Posts Tagged ‘Tournament’

European Club Cup 2013

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

For the second time in three years, we sent a team to play in the European Club Cup. This years’ event was held in the splendid Rodos Palace Hotel in Rhodes, from October 19-27. We qualified as Richardson winners, and were joined by runners up Edinburgh West. We had an average rating of 2136, making us 43rd seeds out of the 53 Teams in the Open section. Here are my highlights:

1. Winning! We won 3 matches 3.5-2.5, which meant we finished in 33rd place. This was double our points total from last time (although we had a kinder draw this time around). Edinburgh West player John Watkins remarked that winning a game in the ECC was similar to winning a game in the Edinburgh Premier League. He meant it as a compliment…I guess we don’t have to face the mighty Edinburgh 1 so don’t have the same perspective!

2. Rubbing shoulders with the stars. It was nice having all the games in the one hall, and almost all of the Teams staying in the same Hotel. During meal times you would always see a number of galacticos. This extended to the local bars, where various groups of chess players gathered to watch the Champions League football matches or just unwind. Ukrainian GM Anton Korobov had the unfortunate experience of witnessing one of our worst pieces of analysis

3. The Morra Gambit! Well, not really, but it provided us with our first individual win, the following fine attacking effort from David Oswald:

19.g5! hxg5? [Too compliant.]

[19…Nd4 was better. The position is messy – White has a strong attack but Black has counterplay.]

20.hxg5 Bxg5 21.Rh1 [White’s attack flows naturally.]

21…Bxe3 22.Qxe3 Nd4! [The best try. Black combines an attack on the ?c4 with defensive resources such as …Nxf5–h6 or …Qg5+–h6 in some variations.]

23.Bd3! [The most impressive move of the game. White takes a time out to move his attacked Bishop, while preventing …Nxf5 and creating a new threat of f6. A very hard move to find when ‘mid combination’.]

[Neither 23.Qh3 Qg5+; nor 23.Ne4 Nxf5 work for White.]

23…e4 24.Bxe4 d5 25.Rh5 [25.Rxh7+ mates immediately, but the move played is plenty good enough to win.]

25…dxe4 26.Rch1 Kg8 27.Rxh7 f6 28.Rh8+ Kf7 29.Rxf8+ winning either the Queen or the Knight on d4. Black resigned. 1–0

Match Results:

Rd1: Reichenstein SSB (SUI) 4.5-1.5 Edinburgh
Rd2: Edinburgh 3.5-2.5 SV Voerendaal / KNSB (NED)
Rd3: Edinburgh 1.5-4.5 SK 47 Eynatten (BEL)
Rd4: Eppingen (GER) 2.5-3.5 Edinburgh
Rd5: White Rose (ENG) 3.5-2.5 Edinburgh
Rd6: Edinburgh 3.5-2.5 Adare (IRL)
Rd7: ASI Bologna (ITA) 4-2 Edinburgh

Individual scores:

1. Clement Sreeves 2.5/7
2. Calum MacQueen 3.5/7
3. Neil Berry 3.5/7
4. David Oswald 4/7
5. Alastair White 1/7
6. Chris Sykes 3.5/7

MacIsaac Competition

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

We are currently looking for someone to represent the Club in this competition.

This is an individual knock-out tournament open to all Chess Scotland clubs.  Matches are played at evenings or weekends at the home player’s club or home, or a neutral venue.  There can be signficant travel involved.

The MacIsaac is for club champions, or failing that, a club member graded at least 1850.  This season the club champion has declined to participate so we are  extending the invitation to  the wider membership.  If you would like to represent the club in  this competition please let me know by 26th October.

Mark Sanderson

Quads – Section A

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Congratulations to David Wilson on winning Section A of the Quads competition.  A final game draw with Chris McIntee being enough to finish ½ a point ahead of Mike Ridge.

Round 5

Chris McIntee   ½ – ½    David Wilson

Latest Standings

    DW MR CM YY Total
David Wilson 1650e x x 1d 0 1 ½ 1d 1
Mike Ridge 1832 0d 1 x x 0 1 1 1 4
Chris McIntee 1854 0 ½ 1 0 x x 0  
Yanni Yannoulis 1697 0d 0 0 0   1 x x 1

Quads Results

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Round 4

Section A

David Wilson               1 – 0         Yanni Yannoulis

Section B

Calum McGillivray     ½ – ½        Robert Burns

Johnny Marr                 0 – 1         Alastair Girvan

Round 1

Section B

Alastair Girvan            ½ – ½       Robert Burns

Latest Standings

Section A                    
    CM MR YY DW Total
Chris McIntee 1854     1   0   0   1
Mike Ridge 1832 0       1   0d   1
Yanni Yannoulis 1697 1   0       0d 0 1
David Wilson 1650e 1   1d   1d 1     4
Section B                    
    AG JM CM RB Total
Alastair Girvan 1560     ½ 1     ½   2
Johnny Marr 1428 ½ 0     ½   1   2
Calum McGillivray 1249     ½       ½ ½
Robert Burns 1063 ½   0   ½ ½    

Summer Allegro

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

The club hosted the Summer Allegro on 8th May.  Twenty players competed with Bill Falconer emerging the winner with a score of 4½/5.


 Bill Falconer    (Dragons)            4½

Siegrun Macgilchrist (Ayr), Mark Sanderson (Edinburgh), John Smith (Grangemouth)     4

Lindsay McGregor (Edinburgh)       3½

The prize for the best score by a player aged over 90 was won by Johnny Marr.

Edinburgh CC FIDE Swiss 2011

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Entries are now being taken for the 2011 FIDE Swiss on June 4-5 and 11-12.  Entries are limited to 24 players and will be on a first come first served basis.  The entry form is attached below:

Edinburgh CC FIDE Rated Swiss 2011

Further updates will be published in due course.


Spring Allegro

Monday, March 21st, 2011

The club hosted the Spring Allegro on Sunday March 20th with a capacity entry of 24 players.  The proud winner of the Spring Allegro Trophy (two splendidly yellow flower pots magnificently crested with a packet of sunflower seeds) was Callum Watt with a score of 4½/5, which included a win over top seed Ed Perry.  Details:

1. Callum Watt (Balerno)             4½

2. Dick Heathwood (Pentland Hills)    4

3. Ed Perry (Sandy Bells), Mark Sanderson (Edinburgh), Paul Girdwood (Gorgie/Dalry)     3½

Many thanks to Bob Burns and David Archibald for another well run and enjoyable event (and further contribution to Club funds).

Next event likely to be early May.

Reminder – “Late Season” Tournament

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Note that the closing date for the Club “Late Season” Tournament is Monday 28th February.

Further details:

Late Season 2010-11

Edinburgh CC FIDE Swiss

Monday, January 24th, 2011

The club will once again be running an 8 round FIDE rated swiss over 2 weekends in June.  We’re still finalising the dates – the calendar in June will be packed with tournaments – but likely to be the middle 2 weekends.  Further details to follow, but feel free to contact me at if you are interested in playing.

Edinburgh CC FIDE Swiss

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

The club ran a successful Swiss event on the weekends of June 12-13 and 19-20.  18 players participated, with 6 rated over 2000.  The club was well represented by Daniel McGowan, Hugh Brechin, Clement Sreeves, Mark Sanderson, Mike Ridge, Johnny Scott and Shivan Murdochy.

Final Standings:

1 Paul Roberts 6.5/8 2-4 Hugh Brechin, Chris Macdonald, Walter Burnett 5.5 5 Mike Ridge 5 6-7 Andrew McHarg, John McBride 4.5 8-9 Daniel McGowan, Stuart Hayes 4 10-15 Johnny Scott, Shivan Murdochy, Nigel Chapman, Clement Sreeves, Gavin Saxton, Eoin Campbell 3.5 16 Jamie Mollison 3 17 Mark Sanderson 3 18 Hutch Williams 0

Paul Roberts was a deserved winner of the event, although he was pushed very hard in a number of games and had to defend an inferior ending in the last round against Chris Macdonald to secure outright first.  Hugh Brechin was matching Paul for most of the event until a round 7 defeat to Chris, who along with Walter Burnett had a strong finish to the event.

Andrew McHarg edged out Hugh for the performance rating prize, with a score of +1.48 ahead of FIDE expected score.  Of the unrated players, Mike Ridge had a great recovery following a 0/2 start to register a 2025 performance.  Results should be included in time for the July 1 Chess Scotland grading list, and hopefully the next FIDE list too.

We hope to run a similar event next year following this success.