2019 Burns Supper

The evening of Tuesday 18th June 2019 saw Camberley Chess Club celebrate a Burns Supper, in memory of one of Scotland’s finest poets, Robert (Rabbie) Burns.

More traditionally held in late January, this event had to be postponed because of a heavy schedule of league chess matches.

The evening kicked off with a quiz about the great man’s life and family. At the conclusion of these thought-provoking questions, Team Scotland held a single point advantage over Team Rest of World. One particular question about the meaning of the word ‘hagiology’ invoked much friendly banter, where the possible answers included reference to the study of food, witches and warlocks, and the study of famous literature and authors.

Tasty food was then provided, courtesy of Sandy and Christine.

Sandy carried out the ritual that traditionally surrounds the meal of haggis, neeps (swede) and tatties (potatoes). His passionate Address to the Haggis was definitely one of the highlights of the event, with toasts to Burns and the Lassies concluding this part of the evening’s entertainment.

Two rounds of rapid-play chess followed where an innovative handicapping system, rightly or not-so-rightly dubbed ‘Irish Random’, did such a precise job that the outcome was a tied team score. Special mention must be made here of the double-game successes of David Hemmings, Gordon Birch and Alfredo Barquin – well done gentlemen. Other notable results were achieved by Ken Coates and Colin Purdon, who started their games at substantial disadvantage.

To decide the team winner, an even-more-speedy play-off followed with Team RoW emerging triumphant. The night concluded with presentation of the Burns Jug to their captain, Christine Coates.