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Stormont a perfect location to celebrate chess talent

The annual Belfast Scholastic awards took place at Stormont on 30th May. Celebrating another brilliant year of chess. Kieran McCarthy MLA invited Children, Parents, Teachers to enjoy this historic building and play some chess.

Kieran McCarthy MLA welcomed us to the Long Gallery in Stormont and praised the students for their chess skills. This was followed by an excellent tour of the building. Visiting both chambers and listening to an entertaining history of the building and its architecture. Its not everyday that you sit in a chair and told thats where the first minister sits!

Returning back to the Long Gallery for coffee, chat and most importantly chess.

We run 3 tournaments 4 player all-play-alls 15mins each player. The Stormont Elite tournament. The players are selected from the top players in the Childrens Chess series of tournaments. A Grand-prix points system is applied to each of the monthly tournaments and the top 4 children in the 4 categories: Primary, Lower Secondary (Form1-Form3), Upper Secondary (Form4 and above) and puzzle solving. You have to be good to get through this gruelings entry requirement.

The results of this years Grand-prix. The winners of each group recieve a perpetual shield for their school and a small trophy and certificate to keep.

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The top youngest player is awarded the exceptional young player award. Usually this is given to a youngster who hasnt achieved the top4. But this year the 2nd place student Calvin Patterson is only P2 and so very deservedly wins this trophy.

The Belfast Scholastic Shield. Exceptional Young Player

Name

Year

School

Calvin Patterson

P2

Home Educated

Peter Todd won the Primary Shield with full points having played 4 tournaments without loosing a game. An incredible result.

The Belfast Scholastic Shield.Primary Chess Champion

Name

Year

School

Score

1st

Peter Todd

P7

Kilmaine PS

30

2nd

Calvin Patterson

P2

Home Educated

22

3rd

Phoebe Patterson

P5

Home Educated

19

3rd

Fiachra Avery

P5

Home Educated

19

The Belfast Scholastic Shield.Lower Secondary Chess Champion

Name

Year

School

Score

1st

Joel Dawson

F3

Friends School

28

2nd

Hannah Patterson

F2

Home Educated

22

3rd

Matthew Duffy

F1

Rathmore Grammar

18

4th

Cameron Brown

F1

Bangor Grammar

16.5

The Belfast Scholastic Shield.Upper Secondary Chess Champion

Name

Year

School

Score

1st

Kevin Robbin

F5

RBAI

27

2nd

Andrew Todd

F5

Bangor Grammar

24

3rd

Eoin McCorkindale

F4

Ballymena Academy

20

4th

John Dawson

F5

Friends School

17.5

5th

Jake Patterson

F4

Home Educated

15.5

The Belfast Scholastic Edward Whiteside Shield.Primary Puzzle Solving Chess Champion

Name

Year

School

Score

1st

Phoebe Patterson

P5

Home Educated

26

2nd

Calvin Patterson

P2

Home Educated

21

3rd

Peter Todd

P7

Kilmaine PS

17.5

4th

Fiachra Avery

P5

Home Educated

15.5

The Belfast Scholastic Fergus O’Neill Shield. Secondary Puzzle Solving Chess Champion

Name

Year

School

Score

1st

Kevin Robbin

F5

RBAI

30

2nd

John Dawson

F5

Friends School

26

3rd

Jake Patterson

F4

Home Educated

18

4th

Joel Dawson

F3

Friends School

16

The Chess competition took 30mins per round. All of them didnt go according to expectation. Phoebe Patterson winning the Primary Elite title, Hannah Patterson winning the lower school Elite title and joint holders Eoin McCorkindale and Andrew Todd of the Upper Secondary Elite title. Some exciting chess in a beautiful setting.

Final positions:

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Stormont Elite Chess Tournament 2014

Primary Championships

Place

Name

Year

School

Points

 

1st

Phoebe Patterson

P5

Home Educated

3

2nd

Calvin Patterson

P2

Home Educated

2

3rd

Peter Todd

P7

Kilmaine PS

1

4th

Fiachra Avery

P5

Home Educated

0

 

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Secondary F1-F3 Championships

Place

Name

Year

School

Points

1st

Hannah Patterson

F2

Home Educated

3

2nd

Joel Dawson

F3

Friends School

2

3rd

Cameron Brown

F1

Bangor Grammar

1

4th

Matthew Duffy

F1

Rathmore Grammar

0

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Senior Secondary Championships

Place

Name

Year

School

Points

1st

Andrew Todd

F5

Bangor Grammar

2

1st

Eoin McCorkindale

F4

Ballymena Academy

2

3rd

John Dawson

F5

Friends School

1 ½

4th

Jake Patterson

F4

Home Educated

½

With the competition over it was time for the Award ceremony. The Principals, teachers and Home Education representative formed a line of honor. The awards were given by UCU President Geoff Hindley and Ulster Schools Chess Council President Dr Graham Murphy. Each Student receiving their prize and walking down the line of honor shaking hands and being congratulated.

Mark Newman thanked Kieran McCarthy MLA for being our host and enabling such a brilliant event to happen in such a beautiful location. Thanks were also given to the volunteers, Methodist College, the Parents and most importantly the young chess players...

Get those chess sets out and practice - See you next year

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