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This was a tough season for Edinburgh 2.

There were a number of close matches throughout the season, which went against us.

We started off with a heavy defeat to Edinburgh 1 – indeed the games were closer than the result.  Draws against Badgers Brook and University, along with narrow defeats by Edinburgh West and Dragons A, meant that we reached the halfway mark with only 2 points.

The second half of the season got underway with a tight defeat against Edinburgh 1, giving them a bit of a fright.  We followed this up with a win against Badgers Brook, our seasons highlight!

We then claimed a default win against University, when they failed to turn up at Alva Street.  Edinburgh West and Dragons A both beat us leaving us to wait for the final two games between Edinburgh 1 and University, with University needing to win one to overtake us.  Edinburgh 1 won one and claimed one by default. This ensured that Edinburgh 2 remained in the playoff place.

The playoff match was against Bank of Scotland which was closely contested with Edinburgh 2 winning narrowly.  Hence we will be in the Premier League next season.

Thanks to all who played this season.

Team:

Keith Aitchison (Captain),  Colin J Hutchison,  Lindsay A McGregor,  A David Archibald,  Neil Irving,  Michael Ridge,  Calum McGillivray,  Siddharth Berera,  Robert Kane,  Benjamin Ridge,  Raj Bhopal,  Lukah Connolly Sams,  Dietah Connolly Sams,  Ioannis Dabos-Doukas,  Snorri Kristjansson.

Full Premier Division results available here.

[Report by team captain Keith Aitchison]

The 4th team were playing in Division 2 again this season, after having finished 3rd in the 2017-18 season.

We won our first league match against Civil Service 2.  We then lost four games in a row (against Edinburgh University 2, Edinburgh West 2, Sandy Bells 1 and Pentland Hills 2) which put us in danger of relegation.

After narrow victories against Wandering Dragons C and Dunbar, we lost our penultimate match against Bank of Scotland 2.

This meant we needed a win away against Gorgie Dalry to avoid a relegation playoff. We won the game 3.5-2.5, which ensured we avoided relegation and finished 7th in Division 2.

Team:
Calum McGillivray (Captain), Bill Platts, Ian Whittaker, Niall Fergusson, Martin Brejter, Dietah Connolly Sams, Allan Buchan, Paul Stewart, Jennifer Shelley, Daniel Ranson, and Snorri Kristjansson.

Full Division 2 results available here.

[Report by team captain Calum McGillivray]

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.

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 1 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

Edinburgh 2, who finished 5th in the Premier Division, have won the play-off with Bank of Scotland 1, who finished 2nd in Division 1, thus assuring themselves of playing in the Premier Division again next year (assumming no unexpected league reconstruction).

Well done guys!