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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 have 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 are now through to the semi-final and will play Wandering Dragons in a match that is a home match for them but to be played on Monday 24th June at the Corstorphine Hub, St John’s Road starting at 7.15 pm.

The annual match with the Civil Service Chess Club for the Brian Wurr Memorial trophy was played on Monday 20th May at the Corstorphine Hub on St John’s Road. This year this extra friendly match was arranged as a ten play ten match and the result was 6½ to 2½ in favour of the Civil Service Club. The tenth game was unfinished. We were out-graded on all boards except the top board where Alistair MacNaughton got a good draw. However the plaudits go to Analben Mehta and Nivedita Suyal on the bottom two boards who both scored good wins. The Civil Service Club therefore retain the Brian Wurr Trophy which they won last year.