Record attendance at chess tournament

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OVER 150 people took part in the ninth annual Dundee and Angus Chess Congress which was held in Monifieth recently.

Organisers booked in 20 more competitors than the previous year and this represented the highest attendance yet.

Players came from as far afield as Nottingham and Sheffield and from the far reaches of Scotland as well as the local Angus area.

Also attending were players originating from Eastern Europe, Azerbaijan and Nigeria along with 30 local players, and 22 players aged 16 or under, the youngest being seven years of age.

The Open was won by FM Alan Tate who clinched outright first place with a last round victory over FM Neil Berry.

Perhaps the most compelling performance in the Open came from the youngest player in that section, 12-year-old Murad Abdulla.

He claimed two wins and a draw against highly experienced and, in theory at least, much stronger opponents.

Not far away from Murad in terms of impressive performance was 11-year-old Euan Gray.

He took first place in the minor section, also ahead of much more experienced opposition.

Councillor Helen Oswald, Provost of Angus Council, presented the prizes and closed the congress.