Chess Scotland Team Finals 2008-2009

Stirling University

 

The Finals of the Richardson Cup, Spens Cup and the Jack Campbell Rosebowl team tournaments took place on Saturday, April 25th 2009 on the Stirling University campus.

The Richardson Cup was a hard-fought affair between the closely-matched Glasgow Polytechnic and Hamilton A teams. On top board for Poly, GM John Shaw overcame Hamilton's (IM) Andy Muir: the latter's weak pawns proved to be too much of a liability in the rook end-game. Adrian Stalker playing on Board 7 for Hamilton was the last to finish: after nearly five hours play, he drove his opponent's king all the way to the 7 th rank to deliver checkmate with queen and rook. Although this result drew the match 4-4, Poly emerged clear winners on tie-break, having taken three of the top four boards.

In the Spens Cup, Wandering Dragons were the clear favourites over Irvine , out-grading them by an average of 200 points. But it was not to be. Three of the six games were drawn; honours were shared in the next two, but an epic battle ensued on the remaining (third) board. With Q, R & (opposite coloured) Bishop each, the outcome depended on whose king was the most vulnerable to attack. Well into extra time, the answer emerged. A remarkable victory then for Irvine by 3½ - 2½, against the odds.

In the Jack Campbell Rosebowl, Bon Accord had a significant paper advantage over Hamilton B, particularly on Board 1. Nevertheless, the 6-0 drubbing was as unexpected as it was swift. Only on Board 5 did Hamilton B put up prolonged resistance; indeed, it seemed that the Hamilton player had the better of the game for quite a while.

The handsome and historic Spens Cup and Jack Campbell Rosebowl were presented to the winning team captains but, regrettably, the Richardson Cup was unavailable on the day. Members of all the winning teams were presented with individual engraved trophies. The excellent (if pricey) venue was a very satisfactory stage for this most prestigious of all Scottish team events.

On behalf of all participants, I'd like to thank Sam Collins for organizing these tournaments: unfortunately, due to work commitments, he was unable to be present at the very end to witness the outcome of all his work.

Trevor Davies

Richardson Cup Final

Board

No

Glasgow Polytechnic

Hamilton

Colour

Name

Grade

Score

Name

Grade

Score

1

 W

 J Shaw

2509
1
 A Muir
2347
0

2

 

 E Davis

2237
1
 P Coffey
2222
0

3

 

 P Biro

2189
0
 J Redpath
2207
1

4

   L Turlej
2137
1
 S Tweedie
2226
0

5

   L Kirk
2127
0
 C Sreeves
1923
1

6

   I Swan
2070
0
 C MacDonald
2066
1

7

   F Zhang
2058
0
 A Stalker
2092
1

8

   N Reid
2000
1
 D Walker
1953
0
     

Total

4

 

Total

4

Spens Cup Final

Board

No

Wandering Dragons

Irvine

Colour

Name

Grade

Score

Name

Grade

Score

1

 W

 A Minnican
2071

½

 T Barrett
1819

½

2

   G Hamilton
1989

1

 P Walsh
1799

0

3

 

 E Sloan

1850

0

 G King
1730

1

4

 

 D Heron

1833

½

 A Thomson
1678
½

5

 

 E Campbell

1767

0

 R Loughran
1542

1

6

   E Taylor
1796
½
 J Shankland
1443

½

     

Total

 

Total

Jack Campbell Rosebowl

Board

No

Bon Accord

Hamilton B

Colour

Name

Grade

Score

Name

Grade

Score

1

 W

 R Lothian
2128
1
 R Montgomery
1668
0

2

 

 J Clifford

1776
1
 A Mulholland
1614
0

3

 

 E Davidson

1725
1
 J Montgomery
1539
0

4

 

 A Egbaiyelo

1650
1
 L Greenslade
1524
0

5

 

 I McDonald

1490
1
 W McIntosh
1574
0

6

 

 D Maxwell

1318
1
 L Freel
1492
0
     

Total

6

 

Total

0

 

*****

Finals preview by Sam Collins

This years Chess Scotland team tournaments will be held on Saturday 25th April 09 at:-

STIRLING MANAGEMENT CENTRE, UNIVERSITY of STIRLING , STIRLING FK9 4LA

All games will start at 1.00pm.

ALL FINALS ARE AS FOLLOWS

RICHARDSON CUP

GLASGOW POLYTECHNIC v HAMILTON A

SPENS CUP

WANDERING DRAGONS v IRVINE

JACK CAMPBELL ROSEBOWL

BON ACCORD v HAMILTON B

In the Richardson Cup Sec1 Edinburgh West set Hamilton a hard task. They had to win 8-0 against Kilmarnock in order to reach the Richardson Cup Final in thier last game. Guess what?

In the Richardson Cup Sec2 Polytechnic secure their place in the final with a better games points from Dundee Victoria who did not lose a match.

In the Spens Cup Sec1 Irvine won both their games to reach the final, with Hamilton going through to the final of the Jack Campbell Rosebowl as runner-up.

In the Spens Cup Sec2 there was still a lot to play for. The last game between Edinburgh CS v Bon Accord would decide the placings. However ECS defaulted their match.

Richardson Cup Section One   Results as at 22 MAR   09
                 HA EW ED KM GN  P  W  D  L  F   A   - Pt
Hamilton A       ** 3  5 8      3  2  0  1 16  7  0  4
EdinburghWest    5  ** 3  8      3  2  0  1 16   8   0  4
Edinburgh        2 5  ** 4     3  2  0  1 12  12   0  4
Kilmarnock       0  0  3 **     3  0  0  3  3 20  0  0
Glenrothes       Withdrawn       0  0  0  0  0   0   0  0

Richardson Cup Section Two    Results as at 22 FEB  09
                 PY DV CC OB CH P  W  D  L  F   A   Pt
Glw Polytechnic  ** 3  6  6     3  2  0  1 15   9   4
DundeeVictoria   5  ** 4  4     3  1  2  0 13  11   4
Cathcart         2  4  ** 5     3  2  1  1 11  13   3
Oban             2  4  3   **   3  0  1  2  9  15   0
Castlehill       Withdrawn      0  0  0  0  0   0   0

Spens Cup      Section One    Results as at 16 MAR  09
                 IR HA GM DF  P  W  D  L  F   A   - Pt
Irvine           ** 4 3     2  2  0  0  8   4   0  4
Hamilton         1 ** 5      2  1  0  1  6  5  0  2
Glw Monrtrose    2 1  **     2  0  0  2  3  8  0  0
Dumfries & Dist  Withdrawn    0  0  0  0  0   0   0  0

Spens Cup      Section Two    Results as at 16 MAR  09
                 WD BA CS CH  P  W  D  L  F   A   - Pt
W Dragons        ** 3 3      2  1  1  0  6  5  0  3
Bon Accord       2 ** 6d     2  1  0  1  8  3  0  2
Edinburgh C S    3  0d **     2  0  1  1  3   9   0  1
Castlehill       Withdrawn    0  0  0  0  0   0   0  0
          

 

 


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