Johner – Nimzowitsch Talk

For all those who attended talk today – game was Paul Johner – Nimzowitsch. We only got as far as move 16 – so many amazing ideas in those first moves. The rest of the moves can be seen at this link:
 
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End of Season (Chess960 !) Tournament

End of Season (Chess 960!!) Tournament

The event comprise a 4-round tournament of Fischer Random Chess or Chess 960.

Round 1 Tuesday 5 June
Round 2 Tuesday 12 June
Round 3 Tuesday 19 June
Round 4 Tuesday 26 June

All games to be played at Ferryhill.
The tournament is open to non-members of Bon Accord Chess Club.
There is no entry fee.
A prize for first place will be awarded.

There will be a short talk describing Chess960 at the start of the tournament covering the rules.
This talk will likely be repeated before each round. The idea of Chess 960 is that since there are so many possible starting positions, it is not feasible to study opening theory and players cannot benefit from prepared opening knowledge. All the rules are the same as classical chess except for Castling and the initial position.

Each round one of the 960 possible starting positions will be selected by a random process and all matches in that round will start with that position. Each round players will play 2 games against the same opponent with the same starting position, but with colours reversed in the second game. The time control will be 25 minutes for all moves plus a 10 second increment per move. It will be necessary to start matches soon after 7pm to ensure games are finished by 10pm.
The results will not be used for grading purposes. Pairing will be made each round according to the Swiss Tournament format.

It is allowed to have one half point bye (miss one round), but more than one bye will not be allowed because last season there were too many byes and it spoilt the tournament in my opinion.

To enter please message this page or the Facebook page or ideally email Richard if you have his email address.

Please have a look at the link to find out more.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chess960

Aberdeen Major Round 4 Draw

Please remember the round starts at 9.30 am

Board White Player Black Player
1 William Clinton (3) Stephen Smith (3)
2 Jamie Mollison (2½) John McEwan (2½)
3 Wilf Wheatley (2½) Keith Aitchison (2)
4 Simon Kerridge (2) Kalyan Kante (2)
5 Robin Moore (1½) Jonathan McKay (1½)
6 Steve Sawaryn (1½) Keith Emery (1½)
7 George McRobert (1½) Frankie Murray (1½)
8 Alan Smith (1½) Dietah Connolly Sams (1½)
9 Peter Doris (1½) David Burke (1½)
10 David Congalton (1½) Donald Wilson (1½)
11 Michael McRobert (1) Robert Gibb (1½)
12 Bruce Harrold (1) Raymond Flood (1)
13 Oshani Dutta (1) Benjamin Ridge (1)
14 John Ewen (½) Alex Beston (½)
15 Nandini Dutta (½) Glynis Grant (½)
Pranav Arcot – See Arbiter

Aberdeen Minor Round 4 Draw

Please remember the round starts at 9.30 am

Board White Player Black Player
1 Graham Wilson (3) Ray Noble (3)
2 Raghav Praveen (2½) Allan Buchan (2½)
3 Mark Smith (2½) Alex Stewart (2)
4 Murdo McLaurin (2) Finlay Gibb (2)
5 Marten Kats (1½) Malcolm MacMillan (2)
6 Lisa Paton (1½) Ruaridh McKay (1½)
7 Robert McLeod (1½) Andy Heron (1½)
8 Anish Subramaniam (1½) Hagen Ross (1½)
9 Alastair Dallas (1) Rishabh Akula (1)
10 Andrew McCulloch (1) Pranav Saravanan (1)
11 Peter Fish (½) Gregor Ross (½)
12 Ananth Subramaniam (½) Krish Akula (0)

Aberdeen Open Round 4 Draw

Please remember the round starts at 9.30 am

Board White Player Black Player
1 Murad Abdulla (3) Robert Lothian (2½)
2 Michael Ridge (2) Richard Jennings (2½)
3 Duncan Campbell (2) Hamish Olson (2)
4 Willie Rutherford (2) Stephen McQuillan (2)
5 Steven Robinson (1½) David Findlay (2)
6 Peter McEwan (1½) Mike Cavanagh (1½)
7 Lukah Connolly Sans (1½) Jeremy Mitchell (1½)
8 Andrew Newton (1) Joy Durno (1½)
9 Adam Walkowiak (1) Robert Kane (1)
10 Stephen David Harvey (1) Mahir Abdullayev (1)
11 Roland Kensdale (½) Alastair Dawson (½)
Stefan Wagner – half point bye

Richardson Cup Champions

The Richardson cup final took place on Saturday 14th April 2018 at Grangemouth between Bon Accord and Glasgow Polytechnic.

Bon Accord started as clear favourites because we were able field almost our strongest possible team. Polytechnic were missing a few of their better players, but their team was still formidable, headed by Grandmaster Colin McNab on board 1.

The results were as follows:

Bd Grade Bon Accord   vs   Polytechnic Grade
1  2158 Abdulla, Murad (FM) B  ½  –  ½ W McNab, Colin A (GM)  2426
2  2229 Bremner, Adam (CM) W  ½  –  ½ B Swan, Iain (FM)  2219
3  2159 Olson, Hamish W  1  –  0 B Watt, David A  1853
4  2159 Gordon, Sean B  1  –  0 W Brookens, Lewis  1763
5  2057 Lothian, Robert B  1  –  0 W Shahin, Jallal  1815
6  2080 Maxwell, Daniel W  1  –  0 B Larkin, John  1640
7  1899 Jennings, Richard L W  1  –  0 B Eldridge, John  1565
8  1879 Irving, Neil B  1  –  0 W Breslin, Daniel  1522
  7  –  1

On the top two boards Murad Abdulla and Adam Bremner efficiently neutralised strong opponents and the remainder of the team were able to defeat lower rated opposition. The games were broadcast live, and can be seen at (https://www.chessscotland.com/livegames/201718/Richardson/Final/tfd.htm)

This result was particularly pleasing because our previous Richardson final against Glasgow Polytechnic was a disaster (almost the reverse score) (https://www.chessscotland.com/documents/archives/rich2001.htm).

Congratulations to Murad, Adam, Hamish, Sean, Bob, Daniel, Richard and Neil for securing the Richardson Cup for Bon Accord for only the second time in the club’s history.