Scottish Championship 1907

The twenty-fourth annual Congress of the Scottish Chess Association was held in the rooms of Messrs. Ferguson & Forrester, Princes Street, Edinburgh, during the Easter holiday period. There was a good entry, including former champions John Crum, winner in 1884, the year the SCA was formed, E. Macdonald and James Borthwick. The player in last place was, according to the British Chess Magazine, 'a Stirlingshire clergyman, who played under the pseudonym of "G. Dickson."'

 
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Pts
1. W. Gibson (Glasgow)
1
1
0
1
1
1
1
6
2. J. Crum (Glasgow)
0
½
1
1
½
1
1
5
3. E. Macdonald (London)
0
½
1
0
1
1
1
4. J.A. McKee (Glasgow)
1
0
0
0
1
1
1
4
5. A.J. Mackenzie (Birmingham)
0
0
1
1
1
0
1
4
6. J.D. Chambers (Manchester)
0
½
0
0
0
1
1
7. J. Borthwick (Glasgow)
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
2
8. "G. Dickson" (Stirlingshire)
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

Mackenzie - Gibson [E71]
Scottish Championship, 1907
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.h3 0-0 6.Be3 e5 7.Qd2 exd4 8.Bxd4 Nc6 9.Be3 Qe8 10.f3 Be6 11.g4 Ne5 12.b3 Nxf3+ 13.Nxf3 Nxe4 14.Nxe4 Bxa1 15.Nd4 f5 16.Ng5 Bxd4 17.Qxd4 f4 18.Bg2 c6 [18...fxe3 19.Nxe6 and Black cannot retake due to Bd5.] 19.Bd2 Bxg4+ 20.Be4 Bf5 21.0-0 Qe5 22.Qd3 Rae8 23.Rxf4 h6 24.Bxf5 hxg5 25.Bd7 gxf4 26.Bxe8 Qxe8 [26...Qg5+ followed by ...Rxe8 was also strong.] 27.Qxd6 Qe4 28.h4 f3 0-1

Crum - McKee [D68]
Scottish Championship, 1907
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Nbd7 5.e3 c6 6.Nf3 Be7 7.Rc1 0-0 8.Bd3 dxc4 9.Bxc4 Nd5 10.Bxe7 Qxe7 11.0-0 Nxc3 12.Rxc3 e5 13.Qc2 exd4 14.exd4 Nf6 15.Re1 Qd6 16.Rce3 Bg4 17.Bd3 Bxf3 18.Rxf3 Qxd4 19.Rd1 Rfe8 20.Kf1 Qe5 21.Re3 Qa5 22.Rh3 h6 23.a3 Re7 24.b4 Qb6 25.g4 Nxg4 26.Rg3 Nf6 27.Bc4 Rae8 28.Qg6 Nh5 29.Qxh5 Qc7 30.Rd4 Re5 31.Qg6 Rg5 32.Rxg5 hxg5 33.Qxg5 Qxh2 34.Bxf7+ 1-0

Crum - Mackenzie [D31]
Scottish Championship, 1907
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 dxc4 4.e3 Nf6 5.Bxc4 Be7 6.Nf3 b6 7.Qe2 Bb7 8.Bb5+ c6 9.Bd3 Nbd7 10.b3 Bb4 11.Bd2 Bxc3 12.Bxc3 Nd5 13.Bd2 Qe7 14.0-0 e5 15.dxe5 Nxe5 16.Nxe5 Qxe5 17.f4 Qe7 18.a3 c5 19.Bb5+ Kf8 20.e4 Nf6 21.e5 Ne4 22.Rad1 Rd8 23.Be1 g6 24.Bd3 Kg7 25.f5 Qxe5 26.f6+ Kh6 27.Bd2+ g5 28.Rf3 Rhe8 29.Rh3+ Kg6 30.Qh5+ Kxf6 31.Rf1+ Ke6 32.Qxf7+ Kd6 33.Bxe4 Bxe4 34.Bxg5 Rc8 [34...Qxg5 should have been played, for if 35.Rf6+ Ke5 36.Rh5 Qxh5 37.Qxh5+ Kxf6] 35.Bf4 1-0

Macdonald - Gibson [D52]
Scottish Championship, 1907
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Nbd7 5.e3 c6 6.Nf3 Be7 7.Bd3 dxc4 8.Bxc4 Nd5 9.Bxe7 Qxe7 10.0-0 0-0 11.Bd3 Nxc3 12.bxc3 e5 13.Qc2 h6 14.Rab1 Re8 15.e4 exd4 16.cxd4 Nf6 17.Ne5 Be6 18.f4 Rad8 19.f5 Bc8 20.Bc4 Rf8 21.Rbd1 Qb4 22.Rb1 Qd6 23.Rfd1 Qc7 24.Qe2 Kh7 25.h3 c5 26.Nxf7 Rxf7 27.Bxf7 Qxf7 28.dxc5 Re8 29.e5 Bxf5 30.Rb2 Ne4 31.Qe3 Rxe5 32.Rf1 Qe7 33.Re2 Bd7 34.Rfe1 Bb5 35.Rb2 Bc6 36.Rbe2 Qh4 37.Qd4 Re8 38.a3 Qf6 39.Qxf6 Nxf6 40.Rxe8 Bxe8 41.Re7 Bc6 42.Re1 Kg6 43.Rb1 Nd5 44.Kf2 Nf4 and wins. 0-1

Macdonald - Mackenzie [D52]
Scottish Championship, 1907
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Nbd7 5.e3 c6 6.Nf3 Qa5 7.Bxf6 Nxf6 8.Nd2 Bb4 9.Qb3 Ne4 10.Ndxe4 dxe4 11.c5 0-0 12.a3 Bxc3+ 13.Qxc3 Qxc3+ 14.bxc3 b6 15.cxb6 axb6 16.Kd2 Ba6 17.Bxa6 Rxa6 18.Rhb1 Rfa8 19.Rb3 b5 20.Kc2 Ra4 21.Kb2 Kf8 22.Rb4 Ke7 23.Kb3 Kd6 24.Rxa4 Rxa4 25.Rc1 Rc4 26.Rd1 Kd5 27.Rd2 Ra4 28.Rc2 Ra7 29.Rd2 f5 30.f4 exf3 31.gxf3 g5 32.Rg2 Rg7 33.Kb4 g4 34.e4+ fxe4 35.fxg4 e3 36.Kb3 Ke4 37.Kc2 Kf3 38.Rg1 Kf2 39.Rc1 Rxg4 40.Kd3 Rg1 41.Rxg1 Kxg1 42.Kxe3 Kxh2 43.Kf2 h6 44.Kf3 Kg1 45.Kg4 Kf2 46.Kh5 Ke3 47.Kxh6 Kd3 48.Kg6 Kxc3 49.Kf6 Kxd4 50.Kxe6 c5 51.Kd6 b4 0-1

Sources:
British Chess Magazine 1907, pages 221-5.
The Scotsman, April 1, 2 and 4 of 1907

Alan McGowan
Historian, Chess Scotland