Chess Scotland

The home of Chess in Scotland

Chess Scotland

The home of Chess in Scotland

Chess Scotland

The home of Chess in Scotland

Brunello wins Scottish Blitz

GM Sabino Brunello of Italy won the Scottish Blitz Championships held in Surgeons' Hall Edinburgh on June 16. Brunello scored an unbeaten 10/11 to finish a point clear of GM Danny Gormally. Neil Berry of Edinburgh was top Scot with 8/11. The event was a great success for debut organiser Jonathan Edwards - the arbiting team was IA Alex McFarlane and Lara Barnes.  





1st Sabino Brunello. 10/11 £700
2nd Daniel Gormally. 9/11 £350
3rd Arkadij Naiditsch. 8.5/11 £250
4th = & Scottish Blitz Champion. Neil Berry. 8/11  £67 + Scottish Blitz Trophy
4th = Simon Williams. 8/11 £67
4th = Keith Arkell. 8/11  £67

Grading Prizes (Based on Chess Scotland ratings over FIDE)
Under 2000: 1st Ian McDonald. 7/11 £100 + Streetfighting Book
2nd = Roberta Brunello, Jim O’Neil, Walter Burnett, Michael Grove, David Robertson, Shivan Murdochy. 6/11 £10 each.
Under 1700: 1st Hamish Olson. 6/11   £100 + Streetfighting Book
2nd = Murad Abdulla, Anthony Dunlop. 5.5/11 £25 each.
Best Junior (u18): Ian McDonald. 7/11 Luxury chess set (signed by Arkadij Naiditsch) + Book

Titled killing prizes (First non-IM/GM players to beat IM or GM)
Hugh Brechin, Hamish Olson, Elaine Bamber.  £34 each.

Coaching draw: Ali Roy – wins free 2 hour coaching session with Grandmaster Daniel Gormally.

 Photos: Naiditsch v Brunello and Berry v Naiditsch




This event was FIDE rated and results will be included in a new FIDE Blitz rating list. These results are not included in standard play FIDE ratings.

FIDE Rating report (pls report any errors to

FIDE Performance Ratings


Preview: The inaugural Scottish Blitz Championships will be held in the Quincentenary Building, Surgeons’ Hall, Edinburgh on Saturday 16th of June, 2012. The Championship is in association with

A prize fund of £2,000 pounds is guaranteed, with first place £800, as is the entry of former Dortmund winner and top German player Arkadij Naiditsch (2698).

Other titled players have signed up to create a very strong tournament full of stars but with grading prizes throughout the event.

Entry fee is £28 for Chess Scotland members with a reduction also available for juniors and students. The maximum number of places available is limited to 100.

The venue is a 10 minute walk from Waverley station and a short distance from a smart city 5-star hostel which offers £10 for a place to stay in the heart of Edinburgh.

Other information, including time controls and round times, can be found at


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Posted on: 17-06-2012
Categories: News