And the Ayrshire Junior Championships
Organised by Stewarton Chess Club in Association with
the Stewarton Bonnet Guild and the Ayrshire Chess Association
The Stewarton Bonnet Guild Allegro was held on Sunday 15th June 2008 in the Stewarton Annick Youth Centre, Stewarton. It was another great year with 108 people playing on the day. Once again we played host to the Ayrshire Junior Championships as part of our tournament and we were happy to send forty players home with a prize from the tournament.
Fifty of the entries came from Ayrshire clubs with another thirty from clubs in the Glasgow area. Other players hailed from as far afield as Musselburgh, Edinburgh and Stirling . We had five players who made the long trip from Austin Friars School near Carlisle in England . Several of the top players in Scotland were there – among them an International Master – Roddy McKay. There were a number of families who entered with both parents and children playing in the various events.
The Open section finished with a clear winner – Roddy McKay IM of Cathcart who came to the event last year for the first time – this year he went home with a little more prize money than last year. Second place was tied between three players so a tiebreak was used and Elliot Frew of Greenwood took home second prize while Steven Brown of Ardrossan came third and Walter Burnet of Wandering Dragon from Edinburgh finished fourth. Kenny Malkin of Kilmarnock Chess Club won the prize for best result by an Ayrshire player.
Stewarton Chess Club would like to thank Gordon Bennett and the other officials from the Bonnet Guild committee for their assistance in setting up and running the tournament again this year. Our sincere thanks also go to local company McCluskey Browne who donated the medals awarded during the prizegiving. We are also grateful to Mary the caretaker at the Youth Centre who so ably coped with the large numbers of players.
Our controllers again coped with all the problems and questions and incorrect result slips that lead to last minute changes in draws and we would like to thank them for all their hard work. Thanks to Alan Steel of our own Stewarton Chess Club and John McNicoll of Kilmarnock Chess Club and to Stephen Taylor of Greenwood Chess Club who coped with the junior events.
The canteen staff managed to keep their cool in the kitchen and provided an excellent service through the day and our thanks go to Carolyn McNicoll, Marilyn Grigor and Victoria Grigor as well as David Montgomery for their excellent work in keeping the players supplied with food and drinks throughout the day. Our special thanks go to Mrs Thomson, Marilyn and Carolyn who provided such a splendid array of home baking.
We would also like to thank Peter Woods of Chess Suppliers who supplied all the equipment and ran the bookstall and shop during the event.
First Roddy McKay IM (Cathcart Chess Club);
Second equal Elliot Frew (Greenwood), Steven Brown (Ardrossan), Walter Burnett (Wandering Dragons);
Best Ayrshire player Kenny Malkin, Kilmarnock
First (on tiebreak) Andrew MacQueen (Giffnock);
Second (on tiebreak) John Calder (Troon);
Third equal Daniel Rocks (Bearsden), Stephen Smith (Stirling), Siegrun Macgilchrist (Carrick);
Grading prizes (U1650) Mike Scott (Edinburgh), George Murphy (Cardross), Mike Hanley (Hamilton);
Grading prize (U1550) Daniel Breslin (Polytechnic);
Best Ayrshire player Stephen Hamilton (Ayr).
First (on tiebreak) Bernard Cassidy (Hamilton);
Second (on tiebreak) Scott Browning (Musselburgh);
Third equal Jim Cunningham (Ardrossan), Simon Kerridge (Bearsden), Jonny Scott (Edinburgh), Jamie Malkin (Kilmarnock);
Grading prizes Daniel Thomas (Giffnock) and Scott Jordan (Bishopton);
Best Ayrshire player David P Gillespie (Stewarton);
Best female player Alice Lampard (Troon).
Report by John Montgomery; photos by Jim Cunningham