The Ayr chess congress was held at the Mercure hotel in Ayr from the 22nd – 24th May 2015. The tournament consisted of three sections: Minor (under 1450), Major (under 1850) and Open. Players from Bon Accord were competing in all three sections. Unusually the tournament used an incremental time control of all moves in 80 minutes plus 30 seconds per move.
Due to some withdrawals and late entries the list of entrants from Bon Accord wasn’t quite the same as listed in the previous post.
In the minor Vusal Ramazanov had a tough weekend losing all four of his games. In the major Callum Smith had a weekend to forget with just one draw from five games, but there were solid performances from Neil Irving (3.5/5), Leston D’Costa (3/5) and Vagif Ramazanov (3/5). In the open Euan Gray scored an excellent 2/5, Richard Jennings and Murad Abdulla scored 2.5/5 each, while Hamish Olson recovered from blundering a piece in round 1 to score 3.5/5, including a draw with International Master Stephen Mannion in the final round.