The Bobby Gow Memorial 2020

The 17th Bobby Gow Memorial 2022
Venue: Dundee Chess Club: Monday 19th September 2022
7:30pm sign-in: See you all there!


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Bobby Gow Memorial dis not take place for season 2020 and 2021


Venue: Castlehill Dundee: Thurs 19th Sept 19

What a fantastic turnout from both chess clubs tonight at the Bobby Gow Memorial Cup held at Castlehill Chess Club Dundee last night (Thurs 19th Sept 19).

Dundee Chess Club had 15 players, while the home team Castlehill Chess Club Dundee had 23 players. In all 19 matches took place with some Castlehill players moving over to Dundee to give everybody a match on the night! This is the best turnout out in a number of years and a big boost for everyone and chess in the city of Dundee.

Congratulations to Castlehill Chess Club Dundee on winning the Bobby Gow Memorial for the 7th time in a row (one match joint winners with Dundee!).

Bobby Gow Cup 2019 Keith Rose holding the Bobby Gow Memorial Cup!

Some great matches played and some good results on both sides, especially Declan Shafi who beat David Findlay, Andy Rowe beating James Anderson and Ray Noble beating Frank Stevenson for the first time ever in over 34 years of playing chess!

The match was a lot closer than the score line suggests but a great performance from Castlehill again and some great banter as well! Dundee as always were great company and put up a valiant effort as always, but this time they just could not match Castlehill.

A big thank you to both chess clubs and players for their support on the night and I hope everyone had a good time on the night!

We did Bobby Gow proud tonight!

We will do it all again next year with Dundee Chess Club being the home venue.

Until then it`s goodnight from me, and its goodnight from Castlehill!


The 15th Bobby Gow Memorial 2018
Tuesday 18th September 2018; Dundee Chess Club; 7:30pm

Congratulations to Castlehill Chess Club, Dundee for retaining the Bobby Gow Memorial trophy in Dundee`s backyard.

Dundee CC 4½, Castlehill, Dundee CC 7½

This is the 6th time in a row for Castlehill and well deserved! A big thank you to Dundee CC for hosting the Bobby Gow Memorial this year. They have a very good venue indeed for playing chess.

After five matches it was all square. Then it all changed as Castlehill`s Ray Noble give them the lead. Then Graham Atkins got a draw, Euan Dawson won on board 3 and Keith Rose on board 5 gave Castlehill an unassailable 3 point lead with 3 matches left. What a turnaround! So a draw was the least they would get.  But we were not settling for that! The honour of taking Castlehill over the winning line went to Paul Shafi on board 2 getting a draw against Alastair Dawson. Great effort Paul and brilliant effort Castlehill! The last two matches ended in hard fought draws.

Both chess clubs were missing some strong players for one reason or another but it make it more interesting as the middle order of both teams had a chance to be the hero’s for a change! Colin Young (1360) fresh from his good performance at the Inverness congress was one of our early lower order hero`s with a fine win. Mr consistent and a hard player to break down. Even both our old men proved you can play chess regardless of age with Roy Morris winning and Graham Atkins getting a draw! The sometimes overlooked and underestimated Norman Waugh even got into the action with a good draw!

Average grading was in Castlehill`s favour:

Dundee: 1476:   Castlehill: 1538

All matches were hard going and you could have cut the atmosphere with a knife!

No another note the Shafi`s had the honour and pleasure of being boards 1 & 2! Yes Declan was on board one against Dundee legend David Findlay, while Paul promoted to board 2 to avoid Alastair and Euan Dawson playing each other (Family!) took on Alastair and got a draw!

Speaking of Declan & Euan, etc, Castlehill have been blessed recently with an influx of junior talent and it all started off with a very small shy boy called Declan who has grown into a fantastic player and wonderful person to know. It`s also been a pleasure watching Euan Dawson grow up and turn into the player he is now. Makes me feel old and gray! :)


Once again thank you to Dundee Chess Club for hosting the Bobby Gow and making a match of it. As for the Castlehill team? I could not be more proud of you all. What a performance, a great team effort indeed.

Well that`s the 2018-19 season started off with a bang! The 16th Bobby Gow Memorial will be at Castlehill on Thursday 19th September 2019.

As always chess was the winner again! What a great game/sport to be involved with!


The 14th Bobby Gow Memorial 21/09/17


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. Disappointedly 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.


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!



Tuesday 20th September: Venue: Dundee Chess Club

It`s hard to believe that this memorial is already in it`s 13th year! This year it was Dundee Chess Clubs turn to be hosts and what hosts they were to laying on some food and drink and a warm welcome as usual!

Castlehill are the defending champions and have been on a fine run in this event recently and are hoping to keep it going. Dundee had 10 players on the night and a much weaker side grading wise than normal. They were missing some key players on the top and middle grade range. Castlehill on the other hand had 15 players for this event. The average grade for both teams were;

Dundee 1470 & Castlehill 1619

Dundee won the toss and took white on top board! On paper the first 5 boards were evenly matched, but the bottom 5 boards were strongly in favour of Castlehill. Castlehill also had 3 juniors in their side; 13;15 & 16 years old.


BOARD 7:First to finish was the match between Castlehill`s very experienced Fergus Milne (1565) and Dundee’s new boy Luis Alcada (1200e) .Castlehill got first blood and there defence off to a good start as Fergus proved to strong for Luis despite his long lay-off after an accident.

Dundee 0, Castlehill 1

BOARD 8: Martin Chalmers (1517) made it two nil with a comfortable win against Jean Chalmers (1119). This was a battle neither player wanted but fate dictated would happen! Martin was Bobby`s best mate when he was alive and this competition always means a lot to him.

Dundee 0, Castlehill 2

BOARD 5: Castlehill were on a roll as Ben Volland J13 (1626) won this tricky tie against Robert Burnett (1440). While on paper Ben should win, Robert has this knack of pulling something out of the bag! Great start for Castlehill! Ben has come on leaps and bounds over the last year or two and is a great addition to the Castlehill ranks, and indeed the Dundee City teams in the SNCL!

Dundee 0, Castlehill 3

BOARD 10: Ray Noble (1448) put Castlehill in a very strong position after beating Scott McKenzie (ug). With Ray’s experience it was always going to be an up hill struggle for ungraded Scott who unfortunately made a tactical error on move two and faced an up hill struggle from then on. Mind you Ray has been known to blow hot or cold at times. But not this time!

Dundee 0, Castlehill 4

BOARD 9: Roy Morris (1486), played well to be a pawn up against Andrew Morrison (1077). Andrew also had a doubled pawn to boot! But somehow during a set of exchanges, Roy found himself in what looked like a lost endgame with his King on the back rank, but Andrews King had advanced to his 4th rank! You could see and feel Roy`s bewilderment and frustration at this turn of events. Indeed it was looking like Roy was going to resign for a moment. Thankfully he did not, and as happens with lower graded players, Andrew did not grasp the position fully and moved his King the wrong way to give the advantage back to Roy, who played his “GET OUT OF JAIL” card (This is chess Roy, not Monopoly!) and this time finished it off! That win gave Castlehill an unbelievable 5-0 flyer and guaranteed them at least the draw.

Dundee 0, Castlehill 5

BOARD 2: Alastair Dawson (1807) finally got Dundee off the mark and ended the possibility of a whitewash with a good win against Castlehill new boy Sam Gregory (1759). Sam has not played serious chess in about four years but was a former Scotland under 17 junior player! He is a bit rusty and came up against the very experienced professor! Sam is part of our very successful day at the Dundee University’s Freshers Fair which Castlehill had a stall at! I think we shall be hearing more from Sam in due course! Alistair’s win give Dundee the hope of pulling off a remarkable come back to tie the match. Boy would that be come back to tell the weans!

Dundee 1, Castlehill 5

BOARD 1: The smiling assassin, Declan Shafi J16(1886) got the honour of pushing Castlehill over the winning line with a fine performance against Alan Borwell (1907). This meant Castlehill with 3 matches to go have retained the Bobby Gow Memorial Trophy! It is fitting that Declan should be the player that gets us the title after the season he had last year. What a player he has become and we at Castlehill are so proud of him as is his mum & dad! Well done Declan!

Dundee 1. Castlehill 6

BOARD 3: Paul Shafi (1657) & Jim Anderson (1669) fought out a hard draw with both players not giving an inch over then board. Jim’s half point while not enough to change the outcome of the match, was a good ½ point none the less. Paul made sure that the “Shafi family” are unbeaten this year in the Bobby Gow!

Dundee 1½, Castlehill 6½

BOARD 6: What a match this was between our own Euan Dawson J15 (1599) and Dundee`s Alan R. Woodcock (1370). Euan took his time and seemed to have the upper hand, indeed a winning position, with his only problem being his time? Alan on the other hand was playing better than his published grade and was putting obstacles in Euan`s way and making him work hard if he was going to win. Near the end of the match, Alan had created a dangerous mating net around Euan`s King, but Euan was on the verge of promoting a pawn. In the end it all seemed to come down to Euan`s lack of time. Working it all out is a good quality, but even then one awkward or unexpected move by your opponent can throw you a little and then time has a habit of biting you in the bum! This is exactly what happened in the end and Euan lost on time. It would have hurt Euan not only grading wise but personally after all his hard work, but you have to give credit to Alan for the way he kept in there despite all the pressure he was under! He certainly played above his currant grade and may be it was a case of turning back the hands of time for Alan! Euan I know will learn from this and become a stronger player for it. You can fight most things in life and chess, but you can never beat time unless you are a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey… Euan?

Dundee 2½, Castlehill 6½

BOARD 4: Last but not least was the match between old rivals. Keith “The Legend” Rose (1654) and Frank Stevenson (1644). They have been battling each other for so long over the years, you could call it a “Time War!” What a match they both served up. Full of complications, with both players living on a knife edge! One false move and you are a goner. Keith with a passed pawn seemed ready to sacrifice his queen, but gain a replacement! Frank putting a spoke in this plan and converging on Keith`s King and Queen! It will be one worth going over, but in the end Keith managed to find the answers and finally over come the strong resistance of Frank. Frank should have known that against the Castlehill legend, “Resistance is Futile. Species Frank Stevenson will be assimilated!”

Dundee 2½, Castlehill 7½

Congratulations to Castlehill on retaining the Boby Gow Memorial in style! Dundee put up a good fight, but were missing some of their top players on the night due to things out with their control. Castlehill did well to muster 15 players as a Tuesday night is a problematic night for a lot of our players.

Well played everyone that took part and showed their support for this event. Everyone enjoyed the night and Bobby Gow would have been a proud man watching this.

See you all next year at Castlehill!

All matches took place in the month of September (3rd week in)

2004 1st Joint winners Castlehill  & Dundee & Victoria  Draw HERE
2005 2nd Champions Dundee & Victoria CC 7½ – 6½ HERE
2006 3rd Champions Castlehill Chess Club Dundee 10 – 7 HERE
2007 4th Champions Dundee & Victoria CC 10½ – 5½ HERE
2008 5th Champions Dundee & Victoria CC 9½ – 3½ HERE
2009 6th Champions Dundee & Victoria CC 9½ – 6½ HERE
2010 7th Champions Dundee & Victoria CC 8 – 7 HERE
2011 8th Champions Dundee & Victoria CC 9 – 8 HERE
2012 9th Champions Castlehill Chess Club  9 – 4 HERE
2013 10th Champions Castlehill Chess Club  6 – 4 HERE
2014 11th Joint winners Castlehill  & Dundee  5½ – 5½ HERE
2015 12th Champions Castlehill Chess Club Dundee 9½ – 2½ HERE
2016 13th Champions Castlehill Chess Club  7½ – 2½ HERE
2017 14th Champions Castlehill Chess Club 9½ – 4½ HERE
2018 15th Champions Castlehill Chess Club 7½ – 4½ HERE
2019 16th Champions Castlehill Chess Club 13½ – 5 HERE
2020 N/A Not held due to COVID-19 Pandemic N/A N/A
2021 N/A Not held due to COVID-19 Pandemic N/A N/A
2022 17th Mon 19th Sep 22 at Dundee Chess Club!