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Two days of great chess at the Ulster Masters

With almost 40 players at the Belfast Boat Club. The Ulster Masters had two sections filled with exciting chess in a lovely location.

The air was expectant with young students hoping to get a few scalps and regular players excited about playing new comers. 37 players sat ready to press the clocks and start play.

Prior to the start we held a few moments quiet reflection to remember the wonderful Alan Burns who sadly passed away.

The top section had last years winner and the person to beat Gabor Harvoth (Lindores Club).  Also ready for a fight Brendon Jamison and Calum Leich. With the top players of Gareth Annesley and Nicholas Pilkiewicz a strong section. Robert Lavery kindly agreed to play up. A total of 12 good players a tough section.

The intermediate section included last years winner the King of the Pun, who with a few words can bring down the house, Martin Kelly. New players to watch are Andrew Todd, Chris Cao, Edward Hanzharov (this youngsters first tournament), James Baker, Garhy Aboelsoud, Joshua Geary, Liam Ferris, Suraj Tirupati - its always refreshing to have new players and here was a shower of them.

Its always nice to win but perhaps the best thing is to come away with 6 scores of enjoyable games with challenging positions and brilliant calculations of moves never played but almost planned.....and of conversations and friendly banter...of laughter and humour...frustration and sucess... the whole set of emotions and all over a game..a beautiful logical game of decisions and combinations. What a brilliant 2 days.

What follows is my weak attempt to cover those days- I prefer pictures to words.

 

Ulster Masters - Intermediate - Round 1

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No Name                Loc  Total  Result   Name                  Loc  Total

 7 Geoff Hindley       1039 [0]      0:1    Peter McGuckin        1530 [0]  
 8 John McKenna        1498 [0]     .5:.5   Andrew Todd           1015 [0]  
 9 Norman Rainey       760  [0]      0:1    Stewart McConaghy     1407 [0]  
10 Matthew Chapman     1402 [0]      1:0    Paul Anderson         731  [0]  
11 Martin Kelly        1288 [0]     .5:.5   James Baker                [0]  
12 Paul Charles             [0]      0:1    Pat McKillen          1257 [0]  
13 Roy Stafford        1206 [0]      0:1    Garhy Aboelsoud            [0]  
14 Chris Cao           1058 [0]      1:0    Liam Ferris                [0]  
15 David Seaby         1140 [0]      0:1    Joshua Geary               [0]  
16 Edward Hanzharov         [0]      0:1    Paddy Magee           1110 [0]  
17 Suraj Tirupati           [0]      0:1    Adrian Dornford-Smith 1043 [0]  
18 William Storey      1323 [.5]    .5:.5   BYE                             
19 Cathal Murphy       1278 [0]      0:0    BYE                             
20 Stephen Scarborough 1218 [.5]    .5:.5   BYE                             
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endgame-james-martinRound 1 pits the weakest against the strongest. Heres where David beats Goliath. Andrew Todd didnt disappoint drawing against John McKenna (coming from a recent League match having beaten Mark Newman). James Baker and Martin Kelly played a marathon of a game lasting until gone 2:00pm with Queen and King against Rook, the end position was so elegent I just have to show it (right). Well done to both players proving how artistic and exciting an endgame can be....

 

 

Ulster Masters - Senior - Round 1

Results

No Name            Loc  Total  Result   Name                Loc  Total

 1 Brendan Jamison 1724 [0]     .5:.5   Gabor Horvath       2104 [0]  
 2 Gareth Annesley 1956 [0]      1:0    Ross Harris         1715 [0]  
 3 Stephen Rush    1647 [0]     .5:.5   Soren Jensen        1886 [0]  
 4 Calum Leitch    1877 [0]      1:0    Thomas Donaldson    1621 [0]  
 5 Niall Troughton 1602 [0]     .5:.5   Nicholas Pilkiewicz 1831 [0]  
 6 Mark Newman     1750 [0]      1:0    Robert Lavery       1499 [0]  

The Seniors had upsets on half the boards that meant the field was more open for an unexpected result. Brendan drew against Gabor. Niall drew against Nicholas and Stephen drew against Soren. And Robert was the exchange up against Mark who played a poor opening loosing the exchange by move 10 for no real advantage, but was lucky to get some play with the extra minor piece before the Rooks came into play.

With the increment time of 70mins + 30 secs a few players got very short lunch breaks but it did mean games were rarely lost on time. Also Martin and James were still playing at 2:00pm when round 2 was to start. They were allowed a rest of 25mins whilst the rest of the games started,slightly late.

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Ulster Masters - Intermediate - Round 2

Results

No Name                  Loc  Total  Result   Name            Loc  Total

 7 Peter McGuckin        1530 [1]      1:0    Chris Cao       1058 [1]  
 8 Stewart McConaghy     1407 [1]      1:0    Garhy Aboelsoud      [1]  
 9 Paddy Magee           1110 [1]      0:1    Matthew Chapman 1402 [1]  
10 Adrian Dornford-Smith 1043 [1]      0:1    Pat McKillen    1257 [1]  
11 Joshua Geary               [1]     .5:.5   John McKenna    1498 [.5] 
12 Andrew Todd           1015 [.5]     1:0    Martin Kelly    1288 [.5] 
13 James Baker                [.5]    .5:.5   Roy Stafford    1206 [0]  
14 William Storey        1323 [.5]     1:0    Paul Charles         [0]  
15 Stephen Scarborough   1218 [.5]     1:0    Suraj Tirupati       [0]  
16 Paul Anderson         731  [0]      0:1    David Seaby     1140 [0]  
17 Liam Ferris                [0]      1:0    Geoff Hindley   1039 [0]  
18 Edward Hanzharov           [0]      1:0    Norman Rainey   760  [0]  
19 Cathal Murphy         1278 [0]     .5:.5   BYE                       

 

Andrew Todd continued his battle to the top beating Martin Kelly. Other results breaking the mould included Joshua Geary drawing with John McKenna and James Baker drawing against Roy Stafford.

 

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Ulster Masters - Senior - Round 2

Results

No Name                Loc  Total  Result   Name            Loc  Total

 1 Calum Leitch        1877 [1]      0:1    Gareth Annesley 1956 [1]  
 2 Gabor Horvath       2104 [.5]     1:0    Mark Newman     1750 [1]  
 3 Soren Jensen        1886 [.5]    .5:.5   Brendan Jamison 1724 [.5] 
 4 Nicholas Pilkiewicz 1831 [.5]    .5:.5   Stephen Rush    1647 [.5] 
 5 Ross Harris         1715 [0]      0:1    Niall Troughton 1602 [.5] 
 6 Thomas Donaldson    1621 [0]      1:0    Robert Lavery   1499 [0]  

Round 2 of the Seniors continued with upsets. Brendan Jamison drawing against Soren Jensen and Stephen Rush drawing against Nicholas Pilkiewicz. Niall Troughton beating Ross Harris.Gareth continued unbeaten to lead the standings followed closely by Gabor and Niall.

Ulster Masters - Intermediate - Round 3

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No Name                  Loc  Total  Result   Name                Loc  Total

 7 Stewart McConaghy     1407 [2]     .5:.5   Matthew Chapman     1402 [2]  
 8 Pat McKillen          1257 [2]      0:1    William Storey      1323 [1.5]
 9 Andrew Todd           1015 [1.5]   .5:.5   Stephen Scarborough 1218 [1.5]
10 Adrian Dornford-Smith 1043 [1]      0:1    Joshua Geary             [1.5]
11 James Baker                [1]      0:1    John McKenna        1498 [1]  
12 Paddy Magee           1110 [1]      1:0    Chris Cao           1058 [1]  
13 Garhy Aboelsoud            [1]      1:0    Edward Hanzharov         [1]  
14 Martin Kelly          1288 [.5]     1:0    Liam Ferris              [1]  
15 Roy Stafford          1206 [.5]     1:0    Geoff Hindley       1039 [0]  
16 Paul Charles               [0]      0:1    Norman Rainey       760  [0]  
17 Paul Anderson         731  [0]      0:1    Suraj Tirupati           [0]  
18 Peter McGuckin        1530 [2]     .5:.5   BYE                           
19 Cathal Murphy         1278 [.5]    .5:.5   BYE                           
20 David Seaby           1140 [1]     .5:.5   BYE                           

Results went to plan apart from Andrew Todd and Joshua Geary. With a day over and 3 rounds played no players on 3 points. 4 players on 2 and 4 on 1.5 so the tournament still wide open...and a night to rest and regroup.

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Results

No Name            Loc  Total  Result   Name                Loc  Total

 1 Gareth Annesley 1956 [2]     .5:.5   Gabor Horvath       2104 [1.5]
 2 Niall Troughton 1602 [1.5]    0:1    Soren Jensen        1886 [1]  
 3 Stephen Rush    1647 [1]      0:1    Calum Leitch        1877 [1]  
 4 Brendan Jamison 1724 [1]      1:0    Nicholas Pilkiewicz 1831 [1]  
 5 Mark Newman     1750 [1]      1:0    Thomas Donaldson    1621 [1]  
 6 Robert Lavery   1499 [0]     .5:.5   Ross Harris         1715 [0]  

 

Brendon continued his line of good results with a win over Nicholas Pilkiewicz and Robert Lavery showed his skill in gaining 1/2 point over Ross Harris with a tough endgame. Played under tough time pressure.At the end of the day Gareth Annesley still in the lead with 2.5 followed by 5 players on 2 points. Someone needed to score a point against Gareth. What would happen in the morning.

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The opening of the Edward Whiteside Chess Library took place at the tournament with some 40 books and 20 DVDs. Several members joined and borrowed books and DVDs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ulster Masters - Intermediate - Round 4

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Results

No Name                Loc  Total  Result   Name                  Loc  Total

 7 Peter McGuckin      1530 [2.5]    1:0    Joshua Geary               [2.5]
 8 William Storey      1323 [2.5]    0:1    Paddy Magee           1110 [2]  
 9 John McKenna        1498 [2]      1:0    Garhy Aboelsoud            [2]  
10 Stephen Scarborough 1218 [2]      0:1    Pat McKillen          1257 [2]  
11 David Seaby         1140 [1.5]    0:1    Andrew Todd           1015 [2]  
12 BYE                               0:1    Martin Kelly          1288 [1.5]
13 Cathal Murphy       1278 [1]      1:0    James Baker                [1]  
14 Norman Rainey       760  [1]      0:1    Adrian Dornford-Smith 1043 [1]  
15 Edward Hanzharov         [1]      1:0    Paul Anderson         731  [0]  
16 Geoff Hindley       1039 [0]      1:0    Paul Charles               [0]  
17 Stewart McConaghy   1407 [2.5]   .5:.5   BYE                             
18 Matthew Chapman     1402 [2.5]   .5:.5   BYE                             
19 Chris Cao           1058 [1]     .5:.5   BYE                             
20 Liam Ferris              [1]     .5:.5   BYE                             
21 Suraj Tirupati           [1]     .5:.5   BYE                             
22 BYE                              .5:.5   Roy Stafford          1206 [1.5]

Going into Round 4 we have 5 players leading on 2.5 including unrated player Joshua Geary. Followed closely by 6 players on 2 including Garhy Aboelsoud and Andrew Todd. The top 3 boards had 2 new unrated players. Andrew Todd continued to gain points so far not having lost a game. Alot of players took traveling Byes, not unusual for a Sunday morning. The organisers were flexible with traveling Byes taking the view that the main aim was to encourage people to play chess.

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Results

No Name                Loc  Total  Result   Name            Loc  Total

 1 Brendan Jamison     1724 [2]     .5:.5   Gareth Annesley 1956 [2.5]
 2 Gabor Horvath       2104 [2]      0:1    Calum Leitch    1877 [2]  
 3 Soren Jensen        1886 [2]      1:0    Mark Newman     1750 [2]  
 4 Thomas Donaldson    1621 [1]      0:1    Stephen Rush    1647 [1]  
 5 Nicholas Pilkiewicz 1831 [1]      0:1    Ross Harris     1715 [.5] 
 6 Robert Lavery       1499 [.5]     1:0    BYE                       
 7 Niall Troughton     1602 [1.5]   .5:.5   BYE                       

The upsets continued in the Seniors. Brendan having an excellent tournament. Calum gaining the joint lead with Gareth and Soren. With Brendan on 2 1/2 and 4 players on 2.

Ulster Masters - Intermediate - Round 5

Results

No Name                  Loc  Total  Result   Name                Loc  Total

 7 Matthew Chapman       1402 [3]      1:0    Peter McGuckin      1530 [3.5]
 8 Pat McKillen          1257 [3]      1:0    John McKenna        1498 [3]  
 9 Andrew Todd           1015 [3]      1:0    Stewart McConaghy   1407 [3]  
10 Paddy Magee           1110 [3]      0:1    Martin Kelly        1288 [2.5]
11 Joshua Geary               [2.5]    0:1    William Storey      1323 [2.5]
12 Adrian Dornford-Smith 1043 [2]      0:1    Cathal Murphy       1278 [2]  
13 Roy Stafford          1206 [2]      1:0    Edward Hanzharov         [2]  
14 Liam Ferris                [1.5]    1:0    Stephen Scarborough 1218 [2]  
15 Suraj Tirupati             [1.5]    1:0    David Seaby         1140 [1.5]
16 Norman Rainey         760  [1]      0:1    Geoff Hindley       1039 [1]  
17 Paul Anderson         731  [0]      1:0    Paul Charles             [0]  
18 Chris Cao             1058 [1.5]   .5:.5   BYE                           

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Round 5 and Peter McGuckin leads by 1/2 point followed by a pack of 6 players on 3 points all to play for. and another exciting endgame with a flutter of mistakes Andrew had what looked like a lost game (a Bishop and pawns v Rook and pawns) when Stewart made the mistake of allowing a pawn reach the 7th Rank and put his Rook on the wrong row allowing the pawn to Queen.

Ulster Masters - Senior - Round 5

Results

No Name            Loc  Total  Result   Name                Loc  Total

 1 Gareth Annesley 1956 [3]      1:0    Soren Jensen        1886 [3]  
 2 Calum Leitch    1877 [3]      1:0    Brendan Jamison     1724 [2.5]
 3 Stephen Rush    1647 [2]      0:1    Gabor Horvath       2104 [2]  
 4 Mark Newman     1750 [2]      1:0    Niall Troughton     1602 [2]  
 5 Robert Lavery   1499 [1.5]    0:1    Nicholas Pilkiewicz 1831 [1]  
 6 Ross Harris     1715 [1.5]    0:1    Thomas Donaldson    1621 [1]  

Games went to plan except on board 6 where Thomas played well to beat Ross. Sharing the lead on 4 points Calum and Gareth.

Ulster Masters - Intermediate - Round 6

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No Name                Loc  Total  Result   Name                  Loc  Total

 7 Pat McKillen        1257 [4]      1:0    Matthew Chapman       1402 [4]  
 8 Peter McGuckin      1530 [3.5]    1:0    Andrew Todd           1015 [4]  
 9 Martin Kelly        1288 [3.5]    1:0    William Storey        1323 [3.5]
10 John McKenna        1498 [3]      1:0    Roy Stafford          1206 [3]  
11 Stewart McConaghy   1407 [3]      1:0    Paddy Magee           1110 [3]  
12 Cathal Murphy       1278 [3]      0:1    Joshua Geary               [2.5]
13 Liam Ferris              [2.5]   .5:.5   Suraj Tirupati             [2.5]
14 Stephen Scarborough 1218 [2]      1:0    Edward Hanzharov           [2]  
15 Chris Cao           1058 [2]      0:1    Adrian Dornford-Smith 1043 [2]  
16 Geoff Hindley       1039 [2]      1:0    David Seaby           1140 [1.5]
17 Paul Anderson       731  [1]      1:0    Norman Rainey         760  [1]  
18 Paul Charles             [0]      1:0    BYE                             

Going into the final round three players were fighting for the lead, Matthew Chapman, Pat McKillen, Peter McGuckin and Andrew Todd. Would there be an upset?

The final round decided by Pat McKillen beating Matthew Chapman and Peter McGuckin beating Andrew Todd. But what exciting finish.

Ulster Masters - Senior - Round 6

Results

No Name                Loc  Total  Result   Name             Loc  Total

 1 Mark Newman         1750 [3]      1:0    Gareth Annesley  1956 [4]  
 2 Soren Jensen        1886 [3]     .5:.5   Calum Leitch     1877 [4]  
 3 Gabor Horvath       2104 [3]      1:0    Robert Lavery    1499 [1.5]
 4 Niall Troughton     1602 [2]     .5:.5   Brendan Jamison  1724 [2.5]
 5 Nicholas Pilkiewicz 1831 [2]      1:0    Thomas Donaldson 1621 [2]  
 6 Ross Harris         1715 [1.5]   .5:.5   Stephen Rush     1647 [2]  

Going into round 6 Calum said to Mark you have to win or draw and Mark never having had a good result against Gareth was seriously sceptical.

Ulster Masters - Intermediate

 

Standings

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

  1   Pat McKillen                    1257 5        15.5  20.0   17.0
 2-3  Peter McGuckin                  1530 4.5      17.0  23.0   17.0
      Martin Kelly                    1288 4.5      16.0  22.0   13.0
 4-7  Andrew Todd                     1015 4        19.0  25.0   15.0
      John McKenna                    1498 4        17.5  24.5   13.5
      Matthew Chapman                 1402 4        17.0  24.0   16.5
      Stewart McConaghy               1407 4        14.5  19.5   15.5
 8-9  Joshua Geary                         3.5      17.5  23.5   13.5
      William Storey                  1323 3.5      17.5  23.0   14.5
10-17 Stephen Scarborough             1218 3        17.0  24.0   11.5
      Paddy Magee                     1110 3        17.0  23.0   13.0
      Cathal Murphy                   1278 3        17.0  22.5    9.5
      Adrian Dornford-Smith           1043 3        15.5  21.5   10.0
      Liam Ferris                          3        14.5  20.0    9.0
      Suraj Tirupati                       3        14.0  19.0    8.0
      Roy Stafford                    1206 3        13.5  18.0   10.0
      Geoff Hindley                   1039 3        13.0  18.0    6.0
18-21 Chris Cao                       1058 2        16.0  22.5    8.5
      Edward Hanzharov                     2        13.0  17.0    8.0
      Paul Anderson                   731  2        11.5  16.0    3.0
      Garhy Aboelsoud                      2        11.0  17.0    6.0
 22   David Seaby                     1140 1.5      16.0  22.0    7.0
23-25 Paul Charles                         1        15.0  21.0    1.0
      Norman Rainey                   760  1        14.0  18.5    4.0
      James Baker                          1        12.0  20.0    3.5

 

 

UCU President awarding prizes for the Intermediate competition 1st prize to Pat McKillan and right 2nd place to Peter McGuckin. Also winning grading prizes Andrew Todd (who ended up joint 4th) and Joshua Geary on 3.5 points. Very well deserved and two young players who are worth watching in the future. If you are at school and keen to play chess, the UCU runs a monthly series of tournaments for students see our events on this website for more details.

The first prize is The Des Forson Trophy - a wood carved chess position - one which was played by Des and was his favourite with a complicated win.

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Ulster Masters - Senior

Standings

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

  1   Calum Leitch                  1877 4.5      13.0  19.0   15.5
 2-4  Gareth Annesley               1956 4        14.5  21.0   16.5
      Gabor Horvath                 2104 4        13.5  19.0   13.0
      Mark Newman                   1750 4        12.0  17.0   13.0
  5   Soren Jensen                  1886 3.5      13.5  20.5   13.0
 6-7  Brendan Jamison               1724 3        14.5  21.5   11.5
      Nicholas Pilkiewicz           1831 3         9.0  13.0    8.5
 8-9  Stephen Rush                  1647 2.5      12.5  19.0    9.0
      Niall Troughton               1602 2.5      12.5  18.5   10.0
10-11 Thomas Donaldson              1621 2        11.5  17.0    7.0
      Ross Harris                   1715 2        10.0  15.0    5.5
 12   Robert Lavery                 1499 1.5      12.0  18.0    5.0

The Winners of the Seniors.  Calum Leitch 1st and Gareth Annesley 2nd place with Stephen Rush receiving the grading prize.

Calum gave thanks to the controllers and volunteers who made this possible. To the tournament director Ross Harris. and to Mark Newman for beating Gareth.

Gareth in good humour also thanked Mark for his 2nd place!

The tournament was a wonderful celebration of the game of chess.... see you at our next tournament.

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