- The SNCL (Scottish National Chess League) is the premier Scottish club competition.
- The SNCL takes place at the Glen Pavilion in Dunfermline KY12 8QH
- Castlehill Chess Club, Dundee and Dundee Chess Club jointly joined forces to put three teams in to the SNCL under the banner Dundee City!
- Dundee City A are in division One; Dundee City B division Two & Dundee City Juniors division 4
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Scottish National Chess League: 2018-19 – Rounds 1 and 2
November 4th, 2018, Dunfermline. Report by Alastair Dawson
The new 2018-19 SNCL chess season kicked off in Dunfermline yesterday. Dundee City have 4 teams registered this year. The A team start as reigning champions; the B team seeking promotion to Division 1 having come so close last season; the C team is trying to gain promotion to Division 3 while we have a new Junior team, also in Division 4.
Round 1 started with a surprise for the A team. Up against Stepps they suffered a loss when Andrew Greet lost to Douglas Bryson. But with Stephen Hogg winning well on Board 5 and draws from David Findlay, Declan and Andrew Wright, the match was drawn 2.5/2.5. In the afternoon, the A-team came into their own with a 4.5/0.5 win over Hamilton. Wins from Andrew, David, Declan and Stephen supplemented with a draw from Andrew led to a very convincing performance and a step towards their title defence. Special mention should go to Stephen for two straight wins.
In Division 2, the Dundee City B team started their campaign with a thumping win 5-0 over Dumfries and District A. The team has changed slightly from last year. Andrew Babin now takes up Board 2 with Carey Groves moving down to Board 4. Strength in depth is a feature of the team now, not only with Carey on Board 4 but also with Ben Volland on Board 3 and Euan Dawson on Board 5. The impressive nature of the 5-0 win was highlighted by Sam Gregory’s win on Board 1 over Michael Green (2076). The afternoon match proved to be much tougher. The team was up against Dunfermline Knights led by Ian Robertson (2045). Unfortunately both Sam and Andre lost their games but this was countered by win by Ben and Euan on Boards 3 and 5. A draw from Carey led to the match being drawn 2.5/2.5. Deserved credit goes to both Ben and Euan for winning both their matches.
There were both new and old faces in the Dundee City C team in Division 4 now composed of Alastair Dawson, Paul Shafi, Ray Flood, Keith Rose and Ed Walton. The first match was a whitewash 5-0 over Hidden Dragons. Special mention goes to Ray Flood who crushed his opponent in only 13 moves. Whereas the opponents in Round 1 were relatively inexperienced, the match in the afternoon was very much more difficult against Dumfries and District B. Again the team completed a 5-0 wihitewash win with, again, Ray Flood being first to finish after only 35 minutes of play. Some of the matches were very tight indeed, particularly those of Alastair and Keith. Overall a great start to the promotion push and a rare 10-0 score for the day.
The first SNCL tournament day of the 2018-19 season was most special, however, for our Dundee City Junior (D) team. For all of them it was their second outing in weekend chess following the highly successful Dundee Congress in October. The prime objective for them all is to have fun and enjoy their chess and also gain valuable experience. In the morning they were hugely outgraded against Corstorphine, typically in excess of a 500 point difference. There were losses on all boards except that of Rishabh Akula (608) who pulled off an amazing win over Angus Ruthven (1188) – a brilliant performance. So the match result was 1-4. In the afternoon the Junior team were again heavily outgraded against CS BOS2. This time the grading differences were individually between 500-700 points and this time there was a 0-5 loss. The Junior team players performed exceptionally well during both the morning and afternoon sessions. In fact they played two of the strongest teams in the group and they surely will relish playing some of less strong teams in Rounds 3 and 4 on November 25th.
Undoubtedly, the performance of the day has to go to Rishabh Akula while special mention should also go to Stephen Hogg, Ben Volland and Euan Dawson in the A and B teams for 100% game scores.
Scottish National Chess League 2017-18, October 29th, 2017 by Alastair Dawson
Chess players in Scotland met on Sunday for Rounds 1 and 2 of the Scottish National Chess League, held at the Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline.
In Division 1, the Dundee City A is once again hoping to contend for the National Championship that they have so narrowly missed time and again in recent years. In
Division 2, the Dundee City B team is hoping for a successful season and contending for promotion. The Dundee City team in Division 4 is also overdue promotion to Division 4 – although the competing teams hold a different viewpoint!
This season, the sense is that Dundee City although having the same A team as last season, has more strength in depth in its B and C teams and could do well. So the scene was set. In Round 1 in Division 1, the A team overcame Inverclyde in convincing fashion by 4.5-0.5 with wins from Andrew Greet, Ed Spencer, Declan Shafi and Stephen Hogg and a draw from David Findlay. In the afternoon, the Round 2 match against Thistles was always going to be much tougher facing IM Roddy McKay, Alan Grant, Sai Kong Tsang, Alastair Maxwell and Ian Marks. As it turned out, wins from Andrew, Ed and Declan and a draw from David Findlay sealed the win with 3.5-1.5. In sum, a very promising start with 100% match points but with some very tough matches still to come.
In Division 2, Dundee City B team opened their account facing IPCC led by Elliot Frew. It was not going to be easy but wins from Sam Gregory and Ben Volland supplemented by draws from Alastair Dawson, Euan Dawson and Carey Groves gave the B team a 3.5-1.5 win. Sam’s win over Gary McPheator was particularly elegant with a nice exchange sacrifice than led to a completely winning endgame. In the afternoon, the B team had a much more difficult encounter against Dumfries and District A. There was a lesson also to be learned in not paying attention to ratings. For example, Alastair’s opponent was showing as having a grade of 1310 but it later transpired that the has an English ECF rating of 165 that coverts to around 1830. The afternoon again went well with wins from Sam, Alastair and Ben plus draws from Euan and Carey giving us a very nice 4-1 victory.
In Division 4 the day started well in the morning with a 3.5 – 1.5 win over Forth Valley B. The team of Joshua Crofts, Robert Jackson (the latter two making their SNCL debuts) , Keith Rose, Agnijo Banerjee and Ray Flood is a strong one and will do well this season. Against Forth Valley B, there were wins from Joshua, Keith and Ray plus a draw from Agnijo – so a great start to the campaign. In Round 2, the C team crushed Bon Accord B. There were wins from Robert, Keith and Agnijo while Ray continued to make mincemeat out of his Board 5 opponents! A draw from Joshua completed the match.
So at the end of the day, the Dundee City C team sit equal first with Oban but half a point behind in game points. In Division 2, Dundee City B team sit equal first with a very strong Bon Accord A team but behind them by 1.5 game points. But pride of place after Round 2 goes to Dundee City A team who are in first place and half a game point ahead of Edinburgh 1 and 1.5 game points ahead of Stepps Warriors. I cannot remember, although I may be mistaken, a previous occasion when all three Dundee City teams on an SNCL day won all their matches with 6/6 – so well done to all.
Dundee City: Scottish National Chess League – Report Rounds 1 and 2, Sunday 30th October 2016: Report by Alastair Dawson
A joint venture between Castlehill Chess Club Dundee and Dundee Chess Club.
The three Dundee City teams had an excellent first day at the SNCL in Dunfermline. The A team embarked again for that elusive quest of a Championship title. The B team was looking to put in a strong performance in Division 2 while the C team is hoping to challenge this year for promotion to Division 3.
Things start very well for the A team in the morning when they beat Edinburgh West 4-1 with wins for Andrew [over Craig Pritchett], Sergey [over Alan Bell], Stephen [over Duncan Walker] and Declan [over Martin Robinson]. In particular, Sergey played a very fine R and P ending to overcome his opponent. In the afternoon, an equally tough challenge came with Wandering Dragons led by FM Alan Tate and IM Mark Orr on Board 3. The team won again by 3-2 with fine wins from Andrew and Stephen Hogg [over Richard Kynoch] plus draws from David and Sergey. All in all, a tremendous performance leaving the team well-placed as they move into Rounds 3 and 4 on November 27th.
For the B team, they faced the strongest team in Division 2 on paper in the form of Stepps Warriors led by IM Douglas Bryson. But it turned out well for Dundee City due not only to good play but also to good luck when Alex Gillies failed to show for his match against Alastair Dawson. Although outgunned on Boards 1 and 2, a nice finish by Darius Kosznik and a battling draw from Sam Gregory, gave the Dundee City team 2.5 points and a draw – a fine result. In the afternoon, the B team faced CSBOS1 a team not as strong as Stepps but still very tough opponents. Things went well, however, with wins from Alastair, Sam and Darius plus a draw from Gary giving us a 3.5-1.5 victory.
The C team had a great day picking up 8 points out of a possible 10. In the morning they beat CSBOS2 by 3.5 -1.5 with wins from Ben Volland, Euan Dawson and Subhayu Banerjee and a draw on Board 1 from Keith Rose. In the afternoon, they continued their good form by beating East Kilbride B by 4.5-0.5. This time there were wins from Keith Rose, Ben Volland, Euan Dawson and Agnijo Banerjee. So after two rounds in a Division with 14 teams, Dundee City C team sit proudly in 2nd place, half a game point behind Paisley. In Division 2, Dundee City B team also sit in 2nd place one match point behind Dumfries and District A. In the all-important Division 1, Dundee City A team share first place with Edinburgh 1.
So a great day’s chess for Dundee City in the sparkling new venue of the Carnegie Conference Centre. Fingers crossed for Rounds 3 and 4 on November 27th!
SNCL (Scottish National Chess League) SUNDAY 25th OCTOBER 2015: Rounds 1 & 2 Reports
Well the clocks may have gone back an hour, but Dundee City teams sprang into action on the day! In division One, Dundee City A in their morning match against IPPCC blasted their opponents of the board with a 5 star performance and a 5-0 whitewash! Andrew Greet IM (2496), David Findlay (2185), Elaine Bamber WFM (2106); Mikey Grove (2054) & Alan Borwell were hot to trot! Indeed so hot that in the afternoon match against East Kilbride they carried on where they left off in the morning with a 4½ – ½ win! A very good day at the office for Dundee City A!
In division Two Dundee City B lost a close match 1½ – 3½ in the morning against a far stronger team in Giffnock & Clarkston.Keith Rose on board five has not played in the SNCL in a long, long time but showed his class with a fine win on bottom board! In the afternoon Dundee City B reversed things with a good, good win 3½-1½ against a very strong Edinburgh 2. Talk about punching above your weight! Both Stephen Hogg and Alastair Dawson made up for losing their first round matches with good wins in this round!
In division Four, Dundee City C (Mostly juniors when possible!), were up against it grading wise in both their matches! In the morning match against Wandering Dragons B, they went down 2 – 3. Martin Chalmers (1512) lost on board one, but Euan Dawson (1322) drew on board two against a 1616! The youthful Subhayu Banerjee (1258) won his match on board three, but on board four his son, Agnijo Banerjee could not quite match him losing in the end! Tom Constance on board five drew his match. But in the afternoon match against a strong CSBOSS2, they reversed the score line from this morning with a 3-2 win to get their first points on the board! Martin lead from board won and was supported by Euan (win), Subhayu (draw) and Agnijo (draw). Indeed Agnijo somehow drew a lost position being a piece down in the endgame! We are very lucky in having such juniors like Subhayu and Martin (A hard life is why he looks like that!) in our Junior side!
All-in-all this was a very good day for Dundee City teams as they got their league
Scottish National Chess League, Rounds 3 and 4, November 25th 2018
Dundee City Report by Alastair Dawson
Four Dundee City teams arrived at the Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline, with different objectives. For the A team the intention was to continue to defend their Championship title. For the B and C teams, wins were required to maintain the push for promotion in their respective divisions. For the Junior team the aim was to play good chess, enjoy their games and learn from their experiences.
DIVISION ONE (AM)
The A team started in the morning against Kilmarnock. Wins for Andrew Greet, Andrew Wright and Stephen Hogg together with a draw for David Findlay was sufficient to secure a 3.5/1.5 win.
DIVISION TWO (AM)
The Dundee City B team managed to overcome a strong Perth team led by Martin Gourlay on Board 1. Wins for Euan and Alastair Dawson together with draws for Carey Groves and Andre Babin was enough to earn a 3-2 victory.
DIVISION FOUR (AM)
The C team had a tough encounter against Forth Valley B, out graded on the top 3 boards but with a slight edge on the bottom two boards. The result was a 2.5/2.5 draw with wins from Ray Flood and Ray Noble as well as a draw from Paul Shafi.
The Junior team, had another difficult set of games. From the heat of battle came 2 wins, one from Max Whisson on Board 1 and the other from Risabh Akula on Board 4. Despite these successes the team lost 2-3 to the Silly Sicilians.
DIVISION ONE (PM)
The A team was up against Thistles led by IM Roddy McKay. It turned out to be a successful afternoon with wins for Andrew Greet on Board 1, Andrew Wright on Board 4 and Stephen Hogg on Board 5. Stephen’s win against Stephen Robinson was particularly elegant with the latter’s King mated in the middle of the board. The match win was by 3.5-1.5 that now places them in 1st place on 7 points closely followed on 6 points by Bon Accord A and Stepps.
DIVISION TWO (PM)
The B team faced a weakened Giffnock team missing Phil and Rosie Giulian who are n Bled, Slovenia, playing in the World Senior Championships. The match was fiercely contested but wins from Euan and Alastair Dawson on Boards 4 and 5 together with draws from Sam Gregory, Carey Groves and Andre Babin resulted in a comfortable win by 3.5-1.5. This leaves the Dundee City B team in joint 1st place with Wandering Dragons A on 7 points closely followed one point behind by Forth Valley A.
DIVISION FOUR (PM)
Dundee City C were up against Bon Accord B. This match proved to be one of the closest of the day. A nice win from Ray Noble was followed by another from Ed Walton who converted a slight edge in a R and P ending into a won K and P ending. Losses from Ray Flood and Keith Rose meant that the match result depended on the outcome of Paul Shafi’s game on Board 1 against Kalyan Kante. After a lot of manoeuvring and pressure by Paul against the White King position the game finally ended equal. This drawn game resulted in a drawn match 2.5/2.5. This result puts Dundee City C team in 2nd equal place in Division 4 tied with CS BOS 2 with both a point behind Dunfermline B.
The Junior team had their first big success as a team in the afternoon when they beat Liver Fryers by 3-2. Stars of the afternoon were Ramit Kanodia, Charvi Kanodia and Risabh Akula who all won their matches. What a wonderful achievement and we all celebrate their success.
So a break now in the Scottish National Chess League for the Christmas and New Year period – the battles for success in the respective Divisions resumes with Rounds 5 and 6 scheduled to take place on Sunday February 24th 2019.
Scottish National Chess League, Rounds 3 and 4, November 26th 2017:
Dundee City Report by Alastair Dawson.
Following their outstanding start in Rounds 1 and 2 of this year’s SNCL, Dundee City started Rounds 3 and 4 of the tournament on Sunday in good spirits. As usual, the Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline was packed with chess players from across the country. Dundee City had 3 teams respectively in Divisions 1,2 and 4.
For the Dundee City A team the morning session started well with a 4-1 win over Wandering Dragons A. Wins came from IM Andrew Greet over CM Andrew Dunn as well as from Ed Spencer and Declan Shafi. Ed arrived late but then proceeded to win in 13 moves. So fast and emphatic was this win that with his game completed and the the board reset, some spectators couldn’t work if the match had not in fact started! David Findlay drew with the Black pieces against IM Mark Orr so that with an additional draw from Stephen Hogg on Board 5, the team had made a convincing start.
Dundee City B team found it much harder going in Division 2 against Forth Valley A. A win from Alastair Dawson plus draws from Sam Gregory and Dominic O’Rourke was not enough and the team went down 2-3.
In Division 4, the C team had a tough battle on their hands against Oban illustrated by Ben Volland paired against Duncan Campbell (1899) on Board 1. It was not to be for the C team with a fine win from Ray Noble plus draws by Ray Flood and Subhayu Banerjee being not enough to avert a 2-3 defeat.
In the afternoon more difficult matches against high-graded opponents were to follow. In Division 1 Dundee City A team faced a strong Edinburgh West team led by IM Craig Pritchett. This time wins from Andrew Greet over Craig plus an excellent win by David Findlay over George Neave as well as a draw from Declan Shafi against Alan Bell resulted in a 2.5-2.5 draw.
In Division 2 the B team were up against favourites Bon Accord A. This time an excellent win from Dominic O’Rourke over Euan Gray (1915) plus draws from Sam Gregory and Euan Dawson resulted in a narrow 2-3 defeat.
In Division 4 the C team put on a display of ‘power chess’ to defeat Dumfries and District B 4.5-0.5. Wins from Ben Volland, Ray Noble (his second of the day), Ray Flood and Subhayu Banerjee were supplemented by a draw from Agnijo Banerjee.
This season the winners of each division are to be determined by game points rather than match points. So after 4 rounds the Dundee City A team is sitting in top spot with 14.5 game points ahead of nearest rivals Edinburgh 1 on 13.5 points. In Division 2, Dundee City B team sit in 2nd place on 11.5 points behind leaders Bon Accord A who are on 16 points. In Division 4, the Dundee City C team are sitting in first place with 14.5 points ahead of Oban who are on 13.5 points. So overall the 3 teams are doing very well with 2 leading their respective Divisions and the 3rd in second place.
After Christmas and New Year, these various chess battles will recommence with Rounds 5 and 6 due to take place on Sunday February 18th 2018.
Dundee City: Scottish National Chess League – Report Rounds 3 and 4, Sunday 27th November 2016
A joint venture between Castlehill Chess Club Dundee and Dundee Chess Club.
Scottish National Chess League: Rounds 3 and 4, November 27th 2016: Report by Alastair Dawson
The three teams from Dundee City arrived at the exclusive Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline for Rounds 3 and 4 of the SNCL with different aims. For the A team, the intention was to keep pushing for that elusive Championship title. For the B team the hope was to consolidate our position in Division 2. For the C team in Division 4 there were high ambitions that they could push strongly into promotion contention. For this particular pair of rounds Dundee City had struggled to find 15 players for the three teams. For a host of reasons, 7 of our regular players were unavailable for selection – which left us struggling to complete the teams. Things were so stretched that Tom Constance was playing the morning round for the C team but being replaced by Ray Noble for the afternoon match. In the end we made it – just – but with no reserves to call on this time we were always going to be vulnerable to any late call-off. And so it was. Poor Sam Gregory became ill on the weekend of the tournament, leaving us one player short.
And so the morning commenced. The A team faced old rivals Hamilton A and a tough battle was in prospect. With David Findlay losing out to Joe Redpath and Ed Spencer to Pat Coffey the nerves were jangling. But Stephen Hogg pulled off yet another superb win [3 wins now in 3 rounds] over Tom Donoghue, Andrew Greet won a R and N ending with an extra pawn over Andrew Muir leaving young Declan on Board 5 to clinch the match 3-2 with a fine win over Alexander Bond.
For the B team it was a different story. With only 4 players it was going to be a struggle against a very strong Inverclyde team led by Jim Montgomery  and Kevin McDonald . With a loss by Alastair against Kevin McDonald and draws on Boards 4 and 5 from Darius and Jim Anderson, the highest score we could obtain was 2. That said, Gary Weir on Board 1 pulled off one of the wins of the season so far beating Jim Montgomery in a Q and minor piece ending where Jim’s King was left hopelessly exposed to Gary’s Q and N. So a 2-3 loss for the B team.
The C team were also to find it tough going. They were faced with Division 4 form team, Paisley whose strength in depth was exemplified by Richard Cochrane  on Board 1. Our debutants, Kim Ah See and Lewis Foggie plus Tom Constance on Board 3 found no concessions from their opponents while a draw from Euan Dawson was the only half point to be had – so a 0.5-4.5 loss to the league leaders.
In the afternoon Round 4, the A team turned on the style with a 5-0 whitewash over Forth Valley A. Special mention should be made of Stephen Hogg whose win now gives him a hugely impressive 4/4 in the Championship so far.
For the B and C teams the selection of the two teams turned out chaotically. Initially the B team was defaulting one board, then the opponents of the C team defaulted two boards, this then being followed by the opponents of the B team, East Kilbride A, defaulting one board!! The result of this mess was that Ben Volland moved up to Board 4 in the B team, Jim Anderson had a default win on Board 5 for the B team. For the C team, the Board order became Euan Dawson, Ray Noble and Lewis Foggie. Kim Ah See was then awarded a default win on Board 4 while Board 5 shared a default. Add to that the fact that your author mislaid his glasses at the start of the round and was unable to complete a team sheet for the B team and you have a total shambles. When play finally got going, Gary Weir lost to Lennart Koehn, Alastair drew with Alan Jelfs but with Ben losing to his 1931 opponent and Darius losing on time, the default win for Jim Anderson on Board 5 did not matter and we went down 1.5-3.5.
But there was a nice surprise at the end for Dundee City. With a draw on Board 1 for Euan and a nice trap that won the game for Ray Noble [who had heroically turned up from work to support the team struggling for players] the default win for Kim Ah See proved decisive and the team won 3-2. Wow!
So where does this leave our 3 teams. Well the A team are now clear joint top leaders with Edinburgh 1, led by Neil Berry, who they meet in a decisive match for the Championship in the final match of the season in Round 7 on 26th March 2017. The B team are now in a relegation spot. But they have already played the top two teams, Inverclyde and Stepps, and with hopefully a stronger cohort of players available for Rounds 6 and 7 the pressure is on to produce two wins at the end of February. Division 4 is now led by Paisley with Dundee City C in 4th place [out of 14 teams] and they now require 2 wins in Rounds 5 and 6 to contend for promotion on the final day.
SNCL: Sunday 29th November 2015: Dunfirmline; Rounds 3 & 4
(A joint venture between Castlehill Chess Club, Dundee & Dundee Chess Club
Two fine wins for Dundee City A, particularly against Hamilton A, putting the team in first place by one point ahead of Edinburgh after four matches!
Dundee City A 3½ – 1½ Forth Valley A
Hamilton A 2 – 3 Dundee City A
Dundee City B team were really up against it in their two matches, being heavily out graded in both. Paul gained a half against Alistair Maxwell, perhaps should have won, and the others put up stiff resistance. Keith drew a sharp game against John Calder in the second match, so no whitewashes after all. Dundee City B are now 6th of 8
Dundee City B ½ – 4½ Thistles
Inverclyde 4½ – ½ Dundee City B
Dundee City C team/juniors excelled themselves by winning both matches against teams equal or better than them grading wise. They now sit in second place after four matches with three to go!.
Dundee City C 3 – 2 Crouching Tigers
Musselburgh ½ – 4½ Dundee City C
Congratulations to all our players at the SNCL, especially our “A” team and Junior!
For more match and table info go to the SNCL official website “Here“
Scottish National Chess League, Rounds 5 and 6, February 18th 2018
The penultimate Sunday of this season’s SNCL started off for the three Dundee City with a range of expectations.
Divison One (Dundee City A)
For the A team it was all about maintaining top spot and being able to reach the last Round in good shape for the final match against favourites Edinburgh 1. The team also had an important change. Andrew Greet was down in Newcastle playing in the prestigious Northumbria Masters. In his place came Andrew Wright, a very strong player in the Dundee chess scene from years past. In the morning the opponents were Steppes.
On Board 1, David lost against IM Douglas Bryson, both Ed and Andrew Wright drew on Boards 2 and 4. But wins from Declan over Alex Gillies and Stephen Hogg over Jim Small were enough to secure a 3-2 win.
In the afternoon, Dundee A were up against a substantially weakened Hamilton team. The top Boards were fiercely contested: David was beaten by Joe Redpath, Ed had a nice win against Tom Donohue but Declan lost to Stephen McQuillan. Then Boards 4 and 5 came to the rescue with straightforward wins for Andrew and Stephen giving a 3-2 win.
Division Two (Dundee City B)
The expectation was to keep challenging for promotion. With Bon Accord runaway leaders there was a chance to push towards the 2nd place promotion slot. On the face of it the morning match against lower graded Perth was the easier match and the afternoon pairing against Giffnock much more difficult. But things did not go to plan. Against Perth, Carey Groves was beaten on Board 1 by Martin Gourlay, on Board 2 Alastair could get no more than a draw out of David Hall. But with young guns Euan Dawson and Ben Volland both winning on Boards 3 and 4 and Keith Rose losing on Board 5 the match ended up tied 2.5-2.5.
So on to the afternoon. Carey had her work cut out against FM Phil Giulian and lost. Then Euan took a hard-fought draw against Rosie Giulian. He was followed by wins from both Ben and Keith. Last to finish was Alastair who overcame Antonios Floros giving us a 3-2 win!
Division Four (Dundee City C)
our C team had a different look about it – Robert Burnett was on Board 1, Ray Flood on 2, Subhayu on 3, Josh Cargill-Brown was making his team debut on Board 4 as was Jack Gibson on Board 5. Leaders in this group were Oban and Musselburgh. So the plan was to continue picking up points and keep in touch with 2nd place. But Musselburgh were the opponents and it proved a daunting task. Robert was beaten on Board 1 but Ray Flood continued his good form with a win on Board 2. With Subhayu drawing on Board 3 the match outcome was going to be determined by what happened on Boards 4 and 5. But after superhuman efforts neither Josh nor Jack were able to hold their positions and the team lost 1.5-3.5.
Things were better in the afternoon against CS BOS 2. Draws from Robert, Ray and Jack (especially well-played) plus a nice win by Josh earned the team a 2.5-2.5 draw.
So where do these results leave the teams? In Division 1, the A team lead Edinburgh 1 by half a game point. Thus in the final match at the end of March a draw would be enough to secure the title – easier said than done, however, given the strength of Edinburgh 1. In Division 2 the B team are tied in second place with Kilmarnock – who they play in the final round. Dundee, however, have a better game point score and so here also a draw would secure promotion to Division 1. In Division 4, the C team are sitting in 3rd place and only a 4-0 score in the final might be enough to catch the top two team, but even then only if some other matches go in Dundee’s favour. So, overall, Rounds 5 and 6 went well for the Dundee City teams. Certainly, no other teams in Scotland are in the position going into Round 7 of both playing for the Championship and also for promotion to Division 1. Special mention should go to Andrew Wright, Jack Gibson and Josh Cargill-Brown who all had their debuts and who all put in fine performances.
Dundee City SNCL Report, Rounds 5 and 6: February 26th 2017:
Report by Alastair Dawson:
The crucial Rounds 5 and 6 of the SNCL took place on Sunday. For the Dundee City A team it continued to be good news – at the end of the day’s play, the A team sit in 1st place tied with Edinburgh 1 on 12 points but ahead of them with 23 game points as opposed to Edinburgh’s 21.5 points. In the morning the A team overcame Thistles by 4.5-0.5 with wins from Andrew Greet, David Findlay, Ed Spencer and Declan Shafi. In the afternoon, their good form continued with a win over Giffnock and Clarkston by 3.5 – 1.5 this time with wins from Andrew, Ed and Declan. Everything now depends on the final Round 7 match with Edinburgh 1 due to take place on March 26th.
In Division 2, Dundee City B team had a big morning success beating Dumfries and District 4.5-0.5 with wins from Gary Weir, Alastair Dawson, Sam Gregory and Darius Kosznik. But they suffered a setback in the afternoon losing 1.5-3.5 to a strong IPCC team led by Elliot Frew. A win from Darius Kosznik and draw from Sam Gregory were the only points to show from a hard afternoon’s play. These results leave the Dundee City B team sitting mid-table on 5 match points and 15.5 game points. Much now depends on their Round 7 match against higher-placed Kilmarnock. Tied with the B team on 5 points are IPCC whose last round match is against CSBOS1 who are on 3 points. East Kilbride A sit at the bottom of the table on 3 points and have a difficult task in Rd 7 against leaders Inverclyde.
In Division 4, Dundee City C team were challenging for promotion but the day did not go well. In the morning the team were beaten by Crouching Tigers 1.5-3.5 with the only points coming from a win by Ray Flood and a draw from Euan Dawson. In the afternoon, they lost to Corstorphine by 2-3 with wins coming from Euan Dawson and Agnijo Banerjee. So this leaves the C team sitting firmly mid-table on 6 match points and 14.5 game points.
Overall, the A team now have a tough battle for the title with Edinburgh 1 in Round 7. The B team needs a good result against Kilmarnock in Rd 7 to stay safe from relegation while the C team can consolidate their mid-table position with a win in Round 7 at the end of March.
SNCL: Report by Alastair Dawson
Outstanding day for Dundee City Chess Team at SNCL Rounds 5 and 6, 28th February 2016.
With a weakened team today, Dundee City A pulled off a win plus a draw against Edinburgh West and Wandering Dragons A. The team now sits on top the National League leading Edinburgh 1 by 2 points with one round to go. In the morning against Edinburgh West, draws from David Findlay, Ed Spencer, Alan Borwell and WFM Carey Groves were added to with a vital win by Sergey Tin to secure a priceless 3-2 match score. They followed this up in the afternoon with a draw against a very strong Wandering Dragons team led by Andrew Dunn [CM] and IM Mark Orr. David Findlay made an excellent draw on Board 1 but the match was drawn thanks to star performanaces on the bottom 2 boards. On Board 4, Sergey Tin capped off a great day’s play with a win over Graham Hamilton while on Board 5 WFM Carey Groves won against David Wallace.
In Division 2, an understrength B team won in the morning against Cumbernauld by 4.5-0.5. A draw on top board by Alastair Dawson against Stephen Kelly was accompanied by 4 straight wins from Gary Weir, Daniel Chambers, Keith Rose and Paul Shafi. In the afternoon, the team narrowly lost to high-flying Stepps Warriors led by Graeme Nolan, Alex Gillies and William Hulme. Despite fierce battles including the last match to finish in the tournament hall, Alastair, Gary and Keith lost on the top 3 boards, but great wins by Daniel Chambers and Paul Shafi was not enough to recover the losses on the top 3 boards [score 2-3]. Special praise goes to Daniel Chambers and Paul Shafi who won all their matches.The results leave the B team 6th [out of 8] in Division 2 on 4 points with a crunch game to come in the final round against Kilmarnock.
In Division 4 our team of Declan Shafi, Ben Volland, Euan Dawson and Agnijo Banerjee was supplemented by new recruit Dan Thompson on Board 2. In the morning the team fought bravely against the hugely powerful Bon Accord team led by Adam Bremner and Hamish Olson. The team was outgraded on Boards 1-4 by between 300-500 points and the score of 0-5 does not reflect the high quality of the chess played by our Juniors. In the afternoon, the team returned to winning ways with a 3.5-1.5 victory over East Kilbride B. Wins came from Declan, Ben and Agnijo plus a draw from Euan. As a result of their herculean efforts the Junior team now proudly sits 3rd in the 12 team division.
There now is a break of 4 weeks until the deciding games in Round 7 on Sunday 27th March in Dunfermline.
SNCL: Sun 25th March 2018: Round 7: report by Alastair Dawson
So the big day finally arrived. Dundee City A team had to face Edinburgh 1 in the final round (7) of the SNCL. They needed a draw to secure the national championship but as it turned out they emerged with a convincing 4-1 win. So many congratulations, after many years of near misses, Dundee City A-team are Champions of the Scottish National Chess League! At the start of the round Dundee City lined up with David Findlay (1), Andrew Wright (2), Ed Spencer (3), Declan Shafi (4) and Stephen Hogg (5). First to finish was Ed against Hugh Brechin. It happened early on when what looked like an evenly balanced position shifted drastically to an outright and sudden win for Ed. This gave the team a much-needed boost knowing that , thanks to Ed, they now just needed another 1.5 points. It took quite a long time for the remaining games to finish. David was always equal against FM Sergio Adan Bermudez and so also was Andrew Wight against FM Neil Berry. Both matches finished in draws which left Declan and Stephen to battle it out. Declan came into the ending comfortably ahead in an N and P endgame which he duly converted. He was followed soon after by Stephen who converted a win over Raj Bhopal. So, in the end a great 4-1 win and celebrations all round.
Dundee City B needed at least a draw over Kilmarnock to secure promotion to Division 1. Kilmarnock turned up with a weaker team than we all expected but like their football team at the moment their chess team was in very good form! On Board 1, Carey was up against Chukwuka Allor, Sam was on 2 against Kenny Malkin, Dominic faced Jim Kleboe, Alastair played David Congalton and Euan played John McNicoll. It all started so well since after half an hour Euan had made a simple winning B sacrifice and mated Black very quickly. But things went pear-shaped thereafter – Carey succumbed on Board 1 to Chukwuka, Sam lost to a sacrifice by Kenny Malkin and Dominic was ground down by an inspired Jim Kleboe. All three lost and despite a win from Alastair on Board 4 the team went down in flames 2-3. So a sad end to the season and our promotion push will have to wait for next season!
The Dundee City C team faced Corstorphine in Division 4. Keith Rose lost to Richard Dowling, Robert Burnett despite feeling unwell fought out a brave draw the exchange down against Analben Mehta. But Ray Flood overcame David Watson and Subhayu Banerjee produced a great win over Ernesto Salvatore and Josh Cargill-Brown battled hard against James Crerar but succumbed in the end. So a 2-3 loss but a brave performance by all and the team lives to fight another day. Maybe next year – promotion to Division 3 is overdue!
Overall, it has been an okay season by the Dundee City teams with one golden performance. Pride of place and congratulations go of course goes to Dundee A-team, new national champions! Scores for individual players were Andrew Greet 4/4, David Findlay 3/7, Ed Spencer 5.5/7, Declan Shafi 5.5/7, Stephen Hogg 4.5/7 and Andrew Wright 1.5/2. For Dundee City B scores were Carey 1/7, Sam Gregory 3/5, Alastair 5/7, Euan 4/7, Ben Volland 4/4, Dominic 1.5/3 and Keith Rose 1/2. In the C team the scores were – Joshua Crofts 1.5/2, Robert Jackson ½, Keith Rose 2/3, Agnijo Banerjee 2/4, Ray Flood 6/7, Ben Volland ½, Subhayu Banerjee 3/5, Ray Noble 2/2, Robert Burnett 0.5/3, Josh Cargill Brown 1/3 and Jack Gibson 0.5/2.
Dundee City teams are a joint venture by Castlehill Chess Club Dundee and Dundee Chess Club. Long may it continue!
Dundee City: Scottish National Chess League – Report Round 7 Sunday 26th March 2017
Report by Alastair Dawson
A few weeks have passed now and the dust has settled on the Scottish National Chess League, 2016/17. The last round, round 7, was held in the Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline. All eyes were on the Dundee City A team who needed a draw to clinch the national title over Edinburgh 1. But the day did not go to plan and the A team went down fighting in five very tough games of chess. It was a strange morning. Dundee City A team were without Andrew Greet and Elaine Bamber and so the line-up was David Findlay , Ed Spencer , Stephen Hogg , Declan Shafi  and Alan Borwell . Edinburgh 1 had a dauntingly impressive team represented by FM Neil Berry  , Calum MacQueen  , FM Calin Gheorghiu  , Hugh Brechin   and Raj Bhopal [ 1940] .
So the task of Dundee City A was immense with the team out-graded on every board except Board 5. As the morning developed David held his own against Neil Berry and a draw was concluded. The same was true on board 2 with Ed Spencer drawing against Calum MacQueen. But Stephen was up against it on Board 3 against FM Gheorghui and eventually lost. On Board 4 Declan capped a fine 1st season in the A team with a draw against Hugh Brechin. But with Alan Borwell succumbing against Raj Bhopal, the final score ended 1.5 – 3.5. So another season and yet again so close yet so far for the A team. For a number of seasons now, something always seems to happen on the last day that allows the Championship to slip from our grasp. Ah well, there is always next year! In terms of individual performances there have been some exceptional achievements: Andrew scored an impressive 6/6 on Board 1; David 3.5/7; Sergey 1.5/2; Stephen 4.5/7, Declan a terrific 5.5/7, Ed 3.5/5 and Alan 0/1. All team members should be very proud of their achievements in what is a very tough league.
In Division 2, the Dundee City B completed their last round with a fine 4-1 win over Kilmarnock. WFM Carey Groves secured a draw with Jamie Malkin ; Gary Weir caught Kenny Malkin  with nasty N fork on 2 Rooks; Alastair fought out a draw with Douglas Hamilton ; Sam Gregory overcame Jim Kleboe  and Daniel Chambers wrapped up the victory with a win over ungraded John McNicoll. So in the end, the Dundee City B team came 3rd in Division 2. As for individual performances, Carey scored 1/5 against some very tough Board 1 opponents; Gary scored a very good 3.5/7; Alastair scored 4/7; Sam Gregory excelled with 4/5; Darius Kosznik played some great chess with his 4.5/6; Jim Anderson scored 1.5/2; Ben Volland 0/1 and Daniel Chambers re-joining the team for 1/1 in Round 7.
In Division 4, Dundee City C ended up in 8th place in a league of 14 teams. They completed Round 7 with a whitewash 5-0 win over the Queens Gambit team. The 5 winners were Keith Rose, Ray Flood, Ognyan Kolev, Subhayu Banerjee and Agnijo Banerjee. Apart from Round 6 where there was an unexpected loss against Corstorphine, the team played very well overall throughout the gruelling 7 rounds. In total 11 players represented the team over the course of the season. Keith Rose scored 2.5/5; Ben Volland 2/4; Euan Dawson a creditable 4.5/6; Subhayu an excellent 2.5/3; Agnijo also scored well with 3/5; Tom Constance scored 0/1; Lewis Foggie 0/2; Kim Ahsee ½; Ray Noble 1/2; Ray Flood 2/3 and finally Oggie Kolev on 1/1 with a win in Round 7. Special thanks should go to Subhayu, Tom, Lewis, Kim, Ray Noble and Oggie who individually offered to play, often at very short notice, when we were struggling to field teams due to player unavailability.
So well done everyone from the three Dundee City teams – and here’s to a very successful 2017-2018 season – watch this space!!
SNCL: Final day: Sun 27th March 2016: Report by Alastair Dawson
And so the last day and Round 7 of the SNCL arrived yesterday,March 27th, with our three teams representing Dundee City in action. There was much to be fought for with Dundee A battling for the National Championship, the B team seeking to avoid relegation from Division 2 and Dundee C in 3rd place in Division 4.
For Dundee A it was not to be. They were outgunned by an exceptionally strong Edinburgh 1 team led by Clement Sreeves and Neil Berry and they lost 4-1. Yet again, Sergey Tin put in a star performance beating the highly-ranked Andrew Green. So the season ended for the A team as runners-up in the National Championship – this was an excellent achievement and many congratulations to all the players. In Division 2, Dundee B were up against a strong Kilmarnock team. Here excellent wins from Paul Shafi and Daniel Chambers together with draws from Gary Weir and Keith Rose gave Dundee a 3-2 win. This win guaranteed league safety and another season in Division 2 next season. In Division 4, our C team was represented by Declan Shafi, Euan Dawson, Agnijo Banerjee and our new player, Oggy Kolev. Oggy inspired the team to success and they ran out clear winners with a 5-0 whitewash over Hidden Dragons. This fine result propelled our C team up the ranking to tie in 2nd equal place in Division 4. However, sadly they missed out on promotion to Division 3 to Wandering Dragons by a mere 2 boards points!
In the afternoon the Scottish National Lightning tournament was held. This tournament consists of Blitz chess usually between 10-12 rounds where each game is played with 5 minutes each on the clock. It is highly stressful and mistakes come thick and fast. Dundee entered 4 teams. All of out teams did well although the Dundee D team, consisting of Keith Rose, Tom Constance, Agnijo Banerjee and Daniel Chambers, won their section and pocketed a modest cash prize.
The SNCL is played out over four separate Sundays throughout the chess season. This year, Dundee City had 15 players representing their city. Between them they played around 400 hours of chess over 4 days. Their performances and the standard of play achieved in this tough national tournament have done Dundee City proud.