Well a very good turnout overall with 33 people down to play or watch! Castlehill with 24 players easily out numbered their local rivals Dundee ! While 8 players from Dundee does not seem a lot they had three of their big regular players unavailable due to holidays, work and illness. But to be honest the turnout for the Bobby Gow Memorial over the last two years from both clubs has been in decline. Also Castlehill as the biggest chess club in Tayside & Fife have a very big membership base in comparison to Dundee . We lent them some players so other players could get a game! This year Castlehill managed thanks to a few new players turn back the years with a great turnout on the night!
It was also an interesting night with the pool team at home and a party next door! With the noise levels loud some players moved with the beat, others beat themselves up over it!
Both teams were joint winners last year so could one of them win it out right this year? It started off great guns as Subhayu Banerjee (1258) put the first point on the board for Castlehill with a win over Stuart Angely (1100est)!
Castlehill 1, Dundee 0
Castlehill increased their lead when board two player, Declan Shafi (1763) (a.k.a The smiling Assassin) beatJim Anderson (1582).
Castlehill 2, Dundee 0
A dream start for Castlehill as Roy Morris (1481)makes it 3 with a win over Andrew Morrison (1081) on board 9.
Castlehill 3, Dundee 0
Paul Shafi (1597) followed in his son’s footsteps with a very good win against Dundee legend Peter Walsh (1501) on board 5! Castlehill “May the four`s be with you!”
Castlehill 4, Dundee 0
Keith Rose (1646) on board 4 struck gold when he took advantage of a rare Robert Burnett (1519) mistake late on to give Castlehill the most unbelievable start against our local rivals Dundee !
Castlehill 5, Dundee 0
The board six match between Bruce Wallace (1468) (Dundee) and Castlehill new boy Dan Thompson(1590est) was a cracker of a match which at one time could have gone Bruce`s way. In the end Dan managed to work his way through Bruce`s tricks and made it to the finish line! Castlehill are on fire and are only ½ points from victory without reply!
Castlehill 6, Dundee 0
Dundee finally get on the board when on loan player Tom Constance (1164) on board 8 upset the odds with a great win against Castlehill`s old man Graham Atkins (1497)! This was a fantastic win for Tom! He is improving in leaps and bounds and is one of many juniors we have at Castlehill that could go further if they want to.
Castlehill 6, Dundee 1
Well Subhayu Banerjee started the ball rolling for Castlehill and his son Agnijo Banerjee (1240) finished it with a fine calculated endgame play win against on loan player Daniel Coleman (875)est) on board 12! With this win Castlehill are once again the Bobby Gow Memorial Champions 2015! Agnijo is another of our fine juniors at Castlehill. We are spoiled at Castlehill with the juniors we have! Well played Agnijo!
Castlehill 7, Dundee 1
On board 10 Colin Young (1373) was having a battle against on loan player, Paulius Serelis (1200est). Paulius is a new player but he is showing a vast improvement this year. Colin is a very steady and hard player to overcome but Paulius did just that in the end to give Dundee their second point of the night. Paulius was to say the least, a very happy man!
Castlehill 7, Dundee 2
The top board clash finished next with Castlehill`s Calum MacQueen (2259) in the end taking the spoils against Dundee’s Alastair Dawson (1861)! How ever that does not tell the whole story as Alastair played some fantastic chess despite being out graded big time! He forced a rare mistake from Calum but in one of those quirks of chess, Calum got a great attack and his Bishops become monsters on the board! Despite being the exchange down Calum proved too strong over the board for Alastair Dawson!
Castlehill 8, Dundee 2
On board 7 Dundee ’s Euan Dawson (1322) was playing like a professional player against another Castlehill new boy Pawel Kosior (1500est)! Euan has improved beyond recognition over the last couple of years. The only thing he needs to conquer is his nerves! It was a titanic struggle with Pawel working hard to keep in the match! In the end it was looking like a draw but the pressure was intense and in the heat of battle a small mistake is all it takes to change things. Euan after a great fight made that small error and Pawel pounced like a hungry lion moving in for the kill. Pawel won the match in the end but he knew he had been in a battle! Euan will learn from this and put that experience to good use as he learns more!
Castlehill 9, Dundee 2
The board 3 match between John Robertson Jnr (1562) ( Dundee ) and new Castlehill player Luke Barker (1710) was a titanic struggle without that sinking feeling! Both players probed for a weakness but nobody was in the mood for handing presents out! It was a long battle but not short of intriguing chess! They shared the spoils which having watched the game was about right! Well played both players!
Castlehill 9½, Dundee 2½
This was a very convincing win by Castlehill to take the Bobby Gow Memorial for the forth year in a row! (Joint winners with Dundee last year). Yes Dundee were short of their top three players but we had some new players playing for us who had never played chess like this before. It`s not often that we out grade Dundee so to do so and bring the bacon home is a great feeling. Our new players excelled themselves for us.
As this report is from a Castlehill perspective I can say the following!
“Another quirky thing regards the match was Castlehill scored 9½ but Dundee`s score of 2½ was not all it seemed? Dundee players only managed a ½ point as the two wins they got were by loaned Castlehill players (Tom & Pauilius)! So in fact the score line should have been; Castlehill 11½. Dundee ½! (Only kiddingDundee !)”
What a night’s chess. Bobby Gow would have been proud of us and I am proud of all the players from both clubs who turned up in his memory! I thank you all and I hope you all enjoyed the night!
Congratulations Castlehill Chess Club and we shall see you all again next year At Dundee Chess Club.
Result table here.