Individual Events

(New Format 2018-19)

(Incorporating the Castlehill TAFCA Allegro Championship)
Date: Thurs 29th Nov 18: Venue: Castlehill CC
Report by Ray Noble


It was Castlehill`s turn to host the TAFCA Allegro Championship. A hard job after the excellent hosting skills of Newport Knights in the first one!

32 players took part on the night, 3 more than the first one! The club split was:

Castlehill – 21 players (What a fantastic response by Castlehill to their own night!)
Dundee – 4 players; Kirkcaldy 4 players & Newport Knights 3 players.

Perth for the second time had nobody entered along with St.Andrews Uni. It is Perth`s turn to host the 3rd TAFCA Allegro Championships in January 2019. Not sure what is going to happen there?

On the night there were some major shock results. Euan Dawson (Castlehill) won the 1st Allegro with a perfect 5 out of 5. This time he fell at the 1st hurdle and the 2nd hurdle to have no points after two rounds. To top that number one seed, Declan Shafi (Castlehill) lost his 2nd round match to Robert Burnett (Dundee), the conquer of Euan Dawson in the first round!

Robert Burnett`s luck ran out in round three as Ray Noble (Castlehill) beat him to make it 3 out of 3! “Yes I know it`s hard to believe!” Joining Ray in equal first place was Robert Jackson (Castlehill) and Tom Constance (Castlehill).


In round 4 Robert dispatched Ray, while Andy Rowe (Castlehill) showed the young gun, Tom Constance how it is done!


In the last round Andy Rowe (3½) was paired against leader Robert Jackson (4) who only needed a draw to win on the night. Alas Andy proved too strong and got the better of Robert Jackson to take out right first place on the night and become the first ever Castlehill TAFCA Allegro Champion. Congratulations Andy on a fantastic tournament. Andy will get a medal and on the night he received two Chess DVD`s by the Ginger GM, Simon Williams! (No expense spared at Castlehill!)

Not only that he gets 6 points towards the overall TAFCA Allegro Championship, along with 4½ points for the J.R.Chalmers Grand Prix event. (Hope you are keeping up with this?)

There was a 4 way tie for second place with Declan Shafi; Robert Jackson; Paul Shafi & Ray Noble (all Castlehill) getting 3½ points for Allegro Championship and 4 points each for the J.R.Chalmers Grand Prix (still with me?)

There is a three way tie at the top of the TAFCA Allegro Championship after 2 events. Euan Dawson, Andy Rowe and Paul Shafi (where did he come from?) on 7 points. Still a long way to go with 3 events left.


A big thank you to Castlehill Chess Club and the Chaplaincy Centre for hosting this event with there usual skill. Great venue for playing chess! But with out you the players there would be no chess, so a big thank you to all the players who entered, especially the one who had to travel out with Dundee!

For all the updated tables in the TAFCA Allegro & J.R.Chalmers Grand Prix please check out our website.

Next up Perth CC on Monday 28th January 2019. Will they turn up at there own venue? Should anybody else?

See you all there!

Standings after two events! “HERE


(Incorporating the Knights of Newport TAFCA Allegro Championship)
Venue: Newport Knights Chess Club: Date: Wednesday 24th October 2018: 7:30pm
Report by Ray Noble

What a welcome we had from the players of Newport Knights Chess Club. This is the first in a 5 series competition to determine who will be this season’s TAFCA Allegro Champion. Not only that but tonight was the first ever TAFCA Newport Knights Allegro Championship, so who will be the first winner?

The venue was looking good, pies were on offer to all players, plus they had a small raffle with various prizes, plus a prize for the winner (Knights Cuff links!) and a book about the club. To top that off they had a bar! Other clubs be warned Newport Knights have moved the goal posts and have set the standard for the rest to follow!

We shall see how the rest responded when it is their turn.

We had an unexpected but brilliant response to this revamped TAFCA competition with 29 players ready for the challenge. Castlehill CC, Dundee CC & Kirkcaldy CC all had 7 players while the hosts (Knights of Newport) had 8. No players from Perth Chess Club this time.


Marcus Wylie (Newport Knights) opened the competition by thanking everyone for coming to their club and how proud they are for hosting the first one. He also told us about the club and it`s beginnings, including a story about finding an old Newport Chess trophy in a shop which they bought back and added a base. On that trophy was a players name who played for Newport years ago and has been a member of Castlehill Chess Club for a long, long  time as well, Roy Morris. How about that!











There were many a good battle and some not so good battles (Ray Noble?), but in the end like clockwork and a thumbs up to the Chess Scotland grading system, both the number 1 & 2 seeds won their first four matches and played each other in the final match of the night. Both had a tricky 4th round match with Alan seeing of Jim Anderson (1602); (Dundee) and Euan beating Andy Rowe (1583); (Castlehill).


Alan Borwell (1889); (Dundee) was the number 1 seed, while Euan Dawson J17 (1798); (Castlehill) was the number 2 seed. It was also a battle of youth versus experience and in Alan`s case a lot of experience! (Sorry Alan?).

Euan had the white side and as expected it was a tough battle. Euan is unrecognizable from the player his was 6 months ago! Somewhere along the way Alan seemed to be behind in time and I would say this was the deciding factor in the match.

Yes it’s congratulations to Master Euan Dawson J17 (Castlehill) on becoming the first ever TAFCA Knights of Newport Allegro champion 2018 on 5 out of 5! Alan had to settle for tied runner-up on 4 points with Alastair Dawson (1742); (Dundee), James Anderson (1602);  (Dundee) & Paul Shafi (1465); (Castlehill).










Once again a big thank you to Knights of Newport for their hosting skills. A big thank you to James Anderson for doing the computer work. But most of all a big thank you to all the players who made the effort to support the 1st TAFCA Allegro this season. It was most appreciated by Knights of Newport, TAFCA and the organisers of the competition.


Next up Castlehill Chess Club Dundee on Thursday 29th November 2018.


The TAFCA Individual Allegro Championship  is made up of 5 separate one day events. Each event has it`s own champion and all 5 events decide who will be crowned TAFCA Allegro Champion.


This is an old event revamped for this season to give clubs and players out with Dundee more opportunities to play in it by taking the Allegro to their own backyard!. There are three main parts to this event;


  • There will be 5 individual club night tournaments in which you are playing to collect points towards the TAFCA Allegro Club champion (Each club has a designated night). Also you are playing for points towards becoming the  TAFCA Allegro Champion!  If you really play well you could do the grand slam by winning all Individual club championships and be crowned TAFCA Allegro champion!
  • Points collected for places at all events go towards the overall TAFCA Allegro Championship!
  • All TAFCA Allegro nights are designated J.R.Chalmers Grand Prix Memorial events.


1.Newport Knights Championship: Wednesday 24th October 2018, 7:30pm sign-in.
2.Castlehill Championship: Thursday 29th November 2018. 7:30pm sign-in.
3.Perth Championship: Monday 28th January 2019, 7:30pm sign-in.
4.Dundee Championship: Tuesday 26th February 2019. 7:30pm sign-in.
5.Kirkcaldy Championship: Wednesday 27th March 2019, 7:30pm sign-in.

Your support of these events (Championships) would be most welcome.

All TAFCA Allegro Championship events are designated J.R.Chalmers Grand Prix events.

Rules, etc below..

Rules      J.R.Chalmers Grand Prix


The TAFCA Allegro takes place on Saturday 28th January 2016 in Castlehill Chess Club Dundee. Entry Fee £12 (£1 off Chess Scotland member); Juniors (u16) £7 (£1 off CS). The Allegro starts at 10am with prize giving 4:30pm approx.

Round 1: 10am: Round 2: 11am: Round 3: 12noon
Break: 1pm (30 minutes)
Round 4: 1:30pm: Round 5: 2:30pm: Round 6: 3:30pm

Prize money dependent on entries: Champion, Runner-up and two grading band places make up the prize places.

Enter by email to Ray Noble at  ASAP and pay on the day (Cash only!).

Please support your local league events.

As this is the TAFCA flag ship event for 2016-17, you get double points towards the J.R. Chalmers Grand Prix event!



Not held



1/01/17: Due to lack of entries I have had no alternative but to cancel the TAFCA Individual 2016-17. Apologies to those players that made the effort to enter.

Individual Spreadsheet (Entries, Draw, etc; updated 28/10/16)   Rules

Entries are now being taken for this years TAFCA Individual Championship 2016-17. Closing date for entries is Sunday 30th October 2016.
Contact the TAFCA Individual organiser, Ray Noble;
email:  Text/phone: 07746971828. Please support your singles championship event.

PLEASE NOTE: Format has changed, please read the rules in full.


This year the TAFCA Individual will be a straight Knockout competition.  We will have three separate competitions entries permitting:

  • TAFCA Individual Championship: (Open to all TAFCA players: You can only be TAFCA Individual champion if you enter the open!)
  • TAFCA Presidents Cup (u1650): (Open only to TAFCA players 1650 or below. You cannot be the Individual Champion if you enter this)
  • TAFCA Challenge Shield (u1400): (Open only to TAFCA players 1400 or below. (You cannot be the Individual Champion or Presidents Cup winner if you enter this)

In the event that not enough entries are received in one/or any of the events, then said events will be combined into one event.

You may only enter one event.