Club Blitz 2019 Championship

The end of season blitz tournament was ably run by Andre on Tuesday 18th June over 7 rounds. Raj, with supplemental assistance from David, ensured that we all were all well acquainted with the blitz rules (which enabled me to swindle a win against Keith in a totally lost position!).

The competition was contested by 19 players with the trophy (to be presented at the AGM in September) finally being won by Club President Neil who achieved an unbeaten score of 6.5/7.

Neil was closely chased into second place with a score of 5.5/7 by visitor Andy (now based in Washington DC but originally from Chicago). I had quickly lost my way playing the Benko Gambit against him ….. perhaps retribution for walking off with Andy’s home town trophy way back in 1988 (run by Chicago Lawn Chess Association)!?!?

Petros took 3rd place with a score of 5/7.

A great time was had by all – an excellent evening.

Unfortunately 2018 reigning champion Sergio Bermudez was unable to participate this year – but here’s belated recognition of his win last year:

Keith Ruxton, a past member of the club (see the newspaper clipping from the club’s archives!), has kindly donated his chess library to the club. This includes 65 books on a wide variety of topics, several volumes of both Scottish Chess and New in Chess magazines, New in Chess Yearbooks together with a number of opening DVDs.

A CLASS OF HIS OWN

There doesn’t appear to be much duplication of the books already in the club library and they have all been catalogued and placed in the club’s library with a full list of books and magazines to be posted shortly on the club noticeboard.

Many thanks Keith!

We lost narrowly in the Richardson Cup Final to Edinburgh West. Individual Results below:

Edinburgh 3.5 – 4.5 Edinburgh West

1. FM Calin Gheorghiu 0-1 GM Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant
2. Calum Macqueen 1-0 IM Craig Pritchett
3. Petros Wallden 0-1 FM Joe Redpath
4. CM Andrew Green 1-0 Jonathan Grant
5. Alastair White 0-1 Neil Farrell
6. Graeme Kafka 0-1 George Neave
7. Willie Rutherford 1-0 Walter Buchanan
8. Robert Kane ½ – ½ Alan Bell

Games are available via www.chessscotland.com.

Well done to the Team for a great fight, and a good campaign with earlier convincing wins against Bellshill and Phones. As well as the Team above, David Sime, Raj Bhopal, Hugh Brechin and myself featured in earlier rounds.

Boris Spassky, 10th World Champion, had a highly developed feel for the initiative and produced many sharp attacking masterpieces. Current and 16th World Champion Magnus Carlsen is more known for squeezing the maximum from apparently lifeless positions but has recently taken his game to a new level with a series of astonishing attacking games. Is the influence of Alpha Zero making an impact to elite level chess?

This training event will cover typical attacking themes that should be known and how the initiative needs to be developed or lost. It is intended to provide an arsenal of attacking plans that can be incorporated into your own games.

Designed to support a wide range of abilities from club players up to titled level. Important examples to remember will be shown by the trainer followed by participants putting what they have learnt into practice e.g. by solving exercises and playing positions.

Former Scottish Champion Jonathan Grant, FIDE Trainer, will run the session in conjunction with Edinburgh Chess Club.

Entry: The fee, whether attending one or more sessions, is £49 for adults and £35 for juniors (U18).

Venue: Edinburgh Chess Club, 1 Alva Street, EDINBURGH EH2 4PH

Schedule: Saturday 8 June 2019 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm and Sunday 9 June 2019 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Entry and contact: Neil Berry E-mail: thebalernobull@hotmail.com Phone: 07810-765-98

Use your Initiative! Training event 8_9 Jun 2019

Team captain Colin reports on the 3rd team’s survival in Division 1 of the Edinburgh & Lothians League this season.

With high hopes of maybe challenging for the league, we found ourselves down at the wrong end of the table yet again.

After a poor start, only taking 1 point from our first 5 games, the troops rallied after the turn of the year winning a couple of big games,  the highlight being against Pentland Hills. With Pentland outgrading us on 5 of the 6 boards, we produced our best until last with a stunning 4-2 win.

With Corstorphine losing their last game to Dragons we finished in 5th place 1 point ahead of them.

Playoff match.

We were supposed to be playing University 2 who finished 2nd in Division 2 but, with their 1st team getting relegated from the Premier, they gave us the tie. HAPPY DAYS!

Team

Colin Hutchison (Captain), Ivor McConnell, Lindsay McGregor, Ian Whittaker, Christopher McIntee, David Archibald, John Smith, Martin Brejter, Ben Ridge, Jake Thwaites, and Jonathan Fallman

Full Division 3 results available here

Edinburgh 5 had a new look for 2018/19 – New captain (Jen), 4 new club members, and ambitions to improve on last season’s embarrassing number of board and match defaults.

As the club’s entry level team, we also agreed it was important to make sure everyone who wanted to had the opportunity to play competitive chess and that we’d have some fun while we were at it!

Flying Start

Despite our humble aims, we quickly established ourselves as Division 3 contenders with wins against Tiger Cubs and Pentland Hills, followed by a hard-fought 3-3 draw against Civil Service 3. We were lower rated on every board, but Paul R, Alex and Jen all pulled off excellent wins.

After convincing wins against both Corstorphine sides (2 &3), the title fight was looking incredibly close, with Edinburgh 5, Bank of Scotland 3 and Musselburgh all still unbeaten.

Tense at the top

Next up, Bank of Scotland, who had beaten Musselburgh the week before to go top. A stellar performance all round was rewarded with a season’s best 5-1 win, not letting the Bank score a full point on any board.

Now the pressure was on with a tough away trip to Musselburgh. Unfortunately, we got off to a bad start with Paul R on board 2 falling for the “Levenfish” trap in the Sicilian opening. Despite draws for Dennis and Allan and a win for Jen, we lost 4-2 to leave the title fight out of our hands.

Nervous Wait

After a comfortable win against Sandy Bells, we were waiting for other results to find out if we would come 1st, 2nd or 3rd in the league. Musselburgh finished the season with a 3.5-2.5 win to guarantee their position as champions by one point. Bank of Scotland drew with CS3, so it went down to boards difference to determine the runner-up spot and promotion play-off.

Every board counts – we made the play-offs by 30 points to 28.5 and would get to take on Edinburgh West 2 for a place in Division 2 next season!

Play-offs

Full of ambition but knowing we were the underdogs, we fielded our strongest team and stand-in Captain Dennis did his best Alex Ferguson pep-talk to rally the troops.

Edinburgh West defaulted board 6 to give us a 1-0 head start, but with their top 2 players rated 1660 and 1641, there was little room for complacency.

Paul R got things going with a quick win, but Gregor was defeated by their experienced captain. Danny pulled off the result of the season with a masterful win in the endgame on board 1, and wins for Dennis and Bill brought us home to a 5-1 victory.

Team effort

A real team effort to secure promotion – we look forward to an even tougher challenge next season!

(And defaults..what defaults? Well ok, we conceded one board due to a late sickness, but we did pick a full team for every game and even had a substitute on several occasions!)

Mission accomplished, and then some!

Edinburgh 5 Squad  2018/19– Danny Ranson, Gregor McIntosh, Paul Robertson, Dennis Anderson, Bill Platts, Paul Patras, Allan Buchan, Harry Joll, Alex Scholes, Jen Shelley.

Team Awards

  • Most Capped – Allan 9 appearances (including 1 default)
  • Best Score – Dennis 6.5/8
  • Game of the Season – Danny’s play-off win
  • Biggest Upset – Jen beat a CS3 player graded 270 points higher
  • Embarrassing Moment – Allan falling foul of the “touch-piece” rule to go a queen down against Corstorphine?! Somehow, he managed to scrape a win!
  • Chess Lesson – The Levenfish attack (Thanks Paul R!)

Full Division 3 results available here