Troon Chessblog – Friday, 13th March 2020 – by Len Weir

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Ayrshire Championships Final Round

Coronelli and Motwani Semi Finals

Coronavirus Prevention Tactics

A new champion was crowned this week at the Ayrshire Chess Championships at the Marine Hotel in Troon. After six rounds Mark Sanger of the Prestwick Chess Club scored an amazing 5.5/6 when he defeated the emerging talent of Cooper Patterson of Greenwood. This was Sanger’s first championship success in the premier Ayrshire tournament. However he doesn’t have to look over his shoulder too far to see where future challenges will come from as his son Jake shared third place. Joint runners up on 4.5 points were father and son pair Kenny and Jamie Malkin of the Kilmarnock Club. Jamie was the defending champion. Top female player Ali Roy of the Carrick Club shared third place. Troon Players Phil Thomas and Len Weir fought out a draw to share 3.5 points with club mate Cameron Smith

A fascinating re-match of last season’s Coronelli Final between John Calder and Tommy Barrett was achieved when the ‘Old Guard’ of Duncan Malcolm and Len Weir fell in the semi final to the top ranked players in the club. The Motwani Quaich semi final had a quality feel to it when Phil Thomas got the rub of the green as Clive Baird ran out of time in a promising position. The other Semi Final between Mike Chapman and Jim Wainwright never took place when the latter failed to show for the tie

The Silver Trophy game with David Ferguson and Sandy Gibson had Sandy with the bragging rights

Ties for Wednesday 18th March

Gold Championship
Phil Thomas v John Calder
Cameron Smith v Duncan Malcolm
Mike Chapman v Clive Baird
Len Weir v John Shankland

Silver Championship
Sandy Gibson v Alex Smith
Ross Duffy v Richard McMinn

Coronavirus !

The Ayrshire League have decided to suggest no handshaking prior to or after games. This is advised rather than obligatory

A further preventative measure was successfully introduced for the semi final games with tables being doubled to allow greater breathing distance between players

n.b. I have a cough which has been diagnosed as perrenial rhinitis a non infectious ailment of the hay fever variety. I apologise for any discomfort caused to others


OFP Salver Standings – Thursday, 12th March 2020


Chessblog Update – Tuesday, 11th March 2020

Troon Chessblog – Friday, 6th March 2020 – by Len Weir

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Hopes still alive for the title

B and C falter

Semi Final night next week

Drama unfolded in Ardrossan as Troon’A’ took on the might of Ardossan/Largs A. The home team fielded three former Ayrshire champions and after wins from Duncan Malcolm, Clive Baird and myself the League one leaders were hopeful. The total was enhanced by Robin Templeton at board three with a draw against Billy Kelly. A stop was applied to the celebrations as reliable Phil Thomas succumbed to Stephen Robinson to make the score 1.5-3.5. All eyes were focussed on the top board where Tommy Barrett was facing Stephen Brown and things were looking black. Just when we thought all hope was gone Stephen, under time pressure, duffed his rook and Tommy pounced to make the score 1.5-4.5

Two nights later Kilmarnock failed to grab the lead over a depleted Prestwick side registering a 5-1 win to match Troon’s total of 42. Troon next face Prestwick

Less fortunate was Troon ‘C’ whose excellent recent run came to an end against hosts Ardrossan/Largs ‘C’. A quality team went down 3-1 with only Jim Wainwright rising to the occasion. The teams are now separated by three points due to the win bonus point the home team earned. The gap is still not unsurmountable as the leaders have had a patchy series of results

Next was Troon ‘B’ who were at home to Irvine whose top board Graeme King has been enjoying playing in the Troon Gold Championship. He proved in no philanthropic mood as he dispensed with Cameron Smith. Worse was to follow as Mister Consistency Mike Chapman slipped up against Willie Birnie. John Shankland was disappointed to settle for a draw against Bob Loughran as did Frank Park. Bob Reid managed a win to make the final score Troon ‘B’ 2 Irvine 3 allowing Irvine to forge a two point lead over Troon as we reach the climax of the season [correction]

Next Week Games:- Semi Final Night

Coronelli Trophy
Duncan Malcolm v John Calder
Tommy Barrett v Len Weir

Motwani Quaich
Phil Thomas v Clive Baird
Mike Chapman v Jim Wainwright

The Coronelli looks to favour a repeat of last year’s final when John took the honours against Tommy but Tommy has yet to drop a game this season

The Motwani sees Phil Thomas return to the scene of the crime when, last year Duncan Malcolm produced some old ‘magic’ to claim the title

Silver Championship
David Ferguson v Sandy Gibson


OFP Salver Standings – Saturday, 7th March 2020


Troon Chessblog – Friday, 6th March 2020 – by Len Weir

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Hopes still alive for the title

B and C falter

Semi Final night next week

Drama unfolded in Ardrossan as Troon’A’ took on the might of Ardossan/Largs A . The home team fielded three former Ayrshire champions and after wins from Duncan Malcolm , Clive Baird and myself the League one leaders were hopeful. The total was enhanced by Robin Templeton at board three with a draw against Billy Kelly. A stop was applied to the celebrations as reliable Phil Thomas succumbed to Stephen Robinson to make the score 1.5-3.5. All eyes were focussed on the top board where Tommy Barrett was facing Stephen Brown and things were looking black. Just when we thought all hope was gone Stephen, under time pressure, duffed his rook and Tommy pounced to make the score 1.5-4.5

Two nights later Kilmarnock failed to grab the lead over a depleted Prestwick side registering a 5-1 win to match Troon’s total of 42. Troon next face Prestwick

Less fortunate was Troon ‘C’ whose excellent recent run came to an end against hosts Ardrossan/Largs ‘C’. A quality team went down 3-1 with only Jim Wainwright rising to the occasion. The teams are now separated by three points due to the win bonus point the home team earned. The gap is still not unsurmountable as the leaders have had a patchy series of results

Next was Troon ‘B’ who were at home to Irvine whose top board Graeme King has been enjoying playing in the Troon Gold Championship. He proved in no philanthropic mood as he dispensed with Cameron Smith. Worse was to follow as Mister Consistency Mike Chapman slipped up against Willie Birnie. John Shankland was disappointed to settle for a draw against Bob Loughran but Frank Park and Bob Reid managed wins to make the final score Troon ‘B’ 2.5 Irvine 3.5 allowing Irvine to forge a two point lead over Troon as we reach the climax of the season

Next Week Games:- Semi Final Night

Coronelli Trophy
Duncan Malcolm v John Calder
Tommy Barrett v Len Weir

Motwani Quaich
Phil Thomas v Clive Baird
Mike Chapman v Jim Wainwright

The Coronelli looks to favour a repeat of last year’s final when John took the honours against Tommy but Tommy has yet to drop a game this season

The Motwani sees Phil Thomas return to the scene of the crime when, last year Duncan Malcolm produced some old ‘magic’ to claim the title

Silver Championship
David Ferguson v Sandy Gibson


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