Welcome to Castlehill Chess Club!

Perhaps the most active and welcoming Chess Club in Scotland. For beginners to Masters,  Juniors to adults. We’re always looking for new members – our membership is around 40 players. We have male and female members, the young and the old. Coaching is available.

We are proud that four of our juniors are Chess Scotland Internationalists.

If you want to improve your chess, play casual chess, league chess, or any kind of chess, simply come along to the club or contact us in advance to be greeted at the door.

Dundee City SNCL Report, Rounds 5 and 6: February 26th 2017: Report by Alastair Dawson: The crucial Rounds 5 and 6 of the SNCL took place on Sunday. For the Dundee City A team it continued to be good news – at the end of the day’s play, the A team sit in 1st place tied with Edinburgh 1 on 12 points but ahead of them with 23 game points as opposed to Edinburgh’s 21.5 points. In the morning the A team overcame Thistles by 4.5-0.5 with wins from Andrew Greet, David Findlay, Ed Spencer and Declan Shafi. In the afternoon, their[...]
BOB DUNN SUMMER TOURNAMENT 2017 Entries are now being taken for this years summer tournament. The format is a 4 round Swiss, with the option in the event of a tie for the title of a 5th round between the players involved (Swiss rules still apply!). Time-control: All moves in 90 minutes each player (Same as Club Championship). Win=3pts: Draw=1pt; Loss=0: Also like this years club championship, the Summer deadline will be the Summer night. All matches will be set for that one night. If you wish to play another night, you will have to contact your opponent (and me!) to make[...]
CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP 2016-17 The forth round draw is now up and the Club Championship night is Thursday 6th April 2107.  That is the night you play the match. If you can`t make that night, then it`s up to you the player to contact your opponent (and email me as well!) asap to try and find an alternative date which must be before the 6th April!  It`s a junior leader board as defending champion, Declan Shafi and Agnijo Banerjee are undefeated at the top on 3 out of 3! That means they meet this round!  Good luck everybody P.S. The draw and results as usual are[...]
CASTLEHILL  NEWS CATCH-UP: Mon 27th Feb We had another busy night on Thursday 23rd February at the club, with 29 players down, 10 of the juniors! Not only that, but the coaching must be working as we do see an improvement already in them! TAFCA DIV 1 Castlehill A 2, Perth A 2 A last gasp draw by Paul Shafi saved the day for Castlehill A. A pawn down in a Rook pawn endgame, but it was a “g2 pawn his opponent John Warren had, and with correct play, a theoretical draw. (So they say!). Well played Paul! RANDOM KNOCKOUT 1st Round Fergus Milne (1565) 0,[...]
CASTLEHILL CHESS CLUB REPORT CATCH-UP: Apologies for the lack of info over the past two weeks but have been very busy with work and family matters. So let’s catch up on what has been a very good time for our club. TAFCA LEAGUE Div 2 Dundee D 0, Castlehill D 4 What a great result away from home for Castlehill D against our local city rivals! TAFCA KNOCKOUT FINAL And it does not end there for Captain Colin Young as he also captains Castlehill C in the TAFCA Time Handi-cap Knockout. They reached the final of this event, along with Captain Lisa` Paton`s team Castlehill D! Not[...]
CHESS SCOTLAND: SPENS CUP Castlehill Chess Club Club v Wandering Dragons Chess Club Today (Sat 21 Jan) we take on Wandering Dragons B in the Spens Cup. It takes place at the Chaplaincy, starting at noon. We don't have our strongest line-up but we'll do our best. Pop in for a look-see if you are anywhere near. Good Luck everyone![...]
Thurs 12th Jan: Club update + In all 28 players down at the club tonight, including 9 juniors! The junior coaching is going very well with the Step method books. The kids seem to be enjoying it all! TAFCA Div 1 Castlehill C 2½, Dundee C 1½ That is Castlehill C`s first win of this league campaign and a much needed one at that! Craig drew, Graham & Roy won, while Ray was outplayed by Alan Woodcock! TAFCA KNOCKOUT On Tuesday 10th January, Castlehill C took on and beat Dundee A to reach the final of the Time Handi-cap Knockout. In the final they are guaranteed[...]
March 8, 2017
  • TAFCA Div 1: Kirkcaldy A v Castlehill A
    Starts: 7:30 pm
March 9, 2017
  • TAFCA Div 2: Castlehill D v Perth B
    Starts: 7:30 pm
March 14, 2017
  • TAFCA Div 1: Dundee C v Castlehill C
    Starts: 7:30 pm
March 17, 2017
  • Irvine Congress: Fri/Sun; 17th-19th March
    Starts: 6:00 pm
March 26, 2017
  • SNCL: Round 7 & lightning tournament
    Starts: 10:00 am
March 30, 2017
  • Random Knockout 1st round deadline
    Starts: 7:30 pm
March 31, 2017
  • Edinburgh Congress: Fri-Sun; 31st March to 2nd April
    Starts: 6:00 pm
April 6, 2017
  • Club Championship Night Round 4
    Starts: 7:00 pm

Full calendar here.

Dundee City SNCL Report, Rounds 5 and 6: February 26th 2017
Report by Alastair Dawson:

The crucial Rounds 5 and 6 of the SNCL took place on Sunday. For the Dundee City A team it continued to be good news – at the end of the day’s play, the A team sit in 1st place tied with Edinburgh 1 on 12 points but ahead of them with 23 game points as opposed to Edinburgh’s 21.5 points. In the morning the A team overcame Thistles by 4.5-0.5 with wins from Andrew Greet, David Findlay, Ed Spencer and Declan Shafi. In the afternoon, their good form continued with a win over Giffnock and Clarkston by 3.5 – 1.5 this time with wins from Andrew, Ed and Declan. Everything now depends on the final Round 7 match with Edinburgh 1 due to take place on March 26th.

In Division 2, Dundee City B team had a big morning success beating Dumfries and District 4.5-0.5 with wins from Gary Weir, Alastair Dawson, Sam Gregory and Darius Kosznik. But they suffered a setback in the afternoon losing 1.5-3.5 to a strong IPCC team led by Elliot Frew. A win from Darius Kosznik and draw from Sam Gregory were the only points to show from a hard afternoon’s play. These results leave the Dundee City B team sitting mid-table on 5 match points and 15.5 game points. Much now depends on their Round 7 match against higher-placed Kilmarnock. Tied with the B team on 5 points are IPCC whose last round match is against CSBOS1 who are on 3 points. East Kilbride A sit at the bottom of the table on 3 points and have a difficult task in Rd 7 against leaders Inverclyde.

In Division 4, Dundee City C team were challenging for promotion but the day did not go well. In the morning the team were beaten by Crouching Tigers 1.5-3.5 with the only points coming from a win by Ray Flood and a draw from Euan Dawson. In the afternoon, they lost to Corstorphine by 2-3 with wins coming from Euan Dawson and Agnijo Banerjee. So this leaves the C team sitting firmly mid-table on 6 match points and 14.5 game points.
Overall, the A team now have a tough battle for the title with Edinburgh 1 in Round 7. The B team needs a good result against Kilmarnock in Rd 7 to stay safe from relegation while the C team can consolidate their mid-table position with a win in Round 7 at the end of March.
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A convincing win by our A team against Dundee B last night. It keeps us in the chase to win the Division but with matches against Kirkcaldy A and Dundee A to come it is still a challenge. ... See MoreSee Less

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BOB DUNN SUMMER TOURNAMENT 2017

Entries are now being taken for this years summer tournament.

The format is a 4 round Swiss, with the option in the event of a tie for the title of a 5th round between the players involved (Swiss rules still apply!). Time-control: All moves in 90 minutes each player (Same as Club Championship). Win=3pts: Draw=1pt; Loss=0:

Also like this years club championship, the Summer deadline will be the Summer night. All matches will be set for that one night. If you wish to play another night, you will have to contact your opponent (and me!) to make other arrangements. It has worked well for the Club Championship, so we will try it out for the Summer as well.

Closing date for entries is Sunday 12th March.

1st round Summer night is Thursday 13th April.
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CASTLEHILL NEWS CATCH-UP: Mon 27th Feb

We had another busy night on Thursday 23rd February at the club, with 29 players down, 10 of them juniors! Not only that, but the coaching must be working as we do see an improvement already in them!

TAFCA DIV 1
Castlehill A 2, Perth A 2
A last gasp draw by Paul Shafi saved the day for Castlehill A. A pawn down in a Rook pawn endgame, but it was a “g2 pawn his opponent John Warren had, and with correct play, a theoretical draw. (So they say!). Well played Paul!

RANDOM KNOCKOUT
1st Round
Fergus Milne (1565) 0, Ray Noble (1448) 1
(After the weekend Ray had at the Perth Congress, this was an unexpected result, but a good one!)

TAFCA DIV 2
Wed 22nd Feb
Kirkcaldy 1½, Castlehill D 2½
Great result for our “D” team away to Kirkcaldy!
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Sunday 26th Feb 17: SNCL

Today Dundee City (a joint venture between us (Castlehill) CC) and Dundee CC, play in the SNCL in Dunfirmline, rounds 5 & 6 today. Good luck to all three teams (Dundee City A; B & C) and players, especially Dundee City A who are going for the division One title again. It has eluded them so far, but you never know! :)
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