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Chess Scotland Club Tournament Finals

Grangemouth - May 17, 2008

report by Sam Collins

Barring a few minor hiccups this year’s Richardson/Spens Cup ran smoothly. 18 teams participated in all events.

Edinburgh v Cathcart
Bd1. Was a very tight positional game.
Bd2. Played half the game in endgame mode, with SM a pawn to the better.
Bd3. Alan Grant was a piece up and on his 31st move played Qd7 to which Neil Farrell under time pressure replied Rf7 and losing. Not noticing that he could have played BxQ. Although at this point it would not have really mattered.
BD7. This was the decisive game. The match was standing at 3½-3½ and with both getting close to time pressure George Livie gave up the exchange for a knight giving his opponent Alan Bell the game and Edinburgh West the match.

Edinburgh West at long last get their hands on "what for them has been" an elusive trophy.
Always the bridegroom never the bride proved not to be the case today.

Oban v Glenrothes
Glenrothes make it three in a row, and will definitely be playing in the Richardson Cup as will Oban next year.
This was a very evenly contested match, probably the turning point was at Bd 5 where Bruce Harrold had the better of the game. Should he win it would give Oban the Spens Cup on board count, however he let his advantage slip to go into an inferior endgame which he lost.

Edinburgh Civil Service v Hamilton
This was a very one sided match as the 6-0 score indicates, Giving your opponent a point of a start, does not really help your cause.
The most interesting game in this encounter was Bd2 Robert Montgomery (black) who was under the cosh for most of the game and struggled to get his pieces developed against a very aggressive Alan Prince. All the pressure paid off when towards the endgame Robert lost a piece.

Congratulations to the Winners and my commiserations to the losers.

Next years tournaments will revert to the old format with one change.

The Richardson Cup will be run as two sections of five teams, which will start in October 08 with the top team in each section playing off for the Final, and the team at the bottom of each section being relegated.

The Spens will run as a Knockout format with the two finalist being promoted to the Richardson Cup.

Richardson, Spens Grading Data 2007-2008

Richardson Finals

Spens Finals

 

Richardson Cup Final

Board

No

Edinburgh West

Cathcart

Colour

Name

Grade

Score

Name

Grade

Score

1

B

C Pritchett

2362

½

 R McKay
2411

½

2

 

 J Grant

2305

0

 S Mannion
2317

1

3

 

 N Farrell

2173

0

 A Grant
2200

1

4

   P Roberts
2157

½

 A Maxwell
2044
½

5

   G Neave
2193

1

 M Tyre
1923

0

6

   W Buchanan
2098
½
 S Tsang
1853

½

7

   A Bell
1973
1
 G Livie
1636
0

8

   S Hogg
1969

1

 S Beaton
1554
0
     

Total

 

Total

Spens Cup Final

Board

No

Glenrothes

Oban

Colour

Name

Grade

Score

Name

Grade

Score

1

 B

 M P Carballo
2082

½

 J Lennox

2136

½

2

 

 G Pyrich

1976

1

 D Campbell

1846

0

3

 

 B Jenkins 

1956

0

 A Campbell

1752

1

4

   R Kynoch
1936

½

 H Flockhart
1714
½

5

 

 S Blyth

1545

1

 B Harrold

1706

0

6

 

 P Selbie

1391
1

 G White

1345

0

     

Total

4

 

Total

2

Jack Campbell Rosebowl

Board

No

Edin Civil Service

Hamilton B

Colour

Name

Grade

Score

Name

Grade

Score

1

 B

 C MacNab
1877
1
 I McLean
1906
0

2

 

 A Prince

1774
1
 R Montgomery
1785
0

3

 

 S Bate

1681
1
 W McIntosh
1593
0

4

 

 R Austin

1648
1
 A Mulholland
1492
0

5

 

 G Brown

1532
1
 J Frame
1370
0

6

 

 Default

0
1
 Default
0
0
     

Total

6

 

Total

0

 


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