Current news in Ulster Chess
(B&D League 2016/17 Week 16) What had been obvious since at least December became a mathematical certainty this week as QUB 3 convincingly beat Ballynafeigh 5 to take the Division 3 plate with four matches to spare. Elsewhere, Muldoons 1 extended their lead with a win over The A Team while Division 2 got a bit more interesting as Ballynafeigh 3 lost for the first time this season.
The Double Monster Simul Match saw Mikhail Pavlov (1766) and Brendan Jamison (1743) go into battle against 11 different players. Brendan’s red team faced the Russian opera star; meanwhile Mikhail’s blue team duelled with the sugar cube sculptor.
(B&D League Week 15) After handily beating Ballynafeigh 2, plus a win in a rescheduled match against QUB 1, champions Muldoons 1 have overtaken Silver King rivals Ballynafeigh 1.
A report from our chess reporter - Brendan Jamison. Northern Ireland players do well at Bunratty.
English GM Mark Hebden duelled 31 of Northern Ireland's top players in Belfast tonight at Belfast Inst. Playing until 1:00 in the morning...