Richardson Cup 2012-13 - the Path to Victory

Preliminary Round v Cathcart (Home, Nov 17)

2216 Berry, Neil M (FM) ½   ½ McKay, Roddy M (IM)  2277
2213 Sreeves, Clement 1   0 Grant, Alan G  2114
2194 Bremner, Adam 0   1 Maxwell, Alistair  1887
2159 Green, Andrew D 1   0 Tsang, Sai Kong 1830
2048 Oswald, David C ½   ½ Taylor, Allen  1740
2027 Kafka, Graeme  ½   ½ Stewart, Alan W 1657
1906 Fernandez Lorenzo, Alberto 1   0 Congalton, David G  1293
1880 Murdochy, Shivan 1   0 Fay, James  1270


We were slightly unfortunate to be drawn to play in the preliminary round (there were 9 Teams in total so there was only one match), although in general the draw was fine for us this year. We were big favourites to win this match, and things were looking good early on. Berry drew on 1 (the opening sequence 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 e5!? was the most interesting part of the game), and Murdochy and Fernandez Lorenzo made their rating advantages count. It wasn’t all plain sailing elsewhere though, and there were a few nervy moments given we would likely lose any tie on board count. Eventually a win from Green took us through, and Sreeves overturned a dodgy position to give the scoreline a more comfortable feel.

Quarter Final v Oban (Away, played in Callander, Jan 19)

2116 Lennox, C Jonathan  ½   ½ MacQueen, Calum 2272
  DEFAULT  0   1 Berry, Neil M (FM)  2216
1898 Campbell, Duncan A F  0   1 Sreeves, Clement 2213
1799 Campbell, Alistair W I  0   1 Green, Andrew D 2159
1675 Harrold, Bruce T ½   ½ McGowan, Daniel 2064
1576 Flockhart, Hugh S ½   ½ Oswald, David C 2048
1418 Coope, Derek W  ½   ½ Brechin, Hugh R  2024
1226 White, Geoffrey  0   1 Bhopal, Raj  1983
    2   6    


A fairly comfortable victory, although Oban fought well and made us work for our semi final place.

Semi Final v Wandering Dragons (Home, March 9)

  Wandering Dragons      
2349 Tate, Alan (FM)  1   0 MacQueen, Calum  2272
2249 Burnett, Andrew B  ½   ½ Berry, Neil M (FM) 2216
2248 Bathie, Nicol A  0   1 Sreeves, Clement 2213
2164 Minnican, Alan W  ½   ½ Bremner, Adam 2194
2144 Orr, Mark J L (IM) 1   0 Oswald, David C 2048
2007 Olson, Hamish  0   1 Robertson, David A  2032
2002 Foulger, John G  0   1 Brechin, Hugh R  2024
1923 Kynoch, Richard J P  0   1 Bhopal, Raj 1983
    3   5    


Not for the first time, we led early on following convincing wins for Brechin and Bhopal. Dragons hit back with wins on boards 1 and 5, and there were 2 draws that followed. We held the advantage on the games in play, with Robertson having a winning position, and Sreeves was a pawn up. However, board count again was not in our favour, so one slip would turn the match on its head. Despite some wobbles Robertson duly converted, and Sreeves also won to take us through to the final.

Final v Edinburgh West (Alva Street, Apr 27)

  Edinburgh West      
2347 Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan (GM)  0   1 MacQueen, Calum  2272
2380 Pritchett, Craig W (IM)  ½   ½ Berry, Neil M (FM) 2216
2173 Grant, Jonathan I M  ½   ½ Sreeves, Clement 2213
2097 Farrell, Neil R  ½   ½ Bremner, Adam 2194
2051 Neave, George 0   1 Oswald, David C 2048
2112 Buchanan, Walter F  ½   ½ Robertson, David A  2032
1946 Bell, Alan D  ½   ½ Brechin, Hugh R 2024
1884 Walker, Duncan  0   1 Brechin, Hugh R 1983


On agreement from both clubs and Chess Scotland, the match was played at Edinburgh Chess Club. Our line-up was unchanged from the semi-final. Brechin drew quickly with Black, and Oswald won a miniature with some fantastic preparation in the Dragon. Things were also looking good for Bhopal and he duly converted. Yet again we were leading but had some difficult positions in the remaining games, this time Berry and Sreeves were the ones under pressure. Draws for Bremner and Robertson put us within touching distance of the win. It was duly delivered by MacQueen, winning in style against Grandmaster opposition. We held firm on the last 2 games before the celebrations began.

Three Games from the Final

Neave, George (2051) - Oswald, David (2048) [B76]

Richardson Cup Final Edinburgh, 27.04.2013

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0–0 9.0–0–0 Bd7 10.g4 Qa5 11.Nb3 Qc7 12.h4 Rfc8 13.h5 Ne5 14.Be2 b5 15.Kb1 b4 16.Nd5 Nxd5 17.exd5 a5 18.hxg6 fxg6 19.Nd4 a4 20.f4 Nc4 21.Bxc4 Qxc4 22.Qh2 h6 23.f5 g5 24.Rd3 b3 25.axb3 axb3 26.Nxb3 Qa6 0–1

Bhopal, Raj (1983) - Walker, Duncan (1884) [A47]

Richardson Cup Final Edinburgh, 27.04.2013

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.d4 b6 3.Bf4 Bb7 4.e3 e6 5.Bd3 Nc6 6.0–0 Nb4 7.Bc4 Bxf3 8.gxf3 g5 9.Bg3 h5 10.Nc3 d6 11.a3 Nc6 12.Bb5 Kd7 13.d5 exd5 14.Nxd5 a6 15.Be5 axb5 16.Bxf6 Be7 17.Bxh8 Qxh8 18.Nxe7 Kxe7 19.Qd5 Ne5 20.Kh1 Rg8 21.Qe4 Kd7 22.Qf5+ Ke7 23.f4 gxf4 24.exf4 Nc6 25.Rae1+ Kd8 26.Rg1 Rf8 27.c3 Ne7 28.Qg5 f6 29.Qxb5 Qh6 30.Qe2 Nf5 31.Qe4 Nh4 32.Qe7+ Kc8 33.Rg7 1–0

Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan (2347) - MacQueen, Calum (2272) [B12]

Richardson Cup Final Edinburgh, 27.04.2013

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nd2 e6 5.Nb3 Nd7 6.Nf3 h6 7.Be2 Ne7 8.0–0 Bh7 9.a4 Ng6 10.Re1 Be7 11.a5 a6 12.c4 dxc4 13.Bxc4 0–0 14.Be3 Rc8 15.Nbd2 Qc7 16.Qb3 Rfd8 17.g3 Bf8 18.Ne4 c5 19.dxc5 Ngxe5 20.Nxe5 Nxe5 21.Bf4 Qc6 22.Bxe5 Bxe4 23.Qc3 Bh1 24.Bf1 f6 25.Bd4 e5 26.Be3 Bd5 27.b4 Qe6 28.Rad1 Kh8 29.Bg2 Be7 30.Qc2 Bxg2 31.Kxg2 f5 32.f3 Bf6 33.Bf2 Rxd1 34.Rxd1 Rd8 35.Rxd8+ Bxd8 36.Qd3 Be7 37.b5 e4 38.fxe4 fxe4 39.Qe2 axb5 40.Qxb5 e3 41.Be1 Qd5+ 42.Kh3 Bxc5 43.Qe2 h5 44.Bc3 Kh7 45.Ba1 Kh6 46.Qb2 Qf5+ 47.Kg2 Qe4+ 48.Kh3 Qg4+ 49.Kg2 e2 50.Qc1+ Kh7 51.Qc2+ g6 52.Bc3 Qc4 53.Qd2 Qe4+ 54.Kh3 Qf5+ 55.Kg2 Qf1# 0–1



Web development and search engine optimisation by Spiderwriting Web Design