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Message from Andre about Sunday’s event:

This Sunday we played the 2022 Club Championship. Given the (late) time of the year, we opted for a different format, playing a swiss tournament in Allegro time control.

A total of 14 players took part, with Willie Rutherford taking the top spot with 4.5 / 5.  Tom Leah followed second with 3.5 and David Archibald third with 3.5.

Congratulations Willie !

Next season we hope to resume the usual Championship / Challengers model, I’ll be sending an email after the Summer.

Dear Chess Players,

We’ll be proceeding with the Edinburgh Chess Club Allegro Championship this Sunday (26th of June).

It will be a swiss system, open to all club players, starting at 11 am, at 1 Alva St. The number of rounds will be decided on the day, depending on the number of players (I expect a total of 5 games). Time control will be 25 minutes per players.

I will be organizing the pairing on the same day (registration to the tournament will be done at the club on the day, too).

If you have any questions, feel free to reach me out.


Andre Antunes, Tournament Administrator

We are delighted to give advance notice of some events being organised in the run up to Edinburgh Chess Club’s bicentenary in November:

Schaakstad Apeldoorn

Weekend 15th-17th July 2022: One of the Netherland’s top team, Schaakstad Apeldoorn (, is visiting Edinburgh for a chess weekend.  We are planning to hold a Rapid Event on the Friday evening followed by a match against the Edinburgh Club’s team on Saturday afternoon.

She Plays To Win with IM Lorin D’Costa

Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th September 2022: Edinburgh Chess Club, along with International Master Lorin D’Costa (from “She Plays To Win”), is planning to hold a chess weekend in support of women and girls in chess.  We’re running a number of events at the club’s premises over the weekend including: scheduled training sessions for both beginners and experts, 5-round female-only tournament(s) (15 mins each on the clock), simultaneous displays with Lorin and other chess experts.  Attendance can be for one day or both days.

Scotland Civic Trust’s Door Open Days

Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th September 2022: As part of its bicentenary celebrations Edinburgh Chess Club is joining Doors Open Days which is Scotland’s largest free festival that celebrates places, history, and culture.  The general public will be offered access to the club celebrating its history with displays from its library and archives.

Chess plus Simultaneous Display by GM Paul Motwani

Saturday 29th October 2022: Grand Master Paul Motwani, Scotland’s first GM, is delighted to present a great day of chess for juniors and adults alike including a simultaneous display.   Through his games, puzzles and books Paul is admired for making chess more easily accessible for thousands of adults and children.

In all cases further details with be announced in due course on the club’s web site (

Ian Whittaker, Curator



Lot 310 is up for sale tomorrow from Edinburgh Chess Club’s sales of surplus chess periodicals – 2 bound volumes of Chess Amateur (volumes IV and V – each containing 12 issues) published from October 1909 to September 1911.  This important and successful periodical was published by Harry Harmer in Stroud with many contributors – notably Carslake Winter-Wood, Rhoda A Bowles, Philip H Williams who conducted the problem pages for many years, Alain C White, T R Dawson (a major contributor), Rev. E Car slake Cunnington, W Moffatt, I Gunsberg and W A Fairhurst!

Bidding can be made online from Thomson & Roddick and is also available on and

Dear Club Member

This is the first of 2 messages I will be sending this week.  It will be a busy few months!

  1. Note from Andre below about the running of the Club Championship this season:

We will be organising 2022’s club Championship (on the board!) in a different format this year.

It will be an open (to club players) swiss tournament with a faster time control (45 min for each player) spread over 2 days.

I would like to accommodate the biggest number of players, so if you’d like to participate, please fill in the link below which dates you would be available: (or let Andre know at

Details on the tournament will be provided once I get an idea how many people


Andre Antunes

  1. There is a festival happening at the club over the jubilee weekend (1-5 June) – made up of an IM Norm event, Challengers and Blitz.  Details at the link below:

Chess Scotland | The home of chess in Scotland

  1. The Scottish Championship will be held at the club this year, as a closed event, from July 2-10.  Again details can be found at Chess Scotland.

4. We are delighted to welcome a visit fromSchaakstad Apeldoorn to the club on 15-17 July.  I’ll be looking to form a Team to play against the visitors.  Early expressions of interest is welcome, though I’ll look to make up the side nearer the time.

Best wishes


To all,

I hope everyone is keeping safe and well and an update regarding Chess Edinburgh and Lothian’s.

Chess in the Park   

There will be a delay to the start of this year’s Chess in the Park as new picnic tables have been ordered and unfortunately as yet not arrived.  Once delivered, they require to be assembled.

Currently at the Fountain Cafe, there are twelve picnic tables, however not enough in order to start Chess in the Park.

Once resolved, likely by late April, we meet every Thursday and Sunday 2 – 5 pm, at the Fountain Cafe, until the end of October.

Sets and clocks will be available on site, once we begin.  Those players that bring their own Chess equipment are guaranteed a game and are able to continue after the official 5 pm closing time until Princes Street Gardens closes.


FIDE Blitz and FIDE Rapid Events 

Friday 8 April 2022

FIDE Junior Blitz: 5 – 6.30 pm @ The Dean, The Dean Path

One section of 5 rounds.

Time control 3 minutes plus 2 seconds per move.

Entry fee £10


FIDE Blitz Event  7 – 9.30 pm The Dean

One section of 9 rounds.

Time control 3 minutes plus 2 seconds per move.

Entry fee £16


Saturday 9 April 2022

FIDE Rapid Event 10 am – 5 pm The Dean

Open, Major (U1800) and Minor (U1400) over six rounds.

Time control 20 minutes plus 10 seconds per move.

Entry fee £22


Leith – free Function Room available ! 

The Proprietor of Ooh Mami, 7 Bernard Street, Leith has a Function Room suitable for playing Chess.

A Bistro Bar serving drinks, coffees and food.

The Function Room is used for a host of activities and is at times used to serve light meals.  The room is quiet and suitable to play a match over six Boards.

Through the Leith Festival the room is advertised for Board Games Nights, from 7 pm to late, in which Chess Sets are available.

The contact is Charlotte, a former Tiger Cubs player, daughter of Gerry Brown, Civil Service, who is keen to establish Chess at the venue.


Our Council is elected to serve the Member Clubs wishes in which we require to abide by our rules and Constitution which are available via our Website.

Clubs made the decision at their AGM from a vote or by mutual agreement what as a Club they were planning to do in which their players made the decision.

Our Council have yet to meet and decide as to what is going to happen with the outstanding fixtures both for the Leagues and Lothian’s Championship.

When all the Clubs are playing over the Board Chess is when the leagues can resume.  This is conditional and subject to any restrictions imposed by the Scottish Government.


Since my last Update, Pentland Hills have started playing over the board Chess, refer to the details listed below, including their new venue at Roslin.

For further information please consult with the Contact at the Club.

Club Update: 

Clubs that are playing Over the Board Chess, meeting at their venue with contact:   

Badgers Brook – Monday 7.15 pm – Badgers Brook – Mark Cooke

Bank of Scotland – Tuesday 7.30 pm – Ukrainian Club – David Stewart

Civil Service – Monday 7 pm – Slateford Bowling Club – Crawford Macnab

Corstorphine – Monday 7.15 pm – Corstorphine Hub – Graham Wilson

Edinburgh – Tuesday 7.30 pm – Edinburgh Chess Club – Neil Berry

Musselburgh – Tuesday and Thursday 7 pm – The Store Club – Iain Hope

Sandy Bells – Tuesday 7.30 pm – NEW VENUE at The Waverley Bar, St Mary Street – Mike Wallace

Pentland Hills – Tuesday 7 pm – NEW VENUE at The Royal British Legion (Scotland), Wallace Crescent, Roslin – Terry Purkins

University of Edinburgh – Thursday 7 pm – The Pleasance – Martin Kopernicky

Wandering Dragons – Tuesday 7.30 pm – Pilrig Bowling Club – Jim ONeil


Clubs that are playing Online: 

Badgers Brook


Edinburgh – Wednesday

Pentland Hills

University of Edinburgh


Clubs and team that are not currently meeting: 

Edinburgh West

Gorgie Dalry – Some players are playing with Civil Service.

Tiger Cubs


Clubs can if they wish arrange graded friendly matches, either over the board or online.

Further updates from Clubs are appreciated and happy to give advice on request.

Finally, it would be helpful to circulate this information to your Club Members.

Best wishes


[Provided by David Stewart of Chess Edinburgh, Saturday 26/3/22]