Chess Scotland Club Tournament Finals

Grangemouth - March 29, 2003

report by Ken Stewart

The finals of the Chess Scotland team competitions were played at Grangemouth on Saturday 29 March.

In the Richardson Cup the two clubs were very evenly matched and all the games were exceptionally closely contested. At first Edinburgh West seemed to have an overall edge but Glasgow Polytechnic took the lead when Watt won on time on board 8. This was followed by a close-fought draw on board 1, the only other game not to go past the main time control. Matters were balanced when Redpath gained material and reached a won ending.

The five remaining games, all now reaching endings of various sorts, favoured Poly by three to two, but board count would have favoured Edinburgh West. However, the two games favouring Edinburgh West then ended in draws and the Poly players ground out three wins to give a result perhaps a little flattering to them overall. This gives the club a fifth successive victory, a feat equalled only by Glasgow in the 1960s.

In the Spens Cup final Holy Cross had a large grading advantage but were soon in trouble on two boards. However, Irvine were unable to capitalise on this and the Holy Cross strength at the top proved decisive as their top three won neatly, especially Stalker who won with a temporary queen sacrifice. Holy Cross thus add a first victory in the Spens to their National League success.

The Jack Campbell Rosebowl final was closely fought, with four draws out of six. Dunfermline, though, produced the two crucial wins to win them the trophy for the first time.

Grading Data

Chessbase Game File

Richardson Finals

Spens Finals

Possible new format for Club Competitions

Richardson Cup Final

Board

No

Edinburgh West

Glasgow Polytechnic

Colour

Name

Grade

Score

Name

Grade

Score

1

B

K Arakhamia-Grant

2405

½

JK Shaw

2500

½

2

 

J Redpath

2110

1

I Swan

2190

0

3

 

J Grant

2165

0

E Davis

2200

1

4

 

 N Farrell

2150

½

M Perez
2135
½

5

 

W Buchanan

2110

½

L Kirk

2080

½

6

 

G Neave

2070
½

D Byrne

2120

½

7

 

P McInally

2095
0

G Rattray

2020
1

8

 

B McNally

1900

0

DA Watt

2015
1
     

Total

2.5

 

Total

5.5

Spens Cup Final

Board

No

Holy Cross

Irvine Porthead

Colour

Name

Grade

Score

Name

Grade

Score

1

W

 A Stalker
2120
1
 T Barrett
1720
0

2

   S Tweedie
1985
1
 G King
1705
0

3

   T Donohue
1900
1
 A Birnie
1690
0

4

   C Tweedie
1725
0.5
 R Yates
1550
0.5

5

   M Hanley
1565
1
 R Loughran
1535
0

6

   D Rooney
1500
0
 R Gourlay
1435
1
     

Total

4.5
 

Total

1.5

 

Jack Campbell Rosebowl

Board

No

Dumfries

Dunfermline

Colour

Name

Grade

Score

Name

Grade

Score

1

B

 M Green
2035
0.5
 I Robertson
2135
0.5

2

   D Brown
1825
0.5
 G Saxton
1790
0.5

3

   K Saunders
ung
0.5
 J Webster
1740
0.5

4

   S Marchbank
1560
0
 F Ossowski
1675
1

5

   W Thompson
1460
0
 C Smith
ung
1

6

   R Sim
1280
0.5
 S Black
1350
0.5
     
Total
2
 
Total
4

 

 


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