Chess at Stormont 2009

The award ceremony for the Top young players and a Stormont Elite Chess competition at the Invitation of Green MLA Brian Wilson. An enjoyable end to the 2008/9 Series of Childrens Chess Tournaments.

It is difficult to win a section of any of the Childrens chess tournaments but to come within the top 4 of the Grandprix over the season of 6 tournaments is a Brilliant achievement.

Kevin Robbin won the Belfast Scholastic Shield Primary School Championship for the second year running.

Karina Kruk started late in the season but consistently scored brilliantly to win the Belfast Scholasic Shield Lower Secondary School Championship.

Ben Buchanan one of the youngest  players a P3 from Greenisland Primary School won the Exceptional Young Player of 2009.

Some sixty people were invited to the event hosted by Green MLA Brian Wilson. The 13 children recieving awards their parents and school representatives, volunteers who helped throughout the year and the Founders of the Childrens Chess Tournaments - Graham Murphy (Chairman of Ulster Schools Chess Council), David McAlister (Chairman of Ulster Chess Union) and Mark Newman.

The event consisted of a tour of Stormont followed by the Stormont Elite Chess Competitions where each group played an all play all 3 round tournament. This was followed by an award ceremony.

Belfast Scholastic Shield

Primary School Championship


Name

Year

School

Score

1st

Kevin Robbin

P7

St Bride’s PS

29

2nd

Harshith Murthireddy

P7

Fullerton House

28

3rd

John Dawson

P7

Maralin Village PS

25

4th

Raghav Gupta

P4

Dromore PS

23

Belfast Scholastic Shield

Secondary School Championship

Name

Year

School

Score

1st

Karina Kruk

F3

Ulidia Integrated College

28

2nd

Luke Taylor

F3

BRA

27

3rd

Radhika Gupta

F1

Banbridge Academy

23

3rd

Matthew Chapman

F2

Grosvener

23

We opened the Championships to forms 4 to 6 to include all years in secondary school but unfortunately numbers were lower than expected so we invited players who played this year and from previous years to represent this age group.

The Belfast Scholastic Shield.

Senior School Chess Representatives

Name

Year

School

Belbi Jacob

F4

Malone College

Conall Newman

F4

Bangor Grammar

Sam Chan Ying Choi

L6

Malone College

Anandagopal Srinivasan

L6

Methody College

 

Stormont Elite Chess Tournament - Primary

Place

Name

Points

1st

Kevin Robbin

3

2nd

Harshith Murthireddy

1

2nd

John Dawson

1

2nd

Raghav Gupta

1

Stormont Elite Chess Tournament – Secondary Lower

Place

Name

Points

1st

Kiran Robbin

2

2nd

Luke Taylor

1.5

2nd

Radhika Gupta

1.5

4th

Matthew Chapman

1

Stormont Elite Chess Tournament – Secondary Upper

Place

Name

Points

1st

Anandagopal Srinivasan

3

2nd

Ying Choi Sam Chan

2

3rd

Belbi Jacob

1

4th

Conall Newman

0

 

Thanks to the volunteers who helped throughout the year and without whom the Childrens Chess Tournaments wouldnt be possible - Dr Grahame Murphy, Geoff Hindley, Stewart McConaghy, Dr Rahul Gupta and Dr Nidhi Gupta, Stella Newman.

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