Under 16 Olympiad Results

The last round of the under 16 olympiad was completed today (Sunday 21st December) in Győr, Hungary.
The tournament was won by the top seeds India, ahead of Russia and Iran.

Scotland finished in 47th place, exactly as per seeding.
The individual results were as follows:

Murad Abdulla 3.5/8
Lennart Koehn 4.5/8
Declan Shafi 4/9
Euan Gray 3/8
Anna Milton 2/7

The full results for the Scotland team are here: http://chess-results.com/tnr153962.aspx?lan=1&art=20&flag=30&wi=821&snr=47
Congratulations to Murad, Lennart, Declan, Euan and Anna. Here is a picture of the team (minus Euan) meeting legendary Hungarian Grandmaster Judit Polgar at the event.

Murad Abdulla, Judit Polgar, Calum MacQueen, Declan Shafi, Anna Milton, Lennart Koehn


Christmas Lightning Results

The Bon Accord Christmas lightning tournament was held on Friday 19th December.

Unfortunately the buzzer broke down during round three so the last four rounds were held as five minute blitz games. This didn’t seem to make much difference to the result: Hamish Olson has won this tournament several times in a row, and did so again on this occasion -being unbeaten with 7/7. Richard Jennings was second, and Jeremy Mitchell third.

The full results were as follows:

Place Name Rating Score
1 Hamish Olson 2087 7
2 Richard Jennings 1820 6
3 Jeremy Mitchell 1812 5
4 – 8 John Ewen 1619 4
Adam Bremner 2157
Mark Barclay 1457
Neil Irving 1644
Ross Brennan 1670
9 Ricky Telford 1639 3.5
10 – 13 Ian Grieve 1445 3
Duncan Depasquale 937
Oishani Dutta 667
Ayo Suberu
14 Tariq Pasha 1192 2.5
15 Nandini Dutta 580 2
16 – 18 Ramesh Babu Kante 1
Kalyan Kante
Dylan Bodrell 898



Bon Accord Knights vs Newmachar

The Bon Accord Knights vs Newmachar match in the North East Scotland chess league was played at Ferryhill community centre on Tuesday 16th December.

The first game to finish was on board 4 where Mark Barclay won with a big attack against David Smith. At about the same time on board 3 Leston overlooked a tactic that won several pawns, and resulted in a lost rook end game. On board 2 I had an extremely promising position against Gerald Lobley, but I ran out of time and decided to force a draw by repetition. That left the board 1 game where Duncan was able to efficiently beat Joy Durno in a bishop ending with an extra pawn.

Bon Accord Knights Newmachar
1 B Duncan Harwood 1988 1 0 Joy Durno 1732
2 W Neil Irving 1644 0.5 0.5 Gerald Lobley 1649
3 B Leston D’Costa 1421 0 1 Harry Praeger 1592
4 W Mark Barclay 1457 1 0 David Smith 1102
2.5 1.5

Teflon Sharks vs Bon Accord All Stars

The Sharks vs All Stars match in the North East Scotland chess league was played on the 16th December 2014 at Ferryhill community centre.

By agreement between the captains because of various people being away (60% of the Scotland team in the under 16 Olympiad play for these teams!) the match was reduced to three boards per side.

The result was the following:

Teflon Sharks Bon Accord All Stars
1 B Jeremy Mitchell 1812 0 1 Hamish Olson 2087
2 W Ross Brennan 1670 0 1 Daniel Maxwell 2081
3 B Alan Smith 1603 1 0 Callum Smith 1057
1 2

Under 16 Olympiad

The under 16 olympiad takes place in Győr, Hungary from the 12th – 21st December.

Scotland are fielding the following team:

  1. Murad Abdulla (1958)
  2. Lennart Koehn (1846)
  3. Euan Gray (1625)
  4. Declan Shafi (1621)
  5. Anna Milton (1547)

We wish them all the best of luck. Particularly Bon Accord members Murad, Euan and Anna.

The team progress can be followed here: http://wyco2014.chess.hu/?lang=en


Teflon Sharks vs Stonehaven (allegro league)

The Teflon Sharks vs Stonehaven match in the North East Scotland allegro league was played on Tuesday 2nd December. Stonehaven somewhat hindered themselves by only fielding three players. The outcome was as follows:

Teflon Sharks Stonehaven
1 Murad Abdulla 1818 1.5 0.5 Bruce Harrold 1568
2 Ross Brennan 1756 1 1 Patrick Coffield 1452
3 Eric Davidson 1721 2 0 David Bridges 1317
4 Alan Smith 1602 2 0 Default
6.5 1.5


Liverpool Quadrangular International

The Liverpool quadrangular international is held on the 5th – 7th December between Scotland, Wales, the North of England and the English Midlands. Several Bon Accord players are representing Scotland in different age categories:

Under 16

  • Leston D’Costa
  • Tariq Pasha

Under 14

  • Callum Smith
  • Stuthi Hegde

Under 12

  • Atharva Dabholkar

We wish them all the best of luck.

Christmas Lightning Tournament

The Bon Accord Christmas Lightning tournament is going to be held at Ferryhill Community Centre on Friday 19th December.

For those of you who haven’t played in a lightning tournament before, during the game a buzzer sounds every few seconds, and each time the buzzer sounds a move must be made. The games tend to be fairly sensible to start with, but rapidly descend into chaos.

It is enormous fun.