CLUB NIGHT REPORT: Thurs 20th Feb 20
Another busy night at Castlehill with two TAFCA matches on, two Random Knockout games and of course the Ladder! There was also one of our TAFCA teams away to St.Andrews and the juniors were in a quieter mood tonight, but maybe that had something to do with Tom not being here tonight? Just saying!
The City of Dundee is a very lucky city indeed with two big well established chess clubs (Castlehill & Dundee) who play on different nights. This gives the chess players of Dundee a choice of clubs and nights, or even join both and get the best of both worlds! Both chess clubs work hand in hand to give chess a bigger platform in the City of Discovery! We may be rivals sometimes, but friendly (most of the time!) one’s even in battle against each other!
Div 3: Castlehill F 2½, Kirkcaldy C 1½
This was a fantastic victory for our “F” team against a far higher team grading wise.
(Average team grade; Castlehill F 655, Kirkcaldy C 1006).
Out graded on all boards this was a tough ask and boy did the juniors deliver!
Ramit Kanodia J12 (882) on top board beat Kam Wan (1060), while Rishi Vijayakumar J8 (482) on bottom board beat John Christie (956). Great results from both players!
In Rishi`s case he was late turning up and his clock had been started. He had used about 20-25 minutes, sat down and 20 minutes later walked off the winner. What can I say about this young lad only 8 years old!
Both Ramit and Rishi were supported by Krish Akula J12 (569) on board 3 who got the vital draw against Bob Carmichael (980). Rishabh Akula J14 (687) on board 2, lost to the more experienced Alastair Wood (1028), but he had his chances!
Kirkcaldy C as always great sports even in defeat and we thank them for coming all the way from Kirkcaldy.
Castlehill C 4, Dundee B 4
This is the second meeting in two week for both teams, the first in the league (Dundee won!) and now in the knockout. Dundee B was all higher graded so had a time disadvantage but of course had the better players on paper!
All in all a wonderful team performance by Castlehill C and they make it to the Semi-final`s on tie-break with the lower graded team winning in the event of a tie! Congratulations Castlehill C and your reward is a semi-final match against Dundee A.
The Castlehill C team this match was, Roy Morris, Ed Walton, Colin Young & Colm Hawkins.
Div 1 result (away from home)
St.Andrews Uni A 3, Castlehill B 1
Castlehill B hit the road again, this time to St.Andrews in the “Kingdom of Fife”. This was always going to be a hard match against St.Andrews Uni A, who have been on fire this season! Not to do things the easy way, Castlehill B were players down and had to draft two players in from teams below. The twist in the tail is they were the ones to get the points! Yes Gordon Thomas (1331) and Peter Sallai (1150)e both drew their matches, while Keith Rose (1529) and Euan Murray (1500)e both lost to two very strong players, but they did not make it easy for them! This was a closer result than we were expecting. Well played everyone and thank you Gordon and Peter for stepping up to the plate as they say in the old USA!
Castlehill B are safe in middle table this season with one match left against bottom side Kirkcaldy B in March.
Prelim: Jan Barron-Majerik (1534) 1, Robbie McLeod (980) 0
A tough ask for Robbie considering the grading difference. On the other hand knowing Robbie, a potential banana skin for Jan! In the end grading won! Jan now meets the old man of the club, Graham Atkins in the next round.
Prelim: Cameron Wilson (1323) 1, Alan Woodcock (1383) 0
Cameron has been in fine form over the last few months and has come on in leaps and bounds. It was a hard match as is every match involving Alan Woodcock! In the end a nice combination from Cameron won the day! Cameron now plays Ray Flood in the next round. Now Ray Flood is a good player but is lacking a bit of confidence due to some inconsistent form so Cameron has an outside chance of upsetting the odds. On the other hand, Ray Flood is one of the most experienced players on the chess circuit and on his day can smash 1900`s and above so be warned!
It was a battle of the giants in the ladder with just one section and six players. Last week Michael Dugdale could do nothing right! This week he could do nothing wrong! Robert Jackson on the other hand did not have one of his best nights! Andy Rowe and ladder expert, Ray Noble did okay on the night!
Standings on night
1st – Michael Dugdale 3pts
2nd= Andy Rowe & Ray Noble 2pts
4th= Robert Jackson & Arthur Grant 1pt
Amazingly Ray Noble leads the way in all three medal tables (points; percentage & TPR), a first for him, though I doubt it will stay that way! What has happened to the standard of the chess at Castlehill if Ray`s top on all 3 tables!?
For all the latest standings in all 3 tables, please checkout the ladder web page.
That`s it for another week. Lets do it all again on Thursday 27th Feb 20, 7:30pm.
Forthcoming events you do not want to miss!
1 – Wed 26th Feb: TAFCA Allegro Championship round 4: Venue: Newport Knights Chess Club, 7:30pm sign-in. See TAFCA website for more details)
2 – Sun 1st March 2020: SNCL.