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The new season is not far away now. We begin with the Club AGM this Tuesday, followed by a simultaneous display on September the 24th. Unfortunately our club champion Paul Roberts is unable to give the simul, so runner up Andre Antunes will take on the club members. Good luck Andre!

Full details of our Tuesday programme will be available soon in the Club Events section of the website. The Edinburgh League beings in October, and our internal tournaments in November.

The 2nd Northumbria Masters took place in the Novotel Hotel in Newcastle on August 22-27. 9 games in 5 days over the bank holiday weekend was a demanding schedule, but the venue was excellent and the Masters featured 6 GMs and 7 IMs. I managed to finish 5th= on 6/9, having played 4 GMs – my best tournament result in a while. TRaj Bhopal and Robert Kane played in the Challengers event.

The event will be held on the same weekend next year. Definitely worth a visit!

I was recently asked whether there was much of a chess community on twitter. If you are interested in the global game, or its’ history then there is plenty! I thought it worth sharing some accounts you can follow to get you started. You can see others through their interactions with the below accounts, and follow from there.

Super GM tournaments will generate a lot of interest. A number of sites will tweet about the games – @chesscom, @chess24com and @fide_chess are some good examples. If Magnus is playing then chess journalist Tarjei Svensen (@tarjeiJS) will invariably be tweeting about it, and Norwegian Grandmaster Jonathan Tisdall (@gmjtis). The players themselves aren’t usually very active during tournaments, with Anish Giri (@anish_giri) a notable exception.

The AI-inspired supercomputer AlphaZero has generated a huge amount of interest from non-chess players, and its influence is often debated on twitter. Google’s DeepMind created AlphaZero, and the company’s CEO Demis Hassabis (@demishassabis) is a former player who credits his creation with reigniting his love for the game!

Tweets about Scottish chess are much rarer! Honorary member and Scotland’s strongest player Jonathan Rowson (@jonathan_rowson) is active on twitter, though he tweets on a variety of subjects. For lovers of chess history, Scottish FM Douglas Griffin (@dgriffinchess) is a ‘must follow’, and he shares much of his writing on Soviet chess history here.

Finally, a word of warning from the second highest rated player of all time:
[Player seeking advice]: Hi Kasparov.. i have a chess tournament tomorrow can u help me with the strategy to win the game.
[@kasparov63]: Stay off twitter.

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

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: Phone: 07810-765-98

Use your Initiative! Training event 8_9 Jun 2019