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Chess Scotland Club Tournament Finals

Grangemouth - April 8, 2006

report by Ken Stewart

The finals of the Chess Scotland team competitions were played at Grangemouth on Saturday 8 April.

In the Richardson Cup the two most recent winners faced each other with Hamilton strong favourites to beat Glasgow Polytechnic as, apart from Board 1, they had a grading advantage of 100 to 200 points per board. As last year, neither side had its strongest team available.

Hamilton started off well with wins for Macdonald and Stalker. Around the first time control, two other games finished, Davis scoring a good win over Coffey while Thomson eventually outplayed Rattray. Next to finish was board 8 where Kawmi won a rook and pawn ending against Donohue. This left three games in play; although Hamilton remained strong favourites it still seemed possible for Polytechnic to succeed, as it was now clear that tie-break in a 4-4 result would favour them. Redpath went seriously astray against Kirk and Watt held an inferior ending against Tweedie, leaving the top board game to decide the cup. Shaw had gone wrong in the first time scramble and Muir had two bishops for a rook with winning prospects. Clearly he had to take risks to win and instead blundered in the last few minutes, leaving Polytechnic apparently clearer winners than the actual flow of the match would justify.

In the Spens Cup final Glenrothes held a very substantial grading advantage and always looked clear (and first-time) winners over Edinburgh Civil Service who were hoping for a third consecutive victory in the event.

The Jack Campbell Rosebowl final pitted together teams who had previously met in the Spens, with the same outcome. Although Hamilton Juniors were heavily outgraded on the face of it, their players are improving rapidly and a very close match resulted. Connor Woods (by far the youngest ever team captain in such finals) led by example with a quick win over his much higher graded opponent who probably took too many risks. Eventually Hamilton required to draw inferior positions on boards 2 and 3. On the latter, McIntosh found a clever trick to secure the draw but Brown of Dumfries always looked to have sufficient positional edge to win a pawn ending, giving the trophy for the first time to Dumfries and District by the narrowest of margins.

Polytechnic - Richardson Champions
Glenrothes - Spens Champions

 

Richardson Grading Data 2005-2006

Spens Grading Data 2005-2006

Chessbase Game File

Richardson Finals

Spens Finals

 

Richardson Cup Final

Board

No

Polytechnic

Hamilton

Colour

Name

Grade

Score

Name

Grade

Score

1

B

J Shaw

2478

1

 A Muir
2291

0

2

 

 E Davis

2171

1

 P Coffey
2223

0

3

 

 G Rattray

2149

0

 C Thomson
2245

1

4

   L Kirk
2083

1

 J Redpath
2185
0

5

   D Watt
2000

½

 S Tweedie
2172

½

6

   G Lyons
1927
0
 A Stalker
2122

1

7

   D Jenkins
1797
0
 C MacDonald
2053
1

8

   A Kawmi
1725

1

 T Donohue
1911
0
     

Total

 

Total

Spens Cup Final

Board

No

Glenrothes

Edinburgh Civil Service

Colour

Name

Grade

Score

Name

Grade

Score

1

 w

 M P Carballo
2095

1

 A Prince

1834

0

2

 

 G Pyrich

2048

1

 C Macnab

1720

0

3

 

 B Jenkins 

1938

1

 D Stewart 

1645

0

4

   R Kynoch
1817

½

 S Bate
1587
½

5

 

 M Spurr

1700

1

 G Brown

1569

0

6

 

 P Selbie

1439
½

 D Heatlie

1539

½

     

Total

5

 

Total

1

Jack Campbell Rosebowl

Board

No

Dumfries

Hamilton Juniors

Colour

Name

Grade

Score

Name

Grade

Score

1

 B

 M Green
1840
0
 C Woods
1734
1

2

 

 D Brown

1728
1
 M O'Donnell
1574
0

3

 

 K Saunders

1674
½
 W McIntosh
1486
½

4

 

 S Marchbank

1669
0
 J Montgomery
1119
1

5

 

 R Sim

1441
1
 N Donohue
998
0

6

 

 A Dallas

1416
1
 J Tawdrous
837
0
     

Total

 

Total

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Richardson Cup

1.  Bon Accord 5.5

Bon Accord 4
Glasgow Montrose 2.5
Glasgow Polytechnic 4.5
Glasgow Polytechnic

2.  Kilmarnock 2.5

3.  Phones 0.5

Glasgow Montrose 4

4.  Glasgow Montrose 7.5

5. Irvine Porthead 1.5

Inverclyde Central 1

Glasgow Polytechnic 5.5
6. Inverclyde Central 6.5

7.  Glasgow Polytechnic 4.5

Glasgow Polytechnic 7

8.  Edinburgh 3.5

9.  Castlehill 2.5

Cathcart 3.5
Hamilton 6
Hamilton 3.5

10. Cathcart 5.5

11.

Hamilton 4.5

.

12.  Oban 1

Wandering Dragons 4.5

Wandering Dragons 2

13.  Wandering Dragons 7

14.  Dundee & Victoria 3.5

Edinburgh West 3.5

15.  Edinburgh West 4.5

The four seeded clubs (based on weighted performance in reaching the semi-finals over the past three years) are (in order) Hamilton , Polytechnic, Edinburgh West and Glasgow Montrose.

 

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Spens Cup

1.  Carse of Gowrie 2.5

Peterhead 1.5
Glenrothes 5
Glenrothes

2.  Peterhead 3.5

 

Glenrothes 4.5

 

 

Edin Civil Service 5

Edin Civil Service 1
 

7.  Dumfries 4

Dumfries 1

8.  Hamilton Juniors 2

 


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