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Childrens Chess - fun tournament - 11th January 2020

The second in the series of Childrens Chess took place on 11th January 2020. At Methodist College. Some brilliant games of chess were played.

Sometimes things happen that make you celebrate Chess - today was one such day. We played a round robin of all play all, seven rounds. 15 minutes each on the clock. Although alot of games end fast and mistakes get made when impulsive moves are made - we encourage slower thoughtful play. Geoff Hindley one of our brilliant volunteers commented that it was a half day of some elegant chess with tough endings and clever combinations - a good battle between some tough players. Between rounds the pupils focused on the challenging puzzles - which allow for plenty of discussion on chess. Battle chess is also taught -a brilliant way of improving and practicing your endgame.

Our next tournament is on Saturday February 8th at Methodist College - 12:30pm registration.

Lets start with the puzzles - one of the fun items of the day with plenty of learning... and what if logic.

Secondary School Puzzle Solving

Champion: James Huang.

Name Year Points Certificate
Huang, James F1 16 Gold
Taufik, Kamal F1 13 Silver
Wong, James U6 4 Bronze

 

Primary School Puzzle Solving

Champion: Blake Harris at only P5 a brlliant result.

Name Year Points Certificate
Harris, Blake P5 14.5 Gold
Harris, Dexter P7 11.5 Silver
Wong, Peter P3 11 Silver
Cole, Ethan P3 10 Silver

Try some of the puzzles - these are taken from the brilliant puzzle book: 1000 Checkmate Combinations – Victor Henkin

I recommend problem solving for improving your game.Chess.com allows 5 free per day and these are rated.

Solutions at the bottom of the page.

p13p14p15
p16 p17 p18
p19 p20 p21


Round 1

Results

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name        Feder Total

 1 Dexter Harris    P7    [0]     .5:.5   Ethan Cole  P3    [0]  
 2 Blake Harris     P5    [0]      0:1    Peter Wong  P3    [0]  
 3 Kamal Taufik     F1    [0]      1:0    James Wong  U6    [0]  
 4 James Fitzsimons P5    [0]      0:1    James Huang F1    [0]  
by Swiss Perfect (TM)  www.swissperfect.com

 

Ethan Cole starts well with a draw against Dexter Harris one of the favourites of the competition. Kamal Taufik last years Schools Ulster Champion beats this year Ulster Champion James Wong.

rd1-1rd1-2

Round 2

Results

No Name          Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Ethan Cole    P3    [.5]     0:1    James Huang      F1    [1]  
 2 James Wong    U6    [0]      1:0    James Fitzsimons P5    [0]  
 3 Peter Wong    P3    [1]      0:1    Kamal Taufik     F1    [1]  
 4 Dexter Harris P7    [.5]     1:0    Blake Harris     P5    [0]  

Only round 2 James Huang and Kamal Taufik take the lead with 2 out of 2.

rd2-1rd2-2

Round 3

Results

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name          Feder Total

 1 Blake Harris     P5    [0]      0:1    Ethan Cole    P3    [.5] 
 2 Kamal Taufik     F1    [2]      0:1    Dexter Harris P7    [1.5]
 3 James Fitzsimons P5    [0]      0:1    Peter Wong    P3    [1]  
 4 James Huang      F1    [2]      1:0    James Wong    U6    [1]  

Ethan Cole wins against Blake Harris. Dexter Harris beats Kamal Taufik allowing James Huang to take the solitary lead with 3 points. But All play All means anything can happen as pairings arent determined by points.

rd3-1rd3-2

Round 4

Results

No Name          Feder Total  Result   Name         Feder Total

 1 Ethan Cole    P3    [1.5]    0:1    James Wong   U6    [1]  
 2 Peter Wong    P3    [2]      0:1    James Huang  F1    [3]  
 3 Dexter Harris P7    [2.5]    1:0    BYE                     
 4 Blake Harris  P5    [0]      0:1    Kamal Taufik F1    [2]  

James Hunag continues his wins followed closely by Dexter Harris who has yet to loose a game.

rd4-1

Round 5

Results

No Name         Feder Total  Result   Name          Feder Total

 1 Kamal Taufik F1    [3]     .5:.5   Ethan Cole    P3    [1.5]
 2 BYE                         0:1    Blake Harris  P5    [0]  
 3 James Huang  F1    [4]      0:1    Dexter Harris P7    [3.5]
 4 James Wong   U6    [2]      1:0    Peter Wong    P3    [2]  

Ethan Cole has another brilliant result this time against Kamal Taufik gaining a draw. James Huang is knocked off the lead by Dexter Harris who takes the lead on 4.5 points.

rd5-1rd5-2

Round 6

Results

No Name          Feder Total  Result   Name        Feder Total

 1 Ethan Cole    P3    [2]      1:0    Peter Wong  P3    [2]  
 2 Dexter Harris P7    [4.5]   .5:.5   James Wong  U6    [3]  
 3 Blake Harris  P5    [1]      0:1    James Huang F1    [4]  
 4 Kamal Taufik  F1    [3.5]    1:0    BYE  

James Wong dents Dexters lead getting a draw. Allowing James Huang to catch and share the lead with 5 points.

rd6-1

Round 7

Results

No Name        Feder Total  Result   Name          Feder Total

 1 BYE                        0:1    Ethan Cole    P3    [3]  
 2 James Huang F1    [5]      1:0    Kamal Taufik  F1    [4.5]
 3 James Wong  U6    [3.5]    1:0    Blake Harris  P5    [1]  
 4 Peter Wong  P3    [2]      1:0    Dexter Harris P7    [5]  

The final round. the two leaders play each other - James Huang wins against tough player Kamal Taufik. Peter Wong gets a good result against Dexter Harris.

 

rd7-1rd7-2

Standings

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

  1   James Huang      F1    6        15.5  20.0   25.0
  2   Dexter Harris    P7    5        18.5  25.0   22.5
 3-4  Kamal Taufik     F1    4.5      19.0  25.5   20.5
      James Wong       U6    4.5      15.5  21.5   15.0
  5   Ethan Cole       P3    4        19.5  26.0   13.0
  6   Peter Wong       P3    3        17.0  23.0   13.0
  7   Blake Harris     P5    1        20.0  29.0    3.0
  8   James Fitzsimons P5    0        19.5  26.0    0.0

Overall Winner James Huang - a brilliant result against very tough opposition.

Age group winners - the First and second places win trophies - the top 3 of each group get certificates.

Form4 and above  1st : James Wong

Form1 1st : James Huang   2nd : Kamal Taufik

P7 1st : Dexter Harris

P5 1st : Blake Harris  2nd : James Fitzsimons

P4 and below  1st  :  Ethan Cole   2nd : Peter Wong

Thanks to all our volunteers - and the players for an enjoyable days chess..  See you on the 8th February.

winners

Problem solutions

 

Prob 13

1. Rc8 Rxc8

2. Qe7 Qxe7

3. dxc8(Q)+ Qe8

4. Qxe8#

 

Prob 14
1. Rxe8 Qxe8
2. Qa4 Qxa4
3. Rb8#

 

Prob 15

1. Qxb4 if axb4

2. Rxa8#


Prob 16

1. Be6 Bxe6

2. Qa8+ Bd8

3. Qxd8 Rxd8

4. Rxd8#


Prob 17

1. Qxf8+ Kxf8

2. Re8#


Prob 18

1. Qxf3 Rxf3

2. Rc8+ Bxc8

3. Re8#

or 1. .. Rg8

2. Qxg2


Prob 19

1. Qg6 if Qxg6

2. Rh8+ Rf8

3. Rxf8+ Qe8

4. Rxe8+ Nc8

5. Rxc8#



Prob 20

1. ... Nxd3

2. Qxh3 Nf2#

or

2. Bxd3 Bxe4+

3. Bxe4 Qxf1+

4. Bg1 Qxg1#


Prob 21

1. Qxg7+ Nxg7

2. Rf8+  Kh7

3. Nf6#