Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Dunfermline A 3- 2 Stirling A 12/02/18

Dunfermline A 3- 2 Stirling A

Ian Robertson 1919 1-0 Neil Irving 1879
Stuart Black 1675 0-1 Jim Shemilt 1767
Jamie O'Connor 1661 1-0 Steve Smith 1704
Mike Roy 1660 1-0 Bill Cook 1663
Gordon Greig U/G 0-1 Graham Anderson 1622

As a last minute replacement Gordon gave it a good go for the A-team on board 5 but as it was his first competitive game in 13 years it was no surprise when he lost.  He brought us luck however as the A-team got its first win of the season.  There were particularly complex games with Jamie giving up the exchange for loads of initiative.  Steve panicked in time pressure as Jamie’s forces gathered and he blundered back the exchange then next move dropped a piece.  Michael’s position was really hard to work out but his opponent had back rank mate issues which allowed Michael to set all sorts of problems  which firstly won an exchange and shortly after turned into a whole rook.  Once Michael played a final consolidating move it was over.  Boards 1 and 2 finished quickly with Neil getting his King caught in the centre after he tried to rescue his leaky queenside position.  Stuart unwisely allowed Jim’s bishop to pin knight against queen against king. Something had to fall so brought about a 1-1 score for boards 1 and 2 in under an hour.

Dunfermline B 4½-½ Grangemouth B 12/02/18

Dunfermline B 4½-½ Grangemouth B

Calum Smith 1581 ½ v ½ Ian Mason 1601
Stewart Brisbane 1465  1 v 0 Bill Gray 1499 
Douglas Rew 1452 1 v 0 Crawford Welsh 1335
Peter Horne 1370 1 v 0 David Fowler 1095
Gonzalo Forero U/G 1 v Scott Dickson 1014

The B-team result is hard to believe.  At one point I would have said that Calum was the only one likely to come away with a win.  Clearly I have no idea about the game.  Peter as usual came back from a rubbish position.  Gonzalo’s opponent resigned when Gonzalo put a rook to the back rank with mate unless his opponent took it with his knight but Scott (and of course Gonzalo) thought he could not move his knight as that would allow mate on the long diagonal so resigned.  The thing is that had he played knight takes rook the knight would then have guarded the g2 mating square!  Stewart won on time having just regained the initiative after being a bit worse.  Doug ground out a 70 move ending.  Calum pushed a fraction too early in the centre allowing Ian to get in with a perpetual

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Stirling 3.5 V Dunfermline 1.5 - 09/10/17

Jim Shemilt 1/2 Ian Robertson
Steve Smith 1-0 Stuart Black
Bill Cook 1/2 Jamie O'Connor
Graham Anderson 1-0 Michael Roy
Dave Hewitt 1/2 Calum Smith

A welcome win for Stirling after our defeat at Badgers Brook.  There
were interesting games with the match not being decided until right at
the end of the playing session as Dunfermline's boards 1 and 5 tried to
get the wins they needed to half the match.  Both games were eventually
agreed drawn with the four players involved all down to around a minute
on the clock. (report by Stirling captain Steve Smith)

The boards 1 and 5 were particularly interesting in that Dunfermline did achieve the desired winning positions only to blunder away both in time scrambles which allowed Stirling to offer generous draws.  On board 1 Dunfermline was better throughout and at times much better (+3) only to make one incorrect 50/50 decision towards the end which allowed a brilliant response turning the tables entirely.  On board 5 patient play started to reap rewards when Calum’s queen got behind Dave’s defences but then Calum left a piece hanging as time drifted.   

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Minnows 12½-3½ Sharks - 02/10/2017

After last season’s close encounter between these teams this time was surprisingly one sided with no losses at all for Minnows.  This was perhaps due to the healthy first round lead after which Sharks had to take more risks.

Minnows 12½-3½ Sharks

Ian Robertson 1-0 Mike Roy
Calum Smith 1-0 Stuart Black
Jamie O’Connor ½-½ Stewart Brisbane
Andy Forbes 1-0 Peter Horne

Robertson 1-0 Black
Smith 1-0 Brisbane
O’Connor 1-0 Horne
Forbes ½-½ Roy
3½-½  (7-1)

Robertson ½-½ Brisbane
Smith 1-0 Horne
O’Connor ½-½ Roy
Forbes ½-½ Black
2½-1½  (9½-2½)

Robertson 1-0 Horne
Smith ½-½ Roy
O’Connor 1-0 Black
Forbes ½-½ Brisbane
3-1  (12½-3½)

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Dunfermline A 1½ - 3½ Grangemouth A - 25/09/17

Dunfermline A 1½ - 3½ Grangemouth A

  1. I Robertson  ½-½ U Archibong
  2. J Webster 0-1 G Hamilton
  3. S Black 0-1 D Wallace
  4. J O’Connor ½-½ J Smith
  5. M Roy  ½-½ S Binnie

Grangemouth may have been understrength but were still too good for Dunfermline’s top 5.  Interestingly, individually each of the games could easily have had a different result.  Boards 1 and 5 were similar in that Grangemouth were pressing strongly in the middlegame only for the Dunfermline players to escape to endings which were then held.  Board 2 was a loss on time in an equal position. Board 3 seemed to be saveable before the home player fell to late pressure whilst on board 4 I’m sure both players would have been surprised when Dunfermline’s death or glory attack with numerous sacrifices reached an opposite coloured bishop ending.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

5 min KO Competition 15/05/17

The chess club caught up a bit with its KO competition when it held the 2016(!) tournament last evening.

Although open to the entire club 8 players only were available to participate on this occasion.

We started with a 7-round all play all with the top 4 going forward to double round semi-finals.

The all play all finished with the following scores: John McBride 6.5, Ian Robertson 6, Calum Smith 5, Peter Horne, 4, Fred Ossowski 3.5, Stewart Brisbane 2, Dean Osborne 1, Robin Murray 0.

In the first semi-final to finish Ian beat Calum 2-0.  The second semi-final was tighter with John recovering after losing the first game to Peter by winning the 2nd game and winning a decider.

Ian beat John 2-0 in a tight final where the first game should have been a draw and the 2nd game ending when John’s flag fell with Ian having less than a second left.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Stirling Wallace 7 Dunfermline Sharks 9 - 27/03/17

The wooden spoon contest went narrowly in favour of the visitors. 
Wallace took an early lead, but round 3 turned the match when Wallace
failed to use the advantage with white and Sharks consolidated in round

Round 1
Tom Wallace 1/2 Michael Roy
Jim Shemilt 1/2 Stuart Black
Craig Manson 1/2 Stewart Brisbane
Steve Smith 1-0 Peter Horne

Round 2
S Smith 1/2 M Roy
T Wallace 0-1 S Black
J Shemilt 1-0 S Brisbane
C Manson 1/2 P Horne

Round 3
C Manson 0-1 M Roy
S Smith 0-1 S Black
T Wallace 0-1 S Brisbane
J Shemilt 1-0 P Horne

Round 4
J Shemilt 0-1 M Roy
C Manson 0-1 S Black
S Smith 1-0 S Brisbane
T Wallace 1/2 P Horne

Good for Sharks particularly as they did not realise they were due to play this match on Monday but fortunately Steve mentioned it to Peter at SNCL and everybody was contacted in time.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Badgers Brook 4-1 Dunfermline - 20/03/17

Dunfermline had 3 whites and lost the lot.  However a strong and determined Badgers outfit fully deserved their victory particularly as 2 of the wins (boards 1 and 4) came after the Badgers players declined taking a draw in level positions but where shortage of time for the Dunfermline players proved crucial.     

Result is as follows. Dunfermline had white on boards 1, 2 & 4.
Badgers Brook

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Grangemouth B v Dunfermline B - 15/03/17

Ian Mason 0 - 1 Jamie O'Connor
Bill Gray 0 - 1 Calum Smith
Crawford Welsh 1 - 0 Stewart Brisbane
David Fowler 1/2 - 1/2 Glynis Grant
Scott Dickson 0 - 1 Matt Harris

Grangemouth B 1.5 - Dunfermline B 3.5

Grangemouth had white on boards 3 and 5

The home team were discombobulated by being locked out of the chess equipment cupboard for the first time in 24 years. Bill Gray's role as Acting Janitor unfortunately didn't extend to keeper of the keys so there was an anxious time before a Council employee could be found. Meanwhile the visiting team had a mix-up in transport arrangements which saw Ian Robertson kindly take our Board 1 to the venue.

Once we got underway, there was vigorous play by Ian Mason who deployed a 1...e5 2...f5 line against Jamie's English Opening. Jamie held on and a blunder by Ian eventually decided the game.

On board 2, Calum v Bill, it would be quicker to show the moves than describe the game:
1.b4 e5
2.Bb2 Bxb4
3.Bxe5 Nc6
4.Bxg7 d5
5.Bxh8 Nf6
6.e3 Bf5
7.Qf3 resigns

I've resigned a game in six moves before. What you lose on the swings, you gain on the roundabouts.

Stewart sacrificed a rook to stave off defeat but an unstoppable mate threat by Crawford decided things anyway. A good win by Crawford.

Glynis played a Vienna Gambit against David, and at one point could chase Black's bishop with pawns, disconnect it from the queen and win it, but unfortunately Glynis didn't see this. Glynis offered a draw which was declined; later on David reciprocated the offer and a draw was agreed.

Having gone the exchange up in a sequence of swaps against Scott's London System-type set up, Matt faced a mobile queenside pawn majority. By way of counterplay he advanced his kingside pawns. The threats of check from pawns on the kingside, backed up by Matt's rooks and queen then scored the point for Dunfermline.


Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Dunfermline 2½-4½ Grangemouth 6/3/17

A gallant effort by a heavily out-graded Dunfermline who were down on nearly every board by between 100 and 250 grading points.  Congratulations to Grangemough who made their extra strength count by playing pretty solidly throughout.

On board 1 an utter blunder in a level position gave Uby a fortunate win after I had been better for much of the game.  Sadly he is quite good at setting sneaky little problems but in this case I just assumed I would take a pawn (and I was already the exchange ahead) but only after he moved did I realise my queen was on the wrong diagonal!   

On board 2 John looked at least level for much of the time against an isolated queen pawn structure but a few aimless moves invited Alan to attack and then John’s pawns started to fall.  

Board 3 was first finished with Michael quite adventurous but once the ambitious attack was refuted his game collapsed.  

Stuart played very well to hold a minor piece ending a pawn down.  Having the 2 bishops gave him just enough control over the dark squares to prevent Doug making meaningful progress.  

Jamie looked a little cramped but with a sound position.  However Dave had the initiative and was able to swop down to the better ending after which the odd pawn or 2 became indefensible.  

Calum had a lucky escape.  Ian saw a ghost and failed to simply take Calum’s kingside apart.  After that good fortune Calum reacted strongly by coordinating his pieces very well and won with a convincing counterattack.  

Stewart was given a bit of a gift after Bill played some iffy and unnecessary defensive moves. One silly move gave away a pawn and when his next move lost 2 more it was time to resign.

  1. Ian Robertson (w) 0-1 Uby Archibong
  2. John McBride (w) 0-1 Alan Bell
  3. Michael Roy (B) 0-1 Graeme Hamilton
  4. Stuart Black (w) ½ - ½ Dougie Will
  5. Jamie O’Connor (B) 0-1 David Wallace
  6. Calum Smith (B) 1-0 Ian Mason
  7. Stewart Brisbane (B) 1-0 Bill Gray

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Dunfermline Sharks 7-9 Stirling Bruce, 27/2/17

An excellent contest between two well-matched teams. For all that the
crucial round looks like it was r2, which Bruce won 3½-½, matters
really hinged on r3, where for a while it looked like Sharks were on
course to win all four games and snatch a dramatic lead. But as so
often in these allegro matches there were unexpected twists, with Tony
mating Peter with four seconds left on his clock, and Robert and I
both managing to draw. So the round was halved, the match stood at
7½-4½ and a couple of draws in the last round saw the Stirling team
home for their seventh straight win in this fixture - the last time
Sharks won was by the same 9-7 score in November 2009.

Dunfermline Sharks vs Stirling Bruce, 27/2/17

Michael Roy 1624  0-1  Bill Cook 1567
Stuart Black 1596  1-0  Tony Pitson 1524
Stewart Brisbane 1484  0-1  Dave Hewitt (c) 1516
Peter Horne (c) 1449  1-0  Robert Leckie 1250

Roy 0-1 Pitson
Black ½-½ Hewitt
Brisbane 0-1 Leckie
Horne 0-1 Cook
½-3½ / 2½-5½

Roy ½-½ Hewitt
Black ½-½ Leckie
Brisbane 1-0 Cook
Horne 0-1 Pitson
2-2 / 4½-7½

Roy 1-0 Leckie
Black ½-½ Cook
Brisbane ½-½ Pitson
Horne ½-½ Hewitt
2½-1½ / 7-9

Sharks won the toss and had white in rounds 1 and 3.

Individual scores:
Sharks: Black 2½, Brisbane, Horne and Roy all 1½
Bruce: Cook, Hewitt and Pitson all 2½, Leckie 1½

This was the last Bruce fixture of what has been a fairly experimental
campaign, with two of the regulars (Paul and John) being out for the
season and another (Graham) unavailable since the turn of the year.
Two matches have been lost heavily, and two won, which feels like a
reasonable return in what was never likely to be a title-challenging
season. Sharks still have matches against Grangemouth Tigers and
Stirling Wallace to come.

Thanks to the Dunfermline club for hosting what was another
good-natured and competitive evening of chess.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Dunfermline A 3-2 Cumbernauld A 20/02/17

  1. Ian Robertson ½ - ½ Steven Kelly
  2. Michael Roy 0-1 Mark Monaghan
  3. Jamie O’Connor ½ - ½ George Thomson
  4. Calum Smith 1-0 Steven Monaghan
  5. Stewart Brisbane 1-0 Steven Gentleman

An actual streak for Dunfermline as we win successive league games for the first time in two years.  Both teams were without a host of first team nominees which resulted in quite a level match. On top board Steven was better for a long time though in the latter stages could have lost.  This was the last game to finish and the draw gave Dunfermline the match.  On board 2 Mark’s Kings Indian Attack was really well played with Michael seemingly having little chance of any counterplay.  Jamie v George was a difficult game to predict with pawn structure issues for Jamie to resolve but with active pieces. Both players seemed happy with the outcome.  Calum had extra space and won convincingly at the end though Steven was quite solid for a long time.  Board 5 finished early. Stewart offered an exchange sacrifice which a more experienced opponent would probably have declined as it left Steven’s kingside too exposed and led to an unstoppable mate.      

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Cumbernauld B vs Dunfermline B, 20 Jan 17

Calum SMITH (c)  ½-½  Derek MCATEER  (c)
Stewart BRISBANE  1-0  Steven 
Glynis GRANT  1-0 George FORD
Iain BEDFORD  1-0  Luke JOYCE

Cumbernauld B ½ - Dunfermline B  4 ½

Cumbernauld had white on the first and last two boards.
At 19 moves it was relatively short on paper, but a lot of thinking time was expended at the top board: I struggled to find a plan after around move three and was pleased to get a more or less equal position at last. The night’s results had gone Dunfermline’s way by then and a draw was agreed.
Fred went a bishop up in his game against Ulugbak and it proved to be too much for the second player's game. On board 3 Steven defended a Ruy Lopez but needed to castle before essaying the kingside pawns. Stewart was able to get ahead in piece development and quickly set about Black’s uncastled king.
Glynis was on fine attacking form playing the Sicilian Defence against George. On board 5 both sides were keen to attack but Iain managed to pin Luke’s queen on the same file as his king and shortly afterwards took the game.

Badgers Brook B vs Dunfermline B, 30/1/17

Graham Kerr (c) 0-1  Jamie O'Connor
David McGilvary 1-0  Calum Smith (c)
Mark Brown  1-0  Fred Ossowski
Dylan Gillies  0-1 Stewart Brisbane
Derek Raffan  ½-½  Peter Horne

Badgers Brook B  2½-2½ Dunfermline B
Badgers Brook had white on boards 3 and 5.

Jamie won material quite early at the top board and eventually overcame the problems Graham was nonetheless setting him. On board 2, although I felt I came out of the opening strongly and had a very promising middlegame with the advantages of space, a passed pawn and bishops v knights I didn't convert it and David found a way through to a winning endgame.

In time trouble Fred reversed his material advantage by losing his queen and Mark shortly afterwards took the game.

On board 4 Stewart prevailed against Dylan's Ruy Lopez, and on board 5 Derek and Peter drew. Derek probably had better chances, but less time.


Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Dunfermline 2 Stirling 0 - 13/02/17

Dunfermline A vs Stirling A, 13/2/17

Ian Robertson (c) 2024  1-0  Jim Shemilt 1756
John McBride 1788  ½-½  Steve Smith (c) 1676
Michael Roy 1662  1-0  Bill Cook 1657
Stuart Black 1647  ½-½  Dave Hewitt 1474
Peter Horne 1386  ½-½  Robert Leckie 1469

Dunfermline A  3½-1½  Stirling A

Stirling had white on boards 2, 4 and 5.


Dunfermline B vs Stirling C, 13/2/17

Jamie O'Connor 1642  1-0  Brad Duthie 1449
Fred Ossowski 1536  1-0  Craig Manson 1387
Stewart Brisbane 1512  0-1  Kyle Kirkpatrick 1360
Douglas Rew 1490  0-1  Tom Wallace (c) 1243
Matt Harris u/g  1-0  Robert Togneri 1267

Dunfermline B  3-2  Stirling C

Stirling had white on boards 1, 4 and 5.

(I'm not sure who was captain of Dunfermline B.)


Two good wins for Dunfermline. Curiously, all five of the A team games
finished before any of the games in the other match. Game of the night
was probably the Brisbane-Kirkpatrick clash which was a very sharp and
interesting affair. Other watchable games included Leckie-Horne (where
Peter did well to survive some sustained pressure) and Ossowski-Manson
(last game to finish, with Fred finding a very nice mating attack). By
contrast, the Hewitt-Black encounter was 17 moves of very drawish
stuff, with the handshake coming before 8pm. Special mention should be
made of Matt Harris's win in what I believe was his first competitive

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Minnows 11½-4½ Wallace 6/2/17

Grading-wise this was a pretty much expected scoreline but lack of playing time showed for the rusty Minnows duo of John and George resulting in a tight start which included an unusual flurry of draws in round 1.  However the round 3 whitewash put paid to Stirling’s hopes of an upset.  Stirling’s temporary guest from America (Brad) seemed to enjoy his debut and was a bit unlucky not to have scored more.

Round 1
Ian Robertson 1-0 Gordon Allcock
Calum Smith  ½ -½ Brad Duthie
John McBride ½ -½ Steve Smith
George Webb  ½ -½ Tom Wallace
2½ -1½

Round 2
Ian Robertson 1-0 Brad Duthie
Calum Smith 1-0 Steve Smith
John McBride 0-1 Tom Wallace
George Webb 0-1 Gordon Allcock

Round 3
Ian Robertson 1-0 Steve Smith
Calum Smith 1-0 Tom Wallace
John McBride 1-0 Gordon Allcock
George Webb 1-0 Brad Duthie

Round 4
Ian Robertson 1-0 Tom Wallace
Calum Smith 1-0 Gordon Allcock
John McBride 1-0 Brad Duthie
George Webb 0-1 Steve Smith

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Grangemouth A v Dunfermline A. 4 - 1, 25/01/17

An expected result even without Grangemouth playing their top 2 rated players.  Board 1 game was complex with both players losing the thread several times (I was better for most of the game) but I rather let too much time go resulting in the most decisive bad move.  On 2 Michael was just too static in his counterplay and his opponent crashed through.  Jamie was better throughout but time was again a factor making it problematic to convert his extra pawn.  Calum seemed fine after gambiting a pawn then was worse then fine again before eventually blundering.  Stewart probably should have lost but kept setting enough problems to save after being 2 pawns downs for much of the game

Grangemouth A v Dunfermline A. 4 - 1

1 Graham Hamilton v Ian Robertson   Home win
2 Dougie Will v Mike Roy                     Home win
3 Ian Mason v Jamie O'Connor.          Draw
4 Scott Binnie v Calum Smith.             Home win
5 Bill Gray v Stewart Brisbane             Draw

The home team had White on boards 2 & 4.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Dunfermline 2-3 Badgers Brook 14/11/16

Badgers were the stronger side on the night and deservedly won.  Fritz confirmed that my position was = throughout.  John should have gone for a pawn snatch but having not done so ended up with still the same holes in his position but no material to compensate.  Michael played well again in a complex Budapest Gambit but his opponent always seemed to have plenty freedom and a fair repetition ended the game.  Stuart started confidently but gradually got pushed back and lost after overlooking a simple check that had much more venom than it looked.  Fred won easily after his opponent made a number of early errors.

Badgers Brook had white on 1, 4 & 5

Badgers Brook


Stirling C vs Dunfermline B, 14/11/16

Stirling C vs Dunfermline B, 14/11/16

Craig Manson 1387  0-1  Jamie O'Connor 1642
David Brodie (c) 1381  1-0  Stewart Brisbane 1512
Kyle Kirkpatrick 1360  1-0  Douglas Rew 1490
Tom Wallace 1243  1-0  Peter Horne (c) 1385
Mick Bloor 1163  0-1  Mark McLintock 1196

Dunfermline had white on the odd-numbered boards.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Stirling A 4-1 Dunfermline A 31/10/16

Stirling A 4-1 Dunfermline A

Jim Shemilt 1-0 Ian Robertson
Graham Anderson 0-1 Mike Roy
Steve smith 1-0 Stuart Black
Bill Cook 1-0 Ben Volland
Tony Pitson 1-0 Stewart Brisbane

On board one Ian lost after becoming distracted in a level position.  Mike won well with a strong king-side attack after Graham got too passive in the opening.  Stuart had a super looking position after just a few moves in an open Kings Gambit but snatched material too early and Steve found a nice counter exchange sacrifice to create enough big threats.  Ben is a bit out of sorts at the moment and tried to press a level game only to emulate his board one teammate and blunder.  Stewart also played a daft move advancing a pawn to attack a rook. Alas the pawn was guarding a knight which the rook simply took.  Not a match to remember.      


Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Stirling Bruce 2½ - 13½ Dunfermline Minnows 24/10/16

Congratulations to Dunfermline Minnows, who inflicted an absolute
gubbing on Stirling Bruce tonight. The Bruce team is lacking two of
its regulars this season and is under reconstruction as it were, but
even so a scoreline of this sort wasn't anticipated. It's the first
time in five seasons that Minnows have won this fixture, and almost
certainly the heaviest-ever defeat suffered by Bruce. Funnily enough,
amid it all, one of the two Bruce wins was by Graham against Ian -
courtesy of a fine swindle in a lost position, but a win against their
main man all the same.

Calum racked up a fine 4/4 score for Minnows, while young Carl played
the first two rounds for Bruce (and didn't disgrace himself by any
means) before going off at half time. It almost goes without saying
that Minnows were much the better team on the night. There have been
bigger wins in the league, but not many.

Stirling Bruce vs Dunfermline Minnows, 24/10/16

Graham Anderson 1689  0-1  Jim Webster 1756
Bill Cook 1567  0-1  Calum Smith 1584
Robert Leckie 1250  1-0  George Webb 1466
Carl Zihan Kang 803  0-1  Ian Robertson (c) 2179

Anderson  1-0  Robertson
Cook  0-1  Webster
Leckie  0-1  Smith
Kang  0-1  Webb
1-3 / 2-6

Anderson  0-1  Webb
Cook  0-1  Robertson
Leckie  0-1  Webster
Dave Hewitt (c) 1516 0-1  Smith
0-4 / 2-10

Anderson  0-1  Smith
Cook  0-1  Webb
Leckie  0-1  Robertson
Hewitt  ½-½  Webster
½-3½ / 2½-13½

Minnows had white in rounds 1 and 3

Individual scores -
Bruce: Anderson 1/4, Leckie 1/4, Hewitt ½/2, Cook 0/4, Kang 0/2
Minnows: Smith 4/4, Webster 3½/4, Robertson 3/4, Webb 3/4

Friday, 21 October 2016

Dunfermline A 1½-3½ Grangemouth A 10/10/16

1.       Ian Robertson 0-1 Uby Archibong
2.       Michael Roy ½ - ½ Alan Bell
3.       Stuart Black 0-1 Graeme Hamilton
4.       Jamie O’C0nnor 0-1 Dougie Will
5.       Fred Ossowski 1-0 John Smith

I was clearly better out the opening but went for too much too soon and Uby gradually took over the initiative. There was still never much in it but shortage of time proved a killer.  Michael and Alan was a bit of a see-saw with Michael comfortable but then got done tactically only for him to do the same to win Alan’s queen for a couple of pieces but offered a draw which may have been a time consideration or perhaps thinking he would not be able to break though.  Stuart looked fine for a long time but Graeme eventually got at the weakened king position.  Jamie said he felt good after the opening moves but got a bit negative after Dougie’s inevitable aggression and went down quickly.  Fred was not trying to do much but found a nice way to win queen side pawns after John dithered over where to put his pieces.      

Cumbernauld A 3 v 2 Dunfermline A 6/10/16

Sadly we went down when Michael lost having been winning earlier. All credit to David who sacrificed a piece for awkward counterplay which caused confusion and then he found a neat trick as Michael’s time dwindled.  Stuart held the draw after his opponent missed a neat way to win a pawn and probably the game. Once that chance went all the pawns got eliminated for the draw.  Fred said he got nothing out the opening and could not find any sensible way to continue after the forced exchange of queens so accepted the offer of a draw.  I felt under pressure throughout but apparently I was pretty much ok and perhaps a tad better at the end but having survived having to make my last 3 moves with only 4 seconds left on the clock I was relieved to just accept the draw.  I thought John was in trouble with all that pressure against the king so well done for surviving.

1 Stephen Kelly   =  Ian Robertson
2 Ralph Stirrat  =  John McBride
3 David Johnston 1-0 Michael Roy
4 Mark Monaghan  =  Stuart Black

5 George Thomson  =  Fred Ossowski 

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Allegro League Showdown-11/04/15

Even with only the 3 final games of the season still running any one of Stirling Bruce, Grangemouth Tigers or Dunfermline Minnows could still win the league.  Tigers top 3 rated players were against Minnows 2,3 and 4 rated but Tigers needed to win all 3 games.  Minnows needed to score 1.5 from 3 while other scores favoured Bruce.

The first result was for Matthew who got a quick win over out of sorts Bill and thereby eliminated Tigers. Uby then overcame John leaving the title in the outcome of the Calum v Ian game.  After the usual ups and downs Calum emerged with an extra piece but the crucial factor was time.  When both players got to around 30 seconds each left Ian opted for a rook sacrifice forcing perpetual check.  That half was enough for Minnows who win the league by half a game point.

It was unfortunate that Tigers were missing a player for such an occasion though even without Hugh it still looked like Tigers had sufficient talent to get the 6.5 points they required. However this time the thrills and spills of individual games generally favoured the Minnows players and thereby enabled a successful defence of the title in the most dramatic finish we have had to the allegro league.

Minnows 11- 5

Round 1
Ian Robertson 1-0 Ubong Archibong
John McBride 1-0 Ian Mason
Calum Smith 1/2 Bill Gray
Matthew Stewart 1-0 default

Round 2
Ian Robertson 1-0 Ian Mason
John McBride 1-0 Bill Gray
Calum Smith 1-0 default
Matthew Stewart 0-1 Ubong Archibong

Round 3
Ian Robertson 1-0 Bill Gray
John McBride 1-0 default
Calum Smith 0-1 Ubong Archibong
Matthew Stewart 0-1 Ian Mason

Round 4
Ian Robertson 1-0 default
John McBride 0-1 Ubong Archibong
Calum Smith 1/2 Ian Mason
Matthew Stewart 1-0 Bill Gray

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Dunfermline A 3-2 Cumbernauld A-14/3/16

The captain missed his first A team match through illness since September 1973! Maybe him not playing board 1 and me not playing board 2 helped the team.

Stuart Black 1610 1-0   Ralph Stirrat 1630 (W)
Stewart Brisbane 1530 ½-½George Thomson 1543 (W)
Matthew Stewart 1493 0-1 Steven Monaghan 1181 (B)
Bryan O’Rourke 1359 1-0  Dave Flaherty 1097 (W)
Peter Horne 1357 ½-½ Brian Kerr 1094 (B)

Dunfermline win 3-2

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Dunfermline Minnows 7-9 Stirling Bruce, 22/2/16

Stirling got off to a flier, then just managed stagger over the line
despite a strong Dunfermline effort in r4 - the gap closed to 6-8
before two draws in the final two games.

Dunfermline Minnows vs Stirling Bruce, 22/2/16

Ian Robertson (c) 2174  0-1  Dave Hewitt (c) 1448
Jim Webster 1645  ½-½  John Blake 1596
George Webb 1497  0-1  Graham Anderson 1630
Ben Volland 1483  0-1  Bill Cook 1642

Robertson  1-0  Cook
Webster  ½-½  Hewitt
Webb  0-1  Blake
Volland  0-1  Anderson
1½-2½  /  2-6

Robertson  ½-½  Anderson
Webster  ½-½  Cook
Webb  ½-½  Hewitt
Volland  ½-½  Blake
2-2  /  4-8

Robertson  1-0  Blake
Webster  ½-½  Anderson
Webb  ½-½  Cook
Volland  1-0  Hewitt
3-1  /  7-9

Minnows had white in rounds 2 and 4.

Individual scores
Minnows: Robertson 2½, Webster 2, Volland 1½, Webb 1
Bruce: Anderson 3, Cook, Blake, Hewitt all 2

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

A couple of Central League results

Division 1:

Stirling A v Dunfermline A, 29/2/16

Shivan Murdochy 1912  ½-½  Ian Robertson (c) 2085
Jim Shemilt 1778  1-0  Stuart Black 1610
Steve Smith (c) 1702  ½-½  Ben Volland 1543
Graham Anderson 1671  ½-½  Stewart Brisbane 1530
Bill Cook 1666  1-0  Matthew Stewart 1493

Stirling A  3½-1½  Dunfermline A

Dunfermline had white on boards 2, 3 and 5.


Division 2:

Badgers Brook B vs Stirling C, 29/2/16

Dave McGilvary (c) 1573  0-1  Craig Manson 1306
Robert McCord 1361  0-1  David Brodie (c) 1301
Derek Raffan 1251  1-0  Robert Togneri 1219
Dylan Gillies u/g  0-1  Michael Cook u/g
Mark Brown u/g  1-0  Sam Cook 488

Badgers Brook B  2-3  Stirling C

Stirling had white on boards 2, 3 and 4.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Grangemouth A 4.5-0.5 Dunfermline A - 17/2/16

  1. Uby Archibong 1/2 Ian Robertson
  2. Alan Bell 1-0 Andy Forbes
  3. Graham Hamilton 1-0 Calum Smith
  4. Doug Will 1-0 Bryan O’Rourke
  5. Ian Mason 1-0 Glynis Grant

Well the match went as expected with 4 of Dunfermline's A-team unavailable (only 2 would have been available if the match had been played some other week so would have made little difference).

However the B squad gave it a go. Other than Calum who went wrong early the others made Grangemouth work just a wee bit for their wins. In fact a relieved Ian M was down to his last 2 minutes before finally breaking through to beat Glynis in the last game to finish.  Bryan was 2 pawns up against Dougie but it always looked like Dougie’s active pieces were well worth the sacrificed material.  Andy had an opportunity to make it interesting against Alan with a d4 move that would have exploited the weak white squares but his actual choice left him a piece down for not enough compensation but required some care from Alan to net the point.  Ian and Uby had another open and entertaining game.  The complexity made it difficult to be totally accurate with computer assessment at the game end showing Ian to be still +1.5 after missing a move (26h3!) which would have been +5 in my favour and earlier missing another obscure but utterly winning move (24Rb5). However a couple of moves earlier Uby would have got to +2 himself if he had played his queen to a more subtle square (20Qc8!).  As it was the difficulty in assessing how much time remained on the analogue clock meant I should offer a draw which Uby generously accepted though he may well have won on time had he continued.

The full Board 1 game

White: Ian Robertson  Black: Uby Archibong

1c4 e5 2Nc3 Bb4 3e4 Nf6 4Nf3 0-0 5d3 Bc3+ 6bc Re8 7Be2 h6 8g4 c6 9g5 hg 10Bg5 d5 11Nd2 Be6 12cd cd 13 Rb1 b6 14 Bf3 Nc6 15ed Bd5 16Rg1 e4 17Be4? (better was de) Ne4 18 de Be4 19Ne4 Re4+ 20 Kf1 Qe8? (better was Qc8) 21 Bf6 Qe6 22Rg7+ Kf8 23Qf3 Re8 24 Rh7? (Rb5 wins) Ne7?
25Rh8+? (25Bg7+ Kg8 26 Rh8+ wins the exchange) Ng8 26Rb4 draw agreed!  However if white found 26h3 taking away the g4 square black cannot defend.

Monday, 7 December 2015

Dunfermline A 1-4 Stirling A - 7/12/15

Oh dear. Dunfermline had out one of its stronger sides in the past couple of seasons and after the opening few moves it looked promising on all boards for the home side.  Alas first Ben’s sac of piece for several pawns backfired then with John’s position starting to look dubious and Stuart’s looking a bit messy and Michael showing no immediate progress, Ian felt obliged to turn down 2 draw offers only in time to allow Jim a mate in one!  John then fell thereby ending the match but not the entertainment.

Stuart by now had a queen for a couple of pieces but calmly left his queen hanging for nothing.  However Graham had no time left and lost when his flag fell taking the queen.  That left Michael to nurse home his extra pawn in a bishop v knight ending.  Sadly he allowed knight takes bishop exchange at the wrong moment and found himself in a lost pawn ending.  Some matches go for you and some against.  Just not Dunfermline’s evening.

  1. I Robertson 0-1 J Shemilt
  2. J McBride 0-1 N Irving
  3. M Roy 0-1 S Smith
  4. S Black 1-0 G Anderson
  5. B Volland 0-1 Bill Cook

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Grangemouth Tigers 9-7 Stirling Bruce, 25/11/15

Congratulations to Grangemouth Tigers who won a tight and
well-contested match where, unusually, the lead changed hands between
half-time and the finish. Probably the two main factors in
Grangemouth's victory were Uby's fine 4/4 and me having the poorest
night scorewise that I've had for ages, only managing a single draw,
against Hugh in the last round.

It was the third time in four seasons that the Bruce team has lost to
the Tigers, and Ian, Uby and co now look nicely placed in the league,
with two wins out of two and Stirling Wallace and Dunfermline Minnows
as their remaining opponents. Bruce are still in the chase but
probably need to beat both Dunfermline teams and hope that Tigers lose
somewhere along the way.

Hugh Hanlon 1361  0-1  Bill Cook 1642
Bill Gray 1581  0-1  Graham Anderson 1630
Ian Mason (c) 1800  ½-½  John Blake 1596
Ubong Archibong 2224  1-0  Dave Hewitt (c) 1448

Archibong  1-0  Cook
Hanlon  0-1  Anderson
Gray  0-1  Blake
Mason  1-0  Hewitt
2-2 / 3½-4½

Mason  ½-½  Cook
Archibong  1-0  Anderson
Hanlon  0-1  Blake
Gray  1-0  Hewitt
2½-1½ / 6-6

Gray  ½-½  Cook
Mason  1-0  Anderson
Archibong  1-0  Blake
Hanlon  ½-½  Hewitt
3-1 / 9-7

Tigers won the toss and had white in rounds 1 and 3.

Tigers: Archibong 4, Mason 3, Gray 1½, Hanlon ½
Bruce: Blake 2½, Cook 2, Anderson 2, Hewitt ½

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Wallace V Minnows allegro match 23/11/15

Tonight's game between Wallace and Minnows brought the usual result,
but the 10-6 margin was more respectable than in many previous

Round 1 1-3
Neil Irving 0-1 Ian Robertson
Mick Bloor 0-1 John McBride
Robert Togneri 0-1 Callum Smith
Steve Smith 1-0 Andy Forbes

Round 2 2-2 total 3-5
Steve Smith 0-1 Ian Robertson
Neil Irving 1-0 John McBride
Mick Bloor 0-1 Callum Smith
Robert Togneri 1-0 Andy Forbes

Round 3 1.5-2.5 total 4.5-7.5
Robert Togneri 0-1 Ian Robertson
Steve Smith 1/2 John McBride
Neil Irving 1-0 Callum Smith
Mick Bloor 0-1 Andy Forbes

Round 4 1.5-2.5 total 6-10
Mick Bloor 0-1 Ian Robertson
Robert Togneri 0-1 John McBride
Steve Smith 1/2 Callum Smith
Neil Irving 1-0 Andy Forbes

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Dunfermline 2-3 Grangemouth 26/10/15

1. Ian Robertson (2085) 0-1 Uby Archibong (2224)
2. Mike Roy (1679) 0-1 Alan Bell (1956)
3. Jim Webster (1677) 1/2-1/2 Doug Will (1946)
4. Stuart Black (1610) 1-0 John Smith (1737)
5. Fred Ossowski (1572) 1/2-1/2 Ian Mason (1719)

Woe is me. Curses and more curses.  I was an exchange and pawn up against Uby but contrived to lose.  All credit to Uby for finding enough decent squares and coordination for his remaining pieces to get me thinking too long and into a bit of time trouble which ultimately caused the blundering back of the material but to lose the resulting equal rook + pawns ending was just idiotic.  Have I already said curses?  I really feel I let my teammates down after their sterling efforts against a strong Grangemouth team.  

Michael fell early on when Alan produced a smart tactic netting the exchange.  Fred then played out a solid draw with Ian in a game where most of the material came off fairly quickly.  Stuart played a superb game gradually taking command against John and then smoothly converting his slight material gains.  Jim against Dougie could have gone either way and a draw was probably the fair result but initial (pub!) analysis had us all finding more wins than losses for Jim. Dougie had the final chance with an extra piece but his time trouble prevented him finding the most accurate moves to convert and he had to give the draw before time expired.  Last to finish was my nightmare ending.

All in all a good fight but probably already eliminates Dunfermline from the league title. Once more - curses.