PRESS RELEASE FROM THE 9TH OBAN CHESS CONGRESS THE
ROYAL HOTEL, OBAN
22nd TO 24th OF NOVEMBER 2002.
ALAN REID, MP, OPENS THE OBAN CHESS CONGRESS WHICH CONTINUES TO GROW
The 9th Oban chess congress took place this weekend in the Royal
Hotel, Oban. Yet again, the Congress exceeded it's previous highest
number of entrants with 172 players participating. Many of the players
were accompanied by partners, friends and family who came to Oban
to experience the congress which is now established as a firm favourite
with chess players throughout the country. Albert de Visser, who competed
in the Challengers, flew in from Amsterdam for the weekend. It is
estimated that in total, over 300 visitors travelled from across the
country, with 30-40 travelling up from England. £1350 of sponsorship
money was raised locally from numerous local businesses. Without their
generous support the Congress would not have gone ahead. Due to the
large numbers, additional tables were required which Oban High School
and St Columba's Cathedral Hall kindly donated at short notice. The
Congress organisers - Iain MacDonald, Duncan Campbell, Alan Murphy
and Jonathan Davies, estimate that over £30,000 was spent by
their visitors in Oban over the weekend which would inject £120,000
into the local economy in real terms.
There were four tournaments in the Congress - Open, Challengers, Major
and Minor. These catered for the differing playing strengths with
prizes in each tournament, the prize money totalling £1825.
Caithness Glass kindly donated superb glass crystal trophies for each
tournament winner and these were fiercely competed for. Play consisted
of five games held over the duration of the weekend, one game on Friday
evening, two on Saturday and two on Sunday. The Swiss pairing system
was used which meant players were paired according to strength and
performance over the weekend. One point was awarded for each win and
½ point for each draw. Players ranged in strength. from Grandmaster
All ages were represented in each tournament. A total of 9 Oban Chess
Club players competed in the Congress ensuring Argyll was well represented.
Iain MacDonald did very well to score 2/5 in the Minor despite the
distractions of being an organiser. Duncan Campbell and Dave Gillespie
acted as Arbiters with Alan Murphy and Jonathan Davies concentrating
on running the event.
To welcome the guests to Oban, The Royal Hotel provided a reception
buffet. Alan Reid, MP, who represents Oban Chess Club in the Richardson
Cup opened the Congress, commenting that he had enjoyed playing in
Congress's himself. Craig Munro hosted a prize quiz on Saturday night.
The Function bar and Aygll suite were filled by our guests and the
bar remained open until the small hours by which time chess boards
had been produced so that moves could be analyised and argued over.
At the close of play on Sunday evening, The Royal produced another
buffet, which was eagerly devoured by the battle weary players and
all concerned. Following this, the Prize giving ceremony took place.
Presenting the prizes and trophies were Fiona, Manager of Caithness
Glass, Oban and Dot of the Royal Hotel. All concerned commented how
much they had enjoyed their time in Oban with the vast majority saying
they intended travelling back next year for the 10th Congress. This
will be held on the 21st to 23rd of November 2003 once again in the
Royal. Oban Chess club meets every Wednesday Night in The Royal Hotel
and welcomes anyone along with an interest in Chess. Contact Alan
Murphy, Team Captain on 01631 565373 for further details. The results
of the Congress are on the following page.
THE OBAN CHESS CONGRESS COMMITTEE
Iain MacDonald, Duncan Campbell, Alan Murphy, Jonathan Davies.
9TH OBAN CHESS CONGRESS ( 22nd TO 24th NOV,2002) RESULTS
A TOTAL OF 172 PLAYERS PARTICIPATED, THE LARGEST ENTRY RECEIVED FOR
AN OBAN CONGRESS.
OPEN TOURNAMENT 28 Players
1ST PRIZE AND TROPHY WINNER ALAN GRANT
CHALLENGERS TOURNAMENT 41 players
1ST EQUAL AND TROPHY ALEX NISBET
1ST EQUAL TOM DONOHUE
1ST EQUAL DONALD HERON
1ST EQUAL ALBERT DE VISSER
MAJOR TOURNAMENT 49 Players
1ST PRIZE AND TROPHY RICKY DOWLING
MINOR TOURNAMENT 54 Players
1ST PRIZE AND TROPHY DAVID LESLIE
OBAN CHESS CLUB MEMBERS RESULTS
ALISTAIR CAMPBELL SCORED 2/5 IN THE CHALLENGERS
BRUCE HARROLD SCORED 2/5 IN THE CHALLENGERS
AARON STRAUB SCORED 1/5 IN THE CHALLENGERS
GEOFF WHITE SCORED 2.5/5 IN THE MAJOR
PETER DORIS SCORED 3.5/5 IN THE MAJOR
DEREK COOPE SCORED 2.5/5 IN THE MAJOR
PAUL STALLARD SCORED 2 ½ /5 IN THE MINOR
IAIN MACDONALD SCORED 2/5 IN THE MINOR
MALCOLM MACMILLAN SCORED 2.5/5 IN THE MINOR