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

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.