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The club championship this season has been won by Alistair MacNaughton in his first year as a club member, although not his first year playing chess! Alistair defeated our secretary Graham Wilson in the final played on 27th May well ahead of schedule. All members who played are to be congratulated for keeping up the momentum of the competition and special mention to Analben Mehta, a member of the third team for reaching the semi-final round. In the final Graham did not really do himself justice but nevertheless is to be congratulated on reaching the final. Alistair’s strength as first team top board eventually shone through and he was a very good winner.

We entered a team in the Chess Edinburgh Summer Cup competition played between April and July. This is a handicap competition for teams of six players played in the off-season and the teams with the highest graded players do not always win. We won our way to the semi-final of the competition where we played the Wandering Dragons. The match was to be played in the Corstorphine Hub but had to be postponed as the Hub was flooded by a flash flood on the Monday of the match. The match was re-arranged at the last moment and was eventually played in the Edinburgh Chess Club in Alva Street on Wednesday 26th June. The result was a win for the Wandering Dragons team, five to one across the board but five to four and a half with handicap. Our team was Alistair MacNaughton, Brian Gourlay, David Burns, Angus Ruthven, Dave Watson, and Analben Mehta. Our team was heavily outgraded as can be seen from the handicap score and across the board Alistair and Brian were the only team members to draw. This result brings the club season to a close and we will resume again at the beginning of September.