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.

Thurs Night Weekly Comp
CASTLEHILL WEEKLY QUICK-PLAY EVENT Thurs 22nd July 21 – Arena 60 – 8:10pm to 9:40pm Time-Control – 5 minutes + 3 seconds   This week’s competition had a lot more of the top players losing a few matches which made it a lot closer than usual! Mind you it did not change the fact a top player won! We had 10 players involved including three juniors and two new members.   Congratulations to Richard Kynoch (8th time) and Jan Barron Majerik (2nd time) on taking top spot, both on 14 points. It was a tough night and well done to both players!   In equal runner-up spot was[...]
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CASTLEHILL QUICK-PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP Thurs 15th July 21, 7:30pm Round 4 (penultimate)– 7 round Swiss   Before this penultimate event, Andre Babin was leading by 1½ points only from Jan Barron-Majerik so all still to play for with two events left including this one!   Eleven players took part and boy did we have some surprise results, the biggest was Master Alexander Barron-Majerick`s win against Graham Mooney! Alexander is only 9 years old and graded 221, while Graham has been around since the dawn of time and graded 1866! Regardless of a possible mouse slip by Graham (gave his queen away!), Alexander still managed to convert that[...]
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CASTLEHILL WEEKLY QUICK-PLAY EVENT Thurs 8th July 21 – Arena 59 – 8:10pm to 9:40pm (It said 58, but was 59!)   Oh what a night with 11 players taking part including new Castlehill Member Judith Firth! Welcome to our chess club, Judith, I hope you enjoyed the night!   Congratulations to Andre Babin and Graham Mooney on tying for 1st place on 16 points! This is André’s 11th 1st place and Graham’s 4th time!   Subhayu Banerjee on 15 points took the runner-up spot for the 5th time! Richard Kynoch took the last podium (3rd) place on 12 points. This is Richard’s 7th time in third place.   Ramit[...]
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2020 WORLD WIDE CHESS LEAGUE 2020-21 Sunday 4th July 21 – 21:00hrs (9.00pm) All matches on Chess.com   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 Round 10 (Last): Team Chile 25½ - 10½ Dundee City B   Congratulations to Team Chile!   Well what a match for many different reasons not least the amount of boards in play, 18! Chile still had more players, but 18 it was. Not only that Chile out graded Dundee City B on “ALL” 18 boards. Even had an FM on board[...]
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THE BOB DUNN SUMMER TOURNAMENT 2021 Round 2 Report Most of the results went to the form book but congratulations to Marten Kats (1203) who beat junior wonder kid, Rishi Vijayakumar J9! That was some result Marten!   Trevor Harley (1333) still not fully recovered from his illness managed a fine draw against Jan Barron-Majerik (1500) who is still in “1 MINUTE BULLET” mode it seemed with the way he played! Nice draw Trevor!   Ramit Kanodia J13 (900) did a break dancing job of “dodging the bullet” and salvaging a draw after Martin Chalmers (1505) in a winning position managed to end up without enough[...]
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CASTLEHILL WEEKLY QUICK-PLAY EVENT Thurs 1st July 21 – Arena 58 – 8:10pm to 9:40pm   Congratulations for the second week in a row to Richard Kynoch who finished unbeaten on 21 points. He drew one match but it seems he is invincible at the moment sweeping his opponents aside like an ongoing avalanche! This takes Richard to 7 top place finishes, his 4th win in 7 weeks! Hot to trot my friend!   Also for the 2nd week in a row finishing in runner-up spot is Oggy Kolev on 14 points! This is Oggy`s 2nd time in second place! I think he beginning to[...]
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CASTLEHILL RANDOM KNOCKOUT 2020-21 Semi-Finals – Results   Miguel Alvarez (1650)est 1 – 0 Graham Mooney (1866) Andre Babin (1882) 1 – 0 Marten Kats (1203)   Congratulations to Miguel and Andre in reaching this season’s Random Knockout Final! Commiserations to Graham and Marten for just falling at the last hurdle! You did yourselves proud to reach the semi-finals in a strong field.   This should be some final between long time member, Andre Babin and new kid on the block, Miguel Angel Prieto Alvarez!   DRAW Miguel Alvarez (White) v (black) Andre Babin   This match must be played by 28th August 21.   It’s looking like a corker of a pairing and should[...]
July 26, 2021
  • Summer Championship - Round 3
    Starts: 7:30 pm
July 29, 2021
  • Castlehill Weekly Online Quick-Play event
    Starts: 8:00 pm
August 5, 2021
  • Castlehill Weekly Online Quick-Play event
    Starts: 8:00 pm
August 12, 2021
  • Castlehill Quick-Play Grand Prix - Round 5
    Starts: 7:15 pm
August 19, 2021
  • Castlehill Weekly Online Quick-Play event
    Starts: 8:00 pm
August 23, 2021
  • Summer Championships - Round 4
    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.

BarSide

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