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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4NCL (4 NATIONS CHESS LEAGUE) Tuesday 21st September 21 – 7:30pm – Round Three Time-Control: 45 minutes + 15 minutes increments (Dundee City is a joint venture between Castlehill Chess Club Dundee and Dundee Chess Club.)   It was another good night for three of our Dundee City teams, and heartache for our 4th!   Division One – Group C Dundee City A (2115) 1½ - 2½ (2048) Catford Cosmonauts 1 A hard match with a twist that was heartbreaking for Declan Shafi and Dundee City A! We have all been there! Unfortunately Dundee City A are still pointless after 3 matches and sit second bottom of group C.[...]
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2020 CHESS LEAGUE – SEASON 2021-22 10 Rounds in total played – Time-Control: 10 minutes + 5 second increments Two matches against the same opponent (black & white) Matches take place on “CHESS.COM”.   Dundee City teams are a joint venture between Castlehill Chess Club and Dundee Chess Club. We have two teams entered Dundee City “A” & “B”   ROUND ONE Saturday 18th September 21 BUET CC (Bangladesh) 1, Dundee City A (Scotland) 9 A comfortable opening round for Dundee City A against a side graded well below Dundee City A who had players over 2000+, including two IM`s! Five boards were in play A strong line up of Andrew[...]
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THURS NIGHT QUICK-PLAY 16/09/21 – Arena 66 Time-Control – 5 minutes + 3 seconds   Congratulations to Euan Murray who once again was in scintillating form crushing all before him to win this week with 8 wins out of 8 matches on 16 points! Terrifying when he is in this sort of form! This is Euan`s 9th top spot finish and his TPR was a staggering 2315! This boy is on fire! Well played Euan!   Richard Kynoch who is no push over finished in runner-up spot for the 9th time on 12 points, while Graham Mooney took the 3rd podium place on 11 points, the[...]
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JUNIOR 4NCL (4 NATIONS CHESS LEAGUE) Thursday 16th September 21 – 6:00pm – Round Three Time-Control: 10 minutes + 5 seconds increments (two matches each) (Dundee City is a joint venture between Castlehill Chess Club Dundee and Dundee Chess Club.)   RESULT Division Two – Group C Harrow Juniors D (1036) 2 - 5 (569) Dundee City Juniors (Harrow deducted 1 point for defaulting board 4)   What a match and what a result which keeps “Dundee City Juniors” unbeaten after three matches! They are equal on points with Colchester Juniors A on 6 points, but sit in 2nd place on game points.   Board One: Rishi Vijayakumar J10 won both his[...]
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4NCL (4 NATIONS CHESS LEAGUE) Tuesday 7th September 21 – 7:30pm – Round Two Time-Control: 45 minutes + 15 minutes increments (Dundee City is a joint venture between Castlehill Chess Club Dundee and Dundee Chess Club.)   What a night of chess for Dundee City teams with 3 out of 4 teams bagging a positive result! ##(The links to the games are in a players board number! This will take you to their game on lichess.org)   Division One – Group C Harrow 1 (2093) 2½ - 1½ (2160) Dundee City A In some ways a disappointing result for Dundee City A against Harrow 1. Yes the grading was close[...]
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UK CHESS CHALLENGE 2021 TERAFINAL PRELIMINARY (Under 10) Saturday 4th September 2021 – 10am 7 rounds – 10 minutes + 5 seconds increments Played on Lichess.org   Congratulations again to Rishi Vijayakumar J9 on finishing equal 2nd (3 way tie) on 5½ points and qualifying for the “TERAFINALS GRAND FINAL” for under 10`s! The final takes place at Blenhelm Palace OTB on Sat & Sun 9th-10th Oct 21. (Still subject to “Fair Play” rules and checks)   In a very strong field of 50 players, Rishi showed everybody else what we already know; he can play chess a little bit! It was such a strong field that Rishi`s[...]
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THURS NIGHT QUICK-PLAY 02/09/21 – Arena 65 Time-Control – 5 minutes + 2 seconds Congratulations to Graham Mooney on a very convincing performance to take top spot for the 5th time in this format on 17 points. Graham is an outstanding player and has played in major competitions including the Chess Olympiad. Having said that he has at times struggled to show that form in this format but you can’t keep a good player down for long and this was as convincing a victory as you can get!   Richard Kynoch and Euan Murray, both no slouches at this format had to settle for joint[...]
September 30, 2021
  • Junior 4NCL (Season 4) Round 4
    Starts: 6:00 pm
  • Castlehill Thurs Night Comp Online
    Starts: 8:00 pm
October 5, 2021
  • 4NCL (Season 4) Round 4
    Starts: 7:30 pm
October 7, 2021
  • Castlehill Thurs Night Comp Online
    Starts: 8:00 pm
October 14, 2021
  • Junior 4NCL (Season 4) Round 5
    Starts: 6:00 pm
  • Castlehill Thurs Night Comp Online
    Starts: 8:00 pm
October 19, 2021
  • 4NCL (Season 4) Round 5
    Starts: 7:30 pm
October 21, 2021
  • Castlehill Thurs Night Comp Online
    Starts: 8:00 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