The Perth Congress was held last weekend at the Salutation Hotel (an excellent venue – and has been welcoming guests since 1699?!?) – with a significant number of club members taking part.
No prize winners in the Open but good 3½/5 scores by both CM Paul Roberts (drawing with the eventual winner Junhao Xian in the second round but then losing to IM Mark Orr in the third) and Willie Rutherford (losing to Max Turner in the third round). Robert Kane, Benjamin Ridge and Michael Ridge all scored 2/5 and David Robertson ended on 1½/5.
In the Major six players came first equal on 4/5 leaving Ian Whittaker as 7th equal on 3½/5 (sharing the U1650 grading prize). Keith Aitchison followed closely behind on 3/5 and Will Samson scored 2½/5.
Leading on 100% into the final round of the Minor, after a marathon fourth round win which only finished just before the start of the final round, a drained Allan Buchan unfortunately lost his final game to Gordon Greig, the eventual joint winner, coming third equal (on 4/5). Andrew Rutherford (Tiger Cubs) was close behind on 3/5 coming sixth equal and Mark Smith ended up with a score of 3/5.
Full tournament results are on the Chess Scotland web site
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