2012 Ulster Masters

On the weekend of 17th/18th November at the Civil Service Social Club some exciting Chess was played. Two players led their sections and gained victory with out dropping a game. Thomas Donaldson beat a tough section of seasoned club players to win with 5 points out of 6 - a fantastic score. Winning the intermediate section. Alan Delaney winning the Senior section with 5 1/2 out of 6.
2012 Ulster Masters

The Intermediate Winner

 

The Masters 2012 Winners

Above the Masters Prize winners

The senior section was small but tough. There's no easy win in Chess. Alan Delaney took an early lead and maintained it against some tough opposition to win with 5.5 out of 6. Several other players exceeded their ratings and played exceptionally well:

Ian Woodfield coming a an excellent second having beaten Mark Newman and Danny Mallaghan and only losing to the winner Alan.

Ross Harris drawing against Steve Scannell, Ian Woodfield, Peter McGuckin, Alan Delaney and only losing against Steven Eachus.

Unfortunately Steve Scannell was unable to play the second day.

Alan Delaney winner of the Masters Seniors who didn't lose a game.

Alan Delaney the Masters 2012 Senior Section winner.

The final standings of the senior section.

Place Name Ratings Score




1 Alan Delaney 1811 5.5
2 Ian Woodfield 1689 3.5
3-7 Ross Harris 1554 3

Danny Mallaghan 1767 3

P. McGuckin 1608 3

Mark Newman 1797 3

Steven Eachus 1567 3
8-9 Jonathon Rowney 1753 1.5

Stephen Scannell 2042 1.5

See the competition page for full details of matches.

Thomas Donaldson wasn't the favourite to win but ploughed through the opposition only drawing the last two games. He beat in order of play: Robert Biernat, William Storey, Robert Lavery, George Jackson then drawing with Martin Kelly and Kevin Agnew. Here's a young player to watch in the future.

Thomas Donaldson winner of the Masters Intermediate Section

Thomas Donaldson Winner of the Intermediate Section of the Masters 2012.

 

The final standings of the intermediate section.

Place Name Ratings Score




1 Thomas Donaldson 1200 5
2-4 Martin Kelly 1365 4.5

Stewart McConaghy 1430 4.5

Kevin Agnew 1282 4.5
5-6 George Jackson 1260 3.5

Alan Burns 1338 3.5
7-12 Robert Lavery 1355 3

William Storey 1338 3

Roy Stafford 1219 3

CJ Murphy 1313 3

Garry Johnston 1200 3

Geoff Hindley 984 3
13-14 J Monaghan 1119 2.5

Phillip Morrison 1012 2.5
15 David Seaby 1103 2
16 Paul Anderson 643 1
17 Robert Biernat 1400 0.5

See the competition page for full details of the matches.

The controller Damien Cunningham takes a break and plays a friendly against Steve Eachus

Damien Cunningham the tournament controller taking a break playing a friendly against Steven Eachus

Enjoying the Chess - John Monaghan with William Storey

John Monaghan and William Storey enjoying the chess

Ian Woodfield - Seniors second place

Ian Woodfield won second place in the Senior Section

Martin Kelly - Intermediate 2nd place

Martin Kelly won Intermediate Second place

Ross Harris - Intermediate 3rd place

Ross Harris receiving 3rd place for the Senior Section.

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