Edinburgh Chess Congress Results 2019

St Thomas of Aquin's High School

April 5th - 7th 2019

This was our fifth year at St Thomas of Aquin's High School in Chalmers Street. It has proved to be an excellent venue - nicely central with good facilities and parking. Attendance was up again this year with 233 players compared to 204 last year. There were also more players from Europe this year than ever before.

The Premier had 66 players - the highest ever - and included 10 titled players.
The Major Event U1900 had 58 players.
The Bishops Event U1600 had 45 player.
The Knights U1400 had 64 players.

We are again greatly indebted to David Stewart for continuing to organise the event.


Prizewinners list:


1st = (£125 each) GM Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant (Edinburgh West) 4/5  
  GM Daniel Gormally (England) "  
  IM Michael Kopylov (Ukraine) "  
  IM Adam Hunt (England) "  
  FM Alan Tate (Wandering Dragons) "  
  Junhao Xian (Glasgow University) "  
Grading Prize: (under 2100) (£20 each) Yichen Han (England) 3½/5  
  John Jarmany (England) "  
  Lennart Koehn (East Kilbride) "  
Grading Prize: (under 1900) (£20 each) Max Muskath (England) 3½/5  
  Tariq Pasha (North Juniors) "  
  Andrew McCusker (Hamilton) "  
East of Scotland Championship Trophy (£50 each) GM Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant (Edinburgh West) 4/5  
  FM Alan Tate (Wandering Dragons)    
Under 18 Edinburgh Evening News Cup (£50) Jake Sanger (Prestwick) 2½/5  

Grading results on the Chess Scotland site


Major Event

1st= (£150 each) WFM Joy Durno (Newmachar) 4½/5  
  Michael Ash (Musselburgh) "  
Grading Prize: (£25 each) Neil Fleming (Wandering Dragons)  4/5  
  Martin Robinson (Edinburgh West) "  
Grading Prize: (£10 each) Andrew McMillan (Oban) 3½/5  

Grading results on the Chess Scotland site


Bishops Event

1st (£55 ) Vagif Ramazanov (Bon Accord) 4½/5  
2nd= (£25 each) Jamie Hand (University of Edinburgh) 4/5  
  Louise Adrian (France) "  
  David Teague (England) "  
  Andrew Whalley (Edinburgh) "  
U1470 Grading prize (£25 each) Steve Gibson (Musselburgh)    
  Pranav Arcot (Robert Gordons)    
U1370 Grading prize (£50 each) Craig Fay (Glasgow Polytechnic) 3½/5  

Grading results on the Chess Scotland site


Knights Event

1st (£200) Greig Gordon (Dunfermline) 5/5  
2nd (£100) Gary Clarke (Gosforth) 4½/5  
U1200 Grading Prize (£50) David Watson (Corstorphine) 4/5  
U900 Grading Prize (£25 each) Ross Blackford (Dunbar) 3½/5  
  Aryan Munshi (Lenzie) "  

Grading results on the Chess Scotland site



Special Prizes

Prize Draw (£30) - Winning move Nb5) Ruairidh McKay (Glasgow Montrose)    
Giant Killing Prize (£50)        
Ishan Kumar (Lenzie) grade 862 defeated David Houston (Hamilton) grade 1520, a grading difference of 658 points. Ishan Kumar (Lenzie)    
Best Game Prize        

GM Daniel Gormally v GM Ketevan Arakhamia Grant (£25 each)
Jointly for their Draw in Round 5 to tie for first in the Premier. Spectators were three deep trying to watch this epic game.

[Event "Edinburgh Congress"]
[Site "chess24.com "]
[Date "2019.04.07"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Gormally, Daniel"]
[Black "Arakhamia Grant, Ketevan"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B31"]
[WhiteElo "2506"]
[BlackElo "2360"]
[Annotator "GRANT,KETI"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6 4. O-O Bg7 5. Nc3 e5 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. d3 Qe7 8. Nd2 Nf6 9. Nc4 Be6 (9... b5) 10. Nxe5 Nxe4 11. Nxe4 Bxe5 12. Re1 O-O-O 13. Ng5 Qd6 14. Nxe6 Bxh2+ 15. Kh1 fxe6 16. g3 Bxg3 (16... Rhf8 17. Qe2 Bxg3 18. fxg3 Qxg3) 17. fxg3 Qxg3 18. Re3 Qh4+ 19. Kg2 Rhf8 20. Qe2 Qg5+ 21. Rg3 Qd5+ 22. Kg1 Rf5 23. c4 Qd4+ 24. Kg2 Re5 (24... Qf6 25. Be3) 25. Be3 (25. Qf2 Qxf2+ 26. Kxf2 Rf8+ 27. Rf3 Rxf3+ 28. Kxf3 Re1) 25... Qxd3 26. Qxd3 Rxd3 27. Kf2 Rh5 $6 (27... b6) 28. Ke2 Rd7 29. Rf1 b6 30. Rf6 Rh2+ 31. Bf2 Rh1 32. Rg1 Rh2 33. Ke3 Kb7 34. b3 e5 35. Ke4 Rd2 36. Be3 Rxa2 37. Rf7+ Ka6 38. Rd1 Ka5 39. Rxa7+ Kb4 40. Rb7 Kxb3 41. Rxb6+ Kxc4 42. Rxc6 Rh4+ 43. Kxe5 Rh5+ 44. Kd6 Ra8 $2 (44... Ra3) ( 44... Rf5) 45. Rc1+ Kd3 46. Bxc5 Ke4 47. Re1+ Kf3 48. Bb6 Ra3 49. Ke7 Rf5 50. Rh1 Rh5 51. Rf1+ Kg2 52. Rg1+ Kh3 53. Bc7 Re3+ 54. Kd7 Rd5+ 55. Kc8 Red3 56. Rh1+ Kg4 57. Rxh7 g5 58. Rh1 Rd1 59. Rh8 R1d3 60. Rf8 Rd1 61. Bb6 R1d3 62. Rh8 Rd6 63. Rc4+ Kf5 64. Kb7 Rd7+ 65. Kc8 R7d6 66. Bc7 R6d4 67. Rc6 Rd5 68. Rf8+ Kg4 69. Re6 Rc3 70. Rf7 Rdc5 71. Kb7 Rb3+ 72. Bb6 Rf5 73. Rd7 Rfb5 74. Rd1 Kf5 75. Rc6 g4 76. Kc7 g3 77. Bd4 Rd5 78. Rf1+ Kg4 79. Rc4 Rd3 80. Bc5+ Kh3 81. Rh1+ Kg2 82. Rg1+ Kf3 83. Rc2 Rd1 84. Rc3+ R5d3 85. Rxd1 Rxc3 86. Kd6 Rxc5 87. Kxc5 g2 88. Kd4 Kf2 89. Rd2+ 1/2-1/2


Most Entertaining Game Prize  (£50)        

IM Michael Kopylov (Ukraine) who defeated Yichen Han (England) in Round 3. The game finished with a Bishop and Knight v King mate, beautifully played.

IM Michael Kopylov (Ukraine) 2414 v Yichen Han (England) 2190

Premier Event - Round 3

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0-0 5.Nf3 d6 6.0-0 Nbd7 7.Nc3 e5 8.e4 c6 9.h3 Re8 10.Be3 exd4 11.Nxd4 Nc5 12.Qc2 a5 13.Rad1 Qc7 14.Rfe1 Bd7 15.f4 Rab8 16.Bf2 b5 17.cxb5 cxb5 18.e5 dxe5 19.fxe5 Rxe5 20.Rxe5 Qxe5 21.Nf3 Qh5 22.g4 Nxg4 23.hxg4 Bxg4 24.Rd5 Bf5 25.Rxf5 Qxf5 26.Qxf5 gxf5 27.Bxc5 Rc8 28.Bb6 Bxc3 29.bxc3 Rxc3 30.Nd4 Rc1+ 31.Kf2 a4 32.Bd5 b4 33.Ke3 b3 34.axb3 axb3 35.Bxb3 Kg7 36.Bc2 Kf6 37.Bd3 Ke5 38.Nf3+ Kf6 39.Kf4 Ke7 40.Bxf5 h6 41.Be3 Rc6 42.Ke5 Kf8 43.Nd4 Rb6 44.Be4 Ra6 45.Nf5 h5 46.Bf3 Ra5+ 47.Kf4 Ra4+ 48.Kg5 h4 49.Bg4 f6+ 50.Kxh4 Kf7 51.Kh5 Ke6 52.Bd4 Kd5 53.Bxf6 Ke4 54.Kg5 Ra5 55.Bh3 Kd5 56.Bg2+ Ke6 57.Be4 Ra4 58.Nd4+ Kd6 59.Kf4 Ra5 60.Be7+ Kd7 61.Bf5+ Ke8 62.Bd6 Rd5 63.Be5 Ke7 64.Be4 Rc5 65.Kf5 Rc8 66.Bd5 Rc5 67.Be6 Kf8 68.Kf6 Rc1 69.Bd7 Rf1+ 70.Nf5 Rd1 71.Bd6+ Rxd6+ 72.Nxd6 Kg8 73.Nf7 Kh7 74.Bf5+ Kg8 75.Bg6 Kf8 76.Bh7 Ke8 77.Ne5 Kf8 78.Nd7+ Ke8 79.Ke6 Kd8 80.Kd6 Ke8 81.Bg6+ Kd8 82.Bh5 Kc8 83.Nc5 Kd8 84.Nb7+ Kc8 85.Kc6 Kb8 86.Kb6 Kc8 87.Bg4+ Kb8 88.Nc5 Ka8 89.Bc8 Kb8 90.Ba6 Ka8 91.Bb7+ Resigns 0-1