Friday 25th to Sunday 27th April 2008
Williamson Memorial Unitarian Church, Dundee
report by Ray Noble
The individual attracted a poor turnout this year with only 21 entries. Apart from that it ran very well and all players enjoyed themselves. The event was a 5 round Swiss, time-Controls, 36 moves in 75 minute+15 Quick-Play.
Top seed Ed Spencer graded 2134 won the championship with 4½ points, this despite a last match scare against Martin Gourlay(1730) who could have at least drawn against Ed but went for the win in time trouble because a draw got him now where. A win would have given him a tie for first place. In the end he lost the match and handed Ed the title of TAFCA Individual champion out right.
Presidents Cup winner Jim Anderson(1639) to some extent had a good draw overall, but had a great match against Manuel Carballo graded 2082 from Glenrothes. He was a little disappointed because he felt he had a win but got nobbled by a terrific move by the Glenrothes player which meant he had to settle for a creditable draw.
As usual the under 1400 Shield was a close fought battle with 3 players tying for the title on 2½ point each: Lisa Paton, Bryan O`Rourke & David Cumming. Lisa in getting to 2½ points beat her brother Robbie McLeod in a free for all match which given there close rivalry could have ended in a family feud, especially as Robbie winds his Sister up something rotten. This time Lisa had the last laugh! Robert Burnett beat me in the last round to secure the under 1600 grading prize of £20.
Individual Champion: Ed Spencer (2134) (Dundee/Victoria) 4½ points (£60)
Runners up: Dr David Findlay (2111) & Jim Anderson (1639) (Both Dundee/Victoria) 4 points (£33 each)
Presidents Cup (u/1650) ; Jim Anderson (1639) 4 points
Under 1400 Shield: David Cumming (1121) (D&V); Bryan O`Rourke (1111) (Glenrothes) & Lisa Paton (1085) (Castlehill) 2½ points (£17 each)
Grading under 1600: Robert Burnett(1510)(D&V) 3 points(£20)