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.

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[...]
RANDOM KNOCKOUT 2016-17 Just a reminder that the Prelim round of the Random Knockout must be played by/on Thursday 2nd February 2017. Please email your opponent (and Ray!) asap to arrange a match date. Remember we have a lot of TAFCA & Club Competitions on the go so contact early is paramount! The first round of the Random Knockout deadline is Thursday 30th March 2017. Random Knockout Page[...]
Happy New Year to you all! CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP 2016-17 After two rounds we only have four players still on full points! Two juniors, including the defending champion, plus a couple of not so young juniors! The third round draw is now up and the Club Championship night is Thursday 9th February 2107.  That is the night you play the match, which by the way has gone down very well in the last two rounds!  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[...]
Thurs 22nd Dec: Club Update The last club night of 2016 was also the Club Championship round 2 night. We had 8 matches on and in total 23 players down including juniors. What a club we have at the moment. Let’s hope 2017 brings us even more new players and rewards. Club Championship Results Rd 2 R.Noble 0, A.Banerjee 1 A.Rowe 1, S.Banerjee 0 P.Shafi 0, D.Kosznik 1 E.Dawson 1, R.McLeod 0 G.Thomas ½, C.Nicol ½ A.Grant 0, S.Gregory 0 N.Waugh 0, G.Atkins 1 C.Young ½, R.Morris ½ The atmosphere was brilliant and I can honestly say having a Club Championship night is proving popular and exciting for all involved! Junior coaching was[...]
Thurs 15th Dec: Club Night Report With 30+ members down it was another goodnight. No report last week because of illness, so I will try and catch up in this report! TAFCA Div 1 Castlehill B 2½, Castlehill C 1½ It was close, but not close enough for the “C” team. The top board featured the two best draw masters this side of the Milky Way, Andy Rowe (B) & Craig Nicol (C), and boy did they not disappoint. They say a Leopard cannot change it`s spots and it seems neither can these two players as they were the first match to finish (20:23hrs!).[...]
WORLD CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2016 (Report reproduced from iChess by Carlos from Team iChess.) Magnus Carlsen defeated Karjakin 3-1 in the tiebreaks to retain his title as World Champion. It wasn’t easy, it wasn’t always pretty but Carlsen eventually finished off his challenger in style! This is the position from the final game. Black (Karjakin) threatens mate in one but it’s White’s move. Can you find Magnus’ winning idea? The match started with 7 draws in a row, although Sergey missed a couple of chances to win. Perhaps we shouldn’t have been shocked when Karjakin took the lead, capitalizing on repeatedly reckless play from Carlsen.[...]
Thurs 1st Dec: Club open Not so busy by our current standards, but 19 players down, including 7 juniors is not bad at all! The coaching was done by Lisa, Lewis & Ray, so not much learned then. Lol! :) MATCH RESULTS Summer Rd 5 (Yes it`s still going!) Keith Rose 1, Graham Atkins 0 Subhayu Banerjee 0, Colin Young 1 (More on the Summer later) We were in the common room as there was a Baby Memorial on in the main hall. It`s a good room for chess and the kitchen is attached as well! Happy days! [...]
January 21, 2017
  • Spens Cup: Castlehill CC v Wandering Dragons CC
    Starts: 12:00 pm
January 24, 2017
  • TAFCA Div 2: Dundee D v Castlehill D
    Starts: 7:30 pm
January 26, 2017
  • TAFCA Div 1: Castlehill A v Dundee A
    Starts: 7:30 pm
January 29, 2017
  • TAFCA Allegro (JRChalmers Grand Prix event: Double points!)
    Starts: 9:30 am
February 2, 2017
  • TAFCA Div 1: Castlehill B v Dundee A
    Starts: 7:30 pm
  • Random Knockout Prelim deadline
    Starts: 7:30 pm
February 6, 2017
  • TAFCA Div 2: Perth B v Castlehill E
    Starts: 7:30 pm
February 9, 2017
  • Club Championship Night Round 3
    Starts: 7:00 pm

Full calendar here.

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 to meet another Castlehill team, but which one has yet to be decided. Well played everyone!

Last Thursday 5th January we had just a few players down.

Results
Random Knockout
Norman Waugh 0, Fergus Milne 1

LADDER
1st Ray Noble (2pts): 2nd Keith Rose (1pt); 3rd Arthur Grant (nil)

Onward and upward!
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Thurs 5th Jan 2017: Club Open
Happy New Year to you all!

The club re-opens tonight and it would be good to see you all down.

See you all tonight!
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RANDOM KNOCKOUT
Just a reminder that the Prelim round of the Random Knockout must be played by/on Thursday 2nd February 2017. Please email your opponent (and Ray!) asap to arrange a match date. Remember we have a lot of TAFCA & Club Competitions on the go so contact early is paramount!

The first round of the Random Knockout deadline is Thursday 30th March 2017.
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TAFCA NEWS
J.R.CHALMERS GRAND PRIX 2016-17
The leader board has now been updated (1/01/17). Please check for errors and let me know ASAP. Remember the qualifying events are TAFCA league, Dundee/Angus Congress/Perth Congress (Feb 17) and the TAFCA Allegro(Double points!).
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Happy New Year to you all!

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP 2016-17
After two rounds we only have four players still on full points! Two juniors, including the defending champion, plus a couple of not so young juniors! The third round draw is now up and the Club Championship night is Thursday 9th February 2107.

That is the night you play the match, which by the way has gone down very well in the last two rounds! 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 9th Feb!

Good luck everybody!
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