Well we did it. Another Scottish Championship completed. Granted it was not the event we hoped it would be. We had no idea there was going to be a rail strike and the clockwork orange would be off for a month. Talk about working against us!
For the first time in a year, I played a graded main list game. There was a bye in the Minor and I reckoned on having enough time to play the game quickly and still have enough to set everything up. I sat down at the board and then I realised just how tired I was when my opponent played 1.d4 and I immediately replied 1..d5 instead of my usual 1..Nc6. Aaarrggh I am playing the Englund Gambit (something I played about 10 years ago with relatively good sucess). I thankfully won!
Thinking back over the last 9 days, it has been good. I have enjoyed it. There has been some incredible performances and some really good chess
I want to thank Lara for suggesting a picture. At the end she suggested getting the trophy holders together. Brilliant idea and I'm glad one of us was thinking!
Well we have a champion. For the 3rd time GM Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant has prevailed and on 7/9 it is quite an impressive score!
The overall winner was GM Matthew Turner on 7.5/9
Declan Shafi and Murad Abdulla are the Scottish Boys Champions
The Girls Champion is Rachel Smith
And the player of the year was last years Champion, FM Neil Berry
We spent all tournament trying to keep Alasdair and Euan Dawson apart, unfortunately we didn't check the weekend major draw as the last round saw father playing son. Talk about a lose lose for dad!
Well thats all for this year. Thanks to everyone for a fun tournament and your kind comments about the blog. If everything goes to plan (and that will be a first!) we will be in Dundee next year. Knowing our luck, we plan for Dundee and will no doubt be playing in Hawick!