Sai Kong 1940
3 2130 Spencer, Edwin A 1v 0 Taylor, Allen 1693
4 2084 Magnussen, Helge 1v 0 Myant, Martin 1673
51873Dawson, Alastair½v½Roger, Michael1509
61807Deighan, Matthew J0v1Knak-Watt, Peter1509
71629Crofts, Joshua1v0Mcfadden, Aidan
8Clark, Adam1v0Mcquat, Ryan

This year, Dundee Chess Club was paired against Cathcart in the quarter-finals. We were awarded a Home tie and, thanks to work in the background by Alan Borwell the match was held at the Inchture Hotel in the small village of Inchture just a few km out of Dundee. The match took place last Saturday (March 9th) with a 12.30 start and with the standard rate of play of 90 minutes for all moves plus a 30 second increment for each move made. Due to illness, the Cathcart captain, Alistair Maxwell was unable to play and, as a result, the Cathcart team was somewhat weakened. That said, they were ably led on Board 1 by IM Roddy McKay.  For Cathcart, the bottom 4 Board players did not hold FIDE ratings- – but, as play started, it was clear that they were all very able players and that a close match was likely.

For Dundee, our strongest player, Jacques Ophoff, locked horns with IM Roddy McKay on Board 1. Jacques himself is a CM and the tussle that ensued with Jacques having the Black pieces resulted in a draw. With Alistair Maxwell absent, our trio of David Findlay, Ed Sepncer and Helge Magnussen led the line for the team on Boards 2,3 and 4. Their 3 wins placed Dundee in a dominating position and it was left to Alastair, Matthew, Jacques and Adam to secure the victory on the lower Boards. There were some scary moments for Alastair as he held out for a draw while Matthew stumbled against his opponent. But Joshua and Adam ran out convincing winners on the bottom two Boards resulting in a 6-2 win. Although the points win was emphatic, the scoreline hides just how tough some of the games were. In the Richardson Cup there are no easy games! 

At the time of writing the draw for the Richardson semi-final has now been made. Dundee have been drawn against Bank of Scotland who emerged victors in the quarter-final over a strong Bon Accord team from Aberdeen. Dundee have been drawn as the Away team and so we head for a tough battle in Edinburgh on Saturday April 13th.

Alastair Dawson