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December starts the run of top Childrens Chess Tournaments

On December 8th at Methodist College some of the top children in Ulster played the first Monthly Childrens Chess Tournament. Numbers werent high but the quality of chess was excellent. Players included in the secondary section: Karina Kruk recently crowned Irish Womans Champion, Thomas Donaldson the winner of the Belfast Masters Challengers, Matthew Chapman Ulster Junior Champion, Kiran and Kevin Robbin regular Belfast Scholastic Chess Winners. In the smaller Primary School section we had Honor Parissis the Ulster Under 10 Champion.

All young chess players are welcome to these monthly tournaments - organised jointly by the Ulster Schools Chess Council and Ulster Chess Union.

We run two sections. A primary school and secondary school section. The series for tournaments will end in a special event at Stormont where the best  4 primary, 4 lower Secondary, 4 Upper Secondary players are invited to a tournament and a prize giving.

We also have a puzzle competition where the players try to solve 22 chess puzzles. Solving puzzles is an excellent way to improve your chess - this year at Stormont we will be awarding a shield to the best puzzle winner of the year.

Primary Puzzle Winner

Gold Certificate:

Honor Parissis   22

Secondary Puzzle Winners

Gold Certificate:

Kevin Robbin     21

Silver Certificate

Mond Parissis   16

John Dawson    14

Primary Section Standings

Place Name              Year   School      Score

  1   Honor Parissis    P6     Fullerton     8    
 2-3  Lea Homaee        P7     St Brides     3.5  
      Andrew Farquhason P6     St Brides     3.5 
4 Ronan Amur P5 St Annes 3 5 Joshua Morris P7 St Brides 2

We played 8 rounds in the Primary Section. Unfortunately Ronan Amur had to leave after the 5th round after gaining an excellent 3 out of 5 points which for a P5 at his first tourament was an excellent result.

Honor Parissis won the section with an unbeaten 8 out of 8.

Top Primary Players enjoying the game.

Focusing on the game - Primary section

Secondary Schools Cross Table

No Name             Feder Rtg Club        Total  1    2    3    4    5    6  

1  Kevin Robbin     F4        RBAI        5      9:W  2:L  5:W  7:W  4:W  3:W
2  Karina Kruk      U6        St Aquinas  5     11:W  1:W  4:W  3:L  5:W  6:W
3  Kiran Robbin     F5        RBAI        4      8:W  5:L 10:W  2:W  7:W  1:L
4  Matthew Chapman  L6        Grosvenor   4      6:W 10:W  2:L  8:W  1:L  5:W
5  Thomas Donaldson F5        RBAI        3      7:W  3:W  1:L  6:W  2:L  4:L
6  John Dawson      F4        Friends     3      4:L  8:W  9:W  5:L  0:W  2:L
7  Adam Henning     L6        Methody     3      5:L  9:W 11:W  1:L  3:L  0:W
8  Owen Turkington  F1        St Patricks 3      3:L  6:L  0:W  4:L 11:W 10:W
9  Mond Parissis    F4        RBAI        3      1:L  7:L  6:L  0:W 10:W 11:W
10 Ryan Jackson     F1        Methody     2      0:W  4:L  3:L 11:W  9:L  8:L
11 Joel Dawson      F2        Friends     1      2:L  0:W  7:L 10:L  8:L  9:L

The secondary schools section has some top players. Which results in some tough games. The more senior players playing for Ulster Chess Clubs in the Ulster League and performing well in the Ulster Chess Union weekend competitions.

Kevin Robbin having beaten Karina in the second round went on to win with Karina coming second on the same points 5 out of 6.

Kiran Robbin and Matthew Chapman gaining 3rd and fourth place on 4 points.

Solving chess puzzles just before a match

Top class play in the Secondary Section

Detail results from each round.

Primary Competition:

Primary Round1

No Name               Total  Result   Name       Total

 1 Honor Parissis     [0]      1:0    Ronan Amir [0]  
 2 Andrew Farquharson [0]      1:0    Lea Homaee [0]  
 3 Joshua Morris      [0]      1:0    BYE             

Primary Round2

No Name               Total  Result   Name           Total

 1 Andrew Farquharson [1]      0:1    Honor Parissis [1]  
 2 Lea Homaee         [0]      1:0    Joshua Morris  [1]  
 3 Ronan Amir         [0]      1:0    BYE                 

Primary Round3

No Name               Total  Result   Name       Total

 1 Honor Parissis     [2]      1:0    Lea Homaee [1]  
 2 Joshua Morris      [1]      0:1    Ronan Amir [1]  
 3 Andrew Farquharson [1]      1:0    BYE             

Primary Round4

No Name               Total  Result   Name           Total

 1 Joshua Morris      [1]      0:1    Honor Parissis [3]  
 2 Andrew Farquharson [2]      1:0    Ronan Amir     [2]  
 3 Lea Homaee         [1]      1:0    BYE                 

Primary Round5

No Name           Total  Result   Name               Total

 1 Ronan Amir     [2]      1:0    Lea Homaee         [2]  
 2 Joshua Morris  [1]     .5:.5   Andrew Farquharson [3]  
 3 Honor Parissis [4]      1:0    BYE                     

Primary Round6

No Name              Total  Result   Name           Total

 1 Andrew Farquhason [3]      0:1    Honor Parissis [5]  
 2 Lea Homaee        [2]      1:0    Joshua Morris  [1]  

Primary Round7

No Name              Total  Result   Name          Total

 1 Honor Parissis    [6]      1:0    Joshua Morris [1]  
 2 Andrew Farquhason [3]     .5:.5   Lea Homaee    [3]  

Primary Round8

No Name          Total  Result   Name              Total

 1 Lea Homaee    [3.5]    0:1    Honor Parissis    [7]  
 2 Joshua Morris [1]      1:0    Andrew Farquhason [3.5]

Secondary Competition

Round1

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name              Feder Total

 1 Henning, Adam    L6    [0]      0:1    Donaldson, Thomas F5    [0]  
 2 Dawson, Joel     F2    [0]      0:1    Kruk, Karina      U6    [0]  
 3 Dawson, John     F4    [0]      0:1    Chapman, Matthew  L6    [0]  
 4 Turkington, Owen F1    [0]      0:1    Robbin, Kiran     F5    [0]  
 5 Parissis, Mond   F4    [0]      0:1    Robbin, Kevin     F4    [0]  
 6 Jackson, Ryan    F1    [0]      1:0    BYE                          

Round2

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name              Feder Total

 1 Robbin, Kevin    F4    [1]      0:1    Kruk, Karina      U6    [1]  
 2 Robbin, Kiran    F5    [1]      0:1    Donaldson, Thomas F5    [1]  
 3 Chapman, Matthew L6    [1]      1:0    Jackson, Ryan     F1    [1]  
 4 Henning, Adam    L6    [0]      1:0    Parissis, Mond    F4    [0]  
 5 Dawson, John     F4    [0]      1:0    Turkington, Owen  F1    [0]  
 6 Dawson, Joel     F2    [0]      1:0    BYE                          

Round3

No Name              Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Kruk, Karina      U6    [2]      1:0    Chapman, Matthew L6    [2]  
 2 Donaldson, Thomas F5    [2]      0:1    Robbin, Kevin    F4    [1]  
 3 Jackson, Ryan     F1    [1]      0:1    Robbin, Kiran    F5    [1]  
 4 Dawson, Joel      F2    [1]      0:1    Henning, Adam    L6    [1]  
 5 Parissis, Mond    F4    [0]      0:1    Dawson, John     F4    [1]  
 6 Turkington, Owen  F1    [0]      1:0    BYE                         

Round4

No Name              Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Robbin, Kiran     F5    [2]      1:0    Kruk, Karina     U6    [3]  
 2 Robbin, Kevin     F4    [2]      1:0    Henning, Adam    L6    [2]  
 3 Donaldson, Thomas F5    [2]      1:0    Dawson, John     F4    [2]  
 4 Chapman, Matthew  L6    [2]      1:0    Turkington, Owen F1    [1]  
 5 Jackson, Ryan     F1    [1]      1:0    Dawson, Joel     F2    [1]  
 6 Parissis, Mond    F4    [0]      1:0    BYE                         

Round5

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name              Feder Total

 1 Chapman, Matthew L6    [3]      0:1    Robbin, Kevin     F4    [3]  
 2 Kruk, Karina     U6    [3]      1:0    Donaldson, Thomas F5    [3]  
 3 Henning, Adam    L6    [2]      0:1    Robbin, Kiran     F5    [3]  
 4 Parissis, Mond   F4    [1]      1:0    Jackson, Ryan     F1    [2]  
 5 Turkington, Owen F1    [1]      1:0    Dawson, Joel      F2    [1]  
 6 Dawson, John     F4    [2]      1:0    BYE                          

Round6

No Name              Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Robbin, Kevin     F4    [4]      1:0    Robbin, Kiran    F5    [4]  
 2 Dawson, John      F4    [3]      0:1    Kruk, Karina     U6    [4]  
 3 Donaldson, Thomas F5    [3]      0:1    Chapman, Matthew L6    [3]  
 4 Jackson, Ryan     F1    [2]      0:1    Turkington, Owen F1    [2]  
 5 Dawson, Joel      F2    [1]      0:1    Parissis, Mond   F4    [2]  
 6 Henning, Adam     L6    [2]      1:0    BYE                         
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Thanks go to fellow organiser Dr Graham Murphy and volunteers Goeff Hindley and Stewart McConaghy.

Also to Methodist College for the excellent venue.

See you at our next tournament on 12th January.

Have a good christmas and happy new year.

 

 

 

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