Ian McNab 2016 – 2017

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11th Ian McNab Memorial 2019:
Thurs 25th April 2019:
7:45pm SHARP!!

360 Chess (Fisher-Random) (same as last year) will be used with each of the 5 rounds using a different starting position!


The 10th Ian McNab Memorial 2018:Thurs 26th April 2018: 7:30pm
Well this had everything you would expect and more for an Ian McNab tournament! Yes the 960 Chess (Fischer Random) lived up to expectations causing mayhem with one’s thought process!. Other factors on the night: 1: some boards with not so good lighting; 2: the pairing program refusing to pair in round 4! 3: Some exciting chess, also some rubbish chess or in other words a pot purée of may things with all roads leading to McNab! Even the finish of the night was unusual as we had a four way tie for the title all courtesy of the 4th round draw having to be made up in round 4 with no pairing cards all because the pairing program went off its rocker! You could not make this up!

Each round all the boards had the same layout, and in each round a different layout was played. Normal chess rules apply, including castling!

The random layout was as follows (White side with black copying as in normal chess)
From A1 to H1:

Round 1: B-Q-N-B-R-K-N-R
Round 2: N-R-Q-K-B-N-R-B
Round 3: R-N-K-N-B-R-Q-B
Round 4: R-K-Q-B-N-R-B-N
Round 5: Q-B-B-R-K-R-N-N
In the matches that followed, Ray beat Andy, Andy beat Craig and Craig beat Keith! All four players ended up as this year’s joint winners on 4 points of the 10th Ian McNab Memorial 2018! I think we would have had only 2 winners had the pairing program not gone AWOL in round 4. The pairings for round 4 would have been different than the ones produced ad hoc! Still it only added to the McNab effect!

With 6 players on 3 points going into the last round, it was going to be a nail biting draw and squeaky bum time for all 6 players. The draw in some ways was kind to all four of the top players. The big guns had already played each other and cancelled each other out!

Craig Nicol got young gun Ramit Kanodia J10 and it proved to be a tough one for the defending champion. In the end Craig’s overcame his young opponent who had leant to offer draws in a lost position just too waste time just like Craig!!

Andy Rowe also got a junior in Krish Akula J10 and like Craig was too strong for his young opponent. It has to be said Krish played well to get to 3 points and a chance to win the title tonight. It was only the last two rounds that cost him with Ray and Andy being too strong for him.

Keith Rose had the hardest draw playing Colin Young. But with no standard openings to fall back on, both players had to make it us as they went along and Keith proved age and experience can still count as he managed to beat Colin!

Ray Noble was being pulverized by Cameron Wilson and was in danger of blowing it all in the last round. Indeed Ray had already given himself the last rights and was ready to concede, when some how Cameron snatched defeat from the jaws of victory to hand Ray the luckiest life line in history to take joint 1st place! Unbelievably game and never mind Cameron, you should have seen the shock, bewilderment and delight in Rays face all at once! Ray looked like a little boy who had just found the keys to the sweet shop!

All players enjoyed the night, especially the 3 juniors who took part and acquitted themselves well in an unfamiliar set out.

STANDINGS (Allegro grades)
=1st place: Andy Rowe (1574); Keith Rose (1558); Ray Noble (1548) & Craig Nicol (1539) 4pts
Runners-up: Colin Young (1396) & Krish Akula J10 (ug) 3 pts
7th: Cameron Wilson (ug) 2½ pts
8th: Rishabh Akula J12 (ug) 2 pts
9th: Ramit Kanodia J10 (725) 1½ pts
=10: Joe Robson (ug) & Nicolas Matthews (ug) 1 point each

A big thank you to all players who took part. It seemed like everyone who took part enjoyed the format and the night. It was bonkers!

Congratulations to joint champions: Andy Rowe; Keith Rose; Ray Noble and defending champion Craig Nicol!

I think Ian McNab would have enjoyed the night as well if he was here.



The 9th Ian McNab Memorial 2017: Thurs 27th April 2017: 7:30pm


Well not the biggest turnout for the 9th Ian McNab Memorial, but about average for the last couple of years. The opening was part of the modern system with white giving up a pawn for development. The general consensus on the night was it was not enough compensation as Black gets good play from the opening and is a pawn up as well! Having said that, it was close on the night with, White winning 8 and  Black 12 games. I think some of whites wins were more down to players not knowing the opening and the grading of said players as well.

Congratulation 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.

It was another good night’s chess and a lot of fun as well. Good job it does not go for grading! Ray Flood has the honour of being joint winner, but as he is not a member of our club does not get his name on the trophy, but he knows he won!

It`s hard to believe next year will be the 10th year of the Ian McNab Memorial. Where does the time go!

A big thank you to all that took part, and once again congratulations to the 9th Ian McNab Memorial joint champions Craig Nicol & Ray Flood.


The 8th Ian McNab Memorial 2016

Well despite Euro 16 being on we had 10 players playing in the Ian McNab opening themed Memorial. The opening was the Danish Gambit accepted and what a fun night we had with it! Declan Shafi was one of the players entered and he has won this title jointly for the last three years! Could he win it out right this time?

The answer to that question is no! Declan did have the chance to tie for first place again (3 way tie!) had he won his last round match. But this time not to be as Subhayu Banerjee beat him in the last match with the black side to take the title with 5 wins out of 5!

Not only that, but history was made again at Castlehill as Agnijo Banerjee made it a father and son double taking runner-up spot! Last year Declan & Paul Shafi made history with Declan winning the Club Championship and Paul finishing runner-up. And now we have another father and son double act taking the spoils. Unbelievable to have had two different father and son winning doubles acts at Castlehill. Has it ever been done anywhere else? Who knows but we are a lucky chess club indeed!

Congratulations to Subhayu who played this opening very well indeed and was a much deserved winner. Agnijo only lost one match and that was to his dad!


Another one to the memory of a Castlehill legend! I thank you all for taking part!

11=Andy Rowe4
21=Keith Rose4
31=Ray Noble4
41=Craig Nicol4
55=Colin Young3
65=Krish Akula3
77thCameron Wilson
88thRishabh Akula J122
99thRamit Kanodia J10
1010=Joe Robson1
1110=Nicolas Matthews1
1Andy Rowe10Ramit Kanodia J10
2Rishabh Akula J1201Keith Rose
2Craig Nicol10Joe Robson
4Colin Young10Cameron Wilson
5Nicolas Matthews01Krish Akula J10
6Ray Noble1bye
Ray Noble
Andy Rowe
2Keith Rose01Craig Nicol
2Colin Yoing10Krish Akula
4Joe Robson01Nicolas Matthews
5Cameron Wilson10Rishabh Akula
6Ramit Kanodia J101bye
1Andy Rowe10Colin Young
2Nicolas Matthews10Keith Rose
2Ramit Kanodia J10½½Cameron Wilson
4Rishabh Akula J1210Joe Robson
5Craig Nicol10Ray Noble
6Krish Akula J101bye
1Andy Rowe10Craig Nicol
2Keith Rose10Ramit Kanodia J10
2Colin Young10Nicolas Matthews
4Ray Noble10Rishabh Akula J12
5Joe Robson01Krish Akula J10
6Cameron Wilson1bye
1Krish Akula J1001Andy Rowe
2Colin Young01Keith Rose
2Craig Nicol10Ramit Kanodia
4Nicolas Matthews01Rishabh Akula J12
5Cameron Wilson01Ray Noble
6Joe Robson1bye
1 The tournament will be a 5 round allegro Swiss event using the Chess Scotland Swiss Pairing system or a Castlehill committee approved computer pairing program.
2 Chess Scotland Allegro rules apply.
3 Players from other clubs may enter this tournament, but the Ian McNab trophies can only be won by a Castlehill Club member. (Winner & R/up)
4 This tournament will be an allegro Opening themed event. Theme decided at AGM
5 The tournament shall take place on a SINGLE CLUB NIGHT during the month of April.
6 As soon as possible after 7:30pm the organiser shall display the 1st round draw.
7 The time control will be all moves in 15 minutes dependent on time constraints.
8 After the 2nd round draw has been made, no more entries can be taken.
9 Scoring; Win=1 point; Draw=0.5; Loss=0; No matches will go for grading.
10 Any player not having started play within 10 minutes of the designated starting time, or within 10 minutes of the draw being displayed, whichever is later, shall be defaulted and removed from the competition.
11 The competition organiser and/or committee may make amendments deemed appropriate to ensure the smooth running of the tournament