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Top young chess players compete in fun March tournament

Some of the best young players gathered at Methodist College for a fun tournament on March 11th. One of a series of monthly tournaments. Providing an opportunity for playing fun chess. With a brilliant puzzle solving competition.

For the Primary competition we played an all play all of 7 rounds and with the time left after these Geoff Hindley who was running this section, setup an all play all Battle Chess tournament. Battle chess is a recommended fun way of improving your endgame. Each player has a King and four pawns. A spare chess board or A3 sheet is held up to split the board in half so each player can only see their half of the board. The players then place their King (on any of the 4 rows apart from the 4th as this could result in the King being in Check), next the Pawns are placed on any squares from rows 2 to 4. Once satisfied with their setup the barrier is removed and play starts with the usual rules of chess. White moves first and the winner is the first to Queen a pawn safely. A fast game starting in an end position.

The puzzle winners

Cert Points Name Year
Gold 10 Anjali Singh P5
Gold 9 Aaditya Singh P3
Gold 7 Adam Fitzsimons P4
Silver 6 Jasper Grady P6
Bronze 5 Calvin Patterson P5
Bronze 4 Katy Thornton P7
Bronze 4 Birney Wang P5
Cert Points Name Year
Gold 14 Eoin McCorkindale U6
Silver 6 Adam Rushe F4
Bronze 4 Louis McConkey F2
Bronze 4 Thomas Maze F3
Bronze 1 Calum Glendinning F1

Eoin solves the seriously hard problems to get 14 points and wins the Secondary puzzle solving competition.

Puzzle solving is a great way of improving your chess. Recommendation - buy a puzzle solving book and solve 3 puzzles everyday. Good books are:

Chess 5334 Problems, Combinations, and Games by Laszlo Polgar.

The book 1001 Winning Chess Sacrifices and combinations Fred Reinfeld

or if you signup (free membership)  to https://www.chess.com/ you get 5 rated free problems per day and one problem of the day.

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Gerry and Ross completing the Puzzle certificates.

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With the sequence of chess competitions coming to its end. There are 2 opportunities including todays to gain points for the Elite Competition and Award ceremony. The Grandprix points system takes the position in the groups Primary, Lower Secondary and Upper Secondary and also for the puzzle solving Primary and Secondary sections - and gives points to the players positions in these sections:

 

PositionPoints
1 10
2 8
3 6
4 5
5 4
6 3
7 2
8 1

The points over the season for a players best 3 competitions are added and the players sorted in order and the top 4 with Parents and School representatives are invited to the Award ceremony which is held at the beautiful surrounds of Stormont.

 

 

Primary - Round 1

Results

No Name            Feder Loc Total  Result   Name          Feder Loc Total

 1 Jasper Grady    P6    556 [0]      1:0    Birney Wang   P5    582 [0]  
 2 Adam Fitzsimons P4    702 [0]      1:0    Blake Harris  P2    300 [0]  
 3 Anjali Singh    P5    658 [0]      1:0    Katy Thornton P7    454 [0]  
 4 Aaditya Singh   P3    579 [0]      0:1    Dexter Harris P4    874 [0]  
by Swiss Perfect (TM)  www.swissperfect.com

 

No major upsets in round 1.

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Primary - Round 2

Results

No Name          Feder Loc Total  Result   Name            Feder Loc Total

 1 Birney Wang   P5    582 [0]      0:1    Dexter Harris   P4    874 [1]  
 2 Katy Thornton P7    454 [0]     .5:.5   Aaditya Singh   P3    579 [0]  
 3 Blake Harris  P2    300 [0]      0:1    Anjali Singh    P5    658 [1]  
 4 Jasper Grady  P6    556 [1]      0:1    Adam Fitzsimons P4    702 [1] 

Round 2 sees Katy drawing against Aaditya.

Primary - Round 3

Results

No Name            Feder Loc Total  Result   Name          Feder Loc Total

 1 Adam Fitzsimons P4    702 [2]      1:0    Birney Wang   P5    582 [0]  
 2 Anjali Singh    P5    658 [2]      0:1    Jasper Grady  P6    556 [1]  
 3 Aaditya Singh   P3    579 [.5]     1:0    Blake Harris  P2    300 [0]  
 4 Dexter Harris   P4    874 [2]      1:0    Katy Thornton P7    454 [.5] 

Going into round 3 we have 3 players on 2 points. Adam. Anjali and Dexter. Adam and Dexter win. Jasper gets a good win against Anjali.

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Primary - Round 4

Results

No Name            Feder Loc Total  Result   Name          Feder Loc Total

 1 Birney Wang     P5    582 [0]      1:0    Katy Thornton P7    454 [.5] 
 2 Blake Harris    P2    300 [0]      0:1    Dexter Harris P4    874 [3]  
 3 Jasper Grady    P6    556 [2]      0:1    Aaditya Singh P3    579 [1.5]
 4 Adam Fitzsimons P4    702 [3]      1:0    Anjali Singh  P5    658 [2]  

 

 

Primary - Round 5

Results

No Name          Feder Loc Total  Result   Name            Feder Loc Total

 1 Anjali Singh  P5    658 [2]      0:1    Birney Wang     P5    582 [1]  
 2 Aaditya Singh P3    579 [2.5]    0:1    Adam Fitzsimons P4    702 [4]  
 3 Dexter Harris P4    874 [4]      1:0    Jasper Grady    P6    556 [2]  
 4 Katy Thornton P7    454 [.5]     1:0    Blake Harris    P2    300 [0]  

 

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Primary - Round 6

Results

No Name            Feder Loc Total  Result   Name          Feder Loc Total

 1 Birney Wang     P5    582 [2]      1:0    Blake Harris  P2    300 [0]  
 2 Jasper Grady    P6    556 [2]      1:0    Katy Thornton P7    454 [1.5]
 3 Adam Fitzsimons P4    702 [5]     .5:.5   Dexter Harris P4    874 [5]  
 4 Anjali Singh    P5    658 [2]      1:0    Aaditya Singh P3    579 [2.5]

The two leaders play each other. The result a draw - so what can happen in the last round! can an outright winner be crowned.

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Primary - Round 7

Results

No Name          Feder Loc Total  Result   Name            Feder Loc Total

 1 Aaditya Singh P3    579 [2.5]    1:0    Birney Wang     P5    582 [3]  
 2 Dexter Harris P4    874 [5.5]    1:0    Anjali Singh    P5    658 [3]  
 3 Katy Thornton P7    454 [1.5]    0:1    Adam Fitzsimons P4    702 [5.5]
 4 Blake Harris  P2    300 [0]      0:1    Jasper Grady    P6    556 [3]  

Both Adam and Dexter win. As its an all play all none of the tie breaking systems will determine a winner. So we have 2 winners.

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Primary

Standings

Place Name            Feder Loc Score Berg. Wins

 1-2  Adam Fitzsimons P4    702 6.5   18.25    6
      Dexter Harris   P4    874 6.5   18.25    6
  3   Jasper Grady    P6    556 4      7.50    4
  4   Aaditya Singh   P3    579 3.5    7.75    3
 5-6  Anjali Singh    P5    658 3      5.00    3
      Birney Wang     P5    582 3      4.50    3
  7   Katy Thornton   P7    454 1.5    1.75    1
  8   Blake Harris    P2    300 0      0.00    0

Adam and Dexter share first place. Followed by Jasper Grady on 4 points and Aaditya Singh on 3.5 points.

 

Secondary - Round 1

Results

No Name           Feder Loc  Total  Result   Name              Feder Loc  Total

 1 Edward Doak    L6    1300 [0]      1:0    Calvin Patterson  P5    911  [0]  
 2 James Kane     F3    849  [0]      0:1    Eoin McCorkindale U6    1272 [0]  
 3 Peter Todd     F3    1150 [0]      1:0    Pheobe Patterson  F1    841  [0]  
 4 Louis McConkey F2    811  [0]      0:1    Samuel Todd       F5    1017 [0]  
 5 Adam Rushe     F4    943  [0]      1:0    Nathan Byrne      F3    795  [0]  
 6 Thomas Maze    F3    700  [0]      0:1    Calum Glendinning F1    916  [0]  

Again Calvin plays in the Senior section - how well will he do? The first round goes to rating - no upsets.

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Secondary - Round 2

Results

No Name              Feder Loc  Total  Result   Name           Feder Loc  Total

 1 Samuel Todd       F5    1017 [1]      0:1    Edward Doak    L6    1300 [1]  
 2 Eoin McCorkindale U6    1272 [1]      1:0    Adam Rushe     F4    943  [1]  
 3 Calum Glendinning F1    916  [1]      0:1    Peter Todd     F3    1150 [1]  
 4 Calvin Patterson  P5    911  [0]      0:1    Louis McConkey F2    811  [0]  
 5 Nathan Byrne      F3    795  [0]      1:0    James Kane     F3    849  [0]  
 6 Pheobe Patterson  F1    841  [0]      1:0    Thomas Maze    F3    700  [0]  

Louis McConkey beats Calvin Patterson whilst Nathan Byrne beats James Kane - theres no easy game.

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Secondary - Round 3

Results

No Name           Feder Loc  Total  Result   Name              Feder Loc  Total

 1 Edward Doak    L6    1300 [2]      0:1    Eoin McCorkindale U6    1272 [2]  
 2 Peter Todd     F3    1150 [2]      1:0    Samuel Todd       F5    1017 [1]  
 3 Adam Rushe     F4    943  [1]      1:0    Pheobe Patterson  F1    841  [1]  
 4 Louis McConkey F2    811  [1]      1:0    Calum Glendinning F1    916  [1]  
 5 Thomas Maze    F3    700  [0]      0:1    Nathan Byrne      F3    795  [1]  
 6 James Kane     F3    849  [0]      1:0    Calvin Patterson  P5    911  [0]  

Eoin and Peter go into the lead. Louis continues to beat higher rated players with a win against Calum. Whilst James beats Calvin.

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Secondary - Round 4

Results

No Name              Feder Loc  Total  Result   Name             Feder Loc  Total

 1 Eoin McCorkindale U6    1272 [3]      1:0    Peter Todd       F3    1150 [3]  
 2 Nathan Byrne      F3    795  [2]      0:1    Edward Doak      L6    1300 [2]  
 3 Louis McConkey    F2    811  [2]      0:1    Adam Rushe       F4    943  [2]  
 4 Samuel Todd       F5    1017 [1]      0:1    James Kane       F3    849  [1]  
 5 Calum Glendinning F1    916  [1]      1:0    Pheobe Patterson F1    841  [1]  
 6 Calvin Patterson  P5    911  [0]      1:0    Thomas Maze      F3    700  [0]  

Eoin beats Peter and goes into the lead. James Kane does well to beat Samuel Todd.

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Secondary - Round 5

Results

No Name             Feder Loc  Total  Result   Name              Feder Loc  Total

 1 Nathan Byrne     F3    795  [2]      0:1    Eoin McCorkindale U6    1272 [4]  
 2 Edward Doak      L6    1300 [3]      0:1    Peter Todd        F3    1150 [3]  
 3 Adam Rushe       F4    943  [3]      1:0    Calum Glendinning F1    916  [2]  
 4 James Kane       F3    849  [2]      1:0    Louis McConkey    F2    811  [2]  
 5 Pheobe Patterson F1    841  [1]      0:1    Calvin Patterson  P5    911  [1]  
 6 Thomas Maze      F3    700  [0]      0:1    Samuel Todd       F5    1017 [1]  

Eoin continues to lead. Peter gets a good result against Edward Doak. Calvin gets a point of Phoebe.

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Secondary - Round 6

Results

No Name              Feder Loc  Total  Result   Name             Feder Loc  Total

 1 Eoin McCorkindale U6    1272 [5]      1:0    Thomas Maze      F3    700  [0]  
 2 Peter Todd        F3    1150 [4]      0:1    Adam Rushe       F4    943  [4]  
 3 James Kane        F3    849  [3]      0:1    Edward Doak      L6    1300 [3]  
 4 Samuel Todd       F5    1017 [2]      1:0    Nathan Byrne     F3    795  [2]  
 5 Calum Glendinning F1    916  [2]      0:1    Calvin Patterson P5    911  [2]  
 6 Pheobe Patterson  F1    841  [1]      0:1    Louis McConkey   F2    811  [2]  

Adam Rushe does excellently to beat Peter Todd and now chases Eoin, trailing him by 1 point. Calvin continues to pick up points.

 

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Secondary - Round 7

Results

No Name              Feder Loc Total  Result   Name              Feder Loc  Total

 1 Louis McConkey    F2    811 [3]      0:1    Eoin McCorkindale U6    1272 [6]  
 2 Adam Rushe        F4    943 [5]      0:1    Edward Doak       L6    1300 [4]  
 3 Thomas Maze       F3    700 [0]      0:1    Peter Todd        F3    1150 [4]  
 4 Calvin Patterson  P5    911 [3]      1:0    Samuel Todd       F5    1017 [3]  
 5 Calum Glendinning F1    916 [2]      1:0    James Kane        F3    849  [3]  
 6 Nathan Byrne      F3    795 [2]      0:1    Pheobe Patterson  F1    841  [1]  

The final round and Eoin wins without a defeat 7 out of 7. and Edward challenges Adam Rushes challenge for 2nd place. 3 people on 5 points Edward, Adam and Peter - the tie break will determine the order. Calvin continues to gain points and ends on a brilliant 4 out of 7..

 

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Secondary

Standings

Place Name              Feder Loc  Score M-Buch. Buch. Progr.

  1   Eoin McCorkindale U6    1272 7        18.0  23.0   28.0
 2-4  Edward Doak       L6    1300 5        20.0  29.0   20.0
      Adam Rushe        F4    943  5        18.0  27.0   21.0
      Peter Todd        F3    1150 5        18.0  25.0   22.0
  5   Calvin Patterson  P5    911  4        14.0  19.0   10.0
 6-9  Louis McConkey    F2    811  3        18.0  27.0   13.0
      James Kane        F3    849  3        18.0  27.0   12.0
      Samuel Todd       F5    1017 3        17.0  22.0   12.0
      Calum Glendinning F1    916  3        17.0  22.0   12.0
10-11 Nathan Byrne      F3    795  2        18.0  25.0   11.0
      Pheobe Patterson  F1    841  2        17.0  22.0    7.0
 12   Thomas Maze       F3    700  0        17.0  26.0    0.0

Clear leader Eoin McCorkindale followed by Edward Doak then Adam Rushe and Peter Todd. Calvin gets 5th place which in such a strong competition is a brilliant result.

 

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The Primary students had time to play an all-play-all battle chess.. Would the results match the main tournament?

 

Primary Battle Chess:Round 1

Results

No Name            Feder Loc Total  Result   Name          Feder Loc Total

 1 Jasper Grady    P6    556 [0]      1:0    Birney Wang   P5    582 [0]  
 2 Adam Fitzsimons P4    702 [0]      1:0    Blake Harris  P2    300 [0]  
 3 Anjali Singh    P5    658 [0]      1:0    Katy Thornton P7    454 [0]  
 4 Aaditya Singh   P3    579 [0]      0:1    Dexter Harris P4    874 [0]  

 

Primary Battle Chess:Round 2

Results

No Name          Feder Loc Total  Result   Name            Feder Loc Total

 1 Birney Wang   P5    582 [0]      0:1    Dexter Harris   P4    874 [1]  
 2 Katy Thornton P7    454 [0]      0:1    Aaditya Singh   P3    579 [0]  
 3 Blake Harris  P2    300 [0]      0:1    Anjali Singh    P5    658 [1]  
 4 Jasper Grady  P6    556 [1]      1:0    Adam Fitzsimons P4    702 [1]  

Jasper does well to beat Adam.

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Primary Battle Chess:Round 3

Results

No Name            Feder Loc Total  Result   Name          Feder Loc Total

 1 Adam Fitzsimons P4    702 [1]      1:0    Birney Wang   P5    582 [0]  
 2 Anjali Singh    P5    658 [2]      1:0    Jasper Grady  P6    556 [2]  
 3 Aaditya Singh   P3    579 [1]      1:0    Blake Harris  P2    300 [0]  
 4 Dexter Harris   P4    874 [2]      0:1    Katy Thornton P7    454 [0]  

Katy does brilliantly to beat Dexter.

Primary Battle Chess:Round 4

Results

No Name            Feder Loc Total  Result   Name          Feder Loc Total

 1 Birney Wang     P5    582 [0]      1:0    Katy Thornton P7    454 [1]  
 2 Blake Harris    P2    300 [0]      0:1    Dexter Harris P4    874 [2]  
 3 Jasper Grady    P6    556 [2]      1:0    Aaditya Singh P3    579 [2]  
 4 Adam Fitzsimons P4    702 [2]      1:0    Anjali Singh  P5    658 [3]  

 

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Primary Battle Chess:Round 5

Results

No Name          Feder Loc Total  Result   Name            Feder Loc Total

 1 Anjali Singh  P5    658 [3]      1:0    Birney Wang     P5    582 [1]  
 2 Aaditya Singh P3    579 [2]      0:1    Adam Fitzsimons P4    702 [3]  
 3 Dexter Harris P4    874 [3]      1:0    Jasper Grady    P6    556 [3]  
 4 Katy Thornton P7    454 [1]      1:0    Blake Harris    P2    300 [0]  

 

Primary Chess Battle:Round 6

Results

No Name            Feder Loc Total  Result   Name          Feder Loc Total

 1 Birney Wang     P5    582 [1]      1:0    Blake Harris  P2    300 [0]  
 2 Jasper Grady    P6    556 [3]      1:0    Katy Thornton P7    454 [2]  
 3 Adam Fitzsimons P4    702 [4]      0:1    Dexter Harris P4    874 [4]  
 4 Anjali Singh    P5    658 [4]      1:0    Aaditya Singh P3    579 [2]  

The two top players meet Adam and Dexter - Dexter wins.

Primary Battle Chess:Round 7

Results

No Name          Feder Loc Total  Result   Name            Feder Loc Total

 1 Aaditya Singh P3    579 [2]      1:0    Birney Wang     P5    582 [2]  
 2 Dexter Harris P4    874 [5]      1:0    Anjali Singh    P5    658 [5]  
 3 Katy Thornton P7    454 [2]      0:1    Adam Fitzsimons P4    702 [4]  
 4 Blake Harris  P2    300 [0]      1:0    Jasper Grady    P6    556 [4]  

Blake Harris gets a brilliant result against Jasper Grady.

Primary Battle Chess

Standings

Place Name            Feder Loc Score Berg. Wins

  1   Dexter Harris   P4    874 6     20.00    6
 2-3  Adam Fitzsimons P4    702 5     13.00    5
      Anjali Singh    P5    658 5     12.00    5
  4   Jasper Grady    P6    556 4     12.00    4
  5   Aaditya Singh   P3    579 3      5.00    3
 6-7  Katy Thornton   P7    454 2      7.00    2
      Birney Wang     P5    582 2      3.00    2
  8   Blake Harris    P2    300 1      4.00    1

The top players are similar to the main tournament - with Dexter being overall winner, Adam sharing second with Anjali who is positioned higher. A brilliant way to improve your endgame.

Thanks to all the brilliant players for an excellent afternoon of chess. Also thanks to the volunteers without whom the event couldnt take place. Thanks also to the generous donation of prizes. and Methodist College for the excellent venue. See you in April 8th at Methodist College for our next event.

The solutions to the problems:

 

13.
1. ... Rd1
2. Qxd1 Qxe3+
3. Kg2 Nh4+
4. gxh4 Bh3#

 

14.

1. ... Rxg2+

2. Kxg2 Qxe4+

 

15.

1. ... Nd4

Threatening Nxf4+

followed by Qh2

 

16.

1. ... Bxe4

2. Qxb6 Bxb6

 

17.

1. ... Nf3+

2. Kh1 Nxe4

3. Qxc6 Nxc6

 

18.

1. ... Qxe4

2. Bxe4 Nf3+

3. Kf1  Bb5+

4. Qc4  Bxc4#

 

19.

1. ... Qxh3+

2. Nxh3 Nxf3#

 

20.

1. ... Rg1+

2. Kxg1 Qxe2

 

21.

1. ... Nxf3+

2. Qxf3 Bxd2+