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Stewarton Bonnet Guild Chess Allegro 1999 Including the Scottish Allegro Championship 1999 And the Ayrshire Junior Championships Organised by Stewarton Chess Club in Association with Stewarton Bonnet Guild, the Scottish Chess Association and the Ayrshire Chess Association Held on Sunday 13th June 1999 in the Stewarton Annick Youth Centre, Stewarton.
We were pleased this year to host both the Scottish Allegro Championships as well as the Ayrshire Junior Championships as part of our tournament. This year's attendance was well up with 112 players entering the tournament. Just under half the entries came from Ayrshire clubs with other players from as far afield as Dundee, Dumfries and Aberdeen.
The Scottish Allegro Championship was won by top seed and one of the highest rated players in Scotland Colin McNab of Dundee Victoria Chess Club.
Stewarton Chess Club would like to thank Malcolm Johnston and the other officials from the Bonnet Guild committee for their assistance in setting up and running the tournament this year and our sincere thanks to local company McCluskey Browne who donated all the trophies, shields and medals awarded during the prizegiving.
We are also grateful to the staff of the Youth Centre especially Johnny Wilson who pulled out all the stops to help us in our new venue for the event. The organisers of the event would like to thank the controllers who have supported the tournament for many years with their help and skills in running the events.
Thanks to John McNicoll of Kilmarnock Chess Club and Alan Steel of our own Stewarton Chess Club. Many thanks to Ken Stewart of the Scottish Chess Association for running and controlling the Championship event. The ladies of the canteen / tuck shop excelled again this year with their home baking and tasty selection of hot and cold food (Bunty Montgomery, Maryann Cowie, Audrey McAngus), and served a splendid array of home baking donated by parents of the junior members of Stewarton Chess Club.
Thanks are also due to Sam Collins of Chess and Bridge Supplies (Scotland) for running a bookstall at the venue.
Scottish Allegro Championship First Colin McNab, Dundee Victoria Second equal Alan Grant, Cathcart Second equal Stephen Mannion, Cathcart Grading prize Elliott Frew, Greenwood Best Ayrshire player John Shaw, Kilmarnock Major section First Jim Docherty, Kilmarnock Second (on tiebreak) Mike Hanley, Holy Cross, Hamilton Third (on tiebreak) Hugh Flockhart, Lasswade, Edinburgh Fourth (on tiebreak) Donald Wilson, Grangemouth Grading prizes Michael Rooney, Neilston, Tony Ritchie, Kilmarnock and Frank Murray, Cambuslang Best Ayrshire players Jim Cunningham, Ardrossan Siegrun Macgilchrist, Carrick, Maybole Minor section First Christopher Tweedie, Airdrie YMCA Second (on tiebreak) Richard Fisher, Giffnock Third (on tiebreak) Steven Tweedie, Airdrie YMCA Fourth (on tiebreak) Luke Greenslade. Holy Cross, Hamilton Fifth (on tiebreak) Jimmy Orr, Holy Cross, Hamilton Sixth (on tiebreak) Derek Rooney, Holy Cross, Hamilton Grading prizes John Montgomery, Bearsden, Glasgow, Carol Wright, Ayr, Kirsty Stevenson, Perth Arthur Katte and Niall Fergusson, both Kilmarnock Best Ayrshire player Robert McGuire, Ayr Best Stewarton players Michael Whyte, Ross Thomson, Cameron McClurg Stewarton Under 14 section First (on tiebreak) Stuart Greenwood, Greenwood Academy, Irvine Second (on tiebreak) Andrew Docherty, Airdrie YMCA Third equal David Deary, Greenwood Academy, Irvine Third equal Neil Thomson, Giffnock Third equal Karen Shovlin, Perth Under 12 section First Colin Horne, Edinburgh Second equal Kieran Montgomery, Bearsden, Glasgow Second equal Kevin Martin, Airdrie YMCA Second equal Lucy Davie, Quarryhill, Aberdeen Best Ayrshire player Fraser Gibson, West Kilbride Best ungraded players Alan Campbell, Glebe, Irvine Kieran Canning, Airdrie YMCA
Prepared by John Montgomery, Secretary, Stewarton Chess Club 4 Barbeth Place, Girdle Toll, Irvine KA11 1QL, Telephone 01294-221486