Edinburgh Chess Congress Results
George Heriot's School
April 3-5, 2009
Report by Jim Wallace
Entries continue to fall from the level of 2007, a very successful year as far as the numbers went. Unfortunately, this was not to be repeated in 2009. Numbers dropped from 217 players in 2008 down to 205 in 2009, lowest level for a number of years. Premier 36(43), Challengers 40(45), Major 37(42), Bishops 48(36) and Knights 44(46).
Unfortunately, there was no Chess Scotland Scottish Schools Individual Championships this year
Jim Fisher of Chess and Bridge Ltd ran the bookstall and the quality of the bookstall, including software was excellent.
All 5 Arbiters performed to their usual high Standard, thanks to Alex MacFarlane, Lara Barnes, Andy Howie, Michael Roth and Gavin Saxton.
Thanks also to the members of the Council and other volunteers who helped to set the hall up on Friday 03 April 2009. Dick Heathwood for taking the entries, preparing the leader boards, pairing cards, as well as processing the grading results. Lara Barnes for assisting with the prize giving. Also thanks to David Stewart for unceasing background help and support.
(Click event headers for grading data on the Chess Scotland site)
|1st =||Vlad-Victor Barnaure||(IM, Edinburgh resident)||4/5|
|Keti Arakhamia-Grant||(GM, Edinburgh West)||"|
|Colin A McNab||(GM, Dundee & Victoria)||"|
|Charles H Storey||(England)||"|
|1st Grading Prize =||Graeme Kafka||(Edinburgh)||3/5|
|Edwin A Spencer||(Dundee & Victoria)||"|
|2nd Grading Prize:||Ali Roy||(Carrick)||3/5|
|Edinburgh Evening News Cup: Julius Schwartz (wins cup on count back), also receives a book donated by Chess and Bridge bookstall.|
|1st||Jonathan Scott||(James Gillespie)||4.5/5|
|2nd =||Eoin S Campbell||(Wandering Dragons)||4/5|
|Ade Egbaiyelo||(Wandering Dragons)||"|
|Daniel Maxwell||(Aberdeen Chess Academy)||"|
|Grading Prize =||Ade Egbaiyelo|
|1st =||Edward Keogh||(England)||4/5|
|Walter J Pearson||(Pentland Hills)||"|
|Thomas Grundy||(Bank of Scotland)||"|
|Grading Prize||Steve Murdoch||(England)||3.5/5|
|1st=||William G C Platts||(Wandering Dragons)||4.5/5|
|David Cubitt||(Wandering Dragons)||"|
|Grading Prize =||Angus G Ruthven||(Corstorphine/Galashiels)||3.5/5|
|2nd =||David King||(Musselburgh)||4/5|
|Grading Prize||Escher Mills||(Sciennes P5)||3/5|
|Max Allison||(James Gillespie)||"|
The winning move was Rxf8
David Stewart (Bank of Scotland)
Giant Killing Prize
Kai Pannwitz grade 507 defeated a player 672 points above him.
Best Game Prize
Andrew Burnett for his game against Stephen Hogg in the Premier - Best game as judged by Geoff Chandler of Chandler Cornered at chessedinburgh.co.uk
Blunder or Swindle Prize
Geoff Chandler was also going to give a prize for best swindle/cheapo/blunder but since none of the selected entrants attended the prize giving he chose to give the prize to Julius Schwartz instead for his good last round game against Colin Mcnab. .