The 14th Bobby Gow Memorial 2017
What a night again at Castlehill Chess Club Dundee as we had over 60 people down at the club. It was that busy, we ran out of tables and sets/clocks at one point which had an impact on the Bobby Gow Memorial.
Congratulations to Castlehill Chess Club Dundee on winning the Bobby Gow Memorial for the 6th time in a row (one shared!), against Dundee Chess Club.
Castlehill won 11½, – 4½ with 16 boards in play. We went 6 – 1 up with our two juniors Ramit & Rishabh kicking things off with both winning their matches against two Dundee juniors. Agnijo Banerjee (1453) lost to Ray Flood (1377), but it was a good start for us. Disappointingly Dundee defaulted top board with Ed Spencer not showing up, which left Declan not getting a game. Dundee did turn up with more players this time (thank you), but we still had many who did not get a game. The plan was to play gradable games towards the Bobby Gow, with Castlehill against Castlehill. Unfortunately due to the high turn out of juniors and possible new members, we did not have any tables left to do that. This left a few disappointed players as they wanted to take part in this great memorial event. Something to look at in the future, but a nice problem to have. The organiser Ray Noble also did not get a game due to his grade being so low now. My how the mighty have fallen!
In the end the great start by Castlehill proved too much for Dundee to overcome. Their were a lot of close matches on the top boards. Sam Gregory (1818) had the honour of taking Castlehill over the winning line beating Joshua Croft (1817) on board 2. The best combination finish was by Andy Rowe (1574) against Robert Burnett (1475) on board 8. It was a beauty! The last match to finish was on board 5 with Euan Dawson (1727) winning against John Kelly (1600) in a belter of a tight match.
A big thank you to all the players who supported the Bobby Gow Memorial tonight, especially the ones who turned up but did not get a game. A big thank you to Dundee Chess Club and their hard working organisers for pulling out all the stops in getting a good turn out from their side.
|1||Declan Shafi J (2023)||1 – D||Ed Spencer (2031)|
|2||Sam Gregory (1818)||1 – 0||Joshua Croft (1817)|
|3||Dariusz Kosznik||0 – 1||Dominic O`Rourke (1793)|
|4||Ben Volland J (1706)||½ – ½||Alastair Dawson (1728)|
|5||Euan Dawson (1727)||1 – 0||John Kelly (1600)|
|6||Robert Jackson (1600)||0 – 1||James Anderson (1626)|
|7||Paul Shafi (1584)||0 – 1||Frank Stevenson (1620)|
|8||Andy Rowe (1574)||1 – 0||Robert Burnett (1475)|
|9||Roy Morris (1531)||1 – 0||Alan Woodcock (1380)|
|10||Agnijo Banerjee J (1453)||0 – 1)||Ray Flood (1377)|
|11||Tom Constance J (1404)||1 – 0||Scott McKenzie (473)|
|12||Subhayu Banerjee (1359)||1 – 0||Max Whisson J (ug)|
|13||Gordon Thomas (1343)||1 – 0||Henri Meadows (ug)|
|14||Graham Atkins (1317)||1 – 0||Peter Gibson (ug)|
|15||Ramit Kanodia J (725)||1 – 0||Rohan J (ug)|
|16||Rishabh Akula J (ug)||1 – 0||Atholl J (ug)|
Once again this has proved to be one of the best tournament in our calendar, even with the few gremlins that hit us tonight.
So once again congratulations to Castlehill for becoming the Bobby Gow Memorial champions 2017! Hip, hip, hoary!