Tuesday October 15th saw Dundee Chess Club up and running with internal competitions and external TAFCA league matches. Several matches for Round 1 of the Club Championship were completed on Tuesday October 8th. Tuesday October 15th, however, witnessed one of the first matches of the TAFCA season between Dundee B and Dundee A with the latter winning by 3.5-0.5. The remaining matches for Round 1 of the Club Championship are due to take place next Tuesday October 22nd. Then the following week, a busy evening is anticipated with four TAFCA league matches scheduled to take place on the same evening. Updates on the Club Championship and a match report for Dundee B versus A are available elsewhere on the website.
The New season of the TAFCA League starts on the14th October with the D team away to Perth B Then on the 15th October the first home match of the season The B team play the A team. The 16th October sees the C team away to Newport Knights B.
Some of the fixtures have been added to the events calendar and more will be added soon. There is also been a update to the TAFCA page results and reports will be added as soon as we get results.
The C team are away to Newport Knights.
The E team match against Castlehill F was cancelled from the 15th October till the 12th November.
The A and B teams kicked off their TAFCA campaigns with a match against each other. The B team were heavily outgunned grading-wise, but ready to fight the good fight.
As so often, the scoreline belied the hard fought contests that were played out. Unusually, the games finished neatly in board order! Frank went slightly astray in a sharp Sozin Sicilian and David took the first point. Jim’s trademark Trompowsky was solidly rebuffed by Stephen’s King’s Indian setup, and Jim was left with a lost ending. Ed and Laurenziu fought out their second Sicilian in a matter of weeks, a closer contest this time, but Laurenziu’s weak e pawn proved fatal in a tough struggle. Your correspondent also got into a tough ending against Alastair, but managed to hold with a bit of good fortune.
So a 3.5 – 0.5 win for the A team to kick-start the defence of their title, but a hearty performance from the B team.
The D teams first match of the season is away to Perth B. This match was cancelled and a new date will be announced soon.
Congratulations to Castlehill who convincingly won the season’s opening match by 14.5 – 5.5. Forty players turned out for this chess match, the largest number on record. At the end the strength in depth of the Castlehill chess team proved to be the decisive factor. The winning team was spearheaded on Board 1 by Declan Shafi who maintained his impressive form by scoring a very convincing win over David Findlay. The winner on the evening was chess itself. It would seem that the game of chess is making a big revival across Tayside and Fife and it was great to see so many junior players taking part. Until next year….!!
The dates for the Scottish National Chess League (SNCL) for season 2019-2020 have just been released. PLease put in your diary – they are Sundays November 3rd 2019 (Rounds 1 and 2), Sunday February 2nd 2020 (Rounds 3 and 4), Sunday March 1st (Rounds 5 and 6) and Sunday March 29th 2020 (Round 7) – all to be held at the Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline.
The new chess season started for Dundee Chess Club last evening. A mid-evening meeting was held in order to make plans for the coming season. The number of teams to play in the forthcoming TAFCA league was decided as well as arrangements made for the national competitions that include the Nancy Elder Cup, the MacIsaac Cup, the Scottish National Chess League as well as he TAFCA league competitions the latter comprising the League itself as well as the TAFCA Knockout tournament. First things fist, however, with the start of season opening competition – the Bobby Gow trophy scheduled to take place at Castlehill Chess Club on Thursday 19th September between Castlehill Chess Club and Dundee Chess Club.