The Scottish Youth
Chess team were landslide winners in their battle with five MSP's
in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday, September 19. Not even a valiant
rearguard action by Keith Harding (Con) in the final game to finish
could save the deposit of the people's representatives.
Iain Gray (Labour):
Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning.
(Liberal): Lib Dem spokesman on fishing and equal opportunities.
(Liberal): Lib Dem Convener, Parliamentary Standards Committee.
(Conservative): Conservative spokesman on local government and
(Green): Rector of Edinburgh University and the only Green MSP.
15): Not even the division bell will save five MSPs from a parliamentary
knock-out on Thursday, September 19. Iain Gray (Lab), Mike Rumbles
(Lib), Keith Harding (Con), Robin Harper (Green) and Jamie Stone (Lib)
have bravely agreed to be human sacrifices in a chess match against
the Scotland Youth Squad to be held in the Scottish Parliament.
The MSPs will
face a very strong line-up of experienced junior internationalists
aged 13-17: Joe Redpath (Edinburgh West), Daniel McGowan (Tiree),
Colin Hall (Perth), Louise Macnab (Aberdeen) and Christopher Mac-donald
(Dollar). Having administered a guillotine motion to the MSPs the
Youth Squad will watch First Minister's Question Time after the match.
The MSP's best
tactic would be to draft in MP Alan Reid of Argyll and Bute as an
honorary Scottish Parliamentarian for the day. Alan Reid is a former
Scottish Olympiad player, rated over 2250 at his peak, and perhaps
the strongest chess player ever to become an MP. Andrew Bonar Law,
UK prime minister 1922-23, was previously Scotland's foremost politician-chessplayer.
17 from Donald Wilson: Re the match between the CS Junior squad
and a gang of MSPs, I think I should "warn" the Juniors
that Keith Harding was once a member of Dunblane Chess Club (now defunct).
I played him in a Central League Division 3 match in the spring of
1984 (yes, I do mean 1984, not 1994) - I was playing for Hillfoots
CC (also defunct) at that time. I think I won the game, though my
memory is not totally reliable. In conversation, we discovered that
we were both standing in that year's District Council elections: Keith
for the Tories in Stirling District, me for the SDP/Liberal Alliance
in Clackmannan District (in that context, he won, I didn't).
Sep 18: As I suspected, my memory is indeed unreliable. I checked
my old records last night, and it turns out that the match between
Dunblane and Hillfoots took place, the conversation with Keith Harding
took place, and I won my game. But Keith was playing on an adjacent
board - my opponent was Peter Fotheringham, whose claim to fame or
notoriety is that he was one of the scriptwriters for Rikki Fulton's
annual Hogmanay TV show "Scotch and Wry".
So, a near miss
on one "celebrity" but a lucky hit on another.
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