J R Chalmers Grand Prix

J R Chalmers Trophy

jimThe J R Chalmers Trophy will be a Grand Prix competition involving, where possible, all of the  major weekend chess congresses in the TAFCA area, plus the TAFCA League & the TAFCA Allegro Individual championships. The weekend chess congresses organised within the TAFCA area, but not run by TAFCA, represent the wide area of influence over the years that Jim Chalmers had in his role as promoter, organiser and in his long standing position as TAFCA President.

 

 

 

 

All the rules of this event must not add anything to the burden of weekend congress events and their organisers.

1. This competition is open to paid up members of TAFCA affiliated clubs.

2. Entry is automatic when entering a TAFCA designated Grand Prix event.

3. The trophy shall be won by the player who has the highest number of grand prix points.

4. In the event of a tie at the end of the Grand Prix tournament, then the trophy will be shared.

5. Only “Main list” time-control events are eligible. The one exception to this is the TAFCA Individual Allegro Championships,

6. To gain points, a player just enters any of the designated TAFCA Grand Prix events. Grand Prix points will be accumulated throughout the events.

7. You must play a minimum of three games in an event for your score to be eligible for Grand Prix points. (excluding the TAFCA Leagues)

8. Your points score in any of the TAFCA designated events will make up your Grand Prix points. (See rule 9 & rule 10).

9. Half point byes and defaults will not count.

10. TAFCA reserve the right to take any measures to facilitate the smooth running of the J R Chalmers Grand Prix Trophy, and will ensure that the rules and conditions are applied fairly.

11. ELIGIBLE EVENTS; TAFCA league divisions; All 5 TAFCA Individual Allegro championships; Any weekend Congresses in the TAFCA area: ie,  The Dundee Congress; The Perth congress; The Kirkcaldy Congress, etc.

13. Publicity: Information about the Grand Prix will appear on the TAFCA website. There may also be leader board notices at eligible tournaments.

14. Scores: Grand Prix points will be updated on line as soon as the results of an event have been submitted for grading to Chess Scotland. If you think scores are wrong, please contact the Grand Prix organiser immediately.

 

Notes:

“Weekend congress” is defined as an event taking place over one weekend.

“Main List” means events taking place with a time control by which it is processed for the main Chess Scotland grading list, ie., not an allegro rated event.

Leaderboard – 2019-20

Updated: 30/10/19:  For the full standings so far: “HERE

Tom Wardlaw (1174) from Perth Chess Club leads the way on 4½ points after the Dundee Chess Congress 2019. which started off the J.R.Chalmers Grand Prix.

Ray Flood (1509) (Dundee), the defending champion is hot on his heels in equal 2nd place on 4 points. Still a long, long way to go but what a start!

Please contact me if you spot any errors.   Email: nobleray59@yahoo.com

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SEASON 2019-20
This years events for the J.R.Chalmers Memorial Grand Prix are as follows:

1.Dundee Chess Congress (Fri-Sun 18th-20th Oct 19)
2. Perth Chess Congress (Fri-Sun 7th-9th Feb 20)
3. TAFCA League (Oct 19 to Mar 20)
4. TAFCA Allegro (Oct 19 to Mar 20) Double points available as TAFCA Flagship event.
Other events may be added if they are run, example: Kirkcaldy Congress; TAFCA Individual.(Double points)

If you want to win it, you will need to enter as many as possible of the above events!

 

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Leaderboard – 2018-19
Please contact me if you spot any errors.   Email: nobleray59@yahoo.com

Congratulations to Ray Flood (1512) Dundee CC for winning the J.R.Chlamers Grand Prix Memorial 2018-19! Ray finished on 23½ points, Declan Shafi (Castlehill); Euan Dawson (Castlehill) & Alastair Dawson (Dundee) all finished in equal 2nd place on 21½ points. In 5th place was Ray Noble (Castlehill) on 18½ points. Ray Noble was the first ever winner of this trophy. All tables updated.

The tables have been updated with the TAFCA Allegro Championships Dundee results (Tues 26th Feb 19). Ray Flood (Dundee) is still top but Alastair Dawson (Dundee) is hot on his heels! There are not many matches left so can Ray hold on? Will Alastair pip him at the post by a nose? Or could it be someone else will sneak past them both on stealth mode? Watch this space….


The tables/standings have been updated with the Kirkcaldy Congress and Perth TAFCA Allegro Championship results. In top spot but only by 1 point is Raymond Flood (Dundee) on 15 points (Yes Ray I know it`s hard to take in!). Colin Young (Castlehill) is in 2nd place on 14 points (What?!). Both players played in the Kirkcaldy Congress and Perth Allegro which does make a big difference (Ray 5½ pts & Colin 4½ pts)!  Indeed Euan Dawson (Castlehill) has been leading from the start but did not play in the last two events and drops down to 4th place on 12½ pts. He has also been overtaken by his dad, Alastair Dawson (Dundee) who is in third place on 13½ pts after his good Perth TAFCA Allegro.

 

If you are going to play in only a few events, you need to win every time! But if you play in all the events, you can win this event by getting good results every time, but not winning any of them!

 

Ray Flood and Colin Young prove you don`t have to be high graded to have a chance of winning the J.R.Chalmers Grand Prix Memorial. That was the way it was designed and the very first winner was Ray Noble (Castlehill) which just proves it works! Mind you David Findlay (Dundee) is the current holder and he is no light weight (grade wise!) which goes to show it`s an open event for all grades!

 

For the full standings so far: “HERE

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After the TAFCA Castlehill, Euan Dawson (Castlehill) leads by 3 points on 12½ points, closely followed by Raymond Flood (Dundee) on 9½ points. In equal third is Alastair Dawson & Tommy Sutherland (both Dundee) on 8½ points.

J.R.CHALMERS MEMORIAL GRAND PRIX
This competition started in 2012-13 and is in memory of TAFCA`s late president Jim Chalmers (Dundee & Victoria). You get points by playing in J.R.Chalmers Grand Prix events and the player with the most points wins the title and the trophy.

This years Grand Prix events are:

  • TAFCA League matches.
  • TAFCA Allegro Championships (All 5 events).
  • Dundee Chess Congress (Fri 19th-Sun 21st Oct 18).
  • Kirkcaldy Chess Congress (Sat 19th-20th Jan 19)
  • Perth Chess Congress (Fri 8th-Sun 10th feb 19)

 

So as you can see plenty of events to get points from. In the league you are not in control of playing, but all the other events you choose to enter or not. The more events you play in the better chance you have of becoming the J.R.Chalmers Memorial; Grand Prix Champion 2018-19!

Players are responsible for checking all information. Contact Ray if any discrepancies are noted.

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Updated: 13/04/18 (Season 2017-18 Champion D.Findlay (Dundee)

Full Spreadsheet: here.

Well this was a close one this season but congratulations go to David Findlay (Dundee CC) for becoming the J.R.Chalmers Grand Prix Champion 2017-18. This is the third time David has won the trophy. Defending champion Aaron Gourlay (Junior) (Perth) showed last year was no fluke by finishing in  equal 2nd place in his defense of the title.

Also in equal 2nd along side Aaron & David (Hall) is Declan Shafi (Castlehill) and Ray Flood (Dundee). This goes to show that if you wish to become the J.R.Chalmers Grand Prix champion, you need to take part in the Perth & Dundee congresses to have any chance of doing so.

Well played everyone and once again congratulations to David Findlay (Dundee), the J.R.Chalmers GP Champion 2017/18!

J R Chalmers Grand Prix Roll of Honour

2018-19 –   Ray Flood (Dundee)
2017-18  –  David J. Findaly (Dundee)
2016-17: – Aaron Gourley J15 (Perth)
2015-16: – David J. Findlay (Dundee)
2014-15: – David J. Findlay (Dundee)
2013-14: – Andrew Burnett (Glenrothes)
2012-13: – Ray Noble (Castlehill)