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.

The 9th IAN McNAB MEMORIAL 2017: Update Congratulation go to Craig Nicol & Ray Flood (Dundee CC) for finishing joint 1st on the night. A full report on the Ian McNab web page.[...]
The 9th Ian McNab Memorial 2017: Thurs 27th April (This Thursday!) Well the vote for the opening for the Ian McNab Memorial was a tad disappointing with only 9 people voting? Anyway the Monkey’s Bum wins it by a cheek with 3 votes; Cochrane’s Gambit had 2, and all the rest 1 each. *  The Monkeys Bum: 1.e4 g6 2.Bc4 Bg7 3.Qf3 e6 4.d4 Bxd4 5.Ne2 Bg7 6.Nbc3 Now the voting over the years has been abysmal, so I am proposing that the 2nd place opening is the opening for next year (10th), then we stick with the ten openings all ready picked[...]
1st 5-MINUTE GRAND PRIX 2017: 20/04/17 Well we had two 5-Minute Grand Prix tournaments on tonight, one all junior, the other the usual suspects! We had 7 in the main event with the tournament number one player, Andy Rowe taking top spot on the night, winning all 7 matches. Even one he went a queen down in! Colin Young was in sparkling form taking 2nd place on the night. Ray Noble had an up and down night but still managed to finish in 3rd place, thanks to a fine win against his old adversary, Graham Atkins! ------------------------------------- In the junior 5-Minute, it was a battle[...]
1st 5-MINUTE GRAND PRIX The first 5-minute takes place Thursday 20th April, 7:45pm start. In all 5 events will take place over the season and the player with the most points becomes Champion! See rules for more info. This year you will forfeit the game if you make an illegal move. Why not come on down and join us 5-Minute page[...]
The 9th IAN McNAB OPENING THEMED MEMORIAL 2017: Vote now! Here are suggestions for the Ian McNab Memorial.  Please vote now on which one you would like to see played at this years Ian McNab Memorial on Thursday 27th April 2017. 1  Benko Gambit: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 (Accepted or declined?) 2  Scotch Gambit: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd 4.Bc4 3  Dutch, Krejcik gambit: 1. d4 f5 2. g4 4  Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defence: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 5  Cochrane Gambit  1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nxf7 Kxf7 5. Bc4+ Ke8 6  The Monkeys[...]
BOB DUNN SUMMER 2017 The 2nd round draw for this competition is now up on our website. The Summer Night for round two is THURSDAY 1st JUNE 2017. Please check your diary and make sure you can play that night. If not contact your opponent and make arrangements for another Thursday “BEFORE” the Summer Night! Please keep me in the email trail as this helps me spot if any problems arise. Hopefully you can all make the 1st June as it’s a good night when all are playing! A couple of shocks in round 1 including the defeat of the number 1[...]
CLUB NIGHT UPDATE: Thurs 13th April BOB DUNN SUMMER 2017 Well it was the first round of the Bob Dunn Summer and we had some new faces in the competition with 6 new juniors playing a competitive match for the first time, plus one adult! There were a two shock results, which is always good for the competition! Gordon Thomas (1372) beat the number one seed, Craig Nicol (1519), Ramit Kanodia (J9) beat Lisa Paton (1011). All results and standing are on our website on the Summer page. In this competition it`s 3 points for a win and 1 point for a draw/bye. The next[...]
May 5, 2017
  • Castlehill Quiz Night Fund Raiser!
    Starts: 7:00 pm
May 18, 2017
  • Club Championship Night Round 5 (Final)
    Starts: 7:00 pm
May 25, 2017
  • The 2nd 5-Minute Grand Prix
    Starts: 7:30 pm
May 26, 2017
  • Ayr Congress: Fri/Sun; 26th to 28th May
    Starts: 6:00 pm
June 1, 2017
  • Bob Dunn Summer Night Round 2
    Starts: 7:30 pm
June 22, 2017
  • The 3rd 5-Minute Grand Prix
    Starts: 7:30 pm
June 29, 2017
  • Random Knockout Semi-final deadline
    Starts: 7:30 pm
July 13, 2017
  • Bob Dunn Summer Night Round 3
    Starts: 7:30 pm

Full calendar here.

This is a reminder that our fund-raising quiz night is next Friday, 5th. We have 13 teams though one is a member short – any volunteers (it would work out at £4 per head)?

The list of raffle prizes is now:
• Two prizes of Mecca Douglasfield Bingo: VIP evening for 2 people.
• Two prizes of fruit baskets;
• Two prizes of toiletry gift sets
• Several bottles of wine;
• Chocolates;
• 1 Toiletry gift basket (small)
• 1 small gift set
• Pack of 3 bottles of Colonsay lager
• Hamper of chocs, biscuits, sweets, crisps
• Three free driving lessons with StopGo driving school

Contact me (ksrose29@gmail.com) or Ray (nobleray59@yahoo.com) if you can contribute in any way
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9th IAN McNAB MEMORIAL: Update

Congratulations go to Craig Nicol & Ray Flood (Dundee CC) for finishing joint 1st on the night on 4 points. Both played well with Ray Flood taking the personal honour of beating Craig in their head to head! Ray Flood lost to Colin Young!

Keith Rose, Colin Young & Subhayu Banerjee, (winner last year!) finished in runner’s-up spot on 3 points

A full report, results & standings on our website.
www.castlehillchess.co.uk
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In my hand are the all important quiz questions for the inaugural Castlehill Chess Club Quiz night. For the chance of £70 come along and join in! ... See MoreSee Less

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The 9th Ian McNab Memorial 2017: Thurs 27th April (Tonight!)

* The Monkeys Bum: 1.e4 g6 2.Bc4 Bg7 3.Qf3 e6 4.d4 Bxd4 5.Ne2 Bg7 6.Nbc3

(Checkout the variation above as a mistake was in the last one, apologies for that! All corrected now.)

I hope to see as many of you down this TONIGHT, Thursday 27th April for the Ian McNab Memorial. Remember the matches “DO NOT” go for grading; 5 rounds; 15 minutes each player; Swiss pairing system used. You play the opening from “BOTH SIDES!”
Good fun, but a trophy is up for grabs as well!
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The 9th Ian McNab Memorial 2017: Thurs 27th April (This Thursday!)

Well the vote for the opening for the Ian McNab Memorial was a tad disappointing with only 9 people voting? Anyway the Monkey’s Bum wins it by a cheek with 3 votes; Cochrane’s Gambit had 2, and all the rest 1 each.

* The Monkeys Bum: 1.e4 g6 2.Bc4 Bg7 3.Qf3 e6 4.d4 Bxd4 5.Ne2 Bg7 6.Nbc3

I hope to see as many of you down this Thursday 27th April for the Ian McNab Memorial. Remember the matches “DO NOT” go for grading; 5 rounds; 15 minutes each player; Swiss pairing system used. You play the opening from “BOTH SIDES!”

Good fun, but a trophy is up for grabs as well!

P.S. How did it get it`s name? For this and more info checkout our website!
www.castlehillchess.co.uk
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