A winter afternoon of chess fun.

The first of the afternoons of the Childrens Chess tournaments took place on November 7th at Methodist College. Some of the best young players in Ulster play head to head. The winner of the secondary tournament PeterTodd from Bangor Grammar is only in form 2 an excellent result.

We were very pleasantly suprised by the number of players. Allowing us to have two excellent swiss tournaments with 6 rounds in each.

With new players adding strengh to the sections the regular players were challenged. But always the best way to improve your chess is to player a stronger player, loose, learn and play again until you win.....

The hum of social chat filled the room - quiet as each round started. Players solving chess puzzles during the space between rounds.

Two schools well attended were St Patricks, Down Patrick brought in by teacher and Chess organiser Gerry Tate and Bangor Grammar School where Andrew Todd has done some excellent work encouraging and organising chess.

Thanks to Methodist College for the brilliant venue. Thanks to the volunteers for making the event possible. Thanks to the players for creating such a brilliant environment and friendly atmosphere for playing chess.

Thanks also to all our regulars - and for a great days chess. I leave you with photos of the day and the full results.....

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solutions at bottom of the page

Primary Puzzle reults

Score Name Year
12 Calum Gendenning P7
11 Pablo Gonzalez P6
9 Arvery Fiachra F7
8 Jasper Grady p5
8 Pheobe Patterson P7
7 David Gonzalez P6
7 Dexter Harris P3
7 Rowan Kelly P3
7 Aaditya Singh P2
6 Anjali Singh P4
5 Adam Fitzsimons P3
3 Calvin Patterson P4
1 Katy Thornton P6

Secondary Puzzle results

Score Name Year
19 Todd, Peter F2
17 Todd, Samuel F4
9 Patterson, Hannah F4
8 Rowan, Ciaran F3
6 Dawson, John U6
6 Murphy, Lewis F4
4 Breen, Dylan F2
4 Bryne, Nathan F2
3 Kane, James F2
2 Clarke, Che F2

Peter and Samuel Todd scored excellently solving some very difficult but beautiful problems.

The Primary section has been dominated by Calvin (P4) and Pheobe Patterson (P7) but the new players included twins David and Pablo Gonzalez whom I had played last month at the LJCC and almost got beaten. I should also mention that the range of ages from P2 - Aaditya Singh. Shows that you're never too young to play...

 

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Round 1

No Name            Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Benji Black     P4    [0]      0:1    Dexter Harris    P3    [0]  
 2 Rowan Kelly     P3    [0]      0:1    Arvery Fiachra   F7    [0]  
 3 Adam Fitzsimons P3    [0]      0:1    Calvin Patterson P4    [0]  
 4 Anjali Singh    P4    [0]     .5:.5   Calum Gendenning P7    [0]  
 5 David Gonzalez  P6    [0]      1:0    Aaditya Singh    P2    [0]  
 6 Katy Thornton   P6    [0]      0:1    Pablo Gonzalez   P6    [0]  
 7 Jasper Grady    p5    [0]      1:0    Avrora Zelenchuk P3    [0]  
 8 Callum Delaney  P3    [0]      0:1    Pheobe Patterson P7    [0]  
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Round 2

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Arvery Fiachra   F7    [1]      1:0    Jasper Grady     p5    [1]  
 2 Dexter Harris    P3    [1]      0:1    David Gonzalez   P6    [1]  
 3 Pablo Gonzalez   P6    [1]      1:0    Calvin Patterson P4    [1]  
 4 Pheobe Patterson P7    [1]      1:0    Anjali Singh     P4    [.5] 
 5 Calum Gendenning P7    [.5]     1:0    Benji Black      P4    [0]  
 6 Katy Thornton    P6    [0]      0:1    Adam Fitzsimons  P3    [0]  
 7 Avrora Zelenchuk P3    [0]      0:1    Rowan Kelly      P3    [0]  
 8 Aaditya Singh    P2    [0]     .5:.5   Callum Delaney   P3    [0]  

Fiachra Avery, David Gonzalez, Pablo Gonzalez and Pheobe Patterson come out of round 3 with full marks. Pablo wins against favourite Calvin.

Round 3

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Pablo Gonzalez   P6    [2]      1:0    Arvery Fiachra   F7    [2]  
 2 David Gonzalez   P6    [2]      1:0    Pheobe Patterson P7    [2]  
 3 Adam Fitzsimons  P3    [1]      0:1    Calum Gendenning P7    [1.5]
 4 Jasper Grady     p5    [1]      1:0    Rowan Kelly      P3    [1]  
 5 Calvin Patterson P4    [1]      1:0    Dexter Harris    P3    [1]  
 6 Anjali Singh     P4    [.5]     1:0    Aaditya Singh    P2    [.5] 
 7 Callum Delaney   P3    [.5]    .5:.5   Katy Thornton    P6    [0]  
 8 Benji Black      P4    [0]      1:0    Avrora Zelenchuk P3    [0]  

The Gonzalez twins David and Pablo come out of round 3 on full points of 3 and will meet each other in the next round...

Round 4

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name            Feder Total

 1 David Gonzalez   P6    [3]      1:0    Pablo Gonzalez  P6    [3]  
 2 Calum Gendenning P7    [2.5]    1:0    Arvery Fiachra  F7    [2]  
 3 Pheobe Patterson P7    [2]      1:0    Jasper Grady    p5    [2]  
 4 Calvin Patterson P4    [2]      1:0    Anjali Singh    P4    [1.5]
 5 Rowan Kelly      P3    [1]     .5:.5   Benji Black     P4    [1]  
 6 Dexter Harris    P3    [1]      1:0    Callum Delaney  P3    [1]  
 7 Aaditya Singh    P2    [.5]     0:1    Adam Fitzsimons P3    [1]  
 8 Avrora Zelenchuk P3    [0]      1:0    Katy Thornton   P6    [.5] 

David beats Pablo and leads the tournament unbeaten so far. Calum Glendenning also is unbeaten with 3.5 out of 4.

Round 5

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Calum Gendenning P7    [3.5]    1:0    David Gonzalez   P6    [4]  
 2 Pablo Gonzalez   P6    [3]      1:0    Pheobe Patterson P7    [3]  
 3 Jasper Grady     p5    [2]      0:1    Calvin Patterson P4    [3]  
 4 Adam Fitzsimons  P3    [2]      0:1    Dexter Harris    P3    [2]  
 5 Arvery Fiachra   F7    [2]      1:0    Benji Black      P4    [1.5]
 6 Anjali Singh     P4    [1.5]    1:0    Rowan Kelly      P3    [1.5]
 7 Callum Delaney   P3    [1]     .5:.5   Avrora Zelenchuk P3    [1]  
 8 Katy Thornton    P6    [.5]     0:1    Aaditya Singh    P2    [.5] 

Round 6

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Pablo Gonzalez   P6    [4]      1:0    Calum Gendenning P7    [4.5]
 2 Calvin Patterson P4    [4]      0:1    David Gonzalez   P6    [4]  
 3 Dexter Harris    P3    [3]      1:0    Arvery Fiachra   F7    [3]  
 4 Pheobe Patterson P7    [3]      1:0    Adam Fitzsimons  P3    [2]  
 5 Jasper Grady     p5    [2]      0:1    Anjali Singh     P4    [2.5]
 6 Benji Black      P4    [1.5]   .5:.5   Callum Delaney   P3    [1.5]
 7 Aaditya Singh    P2    [1.5]    1:0    Avrora Zelenchuk P3    [1.5]
 8 Rowan Kelly      P3    [1.5]    0:1    Katy Thornton    P6    [.5] 

Standings

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

 1-2  David Gonzalez   P6    5        16.5  24.0   19.0
      Pablo Gonzalez   P6    5        15.5  22.0   18.0
  3   Calum Gendenning P7    4.5      13.5  20.5   17.0
 4-6  Calvin Patterson P4    4        14.5  21.5   15.0
      Pheobe Patterson P7    4        12.5  19.5   15.0
      Dexter Harris    P3    4        11.0  18.0   12.0
  7   Anjali Singh     P4    3.5      12.5  18.5   10.0
  8   Arvery Fiachra   F7    3        12.5  19.0   13.0
  9   Aaditya Singh    P2    2.5       9.0  15.5    5.5
10-13 Adam Fitzsimons  P3    2        14.5  20.5    8.0
      Jasper Grady     p5    2        12.0  17.5   10.0
      Benji Black      P4    2        10.5  16.5    6.0
      Callum Delaney   P3    2        10.0  15.5    6.0
14-16 Rowan Kelly      P3    1.5       8.5  13.5    6.5
      Katy Thornton    P6    1.5       8.0  14.5    3.0
      Avrora Zelenchuk P3    1.5       7.5  11.5    4.0

The top 6 all within a point. The twins joint winners David and Pablo Gonzalez. Followed closely by Calum Glendenning and Calvin and Pheoebe sharing 4th position with the young Dexter Harris. A tough competition with all levels of chess players enjoying the game.

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Round 1

No Name              Feder Total  Result   Name                Feder Total

 1 Dylan Breen       F2    [0]      0:1    Patrick McGurnaghan F5    [0]  
 2 Lewis Murphy      F4    [0]      1:0    Nathan Bryne        F2    [0]  
 3 Che Clarke        F2    [0]      0:1    Hannah Patterson    F4    [0]  
 4 Jake Patterson    L6    [0]      0:1    John Dawson         U6    [0]  
 5 James Kane        F2    [0]      1:0    Ciaran Rowan        F3    [0]  
 6 BYE                              0:1    Thomas Maze         F2    [0]  
 7 Eoin McCorkindale L6    [0]      1:0    Samuel Todd         F4    [0]  
 8 Peter Todd        F2    [0]      1:0    Thomas McGuigan     F1    [0]  
 9 Daniil Zelenchuk  F1    [0]      1:0    Heidi Dawson        F1    [0]  

Round 2

No Name                Feder Total  Result   Name              Feder Total

 1 John Dawson         U6    [1]      1:0    Lewis Murphy      F4    [1]  
 2 Patrick McGurnaghan F5    [1]      1:0    James Kane        F2    [1]  
 3 Thomas Maze         F2    [1]      0:1    Peter Todd        F2    [1]  
 4 Hannah Patterson    F4    [1]      0:1    Eoin McCorkindale L6    [1]  
 5 Nathan Bryne        F2    [0]      0:1    Daniil Zelenchuk  F1    [1]  
 6 Ciaran Rowan        F3    [0]      1:0    Dylan Breen       F2    [0]  
 7 Samuel Todd         F4    [0]      1:0    Che Clarke        F2    [0]  
 8 Thomas McGuigan     F1    [0]      0:1    Jake Patterson    L6    [0]  
 9 Heidi Dawson        F1    [0]      1:0    BYE                          

Round 3

No Name              Feder Total  Result   Name                Feder Total

 1 Daniil Zelenchuk  F1    [2]      0:1    John Dawson         U6    [2]  
 2 Eoin McCorkindale L6    [2]      1:0    Patrick McGurnaghan F5    [2]  
 3 Peter Todd        F2    [2]      1:0    Hannah Patterson    F4    [1]  
 4 James Kane        F2    [1]      0:1    Samuel Todd         F4    [1]  
 5 Heidi Dawson      F1    [1]      1:0    Thomas Maze         F2    [1]  
 6 Lewis Murphy      F4    [1]      1:0    Ciaran Rowan        F3    [1]  
 7 Jake Patterson    L6    [1]      1:0    Dylan Breen         F2    [0]  
 8 Che Clarke        F2    [0]      1:0    Nathan Bryne        F2    [0]  
 9 Thomas McGuigan   F1    [0]      1:0    BYE                           

 

Round 4

No Name                Feder Total  Result   Name              Feder Total

 1 John Dawson         U6    [3]     .5:.5   Peter Todd        F2    [3]  
 2 Jake Patterson      L6    [2]      0:1    Eoin McCorkindale L6    [3]  
 3 Patrick McGurnaghan F5    [2]      0:1    Daniil Zelenchuk  F1    [2]  
 4 Samuel Todd         F4    [2]      1:0    Heidi Dawson      F1    [2]  
 5 Thomas Maze         F2    [1]      0:1    Lewis Murphy      F4    [2]  
 6 Ciaran Rowan        F3    [1]      1:0    Che Clarke        F2    [1]  
 7 Hannah Patterson    F4    [1]      1:0    Thomas McGuigan   F1    [1]  
 8 Dylan Breen         F2    [0]      0:1    James Kane        F2    [1]  
 9 Nathan Bryne        F2    [0]      1:0    BYE                    

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Round 5

No Name              Feder Total  Result   Name                Feder Total

 1 Eoin McCorkindale L6    [4]      1:0    John Dawson         U6    [3.5]
 2 Peter Todd        F2    [3.5]    1:0    Lewis Murphy        F4    [3]  
 3 Daniil Zelenchuk  F1    [3]      0:1    Samuel Todd         F4    [3]  
 4 James Kane        F2    [2]      0:1    Jake Patterson      L6    [2]  
 5 Ciaran Rowan      F3    [2]      0:1    Patrick McGurnaghan F5    [2]  
 6 Heidi Dawson      F1    [2]      0:1    Hannah Patterson    F4    [2]  
 7 Nathan Bryne      F2    [1]     .5:.5   Thomas Maze         F2    [1]  
 8 Thomas McGuigan   F1    [1]      1:0    Che Clarke          F2    [1]  
 9 Dylan Breen       F2    [0]      1:0    BYE              

Round 6

No Name                Feder Total  Result   Name              Feder Total

 1 Peter Todd          F2    [4.5]    1:0    Eoin McCorkindale L6    [5]  
 2 Samuel Todd         F4    [4]     .5:.5   John Dawson       U6    [3.5]
 3 Patrick McGurnaghan F5    [3]      0:1    Jake Patterson    L6    [3]  
 4 Lewis Murphy        F4    [3]      0:1    Daniil Zelenchuk  F1    [3]  
 5 Hannah Patterson    F4    [3]      1:0    James Kane        F2    [2]  
 6 Thomas McGuigan     F1    [2]      0:1    Ciaran Rowan      F3    [2]  
 7 Nathan Bryne        F2    [1.5]    0:1    Heidi Dawson      F1    [2]  
 8 Thomas Maze         F2    [1.5]   .5:.5   Dylan Breen       F2    [1]  
 9 Che Clarke          F2    [1]      1:0    BYE   

A battle of the giants Eoin McCorkindale against Peter Todd to decide who wins. An exciting end.

Peter Todd wins overall having not lost a game. An excellent result especially considering hes form2.

Who will win next months Ulster Championships - its going to be a fantastic battle. See you there....

Standings

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

  1   Peter Todd          F2    5.5      12.5  19.0   19.5
  2   Eoin McCorkindale   L6    5        16.5  25.0   20.0
  3   Samuel Todd         F4    4.5      12.5  19.0   14.5
 4-7  John Dawson         U6    4        17.5  26.0   17.0
      Daniil Zelenchuk    F1    4        12.5  18.0   15.0
      Hannah Patterson    F4    4        11.0  18.0   12.0
      Jake Patterson      L6    4        10.5  16.5   12.0
8-11  Patrick McGurnaghan F5    3        13.0  19.0   13.0
      Lewis Murphy        F4    3        12.5  19.0   13.0
      Heidi Dawson        F1    3        12.5  18.0   10.0
      Ciaran Rowan        F3    3         8.0  12.0    9.0
12-15 Thomas McGuigan     F1    2        14.0  21.0    6.0
      James Kane          F2    2        14.0  19.5    9.0
      Che Clarke          F2    2        11.5  17.0    5.0
      Thomas Maze         F2    2         9.5  16.0    7.5
16-17 Dylan Breen         F2    1.5      11.0  16.5    2.5
      Nathan Bryne        F2    1.5      10.0  15.5    4.0

Solution of Puzzles

1. Qf7+ Kxf7

2. Rd8 mate

 

1. Qxf7+ Kxf7

2. Bg6#

 

 

 

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