The Carrick Chess Club plays at
the Town Hall in Maybole on Wednesdays - beginners from 7 - 8 p.m.,
experienced from 7 - 10 p.m.. The club offers friendly games and club
competitions as well as tuition and league games. For photos and trophies
see the end of this page.
Ayrshire junior chess league results:
Carrick A team won the Ayrshire junior league last month
at Greenwood Academy when 13 teams took part; Carrick B
team came 7th. Carrick A team in board order Peter
Edwards, Zak Roy, Stewart Beatie and Andrew Carter
Carrick B team in board order John Dempster,
Andrew Clark, Scott Tudhope and David Carter.
Photo: Back row - Ali Roy(non playing captain) ,Stuart
Beattie (A), David Carter (B) Peter Edwards (A) Scott
Tudhope (B) John Dempster (B) and Andrew Clarke (B)
Kneeling, Zak Roy (A) and Andrew Carter (A).
|Photo includes both teams
and non playing captain Scottish Internationalist Ali
Roy (left), Ali helps the beginners in the junior
section along with Siegrun and Athol Macgilchrist on
Wednesday evenings in Maybole Town Hall . If you are
interested in learning to play chess why not go along at
6.30pm; entry is free - all you need to take is some
money for the tuck shop Zak represented St
Cuthbert’sPrimary at George Herriot School in
Edinburgh at Easter in the Chess Scotland Schools
Individual Finals and came 3rd in the primary 5 and
under section; he lost his last round on board 1 to
win his section outright. Peter Edwards from Girvan
finished a respectable 9th in the primary 6/7 section.
March 2008 The Ayrshire
chess league has 3 divisions. Carrick plays in the first
division. There are eight teams & every club plays every team
once. Carrick had a draw with Troon in round 6: Siegrun
Macgilchrist 0-1 John Calder; Eric MacKinnon 0-1 Len Weir; Kenny
Brooksbank 0-1 Duncan Malcolm; Ali Roy 1-0 Michael Chapman;
Steell McFadzean 1-0 Stuart Lampard; Athol 1-0 Alice Lampard
Later Carrick won in round 7 against Largs 4 -2, which puts
Carrick in 7th place (14.5). Largs is last (5) & Troon (17.5)is
just in front of Carrick. Irvine (33) & Greenwood (33) are
leading the race. Now every team is playing three matches - the
top 4 are playing each other for the trophy: Greenwood, Irvine,
Prestwick & Kilmarnock, the bottom four to avoid relegation:
Ardrossan, Carrick, Largs & Troon.
2007 Carrick Chess Club has played the first home match
against Prestwick and won 3.5 - 2.5. They needed an extra place
because Steve Hilton is semi-blind and uses an extra board which he's
allowed to touch whilst thinking about his moves. Athol Macgilchrist
made Steve’s moves on the normal board, so that Eric McKinnon didn't
have to make them himself for black. However, Eric also had to call
out his moves and Steve called out his moves twice each time he made
a move - once for Eric's benefit, once for his small recorder. It
was a pretty unusual experience. Results: Eric McKinnon 0-1 Steve
Hilton; Siegrun Macgilchrist 0-1 Michael Harkins; Kenny Brooksbank
1-0 Ian Nelson; Ali Roy 1-0 Gary McPheator; Steell McFadzean 1/2
Jamie McGranaghan; John Shevlin 1-0 John Dement. Photo 1 : The young
people who are members of Carrick Chess Club are keen to help each
other to improve. Here are most of them: Scott Tudhope, Peter
Edwards, Jordan Ross, Jack and Liam Menzies, John Dempster, Andrew
Clark, Ali Roy and Gavin Tudhope. Photo 2: Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu is
one of the strongest chess players in the world & the strongest in
Rumania. He is also the chess player with the longest hair!
June 2007 At
Carrick Chess Club's prizegiving & AGM, new office bearers are:
President -Steell McFadzean; treasurer Eric McKinnon; secretary
Athol Macgilchrist, team captain Kenny Brooksbank; trainer
Sigrun Macgilchrist; controller of championship Alastair
Muirhead. In the photo are back: Dr. K. Brooksbank,
A.Macgilchrist, S. McFadzean, A. Muirhead & V. Tedeschi front:
S. Macgilchrist, Liam & Jack Menzies, Peter Edwards & Martin
MacPherson. Last blitz of the season is on wed, 27th of June in
the town hall, Maybole, everyone welcome.
2007 The UK Chess Challenge is the
biggest tournament for children in the UK.
It starts as a seven round competition in
schools and clubs everywhere and the winners
go forward to the second stage. Peter
Edwards and Liam Menzies qualified in
Carrick Chess Club. Peter went on to compete
in the 2nd stage, which was held in Newton
Mearns for the West of Scotland players. He
qualified with 4/6 to join the winners in
Manchester for the 3rd stage. In the
meantime in Carrick's own competitions, Ali
Roy won the Queen, the senior blitz trophy
for April, and the Rook, the junior blitz
trophy for May! The club meets from 6.30 -
10.00 on Wednesdays in the town hall in
The juniors are now playing for the Bishop
until the end of May, then have some fun
events in June. The seniors are finishing
the club competition and some blitz events.
These are games where everyone gets 5
minutes on the clock for the whole game.
five rounds, Greenwood Gambits are leading the 1st
division of the Ayrshire Chess League; Largs are leading
the 2nd division and Prestwick the 3rd division. The
results for the first division: Gambits 27; Kilmarnock
25; Irvine 22.5; Prestwick A & Ardrossan 19; Troon 15;
Carrick 7; Greenwood Rooks 5.5 There are two more
rounds, then the top four teams play for the trophy; and
the bottom four battle against relegation. Carrick Chess
Club play from 7 – 10pm every Wednesday in Maybole Town
Hall. Join them at 6.30pmwhen members will be studying
the endgame for 30minutes.
January 2007 Troon visited
Maybole to play against Carrick Chess Club and won 3.5 -
2.5 although it was the home team’s best effort yet in
the 1st division: Results were: Eric McKinnon 0-1 C.
Weir; Siegrun Macgilchrist 1-0 John Calder; Dr. Kenneth
Brooksbank 1/2 D Malcolm; Steell McFadzean 0-1 Len Weir;
Ali Roy 0-1 Mike Chapman; Alastair Muirhead 1-0 Alice
Lampard It’s not too late for juniors to join Carrick’s
competition in which everyone wins a few prizes!
November 2006 Carrick Chess Club travelled
to Dreghorn recently to play against the Greenwood Gambits. The
games were all very close, but the score went against Carrick who
lost another 5 points. Eric Mackinnon was under pressure all through
the game and lost on time. Siegrun Macgilchrist lost her bishop on
move 9, but had lots of compensation. Kenny Brooksbank was two pawns
down in the endgame but engineered a repetition of moves. Steell
MacFadzean was winning, but dropped a piece in the endgame. Ali Roy
and Alastair Muirhead both lost. Results were (Carrick names
first): Eric Mackinnon 0-1 Elliott Frew; Siegrun Macgilchrist 1/2
David Gillespie; Dr. Kenneth Brooksbank 1/2 Arthur McCurley; Steell
MacFadzean 0-1 Robert Moore; Ali Roy 0-1 Andrew Shields; Alastair
Muirhead 0-1 Joe Wain. Carrick 1 - 5 Greenwood Gambits
Ali Roy, of Maybole, has been selected to play for
Scotland U/12 girls at the European Championships which will be held
in Herceg Novi, Montenegro. Scotland, England and Wales have all
pulled out of the World Championships which
was to be held in
Georgia Russia in October, due to kidnapping and terrorist threats
at the airport they were to arrive at, so there has been a rush to
get the team to Montenegro. Ali has had quite a year and here is a
list of her achievements. more
Carrick Chess Club opens its doors on 23rd
from 7 - 10, (7 - 8 for beginners) in Maybole Town Hall. The
Scottish chess season finished on 30th of June and its grand prix
competition consists of four sections for everyone: candidates,
challengers, major and minor. The junior has age sections and this
time Carrick had 3 winners: Siegrun Macgilchrist was 2nd in the
major, Ali Roy was first in the Knights (under 10) and Zak Roy was
best ungraded junior. Eric MacKinnon (photo) is Carrick's new
champion. Best league player is Ali Roy with 7.5/8!!! Other photo:
Athol Macgilchrist, Siegrun Macgilchrist with blitz trophy, Dr.
Kenny Brooksbank giving back the championship trophy, Charlie Roy,
joint winner of the Robertson cup, Steell MacFadzean, founder member
& president. Ali with league trophy & Zak, youngest member of the
Carrick Chess Club did well against
Prestwick B, winning 5-1 with everyone won but Siegrun Macgilchrist.
Results with Carrick players first: S. Macgilchrist- R. Carter; Eric
McKinnon -S. Todd; D. Ferguson - K Brooksbank; S. McFadzean - J.Dement;
S. Lampard - A. Mitchell; A. Roy - W. Fraser. The other match in the
second division was won by Stewarton against Ayr 4.5 - 1.5 The last
blitz tourney was won by Siegrun. Macgilchrist, Eric McKinnon was runner
up and Ali Roy won the junior tourney.
In the most recent league game Carrick Chess Club beat
Ayr; 4.5-1.5. Individual results, Carrick names first, were: Eric
McKinnon 1/2 Steven Hamilton; Kenny Brooksbank 1-0 Jim Sands; Steell
McFadzean 1-0 Bob Carter; Stuart Lampard 1-0 Ian Gardiner; Ali Roy 1-0 T
V Melrose; Athol Macgilchrist 0-1 Steven Cole. Stewarton beat Prestwick
B 3-2 in the 2nd division. Both teams defaulted board 6. Siegrun
Macgilchrist won a grading prize on Saturday, 11th Feb in a Hamilton
open allegro. Ali Roy got 5/5 in the junior Chess for Kicks in
Kilmarnock on Sunday, 12th February. Zak Roy won the P3 prize. He has
joined his sister in going for competitions and has won a few trophies
over the last five months.
Ayrshire chess league has now completed the first two rounds. The league
consists of three divisions. The first has eight teams who play each other
twice. Later the top four teams play each other for the trophy, the bottom
four try to avoid relegation. The second division has four teams who play
each other three times. The 3rd division has four teams playing each other
thrice. Div 1 & 2 have 6 boards, div 3 has 4 boards only. 1 point for a
win, 1/2 point for a draw and the winning team gets an additional point.
After two rounds:
Div 1: Greenwood Gambits 8.5; Troon A 8.5; Irvine A 8; Kilmarnock 7;
Prestwick A 6; Ardrossan 5.5; Greenwood Rooks 5; Irvine B 4.5
Div 2: Carrick 11.5; Ayr 6.5; Stewarton
5.5; Prestwick B 4.5
Div 3 : Largs 7; Greenwood Bishops 6;
Greenwood Knights 3; Troon B 2
Here is the latest match played in
Maybole between Carrick & Prestwick B. 4.5 - 1.5 for the home team!
Siegrun Macgilchrist 1 – 0 Gary
Dr. Kenny Brooksbank 0-1 David Ferguson;
Eric McKinnon 1-0 John Dement;
Steell MacFadzean ½ Stuart Montgomery;
Stuart Lampard & Ali Roy won by default
as Prestwick could only field four players.
Siegrun was especially pleased to win.
She'd played against Gary a few times and usually lost to the young man.
Ali Roy of Carrick Chess Club made an impressive debut in the world chess
championship in Belfort, France recently when she won her first three
games in the girls under ten section. Her excellent game against Irana
Bareva from Russia was published in Scotland on Sunday. It was the first
time that a Scottish girl was joint leader going into round four. Ali was
oblivious to the fact she was causing much interest back home in Scotland
via the internet, and good luck messages each day were very much
appreciated by her mum and dad who accompanied her for the two weeks along
with her little brother Zak.
1200 hundred children took part representing 82 federations and Ali
proudly carried the saltire into the arena being the youngest girl, along
with Steven Tweedie from Glasgow who was the oldest boy. Before the start
of each game the girls exchanged small gifts from their country. Ali’s
teachers and classmates from St Cuthbert’s primary school helped her make
beautiful Scottish good luck cards with tartan ribbon and lucky heather
which all the children admired. Ali played against girls from France,
Italy, Bulgaria, Turkmenistan, Equador and other countries around the
globe gaining 6 points out of 11 which was an excellent performance for
her first ever cap for Scotland. Ali and her family had a great time and
hope she will be selected to play for Scotland next year when the
competition will be held in Russia.
Siegrun Macgilchrist of Carrick Chess Club tells us that the chess world
is agog. After years of different people claiming to be world champions
there is a new one: Veselin Topalov, 30,from Bulgaria. Everyone agrees
that he is worthy of the title. He played against most of the best in San
Luis, Argentine and won 1.5 ahead of the rest last Friday. As luck would
have it, the reigning female champion is Antoaneta Stefanova, 26, also
from Bulgaria. This country never had a world chess champion and now,
suddenly, there are two. According to Siegrun, though, she is not the best
woman player. The best is Judit Polgar who was playing in San Luis.
Thanks to her, many female players are competing on equal terms with boys.
Maybole’s Ali Roy, 10, for example, is the best of boys and girls in her
age group in Scotland. Carrick Chess Club is open from 7 – 10pm every
Wednesday night in the Town Hall, Maybole. If you want to catch up with
Ali, join the club and study the game! Even their adults are making waves:
Charlie Roy, and both Athol and Siegrun Macgilchrist have all won prizes
at various weekend competitions in September.
September 2005 Carrick Chess Club is in full swing again, meeting
from 7 – 10pm in Maybole Town Hall every Wednesday. Four of the club’s new
members have played in the league and in the Ayrshire championship. Kenny Brooksbank, Alice Lampard, Alastair Muirhead and Charlie Roy acquired
gradings for the first time. They now have nine graded members: K.
Brooksbank 1504 (very high for a new grade!); Alice Lampard 548; Stuart
Lampard 1119; Steell MacFadzean 1306; Athol Macgilchrist 998; Siegrun
Macgilchrist 1579; Alastair Muirhead 1089; Ali Roy 1030; Charlie Roy 897.
The average Scottish grade is 1208. Everyone's grade improved, except for
Siegrun's. It dropped by 50 points., but she made up for it by coming 2nd
in the Marymass under-1750 section in Irvine on 21st August. Ali was the
greatest improver in Scotland. Her grade jumped by 515 points. She was
also one of the most active players (110 games). During the year she won
three grading and giant – killer prizes of £25 each and book prizes in the
UK chess challenge. Although the club championship is not completed yet,
Dr. Kenneth Brooksbank is the new champion - he got 7/7 - congratulations.
Chess Club News March 2005
Club's league matches have all been finished for this season and Carrick
is third, 1/2 point behind Ayr. Irvine B will join their A team in the
first division after the summer. Stewarton will be relegated from the
first to join Carrick. Largs will be relegated to the third division.
Results for the last two matches Carrick played:
Ayr won 4 -2 against Carrick.
S. Macgilchrist 1/2 Stephen Hamilton;
Kenny Brooksbank 0 -1 Tom Melrose;
Stuart Lampard 0 - 1 Ian Gardiner;
Alastair Muirhead 0 - 1 Vincenzo Tedesci;
Ali Roy 1 - 0 Alan Wilcocks;
Athol Macgilchrist 0 - 1 Brian Skirving.
Ali had lost to
Alan in the Ayrshire Robertson Cup recently. So, this was sweet revenge.
Irvine won 4 -2 against Carrick: S. Macgilchrist 1/2 Robert Gourlay; Kenny
Brooksbank 1 - 0 Robin Yates; Stuart Lampard 0 - 1 Robert Loughran;
Alastair Muirhead 0 - 1 Stephen Clark; Charles Roy 0 - 1 George Harkins;
Ali Roy 1/2 Fred Carrick. Kenny Brooksbank won his first game in the
second division! Last year he achieved 7/7 in the third! However, he did
much better ( 2.5/6) against higher graded opponents in the Ayrshire
championship, which was held in Troon this year. Siegrun Macgilchrist got
3.5/6. Four from Carrick played in the grading restricted Robertson
tournament, which was won by Alan Wilcocks. Charles and Alastair ended up
with 3/6 and Athol and Ali with 3.5. This is a good tournament for people
new to competitive chess. Each year it's held in a different chess club,
one round per month over 6 month.
Chess Club News February 2005
Carrick Chess Club lost the last two home matches in a row:
Irvine B beat them 3.5 - 2.5 with results: Siegrun Macgilchrist 1/2 Robert
Gourlay; Steell McFadzean 0-1 Robin Yates; Kenny Brooksbank lost a very
exciting game against Robert Loughran; Stuart Lampard1-0 Steven Clark;
Alastair Muirhead 0-1 George Harkins and Ali Roy won by default. Ayr beat
them 4 -2: Siegrun Macgilchrist 1/2 Stephen Hamilton; Kenny Brooksbank 1/2
T. V. Melrose; Stuart Lampard 0-1 Ian Gardener; Alastair Muirhead 0-1
Vincent Tedeschi; Ali Roy 1-0 Alan Willocks; Athol Macgilchrist 0-1 B.
Skirving. In this match all the Carrick players were winning: Siegrun
overlooked a tactic on move 14!, Kenny misplayed the ending, the other
three made mistakes near the end (Athol lost on time), only Ali kept cool
and coasted to victory! A few weeks ago she'd lost to her opponent in the
Ayrshire Rooks championship. So it was sweet revenge for Ali! She has now
6/7 points in the league and is winning the best league trophy! Since
there are no more home matches Carrick can resume their monthly blitz
competition and play the club championships. The UK chess challenge is
well under way with the 3rd round played on 9th March.
Club News January 2005
NINE-YEAR_OLD Ali Roy of Maybole has
been selected to play for Scotland’s under-10s in the World Chess
Championships in Belfort, France, later this year. Ali had a great season
last year winning junior competitions all over Scotland and England,
building a big reputation for one so young. And Carrick Chess Club member
Ali currently holds the number one position in a table of the top 50
rising stars. But she has decided not to defend some of the trophies which
she currently holds. For Ali has been advised both by the Scottish youth
squad and local tutor Mrs Siegrun Macgilchrist to play mainly in adult
congresses and allegros, in order to benefit her championship chances in
France. St Cuthbert’s Primary School pupil Ali says she doesn’t mind not
playing for trophies this year, as in adult competitions you get a chance
to win some money instead! Not surprisingly, she is an important member of
Carrick Chess Club, where she more than holds her own against adult
In the club’s most recent matches, they
beat Irvine B 3½-2 ½, but lost out to Ayr by the same score. Irvine match
(Carrick names first): Siegrun Macgilchrist halved with Robin Yates; Kenny
Brooksbank 0, Robert Loughan 1; Steell MacFadzean 0, Steven Clark 1;
Stuart Lampard 1, George Harkins 0; Alastair Muirhead 1, F Carrick 0;
Athol Macgilchrist won by default. Stuart was especially pleased as he’d
been beaten by the same opponent in the clubs’ first encounter earlier in
the season. Ayr match: Siegrun Macgilchrist halved with Graham R Wilson;
Steell McFadzean 0, S Hamilton 1; Kenny Brooksbank 0, Jim Sands 1;
Alastair Muirhead 0, A Everingham 1; Charlie Roy 1, T V Melrose 0; Ali Roy
1, Ian Gardiner 0.
That was a particularly good win for
Ali, as Ian is an experienced player, graded 700 points higher. But
underlining her massive potential, Ali recently played a ‘simultaneous’ at
Carrick against six opponents, beating them all. In this club competition,
Ali went from board to board making her moves against opponents who had
the advantage of much greater time to ponder their own moves.
Siegrun Macgilchrist’s half against Ayr’s Graham R Wilson was also a fine
result, as Graham is a noted chess theoretician.
Carrick Chess Club won their recent
match against Irvine B 3 1/2 - 2 ½. Results with Carrick names first
are: Siegrun Macgilchrist 1/2 Robin Yates; Kenny Brooksbank 0-1 Robert
Loughan; Steell MacFadzean 0-1 Steven Clark; Stuart Lampard 1-0 George
Harkins; Alastair Muirhead 1 -0 F. Carrick; Athol Macgilchrist 1 -0
default. Stuart was especially pleased as he'd been beaten by the same
opponent in the clubs’ first encounter. However, they lost to Ayr 3 1/2
- 2 1/2, with boards 5 & 6 winning as usual! Results were: Siegrun 1/2
Graham R Wilson; Steell 0-1 S. Hamilton; Kenny 0-1 Jim Sands; Alastair
0-1 A. Everingham; Charlie Roy 1-0 T V Melrose; Ali Roy 1-0 Ian
Gardiner. This was a particular good result for Ali, 9, as Ian is an
experienced player and 700 points higher graded than she is. Siegrun
also enjoyed her draw against such a theoretician as Graham.
Club News December 2004
Carrick Chess Club
at the last meeting of the year 2004 front: Zak Roy; Georgia
Wallace; Stuart Tweedie & Andrew Wallace; seated from left: Alastair
Muirhead; Dr. Kenny Brooksbank; Stuart Lampard & Athol
Macgilchrist back: Ali Roy; Daniel Wallace; Kenneth Tweedie; Alice &
Vincent Lampard Andrew Tweedie & Siegrun Macgilchrist Championships in
2004 Siegrun won the Club Championship for the 6th time Charlie Roy &
Kenny Brooksbank were 2nd equal Junior champion is Alastair Muirhead.
Junior B was shared by Kenneth Tweedie & Rachel Whiteman. Ali Roy
won many trophies by playing in Scottish & English events. Alastair
Muirhead; Dr. Kenny Brooksbank; Stuart Lampard, Athol Macgilchrist &
Steell McFadzean won the third division trophy. Kenny Brooksbank was best
league player. The junior xmas blitz was won jointly by Ali Roy & Daniel
Wallace, the senior by Siegrun Macgilchrist.
After a slow start in the second
division of the Ayrshire league, Carrick Chess Club have made it to the
top at the half way stage! Their best result came when Largs visited
Carrick and the home team won 5 - 1 Results from that game were: (Carrick
players first): Siegrun Macgilchrist 1 -0 Bob O'Brien; Steell McFadzean
1/2 Robert Simpson; Stuart Lampard 1- 0 Alan Plato; Alastair Muirhead 1 -
0 Mark Smith; Athol Macgilchrist 1- 0 G. A. Hilligan; Ali Roy 1/2 Hugh
Millar. Alastair has the best record in the league with 4/4. The league
position after four rounds: Largs 11; Ayr 13; Irvine 14.5; Carrick 15.5.
The club has its blitz party on Wednesday December 22 and starts again on
Club News November 2004 has now played two rounds in the Ayrshire league’s 2nd division.
The first match was won by Largs
4 - 2. Siegrun Macgilchrist, Stuart Lampard, Charlie Roy and Athol
Macgilchrist lost on boards 1 -4’ Alastair Muirhead and Ali Roy won on
boards 5 and 6. The second match against
was a draw, each team winning 3 games: Siegrun Macgilchrist 0 -1 Graham
Wilson; Dr. Kenneth Brooksbank 0 - 1 S. Hamilton; Steell MacFadzean 1 - 0
Jim Sands; Stuart Lampard 0 - 1 T. V. Melrose; Alastair Muirhead 1 - 0 Ian
Gardiner; Ali Roy 1 - 0 Vincent Tedeschi. Both of the club’s youngsters
did well to win both of their games and this was Ali's first venture into
league games. In the match against Ayr, everyone was finished with their
games except for Ali (9) and Vincent. All the players watched the endgame
as Ali skilfully converted a pawn into a queen with the help of her king
and knight. When Vincent resigned, she received a standing ovation! Ali
also did well in two recent junior competitions in Glasgow. A week past on
Saturday she got 5/6 and won the first prize trophy. On the Sunday, she
shared first prize with 5.5/6. She received a trophy for best overall
girl, including the secondary section.
Club News September 2004 Thousands of schools from all over
Britain take par in one of the largest chess competitions in the country.
The best players in each school go on to the next stage. Ali Roy was
champion in St. Cuthbert's primary school and went on to play in the Megafinal, the second stage where the Scottish children from many schools
took part. She won 6/6 and was the best of the girls & boys of her age
group. The next stage was the Gigafinal in Manchester, where children from
English counties, Scotland, Ireland & Wales met. Ali was runner up in the
girls' section for under 9s. The winners went on to play in the Terafinal
in Sheffield. Ali was invited to play in the challengers section, where
all age groups played together. She won 3/6. From these competitions her
grade improved from 515 to 912! She also won £36.93 worth of books and
some of them you can see in the photo. Grandmaster Michael Basman
emphasised to the remaining 150 children at Sheffield that every single
one of them should be proud of themselves for reaching the final day of
this very prestigious competition.
News August 2004
Carrick Chess Club won the 3rd third division of the Ayrshire league (4
boards) and has won promotion to the 2nd division (6 boards). Siegrun
Macgilchrist is now encouraging more people to join. She said, “Come on
all you budding chess players and join the Carrick Chess Club on Wed, 25th
Aug, when the new season begins.” The club meets in Maybole Town Hall from
7 – 8pm for beginners and 7 – 10pm for experienced players. Siegrun also
told us that Johnny Rowson (26), third Scottish Grandmaster, won the
Scottish championship in July and followed it by an even better
performance in the British in August, winning £ 10,000 in Scarborough for
playing 11 games. Joseph Redpath (19), another Scot, won the World major
championship, also in Scarborough and gained £1,000.
Chess Club News - April 2004
First - Ali Roy 6/6. She also won a blitz competition at
lunch time, also organised by Steven Taylor. 2nd equal - Daniel Wallace
and Lauren McFadzean 4/6 Merit for boys - Roddy Paterson Merit for girls -
Alice-May Morris best 9 years old - William Saxton (after Ali, who is also
9) best 7 years old - Andrew Wallace. Geraldine Downie organised the
trophies and refreshments on behalf of the library, Steven Taylor
controlled the event and Carol Wright and Siegrun Macgilchrist helped to
News - March 2004
Nine year old Ali Roy, of
Carrick Chess Club, has been
successful in recent competitions. She was awarded the best girl trophy in
Ayrshire for under 12s and, in another competition. the best Scottish girl
trophy for under 10s. She also won 2nd prize in the Edinburgh mixed
Primary 5 & under. Dr. Kenny Brooksbank of Girvan won the blitz
competition for the first time. He's also the chess club’s best league
player. He won 7/7 - 100%! Siegrun Macgilchrist has achieved a Fide
(International) grade of 1875. She is one of only four players in Ayrshire
and the first in Carrick Chess Club.
The others are Steven Brown (Ardrossan),
2089; John Shaw (Kilmarnock), International Master, 2444 and Johnny Rowson
(Troon), Grandmaster, 2547. There are only 81 players in Scotland with a
Fide grade out of a total of 3000. The lower grading limit for Fide is
1800, but will drop to 1600 in July and it will get easier to achieve a
Fide grade over the years. The lowest limit will be 1000 eventually, so
that everyone in the whole world can play anywhere and compare their
grades to anyone else. At the moment the national grades are quite
different depending on the standards adopted. For South Ayrshire children
(up to age 16) there is a chess competition in Maybole library on
Thursday, 15th starting at 10 am.
Chess Club News - February 2004
Carrick Chess Club won its
postponed match against Troon B by 3 ½ to ½ with individual results John
Bryden 1-0 Jordon Gray; Kenny Brooksbank 1-0 George Allan; Stuart Lampard
1-0 Alex Smith; Athol Macgilchrist 1/2 Chris King. Every team in the third
division has played every other team once and Carrick is leading with 20.5
pts, Troon B is second with 14 pts. Since then Carrick won the return
match against En Passants 3 ½ - ½ with individual results Steell
McFadzean 1/2 Jordan Swanston; John Bryden 1-0 Tom Young; Kenny Brooksbank
1-0 Gordon Martin; Stuart Lampard 1-0 Michael Boyd. Ali Roy was victorious
once again. She was third equal with 6/8 in Perth.
Chess Club News - January 2004
Carrick Chess Club was victorious in both of its
January matches. The away match was played in Greenwood against the
Bishops with a 3-1 result. Individual scores Steell McFadzean 1-0 Gordon
Wallace; John Bryden 1-0 Scott McPherson; Stuart Lampard 0-1 Scott
Greenwood; Kenny Brooksbank 1-0 default. Kenny was able to play a friendly
against Stephen Taylor which ended in a draw. The home match against Troon
B went even better with a 4-0 win! Games were Steell McFadzean - Jordon
Gray; Kenny Brooksbank - George Allan; Stuart Lampard - Alex Smith; Athol
Macgilchrist - Chris King. Carrick was in second place with 11 points, the
same as Greenwood En Passants before these two matches were played. Troon
B was first with 13.5 points, the Knights had 7 and the Bishops trailed
with 1.5 points. The monthly senior blitz was won by Siegrun Macgilchrist,
runner up was Kenny Brooksbank The junior blitz was won by Alastair
Muirhead, second Olivia Steven. Ali Roy was 2nd equal in the recent
Hamilton junior "under P6" competition. Alice Lampard got 50%.
Chess Club News - December 2003
Carrick Chess Club has completed its annual chess championship and this
year seven players took part - the greatest number since Rich Pettit
started the Carrick Chess Club webpage! It was a close contest, especially
since Steel MacFadzean beat Siegrun Macgilchrist, the trophy holder for
the last 5 years, in the first round! However, Steel lost to John Bryden
and drew two games while Siegrun won her other games and so, the trophy
was hers once again. Full results were: Siegrun 5/6; Steel 4 and John 3.5.
The December blitz was also won by Siegrun Mcgilchrist; second equal were
Alastair Muirhead (aged 16!) and Dr. Kenny Brooksbank. The Junior blitz
was contested by eight players and the winner was Ali Roy with 5/5, and
second was Alice Lampard with 4/5. In the league Carrick won 3 - 1 against
Greenwood Knights in the last home match. Individual results, Carrick
first: Steel McFadzean 0-1 Stephen Taylor; John Bryden 1 -0 Corey
McCulloch; Kenny Brooksbank 1 - 0 Garry Easton; Stewart Lampard 1-0 Jordan
Chess Club News - November 2003
Ali Roy of Maybole did well at the recent Glasgow chess competition for
primary 5 pupils. On the Saturday she got 4th place with three and a half
points out of five and on Sunday she got first with six points out of six.
Ali, a pupil at St Cuthbert's Primary School, now goes on to qualify for
the finals for primary 5 at Edinburgh in May. She is also a member of
Carrick Chess Club who went to Greenwood Academy last week and drew with
the En Passant team. Individual results, with the Carrick names first
were: Steell McFadzean 0 - 1 John Wainright; John Bryden 0 - 1 S Swanston;
Kenny Brooksbank 1 - 0 Gordon Martin; Athol Macgilchrist 1 - 0 Kevin
Burns. Dr. K Brooksbank lives in Girvan and would like to give anyone from
that area a lift to the chess club's Wednesday night meetings at the town
hall in Maybole.
Chess Club News - April 2003
CARRICK Chess Club had a 3½ – ½ win over Greenwood Bishops. And only
the Bishops’ trainer Stephen Taylor prevented a whitewash by drawing with
Steell McFadzean on board one. John Bryden, Stuart Lampard and Kenny
Brooksbank had wins over Jordan Swanston, David Dawson and Aaron Smith
respectively. This was Kenny’s first league game and he enjoyed making a
winning start. Carrick’s monthly blitz was won by John Bryden for the
seniors with 7½ out of 8, and Gregor Steven (9 out of 9!) for the juniors.
Ruth Wilson was runner up (6 out of 8) in her first blitz tourney.
CARRICK Chess Club travelled to Irvine to play against the strongest
Third Division team, and came back with only half a point! Individual
results (Carrick names first) were: John Bryden 0, Alan Birnie 1; Kenny
Brooksbank 0, Stephen Clark1; Stuart Lampard 0, George Harkins1; Athol
Macgilchrist halved with John McPhail. At the same time, Carrick’s
Siegrun Macgilchrist was battling it out against much stronger opposition
in the Scottish Open in Edinburgh. Honours went jointly to Keti Arakhamia
— a ‘first’ for females — and Paul Motwani, who has previous triumphs in
the event. Meanwhile, in Carrick’s monthly blitz session, John Bryden won
the senior trophy with 7½ out of 8, with Siegrun runner-up. Gregor Steven
won the junior trophy with 9 out of 9, ahead of Ruth Wilson (the latest
addition to the club) who had 6/8.
Chess Club News - March 2003
FOUR members of Carrick Chess Club travelled to Troon, and came away
with a 4–0 victory over the hosts’ C team. The games were mostly good
competitive struggles which could have gone either way. Only Stuart
Lampard had an easy time in his debut. After six rounds, Irvine B sit on
top of the 3rd Division on 18 points, with Carrick hard on their heels
with 16.5. Carrick’s February blitz was won by John Bryden with five out
of six. The junior trophy was shared by three players who collected seven
points — Ali Roy, Amy Strang and Gregor Steven.
CARRICK Chess Club won its February match against Greenwood White
Knights by 2.5 points to 1.5. Individual results were (Carrick names
first): Siegrun Macgilchrist halved with Alain Macdonald; John Bryden beat
Scott Greenwood; Athol Macgilchrist beat Kris McLaughlan; Peter Mirtitsch
lost to Ross Campell. This was Peter’s first competition game, so he
needn’t feel too downhearted, and his colleagues on the team believe he
can only improve with experience. Carrick’s monthly blitz was won by John
Bryden with five out of six. Meanwhile, the junior rook was shared by the
trio of Ali Roy, Ami Strang and Gregor Steven.
Chess Club News - February 2003
CARRICK Chess Club’s January Blitz proved highly competitive in both
junior and senior sections. Nine juniors took part, and Marjorieann
Kennedy won the Rook with an unbeaten 8/8. Ali Roy was runner-up, losing
only to Marjorieann, who was best Ayrshire girl along with twin sister
Natalie, at the age of 10 in 1996. Siegrun Macgilchrist won the senior
title with 4/5, while runner-up was George Norris with 3/5. Steell
MacFadzean couldn’t play, as lambing has begun at his farm near
Crossraguel Abbey. Kenny Brooksbank played his first blitz, and said he
would recommend the format to anyone. It’s the only time you can take the
king if your opponent doesn't guard it.
Chess Club News - January 2003
Everyone a winner at the chess contest a total of 16 players took part in
Carrick Chess Club’s festive competition, and everyone won a prize. Top
honours in the adult section, for the Queen Trophy, were shared by John
Bryden and Siegrun Macgilchrist. The junior section spoils, for the Rook,
were also shared — between Gregor Steven and Daniel Wallace. Carrick was
in second place after four fixtures in the Ayrshire League’s third
division. The latest points totals are: Irvine 11 points; Carrick 10;
Bishops 4.5; Knights 4; Troon 2.5. Carrick is very much a mixed aged group
club, with all ages welcome to the Town Hall on Wednesday evenings at 7pm.
Chess Club News - November 2002
CARRICK Chess Club began its new league
season with an impressive 3-1 victory over Greenwood White Knights.
Results (Carrick names first): Siegrun Macgilchrist 1, Alain MacDonald 0;
Steell McFadzean 0, Gordon Wallace 1; John Bryden 1, Scott Greenwood 0;
Athol Macgilchrist 1, Scott MacPherson 0. The club is back in full swing,
with 10 adult members — at least eight playing regularly most Wednesday
evenings in Maybole Town Hall (7pm if you’d like to join them!). A junior
section is thriving too, with between 10 and 15 turning up every week.
Siegrun Macgilchrist won the adult Queen trophy in the October blitz
competition, with eight out of eight. Runner-up John Bryden had five out
of eight. The juniors’ Rook trophy was won by Daniel Wallace with nine out
of nine. Runner-up Ali Roy had eight out of nine.
Chess Club News - September 2002
JUSTIFIABLY pleased with themselves are award-winning members of Carrick
Chess Club. They accepted the prizes when the club held its annual
presentation ceremony recently. The roll of honour is: Champion for 2002 –
Siegrun Macgilchist. League winner – Athol Macgilchrist. Quick Play – John
Brydon. Junior 2002 Champion – Ali Roy. Junior Quick Play – Daniel
Wallace. The new season starts in Maybole Town Hall on Wednesday,
September 13, from 7 to 10pm; old and new members welcome.
Club News - May 2002
match of the season was won by the C siders from Troon against CCC (3 -1).
Carrick names first: V. Tedeschi 0 1 Tom Mitchell; A. Macgilchrist 0 -1
Peter Stevens; John Bryden (photo left) 1 - 0 Chris King; Marie
Bryden 0 - 1 A. Welch. The April blitz was won by Steell MacFadzean
(senior) and Ali Roy (junior). The May blitz was won by Siegrun
Macgilchrist and Amy Strang - 4 adults and 4 children took part. The
AGM was held after the blitz session and a grand total of 6 members
took part in the discussion! The elected members are: president Steell
McFadzean; treasurer George Norris; secretary Athol Macgilchrist; team
captain John Bryden; junior trainer Siegrun Macgilchrist. We had a good
year - the club only defaulted one game and although in the last three
matches we lost more than won games, these games were closely fought and
could easily have gone in our favour. So our three ungraded players are
looking forward to the new season with enthusiasm. Most of our juniors
came regularly and were well behaved. We had between 5 and 12 children
attend and hope that they'll continue to enjoy the chess club. We also
have a rota of parents to help out. The club championship will be played
over the next eight weeks and so the club will be open from 6.30 - 10.00
every Wednesday until the end of June.
Chess Club News - April 2002
Chess Club defeated Largs 3«-« in their latest fixture. Scores were:
Steell MacFadzean 1, Stuart Henderson 0; John Bryden «, G.A. Hilligan «;
Athol Macgilchrist 1, Hugh Miller 0; Marie Bryden 1, D.D. O'Donnell 0.
Marie and John Bryden played for Carrick club as teenagers. They now live
in Kilwinning but still support their old mates.
Chess Club News - March 2002
CARRICK Chess Club had another good win over Greenwood Attackers, this
time 2«-1«. Results (Carrick names first): Steell McFadzean 0, Ross
Darroch 1; Vincenzo Tedeschi 1, Adam Pieroni 0; John Bryden «, Alan
MacDonald «; Athol Macgilchrist 1, David Dawson 0. Carrick's monthly blitz
was won jointly by Helen Douglas (senior) and Ali Roy (junior). The
successes give Helen and Ali doubles with the Queen (senior) and Rook
(junior) trophies, respectively.
Club News - February 2002
EILIDH Douglas won all her seven games in
Carrick Chess Club's January Blitz, going home with the Rock Trophy.
Eilidh's mum Helen also lifted an award, the Queen Trophy, in what was her
first-ever blitz session. The Carrick club. meanwhile, lost to Prestwick B
by 2« to 1« in a recent league game. Results (Carrick names first): Steell
McFadzean 0, Arthur McCurley 1; Vincenzo Tedeschi «, David Ferguson «;
John Bryden 0, John Dement 1; Athol Macgilchrist 1, Rory Timmons 0.
Carrick captain Siegrun Macgilchrist recently played three games for Ayr
in Division 1, drawing on boards 1 and 2, and losing on board 3. Busy
Siegrun also plays for Polytechnic C in the Glasgow League, and the team
is shaping for a top three place in the city's Division 2.
Chess Club News - January 2002
AFTER four rounds,
Carrick Chess Club is leading the third division in Ayrshire by one
point; second is Prestwick B. The Christmas junior blitz was won by
Eilidh Douglas. The club recently had a good match against Troon C-siders,
beating them 3-1 in round Five. Results (Carrick names first): Steell
McFadzean 1 James Lennie 0; Vincenzo Tedeschi 1, Tom Mitchell 0; John
Bryden 0, Vincent Bennis 1; Athol Macgilchrist 1, Chris King 0.
Chess Club News - December 2001
batch of youngsters made a good move when they joined Carrick Chess
Club. And they are enjoying the challenge of the game, as well as the
friendship of mates. The new young members are Ali Roy, Maeve Murphy,
Emily Douglas, Connor Graham and Eilidh Douglas. Meanwhile, the club's
adult team drew 2-2 with Largs B in their latest league fixture. Matches
(Carrick names first): Steell McFadzean 1, Malcolm MacQueen 0; Vincenzo
Tedeschi 1, David Cowell 0; Athol Macgilchrist 0, Hugh Millar 1; Eilidh
Douglas 0, David Wilkinson 1.
Chess Club News - October 2001
CARRICK Chess Club starts up again on Wednesday, September 26, in
Maybole Town Hall from 7.30-10pm. This year the club may not meet every
Wednesday. For further information phone 01655 882728
Chess Club News - May 2001
Carrick chess club held its AGM in the town hall. The new
appointments are President - Steell McFadzean; Treasurer - George
Norris; Secretary & team captain - Athol Macgilchrist; trainer -
Siegrun Macgilchrist. Club champion - Siegrun; Blitz champion - Steell;
best league player - Vincenzo Tedeschi. The team was second in the third
division, winners were Greenwood Knights who are promoted to the second
division. The club is closed for the summer and starts again on
Wednesday, 5th September in the town hall. Paul Baerm, former
president of the Chess Club died in Ayr Hospital. He will be sadly
The Ayrshire league has completed all
games for the season 2000/1. The third division was comfortably won by
the Greenwood Knights with 21 points out of a total of 24. Runners up
were Carrick (14) followed by Ardrossan B (9) and Largs B (4). Best
Carrick league player was author Vincenzo Tedeschi.
Chess Club News - January 2001
Carrick chess club went all the way to Largs and won 4 - 0 against
their second team. Carrick players first: Siegrun Macgilchrist - D.
Cowell; Paul Baerm - H. Millar; Steell MacFadzean - D. Wilkinson; Athol
Macgilchrist - C.D.O'Donnell The last home match was against Ardrossan
B. It's a good team when they turn up! None of them appeared, so they
all lost by default. They did the same against Greenwood Knights who
were leading the third division after three rounds. We were so busy that
we didn't find time to play the monthly blitz competition in January!
Chess Club News - December 2000
THEY take their games
seriously at Carrick Chess Club. Presenting a study in concentration
here are (back row, left to right) Vincenzo Tedeschi, Siegrun
Macgilchrist, Steell McFadzean and Alan Willocks. They're watching
Athol Macgilchrist and Ardrossan visitor Christopher O'Donnell at
the board. Click on the image on the left to view this article.
From the Ayrshire
News - November, 2000
Carrick Chess Club drew the first league game on
Wednesday, 8th Nov against Largs B (2 - 2): Steell MacFadzean 0 -1 Alan
Plato; Vincent Tedeschi 1 - 0 Henry Millar; Alan Willocks 0 - 1 David
Wilkinson; Athol Macgilchrist 1 - 0 Christopher O'Donnell. The new
gradings of the year are: Siegrun Macgilchrist 1585; George Norris 1555;
Paul Baerm 1400; Steell MacFadzean 1375; Vincent Tedeschi 1150; Alan
Willocks 985. Siegrun is the nonplaying team captain since all the other
players only play competitive games in the league and are keen to play
some games. She has already played 12 games in the Glasgow and the
CCC played a match against Ardrossan B
on Mon, 20/11. The community centre in Saltcoats is very difficult to
find & two members gave up looking for it. So, the non-playing team
captain jumped in and played with only 30 minutes left for 30 moves.
Result: S. Macgilchrist 1 - 0 Mark Smith; S. McFadzean 1 - 0 Donald
Kerr; board 3 default 0 - 1 Ninian Jack; A. Macgilchrist 0 - 1 Alan
Orderly. The next match is on Wed, 6th December in Maybole town hall.
The chess Olympics are in full swing.
Paul Motvani in the men's team & Elaine Rutherford in the women's team
are the most successfull of the Scottish teams. Both play in board 1 &
2. You can follow their success from the
www.scottishchess.com & clicking on the Olympic games. You may also
want to take a look at the website for
Cumbernauld Chess Club
on the images below for larger photos)
members: from left to right - Athol & Siegrun Macgilchrist, Steell
MacFadzean & Paul Baerm. (Photo taken 2000)
The Robertson Challenge Cup was won for the
first time in 1909 by the EDINBURGH LADIES CHESS CLUB. Click on the image above
or here to view chess trophy photos.
2000: left to right - David Foster, Blair Kirkpatrick, Jonathan Simpson,
Nicola Docherty, Louis & Chloé Simpson & Kerrie Docherty