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Scottish Chess Championship 2009 (day 1)

11th July - 19th July at the City Chambers, High St. Edinburgh.

Playing conditions are absolutely perfect.

and this is the view from the playing rooms.

The plush inch thick carpets are loomed with the Edinburgh crest.

But never mind that. My waistcoat arrived...

So did Stevie Hilton's (he cannot do his up)

Outside the Belguim WGM Lydia Teapotov getting her portrait done.

She appears to be getting on better than Hungarian WGM Mayla Botvinnik.

Scottish Championship Profile No.1 Andrew Masters

Andrew (39) was awarded the IM title in 1992.
Unfortunately in his case IM does not stand for International Master.
It stands for I'm Mad. Andrew is buying up acres of the
Siberian wasteland and praying for global warming to take effect.

Corner Prediction: He will win 1 game.

First Round Games

You can get the top 16 games from the excellent 'Official' Website.

Scottish Championship Website

The first game to finish was Magesh Panchanathan v Mike Surtees.
Mike was doing OK then he left his Queen hanging.

[Click here to replay the game]
M.Panchanathan - M.Surtees

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ndf3 Qb6 8.g3 cxd4 9.cxd4 Bb4+ 10.Kf2 f6 11.Kg2 g5 12.exf6 Nxf6 13.Bd3 gxf4 14.Ne5 Qxd4 15.Nxc6

15...bxc6 16.Bg6+ and then 17.Qxd4.
14...Nxd4 is in the running the Chandler Howler Trophy.

Magesh borrowed a pen for this game from Keith Ruxton.

So I've got the pen and Magesh's original scoresheet from
the first game to finish in the Scottish Championship 2009.

I'm going to drop it on ebay and see what happens.
(will split 3 ways - me, Scottish Chess and Magesh)

(What about Mike Surtees?......ED)

He gets to see his game on here.

Next: If Alekhine players have nightmares then it goes something like this.

[Click here to replay the game]
Jim O'Neil - Maryann McDonald

1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.f4 dxe5 5.fxe5 Bf5 6.Nf3 e6 7.Bd3 Bxd3 8.Qxd3 a6 9.0-0 Be7 10.c4 Nb6 11.Be3 c5 12.Qb3 Qc7 13.d5 exd5 14.cxd5 Bd8 15.d6 Qd7 16.Bxc5 Nc8 17.e6 fxe6 18.Ne5

Another Black Queen goes - this will the theme of the Championships.

Here are the two players analysing there game in the Nelson Mandela (Analysis) Room.

Hmmmm...Here is a picture of Nelson Mandela in the Analysis Room.

This must have been taken before the battle started.
I thought he lost an eye and an arm at the Battle of Waterloo.

Also seen in the analysis room, This snazzy gadget.
It's a mobile phone that has a chess clock built into it.

Magnus Carlsen booking up before his game v Lydia Teapotov.

More tomorrow.

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