CHESS SCOTLAND - 2002 ANNUAL REPORTS
Report by Ken Stewart (Technical Director)
(numbers in brackets refer to the list of plans for 2001-02)
The new Chess Scotland Rules Book containing the revised Laws and rules
was published in October 2001 (1). A copy was sent to all organisers
and arbiters, together with an Organisers' Update (3). The book is expected
to have a four year life before revision.
Two courses for the training of prospective arbiters are currently
planned. A course is planned to be held in Stirling on Monday evenings
in September/October. I expect to lead this course. Another course,
in two sections, is being undertaken by Gerald Lobley for those in the
Aberdeen area. He is leading this course, currently in progress, and
I expect to be able to be present to take one of the meetings. My thanks
go to Gerald for his efforts in this direction. Those who wish to do
so will be able to take the examination for arbiters at the end of either
course. I should welcome hearing from anyone else interested in the
Stirling course (2).
The Arbiters' Committee met in February. They discussed various matters
of interest to arbiters (4) and reviewed the list of qualified arbiters
in the light of ?activity questionnaires' completed by arbiters (6).
Fortunately, the committee was not called upon to resolve any dispute
Comments have been passed on to FIDE, in some cases via Geurt Gijssen
or Stewart Reuben, on matters such as (a) revision of a Rapidplay Law
without consultation, (b) "taking the King" in Blitz games,
(c) proposals for an International Organiser title which, while aimed
at improving standards, might make it more difficult for Scotland to
hold title norm events, (d) time limits (7,8).
12 OBJECTIVES 2002-03
1) To arrange a course for the training of arbiters at any location
where sufficient demand is identified.
2) To advise arbiters and organisers regarding the application of the
Laws, Swiss pairings, etc.
3) To review the operation of matters of interest to arbiters and propose
changes as appropriate.
4) To make decisions regarding any dispute which may arise in the conduct
of events under the control of Chess Scotland.
5) To monitor arbiter activity in Scotland. To maintain a list of qualified
arbiters and encourage others to obtain or improve level of qualification.
6) To monitor and comment on FIDE decisions and policies regarding the
Laws and tournament practice.
7) To communicate with FIDE regarding matters affecting arbiters.
Report by Douglas Bryson (Grading Director)
13 WEBSITE - SCOTTISHCHESS.COM
Date Host Hits
Jun.2002 2231 6152
May.2002 4336 11781
Apr.2002 3550 10426
Mar.2002 3331 9116
Feb.2002 2791 7333
These are the statistics for visits to Scottishchess.com from February
2002 to mid-June 2002.
The first major overhaul to the look of the website since May 1999
took place in January 2002. We are currently looking into a possible
further upgrade by purchasing a professional makeover of several key
Web enhances quality of CS work: For the last five years Scotland has
been one of the few federations in the world where it was possible to
view an itemised game by game listing of all processed grading results.
This provides a good check on the accuracy of grading work since players
can immediately bring errors to the attention of the CS grading team.
Similarly in May we started publishing an update of membership data
on the website. These are simple ideas which enhance the quality of
CS work in that the relevant CS official gets the potential assistance
of all players in Scotland.
One of the most popular areas of the site has been the CS Noticeboard.
In the last few months the noticeboard has gone from moribund to "lively."
The content has been unusual, with many off-topic musings. Active censorship
is not imposed however and is not currently required by the content
Site content has been enhanced by several people who have supplied
photographs - notably John Henderson, Mike Shepherd, Sam Collins etc
Game downloads are also popular, in particular Alistair Maxwell has
been particularly industrious as has new contributor Steve Brown.
Grading continues as normal with all data from the main tournaments
processed in full as at mid June. The next grading list is on schedule
for publication in early August.
The work of the area graders can be viewed on the website with a name
check for the collator of each set of data at the start of all grading
Alexander Bisset of Aberdeen has been developing a Windows version
of the grading program. The aim is to provide a more user-friendly program
for area-graders. It is not clear yet when the new program will be operational.
There is a minor problem with some congresses when they take phone
entries. If a player says they are ungraded and not a member of a chess
club please record which town they are from rather than submit them
as a newcomer with no further information - town of residence makes
it much easier to identify players.
Report by 'Mac' McKenzie (Finance Director)
Our application for a government grant for the year 2002-03 was accepted
but we did not secure the total funding requested - it was nearly £900
less. As agreed at the February Council meeting this meant the budget
required to be amended to include an increase in grading fees for the
new season to make up some of the shortfall. The balance of the shortfall
coming from reductions in International, Home Chess, Youth Club and
Correspondence Chess planned expenditure.
This year, for the first time, the Scottish Office required an End
of Year Report to be submitted prior to the normal accounts submission.
This report was sent at the end of last month and there has been no
response yet to this, adverse or otherwise.
Borders are an affiliated league with fees fully paid.
As agreed at the previous Council meeting the Public Liability insurance
cover for events was increased from £1 million to £5 million
and Chess Scotland junior events are now being included on the insurance
It is disturbing that while most Chess Scotland event organisers are
very good in supplying financial information of their event there are
a few that are very slow and because of this there are no financial
details for some Chess Scotland junior events that took place earlier
this year. This can give a misleading impression in the overall accounts.
The Accounts for the year ending 30th April 2002, with the exception
of the Scottish Congress, have still to be completed due to problems
in finalising the SJCA accounts. It is hoped that these problems will
be overcome shortly but it is possible that there will be no final accounts
available for the Annual General Meeting. However, I can report one
area of income that is showing a significant increase, due to the generosity
of many individuals and organisations, and that is 'Donations', with
a sum which amounts to more than £700. There will, however, be
an overall deficit for the year but until I obtain the SJCA figures
it is unclear exactly how much this will be.
Last year's Scottish Congress also benefited from an increase in donations
and finished with a surplus of £276, which now means the Accumulated
Fund stands at £1545.
Report by Fiona Petrie (Promotions Director)
ITEM 1 Defining chess in the 21st Century
Chess has to take on a new role in order to attract people to it;
the appeal of "over the board" (OTB) has dwindled with the
'new' types of chess around - primarily email/internet, but also correspondence,
etc. in order to increase the uptake of chess in scotland we need to
change our objectives and focus more on these alternative types, working
with the groups such as SCCA to increase membership. Once people start
to play these types of chess then they can be directed to the benefits
of club membership and OTB chess.
I would suggest that we should consider updating the constitution to
incorporate all areas of chess activity. My suggestions for changes,
specific to promoting chess could include: To promote club, regional
& international matches throughout Scotland, including junior and
adult invitation events.
- To encourage local uptake through 'open days' on a regular basis,
- To work fully with associated chess groups such as SCCA to improve
awareness of chess to all.
- To make chess fully accessible to all people throughout Scotland via
clubs and/or Internet.
ITEM 2 Encouraging a wider take up of chess/prepare advertising
It is crucial to encourage the uptake of chess in young adults to allow
us to increase membership. There are a few key methods of addressing
1. Liase with schools direct to ensure all S4-S6 pupils know details
of local clubs/events for when they leave school.
2. Arrange to attend college/university 'fresher' week to publicise
local clubs/events for new students and leave posters/leaflets with
contact numbers-including website/email details.
3. A wider approach for each area - Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, North,
South etc. would incorporate liasing with local 'free' papers and community
radio stations (e.g. Clyde 1) to publicise open nights/ local tournaments/
special events - like British Championship/Scottish etc. To follow this
up I would need to have a delegated person in each area to provide club/paper/radio
details and perhaps agree to be a point of contact, but I am willing
to then do the work of contacting and publishing as necessary.
It would be good to prepare a 'bank' of appropriate advertising material
(posters/leaflets/intro letters etc) that could be accessed easily by
anyone who needs it, possibly with Chess Scotland logo incorporated
so everyone is working to the same standard
Is it easy to borrow the logo from the website to allow this or is
there some other way to proceed - IT experts can perhaps help here.
ITEM 3 Supporting open nights
I think it is important that all clubs consider having an open night
at the start of the new season, and that we try to publicise these as
much as possible- using methods proposed above. In addition I think
it would be good if Chess Scotland could recommend a standard way that
these nights should be conducted so that there is continuity for people
who may go to more than one club before choosing which, if any to join.
It would be useful if a Chess Scotland representative could be present
to give further advice to new people, and I am happy to do this for
as many as I can manage in the Glasgow/ West Scotland areas
Might I suggest that it be intimated to all club secretaries that if
they intend holding such an open evening they forward details to myself/JG
and others in plenty time to allow the nights to be published fully
on the website and through other mediums already discussed.
It is perhaps too late to do this for the new session this autumn but
I would like to suggest that this be given a key priority for the next
year. Perhaps in the meantime we could suggest that club secretaries
be contacted over the holiday to see how many would be able to arrange
an open night for this coming session and I could try to set wheels
in motion over the summer.
There are other avenues that can be explored but at present these are
the easiest, cheapest (but not free),and quickest to take up in order
to have some feedback in the autumn.
Report by Alex McFarlane (Home Chess Director)
On the domestic front there has been a lot happening as a look at the
list of tournament winners will indicate. In addition to these events
there was also a weekend congress, support events at the Scottish Championships
and a series of one day events for secondary and primary pupils.
To run so many events requires a considerable number of volunteer workers
and Chess Scotland expresses its thanks to the organisers and arbiters
of these events without whose efforts the chess scene would be a far
less active place.
Whilst I think the first year of Chess Scotland has been reasonably
successful there is clearly no room for complacency. With this in mind
a survey was carried out during the season and a meeting of organisers
held. This review lead to a change in structure for the Aberdeen congress
- the two day format being successful in that instance. It has also
lead to proposals for a couple of new junior events. Both the Glasgow
and Edinburgh congresses are working with Chess Scotland to include
the successful 'novice' events into their already popular events. This
has the dual benefits of making youngsters aware of the wider chess
scene and of freeing up dates on an already crowded calendar.
One area which will receive consideration during the coming season will
be team events. This is one area where Chess Scotland has not been as
successful as I would hope. For example, the Richardson Cup (the Scottish
Club Team Championship) attracts the top players but the numbers taking
part in this and its sister competitions (Spens and Campbell) are small
and decreasing whilst the National League has a good number of teams
but seems to be avoided by most of the top players.
Another area of concern is sponsorship. We have been fortunate in ChessBase
sponsoring the Grand Prix and a number of sources including the lottery
with its Awards For All scheme, the Bank of Scotland and a number of
local companies and individuals supporting the Scottish Championships.
Chess Scotland Tournament Winners
Scottish Champion: Jonathan Rowson
East of Scotland Champion: Ed Spencer
West of Scotland Champion: Steve Mannion
Scottish Senior Champion: Bob Clapham
MacIsaac: Eddie Davis
Nancy Elder (C'ship Club Champions): Obay Ali
Boys' Champion 2001: Duncan Grassie, Joe Redpath
Girls' Champion 2001: Natalie Donohue
Boys'Champion 2002: Joe Redpath, Daniel McGowan, Christopher McDonald,
Girls' Champion 2002: Kathleen Rutherford
Primary Individual Champion: Andrew Green
U18 Donald Paul Matheson
U16 Malcolm Lennox
U15 Gavin Reid
U14 Edmund Davis
U13 Denesh Sri
U12 Stuart Leslie
U11 Blair Hawthorne
U10 Ian MacGregor
U9 Conal MacGregor
U8 Rhian Hughes
U7 Callum Roberts
U6 Eleanor Boyd
Scottish Allegro Champ: Steve Mannion
Scottish Blitz Champion: Colin McNab
Scottish Lightning Champ: Graeme Kafka
CS Rapidplay: Graeme Kafka, Alan Grant
CS No-Wait: Ivan Stokes
CS Summer Allegro: Colin McNab
P5 & Under Tournament: Conal MacGregor
Secondary: Lynsey Shovlin
Prim 6/7: Natalie Donohue
Prim 5 & Under: Rhian Hughes
Campbell Rosebowl: Holy Cross
Secondary Schools' Championship: Greenwood (Irvine)
Primary Team Championship: Robert Gordon's (Aberdeen)
Girls' Team: Quarryhill (Aberdeen)
National League: Edinburgh
Candidates: Alan Grant
Challengers: David Gillespie
Major: William Clinton
Minor: George Webb
Junior: Joe Redpath
Report by Rod Tweedie (Schools Project Director)
It is with considerable disappointment I have to submit a basically
negative report for Council and the AGM.
Following a number of meetings with Jeff Sedgley, Support Officer (Education),
Paisley Partnership and with a considerable amount of my own time and
effort a Social Inclusion Partnership (SIP) application for funding
for a pilot project in North Paisley was submitted. The proposal was
for a start date of August 2002 with funding in the region of £22k
for the period August 2002 - March 2003 and £33k for the following
two years. The outline provided by Dods Forrest and David Leslie for
their project in Aberdeen was used as the model as this had merit in
comparative monitoring and evaluation and possible linkages between
Unfortunately, the decision of the approval group on the application
was that they were unable to support the project at this time. Regrettably,
our application coincided with a restructuring of the SIP finances from
a single budget heading to cover all priority measures to several budget
headings with a separate budget for each heading e.g. environment, education,
housing, crime etc. The result of this was that the continuation priority
projects were approved and all other project submissions then had to
compete for a reduced pot. The education heading was heavily over-subscribed
and the feedback that I received was that our application although considered
meritorious, was also considered to be perhaps too innovative and experimental
in its approach. The approval group therefore adopted a very cautious
approach in considering the project submissions with approval going
to a number of 'safe' projects. All of the 'non-traditional' projects
did not receive funding.
Jeff Sedgley and David Mitchell of the Paisley Partnership still believe
the project to be worth pursuing and they have suggested we work with
them in exploring other avenues of funding e.g. New Opportunities Funding
which is usually more in favour of innovative and experimental projects.
As stated in my earlier reports, I still see the Chess in Schools project
as a vehicle for the promotion and development of chess: And continue
to share the view of David Leslie in Aberdeen that the key to the successful
development of Chess in Schools is to produce a coherent strategy to
introduce chess into schools with short, medium and long- term aims.
I still see the primary objective as being to secure sufficient financial
support from two or three educational authorities to appoint a development
officer within their areas to take the lead role in this development
work. Unfortunately, there has been a considerable amount of changes
and restructuring occurring within the SIP groups and realistically
it is unlikely that the SIP approval groups will support an application
at this present juncture. However, once the 'dust has settled' following
the re-organisations and the key people settle in to their new roles
I believe that future submissions will be received more favourably.
Due to extremely heavy business and domestic pressures I have been
unable to give the project much time over the last few months. This
situation is unlikely to improve over the next two to three months and
I have already advised the Chess Scotland president Mr. John Glendinning,
that if the Council believe that the project would be better served
by appointing another person who can devote more time and effort, that
I would be prepared to stand down and continue to work with that person.
On a slightly more positive note, Robert Kelso of Cumbernauld Chess
Club has contacted me and offered his assistance to facilitate approaches
into North Lanarkshire Council. South Lanarkshire Council are also currently
undergoing restructuring but initial signs remain reasonably positive,
again I believe that a settling down period will be required before
submission of funding applications.
The situation in Glasgow schools now appears to be at its most positive
for some time with the establishment of the Glasgow Schools Chess Group
with several 'new' and 'old' faces actively involved.
I still remain convinced that the Chess in Schools project should be
regarded as a long-term project and that progress will be slow initially,
but that once one pilot is established and operational, we will be able
to sell the concept into other areas more easily.
David Leslie's continuing success in Aberdeen with several hundred
primary children participating in his chess programme, with it now widening
to include trans-national linkages is an exemplar to us all and provides
me with a great deal of encouragement in pursuing similar pilots.
Report by Alan Minnican (International Director)
Junior International Calendar 2002
January U14/U12 Match v Wales
July Glorney / Faber Cups - (Wales)
September Tri Nations - (Wales)
September European Youth - (Spain)
November World Youth - (Greece)
Adult International Calendar 2002
October Olympiad - (Slovenia)
Junior International Calendar 2002
· U14 / U12 Match v Wales - January 2002
A number of issues have arisen regarding the organisation of this match
which took place in Wales in January 2002. The main issue surrounded
the selection process and this was discussed at the International Committee
meeting in April. In future the proposed selection procedure will include
1. Current grading information
2. Results against peers
3. Assessment of standard of play by observation
To observe juniors at tournaments and be able to deduce their standard
of play requires time, patience, a level of chess skill and a fair degree
of impartiality. When selecting the team for this year's Tri Nations
the above procedure was followed and I would like to thank a number
of observers for their input which was discussed at the final selection
In order to alleviate the problem of comparing young juniors who play
locally rather than nationally, the committee would like to see 4 selection
tournaments built in to the calendar year. These may not necessarily
be new tournaments but existing tournaments targeted for selection purposes.
· Glorney / Faber Cups - July 2002
The teams have been selected for this year's tournament in Swansea.
The Glorney team is Colin Hall, Christopher MacDonald, Daniel MacGowan,
Joe Redpath and Steven Tweedie. The Faber team is Louise MacNab and
After discussions with the Welsh organisers the decision was taken
to send two girls rather than three due to the ages of those involved.
The other countries taking part are:- England, Ireland, Wales, Belgium,
Holland and the Czech Republic.
The manager of the team will be Graeme Nolan. My thanks to Graeme and
to John Shaw for their continued support in managing the junior teams
and providing their time and knowledge in training the teams at international
· Tri Nations - September 2002
The Tri Nations was scheduled for June 2002 and a team was selected.
However, the Welsh organisers have postponed the event until further
notice. Originally the tournament was re-scheduled for September 2002
but we have received no further correspondence. I apologise to those
· European Youth - September / October 2002
The teams have been selected for this event which will be held in Peniscola,
Scotland will be represented at U12, U14, U16 and U18.
· World Youth - November / December 2002
The event will be held in Heraklion, Greece. The players have not yet
Adult International Calendar 2002
The teams have been selected for the forthcoming Olympiad in Bled,
Women : Helen Milligan, Carey Milligan, Heather Lang, Louise MacNab
Men : Jonathon Rowson, Paul Motwani, John Shaw, Colin McNab, Steve
Mannion, Douglas Bryson.
Report from Andrew MacQueen
P5 & Under 2001/2002 Round Up.
5 heats this year at
Airdrie : 25 players (+3 on last year)
Paisley : 43 players (+ 7)
Aberdeen : 41 players (-5)
Nairn : 23 players (+18)
Blairgowrie : 12 players (-22)
A total of 141, 1 less than last year, but including the 11 at Irvine
that is now 10 up on last year. Would have been a lot higher if the
snow had stayed away at Blairgowrie!
The heat winners were Rhian Hughes (Paisley 'A' and Airdrie); Fraser
McKay (Paisley 'B'); Conal MacGregor (Nairn); Jamie Hookham (Irvine);
Ruairidh Milne (Aberdeen) and Jack Milne (Blairgowrie).
P5 & Under Final
Only 1 reserve was required for the final, but with 2 invitees not appearing
on the day itself that left a final of 30 pupils. Over 20 different
schools were represented, with the dominating ones being West Kilbride
26 players had gradings (or temporary gradings).
The top 6 trophies went to 5 different schools,
Close competition all the way, with the 2nd top and 3rd top graded
players meeting in the last round to decide 1st and 2nd places.
The final result was:
1st. Conal MacGregor, Millbank, 5 / 5
2nd. Rhian Hughes, South Morningside, 4 / 5
3rd. Marc Woods, Millbank, 4 / 5
4th. Andrew Rutherford, James Gillespies, 4 / 5
5th. Own Hughes, South Morningside, 4 / 5
6th. Craig Petrie, Tinto, 3.5 / 5
Tie breaks and indeed 2nd tie breaks had to be used for places 2 to
5. Top 6 received trophies, the others received a commemorative boxed
Other players scoring 50% or more are:
3 points : David Sutherland (Merrylee); Jamie Hookham (Langbank); Kristian
Roberts (Banchory); Andrew Shaw (Banchory); Ruairidh Milne (Mile End);
Gordon Buchan (Mile End); Connor Woods (St Edwards);
2.5 points : Benjamin Filmer, St Mary's; Cameron McLean (West Kilbride);
Other players :
Fraser McKay (West Kilbride); Michael Miller (West Kilbride); Robert
Hay (Tulloch); Louise MacDonald (Auchtergaven); Michael Wills (Insch);
Robert Montgomery (West Kilbride); Stuart Montgomery (West Kilbride);
Adam Morrison (Newmachar); Jack Milne (Tulloch); David Nisbet (Crosshouse);
James Stephen (Auchter Ellon); Eleanor Moncur (Golspie); Joshua McGeechan
(St Brides); Jamie Malkin (Loudon Montgomery); David Brunger (Merrylee).
The recording of games was on par with last year's efforts, although
it was disappointing that in the top game in the last round, that decided
the champion, neither player recorded.
On the day itself, Willie Rutherford and Jeremy Hughes both helped out
in running the competition, help that very gratefully recevied!