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Schools Ulster Championships 2012

The most presitigous event on the schools Chess Calender was held at Methodist College. Some 31 students battled to become the Ulster Champion. The youngest player was 5 years Admira Kecskemeti who was awarded Ulster Under 7's Champion. We also had the international junior player Karina Kruk who won the overall Championship. With players coming from schools as far a field as St Columbs College. Run by the Ulster Schools Chess Council who together with the UCU run a calender of events - approx one per month.
Schools Ulster Championships 2012

Under7 plays Under12 Champion

The quality of play was enjoyable to watch. There was tension, quiet but concentrated thought. Four sections ending with 6 Champions:

Karina Kruk : Under 19 Ulster Champion

Kiran Robbin : Under 16 Ulster Champion

Joel Dawson : Under 14 Ulster Champion

Lucia Corrigan : Under 12 Ulster Champion

Honor Parissis : Under 10 Ulster Champion

Admira Kecskemeti : Under 7 Ulster Champion

Under 19s played a five round all play all. The section included the Irish International Karina Kruk who also holds the title of Womans Candidate Master. Karina is off next week to represent Ireland at the World Youth Chess Championships, Maribor, Slovenia, 7-19 November 2012.

1 Karina Kruk U19 Aquinas Grammar 4
2 Matthew Chapman U19 Grosvenor 3
3-4 Chris Roe U19 RBA 2.5

Thomas Donaldson U19 RBAI 2.5
5-6 James Baker U19 St Columbs 1.5

Peter Jones U19 Bangor Grammar 1.5

The under19 Ulster Champion Karina Kruk playing Thomas Donaldson. In the foreground Matthew Chapman plays Chris Roe.

The under16's played a six round swiss - with a battle between the brilliant two brothers Kiran and Kevin Robbin. Both scoring the same points but a decision was made using the buch order together with the result that Kiran had beaten Kevin in an exciting match in round 4.

1-2 Kiran Robbin U16 RBAI 5

Kevin Robbin U16 RBAI 5
3 Radhika Gupta U16 Banbridge Academy 4
4-5 Thomas Chambers U16 St Columb's 3.5

John Dawson U16 Friends 3.5
6-7 Jason Roe U16 BRA 3

Andrew Todd U16 Bangor Grammar 3
8 Joshua Geary U16 Bangor Grammar 2
9 James Wylie U16 Bangor Grammar 1

Under 16 section of the 2012 Ulster Championships

The under14s played a seven round all play all. Joel Dawson winning the Championship without dropping a point. Sean Brown from St Columbs coming a close second.

1 Joel Dawson U14 Friends Lisburn 6.5
2 Sean Brown U14 St Columbs 6
3-4 Raghav Gupta U14 Banbridge Academy 4

Eoghan Turkington U14 St Pats Knock 4
5 Matthew Gray U14 Bangor Grammar 3.5
6-7 Samuel Todd U14 Bangor Grammar 2

Rachel Eachus U14 Antrim Grammar 2

Eoghan Turkington playing Raghav Gupta and in the background Joel Dawson under 14 Champion plays Matthew Gray

The Under12s included Admira Kecskemeti who still only 5 years old held her own to come joint 4th in the section. The overall winner Lucia Corrigan won all her games.

1 Lucia Corrigan U12 Fullerton 6
2 Joshua Morris U12 St Brides 4
3 Honor Parissis U10 Fullerton 3.5
4-8 Ryan Jackson U12
3

Admira Kecskemeti U7
3

Caolan Young U12 St Columbs 3

Pete Todd U12 Kilmaine PS 3

Lea Homaee U12 St Brides 3
9 Ellen Eachus U12 Mossgrove 1.5

The youngest player battles the eventual U12 Champion.

A chess problem competition was held consisting of some 22 chess puzzles - some of these are elegent problems and an excellent way of improving your chess.

Senior Puzzle winner : Kevin Robbin

Primary Puzzle winner : Admira Kecskemeti

with Silver awards to Honor Parissis and Lucia Corrigan.

Many thanks to the Students, their parents, Methodist College for such a brilliant venue and all our helpers.

Our next event is on 8th December 12:30pm at Methodist College.

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