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Club Championship

Club Championship Endgame

With round five of the Club Championship just concluded, we are gearing up for arrangements for the final round.

The draw for the sixth and final round, will be made by Committee Member Jordan McNaught at the Bungo on Tue 16 April. The designated date is Tue 30 April, and the final date for all games to be played is Tue 7 May. We will share the draw by email and WhatsApp next week.

As most members were unable to play their round five game on the designated date, we are sharing two notes:

Withdrawing from Tournament

We know some members have particularly busy schedules at present, which may include work/family commitments, travel plans, health appointments and/or exams.

If you are not confident you will be able to find the time for your round six match, or if you no longer wish to take part in the tournament for any reason, you may choose to withdraw from the Club Championship at this stage.

There will be no penalty for withdrawing. Players who take this up, will simply not go into the round six draw, and won’t earn any points for that round.

Please notify us by email (contact@queensparkchessclub.com) or WhatsApp before 6pm on Tuesday 16 April if you wish to withdraw.

If we do not hear from you before 6pm on Tuesday, we will assume you are willing and able to play your round six game, and you will be paired with an opponent.

Playing Outside the Club

A number of round five games were played outwith the Bungo. To support flexibility, we allow this, but ask that all players note the following:

  • We encourage playing Club Championship games in the Bungo wherever possible. The Committee can set up the playing space, control the environment for noise and distractions, and act as arbiters in case of disputes – this isn’t possible elsewhere.
  • Games must be played over-the-board in another chess club or an alternative public space; not in a private residence, or online.
  • Players must use an incremental clock at the 60+5 time control, and record their moves on scoresheets (when a player’s time drops below 5mins, this player can stop recording their moves). You may collect these materials from the Bungo ahead of games played elsewhere, and return the clock afterwards.
  • Players who wish to play on a Thursday night with our sister group in The Corona Bar in Shawlands, are asked to request permission in advance, via the Thursday Group Coordinator, Marianne Burns (marianneburns00@hotmail.com, 07892 415 604).
  • The result of any game played outside the Bungo is to be communicated to a Committee Member, or posted in the Club Championship WhatsApp Group, by no later than 7 May.

We are grateful to all Members for taking part in this season’s tournament.

For any questions on the above, or any other aspect of the tournament, please contact the Committee.

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Club Championship

Club Championship – Round 5 – Tue 2 April

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 five was made at the Bungo by Competitions Manager Jordan McNaught during the Club meeting of Tuesday 19 March.

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

BoardWhiteRatingScoreBlackRating
1Jordan McNaught1664.5-.5Connor Thompson1607
2John McKenna16060-1Alistair Ahmed1688
3Craig Thomson15660-1Moray Lennox1470
4Thomas Fowley13980-1David Logue1603
5Rhys McCrosson16651-0Ash Angappan1286
6Hunter Mackay15610-1Jonny Livingstone1468
7Caitlin McCulloch1120.5- .5Tommy Lally1545
8Giuseppe Bosco13601-0Campbell Dougan1664
9Alex Lane13750-1Jack Gallagher0
10Andy Chisholm12841-0Harvey Dellanzo1384
11Moray Jones01-0Malcolm Theodoreson1335
12Derek Rankine1311.5-.5Greg Forrest1012
13Jack Spillane0.5-.5Philip Blaber1244
14Iain Shields11870-1Jonny Linney0
15Chris Dinwoodie11050-1† Joao Carrapico0
16Ryan McGill11010-1Andrew Speirs0
17Marc Sheridan14190-1†Ciaran Melvin0
18Douglas Veitch12531-0Andy McCulloch1109
19Wull Swales8790-1Paul Cumming1382
20Marianne Burns00-1Julien Papillon1217
21Scott McCartney11800-1Thomas McAleer926
22Ronnie Martin10210-1†Josh Cummings0
23Paul Chapman00-1David Hughes0
24Jack Crawford00-1†Tom Cox0
† Default win. All ratings given are live Chess Scotland classical
Chess Scotland have indicated that the Club Championship is the biggest in Scotland

Playing Your Game

By default, all games will take place in The Bungo on the designated date for round five: Tuesday 2 April (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 9 April at the The Bungo (including the Club nights of Tue 26 March and Tue 9 April), 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 2 April, 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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Events

Queens Park 5th Anniversary Allegro

In 2019, a small group of players gathered to form our Club, formally known as Govanhill Chess Club. It wasn’t long until the COVID-19 pandemic appeared and the Club had to close its doors.

In 2021, the Club re-emerged and adopted the Wellcroft Bowling Club as our venue. The following year, the Club Committee had expanded in numbers and the decision was taken to rename the Club to Queens Park Chess Club, a reincarnation of an older chess club of the same name that came to an end in 1936. With our membership numbers growing rapidly, a decision was made to relocate to our current venue – The Bungo. At the start of 2023, membership numbers continued to exceed expectations, leading to a cap at an incredible 55 members!

With the end of the 2023-2024 season drawing near, the Club has decided to celebrate our 5th anniversary as a Club by hosting a members-only Allegro tournament. We encourage all members to participate!


Tournament Details

Date/Location

The Allegro will take place on Sunday 12th May 2024 at the Bungo.

The event will run from 12pm-7pm.

Entry Cost and Eligibility

The Allegro is members-only and is free to enter.

Tournament Structure

The time control is 20+10 (20 minutes per player, 10 second increment per move). There will be five rounds.

The Allegro will be Chess Scotland rated. Jordan and Caitlin will be managing matters on the day.

Prizes

£250 will be awarded across four different prizes:

  • 1st place – £100.
  • 2nd place – £50.
  • Intermediate Grading Prize – £50 (Grading Boundary TBC – decided closer to the time based on entrants).
  • Unrated Grading Prize – £50.

Prizes will be shared equally amongst winners in the event of tied scores. Players will not be eligible for more than one prize.

How To Enter

New entrants (members-only) can enter by contacting the committee directly, either by email or through WhatsApp.

Entrants List

Last updated: 18th March

Total: 30

Alistair Ahmed

Ashwathy Angappan

Giuseppe Bosco

Marianne Burns

João Carrapico

Andy Chisholm

Jack Crawford

Paul Cumming

Chris Dinwoodie

Greg Forrest

Jack Gallagher

David Hughes

Moray Jones

Alex Lane

Moray Lennox

Jonny Linney

Jonny Livingstone

David Logue

Thomas McAleer

Scott McCartney

Rhys McCrosson

Ryan McGill

Harry McGrory

Ciaran Melvin

Marc Sheridan

Iain Shields

Andrew Speirs

Jack Spillane

Wull Swales

Connor Thompson

Questions

Feel free to contact the committee with any questions.

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Club Championship

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 Thompson16211-0Hunter Mackay1573
2Alistair Ahmed16600-1Jordan McNaught1673
3Thomas Fowley13980-1John McKenna1598
4Thomas Lally15340-1Rhys McCrosson1642
5Craig Thomson1588†1-0Jonny Linney0
6David Logue15951-0Andrew Speirs0
7Jonny Livingstone14631-0Jack Spillane0
8Moray Lennox14321-0Alex Lane1365
9Jack Gallagher00.5-0.5Giuseppe Bosco1384
10Angus Gillies00-1†Ash Angappan1286
11Harry McGrory01-0Moray Jones0
12Malcolm Theodoreson13260.5-0.5Chris Dinwoodie1093
13Caitlin McCulloch11371-0Douglas Veitch1254
14Campbell Dougan16641-0Ryan McGill1115
15Joao Carrapico00.5-0.5Marc Sheridan1407
16Harvey Dellanzo13841-0Ronnie Martin1021
17Wull Swales8790-1Derek Rankine1329
18Philip Blaber12631-0Marianne Burns0
19Julien Papillon12180-1Andy Chisholm1269
20Josh Cummings00-1Iain Shields1172
21Andy McCulloch11180.5-0.5Ciaran Melvin0
22Thomas McAleer9220-1Greg Forrest1013
23Paul Cumming13510.5-0.5Paul Chapman0
24Tom Cox00-1Scott McCartney1116
25David Hughes01-0Jack 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 four: 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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In The Media

Greater Govanhill Magazine

Queens Park Chess Club is the focus of an item in Issue 12 of Greater Govanhill Magazine, which explores arts, culture and subcultures in the local area.

Staff journalist Devon McCole and photographer Alexander Hoyles visited the Club in September and interviewed Club President Caitlin McCulloch, Glasgow Chess League Division 4 Team Captain Ronnie Martin, and Camila Fanizza, a new visitor originally from Argentina.

Caitlin (top left), Camila (middle left) and Ronnie were interviewed & photographed

The article, appearing in the Oct/Nov 2023 edition, covers the Club’s history, its appeal to players both experienced and new, our Feb 2023 simultaneous exhibition with International Master Andrew Greet – which will be repeated in May 2024 – and even our supposed missing apostrophe.

The free hard copy magazine is available from selected shops, pubs, cafes, cultural venues and community/service centres in Govanhill and the wider Queens Park area. Some issues were made available at the Chess Club night of Tuesday 17 October.

Click here to read the feature online.

The article was published in October 2023
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Events

The Autumn Blitz

Why Blitz?

Last December, the Committee conducted a Survey on its membership to better understand what members wanted from the Club. One of the many insights that were revealed was that a majority of members preferred faster time controls compared to the much longer, standard time controls that can go on for hours. This revelation was further discussed between the Committee and the membership at the recent August AGM, with a majority wishing for a second Club tournament with shorter time controls as compared with the beloved Club Championship. The Committee listened and decided to take action.

Following from the AGM, the Committee announced the Queens Park Autumn Blitz for the final club night of September. Leagues & Competitions Manager, Jordan McNaught, was in charge of organising the event with support from the Committee. Participants appeared to thoroughly enjoy the event, marking the first success of many for Jordan as he settles into his new role. The tournament marked a special occasion, being the first blitz tournament of its kind hosted by the Club. It was only open to members of the Club, with the aim being to provide members with a mild taster of competitive play and what to expect from the rest of the season as the first league matches draw ever-nearer in October, as well as round one of the Club Championship as it fast approaches in November. Everything was to play for – with the Autumn Blitz trophy up for the taking.

The 2023 Queens Park Autumn Blitz Trophy

Tournament info

The tournament was 7 rounds long and the time control in use was 3 minutes per player with a 2 second increment per move. Games were all unrated as Chess Scotland only grades Allegro and Standard time controls. In the event of tiebreaks at the end, all relevant players would have to play a play-off. A sizable 24 members decided to participate in the tournament, proving that there is indeed a clear interest for faster time time-controls.


Who won?

The race for first place started to tighten from the beginning with some unexpected triumphs. By the 5th round, it was clear that only a handful of players still had a chance of claiming the glory of winning first place, with Thomas Fowley, Moray Lennox and Jonny Livingston looking like top contenders. By the end of round 7, we had our winner… Jonny Livingston won the tournament! Jonny, a new member of the Club, had only recently gotten back into chess and competitive play, making his win that much more impressive. He was awarded with the Queens Park Autumn Blitz trophy after his stellar performance of winning 6/7 games. Thomas Fowley, Moray Lennox and Alistair Ahmed were close runners up, with all 3 players achieving an impressive score of 5/7 wins.

Competitions and Leagues Manager Jordan McNaught (left) & Autumn Blitz winner Jonny Livingston (right)

Results

Final PositionNameWinDrawLossScore
1Jonny Livingstone6016
2Thomas Fowley5115.5
3Alistair Ahmed5025
4Moray Lennox5025
5Connor Thompson4124.5
6Paul Cumming4124.5
7Rhys McCrosson4034
8Marc Sheridan3224
9Hunter Mackay4034
10Craig Thomson4034
11Alex Lane4034
12Iain Shields3133.5
13Harvey Dellanzo3133.5
14Ciaran Melvin3133.5
15Andrew Speirs3043
16Angus Gillies2233
17Douglas Veitch3043
18Gregory Forrest3043
19Jack Spillane2142.5
20Ryan McGill2142.5
21Andy Chisholm2052
22Kris Barr2052
23Thomas Robertson2052
24Tom Cox0070
Queens Park Autumn Blitz results

This tournament marked the first of its kind for the Club, but as its name suggests, it may or may not be the only Queens Park blitz tournament this season…

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Events

Cathcart’s 70th Anniversary Allegro

Cathcart Chess Club, our friends (and rivals!) over the board, have just reached their 70th year since their club’s formation. To celebrate their club’s platinum jubilee anniversary, they decided to host a 6-round Open Swiss Allegro tournament with a time format of 15+10.

The Cathcart Allegro marked the first official open chess tournament hosted in Glasgow since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. It was also a good chance to get back into the swing of things prior to the start of the new season.

Players from approximately 23 clubs were in attendance, with friend of the the Club, IM Andrew Greet, also competing. Queens Park Chess Club had the largest contingent of players, with an incredible 9 of our members competing as one other spectated. For many players, it was their first experience of an open tournament, rather than a tournament where players are split by grading strength – a baptism of fire indeed!

Queens Park had an impressive showing, with all of our competing members scoring between 2-4 points over the 6 rounds. Two of our members also won grading prizes for their strong performances.

Despite this tournament only being the third allegro that Ryan McGill had played, he scored an impressive 3/6 which earned him a grading prize in the under-1000 rating bracket.

Ryan McGill accepting his grading prize.

Rhys McCrosson also won a grading prize in the 1000-1400 rating bracket. He scored a strong 4/6 against fierce competition, including a wild time scramble in a tough endgame as a large crowd gathered to spectate.

Rhys McCrosson accepting his grading prize.

When the dust had settled, IM Andrew Greet reigned victorious. IM Greet, from Bearsden Chess Club, scored 5.5/6 which led to an eye-watering performance rating of 2480. Not far behind in second place was another friend of Queens Park Chess Club from Bearsden Chess Club – Rob Colston.

We’d like to thank Cathcart Chess Club and its secretary, Alistair Maxwell, for a well-run tournament that was fun for all involved. You can find the results from the tournament on the Chess Scotland website.