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The Schools Ulster Championship 2018/19 the results

A new Ulster Champion was crowned at Methody College on Saturday 8th December. Kamal Taufik Under 12 won the crown against tough odds.

We arrived and serup our arrows directing players to the Canteen at Methodist College. Players started arriving and setup the room with board sets and clocks set to 25mins each player. A phone call and a youngster is on there way from Armagh (a give them a travelling bye). We decide to have one section as there is a good spread of chess talent across all the years. One section with 22 players. James Fairly pairs the players and the first round begins - a silence of deep thought fills the room.

As usual we gave out chess problem sheets which the players did between rounds - a brilliant way of improving your chess and discussing chess.

The winners of the chess puzzles:

Primary Champion Puzzle Solver: Dexter Harris

No Name Age Score
1 Dexter Harris U12 18
2 Aaditya Singh U9 17
3 Adam Fitzsimons U12 17
4 Peter Wong U8 16
5 Kamal Taufik U12 15
6 Eoin Boyle U12 15
7 Naomi Hamilton U12 13
8 Cian Suitor U9 10
9 Caleb Carson U9 10
10 Skyla McConkey U9 10
11 Blake Harris U8 10

Secondary Champion Puzzle Solver: Louie McConkey

No Name Age Score
1 Louie McConkey U16 17
2 Olgierd Myszor U19 8
3 Calum Glendinning U14 6
4 Zach Williamson U14 1

Some of the puzzles with the solutions at the end of this article....

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Round 1

Results

No Name              Feder Total  Result   Name            Feder Total

 1 Dexter Harris     U12   [0]      0:1    Naomi Hamilton  U12   [0]  
 2 Ben Toogood       U14   [0]      0:1    Louie McConkey  U16   [0]  
 3 Samuel Todd       U19   [0]      1:0    Callum Magennis U14   [0]  
 4 Zach Williamson   U14   [0]      1:0    Olgierd Myszor  U19   [0]  
 5 Adam Fitzsimons   U12   [0]      0:1    Conor Boyle     U14   [0]  
 6 Eoin Boyle        U12   [0]      0:1    James Wong      U19   [0]  
 7 Calvin Patterson  U12   [0]      0:1    Cian Suitor     U9    [0]  
 8 Blake Harris      U8    [0]      0:1    Kamal Taufik    U12   [0]  
 9 Calum Glendinning U14   [0]      1:0    Peter Wong      U8    [0]  
10 Caleb Carson      U9    [0]      0:1    Aaditya Singh   U9    [0]  
11 Skyla McConkey    U9    [0]      1:0    BYE                        
12 Thomas Smyth      U8    [0]     .5:.5   BYE                        
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Some upsets in round 1 opens up the tournament. Naomi beats Dexter, Whilst Zach Williamson beats Olgierd Myszor.

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Round 2

Results

No Name            Feder Total  Result   Name              Feder Total

 1 Louie McConkey  U16   [1]      0:1    Aaditya Singh     U9    [1]  
 2 Naomi Hamilton  U12   [1]      0:1    Samuel Todd       U19   [1]  
 3 James Wong      U19   [1]      1:0    Zach Williamson   U14   [1]  
 4 Kamal Taufik    U12   [1]      1:0    Skyla McConkey    U9    [1]  
 5 Conor Boyle     U14   [1]      1:0    Calum Glendinning U14   [1]  
 6 Cian Suitor     U9    [1]      1:0    Thomas Smyth      U8    [.5] 
 7 Callum Magennis U14   [0]      0:1    Dexter Harris     U12   [0]  
 8 Olgierd Myszor  U19   [0]      0:1    Eoin Boyle        U12   [0]  
 9 Blake Harris    U8    [0]      0:1    Adam Fitzsimons   U12   [0]  
10 Peter Wong      U8    [0]      0:1    Calvin Patterson  U12   [0]  
11 Caleb Carson    U9    [0]      0:1    Ben Toogood       U14   [0]  

Aaditya Singh beats Louie McConkey.

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Round 3

Results

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name              Feder Total

 1 Samuel Todd      U19   [2]      1:0    Conor Boyle       U14   [2]  
 2 Aaditya Singh    U9    [2]      0:1    James Wong        U19   [2]  
 3 Cian Suitor      U9    [2]      0:1    Kamal Taufik      U12   [2]  
 4 Dexter Harris    U12   [1]      0:1    Ben Toogood       U14   [1]  
 5 Zach Williamson  U14   [1]      0:1    Louie McConkey    U16   [1]  
 6 Adam Fitzsimons  U12   [1]      1:0    Naomi Hamilton    U12   [1]  
 7 Calvin Patterson U12   [1]     .5:.5   Eoin Boyle        U12   [1]  
 8 Skyla McConkey   U9    [1]      0:1    Calum Glendinning U14   [1]  
 9 Thomas Smyth     U8    [.5]     0:1    Olgierd Myszor    U19   [0]  
10 Callum Magennis  U14   [0]      1:0    Caleb Carson      U9    [0]  
11 Peter Wong       U8    [0]      0:1    Blake Harris      U8    [0]  

Samuel Todd, James Wong and Kamal Taufik take the lead with 3 out of 3 points. Samuel Todd is the defending Champion and James Wong the lower Section winner of this years Summer Tournament - both good players.

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Round 4

Results

No Name              Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 James Wong        U19   [3]      1:0    Samuel Todd      U19   [3]  
 2 Kamal Taufik      U12   [3]      1:0    Louie McConkey   U16   [2]  
 3 Ben Toogood       U14   [2]      1:0    Adam Fitzsimons  U12   [2]  
 4 Calum Glendinning U14   [2]      1:0    Cian Suitor      U9    [2]  
 5 Conor Boyle       U14   [2]      0:1    Aaditya Singh    U9    [2]  
 6 Dexter Harris     U12   [1]      0:1    Calvin Patterson U12   [1.5]
 7 Eoin Boyle        U12   [1.5]    1:0    Callum Magennis  U14   [1]  
 8 Olgierd Myszor    U19   [1]      1:0    Blake Harris     U8    [1]  
 9 Naomi Hamilton    U12   [1]      1:0    Zach Williamson  U14   [1]  
10 Skyla McConkey    U9    [1]      1:0    Peter Wong       U8    [0]  
11 Caleb Carson      U9    [0]      1:0    BYE                      

James Wong beats Samuel Todd and leads the tournament with Kamal Taufik - both unbeaten on 4 out of 4.

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Round 5

Results

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name              Feder Total

 1 Kamal Taufik     U12   [4]      1:0    James Wong        U19   [4]  
 2 Samuel Todd      U19   [3]      1:0    Ben Toogood       U14   [3]  
 3 Aaditya Singh    U9    [3]      1:0    Calum Glendinning U14   [3]  
 4 Adam Fitzsimons  U12   [2]      0:1    Eoin Boyle        U12   [2.5]
 5 Calvin Patterson U12   [2.5]    1:0    Naomi Hamilton    U12   [2]  
 6 Louie McConkey   U16   [2]      1:0    Skyla McConkey    U9    [2]  
 7 Cian Suitor      U9    [2]      0:1    Olgierd Myszor    U19   [2]  
 8 Callum Magennis  U14   [1]      0:1    Conor Boyle       U14   [2]  
 9 Blake Harris     U8    [1]      0:1    Dexter Harris     U12   [1]  
10 Zach Williamson  U14   [1]      1:0    Caleb Carson      U9    [1]  
11 Peter Wong       U8    [0]      1:0    BYE                        

Kamal Taufik plays James Wong for the lead. A tough game and Kamal wins. Samuel Todd is still with a shout at drawing on points with Kamal. Aaditya Singh is on 4 points also within a point off the lead.

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Round 6

Results

No Name              Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Aaditya Singh     U9    [4]      0:1    Kamal Taufik     U12   [5]  
 2 Eoin Boyle        U12   [3.5]    1:0    Samuel Todd      U19   [4]  
 3 James Wong        U19   [4]      0:1    Calvin Patterson U12   [3.5]
 4 Calum Glendinning U14   [3]      0:1    Louie McConkey   U16   [3]  
 5 Ben Toogood       U14   [3]      1:0    Olgierd Myszor   U19   [3]  
 6 Conor Boyle       U14   [3]      1:0    Zach Williamson  U14   [2]  
 7 Skyla McConkey    U9    [2]      0:1    Dexter Harris    U12   [2]  
 8 Naomi Hamilton    U12   [2]      1:0    Cian Suitor      U9    [2]  
 9 Caleb Carson      U9    [1]      0:1    Adam Fitzsimons  U12   [2]  
10 Peter Wong        U8    [1]      0:1    Callum Magennis  U14   [1]  
11 Blake Harris      U8    [1]      1:0    BYE                       

Kamal wins the Championship with full points - a brilliant result considering the tough opposition. Eoin Boyle gets a good win over Samuel Todd. Whilst Calvin Patterson wins over James Wong. A competition of some brilliant games and fascinating positions. With complex endgames always a good measure of the quality of play.

Thanks to all the Players for an exciting days chess. Thanks to our volunteers and to Methodist College.

 

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Standings

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

  1   Kamal Taufik      U12   6        11.5  17.0   21.0
 2-3  Eoin Boyle        U12   4.5      14.0  20.5   13.0
      Calvin Patterson  U12   4.5      12.0  17.0   13.0
 4-9  James Wong        U19   4        17.0  25.0   18.0
      Samuel Todd       U19   4        15.0  21.5   17.0
      Aaditya Singh     U9    4        15.0  21.5   16.0
      Louie McConkey    U16   4        13.0  20.5   13.0
      Ben Toogood       U14   4        13.0  17.5   13.0
      Conor Boyle       U14   4        12.0  18.0   14.0
10-14 Adam Fitzsimons   U12   3        12.5  17.5   10.0
      Naomi Hamilton    U12   3        12.0  18.5   10.0
      Calum Glendinning U14   3        11.5  16.0   13.0
      Dexter Harris     U12   3        10.5  16.5    8.0
      Olgierd Myszor    U19   3        10.0  16.0    9.0
15-19 Zach Williamson   U14   2        14.0  18.5    8.0
      Cian Suitor       U9    2        13.5  21.5   11.0
      Skyla McConkey    U9    2        13.0  19.5    9.0
      Blake Harris      U8    2        12.0  18.5    5.0
      Callum Magennis   U14   2        11.5  16.5    5.0
20-21 Caleb Carson      U9    1        12.0  18.0    3.0
      Peter Wong        U8    1         9.5  15.5    2.0
 22   Thomas Smyth      U8    0.5       2.0   6.5    1.5

The top 3 players are all under 12 Kamil Taufik the Ulster Chanpion with full points of 6 out of 6. In second place Eoin Boyle and Calvin Patterson with 4.5 out of 6.

Another player who has done well is Aaditya Singh being joint 4th and only under 9.

We were lucky to have present the Current Chair of the Ulster Chess Union (also one of the volunteers) who gave out the trophies.

The Ulster Champions:

The Ulster Champion : Kamal Taufik

The Ulster Girls Champion: Naomi Hamilton

The Under 19 Champion: James Wong

The Under 16 Champion: Louie McConkey

The Under: 12 Champion: Kamal Taufik

The Under 9 Champion: Aaditya Singh

The Under 8 Champion: Blake Harris.

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winners trophy

The solutions to the problems

13.

1. ... c5
Threatening
Queen and Bishop
Black wins a
piece

14.

1. Nxe6 Qxe6

2. Bxb7

Winning the Rook

15.

1. Rxg6 Qxg6

2. Rg3 and the

Pawn will Queen

16.

1. Rxe4+ Bxe4

2. Re1   f5

3. f3 winning the

pinned Bishop

17.

1. Qxc6+ winning

the Rook

18.

1. ... g5+

2. Rxg5 fxg5#

19.

1. Qf7+ Qxf7

2. exf7#

20.

1. Nf6#

21.

1. ... f3