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Club Championship – Round 4 – Tue 5 March

About

The 2023/24 Queens Park Chess Club Championship is a six round classical tournament at the 60+5 time control. Please visit our Club Championship page for full details of the format and rules.

The tournament started in October 2023 and will conclude in April 2024. The standings and results are available on the Chess Scotland website.

Pairings & Results

A live draw for round four was made at the Bungo by Competitions Manager Jordan McNaught during the Club meeting of Tuesday 20 February.

The round four pairings are as follows. This table will be updated with the results as they come in.

BoardWhiteRatingScoreBlackRating
1Connor Thompson1621Hunter Mackay1573
2Alistair Ahmed1660Jordan McNaught1673
3Thomas Fowley1398John McKenna1598
4Thomas Lally1534Rhys McCrosson1642
5Craig Thomson1588Jonny Linney0
6David Logue1595Andrew Speirs0
7Jonny Livingstone1463Jack Spillane0
8Moray Lennox1432Alex Lane1365
9Jack Gallagher0Guiseppe Bosco1384
10Angus Gillies00-1†Ash Angappan1286
11Harry McGrory0Moray Jones0
12Malcolm Theodoreson1326Chris Dinwoodie1093
13Caitlin McCulloch1137Douglas Veitch1254
14Campbell Dougan1664Ryan McGill1115
15Joao Carrapico0Marc Sheridan1407
16Harvey Dellanzo1384Ronnie Martin1021
17Wull Swales879Derek Rankine1329
18Philip Blaber1263Marianne Burns0
19Julien Papillon1218Andy Chisholm1269
20Josh Cummings0Iain Shields1172
21Andy McCulloch1118Ciaran Melvin0
22Thomas McAleer922Greg Forrest1013
23Paul Cumming1351Paul Chapman0
24Tom Cox0Scott McCartney1116
25David Hughes0Jack Crawford0
† Default win. All ratings given are Chess Scotland classical
50 players will take part in round four of the Club Championship

Playing Your Game

By default, all games will take place in The Bungo on the designated date for round one: Tuesday 5 March (7pm).

IMPORTANT! If you cannot make this date, you must contact your opponent in advance to make an alternative arrangement.

Games must be played over-the-board, with a clock at the 60+5 time control, on or before 12 March at the The Bungo (including the Club nights of Tue 27 Feb and Tue 12 March), or in another public space.

You can contact your opponent by speaking to them at the Club, by posting in the Club Championship WhatsApp group, or by contacting a Committee Member to request their contact details (we have obtained GDPR consent from members to share details with their opponent for the purpose of rescheduling Club Championship ties if required).

If you do not show up for your game on Tue 5 March, and make no attempt to contact your opponent or notify a Committee Member beforehand, you will lose the game by default. Repeat offenders will be removed from the tournament.

Please use the Club Championship Whatsapp group, or email us at contact@queensparkchessclub.com, or speak to Jordan or another Committee Member at a Club night, if you have any questions.

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Club Championship

Club Championship – Round 3 – Tue 6 Feb

About

The 2023/24 Queens Park Chess Club Championship is a six round classical tournament at the 60+5 time control. Please visit our Club Championship page for full details of the format and rules.

The tournament started in October 2023 and will conclude in April 2024. The standings and results are available on the Chess Scotland website.

Pairings & Results

A live draw for round three was made at the Bungo by Competitions Manager Jordan McNaught during the Club meeting of Tuesday 23 January.

The round three pairings are as follows. This table will be updated with the results as they come in.

BoardWhiteRatingScoreBlackRating
1John McKenna16800.5-0.5Tommy Lally1533
2Alex Lane13830-1Connor Thomson1659
3Jordan McNaught16301-0Jonny Livingstone1470
4Giuseppe Bosco13720-1Alistair Ahmed1623
5Hunter Mackay15411-0David Logue1597
6Rhys McCrosson15930-1Thomas Fowley1330
7Douglas Veitch00-1Craig Thomson1599
8Marc Sheridan14370-1Moray Jones0
9Jonny Linney01-0Harvey Dellanzo1381
10Ryan McGill11050.5-0.5Malcolm Theodoreson1360
11Derek Rankine13290-1Moray Lennox1396
12Andrew Speirs01-0Philip Blaber1269
13Julien Papillon12100-1†Jack Spillane0
14Joao Carrapico00.5-0.5Caitlin McCulloch1161
15Iain Shields11590-1Harry McGrory0
16Andrew McCulloch11180-1Jack Gallagher0
17Chris Dinwoodie10630.5-0 5Campbell Dougan1673
18Ash Angappan12841-0Thomas McAleer1026
19Angus Gillies01-0†Declan Mooney0
20Ronnie Martin10231-0Paul Cumming1398
21Jack Crawford00-1Wull Swales879
22Josh Cummings01-0†Paul Baran0
23Marianne Burns01-0David Hughes0
24Greg Forrest10221-0Paul Chapman0
25Andy Chisholm12831-0Scott McCartney0
26Ciaran Melvin01-0Tom Cox0
† Default win. All ratings given are Chess Scotland classical
Over 50 players compete in Queens Park’s Club Championship

Playing Your Game

By default, all games will take place in The Bungo on the designated date for round one: Tuesday 6 February (7pm).

IMPORTANT! If you cannot make this date, you must contact your opponent in advance to make an alternative arrangement.

Games must be played over-the-board, with a clock at the 60+5 time control, on or before 13 February at the The Bungo (including the Club nights of Tue 30 Jan and Tue 13 Feb), or in another public space.

You can contact your opponent by speaking to them at the Club, by posting in the Club Championship WhatsApp group, or by contacting a Committee Member to request their contact details (we have obtained GDPR consent from members to share details with their opponent for the purpose of rescheduling Club Championship ties if required).

If you do not show up for your game on Tue 16 Feb, and make no attempt to contact your opponent or notify a Committee Member beforehand, you will lose the game by default. Repeat offenders will be removed from the tournament.

Please use the Club Championship Whatsapp group, or email us at contact@queensparkchessclub.com, or speak to Jordan or another Committee Member at a Club night, if you have any questions.

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Club Championship

Club Championship – Round 2 – Tue 16 Jan

About

The 2023/24 Queens Park Chess Club Championship is a six round classical tournament at the 60+5 time control. Please visit our Club Championship page for full details of the format and rules.

Round one of the tournament commenced in October and resulted in 25 decisive results. All 54 members will take part in round two.

The standings and results are available on the Chess Scotland website.

Pairings & Results

A live draw for round two was made at the Bungo by Competitions Manager Jordan McNaught during the Club meeting of Tuesday 12 December. The round two pairings are as follows. This table will be updated with the results as they come in.

BoardWhiteRatingScoreBlackRating
1Philip Blaber12690-1John McKenna1680
2Connor Thomson16591-0Julien Papillon1210
3Caitlin McCulloch11610-1Jordan McNaught1630
4Alistair Ahmed16231-0Iain Shields1159
5Thomas Fowley01-0Craig Thomson1599
6David Logue15971-0Angus Gillies0
7Moray Jones00-1Rhys McCrosson1593
8Tommy Lally15331-0Jonny Linney0
9Hunter Mackay1541†1-0Dabbi Taylor1508*
10Jonny Livingstone14701-0Andrew Speirs0
11Jack Spillane00-1Alex Lane1383
12Harry McGrory00-1Guiseppe Bosco1372
13Paul Cumming13980.5-0.5Douglas Veitch0
14Tom Cox00-1Marc Sheridan1437
15Harvey Dellanzo13811-0Jack Crawford0
16Malcolm Theodoreson13601-0Greg Forrest0
17Josh Cummings00-1Derek Rankine1329
18Andy McCulloch1118†1-0Scott McCartney0
19David Hughes00-1Chris Dinwoodie1063
20Thomas McAleer10261-0Ciaran Melvin0
21Moray Lennox13961-0Ronnie Martin1023
22Wull Swales8790-1Joao Carrapico0
23Ryan McGill1105†1-0Paul Baran0
24Kris Barr00-1†Jack Gallagher0
25Declan Mooney01-0Marianne Burns0
26Paul Chapman00-1Ash Angappan1284
27Campbell Dougan16731-0Andy Chisholm0
† Default win. All ratings given are Chess Scotland classical except * FIDE rating
Defending champion Rhys McCrosson (left) beat Tom Cox (right) in round one

Playing Your Game

By default, all games will take place in The Bungo on the designated date for round one: Tuesday 16 January (7pm).

IMPORTANT! If you cannot make this date, you must contact your opponent in advance to make an alternative arrangement.

Games must be played over-the-board, with a clock at the 60+5 time control, on or before 23 January, at the The Bungo (including the Club nights of Tue 9 Jan and Tue 23 Jan), or in another public space.

You can contact your opponent by speaking to them at the Club, by posting in the Club Championship WhatsApp group, or by contacting a Committee Member to request their contact details (we have obtained GDPR consent from members to share details with their opponent for the purpose of rescheduling Club Championship ties if required).

If you do not show up for your game on Tue 16 Jan, and make no attempt to contact your opponent or notify a Committee Member beforehand, you will lose the game by default. Repeat offenders will be removed from the tournament.

Please use the Club Championship Whatsapp group, or email us at contact@queensparkchessclub.com, or speak to Jordan or another Committee Member at a Club night, if you have any questions.

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Club Championship

Club Championship – Round 1 – Tue 7 Nov

About

The 2023/24 Queens Park Chess Club Championship is a six round classical tournament at the 60+5 time control. Please visit our Club Championship page for full details of the format and rules.

Pairings & Results

A live draw for round one was made at the Bungo by Competitions Manager Jordan McNaught during the Club meeting of Tuesday 24 October. The round one pairings and results are as follows.

The standings and results are available on the Chess Scotland website.

BoardWhiteRatingScoreBlackRating
1John McKenna16801-0Wull Swales879
2Paul Baran00-1Connor Thompson1659
3Jordan McNaught16301-0Kris Barr0
4Marianne Burns00-1Alistair Ahmed1623
5Craig Thomson15991-0Paul Chapman0
6Andy Chisholm00-1David Logue1597
7Rhys McCrosson15931-0Tom Cox0
8Jack Crawford00-1Tommy Lally1533
9Dabbi Taylor1508*1-0Josh Cummings0
10Greg Forrest00-1Jonny Livingstone1470
11Marc Sheridan14370-1Thomas Fowley0
12Angus Gillies01-0Paul Cumming1398
13Alex Lane13831-0†David Hughes0
14Moray Jones01-0Harvey Dellanzo1381
15Giuseppe Bosco13721-0Moray Lennox0
16Jonny Linney01-0Malcolm Theodoreson1360
17Derek Rankine13290-1Hunter Mackay0
18Scott McCartney00-1Philip Blaber1269
19Julien Papillon12101-0Ryan McGill0
20Ciaran Melvin00-1Caitlin McCulloch1161
21Iain Shields11591-0Thomas Robertson0
22Andrew Speirs01-0Andrew McCulloch1118
23Chris Dinwoodie10630-1Jack Spillane0
24Douglas Veitch01-0Thomas McAleer1026
25Ronnie Martin10230-1Harry McGrory 0
† Default win. All ratings given are Chess Scotland classical except * FIDE rating
All members are participating in this years Club Championship.

Playing Your Game

By default, all games will take place in The Bungo on the designated date for round one: Tuesday 7 November (7pm).

IMPORTANT! If you cannot make this date, you must contact your opponent in advance to make an alternative arrangement.

Games must be played over-the-board, with a clock at the 60+5 time control, on or before 14 November, at the The Bungo (including the Club nights of Tue 31 Oct and Tue 14 Nov), or in another public space.

You can contact your opponent by speaking to them at the Club, by posting in the Club Championship WhatsApp group, or by contacting a Committee Member to request their contact details (we have obtained GDPR consent from members to share details with their opponent for the purpose of rescheduling Club Championship ties if required).

If you do not show up for your game on Tue 7 Nov, and make no attempt to contact your opponent or notify a Committee Member beforehand, you will lose the game by default. Repeat offenders will be removed from the tournament.

Please use the Club Championship Whatsapp group, or email us at contact@queensparkchessclub.com, or speak to Jordan or another Committee Member at a Club night, if you have any queries about the Club Championship.

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Beltrami Club Championship – Round 5

After months of work and preparation, two players are battling it out for the ultimate chess crown. The world watches on in anticipation to see who will emerge from the chaos victorious. Will it end in a measured position or a frantic time scramble? And will the crowd of spectators ever stop wincing after every move they’re not sure about?

You guessed it: it’s Round 5 of the Beltrami Club Championship.

Rhys McCrosson and Craig Thomson, both on perfect scores of 4/4, will face off in the final round of the tournament. If the game ends in a draw, the Sonneborn-Berger score will be used to decide the champion.

However, it’s not all about the top boards – we’ll all be doing our best to close our tournament campaign with a victory.

Round 5 will take place on Tuesday 9th May at the Bungo at 6.45pm.

If you need a reminder on how the tournament works, you can find the details on our Club Championship page.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

If you need to rearrange your match, please contact the Committee in person at a Club night or by email. If you do not arrive for your match without giving us notice, your opponent will claim a default win.

You can arrange to play against your opponent on a different date or in a different venue, but it must be an over the board match with the same time control (60 minutes each).

Standings after Round 4

No.NameRatingPointsSBr*
1Craig Thomson159149
2Rhys McCrosson158348.5
3Connor Thompson166637
4Tommy Lally159037
5Philip Blaber126036.5
6Alistair Ahmed161736
7Harvey Dellanzo137735.5
8Chris Dinwoodie103735.5
9Ash Angappan12902.54.25
10Douglas Veitch02.53.5
11Giuseppe Bosco13962.52.75
12Moray Lennox02.52.75
13Alex Lane139024.75
14Michael Mathieson024.5
15Stewart Gray145623
16Rhys Brown023
17Aidan Doye023
18Thomas Fowley023
19Derek Rankine133122.5
20Graeme McKinnon136922.5
21Sagar Kukreja124022.5
22Paul Cumming142722.5
23Jordan McNaught153622.5
24Iain Shields114922
25David Logue157922
26Ryan McGill01.52.75
27Caitlin McCulloch11381.51.5
28Jonny Linney012
29Ronnie Martin62512
30Paul Stewart012
31Andy Chisholm012
32Gemma Dickson011.5
33Gary Collins011.5
34Andrew Speirs011
35Greg Forrest011
36Thomas McAleer010.5
37Riccardo Olivier010
38Wull Swales000
39Sachin Vats000
40Ethan Small000
41Jackie Logan000
42Harry Thomson000
43Jass McNeill119600
44Paul Chapman000
45James Carson000
* The Sonneborn-Berger score is used to separate tied players

Round 5 pairings

Match date: Tuesday 9th May, 6.45pm start – The Bungo

BoardWhiteRating Score BlackRating
1Rhys McCrosson15831-0Craig Thomson1591
2Connor Thompson16661-0Tommy Lally1590
3Harvey Dellanzo13771-0Philip Blaber1260
4Alistair Ahmed16171-0Chris Dinwoodie1037
5Douglas Veitch01-0Giuseppe Bosco1396
6Ash Angappan12900-1Moray Lennox0
7Paul Cumming14270.5-0.5Michael Mathieson0
8Sagar Kukreja1240 0-1Graeme McKinnon1369
9Stewart Gray14560-1*Alex Lane1390
10Iain Shields11490-1David Logue1579
11Aidan Doye00-1*Rhys Brown0
12Thomas Fowley00-1Jordan McNaught1536
13Andrew Speirs00.5-0.5Caitlin McCulloch1138
14Ryan McGill00-1Greg Forrest0
15Jonny Linney01-0Ronnie Martin625
16Thomas McAleer01-0Wull Swales0
17Gemma Dickson00-1Andy Chisholm0
18Jass McNeill11960-1*Gary Collins0
Harry Thomson0*1-0bye
* Default win
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Beltrami Club Championship – Round 4

Overview

In 2022/23, Queens Park Members have the opportunity to compete in our five round Club Championship, supported by our season sponsor Beltrami & Co.

Each round has a ‘designated date’. This is a Tuesday evening club night at which we encourage Members to play their Beltrami Club Championship games in our usual venue.

Games are played over-the-board at the 60+0 time control, under Chess Scotland rules, involving use of a clock and notating moves. One point is awarded for a win, and half a point for a draw. Using the Swiss pairings format, the number of points Members are on will determine who they are drawn against in the next round – i.e. “winners play winners”.

The designated date for the penultimate round is Tuesday 4 April, with a 6:45pm start time in The Bungo.

Anticipation builds towards the penultimate round

IMPORTANT NOTE:

If you are participating in the Club Championship, and cannot make this date, please contact Tournament Controller Alex Lane, or another Member of the Committee, by WhatsApp or email, and we will work with you and your opponent to reschedule.

There were four defaults in round three. Those who do not turn up for their game, or notify us in advance, risk inconveniencing their opponent and forfeiting the game. Repeat offenders may be removed from the tournament, as those affected have to wait around for an opponent to show up, and also miss out on the opportunity for a graded game. We appreciate all cooperation in making the tournament an enjoyable experience for everyone taking part.

Greg Forrest (second from right) beat Gary Collins on board 21 in round three

Standings After R3

42 players were paired in the third round, which whittled down the leading pack from seven to four.

Tommy Lally, Rhys McCrosson, Craig Thomson and Connor Thompson, all on the maximum three points, will face each other on boards one and two in the fourth round.

The full round three results are available on this website.

The results have also been graded and published by Chess Scotland.

Caitlin McCulloch and Sagar Kukreja agreed a draw on board eight

The current standings are:

No.NameRatingPointsSBr*
1Tommy Lally158535.5
2Craig Thomson157834
3Rhys McCrosson155933.5
4Connor Thompson149033
5Alistair Ahmed163323
6Philip Blaber124823
7Derek Rankine133522.5
8Chris Dinwoodie106122.5
9Paul Cumming143422
10Ash Angappan131022
11Harvey Dellanzo135422
12Thomas Fowley022
13Giuseppe Bosco141121.5
14Rhys Brown021.5
15Alex Lane13861.52.75
16Ryan McGill01.52.5
17Caitlin McCulloch11281.51.25
18Douglas Veitch01.51
19Moray Lennox01.51
20Sagar Kukreja12451.51
21Jonny Linney011.5
22Graeme McKinnon135711
23Iain Shields111511
24Jordan McNaught152211
25Ronnie Martin011
26Michael Mathieson011
27Gemma Dickson011
28Paul Stewart011
29Stewart Gray144911
30Ethan Small011
31Sachin Vats011
32Andrew Speirs011
33Aidan Doye011
34David Logue157010.5
35Greg Forrest010.5
36Jackie Logan010
37Wull Swales010
38Jass McNeill124700
39Harry Thomson000
40James Carson000
41Gary Collins000
42Thomas McAleer000
43Andy Chisholm000
44Paul Chapman000
45Riccardo Olivier000
* The Sonneborn-Berger score is used to separate tied players
Deep prep by Ronnie Martin (left) wasn’t enough to avoid defeat to Derek Rankine

Round 4

There will again be 42 participants in round three. The pairings are:

Designated date: Tue 4 April, 6:45pm

BdWhiteRatingScoreBlackRating
1Tommy Lally15850-1Rhys McCrosson1559
2Connor Thompson14900-1Craig Thomson1578
3Philip Blaber12481-0Paul Cumming1434
4Giuseppe Bosco1411.5-.5Ash Angappan1310
5Rhys Brown00-1Harvey Dellanzo1367
6Derek Rankine13350-1Alistair Ahmed1633
7Chris Dinwoodie10611-0Thomas Fowley0
8Alex Lane1386.5-.5Sagar Kukreja1245
9Caitlin McCulloch11280-1Douglas Veitch0
10Moray Lennox01-0Ryan McGill0
11Greg Forrest00-1Graeme McKinnon1357
12Ronnie Martin00-1Iain Shields1115
13Wull Swales00-1Aidan Doye0
14Andrew Speirs00-1Stewart Gray1449
15David Logue15701-0Jonny Linney0
16Jordan McNaught15221-0Gemma Dickson0
17Sachin Vats00-1*Michael Mathieson0
18Andy Chisholm01-0*Jackie Logan0
19Riccardo Olivier01-0Jass McNeill1247
20Harry Thomson00-1Thomas McAleer0
21Gary Collins01-0*Paul Chapman0
* Default win

This table will be updated throughout April as results come in.

The designated date for round 5 is Tuesday 9 May.

Please contact us if you have any queries about the Club Championship.

2022 runner up Aidan Doye (closest) picked up his first win vs Andy Chisholm
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Beltrami Club Championship – Round 3

Overview

In 2022/23, Queens Park Members have the opportunity to compete in our five round Club Championship, supported by our season sponsor Beltrami & Co.

Each round has a ‘designated date’. This is a Tuesday evening club night at which we encourage Members to play their Beltrami Club Championship games in our usual venue.

Games are played over-the-board at the 60+0 time control, under Chess Scotland rules, involving use of a clock and notating moves. One point is awarded for a win, and half a point for a draw. Using the Swiss pairings format, the number of points Members are on will determine who they are drawn against in the next round – i.e. “winners play winners”.

The designated date for round 3 is Tuesday 21 February, with a 6:45pm start time in The Bungo.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

If you are participating in the Club Championship, and cannot make this date, please contact Tournament Controller Alex Lane, or another Member of the Committee, by WhatsApp or email, and we will work with you and your opponent to reschedule.

There were a number of defaults in round 2. Those who do not turn up for their game, or notify us in advance, risk inconveniencing their opponent and forfeiting the game. Repeat offenders may be removed from the tournament, as those affected have to wait around for an opponent to show up, and also miss out on the opportunity for a graded game. We appreciate all cooperation in making the tournament an enjoyable experience for everyone taking part.

The round 2 standings and the round 3 pairings follow below.

Paul Cumming (left, facing) is one of seven in the leading pack

Standings After R2

38 players were paired in the second round, which saw some notable results. Among the winners were Wull ‘giant-killer’ Swales, whose against-the-odds victory was immortalised in a special Club Newsletter illustration.

The full results are available on this website.

The results have also been graded and published by Chess Scotland.

The standings, with seven players on the maximum two points, are:

No.NameRatingPoints
1Ash Angappan02
2Connor Thompson02
3Tommy Lally15952
4Craig Thomson15802
5Rhys McCrosson15032
6Paul Cumming14342
7Giuseppe Bosco14112
8Harvey Dellanzo13731
9Graeme McKinnon13391
10Alex Lane14331
11Derek Rankine13381
12Ryan McGill01
13Wull Swales01
14Caitlin McCulloch11281
15Iain Shields11151
16Chris Dinwoodie10361
17Andrew Speirs01
18Jonathan Linney01
19Philip Blaber12531
20Sagar Kukreja01
21Alistair Ahmed16351
22Ronnie Martin01
23Paul Stewart01
24Rhys Brown01
25Stewart Gray14491
26Thomas Fowley01
27Gemma Dickson01
28Douglas Veitch00.5
29Moray Lennox00.5
30Jass McNeill12540
31Harry Thomson00
32Jackie Logan00
33James Carson00
34Jordan McNaught14230
35Michael Mathieson00
36Greg Forrest00
37Sachin Vats00
38Ethan Small00
39Aidan Doye00
Boards 1 & 2 in R2, clockwise from left: Tommy L., Derek, Iain & Rhys M.

Round 3

With more new Club Members joining, there will be 42 participants in round three. The pairings are:

Designated date: Tue 21 Feb, 6:45pm

BdWhiteRatingScoreBlackRating
1Paul Cumming14340-1Tommy Lally1595
2Craig Thomson15801-0Giuseppe Bosco1411
3Ash Angappan00-1Rhys McCrosson1503
4Graeme McKinnon13390-1Connor Thompson0
5Harvey Dellanzo13731-0Wull Swales0
6Ryan McGill0.5-.5Alex Lane1433
7Derek Rankine13381-0Ronnie Martin0
8Sagar Kukreja0.5-.5Caitlin McCulloch1128
9Iain Shields11150-1Rhys Brown0
10Gemma Dickson00-1Chris Dinwoodie1036
11Alistair Ahmed16351-0Andrew Speirs0
12Jonny Linney00-1Thomas Fowley0
13Stewart Gray14490-1*Philip Blaber1253
14Douglas Veitch01-0*Harry Thomson0
15Jass McNeill12540-1Moray Lennox0
16Aidan Doye01-0Andy Chisholm0
17Jackie Logan00-1David Logue1579
18Paul Chapman00-1*Jordan McNaught1423
19Michael Mathieson01-0*Riccardo Olivier0
20Thomas McAleer00-1Sachin Vats0
21Greg Forrest01-0Gary Collins0
* default win

This table will be updated over February and early March as results come in.

The designated date for round 4 is Tuesday 4 April.

Please contact us if you have any queries about the Club Championship.

Giuseppe (left) will be on board two vs Craig Thompson in round three.
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Beltrami Club Championship – Round 2

Overview

In 2022/23, Queens Park Members have the opportunity to compete in our five round Club Championship, supported by our season sponsor Beltrami & Co.

Each round has a ‘designated date’. This is a Tuesday evening club night at which we encourage Members to play their Beltrami Club Championship games in our usual venue.

If Members are not available on this date, Tournament Controller Alex Lane will work with you and your opponent to find an alternative date – and possibly a different venue – that suits both players.

Games are played at the 60+0 time control, under Chess Scotland rules, involving use of a clock and notating moves. One point is awarded for a win, and half a point for a draw. Using the Swiss pairings format, the number of points Members are on will determine who they are drawn against in the next round – i.e. “winners play winners”.

Round 1

32 players competed in the first round. Unusually, all games were decisive, with no draws. Round one winners included the Club’s highest rated players Tommy Lally (1616) and Craig Thomson (1582), and defending champion Rhys McCrosson (1477).

On the lower boards, unrated newcomers Connor Thompson, Andrew Speirs, Ash Angappan and Paul Stewart also picked up full points.

The full results are available on this website.

The results have also been graded and published by Chess Scotland.

All round 1 games were played in November 2022

Round 2

Seven new members joined the Beltrami Club Championship at round two. Most games were played on the designated date of Tuesday 10 January at 6:45pm.

The results follow:

BoardWhiteRatingScoreBlackRating
1Tommy Lally16161-0Derek Rankine1318
2Chris Dinwoodie10250-1Craig Thomson1582
3Rhys McCrosson14771-0Iain Shields1093
4Andrew Speirs00-1Paul Cumming1432
5Giuseppe Bosco14111-0Greg Forrest0
6Connor Thompson01-0Harvey Dellanzo1373
7Graeme McKinnon13390-1Ash Angappan0
8Paul Stewart00-1*Alistair Ahmed1606
9Wull Swales01-0Jass McNeill1254
10Caitlin McCulloch11280-1Ryan McGill0
11Ronnie Martin01-0Aidan Doye0
12Moray Lennox00.5-0.5Douglas Veitch0
13Harry Thomson00-1Sagar Kukreja0
14Rhys Brown01-0*Jackie Logan0
15James Carson00-1*Gemma Dickson0
16Sachin Vats00-1*Jonny Linney0
17Jordan McNaught14220-1*Stewart Gray1449
18Thomas Fowley01-0Michael Mathieson0
19Philip Blaber12601-0*Ethan Small0
* = Default Win

The designated date for round three is Tuesday 21 February. The draw will be shared with Club Members via email and WhatsApp, and posted on the blog section.

Please contact us if you cannot play your game on this date and we will work with you and your opponent to reschedule. Those in the draw who do not turn up to play their fixture, or notify the Club in advance, risk a loss by default.

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Leaderboard, Leagues & More

November 2022 was another packed month for the Club. Business continued for our three teams in the Glasgow and Dunbartonshire Chess Leagues, the Beltrami Club Championship got underway, and we initiated a Club Leaderboard. We were represented at national tournaments in Oban and Livingston, and we hosted a group of visitors from the admirable Freedom From Torture charity.

We reached an impressive milestone of 40 members, making Queens Park one of the bigger chess clubs in Scotland. That is all the more impressive given it doesn’t include non-members who: join us in Wellcroft Bowling Club for casual chess on Tuesdays; play in the Thursday Chess Group; and/or join our meetups on Sunday mornings. Full details follow.

Beltrami Championship

32 players competed in the first round of our Club Championship, sponsored by law firm Beltrami & Co. The tournament provides an opportunity for members of all abilities to test their classical skills, gain or improve upon a national rating, and compete for the prestigious trophy.

Round one winners included the Club’s highest rated players Tommy Lally (1616) and Craig Thomson (1606), and defending champion Rhys McCrosson (1477). On the lower boards, unrated newcomers Connor Thompson, Andrew Speirs, Ash Angappan and Paul Stewart also picked up full points. Full results here.

Round two, which has the designated date of Tuesday 10 January, will see six new Members join the tournament. Players unavailable on this date may arrange for their game to take place later in January. The round two draw will be made by Tournament Controller Alex Lane in early December, and will pair winners against winners using the Swiss format.

All round one games concluded in November

Club Leaderboard

This month saw the launch of Queens Park’s own elo system in a special Club Leaderboard administered by Club President Graeme McKinnon. “Queens Park elo” does not contribute to Chess Scotland or FIDE ratings – but it does provide all-important bragging rights.

The Leaderboard is open to members and non-members alike, and simply involves playing a timed over-the-board rapid game (10+0, 15+0 or 30+0) with another player during a Club night, and recording the outcome in a score slip.

All players start at 1200. At the end of November, Rhys McCrosson leads and is the first player to cross the 1300 threshold, out of more than 30 players that have played at least one Leaderboard game to date. Click here to see the standings and rules.

Driven: Rhys leads in no. games and rating

Oban Congress

Congratulations to Queens Park’s Jordan McNaught, a surprise joint winner of the Major section of the 2022 Oban Congress. Jordan, ungraded, was one of three players to share the prize money with 3.5/5.

Just behind on 3/5 were Alex Lane and Alex Radevic, while Derek Rankine scored 2.5/5. With Queens Park supplying the three lowest seeds of 14 players, it was an impressive outcome for the Club.

Oban: (l-r) Alex R, Zizheng, Alex L, Derek, Iain & Jordan

Queens Park was also represented in the Minor section by Iain Shields, who got 2.5/5, while Strathclyde Uni’s Liu Zizheng, who regularly visits Queens Park, achieved 2/5 in the Challengers section.

The five round classical tournament (75 mins per player for the first 30 moves, then an additional 30 mins per player) was held in Oban’s Royal Hotel on the weekend of 18-20 November.

International Master Andrew Greet, who will be visiting Queens Park on 31 January 2023 for a special 22 board simultaneous exhibition, won the tournament’s Open section with 4.5/5. An invitation to the simul will be shared with Members in early January.

Jordan collecting his well-earned Oban prize money

Livingston Allegro

A Queens Park delegation was in attendance at a Scottish Chess Tour rapid tournament in Livingston’s Mercure Hotel on 8 November. In a tough Major section, Graeme McKinnon scored 2/5 and Jordan McNaught got 1/5.

In the internationally rated Minor section, Connor Thompson achieved three consecutive wins to finish on 3/5, while Jonny Linney got 2/5 and Ryan McGill got 1/5. The time control for the five round Swiss pairings event was 20+10.

Livingston: (l-r) Connor, Jordan, Ryan, Graeme & Jonny

Freedom From Torture

The international charity Freedom From Torture, which provides therapy and support for people who are recovering from torture, visited Queens Park this month. The charity’s Scottish branch runs a chess group for some of its service users. On 23 November, the group joined us for some casual games and advice on learning and development.

Our Members greatly enjoyed meeting the group and sharing some tips around opening principles and middlegame strategy. The group have an open invitation to join us again anytime in future.

Freedom From Torture’s chess group visited Queens Park

Monthly Interview

Our interview series continued with Ryan McGill as our November subject. Ryan is an enthusiastic new Member who arrived at Queens Park Chess Club via our local partner, Thursday Chess Group.

In his interview, Ryan tells us about how his interest in the game developed, picks out several highlights from his first few months in the Club, and shares some useful advice to newer players.

Meanwhile, the Thursday Chess Group is also growing in size. This month they set up home in a new location, the Corona Bar in Shawlands. Thanks to a successful joint bid to the Thriving Govanhill Fund, players no longer have to bring their own chess sets, and can turn up for a game anytime from 6pm on Thursday.

Our Thursday Group partners in their new venue, Corona Bar

Endgame Class

Our internal Club training sessions continued with Alex Radevic hosting one on practical endgames on 29 November. Alex used our new demonstration board (purchased with Thriving Govanhill funding) to set up and work through a series of positions with a group of eight.

Next month, Graeme McKinnon will take a class on developing an opening repertoire. The session will be particularly valuable to those at intermediate level who are less clear about how to build up an appropriate depth of knowledge in their favoured openings. A session invitation will be shared via the Club Member WhatsApp group next month.

League Update

Queens Park’s impressive start in the Glasgow Chess League continued with a 2-2 draw away to the Glasgow University A team on 16 November. The result, achieved from wins by Tommy Lally and Paul Cumming on boards two and four respectively, keeps Queens Park’s promotion chances in good health at the top of Division 3b.

In the Dumbarton & District Chess League, Queens Park’s A team in Division 1 lost 0.5-3.5 at home to Stepps A. Craig Thomson achieved Queens Park’s half point by drawing an opponent rated more than 400 points higher, and ungraded Connor Thomson put up a tremendous fight against 2000+ rated Stepps opponent John Henderson.

Queens Park’s B team had mixed fortunes in Division 2 of the Dunbartonshire League. Caitlin McCulloch captained the team to an impressive 3.5-0.5 win away to a Giffnock side featuring her father, Andy, on 7 November. The following week, on 15 November, the team suffered a 4-0 defeat at home to an impressive Strathclyde University side. The second game saw league debuts for new and ungraded Queens Park Members Sachin Vats, Greg Forrest and Sagar Kukreja.

Queens Park lead Division 3b of the Glasgow Chess League

The Dunbartonshire teams are frequently rotated with a view to giving newer players experience alongside some of our higher rated Members. Those wishing to join a future team are encouraged to respond to calls for league players issued by captains in the Members WhatsApp group.

As some Members have reported difficulty finding the latest league tables, this website will feature a regularly updated set of tables on a dedicated new League Info page. In addition, our website calendar also provides detail on all league fixtures across the 2022/23 season, as well as special events.

National Ambition

In early 2023, Queens Park will be going national. We have registered teams in two Scotland-wide Cup competitions – the Spens and the Richardson.

The ‘first’ Queens Park Chess Club, which was active from the 1870s to the 1930s, won the prestigious Spens Cup on several occasions. While it is unlikely we will match their success on our first try, we will look forward to following in their footsteps and testing ourselves against other Clubs across the country in the five board Cup.

Queens Park may be entering the Scottish National Chess League too. The Committee are considering an invitation to join Division Five for the current season, with fixtures beginning in January.

The historic Queens Park Club first won the Spens Cup in 1903

Public Posters

The posters highlight the three busy chess meetups

Finally, those in Govanhill and Shawlands may have spotted our above poster, highlighting the three regular and free-to-attend chess meetups around Queens Park. The posters are currently on display in community noticeboards and selected venues.

As always, current and prospective Members and regulars are encouraged to contact Graeme (President) or Derek (Secretary) with any queries on recent and forthcoming activity.

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Club Championship

Beltrami Club Championship – Round 1 Draw

Background

Last season, Queens Park held it first ever Club Championship. 20 players competed in the five round classical tournament between January and May 2022, testing their skills in a formal, competitive setting. The results were published and graded by Chess Scotland.

The closely fought contest was won on tiebreak by Rhys McCrosson, who finished equal on points with Aidan Doye, and half a point ahead of Alex Radevic.

This season, with sponsorship support from Beltrami & Co. Solicitors, the tournament will be even bigger, and a special engraved trophy will be awarded to the winner.

Can the champion defend his hard-won title? Will Aidan mount another challenge? Could one our many new members – tournament prize-winners among them – emerge victorious? Will we see some big rating upsets? There is only one way to answer these questions….

Jonny (l) & Giuseppe (r) met in round one

How It Works

The five round tournament starts in November 2022. Subsequent rounds will take place over the remainder of the season, concluding at the end of May 2023. Each round has a “designated date”. This is a Tuesday evening club night at which we encourage Members to play their Beltrami Club Championship games in our usual venue.

If Members are not available on this date, Tournament Controller Alex Lane will work with you and your opponent to find an alternative date – and possibly a different venue – that suits both players.

Each game will last up to two hours, at the 60+0 time control, played under Chess Scotland rules, involving use of a clock and notating moves.

One point is awarded for a win, and half a point for a draw. Using the Swiss pairings format, the number of points Members are on will determine who they are drawn against in the next round – i.e. “winners play winners”.

For newer players, the Beltrami Club Championship provides a valuable introduction to competitive, classical chess, and results will count towards achieving a national grading.

In the event of tied scores, the Sonneborn-Berger score will be used to determine final placings. This takes the performances of players’ opponents into account.

Jordan (l) vs Harvey (r) on board six

Round 1 Draw

Designated date: Tuesday 1 Nov, 6:45pm

BoardWhiteRatingScoreBlackRating
1Douglas Veitch00-1Tommy Lally1620
2Craig Thomson15901-0Harry Thomson0
3Jackie Logan00-1Rhys McCrosson1477
4Paul Cumming1437D-0James Carson0
5Jonny Linney00-1Giuseppe Bosco1411
6Harvey Dellanzo13541-0Jordan McNaught0
7Michael Mathieson00-1Graeme McKinnon1339
8Alex Lane13161-0Philip Blaber0
9Ryan McGill00-1Derek Rankine1277
10Jass McNeill12540-1Connor Thompson0
11Greg Forrest00-1Caitlin McCulloch1128
12Iain Shields11221-0Wull Swales0
13Sagar Kukreja00-1Chris Dinwoodie1025
14Aidan Doye00-1Paul Stewart0
15Gemma Dickson00-1Andrew Speirs0
16Ash Angappan01-0Ronnie Martin0
D = default win

The above table will be updated as results come in. Once all round one outcomes are confirmed, they will be shared with Chess Scotland for grading, a standings table will be produced, and pairings for round two will be generated.

For any questions about the Beltrami Club Championship, Members can contact Alex Lane via WhatsApp.

Gemma vs Andrew on board 15