Lothians Chess Congress Results

7 to 9 January, 2005

report by Hugh Flockhart
Click event headers for grading data on the Chess Scotland site

The Lothian Congress retains its popularity with 145 players including 37
juniors taking part:- Championship 14, Stars-barred 29, Major 47, Minor
25 & Knights 30.

The Championship was won comfortably by Jonathan Grant of
Edinburgh West. It was his 4th championship win (previously in 1989, 1990, 1994), and the second time he's held the Smerdon Cup.

The two other outright winners, both mature players, were Charlie
of Lasswade in the Major, and Bernard Cassidy of Uddingston in the
Knights. However, the biggest applause at the prizegiving was reserved for
the Fife youngster with Highland genealogy, Calum Fraser McDonald, who in
the final round defeated his senior opponent, 587 grading points above
him. As well as this Giant Killing prize, a prize for the most
entertaining game may be introduced next year!



1st - Jonathan Grant (Edinburgh West) 4½/5
(Jonathan wins the Smerdon Cup)

2nd = Oliver Penrose (Lasswade) 3½/5, George Neave (Edinburgh West)
(All three above qualify for the East of Scotland Championship)


1st= Tom Donohue (Hamilton) 4½/5, Chris MacDonald (Stirling)


1st - Charles Nisbet (Lasswade) 4½/5

2nd= Mike Chisholm (Sandy Bell’s) 4/5, Robert France (Sandy Bell’s), David Gillespie (Crowwood), William Hynd (Gorgie Dalry), Chris McIntee (Juniper Green)

Grading U1550 - Lloyd Hughes (Tiger Cubs) 4/5


1st= Peter Selbie (Glenrothes) 4/5, Steven MacGregor (Edinburgh), Olav Lange (Lasswade)


1st - Bernard Cassidy (Uddingston) 4½/5

2nd= David Watt (Balerno) 4/5, Robert Dover (Bon Accord), Gilbert Alomenu (Glasgow Knights), Natalie Donohue (Bankton)

Junior Prizes

John Tawdrous (Bankton) 3/5
grading limit 1000 - Jamie Hookham (Perth), James Montgomery (Bankton)

Giant Killing Prize

Calum Fraser McDonald (Glenrothes) (587 points difference)