Bon Accord Club Allegro

The annual Bon Accord Allegro chess tournament will be held on Tuesday 4th and Tuesday 11th October.

If you wish to play, please arrive promptly and give your name to the tournament organiser, Jeremy Mitchell.

The format will be three matches per night with pairings made between rounds.

Time control is 25 minutes per player for the entire game.

Friday Evening Chess Training

Bon Accord chess club will be running chess training sessions on Friday evenings between 7.30 and 8.30.

The coaches will be Neil Irving, Richard Jennings and Jeremy Mitchell. The target audience will be players rated 1200 – 1800, although players outwith this range (especially juniors) will also benefit.

Artur Yusupov’s chess course will be used as the basis for the lessons, with exercises given for completion as homework.

The first training session will be on Friday 30th September. There will then be a week off on Friday 7th October (because all of the coaches will be at Dundee), before resuming on Friday 14th October.

Annual General Meeting

The annual general meeting of Bon Accord chess club will be held on Friday 23rd September at 7.30 pm


  1. Apologies for absences
  2. Election of office bearers for 2016 – 17 season
  3. Treasurer’s Report
  4. Tournament Reports
  5. Presentation of trophies
  6. Matters arising from North East League AGM
  7. Bon Accord teams and captains
  8. Richardson Cup and National League
  9. Any Other Business (AOB)

Inverness and Largs

Two recently concluded congresses included several participants from Bon Accord:


The Inverness congress was held on the weekend of the 2nd – 4th September. The best performances were Connor Sibbald almost winning the minor, and Euan Gray recording an impressive TPR of 1997 in the open.


  • Euan Gray 2½/5
  • Callum Smith 1½/5


  • Kalyan Kante 1½/5


  • Connor Sibbald 4/5 (2nd =)
  • Nandini Dutta 3/5
  • Oishani Dutta  2½/5
  • Pranav Arcot ½/5


The Largs Viking congress was held on the weekend of the 9th – 11th September. A couple of notable firsts: Adam Bremner won an open tournament for the first time (although he lost out on prize money on tie-break update: 17/09/16 – after a recout Adam won first prize on tie break), while Pranav Arcot won his first ever game in an adult tournament.


  • Adam Bremner 4½/5 (1st =)
  • Callum Smith 2½/5


  • Pranav Arcot 1½/5

Chess training day – Sunday 11th September

Aberdeen Chess Training

Sunday 11th September at Woodbank House

Starts at 11 am, finishing at 5.30 pm with breaks for refreshments and lunch Get ready for the new season with a day of chess training led by local chess trainer Hamish Olson. Hamish is an accomplished player and has an extensive chess knowledge which he enjoys sharing with other aspiring players. This year he acted as coach for Scotland’s Glorney Cup team and has spent the Summer playing chess in The Czech Republic. Thus he should have plenty of recent experiences to share. This event is aimed at players of all standards who wish to improve their play. Sessions will begin with elementary themes, building up to more advanced topics e.g.:

  1. Development of Pieces
  2. Review of some classic games
  3. Strategy and plans
  4. Analysis of selected games
  5. Tactics

There is no fee for the training itself but a charge of £7, payable on arrival, will cover the cost of pre-booked tea, coffee and biscuits for the participants. Please bring your own lunch. Alternatively sandwiches, food and drinks can be purchased at Woodbank House.  The event will be limited to 25 people.  Note that Woodbank House is a private venue and participants will need to have committed to participating by Thursday 8th September so that visitor passes can be prepared for pick up on the Sunday. There is free car parking at Woodbank House.

To book a place please complete the form below