Weekend in Dundee and Gawain featured in Sueddeutsche Zeitung

After arriving back from St Petersburg, exhausted – I had to go back to work for a few days before we had another weekend away, this time visiting Gawain’s parents in Dundee, Scotland. Gawain’s mum, Tanya, is doing a degree in Environmental Law so they have moved to Dundee from Enniskillen for a year. It was a post-Christmas catch up and a very enjoyable weekend.

Pretty malts


We were lucky to get a voucher for 71 Brewing as a belated Christmas present. This meant (luckily) for Ga, lots of beer to taste and I knew I would get to eat some cake later. The brewery tour itself was very fun and informative and of course there was a lot of beer to drink!






We also spent most of the weekend walking Jess and Abby, Gawain’s parent’s dogs. They have boundless energy, running up and down and Abby particularly loves chasing a ball.

We were very lucky with the weather and on our long train ride home I even managed to capture the pretty view as we crossed the Firth of Forth.

On Sunday evening, we received an email from Gawain’s Munich SC1836 Captain, Mike Reiss, who had spotted Gawain in the Sueddeutsche Zeitung or  SZ as it is known in Germany. It’s one of the largest daily papers in Germany. The article written by GM Stefan Kindermann bears the headlines “Maximum Courage” (against Howell) and “Ingenious Knight Fork” (against McShane). A GM friend has kindly translated the below.

Well they start off with saying that the London Classic is a top-notch event, with not only the top tournament but also British knockout and an Open. Fabi made two draws and then got an unpleasant feeling of deja vu in the tiebreak. The final was Naka-MVL. Then we’ll see the crucial game for advancing to the finals in the British Knockout: a very brave sacrifice by Gawain And on move 17: A creative and extremely brave idea. The consequences of the sac is impossible to foresee, and a loss would cost the spot in the final. The last sentence just before the game starts says that he shows the courage of his namesake, the knight of the Round Table. (The rest of the game is just pretty technical chess stuff – so you’ll have to figure that out yourself )


The game against Luke is introduced saying “We will see a game decided by a particularly beautiful combination” And that a Gawain in top shape convincingly beat Luke. That’s about it for relevance, I think.