Oban Congress

The 2016 Oban chess congress was held between the 18th and 20th November.

It was a successful tournament for players from Bon Accord, with most players gaining rating points.


  • Neil Irving 3½/5 (2nd=)
  • Callum Smith 2½/5
  • Leston D’Costa 2/5


  • Divyesh Selvaraj 4/5 (3rd=)
  • Connor Sibbald 2½/5
  • Adi Hegde 2/5


  • Malcolm MacMillan 2½/5

Full results are here

Marymass Chess Congress

A number of members of Bon Accord chess club were competing at the Marymass chess congress in Irvine last weekend.

Neil Irving scored 2½/5 in the open. In the major Kalyan Kante scored 1½/5, while Anna Milton (playing in her first tournament for over a year) scored 1½ points in the first four rounds and was working on converting a bishop ending with a couple of extra pawns in the final round at the point when I decided to go home.

Irvine Spring Congress

The Irvine Spring Congress was held on the weekend of the 18th – 20th March 2016.

From Bon Accord the outstanding performance of the weekend was from Connor Sibbald who, in his first adult tournament scored 2½/5, finishing with a win against Peter Doris in spite of being outrated by 652 points! Stuthi Hegde in the major also had an excellent weekend finishing unbeaten on 2½/5 with a tournament performance rating of 1506 compared to her current grading of 1241. In the open Callum Smith had a challenging weekend, but although he only scored 1/5 he still gained some rating points. Finally Aditya Hegde had a disappointing weekend with four losses in a row in the minor.

The full grading for the tournament is on the Chess Scotland website.

Perth Congress Results

The Perth congress (19th – 21st February 2016) saw some excellent performances from Bon Accord players, with prize winners in all three tournaments.

In the open Murad Abdulla finished in a tie for 2nd place with 4/5 including a win in the final round against Fide Master Jesper Morch Lauridsen. Euan Gray scored 3/5 for an excellent 2040 rating performance. Richard Jennings scored 2/5, Callum Smith 1½/5.

The major was won by Tariq Pasha with 4½ points out of a possible 5. Tariq went into the last round ½ a point clear of the field, and so was able to get clear first with a draw. Stuthi Hegde was also playing in the major and scored a very solid 2/5.

In the minor the top scorer, from Bon Accord was Nandini Dutta with 3½/5, finishing equal 3rd.  Oishani Dutta, Kalyan Kante and Aditya Hegde all scored 2½/5 and all achieved excellent tournament performances. Nandini had a TPR of 1310 (338 points above her rating) Oishani 1051 (+211), Kalyan 1216 (+467), and Aditya 811 (+333).

Congratulations to all the prize winners

Full results can be found on the Scottish Chess Tour website.

Livingston Chess Congress

The Livingston chess congress was played between Friday 29th – Sunday 31st January at the Mercure hotel in Livingston.

In the open section the best performance of the weekend was from Euan Gray who scored 3/5 with a rating performance of 2089, 433 points higher than his rating.

Murad Abdulla scored 2½/5 for a 2078 TPR, while Callum Smith scored 2/5 in his first weekend open. His TPR of 1792 exceeded his rating by 309 points.

Neil Irving was one of the co-winners of the major with a score of 4/5. Going into the final round he had been half a point ahead of the field, but could only draw with black against Graham Kerr of Livingston, and so finished in a tie for first with James Crone of Paisley.

Duncan Depasquale endured a slightly tough weekend in the major to finish on 1/5.

The outstanding performance in the minor was from Oishani Dutta who finished 3rd= with 3.5/5, but there were also excellent results from Kalyan Kante (2½/5), Adi Hegde (2/5) and Nandini Dutta who recovered from three losses in the first three rounds to score 2/5.

Lothians Congress

The Lothians congress was held at Wester Hailes education centre in Edinburgh on the 19th and 20th of September.

There were a couple of notable results from Bon Accord players.

In the major Tariq Pasha finished equal first with an unbeaten 4/5 score, winning a major for the first time. Meanwhile In the open Euan Gray, who was the second lowest rated player, won the under 1800 grading prize with a score of 3.5/5 including a draw in the last round with FIDE master (and two time Scottish champion) Alan Tate.

Other Bon Accord players were competing in the minor where Nandini Dutta, Oishani Dutta and Aditya Hegde scored 2.5/5, 2/5 and 1.5/5 respectively.

Full results are at http://www.chessscotland.com/news/?p=5301


Inverness Chess Congress

The Inverness chess congress was held at the Chieftain hotel in Inverness from the 12th – 14th September 2015.

Callum Smith won the FIDE rated Inverness Tomnahurich Major with a perfect 5/5 score. Callum’s performance rating for the tournament was 1957, giving him an excellent warm up for the European youth championships that start on Saturday 20th September.

There were mixed fortunes for the other Bon Accord players.

Nandini (3/4) and Oishani (2/4) Dutta performed commendably in the Clach Na Cudainn Minor, but Aditya Hegde (0/3) had a disappointing tournament.

In the Tomnahurich Major Nihad Abdullazada was not particularly pleased with 1.5/4.

In the Balnuaran Open (also FIDE rated) Euan Gray had a good result with 2/5 for an 1854 tournament performance, but Neil Irving (1/4), Murad Abdulla (1/4) and Hamish Olson (2.5/5) will not look back on this tournament as a success.

Marymass Congress Results

The results from Marymass are now here:

  • In the open Euan Gray (1656) had a bit of a tough time in the open and scored 1/5. His best result was a draw against Scottish Olympiad player Rosie Giulian (1831).
  • In the major Leston D’Costa (1515) started with a win against the very strong partially sighted player Steve Hilton (1796). He then scored three draws and a loss against players rated over 1700 to finish on 2.5/5.
  • In the minor Oishani Dutta (840) scored 2/5 starting with a win against Chris Wan (1174). Her sister Nandini Dutta (972) had a tougher time, but finished with a win against Robert McLeod (1043) to finish on 2/5 and still gained some rating points.