Edinburgh Chess Congress Results

13th-15th April 2007

report by David Stewart

Edinburgh Congress continues to grow

With numbers up by about 20% the Edinburgh Chess Congress continues to be one of the largest and most successful in the UK.

The total of 372 participants weres spread across the events as follows: Premier 49, Challengers 47, Major 67, Bishops 40, Knights 59, Scottish Schools Individual Championships 110. This increased participation was particularly gratifying as the Congress dates clashed with Durham this year so the usual influx of players from the North-east of England was missing on this occasion.

The Scottish Schools event was visited by long-time chess supporter Robin Harper MSP and by Mr Kevin Henry, Chief Executive of the Association of Certified Public Accountants who are sponsoring the event for the next three years. Our thanks to them both - particularly to Mr Henry for making a substantial trip in order to attend.

Pictures, commentary and games from the events can be found in Chandler Cornered issues 192 , 193 and 194

Prizewinners list:

(Click event headers for grading data on the Chess Scotland site)


1st = George Neave (Edinburgh West) 4.5/5 £375 each
Keith Ruxton (Sandy Bells) "  
Grading Prize U2150 = Hugh Brechin (Edinburgh) 3/5 £15 each
  Rail Lyapin (Poland) "  
Daniel McGowan (Hamilton) "  
Ivan Stokes (Bearsden) "  
GP U1950 = Andrew Green (Edinburgh) 3/5 £50
U18 Andrew Green (Edinburgh) 3/5 £30

Evening News Cup and book prize donated by Chess and Bridge Ltd

Challengers Event

1st Ed Perry (Sandy Bells) 4.5/5 £150
2nd= Michael Ash (-) 4/5 £25 each
  Chris Sykes (Lasswade) "  
  Duncan Walker (Bankton) "  
Grading Prize Jonathan Wright (Stonehaven) 4/5 £30

Major Event

1st Mark Monaghan (Grangemouth) 4.5/5 £150 each
2nd= Francis Batchelor (Glenrothes) 4/5 £45 each
  Stuart Greenwood (Greenwood) "  
  Mauro Riccardi (Edinburgh) "  

Bishops Event

1st Kenneth Aiston (Broxburn) 4.5/5 £150
2nd= Bill Falconer (Wandering Dragons) 4/5 £35 each
  Bill Harkins (Benarty) "  
Ronald Mackenzie (Bankton) "  

Knights Event

1st Brian Bonnyman (Giffnock) 5/5 £150
2nd Norman Grant (Bon Accord) 4.5/5 £70
Grading Prize U1100 Jez Ippolito (Sandy Bells) 4/5 £30
Grading Prize U1000 Lewis Montgomery (Bankton) 3.5/5 £30

Prize Draw £30

The winning move was Be8
Michael Timms (Corstorphine)

Giant Killing Prize £30

Callum Dickson (Bishopton) 621 defeated David Newton (Inverness) 1150 a grading difference of 529 points.

Blunder or Swindle Prize £10

Richard Carter (Wandering Dragons) for his two queen blunder against Jonathan Wright (Stonehaven) in the Challengers Event.
Donated and judged by Geoff Chandler of Chandler Cornered

Best Game Prize £30

Hugh Brechin (Edinburgh) win against IM Jacob Aagaard (Bearsden) on Board 1 in Round 1.
The prize was judged by Geoff Chandler of Chandler Cornered


Thanks to Jim Fisher of Chess and Bridge Ltd who brought the bookstall up from London for the first time with a superb selection of books and software - quite the best we've seen.

We are fortunate in Scotland in having a good selection of very professional arbiters - the team of Alex MacFarlane, Simon Gillam, Donald Wilson, Philip Thomas and Jim Wallace controlling matters very smoothly.

We must also acknowledge the sterling efforts of George Anderson in handling the entries and Jeremy Hughes and his team for running the Scottish Schools event. And the various Chess Edinburgh council members who assisted over the weekend.