Troon Chessblog – Saturday, 15th February 2020 – by Len Weir

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Phil doubles up

Irvine pair share the challenge

A more modest turn out allowed time for catering for our three youngsters Ben, Callum and Christopher. Thanks to Bob and Tommy for helping out. It is hoped that a team match will take place between the Library Chess Club and our own youngsters on February 26th. It will be either a 4 or a 5 board contest and should whet their chess appetites

The start of the week had the Ayrshire Championships Round five and while Bob, Mike and John unfortunately lost Phil and myself managed wins. Shock of the competition was Elliot Frew losing to Mark Sanger who now takes the lead at 4.5/5. The two Malkins squared their game and Jamie holds second spot on 4/5

In the Gold a hastily arranged game with Phil did not prepare me for the fireworks which were to come and after he had capitalised on my misjudgement of meekly gifting a rook in order to gain position, there was no way back so he bagged his second point of the week and sits 4/4 in the Gold

Another hopeful for the Championship is Graeme King who met his one-time Irvine stable mate John Shankland and although John had been a pawn ahead a draw was agreed. Graeme now has 5/6 behind Tommy who leads at 6/6

The other struggle with the plastic shapes was between Cameron Smith and Mike Chapman and this was to decide who progressed into the semi final of the Motwani Quaich and Mike proved that gradings do not always reflect true ability as he marches on


Tommy Barrett v Graeme King
Cameron Smith v Phil Thomas

Bob Reid v John Calder

Jack Barrett v Jim Wainwright

OFP Salver Standings – Thursday, 13th February 2020

Troon Chessblog – Saturday, 8th February 2020 – by Len Weir

Chess Blog F1

Troon A show no mercy

A packed Railway Club featuring three important games had an atmosphere of tension particularly around the Troon ‘A’ v Ardrossan/ Largs B. The visitors were a much harder nut to crack than their lowly position would imply and the first two games to finish were draws with Clive Baird and Duncan Malcolm chalking up the point this was enhanced when I managed a win at board six. However the top three boards were all closely contested and I thought they might finish in draws. This was substantiated when Phil Thomas accepted a draw proposal leaving John Calder to register a win and Captain Tommy, who had strangely carried a jar of Vicks Chest rub all evening (he was later to explain it was to inspire the team to Vicktory!). The omen paid dividends as he won a difficult end game and we got the result 4.5-1.5

The second division tussle with Troon’B’ and Carrick was an equally tense affair. Leading the race and unbeaten all season Bob Reid led his men against the strength of Maybole and got a draw, Frank Park went one better getting a win John Shankland got a good draw but Cameron Smith was unable to contain Siegrun Macgilchrist. Her beau Atholl Macgilchrist would have had a long drive home when Mike Chapman got the important win making the Bs 2.5-2.5 . This result means they stay at the top of the table but are now joined by Irvine

The C team fielded an interesting side and the first win came from Dean McCusker. Jack Barrett followed his team-mate’s lead and Richard McMinn added to the tally with a draw. Alex Smith was in the hot seat and completed a very good 3.5-0.5 result over Greenwood Gambits. This must keep the C team leading the race for the title

Games for 12th February;

Len Weir v John Shankland
Phil Thomas v John Calder
Tommy Barrett v Graeme King
Spare – Duncan Malcolm

David Ferguson v Sandy Gibson
Ross Duffy v Bob Reid

Motwani Quaich
Cameron Smith v Mike Chapman
Jack Barrett v Jim Wainwright


Mike Chapman, Cameron Smith, Phil Thomas, Bob Reid, Len Weir, John Calder

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The fifth event in the Ayrshire Junior Chess Tour will take place on Thursday 27th February at Greenwood Academy

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