Draw for Semi-Final:

Keith Aitchison vs Shivan Murdochy

David Archibald vs Rod Cranston

Semi-Final Game 1 – Mon June 7th*
Semi-Final Game 2 – Mon June 14th

* David and Rod are playing this game on Thurs 10th June.


I was considering approaching the National Museum of Scotland to see if they would consider allowing us to play the final in the exhibition area holding the Lewis Chessmen (with a small partition) – perhaps involving the press? Please let me know if you think this is a good idea?
I’m keen to get this played before the end of the month so that all games can be submitted before the July grading deadline. If you are potentially in the final please could you let me know which weekend dates suit (provisionally we have Sunday June 20th).

Round 2 Results:

Mike Ridge 0.5 – 1.5 Shivan Murdochy
Johnny Marr 0 – 2 Keith Aitchison
David Archibald 1.5 – 0.5 Mark Sanderson
Rod Cranston 2 – 0 Robert Horne

Plate :

Unfortunately I’ve only had 2 entries for the plate. Callum and Robert, please let me know if you would like to play a rated game?

The line up for the FIDE Tournament being run at the club in June is currently:

Paul Roberts (2209)

Chris Macdonald (2155)

Daniel McGowan (2102)

Clement Sreeves (2093)

Walter Burnett (2032)

Hugh Brechin (2021)

Stuart Hayes (1994)

Eoin Campbell (1968)

Jamie Mollison (1898)

Gavin Saxton (1858)

Johnny Scott (1837)

John McBride (1832)

Shivan Murdochy (1810)

Andrew McHarg (1658)

Mike Ridge (U)

Mark Sanderson (U)

Please contact myself or Mark if you intend to play but haven’t entered as yet.


4 club members were in a 6 player group of Scots that played in the 9th Malakoff Open in Paris in April.  Due to a certain volcano disturbing our travel plans, the Scots arrived late and were paired against each other!  A further derby match Berry v Oswald took place in round 5.

Andrew Green took the scalp of Kozhuharov (2419) to round off a fine tournament on 6/9.  Neil Berry also scored 6.  David Oswald won the under 2000 Grading Performance Prize with his score of 5.5.  Clement Sreeves scored 4.5.

For further details see


l to r: Clement, Neil, David, Andrew, Andrew McClement

Draw for Round Two:

  1. Mike Ridge vs Shivan Murdochy
  2. Johnny Marr vs Keith Aitchison
  3. David Archibald vs Mark Sanderson
  4. Rod Cranston vs Robert Horne*

  • Round 2 Game 1 – Mon April 19th
  • Round 2 Game 2 – Mon April 26th

(*) Rod & Robert have arranged to play Round 2 Game 1 on April 26th and Game 2 on Tues 4th May, although this may change if both players agree (please let me know).

The lower rated player gets to choose colour for the first Game.

Round 1 Results:

Round 1 is now complete:

Mike Ridge 2 – 0 Fergus  Skillen
Shivan Murdochy proceeds – DEF Mark Smith
Johnny Marr 2 – 0 Stefan Robertson
Keith Aitchison proceeds – DEF Chris Sykes
David Archibald 2-0 Robert Burns
Mark Sanderson 2-0 Callum McGillivray
Rod Cranston proceeds – DEF Loukas Lazarov
Robert Horne 1.5 – 0.5 Bill Platts

Plate :

Another reminder for the Plate. Players who lose their first game are eligible to enter the ‘Plate’ competition. Callum and Robert Burns have entered so far. Please let me know if you wish to enter.