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.

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! [...]
Scottish National Chess League: Rounds 3 and 4, November 27th 2016: Mixed fortunes for our three teams with the "A" team taking on their nemesis Hamilton A, while our "B" team struggled big time and our "C" team were down and up! A full report by captain Alastair Dawson is on our website SNCL page link below! A big thank you to all our players who took part in a very long day!   SNCL Report    [...]
Thurs 24th Nov: Club Update Another busy night with TAFCA, Club and Juniors all on the go! TAFCA Div 2 Castlehill D 3, Castlehill E 1 Lewis Foggie on board one for the "E" team might have been on the losing side, but he stole the show with a great win against the old man of the club Graham Atkins (1401)! Great win Lewis! Nancy Elder Ray Noble (1448) 0, Agnijo Banerjee (1357) 1 Agnijo played well, but Ray will be kicking himself after launching a great attack in which Agnijo found himself on the wrong end of it, only for Ray to play 35:Nxh6+? Instead of[...]
OBAN CHESS CONGRESS: 18th-20th Nov 2016: Report Castlehill had 7 players this year in the Oban Congress 2016, 3 of them juniors! OPEN (23 entries) It was a family affair in the open with the dynamic son and father pairing of the Dawson’s! Euan Dawson J15 (1599) was playing in his first Open and he held his own finishing on 2½ points with a TPR 1813! This was helped by two draw against an 1898 & 1970. Euan has come on in leaps and bounds over the last year or two and does not look out of place at the top table! While father[...]
Thurs 21st Nov: TAFCA Division One Match Perth A v Castlehill B Castlehill B were on an away mission to Perth to seek and destroy their “A” team. Unfortunately the “B” team were two players down and drafted in two players from the “C” team. We can only try our best! When we arrived it turns out that Perth A were also two players down so we had a sight chance after all! The board 4 match was the first to finish with Ray Noble (1448) winning against John Williamson (1286) to give our team a 1-0 lead! But that does not tell[...]
CHESS SCOTLAND COMPETITIONS 2016-17 Nancy Elder Competition The draw has been make for the Chess Scotland Nancy Elder tournament and as expected most of Castlehill`s players have been drawn together for the first round. Last year the final was contested between Euan Dawson & Keith Rose, with Euan coming out on top! Let’s hope for the same again this year. Nancy Elder Draw Spens Cup In the Q/Final`s of the Spens Cup we play Wandering Dragons at home in the Chaplaincy on Saturday 21st January, starting at noon. It will be a hard match but we have the players to do some damage! Spectators welcome! Spens Cup[...]
December 15, 2016
  • TAFCA Div 1: Castlehill B v Castlehill C
    Starts: 7:30 pm
  • TAFCA Div 2: Castlehill E v Dundee D
    Starts: 7:30 pm
December 22, 2016
  • Club Championship Night Round 2
    Starts: 7:00 pm
January 12, 2017
  • TAFCA Div 1: Castlehill C v Dundee C:
    Starts: 7:30 pm
January 19, 2017
  • TAFCA Div 1: Castlehill B v Kirkcaldy A
    Starts: 7:30 pm
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

Full calendar here.

WORLD CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2016

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!

Full report on our website!

www.castlehillchess.co.uk
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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!
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Scottish National Chess League: Rounds 3 and 4:
November 27th 2016:
Dundee City A; B & C Teams: (A joint venture between Castlehill CC & Dundee CC)

Mixed fortunes for our three teams with the "A" team taking on their nemesis Hamilton A and winning! While our "B" team struggled big time and our "C" team were down and up!

Special mentions for Stephen Hogg (Dundee) & Declan Shafi (Castlehill)

A full report by captain Alastair Dawson is on our website SNCL page link below!

A big thank you to all our players who took part in a very long day!

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Thurs 24th Nov: Club Update
Another busy night with TAFCA, Club and Juniors all on the go!

TAFCA
Div 2
Castlehill D 3, Castlehill E 1
Lewis Foggie on board one for the "E" team might have been on the losing side, but he stole the show with a great win against the old man of the club Graham Atkins (1401)! Great win Lewis!

Nancy Elder
Ray Noble (1448) 0, Agnijo Banerjee (1357) 1
Agnijo played well, but Ray will be kicking himself after launching a great attack in which Agnijo found himself on the wrong end of it, only for Ray to play 35:Nxh6+? Instead of 35:Rxh6! (no drink was involved!) After that Ray went from bad to worse and then miscalculated a Knight sack and that was that! Agnijo deserves credit for the way he held his nerve under intense pressure. In the end Ray cracked not Agnijo! :)

Chess & Castlehill? Just sounds right like Fish & Chips!
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OBAN CHESS CONGRESS: 18th-20th Nov: Report

Castlehill had 7 players in this congress, 3 of them juniors!
Euan, Tom, Ben, Alastair, John, Lisa & Robbie held the Castlehill flag high!

A full report is now on our website, but congratulations go to all players especially Lisa Paton & Robbie McLeod on winning a grading prize!

Well played everyone and many thanks to all the Oban organisers for once again putting on a great weekend congress, your hard work has paid off again!

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