Dear Club Member,

Happy New Year! Hopefully 2021 will see a return to over the board chess, and we will be able to meet in person at the club.

This week, as well as the Wednesday blitz event, we will run a friendly event with a slower time control on Tuesday.  This will hopefully appeal to those who like a bit more time for their games, and less experienced players as well. Both events will start at 7.45pm and will last 90 minutes, but you can join whenever suits.

Tuesday event: 10 mins + 5 sec/ move:
(you need to be a member of the Edinburgh Chess Club lichess group to join)

Wednesday event: Blitz 3 mins + 2sec / move
(password is 1822 to join)

Best wishes,

Dear Club Member

Tuesday Evening Social

We have arranged a zoom meeting for Tuesday (15th December)  at 7.45pm for which members have been sent an email invitation.  It will be an informal meet, with a chance to catch up with other club members.

If there are a few newcomers I can give a quick tour of lichess online, and there will be an opportunity to play or watch some chess too.

Match against Spartak Vlasim

We lost a blitz match on Tuesday against Czech side Spartak Vlasim by a score of 46-35. Our team was Calum MacQueen, Sergio Bermudez, Neil Berry, Daniel McGowan, Graeme Kafka, David Oswald, Willie Rutherford, Duncan Grassie, Mike Ridge. Calum and Sergio led the way, scoring 8 and 7.5 /9 respectively. An enjoyable (but tough!) match.

Spartak have close ties with Czech GM David Navara, and David kindly sent us a signed copy of his book “My Chess World” for our library.

Wednesday Blitz

Link is below. Password 1822 to join, kick off is 7.45pm as usual.

Best wishes,


Bucket List!

Club member Geoff Chandler’s marathon lockdown exercise (see earlier post) to digitise all the games played by past club member and many times Scottish Champion, James Macrae Aitken, is reported in the latest (December 2020) edition of Chess magazine:

The games are recorded in over 45 notebooks covering Aitken’s local, national and international games – Geoff has finsihed book 11 and is about to start on book 12 ….

Dear Club Member,

Thank you to Andre for getting the Online Club Championship up and running.

Tuesday 8th December

We are playing an online match tomorrow evening against a very strong Czech side Spartak Vlasim.  One of their players visited the club last summer – see the link [get Google to translate the Czech into English in your browser – their visit to the club itself in Edinburgh was probably the highlight of the trip and see a lovely photo of Colin!].  The club have contacts with GM David Navara, who has sent us a signed copy of his new book!

Wednesday 9th December

This Wednesday’s blitz tournament has a 7.45pm start. [Members have been emailed link and password to join: password is 1822 click on to join.]

Tuesday 15th December
I suggest we have an informal catch up on Zoom as an alternative to the Christmas evening.  There will be an opportunity to play some informal chess on lichess – and can also go through the basics of online chess for any new members. [Members have been emailed link and password to join].

Best wishes


The son of Angus Burnet, Jon Burnet, has kindly donated some of his late father’s books to the club. In his donation letter Jon mentions that Angus features in “500 Master Games of Chess” by Dr S Tartakower & J Du Mont (which is also held in the club’s library)!

Some of the inscriptions pasted in the donated books include a press clipping showing him winning the first Koltanowski Chess Cup in 1931:

and his school prize pasted in his copy of MCO (5th Edition, 1932):

Angus moved to Edinburgh in 1930 and was Scottish Boys’ champion in 1931, 1933 (shared with A.A. Thomson), and 1934 (after winning the deciding game with A.A. Thomson).  He played in the World Record Blindfold Display by Koltanowski at Edinburgh 1937 and was successful in club and league chess in Edinburgh, distinguished himself in several Scottish Championships and played in the 1951 Scotland-England match.

The SCA history web site has a number of pages with further details about Angus’ chess career and his involvement in Koltanowski’s blindfold display which, incidentaly,  also has the score of his game versus Koltanowski.

A letter of appreciation has been sent to Jon for his kind donation.