Matches played at Roslin, 8th April:

Round 13

Edinburgh 1      3.5 – 0.5   Lasswade

Edinburgh 2      2.5 – 1.5    Gorgie Dalry

Edinburgh 3        3   –   1      Civil Service

Edinburgh 3 win the Allegro League with 35 points.  Edinburgh 1 finished fourth with 29 points while Edinburgh 2 were 7th a further 2 points behind.  The winning squad comprised: David Archibald, Ben He, Sam Gregory, Calum McGillivray and Mark Sanderson – with Calum scoring 10/13, Sam 9.5/13 and Ben 7/11.  Shivan Murdochy scored 11/13 for Edinburgh 2.

The SNCL season ended with mixed fortunes. The first team finished second bottom in the top division and was relegated. The second team won the third division to gain promotion. So both teams will play in division 2 next year. Full results can be seen via the Chess Scotland website (go to leagues, then SNCL)

Round 1 Results:

Johnny Marr 2 – 0 Stefan Robertson
David Archibald 2-0 Robert Burns
Mark Sanderson 2-0 Callum McGillivray


Mark Smith, Chris Sykes, Loukas Lazarov

Outstanding Pairings:

Mike Ridge/Fergus Skillen (12  & 13th April)
Bill Platts / Robert Horne (tba, please let me know)

Draw for Round Two:

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

  1. (Mike Ridge/Fergus Skillen) vs Shivan Murdochy
  2. Johnny Marr vs Keith Aitchison
  3. David Archibald vs Mark Sanderson
  4. Rod Cranston vs (Bill Platts / Robert Horne)

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.

I will announce the pairings as soon as I have a complete list. The first game in the Plate is likely to be Mon May 10th.

Updated Dates for Round 3 (Semi Final)

We had exactly 16 players, so we only need 4 Rounds to get a winner, rather than the planned 5.  So the planned round in May will not take place.

Round 3 Game 1 – Mon June 7th
Round 3 Game 2 – Mon June 14th

The final is due for Sunday June 20th (am & pm)

A number of club members participated in the recent Edinburgh Congress (April 2-4), and not without success…

We made a clean sweep of the prizes in the Bishops tournament, with our SNCL Captain John Smith winning outright on 4.5/5.  Mike Scott (4) was second, and Ben He (3.5) won the grading prize.  We also picked up several other grading prizes through Calum MacQueen, Jonny Scott and Shivan Murdochy in the Premier, Andrew Masters and Mark Sanderson in the Challengers and Callum McGillvary in the Knights.

We now have 16 entrants for the club championships. If you are playing, please remember to attend the 1st round which is Monday 29th March.

The following players have registered. Please let me know if you have registered and your name is missing.

(in order of registration)

1 Chris Sykes
2 Keith Aitchison
3 Mike Ridge
4 Stefan Robertson
5 Robert Horne
6 Mark Sanderson
7 Fergus Skillen
8 Robert Burns
9 Rod Cranston
10 Bill Platts
11 Shivan Murdochy
12 David Archibald
13 Mark Smith
14 Callum McGillivray
15 Johnny Marr
16 Loukas Lazarov

There will be a draw (FA cup style) at 7:30 where players will be chosen from a hat. This will determine your path through the competition. Please arrive in good time for this.

Games will commence once the draw is complete. If you have any questions please email or phone me.


Andy Masters