Club Championship

Club Championship – Round 2 – Tue 16 Jan


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.

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, or speak to Jordan or another Committee Member at a Club night, if you have any questions.


IM Simul, 28 Feb

International Master Andrew Greet, pictured above (left) with Club Secretary Derek Rankine, will visit Queens Park at the end of February for a special simultaneous exhibition match, or simul.

The simul event provides a valuable opportunity for Members to play a 2400+ FIDE rated player – one of the best in Scotland – at the same time. Further information on follows.

This event is taking place on Tuesday 28 February, following postponement from the original intended date in January.

What is a Simul?

In a simultaneous match, a highly rated player plays multiple opponents at the same time. The expert plays one move against one opponent, then moves on to the next board, and so on, until all games are played to completion. Viewers of The Queen’s Gambit may remember the protagonist’s simul event in a key early scene

For this event, IM Greet has challenged himself by kindly agreeing to play as many as 22 Queens Park Members at once. This presents a unique chance to face a Master level player over the board in a distinctive format that gives Club Members a serious advantage in time available to analyse the position. With so many games to deal with, it is not uncommon for the expert player to make mistakes in simuls that intermediate level opponents can potentially capitalise on, despite the massive gulf in ability.

Queens Park played simuls last season with GM Jacob Aagaard and AGM Nicolas Skettos, under our previous name of Govanhill Chess Club. Members reported both events as being highly enjoyable and rewarding, and one win and some draws were achieved by our Members. 

World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen giving a simul in Tatev Monastery, Armenia, in 2014

About IM Greet

IM Greet was born in Cornwall in 1979. In the 1990s, he was one of the most talented junior players in the UK. He twice won the British Under-18 Championship, in 1996 as a 16-year old, and again in 1998.

Andrew became a FIDE Master in 2004 and an International Master in 2005. Also in 2005, he scored a record breaking 11/11 in the Four Nations Chess League. In 2008, he moved to Glasgow and changed his FIDE registration from England to Scotland. In 2010, he became Scottish Champion

In 2014, Andrew achieved his peak FIDE Classical rating to date, of 2456. He has won many tournaments across the UK, and also competes in international events. Notably, in 2016 in Azerbaijan, in 2018 in Georgia, and in 2022 in India, IM Greet was Scotland’s Board One player at the Chess Olympiad – the equivalent of an Olympic Games for chess. He was also Board Two for Scotland in the Norway Olympiad in 2014.

IM Greet currently has international FIDE ratings of 2404 Classical, 2434 Rapid, and 2431 Blitz. A selection of his Classical over-the-board games can be viewed here.

Since 2009, IM Greet has worked for Quality Chess, the internationally esteemed Glasgow-based publisher of chess books, as editor and head of marketing. Outside of chess, he has a Degree in Psychology from the University of Kent, and has a Purple Belt in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu martial art.

IM Greet has already helped the Club this season by donating five chess boards, to help us deal with rapid growth at the start of the season, when we suffered shortages. He is currently attached to Bearsden Chess Club, which is a regular collaborator with Queens Park, and supporter of our early development. We look forward to his visit later this month.

A massive simul in Odessa, Ukraine, in 2009


Following a call for players on 8 January, the confirmed Queens Park participants and reserves are as follows (a-z by surname):

  1. Alistair Ahmed
  2. Ash Angappan
  3. Philip Blaber
  4. Giuseppe Bosco
  5. Rhys Brown
  6. Gary Collins
  7. Paul Cumming
  8. Gemma Dickson
  9. Greg Forrest
  10. Tommy Lally
  11. Jonny Linney
  12. Michael Mathieson
  13. Rhys McCrosson
  14. Caitlin McCulloch
  15. Ryan McGill
  16. Riccardo Olivier
  17. Iain Shields
  18. Ethan Small
  19. Andrew Speirs
  20. Wull Swales
  21. Connor Thompson
  22. Douglas Veitch
  • 1st Reserve: Moray Lennox
  • 2nd Reserve: Jordan McNaught

Starting from the top, those on the reserve list will be provided with a place in the event of any advance cancellations, or no-shows/latecomers on the night (those more than 10 minutes late, risk losing their place).  

GM Susan Polgar giving a simul in Central Park, New York, in 2018

Simul Process & Tips

The simul will start at 6:45pm on Tuesday 28 February in our new venue, The Bungo.

Those with a confirmed place, should sit down at an available board on the night. At the IM’s request, we will not be ordering players by rating. All Queens Park Members will play with the Black pieces.

The simul will be played without clocks. Queens Park players are to make their move immediately once IM Greet arrives at their board. IM Greet will then play his move before moving to the next board. From there, the simul games will proceed in the same way as a regular chess game. Players can offer or accept draws, or resign, at any point.

IM Greet has agreed to give Queens Park Members three pass requests. Say “pass” to IM Greet when he reaches your board if you wish to have more time to think. IM Greet will then make another circuit of all remaining players before a move is to be played.

Players may wish to write down their moves to keep a record of the game for future analysis, but notation is entirely optional. For those who wish to notate and share their games, we will be happy to publish a selection on our website.

The nature of simuls is, some games are likely to end quickly, while others may go on to 9pm. When games conclude, players are welcome to play casual games in another section of the Bungo-Lo. We ask that noise is kept to a minimum to let the IM and remaining participants concentrate.

Some general tips for simuls are: players should take full advantage of all available time to consider multiple candidate moves and ideas; it can be helpful to avoid exchanges and keep pieces on the board to push for a middlegame advantage, as an IM should have little problem winning an equal endgame against an intermediate player; it may also be worth playing more aggressively than normal, continually attacking, making threats and considering sacrificing material, while the IM lacks time to plan defences and counter-attacks. 

That said, players should be aware that IMs can spot advanced tactical ideas instantly, and have vastly superior knowledge of all aspects of the game, from openings to endgames. The reality of the ability difference is, it is likely that the IM will comfortably win a significant majority of the games, despite the high number of opponents. 

Regardless of the outcome, we hope all Members who take part, enjoy the experience. Please contact Derek via or on WhatsApp if you have any queries about the event.

Image credits:

Chess grandmasters Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian play simul on 10 boards with monks and residents of Tatev by Pan-Armenian Photo used under license CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Odessa-215 Simul by Mikhail Golubev used under license CC BY-SA 2.0

Susan Polgar CP18 by 4paul! used under license CC BY-SA 2.0


Meeting GM Daniel King

Five Queens Park Members had the pleasure of meeting the acclaimed English Grandmaster Daniel King on his visit to Glasgow this week.

In addition to being among the UK’s strongest players, GM King is notable as an author of 17 books, a commentator of key events including World Chess Championships since the 1980s, and content producer for his instructive PowerPlayChess YouTube channel.

GM King was the key guest at a special University of Glasgow Games and Gaming Lab seminar on Chess in Focus, which took place in the University’s Advanced Research Centre on 27 October. The purpose of the event was to explore the evolving relationship between chess and mental health, climate change, language and literature.

The event featured presentations, a Q&A with GM King, breakout discussion groups, and a special blitz match. During the Q&A, Queens Park Secretary Derek Rankine asked GM King for his views on the value of casual, over-the-board chess for improving mental health, citing positive stories Derek heard from some of those attending popular chess meetups around Queens Park.

GM King agreed chess has tremendous value for mental wellbeing, and said it was a source of regret that professional chess players had to become “assassins” when facing rivals over the chess board, and lose some of the opportunity to connect with others and form friendships that develop more easily at beginner and intermediate level in less competitive environments.

The blitz match saw two teams of five – alumni of Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities – face off in a 5+2 blitz match. Under the watchful eye of GM King – no pressure! – Derek Rankine and Jonny Linney won their games for the Glasgow Uni team, while Paul Cumming got a point for the Strathclyde Uni team. The Strathclyde Uni team, which also featured Sagar Kukreja of Queens Park and Nicolas Skettos of Phones Chess Club – a friend of Queens Park – won 3-2.

Also attending the event were Giuseppe Bosco of Queens Park and Colin Paterson of Phones; Colin is also a co-founder of Queens Park in its earlier incarnation as Govanhill Chess Club. The event was part of a series entitled ‘Forms in Focus’, which look at the relationship different types of games have with modern society. The series is hosted by Francis Butterworth-Parr and Dr Timothy Peacock of the Games and Gaming Lab.

Pictured above, left to right, are Nicolas, Sagar, Giuseppe, Paul, Derek, Dr Peacock, GM King, Jonny, Francis, and Colin.