Wednesday, 11 May 2022

9 May 2022 - Central League Cup

Stirling 'A'   v   Stirling 'B'
Steve Smith

William Spiers

Graham Anderson

Bill Cook

Brad Duthie

Sandy Carmichael

Harley Lang
1722

1657

1657

1542

1486

 

 
0 - 1

1 - 0

½ - ½

½ - ½

0 - 1

0 - 1

0 - 1
1497

1372

1531

 

1477

 

 
Isaac Browning

Kenny MacPherson

Dave Hewitt

Nathanel Loch

Richard Warcup

Ruaridh Simpson

Sean Flanagan
2 - 5

Congratulations to the nominal 'B' team! Although I hear FIDE are taking an interest in this match, due to one of main laws of chess being broken ie I had White against Dave...

Many thanks to Alan Bell of Grangemouth for these photos of the night.

Thursday, 28 April 2022

27 April 2022 - Central League Cup

What was presumably the second semi-final in the seven-board cup was played at the neutral venue of Grangemouth and saw an experimental Stirling B team, including several new recruits, beat an experienced Dunfermline line-up in a close match. While normally players would be in grading order, allowance has been made for player improvements that are not yet reflected in their grade. Many thanks to Harry and Alan at Grangemouth for hosting.

Stirling   v   Dunfermline
Isaac Browning

Sam Cook

Richard Warcup

Kenny MacPherson

Dave Hewitt

Nathanael Loch

Ruaridh Simpson
1497

852

1477

1372

1531

 

 
1 - 0

½ - ½

0 - 1

1 - 0

1 - 0

1 - 0

1 - 0
1563

1566

1555

1243

1412

1215

1315
Gordon Greig

Fred Ossowski

Gonzalo Ferero

Mark McLintock

Doug Rew

Glynis Grant

Peter Horne
5½ - 1½

Thanks to Ruaridh for this game, where he had Black against Peter Horne.

[Event "Central League Cup - Stirling v Dunfermline"] [Site "https://lichess.org/CP90JoYa"] [Date "2022.04.27"] [White "Horne, P"] [Black "Simpson, R"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A01"] [Opening "Nimzo-Larsen Attack: Indian Variation"] 1. b3 Nf6 2. Bb2 d5 3. Nf3 c5 4. g3 Nc6 5. Bg2 Bf5 6. O-O Qd7 7. d3 Bh3 8. Nbd2 Bxg2 9. Kxg2 O-O-O 10. c4 d4 11. a3 e5 12. Ne4 Be7 13. Nfg5 Rdf8 14. Nh3 h6 15. Bc1 Nh7 16. f4 f5 17. Nd2 g5 18. fxe5 Nxe5 19. Nf3 Ng6 20. Nhg1 Nf6 21. e3 g4 22. exd4 gxf3+ 23. Qxf3 Rhg8 24. Qxf5 Nh4+ 0-1

Many thanks to Alan Bell of Grangemouth for these photos of the night.

25 April 2021 - Keddie Cup

Dave Hewitt writes: Monday evening saw the first OTB Keddie Cup since December 2019 (the December 2020 one was an online Chess960 tournament as people will recall), and there was a joint-record turnout: 29 people played in the 2017 Keddie and 29 played in this latest one. There were five preliminary groups - four of six and one of five - with all group winners going through to the quarter-finals plus the three best runners-up (the two unlucky people in that regard with Robbie and Harley, who both did well nonetheless). Isaac went right through the tournament with a 100% record, scoring 5/5 in his group then continuing his good form into the KOs - congratulations to him on taking home the silverware, a fine result at his first attempt. Gordon gave Isaac a proper scare in the final however, before going wrong in some late-game complications. He thus finished as tournament runner-up for the third time in eleven years, although happily he has won the Keddie during that same period too. Sam Cook and Richard both put in excellent efforts in two very hard-fought semis, and with all four semi-finalists being quite close in grade the latter stages of the tournament felt suspiciously like normal chess. Special mention should be made of Nadzieja and Callum qualifying for the KO phase - an excellent effort by both. Congratulations too to Kalina, whose tenth birthday coincided with the Keddie - she kindly brought along some snacks and Happy Birthday was duly sung. Thanks to Dave for organising the ties, and to Jim for the raffle prizes.

Some early action.

Isaac (left) and Sam in the semi-final.

Gordon and Richard in the other semi-final.

Gordon (left) and Isaac in the final.

Gordon, as club president, presents the trophy to Isaac. Congratulations Isaac!

Thursday, 21 April 2022

20 April 2022 - Central League Cup

The first action in the Central League Cup - a seven board knock-out - in three years. It's still unclear exactly what form this competition will take, and even who else will enter it, but this was the first match played in it. While normally players would be in grading order, allowance has been made for player improvements that are not yet reflected in their grade.

Grangemouth   v   Stirling
Alan Bell

John McLay

Dougie Will

Ian Mason

Daniel Kitaev

David Fowler

Harry Leishman
1926

 

1823

1625

879

1153

622
1 - 0

1 - 0

1 - 0

0 - 1

0 - 1

0 - 1

0 - 1
1580

1795

1722

1657

1657

1542

1486
Sam Coates

Jim Shemilt

Steve Smith

William Spiers

Graham Anderson

Bill Cook

Brad Duthie
3 - 4

Thanks to William for this game, where he had White against Ian Mason.

[Event "7 board KO Grangemouth v Stirling"] [Site "Grangemouth CC"] [Date "2022.04.20"] [Round "-"] [White "Spiers, W"] [Black "Mason, I"] [Result "1-0"] 1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 d6 3. g3 f5 4. Bg2 Nf6 5. e3 Be7 6. d4 e4 7. Nge2 c6 8. d5 O-O 9. O-O Na6 10. f3 exf3 11. Bxf3 c5 12. Nf4 Nc7 13. a4 Rb8 14. Qc2 a6 15. e4 fxe4 16. Nxe4 Ng4 17. h3 Ne5 18. Bg2 Bd7 19. b3 Bf5 20. Bb2 Nd7 21. g4 Bxe4 22. Bxe4 Nf6 23. Bf5 Re8 24. g5 Nd7 25. Bxh7+ Kh8 26. Ng6+ Kxh7 27. Nf8+ { Black resigns. 27 ... Kh8 28 Qh7# } 1-0

Monday, 4 April 2022

4 April 2022 - Under 1500 Cup

Stirling   v   Grangemouth
Isaac Browning

Brad Duthie

Kenny MacPherson

Harry Feather

Gordon Allcock
1497

1486

1372

1330

1256
1 - 0

1 - 0

0 - 1

1 - 0

1 - 0
1303

1143

 

 

 
Crawford Welsh

Davd Fowler

Colin Neilson

Thomas Hamilton

Kieran Marshall
4 - 1

Tuesday, 29 March 2022

28 March 2022 - David Brodie Trophy

The David Brodie Trophy is a juniors/beginners allegro. This is only the second time this trophy has been played for: Alex won it back in 2019, and it was not awarded in 2020 or 2021 due to the pandemic.

Time control: 15 minutes each for all moves

  Name   Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5  
 
1 Robbie   1 B 6 W 2 B 4 W 3 B 10  
 
2 Cameron A   1 W 7 B 1 W 9 3 B 10 4 W 5  
 
3 Thomas   1B 8 2W 7 3 W 10 4 B 1 4 W 4  
 
4 Alex   1 W 9 1 B 10 2 W 1 3 B 5 4 B 3  
 
5 Nadzieja   0 B 10 1 W 7 2 W 8 2 B 4 2 B 2  
 
6 Yashvi   0 W 1 0 B 3 1 W 7 1 B 9 W 8  
 
7 Kalina   0 B 2 0 W 5 0 B 6 1 B 8 2 bye  
 
8 Samay   0 W 3 0 B 9 0 B 5 0 W 7 ½ B 6  
 
9 Cameron McG   0 B 4 1 W 8 1 B 2 2 W 6 2 *  
 
10 Callum   1 W 5 2 W 4 2 B 3 W 2 W 1  
 

Congratulations to Alex, Cameron A and Thomas! Thanks to Nadine, David's daughter, for coming along to present the trophy.

My thanks as well to Nadine and Brooke for coming along to present the trophy (and hopefully we'll see Brooke again in the near future), Jim for the extra prizes, and Craig for his help on the night.

But most of all my thanks go to the participants; thanks for a great night of chess, and thanks for coming along each week and trying your best! The club is very proud of all of you!

Friday, 11 March 2022

7 March 2022 - Robert Togneri Trophy

Time control: 15 minutes each for all moves

  Name Grade Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Place
 
1 Steve Smith 1722 ½ W 11 B 22 W 4 B 14 3 * =6
 
2 Isaac Browning 1703 1 B 12 2 W 7 3 B 6 4 W 8 B 4 1
 
3 Leyla Kim 1562 1W 13 1B 8 W 11 B 17 W 6 5
 
4 Graham Anderson 1657 ½ B 14 W 12 B 1 W 5 4 W 2 =2
 
5 Dave Hewitt 1531 1 W 15 2 B 10 2 W 8 2 B 4 3 W 9 =6
 
6 Craig Manson 1373 1 B 16 2 W 9 2 W 2 2 B 13 2 B 3 =13
 
7 Kenny MacPherson 1372 1 W 17 1 B 2 1 W 15 2 B 10 3 W 16 =6
 
8 Harry Feather 1330 1 B 18 2 W 3 3 B 5 3 B 2 3 W 13 =6
 
9 Gordon Allcock 1256 1 W 19 1 B 6 2 W 17 2 B 15 2 B 5 =13
 
10 Mick Bloor 1132 1 B 20 1 W 5 1 B 16 1 W 7 2 W 21 =13
 
11 Sam Cook 1080 ½ B 1 W 14 2 B 3 3 W 16 4 B 15 =2
 
12 Douglas Pringle 440 0 W 2 0 B 4 0 W 14 1 B 21 1 - =19
 
13 Sean Flanagan u/g 0 B 3 1 W 18 2 B 22 3 W 6 4 B 8 =2
 
14 Kris Dimitrov u/g ½ W 4 ½ B 11 B 12 W 1 W 20 18
 
15 Sandy Carmichael u/g 0 B 5 1 W 20 2 B 7 3 W 9 3 W 11 =6
 
16 Stewart Cairns u/g 0 W 6 1 W 20 2 B 7 3 W 9 3 W 11 =6
 
17 Cameron Anderson 237 0 B 7 1 W 21 1 B 9 1 W 3 1 B 18 =19
 
18 Callum Richardson u/g 0 W 8 0 B 13 ½ W 20 B 19 W 17 =11
 
19 Euan Tortolano u/g 0 B 9 0 W 16 1 B 21 1 W 18 2 B 22 =13
 
20 Thomas Forsyth u/g 0 W 10 0 B 15 ½ B 18 W 22 B 14 =11
 
21 Cameron McGloin u/g 0 W 22 0 B 17 0 W 19 0 W 12 0 B 10 22
 
22 Abdullah Shassad u/g 1 B 21 1 W 1 1 W 13 1 B 20 1 W 19 =19

Gordon Allcock (left) presents Isaac with the Robert Togneri Trophy

My final round game against Isaac - given how bad I'd been earlier on, I hadn't expected to be in a play-off for first place, but here I was. It's a bit of an error-strewn game, starting with my 'novelty' on move 7.

[Event "Robert Togneri Trophy"] [Site "Stirling CC"] [Date "2022.03.07"] [Round "5"] [White "Anderson, G"] [Black "Browning, I"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Be2 g6 6. Nc3 Nf6 7. Bf4 { Isaac said afterward he thought this was deliberate because I'd spent a wee bit of time thinking about it, but it wasn't - it's just a daft move. } 7... Nxd4 8. Qxd4 e5 9. Bxe5 dxe5 10. Qxe5+ Be7 11. Rd1 Qb6 12. Nd5 { A few moves ago, I didn't expect quite so much pressure after 'sacrificing' the Bishop. As well as the mate threat on e7, the Knight on f6 is pinned. } 12... Nxd5 13. Qxh8+ Bf8 14. Rxd5 Be6 15. Rb5 { I didn't think this was such a terrible move at the time, but Stockfish does. 15 Rd2 was recommended. } 15... Qc6 16. O-O O-O-O { This came as a surprise, because I'd assumed Isaac had moved his King, but of course he hadn't. } 17. Ra5 { I'm sure everyone else has seen what's coming, but I didn't. } 17... Bb4 18. Rxa7 { Another mistake...18 Qe5 only loses the exchange. } 18... Rxh8 19. Ra8+ Kc7 20. Rxh8 h5 21. c3 Bd6 22. Bf3 Bg4 23. e5 Bxf3 24. exd6+ Kxd6 25. gxf3 Qxf3 26. Rd8+ Ke7 27. Rd4 { Draw agreed - before I lose something else... } 1/2-1/2