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    • Edinburgh West 2 v Dunbar

      This was followed by a barrage of backhanded compliments from my opponent along the lines of "I can't believe I was stupid enough to lose that!" I like the KID because it's better than it looks, especially after opening the kingside, which is... | Read More

    • Bank of Scotland 3 v Edinburgh West 2

      My game from Edinburgh West 2 v Bank of Scotland 3. I haven't been very good about posting my games this season - partly because I haven't been very good about playing them - but this one was enjoyable, and a good result for me. | Read More

    • Lothians Congress 2013

      My games from the Minors section of the 2013 Lothians Congress. I got 3 points out of five games: two wins, two draws, and one of those annoying little idiosyncracies that is neither a win nor a draw. I got diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis last... | Read More

    • Tipperlinn Allegro 2013

      Today there was a friendly tournament of 25-minute Allegro games at the Tipperlinn Bowling Club, home of the Civil Service chess team. Rather than one big Swiss tournament, we were split into five groups of six players and played all-play-all wit... | Read More

    • Johnny Marr Allegro 2013

      Johnny Marr (1917-2011) was a noted club player in Edinburgh. I did not know him well but did play him in league matches a couple of times. Once, just at the point when I thought I had a winnable position against him but was very nervous about blu... | Read More

    • Edinburgh West v Tiger Cubs

      My first game in the Edinburgh Summer Cup, against young Detar Sums (I am not sure I read the handwriting right) of Edinburgh Chess Club's Tiger Cubs. Edinburgh West won five of the six games. Because the Summer Cup is played with a handicap... | Read More

    • Edinburgh West 2 v Corstorphine 2

      My game against Alistair Crerar of Corstorphine 2, in our last game of the 2012/13 league. A good league for me - 8 wins out of 11 games, and a performance average something like 150 points above my rating. I haven't learnt which way the mat... | Read More

    • Edinburgh Congress 2013

      Here are my games from the Edinburgh Chess Congress 2013. My Chess Scotland OTB rating is very low: currently 1069. Most chess players have excuses for why their rating is lower than it 'should' be, and of course, ratings being being cold unargua... | Read More

    • Bank of Scotland v Edinburgh West 2

      My game against Eddie Gillespie of the Bank of Scotland team in the Edinburgh league. A very tactical game with a nice zugzwang ending. | Read More

    • Wandering Dragons 4 v Edinburgh West 2, 2012-12-12

      My game in the Edinburgh league (3rd division) against Steven Goodall of Wandering Dragons D. So far this season I have three wins and one spectacular loss. The Edinburgh league is fun, and gives a few hundred chess players something to do on wi... | Read More