Welcome to Castlehill Chess Club!

The largest and most active chess club in Dundee. For beginners to Masters,  Juniors to adults. We’re always looking for new members – our membership is around 55 players (35 adults, 20 juniors <17). 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, our club normally meets every Thursday throughout the year (Except Christmas) between 7 pm and 10.30 pm. We are delighted to open our doors again from Thursday 21st October 21 for face to face chess! We also play online as another string to our bow! If you are local to the Dundee area, or a student at Dundee or Abertay Universities, and you are interested in playing online, please contact us. We welcome players of all ages and level of ability.

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THE FIGHT TO PLAY WORLD CHESS CHAMPION MAGNUS CARLSON CANDIDATES TOURNAMENT – June 17th to July 5th July 22 – Madrid Spain Round 11 & 12 Report update  They think it`s all over? Well it is now! Barring the most amazing collapse in history, Nepomniachtch will finish top of the candidates tournament and become the official FIDE challenger to face reigning world champion, Magnus Carlson in 2023 for the second time. He only needs one draw in two games, which is something he does very well indeed!   Mister steady Nepomniachtch has drawn most of his matches and won 5 matches, but crucially after 12[...]
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FIDE WORLD SENIORS TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS Acqui Terme, Italy - 19th – 30th June 22 Time-Control: 90 minutes first 40 moves, then 30 minutes + 30 seconds increment from 41st move Tournament 50+ - 9 rounds UPDATE - Final report! Round 7 and Scotland get back to winning ways with a nice 3 – 1 win against the Polish Amateurs! FM Andrew Burnett makes it two wins in a row supported by Neil  Farrell on board 2! Both players got the full backing from Alan Scrimgour and James Stevenson who both drew their matches! Round 8: Against Iceland, FM Andrew Burnett makes it three wins in a[...]
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THE FIGHT TO PLAY WORLD CHESS CHAMPION MAGNUS CARLSON CANDIDATES TOURNAMENT – June 17th to July 5th July 22 – Madrid Spain Round 10 - Wed 29th June 22 Report   Nepomniachtch takes a commanding 1½ point lead after drawing his match in round 10 against  Radjabov as the wheels come off Caruana`s tournament after losing again this time against Duda!  It seems Caruana`s defeat against Nakamura in round 8 has taken all the wind out of his sails and he has nothing more to offer in the candidates! Having said that both players and indeed most players in round 10 were up[...]
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FIDE WORLD SENIORS TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS Acqui Terme, Italy - 19th – 30th June 22 Time-Control: 90 minutes first 40 moves, then 30 minutes + 30 seconds increment from 41st move Tournament 50+ - 9 rounds  UPDATE ROUND 6 Round 6 saw Scotland take on another home nation in Wales Silures. It was a tough battle as you would expect from two teams in the UK, bragging right`s were at stake!   It ended in a 2 -2 draw with FM Andrew Burnett getting his first win of the tournament on board one! Neil Farrell on board two could not hold on for the draw and lost his[...]
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THE FIGHT TO PLAY WORLD CHESS CHAMPION MAGNUS CARLSON CANDIDATES TOURNAMENT – June 17th to July 5th July 22 – Madrid Spain Round 8 - Sun 26th June 22 UPDATE What an 8th round in the candidate’s tournament! Leader Nepomniachtchi draws in double quick time, leaving the door open for Caruana to draw level! This will either be a mistake or turnout to be a very smart game plan! The Nakamura v Caruana turned in to one of the best games of the candidate’s so far. In an unfamiliar complicated position for both players, Nakamura was in an attacking mood with double edged chances. Yes[...]
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FIDE WORLD SENIORS TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS Acqui Terme, Italy - 19th – 30th June 22 Time-Control: 90 minutes first 40 moves, then 30 minutes + 30 seconds increment from 41st move Tournament 50+ - 9 rounds   Scotland has one team in the 50+ tournament and are seeded 11th in a field of 23 teams with England 1 being the top seeded side. What a lovely location to play chess in and do some sight seeing as well!   Scotland’s squad is made up of 5 players: IM David Levy 2289 FM Neil Farrell 2190 FM Andrew Burnett 2160 Alan Scrimgour 2055 James Stevenson 2008 This was on paper a really tough and challenging challenge[...]
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THE FIGHT TO PLAY WORLD CHESS CHAMPION MAGNUS CARLSON CANDIDATES TOURNAMENT – June 17th to July 5th July 22 – Madrid Spain UPDATE: 25/06/22 After six rounds Ian Nepomniachtchi (Russia) leads the field on his own by ½ a point (4½) from Fabiano Caruana (USA) on 4 points. There are still eight rounds to go so anything can happen but if current form continues it’s looking like a two way battle between Nepomniachi and Caruana!   After 6 rounds there have only been six decisive games and 18 draws, with Nepomniachtchi having won three of them! Caruana has won two, while Nakamura (USA) the other[...]
July 10, 2022
  • SCT Dundee Allegro 5 rounds
    Starts: 9:30 am
July 14, 2022
  • Castlehill Quick-Play Rd 2 OTB
    Starts: 7:30 pm
July 17, 2022
  • Castlehill Summer ONLINE Rd 2 deadline
    Starts: 1:00 pm
July 21, 2022
  • Castlehill Random Knockout Q/F OTB deadline
    Starts: 7:30 pm
July 28, 2022
  • Quick-Play GP Rd 3
    Starts: 7:30 pm
August 7, 2022
  • Summer-online Round 3
    Starts: 1:00 pm
August 11, 2022
  • Castlehill Quick-Play Rd 4 OTB
    Starts: 7:30 pm
August 18, 2022
  • Random Knockout Deadline S/F`s
    Starts: 7:15 pm

Full calendar here.

TAFCA WINTER ONLINE LEAGUE TABLES 2021-22
Updated: 18/04/22 – 11:07hrs

TAFCA Champions & Winners 2021-22 (Online)

  • Division One – Champions: Dundee A team (9th in a row!)
  • Division Two – Champions:  Kirkcaldy A (promoted to division one)
  • J.R.Chalmers Grand Prix Memorial 2021-22 – Champion: Richard Kynoch (Castlehill)
    Table Updated: 18/04/22:HERE
  • TAFCA Allegro Championship Series Overall Champion: Ed Spencer (Dundee)
    Table Updated: 18/04/22: “HERE
  • Most Improved TAFCA Junior Award: Winner: Rishi Vijayakumar J10 (Castlehill) (3rd in a row; J8, J9 & now J10)
  • TAFCA Team Battle: Team Champions: Castlehill Chess Club Dundee.
  • TAFCA Team Battle: Individual Champion: Richard Polaczek IM (Castlehill).

TAFCA AGM and Trophy presentations to be confirmed.

#TeamPldWonDrnLostPoints 
1DUNDEE A980116Champions
2CASTLEHILL A961213R/up
3ST.ANDREWS A960312
4CASTLEHILL B951311
5CASTLEHILL D94149
6CASTLEHILL C93248
7CASTLEHILL F93157
8CASTLEHILL E92256
9DUNDEE B92165Relegated
10PERTH A91173Relegated
Match points only!

# PldWonDrnLostPoints 
1KIRKCALDY A981017Champions
2DUNDEE C971115R/Up
3KIRKCALDY B951311
4ST.ANDREWS C942310
5ST.ANDREWS D934210
6ST.ANDREWS B950410
7DUNDEE D92256
8CASTLEHILL H92256
9DUNDEE E91173
10CASTLEHILL G90272
Match points only!

TAFCA WEBSITE (Menu Winter League)

On our website we have a searchable database of games by Castlehill Members.
You can go through the games or download them.
To go to our database you click “Club Info” in main menu and then “View Club Games“.
Or alternatively click “HERE” to take you to the database.

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Ray Noble v Andy Rowe
Castlehill Arena Lichess Tournament -5 minutes+ 3 seconds

We are always looking for new games, so players please submit your games
and if possible with some analysis or thoughts.
It does not matter your level,  the games are part of the clubs history!