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Ulster Schools' Individuals Tournament 2009

The Ulster Schools Chess Council organised its 2009 Individual Championships at Methodist College, Belfast on Saturday 5th December.

There were four age-group sections for players aged under 12, under 14, under 16 and under 19. Each section was held over six rounds.

Under 19

Leon Hulleman and Utkarsh Joshi both finished on 5 points, and Hulleman was awarded the title on tie-break. He had previously won the under 12 title in 2004, the under 14 in 2006, the under 16 in 2008 and is the first player to win all four titles. Joshi won his individual encounter with Hulleman in round 4 but had earlier lost to Fabian Doherty, who took the bronze medal on tie-break. Ciara Pugh won the Ulster Schoolgirls title.

                                                Tie-breaks
Place Name           School             Score   M-Buch Buch  Progr  Prize

 1-2  Leon Hulleman  St Columbs         5        14.5  21.0   18.0  Champion
      Utkarsh Joshi  Friends - Lisburn  5        12.5  18.5   16.0  Second
 3-4  Fabian Doherty St Patricks        4        15.0  20.0   14.0  Third
      Leroy Harris   St Josephs         4        13.5  19.5   14.0 
  5   Michael Cowan  St Columbs College 3.5       8.5  13.5   12.0
 6-7  Fergus O'Neill St Patricks        3        12.5  17.5   10.0
      Ciara Pugh     MCB                3        10.0  15.0    9.0  Schoolgirls Champion
  8   Gary McDaid    St Columbs         1.5      15.5  20.5    8.0
  9   Philip Sage    St Patricks        1        13.5  18.5    4.0
 10   Adam Mullan    St Patricks        0        11.0  16.0    0.0

Under 16

Carrickfergus schoolgirl Karina Kruk took the under 16 title after winning all six of her games. James Baker finished second and Marcos McBurney was awarded the bronze medal on tie-break.

                                                 Tie-breaks
Place Name            School             Score   M-Buch Buch  Progr  Prize

  1   Karina Kruk     Ulidia Integrated  6        10.5  15.0   21.0  Champion
  2   James Baker     St Columbs College 4        10.5  17.0   14.0  Second
 3-4  Marcos McBurney Sullivan Upper     3.5      12.5  19.0   13.5  Third
      Adam Henning    Methodist College  3.5      12.5  19.0   11.5
  5   Cuan Bell       Sullivan Upper     3        13.0  21.0   11.0
  6   Conor Kemp      Ulidia Integrated  2         9.0  15.5    6.0
  7   Sean Gough      St Columbs College 1        13.0  21.0    4.0

Under 14

Kiran Robbin equalled Kruk's feat by winning all his games on the way to the under 14 title.

                                                       Tie-breaks
Place Name                  School             Score   M-Buch Buch  Progr  Prize

  1   Kiran Robbin          RBAI               6        12.5  19.0   21.0  Champion
  2   Radhika Gupta         Banbridge Academy  4.5      14.0  22.5   16.5  Second
  3   Bebito Jacob          Malone             4        11.0  16.5   13.0  Third
 4-8  Harshith Marthirreddy MCB                3.5      14.5  23.0   13.5
      Matthew Chapman       Grosvenor          3.5      13.5  21.5   13.5
      Arash Eghbali         MCB                3.5      13.5  21.0   12.5
      Ashley McWhinney      Home Ed.           3.5      13.0  19.0   11.5
      Matthew Venon         Banbridge Academy  3.5      12.0  18.0   10.5
  9   Thomas Donaldson      RBAI               3        10.0  15.5    7.0
10-11 Eoghan McLaughlin     St Patricks        2.5      14.0  21.0   10.5
      Padraig Delargy       St Columbs College 2.5      11.0  15.0    6.5
12-16 Mark Frazer           MCB                2        12.5  19.0    8.0
      Andrew Forsyth        MCB                2        11.5  15.5    5.0
      Ciaran Murray         St Patricks        2        11.0  18.5   11.0
      Samuel Fieneburg                         2        10.5  14.0    3.0
      Matthew Heath         St Patricks        2        10.0  14.0    8.0
 17   Oisin Carlin          St Patricks        1         8.0  12.5    3.0

Under 12

Kevin Robbin, brother of under 14 winner Kiran, won the under 12 title for the second successive year. Second-placed Daniel Heraghty drew his individual encounter with Kevin, but also dropped a half-point to 2007 under 12 winner, John Dawson. Raghav Gupta, whose sister Radhika finished secind in the under 14 section, won the bronze medal on tie-break.

                                                      Tie-breaks
Place Name                    School          Score   M-Buch Buch  Progr  Prize

  1   Kevin Robbin            RBAI            5.5      15.5  22.5   20.0  Champion
  2   Daniel Heraghty         Downey House    5        12.5  19.5   17.5  Second
 3-5  Raghav Gupta            Dromore Central 4        14.5  21.5   14.0  Third
      Joel Dawson             Maralin         4        13.0  19.0   16.0
      Niall Marsh             St Columbs      4        12.5  19.5   14.0
  6   John Dawson             Friends         3.5      16.0  23.0   12.5
7-10  Jack Buchanan-Rolleston                 3        12.5  19.0   13.0
      Dylan O'Driscoll        St Columbs      3        12.5  18.0    7.0
      Sneyes Kodiyat          St Malachys     3        11.0  15.5   11.0
      Donal O'Toole                           3        10.0  13.5    6.0
11-14 Brendon Gowdy           RBAI            2        12.5  18.5    7.0
      Finn Tyler                              2        12.0  19.0    8.0
      Christopher Poland      St Patricks     2         9.5  14.0    7.0
      Sierra Gowdy                            2         9.0  12.5    3.0
15-16 Caelan Tyler            RBAI            1        10.5  16.5    6.0
      Jonathan Frazer         RBAI            1         7.5  14.5    4.0

 

 

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