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Omagh Rapidplay 3rd Dec 2022 - tournament report by B. Jamison

104 players have now taken part in the NI Rapid Grand Prix, with Omagh the 7th out of 10 tournaments in the series. On 3rd December, 30 players gathered at the Christian Brothers Grammar School on a beautiful Winter’s day. With 2 sections and 6 rounds, players had 25 minutes each per game. It was great to welcome players from far and wide, especially some very talented newcomers!

Congratulations to the 9 prize-winners:

Champion: Richard Morrow (5/6) Bangor Chess Club

2nd: Modestas Razbadauskas (4.5/6) Strand Chess Club

3rd: Chris Kelly (4/6) Civil Service Chess Club

Grading Award: Caleb McClean (3.5/6) Bangor Chess Club

Junior Champion: Conor McMullan (5/6) Fruithill Chess Club

Junior 2nd: Daniel Hill (5/6) Strand Chess Club

Junior 3rd: Tom Johnston (4/6) Omagh Chess Club

Female Champion: Skyla McConkey (3/6)

Junior Grading Award: George Gamble (3/6) Bangor Chess Club

To view the current standing in the NI Rapid Grand Prix, please visit:


The 8th event in this series will be held in East Belfast at the Civil Service Chess Club (Maynard Sinclair Pavilion). The rapid will take place on Saturday 7th January 2023 from 12noon to 6:30pm. We have capacity for 30 players. Please note our other event in this series in East Belfast (at Strand Chess Club) was oversubscribed with 4 players missing out. So please book and prepay early to guarantee a place. We recommend registering before Christmas if you are keen. Full details on UCU homepage.