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Grading List

Last updated 7 July 2021


alistair maxwell

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The SCCA grading list has been published during the first quarter of each calendar year, then supplemented by updates from the ICCF rating system every March and September. The 2008 list was the last to calculate SCCA grades. From 2009, all grades are calculated on the ICCF system, and SCCA domestic events are administered on the ICCF webserver to allow results to be automatically fed into the ICCF system. From 2009, the ICCF grading list has been published quarterly.

Grading List 2021

January 2021 Notes

The first ICCF grading list of 2021 is published and new grades are based on 3 months’ results reported between 1 September 2020 and 30 November 2020. The grades will apply to internationally graded games starting between 1 January and 31 March 2021.

There were 3 new additions in this list – Benjamin Major, Theo van Stratum and Dietmar Wicht. Two players gained titles in the last grading period - Allan Buchan and Robert Montgomery, both CCE.

The most significant rating moves were Allan Buchan (+132), Martin Hardwick (+70) and John Dunn (+47) with Andrew McMillen, Alan Sedstrem and Iain Sneddon also gaining more than 20 rating points in the quarter.

More new games centurions featured – Carlos Almarza Mato has crashed through the 1900 barrier, Martin Hardwick and Raymond Burridge are now over 1600. Andrew MacMillen (1400+), John Dunn (400+) and David Edney (300+) also reached new centuries. Highest recorded games during this quarter were Carlos Almarza Mato (100), Martin Hardwick (65), Raymond Burridge (43), Allan Buchan (35), Theo van Stratum (31), Benjamin Major and Dietmar Wicht (both 30).

April 2021 Notes

The second ICCF grading list of 2021 is published and new grades are based on 3 months’ results reported between 1 December 2020 and 28 February 2021. The grades will apply to internationally graded games starting between 1 April and 30 June 2021.

If any eagle-eyed readers spotted accidental omissions from the last grading report they kept it to themselves. I noticed some omissions when preparing this report and so apologies for the errors (not all are mine). I’m not going to tell you who I missed out and you can use it as a test (although see next paragraph, the rest all had surnames that began with G!).

There were 3 new additions in this list – Kieran Rafferty, Rob Taylor (Rob should have been listed with a provisional rating previously) and yours truly after some years of inactivity. Norms were achieved by Alan Bell (IM), Gordon Anderson (IM) and Ian Whittaker (CCE) – congratulations to them with a hope for future norms. The most significant rating moves were Rob Taylor (+73 and now obtaining a full rating), David Edney (+29) and Robert Mongomery (+20). The only other double figure moves up were Andrew MacMillen (+18) and Carlos Almarza Mato (+12).

More new games centurions featured – Carlos Almarza Mato (2000+), Geoff Lloyd (1000+), Colin Beveridge (600+) and Stephen Clark (300+). Highest recorded games during this quarter were Kieran Rafferty (51), David Cumming (44), Carlos Almarza Mato (43), Raymond Burridge (33), Allan Buchan (29), Iain Sneddon (28) and Martin Hardwick (23).

July 2021 Notes

The third ICCF grading list of 2021 is published and new grades are based on 3 months’ results reported between 1 Mar 2021 and 31 May 2021. The grades will apply to internationally graded games starting between 1 Jul and 30 Sep 2021.

There were no additions or deletions in this list. Allan Buchan achieved the CCM title and with his rating going over 2300 also a Scottish Master norm. CCM norms were achieved by Colin Beveridge and Robert Montgomery (2), and Wilf Taylor gained a CCE norm. Clive Murden was awarded the IA title. Congratulations to all!

The most significant rating moves were Andrew MacMillen (+74), Allan Buchan (+53), Benjamin Major (+38), Carlos Almarza Mato (+28) and Ian Whittaker (+20).

New games centurions were David Cumming (1900+), Martin Hardwick (1700+) and Iain Sneddon (400+). Highest recorded games this quarter were Carlos Almarza Mato (63), David Cumming (46), Allan Buchan (44), and Raymond Burridge (36).

General Notes

If you are ungraded, the ICCF webserver will calculate a provisional rating for your first 12 games. Provisional ratings are no longer published. After you complete 30 games, you are eligible for a published ICCF grade. Note that correspondence grades are often substantially higher than over-the-board grades. Please get in touch with me at: grader if you have any queries.

Titled Players

Grandmaster 3xGM
Bryson, D M (1986); Kilgour, D A (1996); Muir, A J (1995).
Senior International Master 6xSIM
Beecham, C R (2009); Craig, T J (2001); Finnie, D S (2002); Giulian, P M (1999); Mackintosh, I (2018); McNab, Dr C A (1999).
International Master 9xIM
Borwell, A P (1993); Livie, G W G (2003); McAlpine, K B (1990); Matheis, T (2010); Pyrich, G D (1995); Sprott, G R (2001); Thomson, T (1999); Watson J (1999); Wickens, T S (1988).
SCCA Master 36xSM
Aird, I (2002); Anderson, G M (2012); Baxter, R W M (1998); Bell, A D (2012); Bennett, P G (2014); Brown, Dr A C (2003); Cumming, D R (2013); Gillam, S R (1997); Graham, S (2011); Lennox, C J (2001); Lloyd, G (2011); Milligan, B (2002); Morrison, G (1987); Neil, D (2002); Norris, A J (1986); Paine, Dr K A (2019); Sneddon, I (2021); Stewart, D J (1998).
[Note that GM, SIM and IM title holders are also included as SCCA Masters]
Correspondence Chess Master 7xCCM
Anderson, G M (2019); Bell, A D (2017); Bennett, P G (2017); Blake, M J (2020); Buchan, A W (2021); Cumming, D R (2017); Lloyd, G (2019); Sneddon, I (2020).
Correspondence Chess Expert 3xCCE
Beveridge, C (2019); Buchan, A W (2020); Dawson, Prof A G (2018), Montgomery, R S (2020).

Scottish Master Title

GM, SIM and IM titles are awarded by ICCF, and their qualifying conditions are explained on the ICCF website - follow the ICCF Titles links. The Scottish Master (SM) title is awarded by the SCCA, and its qualifying conditions are:

  1. Attaining the ICCF GM, SIM or IM title.
  2. Attaining 3 norms, without limit of time; one norm for each of the following:
    • (SCCA or) ICCF grade of 2300 or above, provided this grade is based on at least 30 results in total, and on at least 20 new results since any previous norm has been awarded for grade.
    • Outright winner of the SCCA Championship Final, or joint winner with at least 75% of total points. (Note that the SCCA Championship should be organised so that players play a minimum of 8 games for this condition to operate.)
    • IM norm.
    • 50% or more of the points in an ICCF World Semi-Final, or 60% or more of the points in an ICCF World Preliminary.
  3. Players must be members of the SCCA and have indicated that the SCCA is their primary CC body when norms are achieved, and the award of the title is subject to ratification by the SCCA Executive Committee.

Highest Scottish ICCF Grades

2500+
2400+
2472 Beecham, C R (SIM); 2453 Matheis, T (IM); 2453 Murden, C (IM); 2426 Bell, A D (CCM, SM); 2423 Mackintosh, I (SIM).
2300+
2377 2382 Blake, M J (CCM); 2370 Bennett, P G (CCM, SM); 2360 Sneddon, I (CCM, SM); 2357 Anderson, G M (CCM, SM); 2350 Paine, Prof K A (SM); 2321 Buchan, A W (CCM); 2307 Lloyd, G (CCM, SM).
2200+
2284 Montgomery, R S (CCE); 2273 Beveridge, C (CCE); 2267 Cumming, D R (CCM, SM); 2238 Kilgour, D A (GM); 2207 Borwell, A P (IM).
2100+
2192 Dawson Prof A G (CCE); 2180 Maxwell, A; 2155 Smith, M J; 2155 Whittaker, I P; 2143 Almarza Mato, C (CCE).

Main Grading List

A
Member Name Results SCCA Grade Prov Results ICCF Grade Prov
317 Almarza Mato, C (CCE)       2065 2143  
518 Anderson, G M (CCM, SM)       345 2357  
121 Anderson, J       302 1941  
313 Armstrong, J McK       474 1524  

B
Member Name Results SCCA Grade Prov Results ICCF Grade Prov
511 Beecham, C R (SIM)       495 2472  
599 Bell, A D (CCM, SM)       260 2426  
501 Bennett, P G (CCM, SM)       492 2370  
481 Beveridge, C (CCE)       625 2321  
472 Blake, M J (CCM)       886 2382  
509 Borwell, A P (IM)       1096 2207  
486 Buchan, A W (CCM)       143 2321  
602 Burridge, R J       1674 2018  

C
Member Name Results SCCA Grade Prov Results ICCF Grade Prov
Clark, S L       306 1830  
247 Cormack, W H       117 1898  
166 Cumming, D R (CCM, SM)       1917 2267  

D
Member Name Results SCCA Grade Prov Results ICCF Grade Prov
422 Dawson, Prof A G (CCE)       170 2192  
478 Dunn, J       439 1528  

E
Member Name Results SCCA Grade Prov Results ICCF Grade Prov
371 Edney, D       316 1947  

F
Member Name Results SCCA Grade Prov Results ICCF Grade Prov

G
Member Name Results SCCA Grade Prov Results ICCF Grade Prov
462 Gilbert, R       266 1726  
124 Goodwin, B J       389 1719  
445 Graham, S W       86 1656  
399 Grant, J       77 1646  

H
Member Name Results SCCA Grade Prov Results ICCF Grade Prov
596 Hardwick, M E       1705 1104  

J
Member Name Results SCCA Grade Prov Results ICCF Grade Prov

K
Member Name Results SCCA Grade Prov Results ICCF Grade Prov
475 Kearns, A       115 1380  
548 Kilgour, D A (GM)       351 2238  
260 Knox, A       398 1404  

L
Member Name Results SCCA Grade Prov Results ICCF Grade Prov
264 Lloyd, G (CCM, SM)       1026 2307  

Mac-Mc
Member Name Results SCCA Grade Prov Results ICCF Grade Prov
MacDonald, M       56 1389  
584 MacGregor, C A       465 1817  
532 Mackintosh, I (SIM)       791 2423  
216 MacMillen, A N       1417 1676  

M
Member Name Results SCCA Grade Prov Results ICCF Grade Prov
485 Major, B       46 1280  
566 Marshall, I H       840 1861  
434 Matheis, T (IM)       267 2453  
Miles, A       73 1436  
401 Moir, P J       205 1507  
598 Montgomery, R S (CCE)       339 2284  
474 Murden, C (IM)       626 2453  
564 Murray, J S       90 2005  

N
Member Name Results SCCA Grade Prov Results ICCF Grade Prov
440 Neil, C       342 1338  
453 Newton, A       30 1774  

O
Member Name Results SCCA Grade Prov Results ICCF Grade Prov
603 O'Neill-McAleenan, C       184 1874  

P
Member Name Results SCCA Grade Prov Results ICCF Grade Prov
604 Paine, Prof K A (SM)       232 2350  
Pettigrew, S       174 1375  
432 Price, D       467 1871  

R
Member Name Results SCCA Grade Prov Results ICCF Grade Prov
609 Rafferty, K       68 1396  

S
Member Name Results SCCA Grade Prov Results ICCF Grade Prov
477 Sedstrem, A       112 1381  
439 Smith, M J       107 2155  
057 Sneddon, I (CCM, SM)       415 2360  

T
Member Name Results SCCA Grade Prov Results ICCF Grade Prov
Taylor, R       41 1388  
605 Taylor, W       147 2075  

V
Member Name Results SCCA Grade Prov Results ICCF Grade Prov
484 van Stratum, T       34 1355  

W
Member Name Results SCCA Grade Prov Results ICCF Grade Prov
Warren, J       36 2067  
480 Whittaker, I P       182 2155  
487 Wicht, D       39 1861  

Y
Member Name Results SCCA Grade Prov Results ICCF Grade Prov