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Edinburgh Chess Congress 2009 (part 1)

The 2009th Edinburgh Chess Congress

(that is the year you Klutz...Ed)


(2009 is the year....ED)

The Edinburgh Congress for 2009 was held
in George Heriots School. Edinburgh.

The building was built in 1620 by George Heriot
so Edinburgh, 300 years later, could have a
Chess Congress. Good for you George.

As the years passed very few Chess Congress's
were held in Edinburgh so the council decided to
knock it down and turn it into a wonderful
concrete car park.

Then one of the council thought it would be a
good idea to use the building as a school.

So they knocked down the building and built a school.

(is that right? Sounds dodgy Geoff....Ed).

The fact that the new building looked exactly like
the old building is testament to the skill of the builders.

Some famous, or infamous ex-pupils of 'Heriots'
include, Brad Pitt, Sting, Huckleberry Finn, Adolf Hitler and Neil Armstrong.

The Former, Adolf Hitler, or 'Addie' as he was known, played in goal for the School team.
Before he probably went to the Moon, Neil Armst....

(Chess...the Chess...Ed)

OK..OK...Just trying to fill in a bit of the historical background.

Actually to find out everything about this renowned
School, and more, then visit the school's web site.

George Heriot School

The Edinburgh Chess Congress 2009

Never been to a Chess Congress before? Here is what happens.

You turn up at the playing rooms.

Look on the notice board and you will see your name,
who you will be playing, and what board you will playing at.

Here you can see on board 9, A.Rogers will be playing R.Lawson.
When the game is finished fill out a wee slip writing down
both opponents names, the result and hand it in to the contolling desk.

Of course if you are a complete idiot, as is A Rogers.
Then you will write down your opponents name twice on the wee slip.

The Edinburgh Premier

The main event produced a four way tie, four players with 4 pts each.
Keti Arakhamia-Grant, Vlad Barnaure, Colin McNab & Charlie Storey.

All 4 lost one game, 3 of them, Keti, Colin and Charlie lost their
first round game and had to play catch Vlad till the last round
when Keti beat Vlad with a splendid game.

[Click here to replay the game]
K.Arakhamia-Grant - V.Barnaure

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 c5 6.0-0 Nc6 7.c3 Bg4 8.Nbd2 Nge7 9.h3 Bxf3 10.Nxf3 cxd4 11.cxd4 Qb6 12.b3 Ng6 13.a3 a5 14.h4 Be7 15.g3 f5 16.h5 Nf8 17.Kg2 g5 18.hxg6 hxg6 19.Be3 Kd7 20.b4 axb4 21.axb4 Rxa1 22.Qxa1 g5 23.b5 Nb4 24.Bxg5 Bxg5 25.Nxg5 Nc2 26.Qc3 Nxd4 27.Qe3 f4 28.Qxf4 Nf5 29.Nxe6 Nxe6 30.Qxf5 Rf8 31.Qh7+ Kd8 32.Bg4 Re8 33.Ra1

As stated the 1st round produced two surprising wins.
Steve Tweedie beat Keti.

[Click here to replay the game]
K.Arakhamia-Grant - S.Tweedie

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 7.d3 d6 8.a4 Rb8 9.c3 0-0 10.Bg5 h6 11.Bh4 g5 12.Bg3 Bg4 13.h3 Bh5 14.Nbd2 Bg6 15.axb5 axb5 16.Re1 Nh5 17.Nf1 Bb6 18.d4 exd4 19.cxd4 Nxg3 20.Nxg3 Qf6 21.e5 dxe5 22.dxe5 Qf4 23.Ne2 Qf5 24.Nc3 Rbe8 25.Qd5 Nb4 26.Qxb5 Nd3 27.Re2 Nf4 28.Rd2 Nxh3+ 29.Kf1 Nxf2 30.Bc2 Qxc2 31.Rxc2 Bd3+ 32.Qxd3 Nxd3 33.Nd5 Kg7 34.Nxb6 cxb6 35.Rc6 Nxe5 36.Nxe5 Rxe5 37.Rxb6 Rf5+ 38.Kg1 Rc8 39.b4 Rc2 40.Rf1 Rxf1+ 41.Kxf1 h5 42.b5 Rb2 43.Rb8 Kg6 44.b6 Kf5 45.b7 Kg4 46.Ke1 h4 47.Kf1 f5 48.Ke1 Kf4 49.Kf1 g4 50.Rh8 Rxb7 51.Rxh4 Kg3 52.Rh5 Rb1+ 53.Ke2 f4 54.Rg5 Rg1 0-1

and Colin McNab lost to Andrew Green.

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A.Green - C.McNab

1.e4 g6 2.d4 d6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.Be3 Nf6 5.Qd2 c6 6.f3 Qa5 7.0-0-0 b5 8.Kb1 Nbd7 9.g4 Nb6 10.Qf2 b4 11.Nce2 Nc4 12.Bc1 Be6 13.b3 Na3+ 14.Bxa3 Qxa3 15.Nf4 Bxg4 16.Qe3 Bd7 17.e5 Nd5 18.Nxd5 cxd5 19.exd6 e6 20.h4 0-0 21.h5 Rfc8 22.Rd2 Rc3 23.Bd3 Bb5 24.Ne2 a5 25.hxg6 hxg6 26.Qg5 Be8 27.Qe7 a4 28.d7 Bxd7 29.Nxc3 axb3 30.cxb3 bxc3 31.Qxa3 Rxa3 32.Rdd1 Bxd4 33.Bxg6 Bg7 34.Bc2 Kf8 35.Rh7 Bc6 36.f4 Bf6 37.Rh6 Ke7 38.Rh7 Ra8 39.a4 Rb8 40.Ka2 Rb4 41.f5 e5 42.Ka3 Rf4 43.b4 d4 44.Bb3 Rxf5 45.Rxf7+ Kd6 46.b5 Bd5 47.b6 Be7 48.b7 Rxf7 49.b8Q+ Kd7+ 50.Ka2 Rf2+ 51.Ka1 Ba3

Andrew was so pleased with his win he treated his friends to a curry.
Here are the boys giving me the topical Ferguson salute.

The Best Game Prize
It was my great pleasure once again to judge the Best Game.
A lot of candidates and a lot of pondering from me.

It was either Keith Ruxton v George Neave which had Keith
pulling off a complicated and unexpected combination.

[Click here to replay the game]
K.Ruxton - G.Neave

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f4 c5 6.d5 0-0 7.Nf3 e6 8.e5 dxe5 9.fxe5 Ng4 10.Bg5 f6 11.exf6 Bxf6 12.Bxf6 Qxf6 13.Qd2 exd5 14.Nxd5 Qg7 15.Be2 Nc6 16.0-0 Bf5 17.Rae1 Rad8 18.Bd1 Nf6 19.Ba4 Kh8 20.Bxc6 bxc6 21.Re7 Ne4 22.Qf4 Rf7 23.Rxf7 Qxf7 24.Ne5 Qe6 25.Nxc6 Qxc6 26.Qe5+ Nf6 27.g4 Qe6 28.Qc3 Kg7 29.gxf5 gxf5 30.Re1 Qc6 31.Re7+ Kg6 32.Nf4+ Kg5 33.Ne6+ 1-0

Or Andrew Burnett's positional Queen sac v Stephen Hogg.

[Click here to replay the game]
A.Burnett - S.Hogg

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3 c5 5.g3 cxd4 6.Nxd4 a6 7.Bg2 Nc6 8.0-0 0-0 9.Na4 Qc7 10.a3 Be7 11.b4 d5 12.cxd5 Nxd5 13.Bb2 Bd7 14.Rc1 Rfd8 15.Nc5 Nxd4 16.Bxd5 Bb5 17.Qxd4 Bf6 18.Qxf6 gxf6 19.Ne4 Qb6 20.Nxf6+ Kf8 21.Nxh7+ Ke8 22.Bf3 Rac8 23.Bf6 Rxc1 24.Rxc1 Ra8 25.h4 Bc6 26.Bxc6+ bxc6 27.h5 a5 28.h6 axb4 29.axb4 Ra2 30.e3 Qxb4 31.Rd1 Rd2 32.Rxd2 Qxd2 33.Ng5

In the end the Queen sac got it.

But do not feel sorry for mucker Ruxton. He was presented with his FM certificate
before the start of round 3 by President of Chess Scotland, Donald Wilson.

Of course I missed this photo opportunity because I was outside having a fag.

So we got The Rooney to have another presentation in Bells.

The Rooney won her first ever game
We could not let this pass so we had a presentation for her.

And that concludes part 1 of the Edinburgh Congress report.
More pics and games at:

Edinburgh Congress part 2

See you there.

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