OFP Salver Standings – Saturday, 18th January 2020

Troon Chessblog – Thursday, 16th January 2020 – by Len Weir

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Cameron controls his grimace

Silver battle hots up


Cameron Smith stole the headlines as he dispensed with Ayr’s Stephen Hamilton whose abhorrence of spectators ‘grimacing ‘ is notable. This takes Cameron to 3 points from 4 games only a half point behind joint leaders Elliot Frew and defending champion Jamie Malkin. John Calder also moved up to 2.5 winning over Bob Reid while Phil Thomas dropped a half point as did Mike Chapman whose draw with Brian Teaz was a solid affair. Mine was not so solid when I produced a timid account against Ali Roy

Gold Championship

John Shankland was unable to contain a resurgent Clive Baird who moved his total to 3 from 5

Games for January in the Gold are:-
Duncan Malcolm v Phil Thomas
John Calder v Cameron Smith
John Shankland v Graeme King
Clive Baird v Len Weir
Spare Mike Chapman ; Tommy Barrett

Silver Championship

A real battle has emerged for this title after Bob Reid defeated David Ferguson to take his total to 4.5 points from 6 games ahead of Frank Park’s 4 Points from 5 games. Frank’s next game against Alex Smith is pivotal in the direction of the Gardiner Cup

Games for January
Sandy Gibson v Ross Duffy
Alex Smith v Frank Park
Jack Barrett v Richard McMinn

Coronelli Trophy

Jim Wainwright’s game with John Calder eventually took place with John succeeding and progressing to meet Bob Reid in the third round

Here is the semi final draw:-
Duncan Malcolm v Bob Reid or John Calder
Tommy Barrett v Len Weir

Motwani Trophy

Sandy Gibson and Mike Chapman drew their first round tie so the replay will decide who moves forward to the Second round

Round Two
Cameron Smith v Sandy Gibson or Mike Chapman
Phil Thomas v Graham King
Jack Barrett v Jim Wainwright or Alex Smith
Ross Duffy v Clive Baird

Troon Chessblog – Friday, 10th January 2020 – by Len Weir

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Happy new Year !!!

Tables Toppers

There is a school of thought which says that success is contagious and after Troon ‘A’ had achieved leader status in the Ayrshire Chess League First Division and their stable mates Troon B had emulated them by leading the Second Division pack the gauntlet was thrown at the feet of Troon ‘C’ whose captain Alex Smith, took the unusual step of resting himself ahead of the Third Division clash with fellow title chasers Ardrossan/Largs ‘C’. He introduced Dean McCusker who quickly justified selection by chalking up a win for the home side. However things weren’t so easy for Troon when, in a winning position Jack Barrett fell to a neat trap. Jim Wainwright re-established Troon’s advantage and top board David Ferguson got the important half-point to take Troon ‘C’ to top position

Troon ‘B’ had the tricky task of a trip to Stewarton where they won 3.5-1.5 with wins for captain Bob Reid and Sandy Gibson. They were without regular top board Cameron Smith but this result extends their lead

Probably most impressive was a resounding win for Troon ‘A’ 5-1 over third placed Ayr. After the visitors defaulted on board six Clive Baird and Duncan Malcolm shot the home team into a winning position and John Calder and Tommy Barrett made certain of the match win with draws leaving Phil Thomas to apply the decorative touch and stretch their lead

Congratulations to all teams. I think this is the first time we have led all three leagues at this time of the year

Gold Championship Pairings for January

Coronelli Trophy
Jim Wainwright v John Calder *

Graham King v Phil Thomas
John Shankland v Clive Baird
Duncan Malcolm v Tommy Barrett
Spare Cameron Smith, Len Weir

Silver Championship Pairings For January

Bob Reid v David Ferguson
Sandy Gibson v Ross Duffy
Alex Smith v Frank Park
Jack Barrett v Richard McMinn

Coronelli Trophy

2nd Round
Jim Wainwright v John Calder

Motwani Quaich

Sandy Gibson v Mike Chapman

Ayrshire Championship Round Four

Troon Players
Cameron Smith (2)
Len Weir (2)
John Calder (1.5)
Phil Thomas (1.5)
Bob Reid (1.5)
Mike Chapman (1)

OFP Salver Standings – Thursday 9th January 2020

News Update – Thursday 9th January 2020

The Ayrshire Junior Chess Tour continues this month at Greenwood Academy on Thursday, 30th January

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