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Coaching and fun at Novembers Childrens Chess

The series of Primary and Secondary school tournaments continues into its 14th Year. With some of Northern Irelands top youngsters. An opportunity to train for the Schools Ulster Championships next month.

With a hall full of 27 young chess players. The afternoon was going to be full of chess fun.

The primary section saw some new faces and some regulars. Pheobe and Calvin previous winners were out to battle all comers. How would previous Stormont award winner Fiachra Avery fair? Relative newcomers Twins Jack, Matthew McWilliams, Leon Geraghty, Muthisan Piranthesan, Eoghan and Johnny Duffy, Eva Rown and Calum Glendinning made up a tough section.

During the tournament puzzles were discussed, analysed and solved.

Between rounds we were lucky to have top Ulster chess player Gareth Annesley coaching. The topic of the day was pins. Covering what they are and how they can be used to win a game using the projector to talk through some fantastic positions.

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There are some 33 problems. A sheet each for the primary and secondary sections each containing 22 problems. Two examples are shown below. Try your hand at them. The second one is particulary trickey. Problems are a brilliant way to practice and improve your chess. Answers given at bottom of this article.

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White to move. Mate in 2. White to move and win.

At this series of tournaments players score points and the top 4 players of each section, Primary, Lower School and Upper School are invited to an award ceremony and Elite tournament at Stormont. Click here and see details of last years event

We collect the puzzles at about 4:00pm and mark them, returning them to their owners at the prize giving with a certificate, Gold/Silver and Bronze. The puzzles are a great way to put your chess analysis skills to the test. Analysing a position you havent  met before is brilliant for your chess.

The primary winner of the puzzle solving: Pheobe Patterson with 9 closely followed by Fiachra Avery with 8.

The secondary winner put in a brilliant performance solving problems that I had to check the answers to. Eoin McCorkindale with 17 a fantastic result.

Primary Nov - Round 1

Results

No Name               Feder Total  Result   Name                Feder Total

 1 Fiachra Avery      P6    [0]      1:0    Jack McWilliams     P7    [0]  
 2 Matthew McWilliams P7    [0]     .5:.5   Eoghan Duffy        P5    [0]  
 3 Johnny Duffy       P7    [0]      0:1    Pheobe Patterson    P6    [0]  
 4 Calvin Patterson   P3    [0]      1:0    Leon Geraghty       P6    [0]  
 5 Calum Glendinning  P6    [0]      0:1    Muthisan Pirathesan P7    [0]  
 6 Eva Rowan          P7    [0]      1:0    BYE                            
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Primary Nov - Round 2

Results

No Name                Feder Total  Result   Name               Feder Total

 1 Muthisan Pirathesan P7    [1]      0:1    Fiachra Avery      P6    [1]  
 2 Pheobe Patterson    P6    [1]      1:0    Eva Rowan          P7    [1]  
 3 Eoghan Duffy        P5    [.5]     0:1    Calvin Patterson   P3    [1]  
 4 Johnny Duffy        P7    [0]      1:0    Matthew McWilliams P7    [.5] 
 5 Leon Geraghty       P6    [0]      1:0    Calum Glendinning  P6    [0]  
 6 Jack McWilliams     P7    [0]      1:0    BYE                           

 

Primary Nov - Round 3

Results

No Name               Feder Total  Result   Name                Feder Total

 1 Calvin Patterson   P3    [2]      1:0    Pheobe Patterson    P6    [2]  
 2 Fiachra Avery      P6    [2]      1:0    Eoghan Duffy        P5    [.5] 
 3 Eva Rowan          P7    [1]      0:1    Johnny Duffy        P7    [1]  
 4 Jack McWilliams    P7    [1]      0:1    Muthisan Pirathesan P7    [1]  
 5 Matthew McWilliams P7    [.5]     0:1    Leon Geraghty       P6    [1]  
 6 Calum Glendinning  P6    [0]      1:0    BYE                            
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Primary Nov - Round 4

Results

No Name                Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Calvin Patterson    P3    [3]      1:0    Fiachra Avery    P6    [3]  
 2 Muthisan Pirathesan P7    [2]      1:0    Johnny Duffy     P7    [2]  
 3 Leon Geraghty       P6    [2]      0:1    Pheobe Patterson P6    [2]  
 4 Calum Glendinning   P6    [1]     .5:.5   Jack McWilliams  P7    [1]  
 5 Eoghan Duffy        P5    [.5]     1:0    Eva Rowan        P7    [1]  
 6 Matthew McWilliams  P7    [.5]     1:0    BYE                         

 

Primary Nov - Round 5

Results

No Name                Feder Total  Result   Name              Feder Total

 1 Muthisan Pirathesan P7    [3]      0:1    Calvin Patterson  P3    [4]  
 2 Pheobe Patterson    P6    [3]      1:0    Fiachra Avery     P6    [3]  
 3 Johnny Duffy        P7    [2]     .5:.5   Leon Geraghty     P6    [2]  
 4 Jack McWilliams     P7    [1.5]   .5:.5   Eoghan Duffy      P5    [1.5]
 5 Matthew McWilliams  P7    [1.5]    0:1    Calum Glendinning P6    [1.5]

 

Primary Nov - Round 6

Results

No Name              Feder Total  Result   Name                Feder Total

 1 Calum Glendinning P6    [2.5]    0:1    Calvin Patterson    P3    [5]  
 2 Pheobe Patterson  P6    [4]      1:0    Muthisan Pirathesan P7    [3]  
 3 Fiachra Avery     P6    [3]      1:0    Matthew McWilliams  P7    [1.5]
 4 Eoghan Duffy      P5    [2]     .5:.5   Johnny Duffy        P7    [2.5]
 5 Leon Geraghty     P6    [2.5]    1:0    Jack McWilliams     P7    [2]  

 

Calvin Patterson only P3 wins the tournament undefeated, followed by Pheobe Patterson with 5 out of 6.

Primary Nov - Standings

Standings

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

  1   Patterson, Calvin    P3            6        13.0  20.0   21.0
  2   Patterson, Pheobe    P6            5        13.5  21.0   17.0
  3   Avery, Fiachra       P6            4        12.0  19.0   16.0
  4   Geraghty, Leon       P6            3.5      11.5  18.5   11.0
 5-6  Pirathesan, Muthisan P7            3        14.0  21.5   13.0
      Duffy, Johnny        P7            3        10.5  16.5   10.5
 7-8  Glendinning, Calum   P6            2.5      11.0  18.0    7.5
      Duffy, Eoghan        P5            2.5      10.0  17.0    7.5
  9   McWilliams, Jack     P7            2        12.0  18.0    7.5
 10   McWilliams, Matthew  P7            1.5      12.0  18.0    6.0
 11   Rowan, Eva           P7            1         5.5  12.5    4.0

 

Secondary Nov - Round 1

Results

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name              Feder Total

 1 Cameron Brown    F2    [0]      0:1    Eoin McCorkindale F5    [0]  
 2 Scott Murray     F5    [0]      0:1    Joel Dawson       F4    [0]  
 3 John Dawson      L6    [0]      0:1    Jake Patterson    F5    [0]  
 4 Hannah Patterson F3    [0]      1:0    Matt Duffy        F2    [0]  
 5 Darragh Ferguson F1    [0]      1:0    Ciaran Rowan      F2    [0]  
 6 Andrew Todd      L6    [0]      1:0    Matthew Gray      F5    [0]  
 7 Raghav Gupta     F3    [0]     .5:.5   Peter Todd        F1    [0]  
 8 Samuel Todd      F3    [0]      0:1    Edward Hanzharov  F4    [0]  

 

Secondary Nov - Round 2

Results

No Name              Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Joel Dawson       F4    [1]      0:1    Hannah Patterson F3    [1]  
 2 Eoin McCorkindale F5    [1]      1:0    Darragh Ferguson F1    [1]  
 3 Edward Hanzharov  F4    [1]      0:1    Andrew Todd      L6    [1]  
 4 Jake Patterson    F5    [1]     .5:.5   Raghav Gupta     F3    [.5] 
 5 Peter Todd        F1    [.5]    .5:.5   Cameron Brown    F2    [0]  
 6 Ciaran Rowan      F2    [0]      0:1    John Dawson      L6    [0]  
 7 Matt Duffy        F2    [0]      1:0    Scott Murray     F5    [0]  
 8 Matthew Gray      F5    [0]      0:1    Samuel Todd      F3    [0]  
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Secondary Nov - Round 3

Results

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name              Feder Total

 1 Hannah Patterson F3    [2]      0:1    Eoin McCorkindale F5    [2]  
 2 Andrew Todd      L6    [2]      0:1    Jake Patterson    F5    [1.5]
 3 Raghav Gupta     F3    [1]      1:0    Joel Dawson       F4    [1]  
 4 John Dawson      L6    [1]      1:0    Edward Hanzharov  F4    [1]  
 5 Samuel Todd      F3    [1]     .5:.5   Matt Duffy        F2    [1]  
 6 Darragh Ferguson F1    [1]      0:1    Peter Todd        F1    [1]  
 7 Cameron Brown    F2    [.5]    .5:.5   Matthew Gray      F5    [0]  
 8 Scott Murray     F5    [0]     .5:.5   Ciaran Rowan      F2    [0]  

 

Secondary Nov - Round 4

Results

No Name              Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Eoin McCorkindale F5    [3]      1:0    Jake Patterson   F5    [2.5]
 2 Peter Todd        F1    [2]      1:0    John Dawson      L6    [2]  
 3 Andrew Todd       L6    [2]      1:0    Raghav Gupta     F3    [2]  
 4 Samuel Todd       F3    [1.5]    0:1    Hannah Patterson F3    [2]  
 5 Matt Duffy        F2    [1.5]    0:1    Darragh Ferguson F1    [1]  
 6 Joel Dawson       F4    [1]      1:0    Cameron Brown    F2    [1]  
 7 Edward Hanzharov  F4    [1]      1:0    Scott Murray     F5    [.5] 
 8 Matthew Gray      F5    [.5]     1:0    Ciaran Rowan     F2    [.5] 
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Secondary Nov - Round 5

Results

No Name              Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Eoin McCorkindale F5    [4]      1:0    Andrew Todd      L6    [3]  
 2 Hannah Patterson  F3    [3]      0:1    Peter Todd       F1    [3]  
 3 Jake Patterson    F5    [2.5]    1:0    Joel Dawson      F4    [2]  
 4 John Dawson       L6    [2]      1:0    Raghav Gupta     F3    [2]  
 5 Darragh Ferguson  F1    [2]      0:1    Edward Hanzharov F4    [2]  
 6 Matthew Gray      F5    [1.5]    0:1    Matt Duffy       F2    [1.5]
 7 Scott Murray      F5    [.5]     1:0    Samuel Todd      F3    [1.5]
 8 Ciaran Rowan      F2    [.5]     0:1    Cameron Brown    F2    [1]  

 

Secondary Nov - Round 6

Results

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name              Feder Total

 1 Peter Todd       F1    [4]      0:1    Eoin McCorkindale F5    [5]  
 2 Jake Patterson   F5    [3.5]    1:0    Hannah Patterson  F3    [3]  
 3 Andrew Todd      L6    [3]     .5:.5   John Dawson       L6    [3]  
 4 Edward Hanzharov F4    [3]      1:0    Matt Duffy        F2    [2.5]
 5 Cameron Brown    F2    [2]      0:1    Darragh Ferguson  F1    [2]  
 6 Joel Dawson      F4    [2]      0:1    Matthew Gray      F5    [1.5]
 7 Raghav Gupta     F3    [2]      1:0    Scott Murray      F5    [1.5]
 8 Ciaran Rowan     F2    [.5]     0:1    Samuel Todd       F3    [1.5]
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Secondary Nov - Round 7

Results

No Name              Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Eoin McCorkindale F5    [6]      1:0    Edward Hanzharov F4    [4]  
 2 Peter Todd        F1    [4]      0:1    Jake Patterson   F5    [4.5]
 3 John Dawson       L6    [3.5]    1:0    Darragh Ferguson F1    [3]  
 4 Hannah Patterson  F3    [3]      0:1    Andrew Todd      L6    [3.5]
 5 Matthew Gray      F5    [2.5]    1:0    Raghav Gupta     F3    [3]  
 6 Samuel Todd       F3    [2.5]   .5:.5   Joel Dawson      F4    [2]  
 7 Matt Duffy        F2    [2.5]    1:0    Ciaran Rowan     F2    [.5] 
 8 Scott Murray      F5    [1.5]    0:1    Cameron Brown    F2    [2]  

Eoin McCorkindale not only winning the Problem solving in style but the tournament undefeated with 7 out of 7. Followed by Jake Patterson on 5.5 and Andrew Todd, John Dawson on 4.5. This is a tough section with some excellent players. Promising a good year of competitive chess.

Secondary Nov - Standings

Standings

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

  1   McCorkindale, Eoin F5            7        18.5  27.0   28.0
  2   Patterson, Jake    F5            5.5      19.0  28.5   21.0
 3-4  Todd, Andrew       L6            4.5      20.5  30.5   19.0
      Dawson, John       L6            4.5      18.5  24.5   16.0
 5-6  Todd, Peter        F1            4        19.0  29.0   18.5
      Hanzharov, Edward  F4            4        18.5  27.0   16.0
 7-8  Gray, Matthew      F5            3.5      15.0  20.0    9.5
      Duffy, Matt        F2            3.5      14.0  18.5   12.5
9-13  Patterson, Hannah  F3            3        20.5  30.0   17.0
      Ferguson, Darragh  F1            3        19.0  26.5   13.0
      Gupta, Raghav      F3            3        19.0  26.0   13.5
      Brown, Cameron     F2            3        14.5  22.0    9.5
      Todd, Samuel       F3            3        14.0  18.5   11.0
 14   Dawson, Joel       F4            2.5      15.5  22.5   11.5
 15   Murray, Scott      F5            1.5      15.0  19.5    5.5
 16   Rowan, Ciaran      F2            0.5      16.0  22.0    2.5

 

 

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