February 2016 Childrens Chess

On February 13th at Methodist College. There were some tough fights and some upsets at the Chess board. The competition to see who leads in the Grand-prix continues....

Again we had a brilliant field of enthusiastic chess players. The Grand-prix fight is heating up who will be the top 12 competitors to get invited to the Stormont Elite tournament. The standings will be published shortly.

During the day players solved challenging chess puzzles. This is a good way of improving your game. Patterns of attack tend to repeat and seeing it in a problem allows you to spot it in a game.

Some examples of the chess puzzles: Solutions at the end of this page.

prob2
prob5 prob6

Both sections were challenged to complete the sheets as the competition had everyone focused. It was still good to get so many solutions returned for marking.

The places for the problem solving competition

Primary School

Year Points
P7 Fiachra Avery, 11
P4 Calvin Patterson, 10
P7 Pheobe Patterson, 9
P3 Dexter Harrris, 8
P6 Katy Thorton, 8
P3 Avrora Zelenchuk, 8
P3 Adam Fitzsimons, 7
P5 Jasper Grady, 7

Secondary School

Year Points
F4 Samuel Todd, 12
L6 Eoin McCorkindale, 10
U6 Andrew Todd, 8
U6 John Dawson, 6.5
F4 Hannah Patterson, 5
L6 Jake Patterson, 4
U6 Samuel Trimble, 4

The primary section of the tournament was run as an all play all 7 rounds. The Secondary was played as a Swiss, managing to fit in 6 rounds, each player with 15mins on the clock.

Primary

Round 1

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Pheobe Patterson P7    [0]      1:0    Fiachra Avery    P7    [0]  
 2 Dexter Harrris   P3    [0]      1:0    Jasper Grady     P5    [0]  
 3 Adam Fitzsimons  P3    [0]     .5:.5   Katy Thorton     P6    [0]  
 4 Calvin Patterson P4    [0]      1:0    Avrora Zelenchuk P3    [0]  
by Swiss Perfect (TM)  www.swissperfect.com

 

Round 2

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Jasper Grady     P5    [0]     .5:.5   Adam Fitzsimons  P3    [.5] 
 2 Fiachra Avery    P7    [0]      0:1    Dexter Harrris   P3    [1]  
 3 Calvin Patterson P4    [1]      1:0    Pheobe Patterson P7    [1]  
 4 Avrora Zelenchuk P3    [0]      1:0    Katy Thorton     P6    [.5] 

Calvin and Dexter take a lead with 2 full points out of 2.

Round 3

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Dexter Harrris   P3    [2]     .5:.5   Calvin Patterson P4    [2]  
 2 Adam Fitzsimons  P3    [1]     .5:.5   Fiachra Avery    P7    [0]  
 3 Katy Thorton     P6    [.5]    .5:.5   Jasper Grady     P5    [.5] 
 4 Pheobe Patterson P7    [1]      1:0    Avrora Zelenchuk P3    [1] 

The two leaders meet with a drawn result. One thing we noticed was that the games were lasting longer than normal

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Round 4

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name            Feder Total

 1 Fiachra Avery    P7    [.5]     1:0    Katy Thorton    P6    [1]  
 2 Calvin Patterson P4    [2.5]    1:0    Adam Fitzsimons P3    [1.5]
 3 Phoebe Patterson P7    [2]     .5:.5   Dexter Harrris  P3    [2.5]
 4 Avrora Zelenchuk P3    [1]      0:1    Jasper Grady    P5    [1]  

Calvin takes the lead. There were several excellent end games during the tournament, which is good to see in such young players.

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Round 5

No Name            Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Adam Fitzsimons P3    [1.5]    0:1    Phoebe Patterson P7    [2.5]
 2 Katy Thorton    P6    [1]      0:1    Calvin Patterson P4    [3.5]
 3 Jasper Grady    P5    [2]      0:1    Fiachra Avery    P7    [1.5]
 4 Dexter Harrris  P3    [3]      1:0    Avrora Zelenchuk P3    [1]  

Calvin continues leading with 4.5 closely followed by Dexter on 4 points and Phoebe on 3.5.

Round 6

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name            Feder Total

 1 Calvin Patterson P4    [4.5]    1:0    Jasper Grady    P5    [2]  
 2 Pheobe Patterson P7    [3.5]    1:0    Katy Thorton    P6    [1]  
 3 Dexter Harrris   P3    [4]      1:0    Adam Fitzsimons P3    [1.5]
 4 Avrora Zelenchuk P3    [1]      0:1    Fiachra Avery   P7    [2.5]

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Round 7

No Name            Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Katy Thorton    P6    [1]      0:1    Dexter Harrris   P3    [5]  
 2 Jasper Grady    P5    [2]      0:1    Pheobe Patterson P7    [4.5]
 3 Fiachra Avery   P7    [3.5]    0:1    Calvin Patterson P4    [5.5]
 4 Adam Fitzsimons P3    [1.5]    0:1    Avrora Zelenchuk P3    [1]  

 

Primary - Standings

Place Name             Feder Score Berg. Wins

  1   Calvin Patterson P4    6.5   18.50    6
  2   Dexter Harrris   P3    6     16.00    5
  3   Pheobe Patterson P7    5.5   13.00    5
  4   Fiachra Avery    P7    3.5    5.75    3
 5-6  Jasper Grady     P5    2      3.25    1
      Avrora Zelenchuk P3    2      2.50    2
  7   Adam Fitzsimons  P3    1.5    3.25    0
  8   Katy Thorton     P6    1      1.75    0

Brilliant to see players enjoying the game and focusing on chess and chatting in a briliant atmosphere.

The secondary school tournament ran has a group of tough players. With players playing in the Ulster Chess League and participating and doing well in the Ulster Chess weekend tournaments. Andrew Todd organises two league teams at Bangor Chess Club. Daniil Zelenchuk playing for Ballynafiegh 3rd team.

Secondary - Round 1

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name              Feder Total

 1 Heidi Dawson     F1    [0]      0:1    Ciaran Rowan      F3    [0]  
 2 Adam Rushe       F3    [0]      0:1    John Dawson       U6    [0]  
 3 Adi Kashyep      F4    [0]      0:1    Samuel Todd       F4    [0]  
 4 Peter Todd       F2    [0]      1:0    Eoin McCorkindale L6    [0]  
 5 Jake Patterson   L6    [0]      1:0    Andrew Todd       U6    [0]  
 6 Samuel Trimble   U6    [0]     .5:.5   Hannah Patterson  F4    [0]  
 7 Daniil Zelenchuk F1    [0]      1:0    BYE                      

The first upset - Jake Patterson wins against Andrew Todd - whos leading the overall Grandprix. Another good win is Peter Todd winning against Eoin McCorkindale.

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Round 2

No Name              Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 John Dawson       U6    [1]     .5:.5   Peter Todd       F2    [1]  
 2 Samuel Todd       F4    [1]      0:1    Jake Patterson   L6    [1]  
 3 Ciaran Rowan      F3    [1]      0:1    Daniil Zelenchuk F1    [1]  
 4 Hannah Patterson  F4    [.5]     1:0    Heidi Dawson     F1    [0]  
 5 Adi Kashyep       F4    [0]      0:1    Samuel Trimble   U6    [.5] 
 6 Eoin McCorkindale L6    [0]      1:0    Adam Rushe       F3    [0]  
 7 Andrew Todd       U6    [0]      1:0    BYE   

Round 3

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name              Feder Total

 1 Daniil Zelenchuk F1    [2]      0:1    Jake Patterson    L6    [2]  
 2 Samuel Trimble   U6    [1.5]    1:0    John Dawson       U6    [1.5]
 3 Peter Todd       F2    [1.5]    1:0    Hannah Patterson  F4    [1.5]
 4 Samuel Todd      F4    [1]      0:1    Eoin McCorkindale L6    [1]  
 5 Andrew Todd      U6    [1]      1:0    Ciaran Rowan      F3    [1]  
 6 Heidi Dawson     F1    [0]      0:1    Adi Kashyep       F4    [0]  
 7 Adam Rushe       F3    [0]      1:0    BYE        

Jake Patterson wins again and takes the overall lead. Closely followed by Peter Todd and Samuel Trimble on 2.5

Round 4

No Name              Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Jake Patterson    L6    [3]      1:0    Samuel Trimble   U6    [2.5]
 2 Andrew Todd       U6    [2]      1:0    Peter Todd       F2    [2.5]
 3 Eoin McCorkindale L6    [2]      1:0    Daniil Zelenchuk F1    [2]  
 4 John Dawson       U6    [1.5]    1:0    Hannah Patterson F4    [1.5]
 5 Adam Rushe        F3    [1]      1:0    Adi Kashyep      F4    [1]  
 6 Ciaran Rowan      F3    [1]      1:0    Samuel Todd      F4    [1]  
 7 Heidi Dawson      F1    [0]      1:0    BYE                         

 

Round 5

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name              Feder Total

 1 Jake Patterson   L6    [4]      1:0    Eoin McCorkindale L6    [3]  
 2 John Dawson      U6    [2.5]    1:0    Andrew Todd       U6    [3]  
 3 Peter Todd       F2    [2.5]    1:0    Samuel Trimble    U6    [2.5]
 4 Hannah Patterson F4    [1.5]    1:0    Adam Rushe        F3    [2]  
 5 Daniil Zelenchuk F1    [2]      1:0    Heidi Dawson      F1    [1]  
 6 Adi Kashyep      F4    [1]      0:1    Ciaran Rowan      F3    [2]  
 7 Samuel Todd      F4    [1]      1:0    BYE   

Jake Patterson continues his wins with a complete 5 out of 5. John Dawson has a good win against Andrew Todd.

 

Round 6

Results

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name              Feder Total

 1 Peter Todd       F2    [3.5]    1:0    Jake Patterson    L6    [5]  
 2 Ciaran Rowan     F3    [3]      0:1    John Dawson       U6    [3.5]
 3 Andrew Todd      U6    [3]      1:0    Daniil Zelenchuk  F1    [3]  
 4 Samuel Trimble   U6    [2.5]    0:1    Eoin McCorkindale L6    [3]  
 5 Hannah Patterson F4    [2.5]    1:0    Samuel Todd       F4    [2]  
 6 Adam Rushe       F3    [2]      1:0    Heidi Dawson      F1    [1]  
 7 Adi Kashyep      F4    [1]      1:0    BYE                

Peter Todd does his best to knock Jake off the lead but its too late. Jake wins a tough section with an excellent 5 out of 6.

Peter Todd and John Dawson follow closely only 1/2 a point behind on 4.5. A very tough section.

Secondary - Standings

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

  1   Jake Patterson    L6    5        12.5  18.5   20.0
 2-3  Peter Todd        F2    4.5      15.5  23.0   15.5
      John Dawson       U6    4.5      12.5  19.5   14.5
 4-5  Andrew Todd       U6    4        15.0  22.5   13.0
      Eoin McCorkindale L6    4        12.0  18.5   13.0
  6   Hannah Patterson  F4    3.5      11.0  16.0   11.0
 7-9  Daniil Zelenchuk  F1    3        13.5  19.0   13.0
      Adam Rushe        F3    3        12.0  17.0    8.0
      Ciaran Rowan      F3    3         9.0  14.0   11.0
 10   Samuel Trimble    U6    2.5      16.5  23.0   12.0
11-12 Samuel Todd       F4    2        13.5  20.0    8.0
      Adi Kashyep       F4    2         9.5  13.0    5.0
 13   Heidi Dawson      F1    1        11.0  16.0    3.0

 

 

10. (456) White to play

1. Be6 Rxe6

2. Rb6 Rxb6

3. e8 (Q)+

11. (457) White to play

1. Kb2 Bxb7

2. axb7

if .. Rd8 3. Rc8

or .. Rb6 3. Rc6+

6. White to mate in 3

1. Bc6 Qc8

2. Qxa7+ Kxa7

3. Ra1#

or 1 ... bxc6

2. Qxc6 Rb7

3. Qxb7#

12. (466) White to play

1. Rxg8+ Kxg8

2. Bc4 winning back the Rook

21. (452) White to play

1. Rxa4 Kxa4

2. Bg6 threatening to

play Be8 winning back the rook

22. (453) Black to play

1. ...  e2

2. Bxf2 Be3

White cant stop the pawns

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