Scottish Chess Championship 2009

Brave FM Gudmundur Kjartansson defeated in round 5, GMs Markos and Hebden leading

A degree of normality returned to the Scottish Chess Championship on Wednesday after the large number of upsets in the last few rounds. Top board saw Slovakian GM Jan Markos end the spectacular run of the Icelandic FM Gudmundur Kjartansson and Markos now shares joint lead with English GM Mark Hebden. Top Scottish player Jonathan Rowson also won to move within half a point of the leaders. Watch out for today’s board 3 game FM Kjartansson versus GM Arakhamia-Grant. Both players are famed for their attacking and exciting chess – expect fireworks!

The Open Championship is playing from 2pm-8pm every day from Saturday July 11th – Sunday July 19th inclusive. For more information, live games, photos, and round by round reports please visit the Championship website

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The playing hall (photo courtesy of the official website)

Results round 5 (Wednesday, 15 July 2009)

GM Jan Markos - FM Gudmundur Kjartansson 1-0

GM Mark Hebden - GM Paul Motwani 1-0

GM Jonathan Rowson – GM Colin McNab 1-0

GM S. Arun Prasad – FM Neil Berry 1-0

GM Keti Arakhamia-Grant – Walter Burnett 1-0

GM Magesh Chandran Panchanath - Jamie Hookham 1-0

FM Iain Gourlay – IM Andrew Greet ½-½

FM Craig Thomson - FM Graham Morrison 1-0

GM Aaron Summerscale - FM David Eggleston ½-½

Fan Zhang – FM Michael White 0-1

Jonathan Grant – George Neave ½-½

Ranking after round 5 (Thursday, 16 July 2009)

1-2. GM Jan Markos SVK 2555 and GM Mark Hebden ENG 2468 – 4.5

3-8. GM Jonathan Rowson SCO 2591, GM S. Arun Prasad IND 2556, GM Keti Arakhamia-Grant SCO 2506, GM Magesh Chandran Panchanath IND 2493, FM Gudmundur Kjartansson ICE 2356 and FM Craig Thomson SCO 2320 – 4.0

9-19. GM Paul Motwani SCO 2503, GM Colin McNab SCO 2474, IM Andrew Greet ENG 2443, FM Iain Gourlay SCO 2349, FM David Eggleston ENG 2341, FM Michael White ENG 2259, Peter Poobalasingam ENG 2224, Alan Tate SCO 2195, Neil Farrell SCO 2191, CM Paul Roberts SCO 2176 and Martin Mitchell SCO 2147 – 3.5 etc

Pairings round 6 (Thursday, 16 July 2009)

GM S. Arun Prasad - GM Jan Markos

GM Mark Hebden - GM Jonathan Rowson

FM Gudmundur Kjartansson - GM Keti Arakhamia-Grant

FM Craig Thomson - GM Magesh Chandran Panchanath

GM Paul Motwani - Peter Poobalasingam

GM Colin McNab - Alan Tate

IM Andrew Greet – Neil Farrell

CM Paul Roberts – FM Iain Gourlay

FM David Eggleston - Martin Mitchell

FM Michael White - GM Aaron Summerscale

GM John Shaw - David Oswald

News by Keith Ruxton