Ian McNab 2016 – 2017

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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!

1=Nicol Craig 15794
1=Flood Ray 14644
3=Rose Keith 16543
3=Young Colin 13293
3=Banerjee Subhayu 13993
6Atkins Graham 1401
7=Rota Ettore 12002
7=Noble Ray 14482
9Paton Lisa 10111
1Noble Ray 144801Atkins Graham 1401
2Banerjee Subhayu 139910Paton Lisa 1011
2Rose Keith 165401Flood Ray 1464
4Nicol Craig 157910Rota Ettore 1200
5Young Colin 13291Bye
1Atkins Graham 140101Young Colin 1329
2Flood Ray 146410Banerjee Subhayu 1399
2Paton Lisa 101101Nicol Craig 1579
4Rota Ettore 120010Noble Ray 1448
5Rose Keith 16541Bye
1Nicol Craig 157901Flood Ray 1464
2Young Colin 132901Rose Keith 1654
2Banerjee Subhayu 139910Atkins Graham 1401
4Paton Lisa 101101Rota Ettore 1200
5Noble Ray 14481Bye
1Flood Ray 146401Young Colin 1329
2Rose Keith 165410Banerjee Subhayu 1399
2Noble Ray 144801Nicol Craig 1579
4Rota Ettore 120001Atkins Graham 1401
5Paton Lisa 10111Bye
1Nicol Craig 157910Rose Keith 1654
2Rota Ettore 120001Flood Ray 1464
2Young Colin 132901Banerjee Subhayu 1399
4Noble Ray 144810Paton Lisa 1011
5Atkins Graham 1401½Bye
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