Condie represented Scotland at two Olympiads, Lucerne 1982 and Dubai 1986. In Dubai he played on the top board, but a disappointing result of 4/10 "sapped his ambition of pursuing the grandmaster title and he wound down his chess activity."
Further success beckoned, though, when Condie won the 1989 Scottish Championship with 7/9.
But, in the main, coaching juniors was preferred to tournament play. And any later thoughts of achieving the grandmaster title were dashed for health reasons; from 1997 Condie had to deal with the debilitating effects of Wilson's disease.
Here is Condie's powerful win against a future world champion. It was played in the last round of the 1986 Lloyd's Bank Masters, in which Agdestein was 1st with 8/9, followed by Hodgson 7½, 3-5 Chandler, Hjartarson and Condie 7, 6-12 Nijboer, Plaskett, Barua Kudrin, Watson, Bleiman and Rechlis 6½.
Condie - Anand
Lloyd's Bank Masters 1986 (Round 9)
1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. d4 c5 4. e3 g6 5. Nc3 Bg7 6. Be2 O-O 7. O-O b6 8. b3 Bb7
9. Bb2 Qe7
10. Qc2 Nc6 11. Rfd1 Rac8 12. dxc5 bxc5 13. Rd2?! Rampant Chess:
It's natural to want to double rooks on the half-open file, but the position
of the rook on d2 can become quite awkward (as we will see later). 13...Rfd8 14.
Rad1 d5 15. Qb1 Rampant Chess: A generally useful move (it prevents the cheeky
Nb4 hop coming with tempo) that tempts Black to continue his advance...which
he does. 15...d4?! Rampant Chess: Black could have prepared this advance with Bh6,
highlighting the Rd2 problem. Bryson pointed out that though this wins rook
for bishop, it results in black square defensive problems. He offered 15...Na5
16.cxd5 exd5 as an alternative. 16. exd4 Bh6 17. dxc5 Bxd2
18. Nxd2! Nd4 Capturing the c5 pawn leads to problems: 18... Qxc5 19. Nce4 Nxe4 20. Nxe4
Rxd1+ 21. Qxd1, with Nf6+ to follow. 19. b4 e5 20. Bf1 Nf5 21. Nde4 Nxe4 22.
23. Nxe4 Qh4 24. Ng3 e4 25. Qc1 Bryson: With Qc3 in mind to target
the black square weaknesses. 25...f6 Rampant Chess provided some interesting alternatives here: after 25... e3 26.
Qc3 is still possible, as after 26... exf2+ 27. Kxf2 (not 27. Kh1??
Nxg3+ 28. Qxg3 Qxg3 29. hxg3 Rd1, winning) 27... Qf4+ 28. Kg1 Qe3+ Black has managed
to exchange queens, but the endgame still favours White due to his dangerous
queenside pawns. Rather than 26.Qc3, another possibility is
26. fxe3 Nxg3 27. hxg3 Qxg3, when 28. Bd4 cuts out all
Black's counterplay, but not 28. Qc3 f6 29. Qxf6 Qxe3+ 30. Kh1 Qh6+ 31. Kg1 Qe3+ when Black escapes with perpetual check.
26. Qc3 Rd1
27. Qc2! Rampant Chess: White carefully avoids a very nasty trap. The immediate pawn advance 27. b5 e3 28. fxe3 Nxg3 29. hxg3 looks fine because 29...Qxg3 can be met by 30. c6, cutting off the bishop. But there is a sting in the tail: instead of 29...Qxg3, Black can play 29...Qe4!
30. c6 Qf5 and now it is White who must resign! Another tempting possibility is to grab a pawn with 27. Qxf6, but then after 27...Qxf6 28. Bxf6 e3 29. fxe3 Nxe3 30. Bg5 Nxc4 Black manages to eliminate at least one of those pesky queenside pawns. 27... Rd7 28. Qa4 Re7 29. Nxf5 gxf5 30. Qxa7 Kf7 31. Qb8 e3 32. fxe3 Bxg2!
33. Qg3 Rampant Chess pointed out that capturing the bishop would only lead to a draw: 33. Bxg2 Qe1+ 34. Bf1 Qxe3+ 35. Kg2 Qe4+ 36. Kf2 Qe3+.
33... Qxg3 34. hxg3 Bxf1 35. Kxf1 Rxe3 White's pawn mass decides things. 36.
b5 Ke8 Or 36... Re4 37. b6 Rxc4 38. Ba3 etc.
37. c6 Kd8 38. Bxf6+ Kc8 39. c5 h6 40.
a4 Re6 and Black resigned as the time control was reached. 1-0
ScotlandsPeople web site.
Scottish Chess, June 1984; December 1984; September 1989.
Scotland on Sunday chess column, 14 May 1995 (Douglas Bryson).
Undated Glasgow Herald column (Craig Pritchett).
Mark Condie scrapbook
Compiled by Alan McGowan
Historian, Chess Scotland