The TAFCA Allegro Championship roadshow rolled into Dundee Chess Club for our local version, and proved another huge success in a line of huge successes for this revamped tournament.
This was perhaps the strongest entry of the series to date, with three 2000+ rated players and a host of other very strong competitors taking part. Despite this, our own David Findlay stormed through the evening and, though not without incident, recorded a perfect 5/5 shutout to take the title, all the more remarkable considering he was recording all his games, even at 15 minutes per game!
David conquered Alan Woodcock, A Patzer, Alastair Dawson, and fellow colossi Ed Spencer and Stephen Hogg in the last two rounds for a superb triumph, defending the title he shared last season with Declan Shafi.
The turnout of 34 players equalled last season’s top attendance, despite appalling weather, and many thanks to all players who came, saw, and hopefully enjoyed a fine night’s chess.
1st D Findlay (Dundee) 5/5
2nd= S Hogg
L Archip (All Dundee) 4/5
These events are fast becoming the highlights of the chess season, and those regular attendees can testify to the evenings of good chess, and great fun all round. A vote of thanks is owed to Newport Knights who hosted the inaugural tournament last season, and made it so much more than a chess tournament with great food and prizes at a time when nobody knew what to expect from the new addition to the calendar. They set the bar, and happily all other clubs have taken the baton and run with it, each imparting their own slant to a great night’s entertainment.
Huge thanks for the buffet on this night to Jean Chalmers who provided a veritable feast for everyone and served it all up with aplomb. Jean also found time to cajole (?!) the sales of the raffle tickets for many fine prizes generously donated by our members, and books donated by Alan Borwell. Thanks as ever to irrepressible MC Ray Noble for orchestrating the evening, and Jim Anderson for running the technical aspects of the tournament. Thanks also to the army of volunteers who cleared up in record time after the event. Much appreciated.
The circuit rolls on to Perth Chess Club on Monday 27th January 2020. Over to you guys!
Many Thanks again to everyone who contributed to and enjoyed a great night.