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Summer Tournament enters final 3 weeks

With 3 weeks left players need to ensure they complete the 10 necessary games and also not to lose points by playing 2 of the last three games. Who is winning....

We are now entering the final stages of the Summer tournament. The rule of playing 2 out of the 3 weeks kicks in - this ensures players hoping to win can't stay away and hold on to a winning percentage.

One thing this year I have noticed is that we have had some excellent/challenging endgame positions. There was the game published earlier between Chris Armstrong and Neil Green. Then an exciting Bishop v Knight finish of Matthew Chapman v Cathal Murphy where Matthew was forced to stop Cathal's pawn with his bishop but had hoped to force a win against the Knight with a forward pawn. The end result a draw (game on the left below). Then there was Ian Woodfield against Peter McGuckin where Ian looked like he could attack Peters King but Peter found a beautiful square for his Queen threatening an unstoppable mate on the move and thereby forcing Ian to give constant check - a draw was agreed. I am going to study my endgames!

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The senior section. Here Gareth Annesley is leading the tournament with Ian Woodfield leading the remaining players.

(Click here for full tournament results)

name Rating Played Points %





Karina Kruk 1542 1 1 100.00
Gareth Annesley 1954 8 7 87.50
John Masterson 1881 3 2 66.67
Ian Woodfield 1645 11 7 63.64
Ray Devenney 1838 1 0.5 50.00
Mark Newman 1784 6 3 50.00
Coleman, Pat 1669 1 0.5 50.00
Peter McGuckin 1536 1 0.5 50.00
David Ruben 1512 14 6.5 46.43
Nicholas Pilkiewicz 1871 8 3.5 43.75
John Bryars 1567 11 4 36.36
John McKenna 1508 2 0.5 25.00
Stephen Scannell 2005 1 0 0.00

 

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The middle section sees William Storey competing against Matthew Chapman with Neil Green and Robert Lavery chasing. An exciting battle.

Eoin McCorkindale 1250 1 1 100.00
William Storey 1289 11 7.5 68.18
Mathew Chapman 1393 8 5 62.50
Robert Lavery 1479 15 9 60.00
Neil Green 1413 10 6 60.00
CJ Murphy 1311 12 7 58.33
Chris Armstrong 1431 15 7.5 50.00
Martin Kelly 1295 7 3.5 50.00
George Jackson 1259 7 3.5 50.00
McKillen, Patrick 1234 14 7 50.00
Roy Stafford 1210 15 6 40.00
Stewart McConaghy 1420 13 5 38.46
Burns, Alan 1303 3 1 33.33
Bernard Jaffa 1434 6 1.5 25.00
Jonathan Woodfield 1494 1 0 0.00

 

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The lower section has a leader who is difficult to catch - David Seaby who has played 14 of the 15 weeks so far and only lost 3.5 points.

It must be said that Robert McDonald who is new to Ulster chess and has played a fair number of games, some against the middle section, is doing very well.

David Seaby 1119 14 10.5 75.00
Robert McDonald 1200 13 8 61.54
Adrian Dornford-Smith 1001 14 8.5 60.71
Phillip Morrison 1122 13 6.5 50.00
Geoff Hindley 1047 12 5.5 45.83
Patrick Magee 1097 9 3.5 38.89
Truesdale, Derek 1154 13 5 38.46
Craig Kelly 885 8 3 37.50
Kevin O'Neill 924 9 2 22.22
James Fairley 879 11 2 18.18
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