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Chess Scotland Club Tournament Finals

Grangemouth - April 16, 2005

report by Ken Stewart

The finals of the Chess Scotland team competitions were played at Grangemouth on Saturday 16 April.

A new winner of the Richardson Cup was guaranteed as Glasgow Polytechnic's six-year spell as holders had ended in an earlier round. Edinburgh West had been regular defeated finalists but Hamilton had never reached this stage before. Neither side had its strongest team available and this turned out to favour Hamilton as they had a substantial grading advantage on the lower boards. First to finish was Board 7 where Macdonald outmanoeuvred Mayo. Hamilton then picked up wins on the other lower boards giving them an effectively unassailable 4-0 lead. Although Arakhamia mated Muir after some time-shortage tactics, the issue was decided when Board 4 was drawn, Tweedie's pawn-grabbing being countered by Neave's attack. In the two remaining games Pritchett and Coffey pressed for endgame wins but ultimately both had to settle for the draw, leaving Hamilton as clear winners.

The Spens Cup final was marred by the non-arrival of two of the Castlehill team at their meeting point in Dundee , leaving them two points down and generally outgraded. The Board 4 game was a relatively short draw but the others were long and very hard fought; in the end, however, Edinburgh Civil Service were successful in all three, giving them a second consecutive victory in the event.

The Jack Campbell Rosebowl final was won by last year's beaten finalists, Lanark, who had a substantial grading advantage over Stonehaven's less experienced team. Apart from a short draw on Board 1, the games were hard fought, though for a town with a notable castle, Stonehaven were rather careless with the safety of their rooks.

(Hamilton team photo by Sam Collins)

 

Grading Data 2004-2005

Chessbase Game File

Richardson Finals

Spens Finals

 

Richardson Cup Final

Board

No

Edinburgh West

Hamilton

Colour

Name

Grade

Score

Name

Grade

Score

1

B

K Arakhamia-Grant

2457

1

 A Muir
2363

0

2

 

 C Pritchett

2232

½

 J Redpath
2205

½

3

 

 J Grant

2246

½

 P Coffey
2110

½

4

   G Neave
2037

½

 S Tweedie
2087
½

5

   S Gillam
2048

0

 D McGowan
2081

1

6

   S Hogg
1918
0
 A Stalker
2028

1

7

   K Mayo
1829
0
 C MacDonald
2012
1

8

   M Robinson
1684

0

 C Tweedie
1954
1
     

Total

 

Total

Spens Cup Final

Board

No

Edinburgh Civil Service

Castlehill

Colour

Name

Grade

Score

Name

Grade

Score

1

 w

 A Prince

1780

1

 G Mooney
1838

0

2

 

 N Anderson

1778

1

 K Rose
1691

0

3

 

 C Macnab

1708

1

 C Edwards
1579

0

4

 

 D Stewart 

1679

½

 R Noble
1565
½

5

 

 R Austin

1

 default

0

6

 

 G Brown

1
 default

0

     

Total

 

Total

½

Jack Campbell Rosebowl

Board

No

Lanark

Stonehaven

Colour

Name

Grade

Score

Name

Grade

Score

1

 B

 I Brownlee
1840
½
 C Curry
1734
½

2

 

 I McLachlan

1728
½
 K Green
1574
½

3

 

 J Smalls

1674
1
 K Emery
1486
0

4

 

 T Brown

1669
1
 J Wright
1119
0

5

 

 G R Brown

1441
1
 M Emery
998
0

6

 

 M Benyon

1416
½
 S Wright
837
½
     

Total

 

Total

 

 

                                                                      

1.  Hamilton - 8

Hamilton - 5.5
Hamilton - 5.5
Hamilton -5.5
Hamilton

2.  Glenrothes - 0

3.  Inverclyde Central

Dundee & Victoria - 2.5

4.  Dundee & Victoria w/o

 

Polytechnic - 3

Wandering Dragons - 2.5
 

6.  Wandering Dragons - 5.5

Wandering Dragons - 5

7.  Irvine Porthead - 2.5

8.  Cathcart - 4 bd count

Cathcart - 4.5
Cathcart - 3
Edinburgh West - 2.5

9.  Bon Accord - 4

10. Glasgow Montrose - 5.5

Glasgow Montrose - 3.5

11.  Phones - 2.5

12.  Edinburgh West - 5

Edinburgh West - 6

Edinburgh

West - 5

13.  Edinburgh - 3

14.  Oban - 5.5

Oban - 2

15.  Kilmarnock - 2.5

RELEGATION PLAY-OFF (One team will be relegated)

                                           

 

1. Glenrothes

Glenrothes
 
 

2. Edinburgh - 5.5

3. Bon Accord w/o

3. Bon Accord - 2.5

4. Kilmarnock - 3

4. Kilmarnock - 4.5
Irvine Porthead

5. Phones - 5

6. Inverclyde Central - 4 bd ct

7. Irvine Porthead - 3.5

7. Irvine Porthead - 4

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

 


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