The Bobby Gow Memorial 2015


Tuesday 20th September: Venue: Dundee Chess Club

It`s hard to believe that this memorial is already in it`s 13th year! This year it was Dundee Chess Clubs turn to be hosts and what hosts they were to laying on some food and drink and a warm welcome as usual!

Castlehill are the defending champions and have been on a fine run in this event recently and are hoping to keep it going. Dundee had 10 players on the night and a much weaker side grading wise than normal. They were missing some key players on the top and middle grade range. Castlehill on the other hand had 15 players for this event. The average grade for both teams were;

Dundee 1470 & Castlehill 1619

Dundee won the toss and took white on top board! On paper the first 5 boards were evenly matched, but the bottom 5 boards were strongly in favour of Castlehill. Castlehill also had 3 juniors in their side; 13;15 & 16 years old.


BOARD 7:First to finish was the match between Castlehill`s very experienced Fergus Milne (1565) and Dundee’s new boy Luis Alcada (1200e) .Castlehill got first blood and there defence off to a good start as Fergus proved to strong for Luis despite his long lay-off after an accident.

Dundee 0, Castlehill 1

BOARD 8: Martin Chalmers (1517) made it two nil with a comfortable win against Jean Chalmers (1119). This was a battle neither player wanted but fate dictated would happen! Martin was Bobby`s best mate when he was alive and this competition always means a lot to him.

Dundee 0, Castlehill 2

BOARD 5: Castlehill were on a roll as Ben Volland J13 (1626) won this tricky tie against Robert Burnett (1440). While on paper Ben should win, Robert has this knack of pulling something out of the bag! Great start for Castlehill! Ben has come on leaps and bounds over the last year or two and is a great addition to the Castlehill ranks, and indeed the Dundee City teams in the SNCL!

Dundee 0, Castlehill 3

BOARD 10: Ray Noble (1448) put Castlehill in a very strong position after beating Scott McKenzie (ug). With Ray’s experience it was always going to be an up hill struggle for ungraded Scott who unfortunately made a tactical error on move two and faced an up hill struggle from then on. Mind you Ray has been known to blow hot or cold at times. But not this time!

Dundee 0, Castlehill 4

BOARD 9: Roy Morris (1486), played well to be a pawn up against Andrew Morrison (1077). Andrew also had a doubled pawn to boot! But somehow during a set of exchanges, Roy found himself in what looked like a lost endgame with his King on the back rank, but Andrews King had advanced to his 4th rank! You could see and feel Roy`s bewilderment and frustration at this turn of events. Indeed it was looking like Roy was going to resign for a moment. Thankfully he did not, and as happens with lower graded players, Andrew did not grasp the position fully and moved his King the wrong way to give the advantage back to Roy, who played his “GET OUT OF JAIL” card (This is chess Roy, not Monopoly!) and this time finished it off! That win gave Castlehill an unbelievable 5-0 flyer and guaranteed them at least the draw.

Dundee 0, Castlehill 5

BOARD 2: Alastair Dawson (1807) finally got Dundee off the mark and ended the possibility of a whitewash with a good win against Castlehill new boy Sam Gregory (1759). Sam has not played serious chess in about four years but was a former Scotland under 17 junior player! He is a bit rusty and came up against the very experienced professor! Sam is part of our very successful day at the Dundee University’s Freshers Fair which Castlehill had a stall at! I think we shall be hearing more from Sam in due course! Alistair’s win give Dundee the hope of pulling off a remarkable come back to tie the match. Boy would that be come back to tell the weans!

Dundee 1, Castlehill 5

BOARD 1: The smiling assassin, Declan Shafi J16(1886) got the honour of pushing Castlehill over the winning line with a fine performance against Alan Borwell (1907). This meant Castlehill with 3 matches to go have retained the Bobby Gow Memorial Trophy! It is fitting that Declan should be the player that gets us the title after the season he had last year. What a player he has become and we at Castlehill are so proud of him as is his mum & dad! Well done Declan!

Dundee 1. Castlehill 6

BOARD 3: Paul Shafi (1657) & Jim Anderson (1669) fought out a hard draw with both players not giving an inch over then board. Jim’s half point while not enough to change the outcome of the match, was a good ½ point none the less. Paul made sure that the “Shafi family” are unbeaten this year in the Bobby Gow!

Dundee 1½, Castlehill 6½

BOARD 6: What a match this was between our own Euan Dawson J15 (1599) and Dundee`s Alan R. Woodcock (1370). Euan took his time and seemed to have the upper hand, indeed a winning position, with his only problem being his time? Alan on the other hand was playing better than his published grade and was putting obstacles in Euan`s way and making him work hard if he was going to win. Near the end of the match, Alan had created a dangerous mating net around Euan`s King, but Euan was on the verge of promoting a pawn. In the end it all seemed to come down to Euan`s lack of time. Working it all out is a good quality, but even then one awkward or unexpected move by your opponent can throw you a little and then time has a habit of biting you in the bum! This is exactly what happened in the end and Euan lost on time. It would have hurt Euan not only grading wise but personally after all his hard work, but you have to give credit to Alan for the way he kept in there despite all the pressure he was under! He certainly played above his currant grade and may be it was a case of turning back the hands of time for Alan! Euan I know will learn from this and become a stronger player for it. You can fight most things in life and chess, but you can never beat time unless you are a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey… Euan?

Dundee 2½, Castlehill 6½

BOARD 4: Last but not least was the match between old rivals. Keith “The Legend” Rose (1654) and Frank Stevenson (1644). They have been battling each other for so long over the years, you could call it a “Time War!” What a match they both served up. Full of complications, with both players living on a knife edge! One false move and you are a goner. Keith with a passed pawn seemed ready to sacrifice his queen, but gain a replacement! Frank putting a spoke in this plan and converging on Keith`s King and Queen! It will be one worth going over, but in the end Keith managed to find the answers and finally over come the strong resistance of Frank. Frank should have known that against the Castlehill legend, “Resistance is Futile. Species Frank Stevenson will be assimilated!”

Dundee 2½, Castlehill 7½

Congratulations to Castlehill on retaining the Boby Gow Memorial in style! Dundee put up a good fight, but were missing some of their top players on the night due to things out with their control. Castlehill did well to muster 15 players as a Tuesday night is a problematic night for a lot of our players.

Well played everyone that took part and showed their support for this event. Everyone enjoyed the night and Bobby Gow would have been a proud man watching this.

See you all next year at Castlehill!

Thursday 20th September 2016

Dundee Chess Club
Castlehill Chess Club
11907Borwell, Alan0-1Shafi, Declan1886
21807Dawson, Alastair1-0Gregory, Sam1759
31669Anderson, James½-½Shafi, Paul1657
41644Stevenson, Frank0-1Rose, Keith1654
51440Burnett, Robert0-1Volland, Ben1626
61370Woodcock, Alan1-0Dawson, Euan1599
71200eAlcada, Luis0-1Milne, Fergus1565
81119Chalmers, Jean0-1Chalmers, Martin1517
91077Morrison, Andrew0-1Morris, Roy1486
100McKenzie, Scott0-1Noble, Ray1448


Thurs 24th Sept – Report here  2015

Castlehill Chess Club
Dundee Chess Club
12259MacQueen, Calum1-0Dawson, Alastair G1861
21763Shafi, Declan J141-0Anderson, James1582
31710Barker, Luke½-½Robertson, John1562
41646Rose, Keith1-0Burnett, Robert1519
51597Shafi, Paul1-0Walsh, Peter1501
61590Thompson, Dan1-0Wallace, Bruce1468
71500Pawel Kosior1-0Dawson, Euan J141322
81497Atkins, Graham0-1Constance, Tom J141164
91481Morris, Roy1-0Morrison, Andrew1081
101373Young, Colin0-1Serelis, Paulius (on loan)1200e
111258Banerjee, Subhayu1-0Angely, Stuart (on loan)1100e
121240Banerjee, Agnijo1-0Coleman, Daniel (on Loan)875e