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Qualification for Junior Gigafinal in Manchester 2018

Well done to Kartik and Alina who both did well at the weekend at a Scottish junior tournament. And extra congrats to Kartik for his fine performance the previous weekend, winning trophy (below) with a perfect score of 7/7!  This qualifies him for the Northern juniors gigafinals in Manchester in July. Brilliant!

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Chess Library

At our Club we maintain a small library of chess books, that members can access for free. We are very grateful to Terry Lillie of the Bridge Club who kindly donated some books this week, as he is moving house.

They are all interesting, but one stood out as I did not know the author. On researching him I discovered he was the first British titled Grandmaster, and no it was not Tony Miles! Comins Mansfield was a celebrated chess composer from Devon, but actually lived in Glasgow too, during the 1940s. (Playing board 3!). Fascinating biography here .comins

Match report – Richardson Cup semi-final

We just played the semi-final of the Richardson on Feb. 17th, Saturday, at our club, although technically it was a home tie for Poly, our opponents. The result and most games were very close, and we take our hats off to Poly who were sporting and better opponents on the day.

Pavlos fought on doggedly on board one trying to hold the draw but had to opt for a (probably) losing endgame to fight off a dangerous attack, and could not prevent a pawn queening in the same-coloured bishop ending. Daniel who has been a great asset to the team, was unlucky to not find a win in a better endgame – but in analysis it was not clear there was one there despite optical promise. I didn’t see Guy’s game against the young Scandinavian, who seems a promising talent.  Stephen who had been unwell had played very solidly and felt he could have held the draw in better circumstances and so was a bit unlucky. Nicolas dropped a pawn but did very well to recover the position and had a bishop vs knight in the ending which he played skilfully to make the draw against a fine player. John had a slightly better opening but after a set of exchanges there was nothing really to separate the players and a draw agreed. Myself I equalised from the Pirc opening, and then a pawn sacrifice along with the opponents minor pieces being offside led to a dangerous attack on the kingside which won material. The major pieces came off and White had to resign. Jim had to face down two connected central pawns but held them back well and achieved a draw without much difficulty.

A fine Cup run we could only have dreamed of at the start of the season, means we are directly through to next year’s Richardson to try again.

Thank you to Daniel for playing for us and being an enthusiastic team member. Many thanks to John whose preparation has been a big part of our success and kept us well fed with delicious buffet lunches each round :)

And well done to everyone, this year was the furthest the team has ever managed in this competition!

The official results page is here: https://www.chessscotland.com/grading-results/event2018/Richardson_Cup.html but the image below has the scores.

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Phones progress to semi-finals of the Richardson Cup

Phones had the luck of the draw with a second home tie for the quarter-finals of the Richardson Cup, vs. Edinburgh’s Wandering Dragons team. The club achieved a fine win, with comparable gradings on paper, and we are now into the semi-finals.

Once again, a big thanks to John Mcintyre, who sorted out the venue arrangements, arranged a fab buffet lunch for both teams and after attending a busy meeting in the morning, he went on to get the first points on the board, with a comfortable draw on board 7! Draws were also achieved in games by Bob Dickson and Daniel Abrahams (on loan from his more regular club, Montrose, to our good fortune) and Stephen Misanjo. Pavlos had a great game with black, against Alan Tate,  in a battling Dutch defence, and was unlucky not to get at least the half point. A fine win by Guy Lyons and also a resurgent Nikos Skettos meant that Luke just had to avoid defeat to a lower-graded opponent, which he managed to do.

Our sincere commiserations to Wandering Dragons, who were gracious opponents and had had to brave the wintry weather to get here – think we were very lucky to get a home fixture on this tie! Best of luck to them for the rest of the season.

Well done team, another great joint effort, next stop: semi-finals against Glasgow Polytechnic, Feb 17th/18th!

Date: 20/01/2018

 

Board Name Pnum Grade Result (home) Result (away) Name Pnum Grade
1 Pavlos Bozinakis 22164 2194 0 1 Alan Tate 6191 2358
2 Daniel Abrahams 24173 2127 1/2 1/2 Mark Orr 5555 2145
3 Stephen Misanjo 25803 1867* 1/2 1/2 Elliot Sloan 6012 1953
4 Guy Lyons 4746 1858* 1 0 Richard Kynoch 4629 1927
5 Bob Dickson 3731 1835* 1/2 1/2 Donald Heron 4339 1813
6 Nicolas Skettos 26683 1646 1 0 Ian Brownlee 3323 1763
7 John W McIntyre 5102 1752* 1/2 1/2 Jannic Konarski 4621 1729
8 Luke Barker 11947 1733* 1 0 Marek Straczynski 6147 1437
  Match Result 5 3

Phones defeat Edinburgh in the Richardson Cup!

Phones, after winning the Spens Cup earlier in the year, hosted Edinburgh for this season’s first Richardson tie. The club achieved a great team victory, outgraded on every board, and we are now in the quarter-finals. A big thanks to John who arranged a generous buffet lunch for both teams and arranging things with the venue.

Our sincere commiserations to Edinburgh, who were very worthy and sporting opponents. Best of luck to them for the rest of the season.

Date: 10/12/2017

Home: _Phones__________ Away: ____Edinburgh____________

Board

Name

Pnum

Grade

Result (home)

Result (away)

Name

Pnum

Grade

1

B

Pavlos Bozinakis

22164

2200

0

1

Calum MacQueen

12082

2239

2

W

Stephen Misanjo

25803

1834

1

0

Petros Walden

24775

2187

3

W

Guy Lyons

4746

1854

1/2

1/2

Hugh Brechin

11864

2092

4

B

Bob Dickson

3731

1816

1

0

Alastair White

6449

2069

5

B

Nicolas Skettos

26683

1801

1/2

1/2

Raj Bhopal

22894

1934

6

W

Luke Barker

11947

1752

1/2

1/2

Andre Antunes

26048

1937

7

W

John W McIntyre

5102

1742

1/2

1/2

Chris Sykes

12843

1892

8

B

Colin Paterson

5582

1351

1/2

1/2

Michael Ridge

15018

1833

Match Result

4.5

3.5

Hillhead – Family Fun Day chess

Colin Paterson, coaching player, of Phones chess club, has been running and organising many chess events for the community in recent years. On Sunday 19th November, he manned several chess boards at a Interfaith Family Day at Hillhead Primary*, in Kelvinbridge, which was well attended by young and old alike. Well done, Colin!

Luke Barker and John Mcintyre also help out at some of these events in Glasgow area. If your Glasgow community is having a gala day or similar and would like us to run a stall, please get in touch. We have run stalls in Yorkhill, Gibson Street Gala, West End Festival, Possilpark Gala and more.
* = Hillhead Primary School 110 Otago Street, Glasgow G12 8NS