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    Whiskey and Chess

    April 30, 2019

    From chessbase.com by Andre Schulz


    On the last weekend of May an unusual tournament will be played in Scotland. Four top players, Magnus Carlsen, Viswanathan Anand, Ding Liren, and a fourth player who is not yet known, will play a rapid tournament in the Lindores Abbey Distillery, once a famous monastery and perhaps the place where Scotch whiskey had its origins.

    Lindores Abbey or "The Church at the Water" was founded in 1191 by David Earl of Huntingdon on the southern banks of the River Tay where the river opens to the sea in a large estuary. The land was a present by his brother, King William I.

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    The tournament will take place over two days and the games will be played in the distillery itself, overlooking the abbey ruins where no fewer than five monarchs once walked. The games will be streamed on screens throughout the visitor centre for the public (the game-side seats are by invitation only). Attendees will have the unique opportunity to meet and chat with the grandmasters in an informal atmosphere after the matches.

    A proportion of ticket sales will also be donated to STAR, the Lindores Abbey chosen charity. Siblings Reunited, reunites brothers and sisters separated in the care system, through adoption or Kinship care by providing the opportunity for quality and regular Sibling contact.

    Helen McKenzie Smith, the custodian of the Abbey with her husband Drew, commented: ‘It is an absolute honour for Lindores to host these grandmasters. We are thrilled to be welcoming some of the greatest chess players that the world has ever known to the abbey and the distillery, and to be bringing the game of kings back to the ancient abbey after a hiatus of more than 500 years. The monks who lived and worked here were recorded as being great chess players, so we feel this tournament is a fitting tribute to their history.’

  • #2
    I'll drink to that!


    • #3
      Whiskey and Chess

      May 23, 2019

      Lindores Abbey Distillery

      We are delighted to announce that the 4th player in the Chess Stars Tournament being played here at Lindores this weekend will be @SergeyKaryakin - the youngest grandmaster in history. If you would like to watch the matches live you can at



      • #4
        Whiskey and Chess

        May 26, 2019

        Rounds One to Six

        I have been somewhat troubled by the spelling of “whisk(e)y”. I usually use the version without the “e”.

        The spelling simply comes down to where the stuff is made.

        Countries with "e"'s in their names (United States and Ireland) tend to use "whiskey," while those without an "e" (Scotland, Canada, and Japan) go with "whisky.

        So, perhaps I should have used the simpler form in the title.

        It was said that the temperature inside the distillery was cold and that Carlsen complained of it and was given use of a portable heater.

        In any case, he won the tournament. The scores of the games:

        Round 1, May 25
        Karjakin, Sergey – Anand, Vishy
        D37 QGD, Hastings variation, main line

        1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bf4 O-O 6.e3 c5 7.dxc5 Bxc5 8.Qc2 Nc6 9.Rd1 Qa5 10.a3 Re8 11.Nd2 e5 12.Bg5 Nd4 13.Qb1 Bf5 14.Bd3 Bxd3 15.Qxd3 Ne4 16.Ndxe4 dxe4 17.Qd2 Ne6 18.Nxe4 Qa6 19.O-O Qxc4 20.Qd5 Qxd5 21.Rxd5 Bf8 22.Bf6 Rac8 23.Bxe5 Nc7 24.Bxc7 Rxc7 25.Nd2 Rc2 26.Rb1 Re6 27.Kf1 Rb6 28.b4 a5 29.Nf3 axb4 30.axb4 Be7 31.b5 g6 32.g4 h6 33.Kg2 Bf6 34.Kg3 Re6 35.h3 Re7 36.Ne1 Ra2 37.Nd3 Kg7 38.Kf3 Bh4 39.Rb2 Ra1 40.Rc2 Rb1 41.Rc1 Rb3 42.Rc8 Re6 43.Ke2 Ra3 44.Nc5 Ra2+ 45.Kd3 Re7 46.Rd7 Rxd7+ 47.Nxd7 Bxf2 48.Rc7 Ra3+ 49.Kc4 Rxe3 50.Rxb7 Rxh3 51.Ne5 Kf6 52.Kd5 Kg5 53.Rxf7 Be3 54.Rg7 Kf4 55.Rxg6 Kg3 56.b6 Rh1 57.b7 Rb1 58.Rg7 Bf4 59.Nc4 Rd1+ 60.Kc5 Rc1 61.Rf7 Rb1 62.Kc6 Bb8 63.Rf8 Rb4 64.Rxb8 Rxc4+ 65.Kb5 Rc1 66.Rg8 1-0

        Round 1, May 25
        Carlsen, Magnus – Ding, Liren
        E24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch variation

        1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.a3 Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 b6 6.f3 Nc6 7.e4 Ba6 8.Bg5 h6 9.Bh4 Na5 10.e5 g5 11.Bf2 Nh5 12.c5 Bxf1 13.Kxf1 d6 14.exd6 cxd6 15.h4 gxh4 16.Rxh4 Nf6 17.c4 dxc5 18.dxc5 Qxd1+ 19.Rxd1 Nd7 20.cxb6 axb6 21.Ne2 Rc8 22.Nc3 Rxc4 23.Ne4 Rc7 24.Nd6+ Kf8 25.Bg3 e5 26.Nf5 f6 27.Be1 Nb7 28.Rg4 Rh7 29.Ra4 Nbc5 30.Ra8+ Kf7 31.Bb4 h5 32.Rd8 Ke6 33.Nd6 Rc6 34.Nc8 Kf5 35.Re8 Kg6 36.Kg1 Kf7 37.Rd8 Kg6 38.Kh2 Rg7 39.Re8 Kh7 40.Nd6 Rg8 41.Re7+ Rg7 42.Re8 Rg8 43.Re7+ Rg7 44.Re8 1/2-1/2

        Round 2, May 25
        Anand, Vishy – Ding, Liren
        C94 Ruy Lopez, Closed

        1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.d3 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 Na5 9.Bc2 c5 10.a4 b4 11.cxb4 cxb4 12.d4 exd4 13.Nxd4 O-O 14.Nd2 Re8 15.Re1 Bb7 16.N2f3 Rc8 17.Bd3 Bf8 18.Bg5 h6 19.Bxf6 Qxf6 20.Qd2 Qd8 21.h4 Qb6 22.Rad1 Nc4 23.Qe2 Ne5 24.Nxe5 Rxe5 25.Nf3 Re6 26.Qe3 Qxe3 27.Rxe3 g6 28.Nd2 Bg7 29.Bc4 d5 30.exd5 Rxe3 31.fxe3 Bxb2 32.d6 Bf6 33.d7 Rc7 34.Rf1 Rxd7 35.Rxf6 Rxd2 36.Rxf7 Rxg2+ 37.Kf1 Rc2 38.Rf4+ Kg7 39.Rf7+ Kg8 40.Rf4+ 1/2-1/2

        Round 2, May 25
        Karjakin, Sergey – Carlsen, Magnus
        E94 King’s Indian, Orthodox variation

        1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 O-O 6.Be2 e5 7.O-O Na6 8.Re1 c6 9.d5 Nc5 10.Qc2 Qb6 11.h3 cxd5 12.cxd5 Bd7 13.Be3 Rfc8 14.Rac1 Qd8 15.Qb1 a5 16.Nd2 Nh5 17.Nc4 Bf8 18.Bg4 Bxg4 19.hxg4 Nf4 20.Bxf4 exf4 21.e5 dxe5 22.Nxe5 Bg7 23.Nf3 Bxc3 24.Rxc3 Qxd5 25.Re5 Qd6 26.Qc1 b6 27.Qxf4 Ne6 28.Qe4 Rab8 29.Rd5 Qf4 30.Qxf4 Nxf4 31.Rxc8+ Rxc8 32.Rd6 b5 33.g3 Rc1+ 34.Kh2 Ne6 35.Kg2 Rc2 36.Rd2 Rc5 37.a3 a4 38.Nd4 Rd5 39.Nf3 Rc5 40.Nd4 1/2-1/2

        Round 3, May 25
        Carlsen, Magnus – Anand, Vishy
        E48 Nimzo-Indian

        1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5 6.cxd5 exd5 7.Ne2 Re8 8.Bd2 b6 9.O-O Bd6 10.Rc1 c5 11.Nb5 Bf8 12.f3 Nc6 13.Kh1 Bb7 14.a3 g6 15.Bb1 Rc8 16.Ba2 a6 17.Nbc3 Bg7 18.dxc5 bxc5 19.Be1 d4 20.Na4 Nd7 21.Bxf7+ Kxf7 22.Qb3+ Kf8 23.Qxb7 Rxe3 24.Ng3 Nce5 25.Bd2 Rd3 26.Ne4 Rb8 27.Qd5 Rxd2 28.Nxd2 Nd3 29.Rc2 Qe7 30.Ne4 Nf4 31.Qc4 1-0

        Round 3, May 25
        Ding, Liren – Karjakin, Sergey
        E00 Queen’s Pawn game

        1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 Bb4+ 4.Bd2 Be7 5.Bg2 d5 6.Nf3 O-O 7.O-O Nbd7 8.Qb3 Nb6 9.c5 Nc4 10.Qc2 b6 11.c6 a5 12.Bf4 Ba6 13.Rd1 h6 14.Ne5 Qe8 15.a4 Nxe5 16.dxe5 Ng4 17.h3 Nxf2 18.Kxf2 Bc5+ 19.Be3 Bxe3+ 20.Kxe3 f6 21.exf6 Rxf6 22.Bf3 Qe7 23.Kd2 Qd6 24.Kc1 Qxg3 25.Ra3 Raf8 26.Nc3 Kh8 27.Nb5 Bxb5 28.axb5 Qh4 29.Kb1 Rf4 30.Re3 R8f6 31.Bg4 Rc4 32.Qd3 Rb4 33.Bxe6 1-0

        Round 4, May 26
        Anand, Vishy – Carlsen, Magnus
        B08 Pirc, Classical

        1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.h3 a6 6.a4 O-O 7.Be3 Nc6 8.Bc4 e6 9.d5 exd5 10.exd5 Ne7 11.O-O b6 12.Re1 Bb7 13.Qd2 b5 14.axb5 axb5 15.Rxa8 Bxa8 16.Bxb5 Nexd5 17.Nxd5 Bxd5 18.Be2 Re8 19.c3 Bb7 20.Qd1 Qb8 21.Bc1 Qa8 22.Bf1 Rxe1 23.Nxe1 Nd7 24.Be3 Nf8 25.Nc2 Qa4 26.Be2 Ne6 27.Nd4 Qxd1+ 28.Bxd1 Nxd4 29.Bxd4 Bxd4 30.cxd4 g5 31.g3 Kg7 32.f4 gxf4 33.gxf4 Kf6 34.Kf2 Bc8 35.h4 Kf5 36.Ke3 h6 37.Bf3 Bd7 38.Bd1 Bc8 39.Bf3 Bd7 40.Bd1 1/2-1/2

        Round 4, May 26
        Karjakin, Sergey – Ding, Liren
        C47 Four Knights, Scotch variation

        1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.Nxd4 Bb4 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.Bd3 d5 8.Bd2 O-O 9.O-O Re8 10.Nxd5 Nxd5 11.exd5 Bxd2 12.Qxd2 cxd5 13.b4 Qd6 14.Rfd1 Bg4 15.Re1 Bh5 16.c3 Bg6 17.Bf1 c5 18.Rxe8+ Rxe8 19.Rd1 Rd8 20.a3 d4 21.Qg5 h6 22.Qxc5 Qxc5 23.bxc5 d3 24.f4 Rc8 25.g4 Be4 26.Bxd3 Bxd3 27.Rxd3 Rxc5 28.Rd8+ Kh7 29.Rd7 a5 30.Rxf7 Rxc3 31.f5 Kg8 32.Ra7 Rxa3 33.Kg2 a4 34.h3 Kf8 35.h4 Ra1 36.g5 hxg5 37.hxg5 a3 38.f6 gxf6 39.gxf6 1/2-1/2

        Round 5, May 26
        Ding, Liren – Anand, Vishy
        A20 English, Kingside Fianchetto

        1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.Nxd4 Bb4 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.Bd3 d5 8.Bd2 O-O 9.O-O Re8 10.Nxd5 Nxd5 11.exd5 Bxd2 12.Qxd2 cxd5 13.b4 Qd6 14.Rfd1 Bg4 15.Re1 Bh5 16.c3 Bg6 17.Bf1 c5 18.Rxe8+ Rxe8 19.Rd1 Rd8 20.a3 d4 21.Qg5 h6 22.Qxc5 Qxc5 23.bxc5 d3 24.f4 Rc8 25.g4 Be4 26.Bxd3 Bxd3 27.Rxd3 Rxc5 28.Rd8+ Kh7 29.Rd7 a5 30.Rxf7 Rxc3 31.f5 Kg8 32.Ra7 Rxa3 33.Kg2 a4 34.h3 Kf8 35.h4 Ra1 36.g5 hxg5 37.hxg5 a3 38.f6 gxf6 39.gxf6 1/2-1/2

        Round 5, May 26
        Carlsen, Magnus – Karjakin, Sergey
        D02 Queen’s Pawn game

        1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.O-O O-O 6.c3 Nbd7 7.Bf4 c5 8.Ne5 Qb6 9.Qb3 cxd4 10.Qxb6 Nxb6 11.cxd4 Ne4 12.Rc1 Nd6 13.Nc3 Be6 14.a4 a5 15.h4 Rfc8 16.b3 Rc7 17.Nb5 Rxc1+ 18.Rxc1 Nxb5 19.axb5 Rc8 20.Rc5 Kf8 21.e4 a4 22.exd5 Rxc5 23.dxc5 a3 24.dxe6 a2 25.Nd7+ Ke8 26.Nxb6 a1=Q+ 27.Kh2 Be5 28.Be3 fxe6 29.Bxb7 Bd4 30.Nc4 Bxe3 31.Nxe3 Qb2 32.Kg2 Qxb3 33.b6 Qb5 34.Bf3 Kd8 35.b7 Kc7 36.c6 Qb4 37.g4 Qd4 38.Nf1 h5 39.gxh5 gxh5 40.Ng3 e5 41.Ne4 Qc4 42.Ng5 Kb8 43.Be4 Qe2 44.Bf5 e4 45.Nxe4 Qc4 46.Ng3 Qxc6+ 47.Be4 Qf6 48.Nxh5 Qxh4 49.Ng3 1/2-1/2

        Round 6, May 26
        Anand, Vishy – Karjakin, Sergey
        C67 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defence, open variation

        1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.O-O Nxe4 5.Re1 Nd6 6.Nxe5 Be7 7.Bf1 Nxe5 8.Rxe5 O-O 9.d4 Bf6 10.Re1 Re8 11.Rxe8+ Nxe8 12.d5 d6 13.Nd2 Bf5 14.Nf3 Be4 15.Bd3 Qe7 16.c4 c6 17.dxc6 Bxc6 18.Rb1 Nc7 19.Be3 Ne6 20.Nd2 g6 21.Be4 Bd4 22.Bxc6 bxc6 23.Bxd4 Nxd4 24.Nf3 Nxf3+ 25.Qxf3 Re8 26.g3 Qe4 27.Qxe4 Rxe4 28.Rd1 Re2 29.Rxd6 Rxb2 30.Rxc6 Rxa2 1/2-1/2

        Round 6, May 26
        Ding, Liren – Carlen, Magnus
        D30 Queen’s gambit declined

        1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 a6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.Bxe7 Qxe7 6.Nbd2 Nf6 7.g3 O-O 8.Bg2 b6 9.cxd5 exd5 10.O-O Bb7 11.Rc1 a5 12.Re1 c5 13.dxc5 bxc5 14.e4 Nxe4 15.Nh4 Qf6 16.Nxe4 dxe4 17.Rxc5 Na6 18.Rxa5 Qxb2 19.Bxe4 Bxe4 20.Rxe4 Rad8 21.Rd5 Rxd5 22.Qxd5 Nb4 23.Qb3 Qxb3 24.axb3 Rb8 25.Nf3 Kf8 26.Kf1 Nd5 27.Nd2 g6 28.Rd4 Nb4 29.Ke2 Ke7 30.Re4+ Kd7 31.Ke3 Rb5 32.Kd4 Rd5+ 33.Kc3 Rd3+ 34.Kxb4 Rxd2 35.Rf4 f5 36.Kc5 Kc7 37.b4 Kb7 38.h4 h5 39.Rf3 Rc2+ 40.Kd5 Re2 41.Kc5 Rc2+ 42.Kd4 Re2 43.Kd5 Kb6 44.Rf4 Kb5 45.Kd6 Kb6 46.f3 Kb5 47.Kd5 Rg2 48.Ke5 Rxg3 49.Kf6 Ka4 50.Kg7 Kb5 51.Kh6 Ka4 52.Rd4 Kb5 53.Rd6 Kxb4 54.Rxg6 Rxf3 55.Kxh5 Kc5 56.Rf6 Kd5 57.Kg6 Ke5 58.h5 Rg3+ 59.Kf7 f4 60.h6 Rh3 61.Kg7 f3 62.Rf8 Rg3+ 63.Kh8 Ke4 64.h7 Ke3 65.Rxf3+ Kxf3 1/2-1/2

        Final Standings

        1 Carlsen 3.5
        2-3 Ding, Karjakin 3
        4 Anand 2.5

        Magnus has just won his 6thstraight tournament

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