Ayr Congress

The 2016 Ayr congress was played at the Mercure hotel in Ayr on the weekend of 27th – 29th May.

There were several notable results scored by Bon Accord players.

Equal first in the open was Murad Abdulla, who scored 4/5 to win his second open of the season (he also won in Dundee). Euan Gray and Callum Smith were both playing in the open as well, and both gained rating points with 2½/5 and 1½/5 respectively.

The major was won by Neil Irving jointly with James Watson from Polytechnic with 4/5. Atanu Dutta and Stuthi Hegde were also both in the major, and scored 2 points each.

The best result from a Bon Accord player in the minor was from Nandini Dutta who won a share of the under 1000 grading prize with 2½/5. Oishani Dutta scored 2/5 while Aditya Hegde finished on 1½/5.

Congratulations to all of the prize winners.

Full grading results are here.

Ayr chess congress

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.