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2014-2015 season

Articles from 2013-2014 season under the editorship of Adrian Donford-Smith

This was a busy year for news items as a couple of regular posters provided reports from league matches and long running tournaments.

The season also saw the rejuvenation of a monthly Newsletter which itself encouraged the creation of regular tournament reports.

Coffee-house men too hot to handle

Coffee-house men too hot to handle

(B&D Leagues 2014/15 Week 9) For the first time in a long time, Lindores 1 look like a threat in the title race after a whitewash of Belfast South 1. Their second team were also victorious, narrowing the gap at the top of Division 2.

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Schools Individual Ulster Champion crowned

Schools Individual Ulster Champion crowned

Young Chess players gathered at Methodist College to play to be crowned an Ulster Champion.

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Lindores vs NICS

Lindores vs NICS

NICS decided to end 2014 with a BANG gathering themselves for a dominating attack on league challengers Lindores. Drafting in Peter May and David McAlister, the visitors expected great things of their line-up.

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Muldooned to failure?

Muldooned to failure?

(B&D Leagues 2014/15 Week 10) Muldoons' title ambitions suffered a hammer blow as they were easily seen off by leaders Ballynafeigh 1. Their second team fared little better, losing to Division 2 leaders Belfast South 2.

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Christmas Double for Horvath as he lands Williamson

Christmas Double for Horvath as he lands Williamson

The Williamson Shield was held on the weekend of 3rd and 4th January at the Maynard Sinclair Pavilion and saw 38 players contesting over two sections.

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A happy new year for Ballynafeigh 1

A happy new year for Ballynafeigh 1

(B&D Leagues 2014/15 Week 11) League leaders Ballynafeigh 1 got 2015 off to a good start as they duly defeated Bangor, extending their lead to 13 points as Lindores 1 had a free week. However, third-place Muldoons 1 kept the leaders within sight with a whitewash of Ballynafeigh 2.

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Lavery Snaffles "Best Game" Prize - Again

Lavery Snaffles "Best Game" Prize - Again

Robert Lavery was awarded the "Best Game" prize again after this season Autumn series in the 3rd Belfast South Monday Tournament. Controller Neil Green reports...

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Ballynafeigh 1 increase the gap

Ballynafeigh 1 increase the gap

(B&D Leagues 2014/15 Week 12) Ballynafeigh 1 took advantage of Muldoons 1's slip-up with victory over Lindores 1, tightening their grip on the lead in Division 1. In Division 2, Ballynafeigh 3 have "Kelly's Heroes" in their sights after a convincing win over NICS.

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"Kelly's Heroes" keep their noses in front in Strawbridge chase

"Kelly's Heroes" keep their noses in front in Strawbridge chase

(B&D Leagues 2014/15 Week 13) The big story of the week was in Division 2, where Belfast South 2 left Ballynafeigh Community House on Tuesday night with their five-point lead (and match in hand) intact, but it could have been different as Ballynafeigh 3 squandered opportunities to close the gap.

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A fruitful night for Ballynafeigh 1

A fruitful night for Ballynafeigh 1

(B&D Leagues 2014/15 Week 14) Despite conceding a surprise draw on board 1, Ballynafeigh 1 extended their lead to 20 points as the Belfast and District Leagues reach the two-thirds mark. Meanwhile, Belfast South 2 edged further ahead in Division 2.

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NICS Intense Rapidplay #2

NICS Intense Rapidplay #2

The Alan Burns Grand Prix series continues on 1st March. Now in its second year, the NICS Rapidplays offer the chance for an excellent Sunday lunch followed by an afternoon of entertaining chess. Next up is an Intense tourney with as many games as we can manage in an afternoon.

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Ballynafeigh 1 hand on the Silver King

Ballynafeigh 1 hand on the Silver King

(B&D Leagues 2014/15 Week 15) Ballynafeigh 1 were the only one of the top three sides to win this week - surely they cannot be caught now? "Kelly's Heroes" are also a step closer to the John Strawbridge Cup despite a surprisingly unconvincing win over Ballynafeigh 5.

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Ulster Rapidplay and City of Belfast Championships

Ulster Rapidplay and City of Belfast Championships

Both the Ulster Rapidplay and the City of Belfast Championships will take place in the month of April

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Ballynafeigh 5 win - cue the flying pigs

Ballynafeigh 5 win - cue the flying pigs

(B&D League 2014/15 Week 17) At the 17th attempt, Ballynafeigh 5 finally win a match as they defeat Ballynafeigh 4. In Division 1, Fruithill improve their survival chances with a win against Bangor.

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Success for Ulster players at Bunratty

Success for Ulster players at Bunratty

Over 30 Ulster players travelled to Co. Clare to compete in the world-famous Bunratty Chess Festival. Three of them returned with prizes, and several others put in good performances.

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Top young chess players enjoy afternoon of chess

Top young chess players enjoy afternoon of chess

The series of monthly Belfast Chess tournaments continued on January 17th at Methodist College. With pupils ranging from P3 to Sixth Formers. Playing some brilliant chess.

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Ballynafeigh 1 win Silver King

Ballynafeigh 1 win Silver King

(B&D League 2014/15 Week 18) The Silver King's destination was settled on Thursday night as leaders Ballynafeigh 1 defeated Bangor while in a rescheduled match from earlier in the season, second-placed Muldoons 1 were beaten by Lindores 1. In Division 2, although Ballynafeigh 3 made some inroads into Belfast South 2's lead, it looks like too little, too late.

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February's Childrens Chess - an opportunity for fun.

February's Childrens Chess - an opportunity for fun.

These events are always fun to be at, there is a friendly atmosphere that between rounds leads to a buzz of discussion. Followed by silent concentration as the games begin. Calling all keen young chess players here's an event you would enjoy...

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An evening of exciting Chess with Grand Master Nigel Short

An evening of exciting Chess with Grand Master Nigel Short

Nigel Short faced 39 chess players varying from hardened club players to younger chess enthusiasts. All hoping to get a point off this World Class player.

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The Alan Burns' Series of Tournaments Continues

The Alan Burns' Series of Tournaments Continues

On March 1st the Second tournament of the Alan Burns' series took place. 15 players gathered with ratings ranging from 800 to 1877.

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News
Ards Blitz Championship Tournament Report Ards hosted a Blitz Championship on Saturday 21st May 2022 and we have the results. May 24, 2022
It is with deep regret that I announce the death of Mr. Dennis Thorpe. Steve Scannell remembers Dennis Thorpe who sadly passed away 15th May 2022. May 20, 2022
Chess in Newry gets a start As part of its outreach programme, Bangor Chess Club is lending equipment and support to a children’s arts centre in N... May 19, 2022
Annual General Meeting Announcement This year's AGM will be hosted by Fruithill Chess Club, Monday 27th June at 8pm May 11, 2022
Newry Chess Festival : 27-29 May 2 events for the Newry Chess Festival over the weekend of Friday 27th to Sunday 29th May May 10, 2022
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