Konrad Wierzbicki Memorial Allegro

The Konrad Wierzbicki Memorial was not held in season 2019-20.


The 36th Konrad Wierzbicki Memorial Allegro Thursday 4th Oct 18  7:30pm sign-in 5 round Swiss: 15 minutes each player. Matches go for Allegro grading.

The 36th Konrad Wierszbicki Memorial 2018

What a turn out for the Konrad with 19 players entered. The defending champion Declan Shafi (1850) was strong favourite to win back to back titles but got knocked off his pedestal this time as someone managed to win all 5 matches, including winning against Declan to take the title! Now before rumours start I can categorically say it was not Ray Noble! He should be so lucky to have a run like that against a strong field like this…but then again… read on you never know with Ray. Lol!

Congratulations go to Andre Babin (1844) who managed to upset all the odds, sort of? His grade is high at 1844 and he was number 2 seed, but he has been away from our club for a long time and has not played a lot of over the board chess! But Andre defied the odds and played like someone who has never been away at all!

The list of players he beat in his 5 matches is impressive!
Round 1: Cameron Wilson (1272) Well maybe not so. Lol! (Sorry Cameron)
Round 2: Saaranen, Janne (????). In this match against a new member, Andre was looking out of it, only for him to recover to a won game. The only problem was his time and Janne was not for resigning. With 1 second left on his clock Andre with Queen & King, delivered checkmate. It was tense stuff to watch indeed but what a finish by Andre, wonderful technique under pressure!

Round 3: Declan Shafi (1850): what a great win against the defending champion!
Round 4: Ed Walton (1229): Now up to this point what a tournament Ed was having winning his first 3 matches against much stronger graded players. But Andre proved a step to for for Ed and was on fire and too hot to handle!
Round 5: James Anderson (1602): It was a battle and a half, but under intense pressure Andre just kept cool and kept pushing and pushing until Jim could take it no more and he resigned!

1st: Konrad Wierszbicki Memorial Champion 2018: Andre Babin (1844): TPR 1995! 5 out of 5.
2nd=: Declan Shafi (1850); TPR 1791) & Andy Rowe (1583); TPR 1573: 4 out of 5.

4th: James Anderson (1602); TPR 1834: 3½ out of 5.


Special mentions to Ed Walton (1229) for a fantastic TPR 1615! Also new member, Janne Saaranen (ug) for a TPR 1441.

A big thank you to all the players who supported the Konrad. 36 years is some going indeed!

Once again congratulations Andre and well done Declan & Andy the runners-up.

Lets do it again next year!


The 35th Konrad Wierszbicki Memorial 2017
Thursday 5th October 2017: Report

The 35th Konrad Wierszbicki Memorial 2017  had 23 entries, with a high junior content and a new traveling chess player to boot! Yes Alan Harvey a lorry driver from England found our club on the website and as he was in Dundee paid us a visit. Alan does this all the time while working away and it was a pleasure having him here as his grade is ECF 187? That once converted must be over 2000+. In his home club he plays on board 3 in the league, with a GM on top board!

He did not disappoint as he finished joint 1st place with Declan Shafi in the Konrad Wierszbicki Memorial, drawing his match with Declan in round 4. The Konrad is a 5 round swiss, 15 minutes each player, with all matches going for allegro grading.

Some of the juniors were playing their first ever competitive chess match and boy were they enjoying themselves. Not only that, they held their own in a very strong field indeed. Rishabh was especially happy to have beaten Ramit, who has a bit more experience than him in competitive matches.

RESULTS (allegro grades)
1st=: Declan Shafi J17 (1840) & Alan Harvey (ECF 187) 4½/5
R/Up: Alastair Dawson (1728) & Ray Flood (1377) 4/5

Congratulations to Declan & Alan (Declan is the sole winner as Alan is not a member of our club (yet!). Also will done Alastair & Ray Flood. Ray played well above his allegro grading of 1377!

Everybody seemed to enjoy themselves, even the (ill) stressed out looking competition organiser, Ray Noble who was doing the draw by hand for a change!

A big thank you to all players who supported this event and made it a success on the night again!


Thursday 29th September: Report

A fantastic 20 players entered for this year’s competition. Even more encouraging is the fact we had 9 juniors and one new uni student in the entries! Due to this it was a bit hectic organising wise for the first round, but none the less we made it over the obstacles put before us!

The place was buzzing and the competition at the top was tough. It was not so easy for the juniors playing against other juniors as well!

Congratulations go the our smiling assassin, Declan Shafi who yet again decimates the field with a perfect 5 out of 5 wins to take the title of Konrad Wierszbicki Allegro Champion 2016! While this was no surprise, it was none the less a very good performance from Declan. He had to over come a couple of tricky matches, but did what he always does now…WIN!

But every tournament needs surprises and we got them in the form of two players who finished equal runners-up. Colin Young showed he is no slouch at the quick-play format winning against far stronger opposition, while new kid Wei Bin Chan produced the big surprise of the night taking out everyone but the king. Indeed Wei and Colin only lost to one person and that was the Konrad Champion!

A big thank you to all players for supporting this event. Also a big thank you to all the new juniors who took part with such enthusiasm, it bowled you over! The younger juniors had to leave with two rounds to go as bed time called!

Match results and standing on our website



15 players down on the night for the 33rd Konrad Wierszbicki Memorial Allegro at our new venue the Chaplaincy, University of Dundee, Cross Row, Dundee.

Not bad, but could have been better but properly a good number to try out our new venue! We did not get access until 8pm which meant we had to reduce the time limit to 10 minutes each player. This was only for tonight as we don’t officially move in until next Thursday! A few teething issues regards lighting and tables but nothing that cannot be resolved. Indeed that is what this first night was meant to throw up any issues before we play TAFCA league matches here!

The first round was a black affair with 5 of the 7 matches going black’s way with only the number one seed Calum MacQueen and Fergus Milne resisting the odds! All results in the first round went to grade so nothing to report!

Round Two
Again no major upsets but some close games none the less! The match of the round was Keith Rose’s win against time king champion Fergus Milne, outstanding nerves by Keith to take the match!

Round Three
Some interesting battles on with Top seed Calum MacQueen going head to head with Keith Rose both on full points so far. Andy Rowe also on full points takes on Time King Fergus Milne, while old hand Craig Nicol takes on new boy Pawel Kosior!

First to finish this round was Robbie McLeod v Arthur Grant. For the first time Arthur beats Robbie but it does not go for grading! Oh dear! Agnijo Banerjee beats Daniel Coleman in the battle of the juniors!

Calum maintains his 100% record overcoming the tricky obstacle of Keith Rose! The new gun Pawel shot down the old hand Nicol to move to 2 points. With Andy Rowe & Fergus Milne drawing, Calum holds the outright lead going into the 4th round!

Round four
Some interesting matches on with Andy (no risk) Rowe against top seed Calum (I’ve seen it all) MacQueen! Sibling rivals Lisa Paton and Robbie McLeod and New gun Pawel versus young gun Agnijo Banerjee!

Well Lisa was winning big time, but Robbie got the first checkmate in so that kind of ends matters! Subhayu shows he’s no slouch taking out Keith Rose! Claum MacQueen maintains his perfect record overcoming the not so easy to beat Andy Rowe! Colin Young sacks the Coleman, Daniel Coleman to be precise! The frantic battle of the round was between Pawel and Agnijo who both were short of time and hands were flying over the chess board and clocks faster than the speed of sound! Boom, boom and Pawels clock fell first! Phew it was nerve racking to watch never mind play!

Round Five (last)
Now we have reached the 5th round and the players have started their matches one thing springs to mind? Fergus Milne came into the chess club sat down to play his first round match and never moved from that table at all! In chess, movement with out effort is a great skill and Fergus is obviously a great player! Table one has now official been named The Fergus Milne table of dreams! The last round also sees Teacher (Calum) v pupil (Agnijo)! Should be a good one!

Lisa took nothing for granted as she gets revenge for Robbie’s by defeating Arthur! Royal Navy veteran Graham gets torpedoed by the Sub, i.e. Subhayu! The teacher (Calum) hands out a lesson to his pupil (Agnijo) and in the process is crowned the 33rd Konrad Wierszbicki memorial Allegro Champion 2015.

As usual this was a fun but serious tournament and was a good tester for how things would work chess wise in our new venue! There were some teething problems as you would expect but because we tested it under competition rules on our first night, it will go along way to making TAFCA league matches a walk in the Park

Congratulations to Calum MacQueen on winning the Konrad Wierszbicki Memorial Allegro 2015! It was a deserved victory by the strongest player in the tournament by a country mile. We also thank him for taking part as a lot of players above a certain grade do not always partake! Subhayu Banerjee surprised everyone including himself on finishing as runner-up on the night! He finished very strongly and totally deserved to finish as runner-up and above his son Agnijo!

Thank you everyone who supported this event and I hope you all had a good time and enjoyed our new venue!

Please let us know what you thought of the new venue and how we can improve on our first night! That’s the first Castlehill trophy of the season decided. Roll on the next!