April 8th saw top chess at Methodist College.
The last in this years series of Childrens Chess tournaments was held at Methodist College on 8th April. This would decide the entrants to the Stormont Elite Award ceremony - for each of our tournaments we give out grandprix points and the top 4 of Upper Secondary, Lower Secondary, Primary, Secondary Puzzle solving and Primary Puzzle solving get invited to the ceremony with their parents and teachers. The current standings (without todays results are on the website : http://www.ulsterchess.org/Members/ucu00450/childrenschess2017/march2017/grandprix-standings-after-5-childrens-chess-tournaments
Unfortunately today clashed with the Irish Junior Championships and some of our players were playing (with our support - as its a much more prestigious event) in Sligo. So numbers were down. We also used a different - but excellent room at Methodist College.
The weather was beautiful a good day for a chess battle. As numbers were low we played an all play all in the primary section and to double the number of games each player played each other twice once Black and once White. For the secondary section we also played an all play all of 7 rounds.
Speaking to Anjali and Aaditya's Father they are practicing puzzles at home and this has shown in the results of the puzzle solving competition and also in their improving chess - they are very capable players.
Well done Adam there were some seriously difficult problems - see some below (answers at the bottom of the page).
As usual I will let the results and photos show the days event. The atmosphere was brilliant - and lots of good chess and chess puzzle solving. With an odd number in the Younger section Geoff Hindley gave the player with a bye a game and some informal coaching.
Thanks to all the volunteers and the donator of the trophies.
See you at next months Mega-Finals.
Primary - Rounds 1 / 6
No Name Feder Result Name Feder 1 Anjali Singh P5 2.0:0.0 Enzo Gowdy P1 2 Aaditya Singh P3 0.0:2.0 Maxim Dobrynin P7 3 Jasper Grady P6 2.0:0.0 Katy Thornton P7
by Swiss Perfect (TM) www.swissperfect.com
Enzo Gowdy one of youngest players enjoyed several games playing them well. He didnt win any games - but then loosing is one of the best ways of improving and maintaining a positive attitude in loose is a way to guarantee long term success. To start playing chess at P1 is a brilliant start and we will look out for Enzos progression in chess.
Anajali and Aaditya are also relatively new to chess and have progressed excellently - tomorrow Aaditya is playing in the Irish Championships.
Maxim Dobrynin travelled from Derry and new to the group looked like a very tough player.
Primary - Rounds 2/7
No Name Feder Result Name Feder 1 Enzo Gowdy P1 0.0:2.0 Katy Thornton P7 2 Maxim Dobrynin P7 2.0:0.0 Jasper Grady P6 3 Anjali Singh P5 1.5:.5 Aaditya Singh P3
Primary - Rounds 3/8
No Name Feder Result Name Feder 1 Aaditya Singh P3 2.0:0.0 Enzo Gowdy P1 2 Jasper Grady P6 0.0:2.0 Anjali Singh P5 3 Katy Thornton P7 0.0:2.0 Maxim Dobrynin P7
Maxim continues his winning and remains unbeaten. Aaditya and Anjali win both their games. Both rounds are represented on these scores - Black and White although the rounds were separated by several other rounds. It enabled lots of chess to be played. Between rounds youngsters discussed and solved the challenging chess puzzles.
Primary - Rounds 4/9
No Name Feder Result Name Feder 1 Enzo Gowdy P1 0.0:2.0 Maxim Dobrynin P7 2 Anjali Singh P5 2.0:0.0 Katy Thornton P7 3 Aaditya Singh P3 2.0:0.0 Jasper Grady P6
Primary - Rounds 5/10
No Name Feder Result Name Feder 1 Jasper Grady P6 2.0:0.0 Enzo Gowdy P1 2 Katy Thornton P7 0.0:2.0 Aaditya Singh P3 3 Maxim Dobrynin P7 2.0:0.0 Anjali Singh P5
Place Name Feder Score Berg. Wins 1 Maxim Dobrynin P7 10 40.00 5 2 Anjali Singh P5 7.5 21.75 4 3 Aaditya Singh P3 6.5 15.75 3 4 Jasper Grady P6 4 4.00 2 5 Katy Thornton P7 2 0.00 1 6 Enzo Gowdy P1 0 0.00 0
Maxim Dobrynin wins the overall tournament undefeated followed by Anjali Singh in second and Aaditaya Singh in third. Maxim may have done well in the Secondary section.
Secondary - Round 1
No Name Feder Total Result Name Feder Total 1 Samuel Todd F5  1:0 Calvin Patterson P5  2 Ryan Hammond F1  0:1 Jake Patterson U6  3 James Kane F3  1:0 Phoebe Patterson F1  4 Nathan Byrne F3  0:1 Adam Rushe F4 
Calvin Patterson again plays up into the Secondary section. His first match against the tough Samuel Todd.
Secondary - Round 2
No Name Feder Total Result Name Feder Total 1 Calvin Patterson P5  1:0 Adam Rushe F4  2 Phoebe Patterson F1  0:1 Nathan Byrne F3  3 Jake Patterson U6  1:0 James Kane F3  4 Samuel Todd F5  1:0 Ryan Hammond F1 
Samuel and Jake gain full points after round 2.
Secondary - Round 3
No Name Feder Total Result Name Feder Total 1 Ryan Hammond F1  0:1 Calvin Patterson P5  2 James Kane F3  0:1 Samuel Todd F5  3 Nathan Byrne F3  0:1 Jake Patterson U6  4 Adam Rushe F4  1:0 Phoebe Patterson F1 
Samuel and Jake continue being undefeated. Calvin and Adam follow closely on 2.
Secondary - Round 4
No Name Feder Total Result Name Feder Total 1 Calvin Patterson P5  0:1 Phoebe Patterson F1  2 Jake Patterson U6  1:0 Adam Rushe F4  3 Samuel Todd F5  0:1 Nathan Byrne F3  4 Ryan Hammond F1  0:1 James Kane F3 
Secondary - Round 5
No Name Feder Total Result Name Feder Total 1 James Kane F3  1:0 Calvin Patterson P5  2 Nathan Byrne F3  0:1 Ryan Hammond F1  3 Adam Rushe F4  0:1 Samuel Todd F5  4 Phoebe Patterson F1  0:1 Jake Patterson U6 
Secondary - Round 6
No Name Feder Total Result Name Feder Total 1 Calvin Patterson P5  0:1 Jake Patterson U6  2 Samuel Todd F5  1:0 Phoebe Patterson F1  3 Ryan Hammond F1  0:1 Adam Rushe F4  4 James Kane F3  1:0 Nathan Byrne F3 
Secondary - Round 7
No Name Feder Total Result Name Feder Total 1 Nathan Byrne F3  0:1 Calvin Patterson P5  2 Adam Rushe F4  1:0 James Kane F3  3 Phoebe Patterson F1  1:0 Ryan Hammond F1  4 Jake Patterson U6  1:0 Samuel Todd F5 
Place Name Feder Score Berg. Wins 1 Jake Patterson U6 7 21.00 7 2 Samuel Todd F5 5 14.00 5 3-4 Adam Rushe F4 4 9.00 4 James Kane F3 4 8.00 4 5 Calvin Patterson P5 3 7.00 3 6-7 Nathan Byrne F3 2 7.00 2 Phoebe Patterson F1 2 4.00 2 8 Ryan Hammond F1 1 2.00 1
Jakes wins without a defeat. Followed by Samuel and joint third Adam and James. Calvin again does very well considering hes P5!
One way of assessing the quality of chess is by looking at the end-games played. Here are some positions from some of todays games - showing some brilliantly played chess....
Our next tournament is the Mega-finals on Saturday May 13th - when yougsters play-off to win a place in the Giga-finals in Manchester. For more details : http://www.ulsterchess.org/Members/ucu00450/childrenschess2017/delancey-uk-chess-challenge-megafinal
you can register for this online : https://megafinal.delanceyukschoolschesschallenge.com/
Also look out for the Chess Summer school dates - to be published soon.
Solutions to Problems
1. ... Qd5
1. ... Rxd5
1. ... exd5
1. Bd6 Qxb3
1. ... Rxd6
2. Qb8+ no defence
1. Be6# Bxe6
1. ... Kb8
2. Nd7+ Kc8
3. Nc5+ Kb8
4. Na6+ bxa6
1. Be4 Rxe4
2. h3+ Kg3
1. Be4 Bxe4
2. h3+ Kg3
1. Rf5 threatening
1. Rd7 Bxd7
2. Bxh7+ Nxh7
3. Qxf7+ Kh8
1. Ne4 Bxe4
2. Rxe4 dxe4
1. e7 a2
2. e6 a1Q
Classic King Tri-angulation
1. Kd5 Kc8
2. Kd4 Kd8
(2. ... Kc7
3. Kc4! Kc8
4. Kd5! Kc7
( 4. ... Kd8
5. Kd6 Kc8
6. c7 Kb7)
5. Kc5 Kc8
6. Kb6 Kb8
7. Ka6 Kc7