K.B. McAlpine

Born: 11 April 1945

Kenneth McAlpine has made his mark in both over-the-board and correspondence chess.

2nd equal in the British U-15 Championship 1960, Leicester.

Scottish Boys' Champion 1961.

Played in the British U-18 Championships at Whitby 1962 and Bath 1963. In 1963, McAlpine finished with 9 points, only a half point behind the winner, fellow Scot Peter Jamieson.

On four successive Glorney Cup teams of 1960-63.

Played in the Scottish Championships of 1962 (2nd, a half point behind Fairhurst, against whom he inflicted a rare defeat), 1963 (2nd, 6/7, a half point behind Fallone, losing only to the winner), 1966, 1969.

Member of Scotland team at the World Students' Team Championship, Örebro 1966.

1st= at the British Universities' Individual Championship 1966 at Oxford with 5½ from 7.

Team member at the Olympiads of Havana 1966 and Lugano 1968.

Scottish Correspondence Chess Champion 1975-76, 1976-77 and 1977-78.

Scottish Master title for Correspondence Chess 1979.

International Master (ICCF) 1990, gained after a 3rd place finish in the FINJUB 30 Grandmaster Tournament.

McAlpine was a founding Trustee of the Scottish Junior Chess Association (SJCA) Trust and acted as Treasurer from inception until he decided to retire in 2009 due to other commitments.

Club affiliations
After McAlpine's success against Fairhurst, he was persuaded to join Glasgow CC, but he also played for Glasgow University and, later, Giffnock, remaining with this club..

Comments by McAlpine on the 1962 Scottish Championship

'Out of curiosity, in the Championship where I defeated Fairhurst I had to play Dr.Aitken in the next round and I slept in but was alerted in time to arrive 58 minutes late but within 2 minutes of forfeiture (one hour's grace allowed in those days). I achieved a winning position, a pawn up, but slipped up in time trouble and only drew or I would have shared 1 st place. In the same tournament I won best game prize against Dr. David Weir.'

SCCA web site (photo)
ICCF (International Correspondence Chess Federation)
British Chess Magazine
Personal contributions from K.B. McAlpine

Compiled by
Alan McGowan