34TH CHESS OLYMPIAD ISTANBUL TURKEY 28.10 - 12.11 2000
Scotland Teams in Istanbul
GM Jonathan Rowson
Scotlands highest rated player and newest GM, Jonathan is an Oxford graduate currently playing chess professionally. Scottish Champion in 1999, Jonathans most recent result was this July when he shared first place in the strong Canadian Open Championship
GM Paul Motwani
Now a resident in Brussels with his wife and child, Paul has won the Scottish Championship five times (in 1978 [the youngest-ever winner at 16 years. 1 month], 1986, 1987, 1992 and 1993). Paul was Scotlands first grandmaster and first holder of a world chess title - the 1978 World Under-17 Championship. He returned to active play in July this year with a 2605 rating performance at Staffordshire Millennium Tournament.
GM Colin McNab
Colins grandmaster title was confirmed at the Philippines in the same World Chess Federation meeting which confirmed Paul Motwanis GM title. Scotlands most active GM over the last few years, and Scottish Champion four times - in 1983, 1991, 1993 and 1995. Colin has also held the Commonwealth championship.
IM John Shaw
The reigning joint Scottish Champion, joining an exclusive group of players whose names appear three times or more on the championship trophy (having previously won in 1995 and 1998). Johns commitment secured the IM title after several near misses, with recent performance approaching GM level
IM Steve Mannion
Scotlands most active IM over the last few years, and Scottish Champion in 1990 and 1995. The Player of the Year for 2000.
IM Douglas Bryson
Scottish champion in 1996 and 1997, and an ICCF correspondence GM, Douglas also edited Scottish Chess until recently and continues both as chief grader for the Scottish Chess Association and webmaster of its popular website, scottishchess.com
Captain: Alan Minnican
An employee with Standard Life Assurance, Alan is no stranger to international competition but will be acting as captain for the first time at the Olympiad.
WFM Helen Milligan
Helen became our first Womens FIDE Master with a fine result at the FIDE Zonal in Italy (Aosta) in May 1999, and has represented Scotland in several Olympiads
WFM Elaine Rutherford
Elaine become our second WFM when she won the World Womens Amateur Championship in Hastings at the beginning of 1999. Her most recent result was a highly creditable score of 4.5/9 in this years Scottish Championship
Scored an excellent result at the European Team Championships in Batumi and, nearer home, at the Edinburgh congress (including a win against World Womens Championship contender Keti Arakhamia-Grant)
Playing in her third Olympiad, Heather has been concentrating on her PhD at Oxford this year so has limited her playing mainly to the 4NCL and English County Championships. She consistently finished in the top 10 or so in European and World Girls Championships
Captain: Paul Roberts
Fresh from a good playing performance at the European Individual Championships in Italy, Paul also brings experience of captaining when he acted as captain at the European Team Championships in Batumi earlier this year.
For further information contact the SCA office on 0141 221 6464.
Photo Credits: Rowson, McNab, Shaw, Bryson, Rutherford by Mike Shepherd. Motwani and Milligan by JBH. Lang and Wilman by Helen Milligan.