Richardson Cup Final Results

The Richardson cup final between Bon Accord and Edinburgh was played at Grangemouth sports centre on Saturday 23rd April 2016.

Bon Accord were heavily outrated on all boards and although the first two games to finish were both draws the remainder of the games proceeded per rating and we lost 7 – 1. Although the result in the final was disappointing reaching the final was a considerable achievement.

Thanks to Hamish Olson for captaining the team, and congratulations to Edinburgh chess club – winners of the 2016 Richardson cup.

The results were as follows (FIDE ratings in brackets).

Bon Accord Edinburgh
1 B Hamish Olson 2212 (2072) 0 1 FM Clement Sreeves 2340 (2339)
2 W Bob Lothian 2034 (2130) 0 1 FM Neil Berry 2288 (2351)
3 B Murad Abdulla 2027 (2065) 0 1 Calum MacQueen 2259 (2253)
4 W Daniel Maxwell 2056 (2031) ½ ½ Andrew Green 2207 (2153)
5 B Duncan Harwood 1950 (2022) 0 1 Petros Walden 2145 (2176)
6 W Mike Cavanagh 1888 ½ ½ David Oswald 2123 (2088)
7 B Richard Jennings 1878 (1866) 0 1 Daniel McGowan 2113 (2148)
8 W Euan Gray 1656 (1904) 0 1 Hugh Brechin 2078 (2087)
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Richardson Cup Final

The final of the 2016 Richardson Cup between Bon Accord and Edinburgh takes place on 12:00 am Saturday 23rd April at the Grangemouth sports complex.

Edinburgh are likely to be the rating favourites but over the past three years we have been second favourite in most of our Richardson cup matches, and only lost once.

The games are likely to be broadcast live on the Chess Scotland Website

Bon Accord Knights – North East Chess League Champions

The match North East Scotland Chess League between the Bon Accord Knights and the Bon Accord Bishops took place on Tuesday 19th April 2016 at Ferryhill community centre.

The league situation going into the match was that Bishops needed to defeat the Knights in order to win the league title. The game on board 4 was first to finish with John Ewen reaching a winning king and pawn ending against Ian Grieve. On board 3 Hugh Holmes converted a rook ending with a couple of extra pawns to level the match at 1-1. The top two boards went almost to the time limit with Duncan Harwood defeating Mike Cavanagh to secure the draw and the league title for the knights. The final game between Neil Irving and Richard Jennings in a position that was better for white, but both players had very little time.

Congratulations to the Bon Accord Knights – 2016 North East Chess League champions.

Bon Accord Knights Bon Accord Bishops
1 B Duncan Harwood 1950 1 0 Mike Cavanagh 1888
2 W Neil Irving 1748 ½ ½ Richard Jennings 1878
3 B Ricky Telford 1633 0 1 Hugh Holmes 1712
4 W John Ewen 1568 1 0 Ian Grieve 1397

Edinburgh Chess Congress

The Edinburgh chess congress was held at St Thomas of Aquin’s High School on the 8th, 9th and 10th of April.

Several Bon Accord players participated over the weekend with some notable results.

In the Bishops (under 1500) tournament Atharva Dabholkar scored an excellent 2½/5 in spite of being the third lowest rated player in the tournament.

Kalyan Kante scored 2/5 in his first Major (under 1700), including a win over Colin Paterson (756 points higher rated than Kalyan) in round 2. Kalyan may have won a giant killing prize for this result.

In the Challengers (under 1900) Bon Accord were represented by Leston D’Costa who scored a solid 2/5 and Neil Irving whose 3½/5 was enough for a share of the grading prize.

In the Premier the top performance was by achieved by Euan Gray who scored 3/5 including a draw against former Scottish champion Fide Master Alan Tate and a win against the 2188 rated Carlo Marzano of Italy. Euan was awarded the Evening News cup for the best player aged under 18 on tie break from his club mate Murad Abdulla who also finished on a score of 3/5 in one of the strongest tournaments in Scotland. Richard Jennings scored 2/5 which consisted of 2 draws, 2 losses and a point bye in the last round. Richard was disappointed with this, but one of the draws was against International Master Mark Orr. Tariq Pasha scored 1½/5 in his first open tournament, while Callum Smith scored 1/5.