Club Championship

Club Championship – Round 4 Draw – Mon 11 April


Govanhill’s five-round Club Championship moved past the halfway point in March.

Rhys (pictured above, right) is leading the way by half a point after emerging victorious in a top-of-the-table battle with Aidan in round three.

The Swiss format tournament will conclude with round four in April and the final round in May. The results, standings and round four draw follow.

Individual results and overall standings are also available on the Chess Scotland website.

Round 3 Results

  1. Aidan Doye 0 – 1 Rhys McCrosson
  2. Harvey Dellanzo 1 – 0 Alex Radevic
  3. Derek Rankine 1 – 0 Julien Papillon
  4. Ethan Small 1 – 0 Niall McCamley
  5. Graeme McKinnon 1 – 0 Peter Mark
  6. Libor Masar 1 – 0 Jonny Stark (default win)
  7. Jass McNeill 1 – 0 Jegan N’Dow
  8. James Todd 1 – 0 James Higgins (default win)

Standings After Round 3

1Rhys McCrosson360
2Derek Rankine2.52.750
3Harvey Dellanzo22.51338
4Ethan Small22.50
5Aidan Doye21.50
6Graeme McKinnon21.50
7Alex Radevic1.52.251359
8Libor Masar1.51.250
9Julien Papillon111202
10Jass McNeill110
11Niall McCamley110
12James Todd10.50
13Peter Mark0.50.50
14Giuseppe Bosco001416
15Jegan N’Dow000
16Alex Lane000
17Harry Thomson000
18Angus Gillies000
19James Higgins000
20Jonny Stark000
* The Sonneborn-Berger score is used to determine placings in the event of tied scores.

Round 4 Draw

Designated date: Monday 11 April, 7:45pm

  1. Rhys McCrosson (w) vs Derek Rankine (b)
  2. Graeme McKinnon (w) vs Harvey Dellanzo (b)
  3. Ethan Small (w) vs Aidan Doye (b)
  4. Alex Radevic (w) vs Libor Masar (b)
  5. Julien Papillon (w) vs Jass McNeill (b)
  6. Niall McCamley (w) vs James Todd (b)
  7. Alex Lane (w) vs Giuseppe Bosco (b)
  8. Jegan N’Dow (w) vs Peter Mark (b)
  9. Harry Thomson (w) vs Angus Gillies (b)

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Strong Performances vs GM Jacob Aagaard

This month, we joined our friends in Bearsden Chess Club for a special joint simultaneous exhibition with the renowned Danish GM Jacob Aagaard.

Govanhill took nine players to the event, including two friends from the Strathclyde University team, all pictured above with GM Aagaard. The venue was Bearsden’s home in Cairns Church in Milngavie.

Prizes were awarded to Govanhill’s Derek Rankine and Strathclyde’s Zizheng Liu, who both achieved strong positions and were rewarded with a draw. In addition, Govanhill’s Harvey Dellanzo was praised for his dynamic, enterprising play, and several Govanhill players were among the final games to conclude, in a strong field of almost 30 players.  

Our sincere thanks to GM Aagaard for the opportunity, and to Rob Colston and Mel Burt of Bearsden Chess Club for their efforts in a highly well-organised, welcoming and enjoyable event.

An event report is available on the Bearsden Chess Club website.


Results vs Strathclyde Uni, Bearsden

Chess Scotland have published results from two recent friendly matches with other clubs.

On 21 February, Govanhill hosted a team of four from Strathclyde University Chess Society. In a close battle with some prolonged endgames, the visitors won 2.5 to 1.5. The second leg will take place at the University on Monday 4 April.

On 1 March, Govanhill took a team of nine to Bearsden Chess Club. With the teams closely matched in rating strength, this was also a highly competitive fixture, which Govanhill edged out 5-4. A return match will take place in Govanhill on Monday 28 March.

Click on the links below for a breakdown of the results:

Results – Govanhill vs Strathclyde Uni

Results – Bearsden vs Govanhill

Our thanks to Strathclyde University and Bearsden. In both friendlies, most of the participants were ungraded and relatively new to competitive chess, indicating the healthy growth of chess in Glasgow.

Photo: ‘Your Own Worst Enemy’ by Garen M. is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0.


Teams for Bearsden Friendly & SNOCL R3

It’s another busy period for Govanhill Chess Club, with three team events taking place over late February to mid-March 2022, plus a group coaching session with AGM Nicolas Skettos (Mon 7 Mar), and the third round of the Club Championship (Mon 14 March).

Govanhill’s line-up for upcoming events follow.

Scottish National Online Chess League – 20 Feb

In the third round of SNOCL Division Four, Govanhill will be facing East Kilbride.

Govanhill’s line-up for the games, which will be played on at the 25+10 time control at 2pm on Sun 20 Feb, is as follows:

  1. Faidon Filipsson (black)
  2. Rhys McCrosson (white)
  3. Graeme McKinnon (black)
  4. Alex Radevic (white)
  5. Harvey Dellanzo (black)

Results and standings will be published on the Scottish Online Chess Organisation website.

Friendly: Bearsden vs Govanhill – 1 Mar

Following our home-and-away eight board friendly with Bearsden Chess Club last year, both clubs have agreed to a rematch.

The first leg takes place in Cairns Church, Milngavie on the evening of Tue 1 March, with a 60+0 time control. The teams are as follows (Govanhill players highlighted in bold):

  1. Robert Dunn (white) vs Rhys McCrosson (black)
  2. Graeme McKinnon (white) vs Peter MacDonald (black)
  3. Christopher Nield (white) vs Julien Papillon (black)
  4. Ethan Small (white) vs Dominic Quinn (black)
  5. Chris Cotton (white) vs Alex Radevic (black)
  6. Derek Rankine (white) vs Callum McCue (black)
  7. Dominik Jargielo (white) vs Jegan N’Dow (black)
  8. Libor Masar (white) vs Andrew MacLellan (black)
  9. Mel Burt (white) vs James Todd (black)

This will be followed by a home leg at the end of March. All games will be graded by Chess Scotland.

Derek Rankine, Secretary, is the contact for any questions around these events:


Scottish National Online Chess League: R1, R2 Teams


Govanhill’s first foray into national competition starts this weekend with two matches in Division Four of the Scottish National Online Chess League, or SNOCL.

SNOCL was created by the Scottish Online Chess Organisation in 2021 to provide a new channel for inter-club competition while over-the-board leagues are suspended.

The second iteration of SNOCL takes place over January to March 2022, with Govanhill being one of 18 clubs around Scotland taking part. All matches will be played on at the rapid time control of 25+10.


Govanhill’s teams for rounds one and two are:

SNOCL Division Four

Round 1 – East Kilbride vs Govanhill (11am, Sun 30 Jan)

  • Board 1: Graeme McKinnon [white]
  • Board 2: Harvey Dellanzo [black]
  • Board 3: Derek Rankine (captain) [white]
  • Board 4: Niall McCamley [black]
  • Board 5: Jass McNeill [white]

Round 2 – Govanhill vs Lenzie 2 (2pm, Sun 30 Jan)

  • Board 1: Rhys McCrosson [black]
  • Board 2: Harvey Dellanzo [white]
  • Board 3: Julien Papillon (captain) [black]
  • Board 4: Jonny Stark [white]
  • Board 5: Libor Masar [black]


Results and league standings will be made available on the Scottish Online Chess Organisation Website.

All individual games will also be graded and published by Chess Scotland.

Club Championship

Club Championship – Round 1 Draw – Mon 17 Jan


Govanhill Chess Club’s inaugural Club Championship will take place over the first half of 2022.

The tournament will be played over five rounds in a Swiss format (following the premise of “winners play winners” after the first round) at the 60+0 time control.

A prize will be awarded to the winner and all results will be submitted to Chess Scotland for grading.


The designated dates for each round are:

  • Round 1: Mon 17 January 2022 (6:45pm start time for all rounds)
  • Round 2: Mon 7 February 2022
  • Round 3: Mon 14 March 2022
  • Round 4: Mon 11 April 2022
  • Round 5: Tue 10 May 2022

Round One

The draw for round one is as follows (white pieces named first):

  • Board 1: Jass McNeill (0) vs Alex Radevic (1359)
  • Board 2: Harvey Dellanzo (1338) vs Jonny Stark (0)
  • Board 3: Libor Masar (0) vs Julien Papillon (1202)
  • Board 4: Derek Rankine (0) vs Niall McCamley (0)
  • Board 5: Rhys McCrosson (0) vs Graeme McKinnon (0)
  • Board 6: Aidan Doye (0) vs Peter Mark (0)

The website will be updated with results, standings and future draws as the tournament progresses.

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