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Top youngsters play in Northern Ireland Mega-final

Saturday 17th May saw some 29 children play excellent chess at the UK Chess Challenge Northern Ireland Mega finals and enjoy some coaching from top Ulster Chess player Gareth Annesley.

The Northern Ireland Mega-final is part of the very successful Delancy UK Chess Challenge. There are a series of tournaments that lead to the best players playing in the Giga-Finals and then the Tera-Finals. In the past we have had winners at the Giga-finals.

This year saw 28 youngsters set to see who could qualify for the next level in the tournament the Giga-Finals. Players could do this by winning their age group or score 4 or more out of 6 points. The format was six round swiss with the group split into 3 sections: U10's , U12's and U18's.

Merged section of U10 and below




No First Name Last Name Age Qualifying Compet School Score Title
1 Calvin Patterson U7 Childrens Chess Home Schooled 6 Supremo
2 Li Chenyang U10 Childrens Chess Brownlee 5 Supremo
3 Phoebe Patterson U9 Childrens Chess Home Schooled 4 Suprema
4 Lucy Xu U8 Childrens Chess Harmony Hill 4 Suprema
5 Isaac McIlwrath U10 Childrens Chess Wallace Prep, Lisburn               3

6 Fiachra Avery U9 Childrens Chess Home Schooled 3 Supremo
7 Tom Crudgington U9 Castlewellan PS Castlewellan PS 2.5
8 Oscar Lin U9 Botanic PS Botanic PS 2.5
9 William Chen U8 Botanic PS Botanic PS 2 Supremo
10 Peter Unsworth U10 Botanic PS Botanic PS 2
11 Sumin Yu U9 Botanic PS Botanic PS 2

Calvin Patterson won outright the section without loosing a game. Being the youngest in the tournament this was a brilliant result. All the players gaining the Title Supremo/Suprema won a trophy and qualified for the Giga-finals.

Merged section of U12-U11




No First Name Last Name Age Qualifying Compet School Score Title
1 Peter Todd U11 Childrens Chess Kilmaine PS 5.5 Supremo
2 Jack Martin U11 Castlewellan PS Castlewellan PS 4.5 Qualifier
3 Cameron Brown U12 Childrens Chess Bangor Grammar 4 Supremo
4 Kieran Martin U12 Childrens Chess Bangor Grammar 4 Qualifier
5 Ethan Martin U12 Childrens Chess Bangor Grammar 2.5
6 Lloyd Martin U11 Castlewellan PS Castlewellan PS 2.5
7 Molly Bailes U11 Botanic PS Botanic PS 1 Suprema
8 Kelvin Chen U11 Botanic PS Botanic PS 0

Peter Todd from Kilmaine PS won the competition only dropping 1/2 a point. As well as age group winners including Cameron Brown and Molly Bailes we had 2 qualifiers with 4 points or more - Jack Martin and Kieran Martin.

Merged section of U18-U13




No First Name Last Name Age Qualifying Compet School Score Title
1 Eoin McCorkindale U15 Childrens Chess Academy Ballymena 5 Supremo
2 Matthew Chapman U18 Childrens Chess Grosvenor Grammar 5 Supremo
3 Jake Patterson U15 Childrens Chess Home Schooled 4 Qualifier
4 Andrew Todd U17 Childrens Chess Bangor Grammar 4 Supremo
5 Samuel Todd U13 Childrens Chess Bangor Grammar 2 Supremo
6 Joshua Geary U17 Childrens Chess Bangor Grammar 2
7 Hannah Patterson U13 Childrens Chess Home Schooled 2 Suprema
8 Finlay Kelly U15 Childrens Chess Down High 2
9 James Lynch U14 St Malachys College St Malachys College 1 Supremo

Eoin McCorkindale has done well in all the competitions he's entered. Matthew Chapman is an excellent player and to come on joint points with him is no small feat. This was a strong section. All played very well.

The UK organisers will be sending entry details to winners/qualifiers very shortly.

During the day between rounds we were lucky to have Gareth Annesley do some informal coaching - talking through solving problems and a small game explaining the need for developing your pieces. This was done with the use of the school projector - making the talk more interactive and visual.

The day also saw a Chess puzzle competition. Thanks to volunteers Geoff Hindley, James Fairley and Gareth Annesley.

U10U10-2
U12-1 U18
U10-3 winners

 

The prize giving at the end of the tournament saw Geoff Hindley (president of the Ulster Chess Union) award a prize to Gareth Annesley for the 2013 Summer tournament.

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Children also play between rounds other interesting games that challenge the mind...

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