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 Congratulations to the 2017 Scottish Champion - Murad Abdulla.

This year’s Championships took place simultaneously with the Dundee 150 Anniversary Tournament.

Despite several of Scotland’s titled players taking part in the 150AT the Scottish with International Open still had 4 GMs in the 76 entries. There were many tough fought games with some surprising results and the competition was always close.

Going into the last round there were several potential winners of the Open, three leading the Scottish Championship and 4 sharing the lead in the Seniors division.

In the end the Open was won by GM Andrei Maksimenko 7.5/9 ahead of FM Tim Wall 7/9 Among those in third were GM Oleg Korneev, GM Mark Hebden, GM Daniel Gormally, FM Berd Baum, and FM Richard Britton 6.5/9.

The Seniors was eventually won by Roddy McKay. Roddy finished a half point ahead of Gerald Bonner who had won his first Scottish title almost 50 years ago to the day.

The Scottish Junior title was won by Murad Abdulla and the Girls’ title by Rachel Smith. It was to be an amazing tournament for Murad who made the magic 2300 rating in round 8 and hence achieved his FIDE Master title. Going into the final round there were three players vying for the Scottish title, Murad, Neil Berry and Calum MacQueen. After the dust had settled Murad’s quick draw was enough to ensure the title.

Only Paul Motwani has won the title at a younger age. For the statisticians Murad won the title at 16 years 244 days to Paul’s 16 years and 39 days. Juniors also picked up the rating prizes with Carl Milton winning the U2000 and Lukah Connolly Sams the U1750.

There were other subsidiary events which saw Jonathan McKay win the Schools’ Championship and a 3 way tie for the Senior U1850 title amongst Jim Anderson, William Clinton and Adam Walkowiak. The U1850 was won by Geoffrey Brown and Robert Clegg. Jonathan McKay and Raymond Flood shared the rating prize. Both the Blitz and Rapidplay was won by GM Keith Arkell. The win in the blitz was all the more remarkable as he had only arrived in Dundee at 6am  - 4 hours before play started. FM Charlie Storey was second in the Blitz (Raymond Flood shared another rating this time with Stephen McQuillan). In the Rapidplay 2nd place was shared by Paul Roberts, Ed Spencer, Sandy Storey and Kai Pannwitz (who took the rating prize).

Chess Scotland would like to thank all those who contributed to this event.  The arbiting team worked a minimum of 11 hours each day.  There were many who made donations, Three in particular should be mentioned.  One benefactor paid for the venue hire and two others covered the costs of conditions for some of the titled players.

There is no doubt this was a very successful event.


Registration phone number for Open has been changed to 07951624572

A provisional draw for round 1 of the Championship/Open will appear on Chess-Results at 7pm Friday.  It will be confirmed at about noon on Saturday

Welcome to the website of the 2017 Scottish Chess Championships and International Open.  This will be the 124th Championships making it one of the oldest continuously running chess events in the world.

This year’s event is being held in Dundee as part of the 150th anniversary celebrations for another historical event - the 1867 International tournament held at Dundee and believed to be the first event in which half points were awarded for draws. Prior to this drawn games were replayed

The events will be held in the Bonar Hall, Park Place, Dundee DD1 4HN from 15-23 July, 2017

Scottish Championship 9 round event - daily 2pm -7pm  (Including Scottish Senior & Junior Championships)

Scottish U1850 Championship & Senior -  6 round events daily Sun-Fri 09.30 - 13.00    

Scottish Schools Champion 6 round event as above

Scottish Blitz Championship Saturday 15 July 10.00 - 13.00

Scottish Championships Rapidplay - Sat 22, Sun 23 July 10.00-13.00

150th Anniversary International Invitational Tournament

This celebration of the 1867 Dundee Congress will take place 14 - 23 July 2017 in Dundee. The first round will take place on 14th July at Hampton by Hilton Hotel. Then, from 15th, it will run alongside the Scottish Championships in the Bonar Hall. Eight GMs and two IMs will be taking part.  They are: 

Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant  Pia Cramling (Sweden), Andrew Greet, Spyridon Kapnisis (Greece), Colin McNab, Fridrik Olafsson (Iceland), Martin Petr (Czech Republic), Craig Pritchett,  Eduardas Rozentalis (Lithuania), Simon Williams (England)

Dedicated Competitors Page

To help you plan your trip and make your visit to Dundee and Angus as easy as possible, please visit this website where you will find a wealth of information specially tailored to this event, from venue and travel information to booking your accommodation and exclusive offer, please click here.DX6R6121-Edit 600x400