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.