Welcome to Castlehill Chess Club!

The largest and most active chess club in Dundee. For beginners to Masters,  Juniors to adults. We’re always looking for new members – our membership is around 55 players (35 adults, 20 juniors <17). We have male and female members, the young and the old. Coaching is available.

We are proud that four of our juniors are Chess Scotland Internationalists.

If you want to improve your chess, play casual chess, league chess, or any kind of chess, our club normally meets every Thursday throughout the year (Except Christmas) between 7 pm and 10.30 pm. During COVID restrictions the Club is closed, but we offer a number of online games and tournaments. If you are local to the Dundee area,  or a student at Dundee or Abertay Universities, and you are interested in playing online, please contact us. We welcome players of all ages and level of ability.

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CASTLEHILL QUICK-PLAY GRAND PRIX Thurs 10th June 21 – Round 3 – 7 round Swiss   It was a very open and tough night for all players involved including the top players! We had 15 entries in total with three players tied for first place on the night!   Congratulations to Andre Babin, Jan Barron-Majerik and Baillie Armstrong who was playing for the first time online at Castlehill. All players finished with 5 points out of 7.   The other two Grand Prix places went to Andy Rowe and Graham Mooney both on 4½ points and tied for 4th place.   Subhayu Banerjee started like a runaway train but[...]
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2020 WORLD WIDE CHESS LEAGUE 2020-21 Sunday 6th June 21 – 19:04 hrs (7.04 pm) Round 9 Dundee City A 13, Bloemfontein Wild Knights Club A 9 Dundee City Teams are a joint venture between Castlehill Chess Club and Dundee Chess Club. FORMAT 2 games against the same opponent (black & white): Time-Control – 10 minutes+5 seconds increments Before I begin I must highly praise Bloemfontein Wild Knights Club A for bringing 11 players to the game! I for one think it makes for a better game and is a better reflection on the outcome. Big thumbs up to you from all Dundee City A team[...]
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2020 WORLD WIDE CHESS LEAGUE 2020-21 Sunday 6th June 21 – 19:00hrs (7.00pm) Round 9 Dundee City A v Bloemfontein Wild Knights Club A   Dundee City Teams are a joint venture between Castlehill Chess Club and Dundee Chess Club. FORMAT 2 games against the same opponent (black & white): Time-Control – 10 minutes+5 seconds increments   This match has been a long time coming but should be a cracker with hopefully plenty boards in play! Dundee City A sit in 35th place on 5 points and their opponents from South Africa also on 5 points but sit in 31st place on tie-break rules. Another team on 5[...]
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CASTLEHILL WEEKLY QUICK-PLAY EVENT Thurs 3rd June 21 – Arena 55 – 8:10pm to 9:40pm   Congratulations to Richard Kynoch who takes his 1st place tally to 5 after running away with this event on 24 points! Runner-up, Euan Murray was way behind on 17 points, but this is the 4th time he has finished in 2nd place.   Graham Mooney just missed out to Euan finishing 3rd on 16 points. This is the 3rd time Graham has finished third.   In total we had 11 players involved which was a bit down but we are moving into the main part of the summer and people have[...]
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CASTLEHILL RANDOM KNOCKOUT Report – Q/Finals - 30/05/21   All four Q/Finals produced a “blackwash” as all players with the black side won! The only surprise win grading wise was Marten Kats beating Keith Rose. Having said that being played online, Marten is having the better results than Keith who is not so keen on playing online with a 2 dimensional board!     Congratulations to Miguel Alvarez, Graham Mooney, Andre Babin and Marten Kats on reaching the semi-final stages. Graham beat young rising star, Rishi Vijayakumar J9 who did not have one of his better days. Still being inconsistent is part of being young and[...]
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CASTLEHILL QUICK-PLAY GRAND PRIX Thurs 27th May 21 – Round 2 – 7 round Swiss Congratulations to Richard Polaczek IM on finishing in top spot on 6 points in the 2nd Castlehill Quick-Play event. There are 5 in total and the player with the most points after the 5 events will be crowned champion. In equal second place on 5 points were Graham Mooney and Andre Babin who was also the only player to beat Richard Polaczek IM!   Richard Kynoch on 4½ points finished in 4th place.   In equal 5th place and getting the last of the Grand Prix points was leader before tonight's[...]
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TAFCA WINTER LEAGUE 2020-21 (Online) 2020-21 Season`s report   Well that`s the TAFCA Winter league 2020-21 officially over and what a season it was! Held online due to the current pandemic, it was a season with a difference. Chess can count itself lucky in comparison to our sports due to the fact we could transfer and play online.   TEAM EVENTS Division One Congratulations to Dundee A on not only winning the TAFCA division One  2020-21 title, but doing so in style unbeaten on 18 points! Not only that, this title makes it an historic 8th title in a row, Wow! Fantastic achievement and well deserved! Castlehill[...]
June 17, 2021
  • Castlehill Weekly Online Quick-Play event
    Starts: 8:00 pm
June 21, 2021
  • Summer Championships - Round 2
    Starts: 7:30 pm
June 24, 2021
  • Castlehill Weekly Online Quick-Play event
    Starts: 8:00 pm
July 1, 2021
  • Castlehill Weekly Online Quick-Play event
    Starts: 7:45 pm
July 8, 2021
  • Castlehill Weekly Online Quick-Play event
    Starts: 8:00 pm
July 15, 2021
  • Castlehill Quick-Play Grand Prix - Round 4
    Starts: 7:30 pm
July 22, 2021
  • Castlehill Weekly Online Quick-Play event
    Starts: 8:00 pm
July 26, 2021
  • Summer Championship - Round 3
    Starts: 7:30 pm

Full calendar here.

On our website we have a searchable database of games by Castlehill Members.
You can go through the games or download them.
To go to our database you click “Club Info” in main menu and then “View Club Games“.
Or alternatively click “HERE” to take you to the database.

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Ray Noble v Andy Rowe
Castlehill Arena Lichess Tournament -5 minutes+ 3 seconds

We are always looking for new games, so players please submit your games
and if possible with some analysis or thoughts.
It does not matter your level,  the games are part of the clubs history!

TAFCA WINTER LEAGUE ONLINE 2020-21: Updated: 21/05/21
Champions/Winners for season 20-21 Online

LEAGUES
Division One
Champions:
Dundee A (8th title in a row a fantastic history making achievement!)
Runners-Up:
Castlehill B

Division Two
Champions: Castlehill E (Promoted to division One)
Runners-Up:
Castlehill F (Promoted to division One) ** dependent on entries this coming season)
**Roll of Honour list “HERE

TAFCA  ALLEGRO CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES 20-21
TAFCA Overall Allegro Champion: Andre Babin (Castlehill CC) 22pts
TAFCA Overall Allegro Runner-Up: Richard Polaczek IM (Castlehill CC) 15pts

TAFCA INDIVIDUAL CLUB ALLEGRO WINNERS 20-21

  1. Newport Knights Champion: Andre Babin (Castlehill)
  2. Perth Champions: Ed Spencer (Dundee) & Sam Gregory (Castlehill)
  3. Kirkcaldy Champion: Andre Babin (Castlehill)
  4. Castlehill Champion: Sam Gregory (Castlehill)
  5. Dundee Champion: Richard Polaczek IM (Castlehill)
  6. St.Andrews Uni Champion: Richard Polaczek IM (Castlehill)

Out of 215 entries over the six events, Castlehill Chess Club had 101 players with their nearest rivals, St.Andrews with 35 entries.

**Roll of Honour list “HERE

J.R.CHALMERS GRAND PRIX MEMORIAL 20-21
Champions: Jan Barron-Majerik & Andre Babin (both Castlehill) 27pts each

**Roll of Honour list “HERE

TAFCA MOST IMPROVED JUNIOR 2020-21
Rishi Vijayakumar J9 (2nd year in a row!) Congratulations Rishi!
**Roll of Honour list “HERE

TAFCA ONLINE TEAM BATTLE 20-21 (inaugural event)
Teams
Champions: Dundee A – 68pts
Runners-Up: Castlehill A – 66pts

Individual
Overall best player: Jacques Ophoff (Dundee) 19pts
Runner-up; Richard Polaczek IM (Castlehill) 16pts