Fifth Friendly Allegro

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The fifth Friendly Allegro tournament, and the second in a row where Thibault has fallen at the final hurdle striving for outright 1st place. This time it was my fault. Sorry about that Thibault, but you did beat me last week 🙂 Just a five way tie for 1st this time.

This was our biggest ever, with fifteen runners at the starting post. Unfortunately Ross couldn’t stay for the last round when on 3/3, so, what might have been…

As ever, a great time was had by all, what chess is all about.

Castlehill D  v  Dundee A

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Castlehill D  1½ -2 ½  Dundee A

1 Cosmo Bobak 1547 ½-½ David Findlay 2150

2 Andrew Rowe 1518 0-1 Ed Spencer 2016

3 Baillie Armstrong 1490e D-1 Alastair Dawson 1734

4 Ognyan Dimchev Kolev 1481 1-0 James Anderson 1577

What looked on paper a straightforward task for the champions turned out anything but. A disappointing start as Alastair’s opponent failed to show. At least we were a point ahead, but Jim blundered horribly after a solid start to hand Oggy a free queen and level the scores.

There followed a strange sequence for us spectators as Ed’s game with Andy apparently ended in an extraordinarily tame 11 move draw, but more was to come on that. David struggled initially to make much inroads into Cosmo’s sicilian, but a misplayed middlegame allowed him to establish a clear and winning advantage. An uncommon slip dissipated much of that, but David still held a clear pawn plus and seemed certain to nurture it to a win. But with Cosmo defending stubbornly and David unable to find a clear plan, the game slid away into an eventual repetition. Apparently the match had ended in a shock draw.

But, at first unknown to your correspondent, Ed and Andy had resumed hostilities! It seemed they had initially been playing at the wrong time control. They drew/cancelled the original game, and after replaying the first 11 moves began proceedings anew. But though he established a small but clear edge from the early skirmishes, it seemed Ed was going to struggle to bring home the needed point. And then a big slip looked as though he had gifted Andy the win, which 38.Bc7 would surely have settled. Happily from a Dundee point of view, Andy missed his chance, and further endgame errors decided the contest in our favour.

A remarkable fight from Castlehill D, particularly after a default start, could easily have seen them score a real coupon buster. As it is, the champions live to continue their title defence, but they will hope there aren’t any scarier bumps in the road ahead!

Fourth Friendly Allegro Tournament.

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Another hugely enjoyable friendly tournament with much love and laughter(?!) and some very variable chess. As ever, by far the most important thing was that everyone had a great time. Well played to everyone, particularly Thibault who had a very impressive evening, and looked set to claim outright first, but for the traditional last round slip of the tournament leader!

We will do it all again, soon and often 🙂

Week Five TAFCA Matches

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Another busy week for the club with our three 2nd Division sides in action. The C team continue their fine start and are on course to challenge for promotion. Our D and E sides are giving a good account of themselves, and our new members are getting a great introduction to competitive chess.

 Division 2

Wed 17 Nov

                        Dundee C      4-0  Castlehill H

1. 1565 E Ross Bremner           1-0    Clement Prati 950e

2. 1561 John Robertson           1-0     Alexander Barron-Majerik 638

3. 1411 Ray Flood                     1-0     Ananthi Ramachandran u/g

4. 1352 Bruce Wallace             1-0      Judith Firth u/g

A fairly straightforward and expected result given the grading and experience difference. Ross didn’t actually get started till 8pm as his opponent was delayed, but he didn’t hang about once the game got started!

 

Dundee D 1-3 Uni of St Andrews D

1. 1164 Thibault Rosazza 1-0 Beilin Huang u/g

2. 1053 Max Whisson       0-1 Angus Michell B u/g

3 .985 Christine Sim         0-1   Stavros Michalovits    u/g

4 899 Norrie Carroll          0-1 Daniel Majerowicz u/g

Again perhaps a predictable loss against a good St Andrews side, but a fine win for Thibault who played solidly in the opening and took advantage of his opponent’s slips in the early middlegame before finishing with a snappy mating net. 

 

Thu, 18 Nov

                                          Castlehill G  1-3  Dundee E

1. 1132 Norman Waugh              1-0  Steven Knox 700e

2. 1018 Blair Marshall                  0-1  Scott McKenzie 649

3. u/g Ananthi Ramachandran   D-1  Lee Knox  0

4. u/g Judith Firth                          0-1  Camila Montenegro 0

A great win for the E team, though helped by the unfortunate technical problems which prevented Ananthi from making the match. The experienced Norman may have been expected to overcome Steven, but he was unlucky to get a bishop trapped early on – not obvious to see. From there Steven fell victim to several tactical shots. But an excellent competitive debut for our new member Camila. Solid play in the opening, and though the tactics in the middle were not completely sound, she got the better of them to establish a commanding material advantage. A slightly nervy finish perhaps, but she held on to record a fine result, and the experience will be invaluable. Scot turned in a good game. I hate to overuse the word, but solid play pays dividends at this level, and being able to take advantage of the opponents tactical oversights. Some of our more experienced players still have a tendency to value pawn play over development in the opening(!), but no matter here.  

 

                       

Dundee A  -1½  Dundee B 

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  1. Jacques Ophoff 2257  1-0    Sir Philip Cohen 1784
  2. David Findlay 2150     ½½   Alastair Dawson 1734
  3. Ed Spencer 2016              1-0      James Anderson 1577
  4. Alan Borwell 1883           0-1       Ross Bremner 1565e

2½-1½

Jim and Ed played a 30 move game in 15 minutes! Unheard of in over-the-board play, but it just shows the differences. Jim may be wishing he’d spent a bit more time, as his somewhat passive London play handed a clear initiative to Ed’s Modern Defence. Feeling the squeeze, Jim began dropping pawns all round. Three down and facing the loss of a fourth, he graciously conceded.

David has struggled against Alastair’s Caro Kann before, and again didn’t make much impression in the early running here. Alastair was happy to let David grab a pawn, and even Stockfish could find little better for either side than a draw by repetition, perpetually attacking the White Queen.

Phil and Jacques engaged in a heavyweight manoeuvring battle in the early stages, but Jacques space gaining on the kingside was paving the way to future benefits. Then a slip by Phil allowed Jacques to win a pawn and create a weakness around the white king for a clear edge. Further jockeying followed, till an under pressure Phil snatched a very poisoned pawn, allowing a neat mating attack finish.

There was a very sharp tussle on board 4. An inaccuracy by Alan lost a pawn early on. He was forced into an active assault on the black king, though it never quite seemed to have enough firepower. But both players missed chances in the melee, hardly surprising in such a sharp position in time pressure. Ross was never losing, but Alan might have snatched equality on a couple of occasions. A final slip by Alan allowed Ross to break through to Alan’s own weakened king to claim an impressive win.

Club Night 8/11/21

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A terrific night at the club, mostly with the return of our junior members – the place hasn’t been the same without them! Christine is our head junior coach and as ever is doing a fabulous job educating and entertaining the kids. They are the future of the club and we hope to build up the numbers and turn them all into superstars! Actually, what we mostly want to do is introduce them to the wonderful world of chess and give them a game/hobby that will enhance their social and cultural life, hopefully for a long time to come. Enjoyment is everything.

We are also doing well with our adult recruitment, and have attracted many new members, several of whom are already playing for the teams, and others who are not far off.

Our biggest friendly tournament so far. 11 players started but Alan was only able to complete two rounds due to time constraints. In typical friendly fashion, we again managed a mass share of 1st place. An ultra-quick 10 minutes on the clock this time, but by the end, even Christine had adapted to the pace! As ever, the main thing is that everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening, and that is what we seek to maintain for all new and returning members.

Week Three Matches

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Division Two

Dundee E  2-2  Dundee D

  1. Henri Meadows 872  0-1  Andrew Robinson 1150e
  2. Steven Knox 700e      0-1  Thibault Rosazza 1164
  3. Max Wang 559            1-0  Peter Gibson 780
  4. Keith Harvey               1-0  Scott McKenzie 649

You’d expect the higher team to beat the lower team, but with our new members still somewhat in the development stage, it’s not entirely certain which is the stronger.

Andrew won quickly as an out of touch Henri fell into tactical errors. Steven built up a powerful attack and a clearly winning advantage, but as in his previous game he drifted in trying to consolidate and finally simply gave away a bishop from which there was no way back. Peter started brightly and had Max’s king defenceless, but missed a mate in two! He still had a solid edge, and should have increased it, but missed several opportunities and again simply gave away material to fall into a lost ending. Keith blundered a piece early on, but hung in and Scott returned the favour! Keith had clearly benefited from the experience of his previous match, and played solidly to capitalise on Scott’s further mistakes to bring home the point.

A draw was a fair result overall, and our new players are settling in. All good experience.

Uni of St Andrews B  1-3  Dundee C

  1. Conan Liptrott  1-0  John Robertson 1521
  2. Hunter Webb     0-1  Ross Bremner 1565e
  3. Cailan Bailes      0-1  Ray Flood 1411
  4. Adam Brittain    0-1  Bruce Wallace 1352

An excellent result for the C team keeps us going along nicely, still unbeaten after three matches with 5 points.

A quick win for Bruce as his opponent dropped his queen early! All donations accepted. After an early edge, I kept doing my best to let my opponent back into it on several occasions. Don’t think I was ever actually worse though, and got there eventually. Ross’s opponent misplayed the opening to give our man a clear grip on the game which he never looked like losing, but he had us all on the edge with an extravagant finish which included a suspicious rook sac and a knight underpromotion before he brought home the point. I like to think he always knew what he was doing! John blundered a piece early on and was always struggling, but held on and looked as if he was back in it as his opponent went astray in John’s time trouble! Unfortunately John slipped up again and finally allowed a queen exchange into a lost ending.

A fine win against a team who would have to be considered among the favourites. Good start by the C team.