Ulster Schools Championships 2015-2016

Students from Ulster took part in the Ulster Champions 2015-16 at Methodist College on Saturday 5th December. With youngsters from 7 years to 18 years all playing for a title.

The Ulster Champion title for schools is awarded to the winner of the Under 19 section. We have a brilliant form 1 student Peter Todd who decided to play up and move sections from Under14 to Under19 to win the championship. The numbers of players meant we mixed the sections and played two tournaments Under 12 and Under 19. This year saw a new trophy donated anonymously for the Champion - a beautiful hand made silver Goblet.

The Secondary section played a six round swiss each player having 25mins on the clock. Whilst the Primary section played an 8 round swiss.

Throughout the day a puzzle competition had the youngsters thinking hard to solve some beautiful problems.

The winner of the Primary Puzzles was the U8 Avrora Zelenchuk followed closely by Calum Glendinning.

Name Age Cert
Avrora Zelenchuk U8 11 Gold
Calum Glendinning U12 9 Gold
Fiachra Avery U12 8 Silver
Michael Callaghan U12 8 Silver
Calvin Patterson U10 8 Silver
Dexter Harris U8 8 Silver
Benji Black U8 7 Silver
Jasper Grady U10 7 Silver
Pheobe Patterson U12 6 Bronze
Katie Thorton U12 1 Bronze

The winner of the Seconday Puzzles was Ciaran Rowen.

Name Age Cert
Ciaran Rowen U16 6 Gold

Some of the puzzles (solutions at the end of this article.

After an afternoon of exciting chess. The champions for 2015/16 are:

Overall Ulster Schools Champion Andrew Todd

Ulster Champion Under 19 Andrew Todd

Ulster Champion Under 16 Samuel Todd

Ulster Champion Under 14 Daniil Zelenchuk

Ulster Champion Under 12 Pheobe Patterson

Ulster Champion Under 10 Calvin Patterson

Ulster Champion Under 8 Dexter Harris

The best placed girl Hannah Patterson is awarded the prestigious Silver Plate.

Photos and results are below.

Peter Todd almost won the under 19 title. Coming second overall on the same points as brother Andrew and Eoin McCorkindale on 5 points. A very close finish.

In the Primary section we had 8 rounds and some upsets. The young Dexter Harris arrived missing round one and managed to beat some of the leading players, giving the section an exciting ending. Three players ended on 6 points out of 8, Pheobe Patterson (the U12 Champion), Michael Callaghan (U12) and the Under 10 Champion Calvin Patterson. This year it looks like the families of Patterson and Todd have dominated the championships.

Thanks to every player. Those who won and those who lost. The chess was brilliant and the atmosphere friendly and fun. Thanks also to Methodist College for the excellent venue, to Gerry Tate for running the tournament and to the volunteers from the Ulster Chess Union, James Fairley and Geoff Hindley.

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Primary Section

Round1

No Name              Age  Total  Result   Name              Age   Total

 1 Fiachra Avery     U12   [0]      1:0    Jasper Grady      U10   [0]  
 2 Pheobe Patterson  U12   [0]      1:0    Benji Black       U8    [0]  
 3 Michael Callaghan U12   [0]      0:1    Calvin Patterson  U10   [0]  
 4 Katie Thorton     U12   [0]      0:1    Calum Glendinning U12   [0]  
 5 Avrora Zelenchuk  U8    [0]      1:0    BYE                          
by Swiss Perfect (TM)  www.swissperfect.com

Round2

No Name              Age  Total  Result   Name              Age   Total

 1 Calvin Patterson  U10   [1]      1:0    Fiachra Avery     U12   [1]  
 2 Calum Glendinning U12   [1]      1:0    Avrora Zelenchuk  U8    [1]  
 3 Jasper Grady      U10   [0]      0:1    Pheobe Patterson  U12   [1]  
 4 Benji Black       U8    [0]      0:1    Michael Callaghan U12   [0]  
 5 Katie Thorton     U12   [0]      0:1    Dexter Harris     U8    [0]  

Round3

No Name              Age  Total  Result   Name              Age   Total

 1 Pheobe Patterson  U12   [2]      0:1    Calum Glendinning U12   [2]  
 2 Avrora Zelenchuk  U8    [1]      0:1    Calvin Patterson  U10   [2]  
 3 Dexter Harris     U8    [1]      0:1    Fiachra Avery     U12   [1]  
 4 Michael Callaghan U12   [1]      1:0    Katie Thorton     U12   [0]  
 5 Jasper Grady      U10   [0]      0:1    Benji Black       U8    [0]  

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Round4

No Name              Age  Total  Result   Name              Age   Total

 1 Calum Glendinning U12   [3]     .5:.5   Calvin Patterson  U10   [3]  
 2 Fiachra Avery     U12   [2]      0:1    Michael Callaghan U12   [2]  
 3 Dexter Harris     U8    [1]      0:1    Pheobe Patterson  U12   [2]  
 4 Benji Black       U8    [1]      1:0    Avrora Zelenchuk  U8    [1]  
 5 Katie Thorton     U12   [0]      0:1    Jasper Grady      U10   [0]  

 

Round5

No Name              Age  Total  Result   Name              Age   Total

 1 Michael Callaghan U12   [3]      1:0    Calum Glendinning U12   [3.5]
 2 Calvin Patterson  U10   [3.5]    0:1    Pheobe Patterson  U12   [3]  
 3 Fiachra Avery     U12   [2]      1:0    Benji Black       U8    [2]  
 4 Jasper Grady      U10   [1]      0:1    Dexter Harris     U8    [1]  
 5 Avrora Zelenchuk  U8    [1]     .5:.5   Katie Thorton     U12   [0]  

 

Round6

No Name              Age  Total  Result   Name              Age   Total

 1 Pheobe Patterson  U12   [4]      0:1    Michael Callaghan U12   [4]  
 2 Calum Glendinning U12   [3.5]    1:0    Fiachra Avery     U12   [3]  
 3 Calvin Patterson  U10   [3.5]   .5:.5   Jasper Grady      U10   [1]  
 4 Dexter Harris     U8    [2]     .5:.5   Avrora Zelenchuk  U8    [1.5]
 5 Benji Black       U8    [2]      1:0    Katie Thorton     U12   [.5] 

 

Round7

No Name              Age  Total  Result   Name               Age  Total

 1 Michael Callaghan U12   [5]      0:1    Dexter Harris     U8    [2.5]
 2 Benji Black       U8    [3]      0:1    Calum Glendinning U12   [4.5]
 3 Fiachra Avery     U12   [3]      0:1    Pheobe Patterson  U12   [4]  
 4 Katie Thorton     U12   [.5]     0:1    Calvin Patterson  U10   [4]  
 5 Avrora Zelenchuk  U8    [2]      0:1    Jasper Grady      U10   [1.5]

 

Round8

No Name              Age  Total  Result   Name              Age   Total

 1 Calum Glendinning U12   [5.5]    0:1    Dexter Harris     U8    [3.5]
 2 Calvin Patterson  U10   [5]      1:0    Benji Black       U8    [3]  
 3 Jasper Grady      U10   [2.5]    0:1    Michael Callaghan U12   [5]  
 4 Pheobe Patterson  U12   [5]      1:0    Avrora Zelenchuk  U8    [2]  
 5 Katie Thorton     U12   [.5]     0:1    Fiachra Avery     U12   [3]  

 

Standings

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

 1-3  Pheobe Patterson  U12           6        25.5  33.0   27.0
      Michael Callaghan U12           6        25.5  32.0   26.0
      Calvin Patterson  U10           6        22.5  29.0   28.0
  4   Calum Glendinning U12           5.5      25.0  31.5   28.5
  5   Dexter Harris     U8            4.5      23.5  30.0   15.5
  6   Fiachra Avery     U12           4        27.5  34.0   19.0
  7   Benji Black       U8            3        25.5  32.0   14.0
  8   Jasper Grady      U10           2.5      25.0  31.5    8.5
  9   Avrora Zelenchuk  U8            2        25.5  32.0   11.5
 10   Katie Thorton     U12           0.5      25.5  33.0    2.0

 

Secondary Section

Round1

No Name                Age Total  Result   Name               Age   Total

 1 John Dawson         U19   [0]      1:0    Hannah Patterson  U16   [0]  
 2 Ciaran Rowen        U16   [0]      1:0    Matthew Gray      U19   [0]  
 3 Jacob Jameson       U14   [0]     .5:.5   Adam Rushe        U16   [0]  
 4 Samuel Todd         U16   [0]      0:1    Eoin McCorkindate U19   [0]  
 5 Patrick McGurnaghan U16   [0]      0:1    Andrew Todd       U19   [0]  
 6 Peter Todd          U19   [0]      1:0    Scott Murray      U19   [0]  
 7 Daniil Zelenchuk    U14   [0]      1:0    BYE              

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Round2

No Name              Age Total  Result   Name                 Age  Total

 1 Andrew Todd       U19   [1]      1:0    John Dawson         U19   [1]  
 2 Eoin McCorkindate U19   [1]      0:1    Peter Todd          U19   [1]  
 3 Daniil Zelenchuk  U14   [1]      1:0    Ciaran Rowen        U16   [1]  
 4 Matthew Gray      U19   [0]      1:0    Jacob Jameson       U14   [.5] 
 5 Adam Rushe        U16   [.5]     1:0    Patrick McGurnaghan U16   [0]  
 6 Scott Murray      U19   [0]      0:1    Hannah Patterson    U16   [0]  
 7 Samuel Todd       U16   [0]      1:0    BYE    

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Round3

No Name              Age Total  Result   Name                 Age   Total

 1 Peter Todd       U19   [2]      1:0    Daniil Zelenchuk    U14   [2]  
 2 Adam Rushe       U16   [1.5]    0:1    Andrew Todd         U19   [2]  
 3 John Dawson      U19   [1]      1:0    Samuel Todd         U16   [1]  
 4 Hannah Patterson U16   [1]      1:0    Matthew Gray        U19   [1]  
 5 Ciaran Rowen     U16   [1]      0:1    Eoin McCorkindate   U19   [1]  
 6 Jacob Jameson    U14   [.5]     0:1    Patrick McGurnaghan U16   [0]  
 7 Scott Murray     U19   [0]      1:0    BYE                      

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Round4

No Name                Age  Total  Result   Name              Age  Total

 1 Andrew Todd         U19   [3]      1:0    Peter Todd       U19   [3]  
 2 Daniil Zelenchuk    U14   [2]      0:1    John Dawson      U19   [2]  
 3 Eoin McCorkindate   U19   [2]      1:0    Hannah Patterson U16   [2]  
 4 Samuel Todd         U16   [1]      1:0    Adam Rushe       U16   [1.5]
 5 Matthew Gray        U19   [1]      1:0    Scott Murray     U19   [1]  
 6 Patrick McGurnaghan U16   [1]      1:0    Ciaran Rowen     U16   [1]  
 7 Jacob Jameson       U14   [.5]     1:0    BYE      

 

Round5

No Name              Age  Total  Result   Name                 Age  Total

 1 Eoin McCorkindate U19   [3]      1:0    Andrew Todd         U19   [4]  
 2 John Dawson       U19   [3]      0:1    Peter Todd          U19   [3]  
 3 Matthew Gray      U19   [2]      0:1    Samuel Todd         U16   [2]  
 4 Hannah Patterson  U16   [2]      1:0    Patrick McGurnaghan U16   [2]  
 5 Adam Rushe        U16   [1.5]    0:1    Daniil Zelenchuk    U14   [2]  
 6 Scott Murray      U19   [1]      1:0    Jacob Jameson       U14   [1.5]
 7 Ciaran Rowen      U16   [1]      1:0    BYE       

 

Round6

No Name                Age  Total  Result   Name               Age Total

 1 Daniil Zelenchuk    U14   [3]      0:1    Eoin McCorkindate U19   [4]  
 2 Andrew Todd         U19   [4]      1:0    Hannah Patterson  U16   [3]  
 3 Peter Todd          U19   [4]      1:0    Samuel Todd       U16   [3]  
 4 Jacob Jameson       U14   [1.5]    0:1    John Dawson       U19   [3]  
 5 Patrick McGurnaghan U16   [2]      0:1    Matthew Gray      U19   [2]  
 6 Ciaran Rowen        U16   [2]      1:0    Scott Murray      U19   [2]  
 7 Adam Rushe          U16   [1.5]    1:0    BYE         

 

Standings

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

 1-3  Andrew Todd         U19           5        14.0  21.0   19.0
      Peter Todd          U19           5        14.0  20.5   18.0
      Eoin McCorkindate   U19           5        13.0  20.5   16.0
  4   John Dawson         U19           4        13.0  19.0   14.0
 5-9  Samuel Todd         U16           3        15.0  22.0   10.0
      Daniil Zelenchuk    U14           3        14.5  21.5   13.0
      Hannah Patterson    U16           3        14.0  20.5   11.0
      Ciaran Rowen        U16           3        10.5  17.0    9.0
      Matthew Gray        U19           3         8.5  12.5    9.0
 10   Adam Rushe          U16           2.5      10.0  16.0    9.0
11-12 Scott Murray        U19           2        11.5  17.5    6.0
      Patrick McGurnaghan U16           2        10.5  16.5    7.0
 13   Jacob Jameson       U14           1.5      10.0  15.5    6.0

 

13.

1. Rf6 if gxf6

2. g6+ and the pawn will Queen

if 1... R moves

2. Rh6+  gxh

3. g6+  Kh8

4. g7+  Kh7

5. g8 (Q) mate

14.

1. ...  Rf5

if K takes then Black Queens first

If 2.

21.

1. ....  d3

2. cxd c3

and black has a protect passed pawn that will win.

17.

1. Rb8+ Bc8

2. Qd7+ Nxd7

3. Ne6 mate

20.

1. Qxd6+ Rxd6

2. Rxf7+ Kg8

3. Re8 mate


18.

1. Nxf6+ Kh8

2. Rh6+ gxh6

3. Rg7 mate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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