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Childrens Chess Champion Crowned

On October 4th this years series of Childrens Chess tournaments started at Methodist College. We had battleChess, Chess Puzzles, informal coaching and plenty of chess games. A form1 pupil Peter Todd (Bangor Grammar) won the Secondary school section and P5 Pheobe Patterson (home educated) won the Primary section.....The gauntlet has been thrown who out there can beat these champions?

Its always nervous as an organiser starting off the season. You never know how many players will turnup. This year we had the help of teacher and chess enthusiast Gerry Tate from St Patricks Grammar School, Downpatrick who brought a mini bus with 9 chess players. We had a total of 19 players in the secondary school section and 6 in the Primary section rising to 9 with some late arrivals.

An afternoon of chess playing and problem solving. The primary section played an all play all of 5 rounds with 6 players. Play was at such a pace even with encouragement to slow down that the tournament completed within 2 hours. So we set a second challenge with 3 more players we setup an all-play-all 9 round competition of Battlechess. This game involves each player having 4 Pawns and a King. The players hide their half of the board from their opponent with a sheet of A3 and place their Pawns on any squares in rows 2 to 4 and the King on any square row 1 to 3 (if on 4 he might be in check and an illegal position may be created). Once both players acknowledge that their position is set the separator is removed and the full board displayed. Play then continues with normal rules, white moving first. The winner is the first to get a Pawn to Queen safely. A brilliant game that is fast but challenging giving players the opportunity to study endgame play showing their skills with the Kings. Skills are in positioning the pieces and then playing the endgame. When you start playing endgames can be quite rare.

The Secondary section was looked after by Gerry Tate and was run as a Swiss 7 round tournament. The result of this was exciting as you will see below in the results.

One thing that chess is, is a family game and families were brilliantly represented. We have the Pattersons providing 4 brilliant players including the 2 young players Phoebe and Calvin who are the two to beat in the Primary section. The Dawson brothers, John an excellent puzzle solver and Joel who won last years lower school Scholastic Shield. The 3 Todd brothers Peter, Samuel, Andrew all now playing in the secondary section, last year the youngest, Peter was in the primary section where he won every tournament he attended, winning the Primary School Scholastic Shield. How would he fair in the tough secondary section. Andrew recently played in the adult tournament The Ulster Championships where he won 3rd place is his section with 5 out of 6 points.

Now down to the competition results:

The Puzzle solving sheets are always full of challenging and beautiful problems to solve.

puzzles Score Place
Secondary School

John Dawson 14 1
Owen Edwards 4 2
Joel Dawson 3 3



Primary School

Isaac McIlwrath 10 1
Pheobe Patterson 10 1
Calvin Patterson 7 2

Secondary - Round 1

Results

No Name                Feder Total  Result   Name           Feder Total

 1 Nathan Bryne        F1    [0]      0:1    Eoghan McElroy F3    [0]  
 2 Patrick Mcgurnaghan F4    [0]      0:1    Joel Dawson    F4    [0]  
 3 John Dawson         L6    [0]      1:0    Adam McMillan  F3    [0]  
 4 Daire O'Donaghue    F3    [0]      0:1    Owen Edwards   F3    [0]  
 5 Kelly Finlay        F5    [0]      0:1    Jake Patterson F5    [0]  
 6 Hannah Patterson    F3    [0]      0:1    Raghav Gupta   F3    [0]  
 7 Conor Jervis        F3    [0]      1:0    Ciaran Rowan   F2    [0]  
 8 Andrew Todd         L6    [0]      1:0    James Kane     F1    [0]  
 9 Fearghus Kennedy    F1    [0]      0:1    Samuel Todd    F3    [0]  
10 Peter Todd          F1    [0]      1:0    BYE                       

Secondary - Round 2

Results

No Name                Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Joel Dawson         F4    [1]      1:0    Eoghan McElroy   F3    [1]  
 2 Jake Patterson      F5    [1]      0:1    John Dawson      L6    [1]  
 3 Owen Edwards        F3    [1]      0:1    Andrew Todd      L6    [1]  
 4 Raghav Gupta        F3    [1]      0:1    Peter Todd       F1    [1]  
 5 Samuel Todd         F3    [1]      1:0    Conor Jervis     F3    [1]  
 6 Patrick Mcgurnaghan F4    [0]      1:0    Nathan Bryne     F1    [0]  
 7 Adam McMillan       F3    [0]      0:1    Kelly Finlay     F5    [0]  
 8 James Kane          F1    [0]      1:0    Daire O'Donaghue F3    [0]  
 9 Hannah Patterson    F3    [0]      1:0    Fearghus Kennedy F1    [0]  
10 Ciaran Rowan        F2    [0]      1:0    BYE                        

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Secondary - Round 3

Results

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name                Feder Total

 1 Peter Todd       F1    [2]      1:0    Joel Dawson         F4    [2]  
 2 John Dawson      L6    [2]      1:0    Samuel Todd         F3    [2]  
 3 Andrew Todd      L6    [2]      1:0    Raghav Gupta        F3    [1]  
 4 Eoghan McElroy   F3    [1]      1:0    Owen Edwards        F3    [1]  
 5 Kelly Finlay     F5    [1]     .5:.5   Patrick Mcgurnaghan F4    [1]  
 6 Conor Jervis     F3    [1]      0:1    Jake Patterson      F5    [1]  
 7 Ciaran Rowan     F2    [1]      1:0    James Kane          F1    [1]  
 8 Nathan Bryne     F1    [0]      0:1    Hannah Patterson    F3    [1]  
 9 Fearghus Kennedy F1    [0]     .5:.5   Adam McMillan       F3    [0]  
10 Daire O'Donaghue F3    [0]      1:0    BYE                            

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Secondary - Round 4

Results

No Name           Feder Total  Result   Name                Feder Total

 1 Andrew Todd    L6    [3]      0:1    John Dawson         L6    [3]  
 2 Eoghan McElroy F3    [2]      0:1    Peter Todd          F1    [3]  
 3 Joel Dawson    F4    [2]      0:1    Hannah Patterson    F3    [2]  
 4 Jake Patterson F5    [2]      1:0    Ciaran Rowan        F2    [2]  
 5 Samuel Todd    F3    [2]     .5:.5   Kelly Finlay        F5    [1.5]
 6 James Kane     F1    [1]      1:0    Patrick Mcgurnaghan F4    [1.5]
 7 Raghav Gupta   F3    [1]      1:0    Daire O'Donaghue    F3    [1]  
 8 Owen Edwards   F3    [1]      1:0    Fearghus Kennedy    F1    [.5] 
 9 Adam McMillan  F3    [.5]     0:1    Conor Jervis        F3    [1]  
10 Nathan Bryne   F1    [0]      1:0    BYE                            

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Secondary - Round 5

Results

No Name                Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Peter Todd          F1    [4]      1:0    John Dawson      L6    [4]  
 2 Hannah Patterson    F3    [3]      0:1    Andrew Todd      L6    [3]  
 3 Samuel Todd         F3    [2.5]    0:1    Jake Patterson   F5    [3]  
 4 Conor Jervis        F3    [2]      0:1    Joel Dawson      F4    [2]  
 5 James Kane          F1    [2]      0:1    Owen Edwards     F3    [2]  
 6 Kelly Finlay        F5    [2]      0:1    Eoghan McElroy   F3    [2]  
 7 Ciaran Rowan        F2    [2]      0:1    Raghav Gupta     F3    [2]  
 8 Patrick Mcgurnaghan F4    [1.5]    1:0    Fearghus Kennedy F1    [.5] 
 9 Daire O'Donaghue    F3    [1]      1:0    Nathan Bryne     F1    [1]  
10 Adam McMillan       F3    [.5]     1:0    BYE                         

 

Secondary - Round 6

Results

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name                Feder Total

 1 Jake Patterson   F5    [4]      0:1    Peter Todd          F1    [5]  
 2 Joel Dawson      F4    [3]      0:1    Andrew Todd         L6    [4]  
 3 John Dawson      L6    [4]      1:0    Owen Edwards        F3    [3]  
 4 Eoghan McElroy   F3    [3]      0:1    Hannah Patterson    F3    [3]  
 5 Raghav Gupta     F3    [3]      1:0    Patrick Mcgurnaghan F4    [2.5]
 6 Daire O'Donaghue F3    [2]      0:1    Samuel Todd         F3    [2.5]
 7 Ciaran Rowan     F2    [2]      0:1    Kelly Finlay        F5    [2]  
 8 Conor Jervis     F3    [2]      1:0    James Kane          F1    [2]  
 9 Nathan Bryne     F1    [1]      1:0    Adam McMillan       F3    [1.5]
10 Fearghus Kennedy F1    [.5]     1:0    BYE                            

 

Secondary - Round 7

Results

No Name                Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Andrew Todd         L6    [5]      0:1    Peter Todd       F1    [6]  
 2 John Dawson         L6    [5]      1:0    Raghav Gupta     F3    [4]  
 3 Hannah Patterson    F3    [4]      1:0    Jake Patterson   F5    [4]  
 4 Samuel Todd         F3    [3.5]    1:0    Eoghan McElroy   F3    [3]  
 5 Kelly Finlay        F5    [3]      0:1    Joel Dawson      F4    [3]  
 6 Owen Edwards        F3    [3]      1:0    Conor Jervis     F3    [3]  
 7 Patrick Mcgurnaghan F4    [2.5]    1:0    Ciaran Rowan     F2    [2]  
 8 Fearghus Kennedy    F1    [1.5]   .5:.5   Nathan Bryne     F1    [2]  
 9 Adam McMillan       F3    [1.5]    0:1    Daire O'Donaghue F3    [2]  
10 James Kane          F1    [2]      1:0    BYE                         

After the final round we have Peter Todd form1 undefeated in a tough section. What a brilliant result.

Secondary - Round 7

Standings

Place Name                 Feder Rtg Loc Score M-Buch. Buch. Progr.

  1   Todd, Peter          F1            7        20.5  29.5   28.0
  2   Dawson, John         L6            6        21.5  29.0   25.0
 3-4  Todd, Andrew         L6            5        23.0  32.0   23.0
      Patterson, Hannah    F3            5        17.0  23.5   18.0
  5   Todd, Samuel         F3            4.5      15.5  23.0   18.0
 6-9  Gupta, Raghav        F3            4        22.0  30.0   16.0
      Patterson, Jake      F5            4        21.5  29.5   19.0
      Dawson, Joel         F4            4        19.5  29.0   17.0
      Edwards, Owen        F3            4        16.0  23.5   15.0
 10   Mcgurnaghan, Patrick F4            3.5      13.0  18.5   12.5
11-15 McElroy, Eoghan      F3            3        20.5  29.0   15.0
      Kane, James          F1            3        16.5  23.0   11.0
      Jervis, Conor        F3            3        16.0  21.5   13.0
      Finlay, Kelly        F5            3        16.0  21.5   12.5
      O'Donaghue, Daire    F3            3        16.0  21.5    9.0
 16   Bryne, Nathan        F1            2.5      14.0  20.0    6.5
17-18 Kennedy, Fearghus    F1            2        17.5  23.5    5.0
      Rowan, Ciaran        F2            2        17.0  23.5   11.0
 19   McMillan, Adam       F3            1.5      14.0  21.5    5.5

The Primary Section results:

Primary - Round 1

Results

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name               Feder Total

 1 Calvin Patterson P3    [0]      1:0    Isaac McIlwrath    P6    [0]  
 2 Pheobe Patterson P5    [0]      1:0    Matthew McWilliams P7    [0]  
 3  Muthisan        P7    [0]      1:0    Jack McWilliams    P7    [0]  
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Primary - Round 2

Results

No Name               Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Isaac McIlwrath    P6    [0]      1:0    Jack McWilliams  P7    [0]  
 2 Matthew McWilliams P7    [0]      0:1     Muthisan        P7    [1]  
 3 Calvin Patterson   P3    [1]      0:1    Pheobe Patterson P5    [1]  

 

Primary - Round 3

Results

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name               Feder Total

 1 Pheobe Patterson P5    [2]      1:0    Isaac McIlwrath    P6    [1]  
 2  Muthisan        P7    [2]      1:0    Calvin Patterson   P3    [1]  
 3 Jack McWilliams  P7    [0]      1:0    Matthew McWilliams P7    [0]  

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Primary - Round 4

Results

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name               Feder Total

 1 Isaac McIlwrath  P6    [1]      1:0    Matthew McWilliams P7    [0]  
 2 Calvin Patterson P3    [1]      1:0    Jack McWilliams    P7    [1]  
 3 Pheobe Patterson P5    [3]      1:0     Muthisan          P7    [3]  

 

Primary - Round 5

Results

No Name               Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1  Muthisan          P7    [3]      0:1    Isaac McIlwrath  P6    [2]  
 2 Jack McWilliams    P7    [1]      0:1    Pheobe Patterson P5    [4]  
 3 Matthew McWilliams P7    [0]      0:1    Calvin Patterson P3    [2]  

Pheobe Patterson wins having beaten everyone and not dropped a point a brilliant result.

Primary - Round 5

Standings

Place Name               Feder Rtg Loc Score Berg. Wins

  1   Pheobe Patterson   P5            5     10.00    5
 2-4  Calvin Patterson   P3            3      4.00    3
       Muthisan          P7            3      4.00    3
      Isaac McIlwrath    P6            3      4.00    3
  5   Jack McWilliams    P7            1      0.00    1
  6   Matthew McWilliams P7            0      0.00    0

 

For the Battle chess we had 9 round all-play-all the games are a lot quicker than a full game. This time Calvin Patterson won only dropping one point to Muthisan. Pheobe Patterson coming a close second. The final standings were:

 

Battle Chess

Standings

Place Name                Feder Rtg Loc Score Berg. Wins

  1   Patterson, Calvin   P3            8     30.00    7
  2   Patterson, Pheobe   P5            7     24.00    6
  3   Muthisan,           P7            6     22.50    5
 4-5  McIlwrath, Isaac    P6            5     18.50    4
      Douglas, Seamus     P5            5     14.00    4
 6-7  McWilliams, Matthew P7            4     11.50    3
      Brennan, Finn       P6            4      9.00    3
  8   McWilliams, Jack    P7            3.5   15.75    3
  9   Carroll, Seamus     P6            1.5    1.75    0

 

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