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Delancey Chess Challenge Belfast Megafinal 2017

Part of the largest chess tournaments in the World. The Delancey Chess Challenge - starts with School tournments which leads to the Mega-finals where the top players will qualify for one of the two NORTH/SOUTH GIGAFINAL and winners of these go onto the NATIONAL TERAFINAL!. Last year a total of 48,200 children from 1400 schools and clubs took part,

In the surrounds of the beautiful school of Methodist College, Belfast. We werent sure of the numbers of children attending. This is one of the few tournaments we run that looks to get entries in advance. This year the organisers have moved from postal entries to an excellent online registration service.

With the boards out. We registered the players taking their dates of birth and allocating a category based on this. Then the calculation of best how we could split the age groups into sizes that allowed for a 6 round tournament. In the end I decided that we would have one section for the U7/8/9/10/11 and one section for U12/13/14/15/16.

A little latter than planned the tournament begun and the room went from a friendly buzz to a hushed silence as the players focused on their games.

To qualify players had either to win their aged group and become a Supremo or Suprema or gain 3.5 points for those Under12 and over or 4 points for those in the lower sections.

Trophies supplied by the Delancey Chess Challenge as well as certificates and 3 books. The competition to get to the Giga-finals was on.

U11 mega - Round 1

Results

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name            Feder Total

 1 Maxim Dobrynin   U11   [0]      1:0    Rahul Shah      U10   [0]  
 2 Ali Shahzad      U9    [0]      0:1    Adam Fitzsimons U8    [0]  
 3 Jasper Grady     U10   [0]     .5:.5   Aaditya Singh   U7    [0]  
 4 Anjali Singh     U9    [0]      1:0    Ronan Hanna     U9    [0]  
 5 Dexter Harris    U9    [0]      1:0    Sharan Varma    U10   [0]  
 6 Birney Wang      U10   [0]      0:1    Josh Morrison   U10   [0]  
 7 Cormac O'Donnell U11   [0]      1:0    Steffie WU      U10   [0]  
 8 Calvin Patterson U10   [0]     .5:.5   BYE                        
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Within our players Dexter Harris, Calvin Patterson and Adam Fitzsimons are players to watch. How would they fare against new comers and improving players like Aaditya and Anjali Singh. Adam and Dexter gains points. Maxim Dobrynin gets a point - Maxim played last year and qualified to Manchester gaining 4.5 out of 6 at the Under10 finals - a brilliant result.

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U11 mega - Round 2

Results

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Josh Morrison    U10   [1]      0:1    Maxim Dobrynin   U11   [1]  
 2 Adam Fitzsimons  U8    [1]      1:0    Cormac O'Donnell U11   [1]  
 3 Anjali Singh     U9    [1]      0:1    Dexter Harris    U9    [1]  
 4 Calvin Patterson U10   [.5]     1:0    Jasper Grady     U10   [.5] 
 5 Aaditya Singh    U7    [.5]     1:0    Ronan Hanna      U9    [0]  
 6 Rahul Shah       U10   [0]      1:0    Birney Wang      U10   [0]  
 7 Sharan Varma     U10   [0]      1:0    Ali Shahzad      U9    [0]  
 8 Steffie WU       U10   [0]      1:0    BYE  

Maxim, Adam, Dexter and Calvin win their respective games. The first 3 coming out of the 2nd round on 2 full points.

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U11 mega - Round 3

Results

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Maxim Dobrynin   U11   [2]     .5:.5   Adam Fitzsimons  U8    [2]  
 2 Dexter Harris    U9    [2]      1:0    Aaditya Singh    U7    [1.5]
 3 Josh Morrison    U10   [1]      0:1    Calvin Patterson U10   [1.5]
 4 Cormac O'Donnell U11   [1]      0:1    Anjali Singh     U9    [1]  
 5 Steffie WU       U10   [1]      0:1    Rahul Shah       U10   [1]  
 6 Jasper Grady     U10   [.5]     1:0    Sharan Varma     U10   [1]  
 7 Ronan Hanna      U9    [0]      1:0    Ali Shahzad      U9    [0]  
 8 Birney Wang      U10   [0]      1:0    BYE           

Maxim and Adam draw. Leaving Dexter gaining a point off Aaditya and going into the lead with 3 out of 3.

 

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U11 mega - Round 4

Results

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Adam Fitzsimons  U8    [2.5]   .5:.5   Dexter Harris    U9    [3]  
 2 Calvin Patterson U10   [2.5]    0:1    Maxim Dobrynin   U11   [2.5]
 3 Rahul Shah       U10   [2]      0:1    Anjali Singh     U9    [2]  
 4 Birney Wang      U10   [1]      0:1    Jasper Grady     U10   [1.5]
 5 Aaditya Singh    U7    [1.5]    1:0    Cormac O'Donnell U11   [1]  
 6 Ronan Hanna      U9    [1]     .5:.5   Steffie WU       U10   [1]  
 7 Sharan Varma     U10   [1]      0:1    Josh Morrison    U10   [1]  
 8 Ali Shahzad      U9    [0]      1:0    BYE         

Adam takes on Dexter and again draws against one of the top players - however the draw was quite fortuitous as it was a stalemate with Dexter having the winning position. Going to show you should never give up. Maxim now shares the lead with Dexter both on 3.5. No player having hit the qualifying score of 4 points.

 

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U11 mega - Round 5

Results

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Maxim Dobrynin   U11   [3.5]   .5:.5   Dexter Harris    U9    [3.5]
 2 Anjali Singh     U9    [3]      0:1    Adam Fitzsimons  U8    [3]  
 3 Aaditya Singh    U7    [2.5]    0:1    Calvin Patterson U10   [2.5]
 4 Jasper Grady     U10   [2.5]    0:1    Rahul Shah       U10   [2]  
 5 Josh Morrison    U10   [2]      1:0    Ronan Hanna      U9    [1.5]
 6 Ali Shahzad      U9    [1]     .5:.5   Steffie WU       U10   [1.5]
 7 Cormac O'Donnell U11   [1]      1:0    Birney Wang      U10   [1]  
 8 Sharan Varma     U10   [1]      1:0    BYE         

Dexter holds Maxim to a draw and both get 4 qualifying points, Adam gains a point off Anjali and also gets the qualifying 4 points.

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U11 mega - Round 6

Results

No Name            Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Adam Fitzsimons U8    [4]      0:1    Calvin Patterson U10   [3.5]
 2 Anjali Singh    U9    [3]      0:1    Maxim Dobrynin   U11   [4]  
 3 Dexter Harris   U9    [4]      1:0    Josh Morrison    U10   [3]  
 4 Rahul Shah      U10   [3]      1:0    Aaditya Singh    U7    [2.5]
 5 Steffie WU      U10   [2]      0:1    Jasper Grady     U10   [2.5]
 6 Sharan Varma    U10   [2]     .5:.5   Cormac O'Donnell U11   [2]  
 7 Birney Wang     U10   [1]      1:0    Ali Shahzad      U9    [1.5]
 8 Ronan Hanna     U9    [1.5]    1:0    BYE                   

The last round sees three leaders on 4 points playing other players. Adam looses to Calvin who on 4.5 is the top Under10 Boy. Whilst Adam is the top Under8 Boy. Dexter wins his game and ends joint leader with Maxim on 5 points. Rahul Shah pulls up with an excellent score of 4 points.

 

Under11 Section

Standings

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

 1-2  Maxim Dobrynin   U11   5        15.5  23.5   18.0
      Dexter Harris    U9    5        12.5  19.5   18.5
  3   Calvin Patterson U10   4.5      13.5  21.0   15.0
 4-5  Adam Fitzsimons  U8    4        15.0  21.0   16.5
      Rahul Shah       U10   4        10.5  17.0   12.0
  6   Jasper Grady     U10   3.5      10.0  16.0   11.0
 7-8  Anjali Singh     U9    3        15.5  22.5   13.0
      Josh Morrison    U10   3        13.5  20.0   11.0
9-12  Aaditya Singh    U7    2.5      14.5  21.5   11.0
      Sharan Varma     U10   2.5      12.0  18.0    7.5
      Ronan Hanna      U9    2.5      10.0  14.0    6.5
      Cormac O'Donnell U11   2.5       9.0  14.5    8.5
13-14 Birney Wang      U10   2        12.0  17.0    5.0
      Steffie WU       U10   2        11.0  16.0    7.5
 15   Ali Shahzad      U9    1.5       8.5  14.0    4.0

The age group winners and the qualifiers. Aaditya Singh being the youngest player has an excellent score of 2.5.

Place Name Age Score
1-2 Maxim Dobrynin U11 5 U11 Supremo
Dexter Harris U9 5 U9 Supremo
3 Calvin Patterson U10 4.5 U10 Supremo
4-5 Adam Fitzsimons U8 4 U8 Supremo
Rahul Shah U10 4 Qualifier
6 Jasper Grady U10 3.5
7-8 Anjali Singh U9 3 U9 Suprema
Josh Morrison U10 3
9-12 Aaditya Singh U7 2.5 U7 Supremo
Sharan Varma U10 2.5
Ronan Hanna U9 2.5
Cormac O'Donnell U11 2.5
13-14 Birney Wang U10 2
Steffie WU U10 2 U10 Suprema
15 Ali Shahzad U9 1.5

 

 

 

Under16 - Round 1

Results

No Name               Feder Total  Result   Name           Feder Total

 1 Calum Glenndinning U12   [0]      1:0    Aditya Shah    U14   [0]  
 2 Minaahil Shahzad   U13   [0]      1:0    Louie McConkey U13   [0]  
 3 Ciaran Rowan       U16   [0]      1:0    Katy Thornton  U12   [0]  
 4 Daniil Zelenchuk   U14   [0]      1:0    Adam Rushe     U16   [0]  
 5 Pheobe Patterson   U12   [0]     .5:.5   BYE  

We are lucky to have up and coming player Daniil Zelenchuk - who is playing and winning against everyone - his results in the UCU Chess League being outstanding. How would the section challenge Daniil?

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Under16 - Round 2

Results

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name               Feder Total

 1 Minaahil Shahzad U13   [1]      0:1    Calum Glenndinning U12   [1]  
 2 Daniil Zelenchuk U14   [1]      1:0    Ciaran Rowan       U16   [1]  
 3 Louie McConkey   U13   [0]      1:0    Pheobe Patterson   U12   [.5] 
 4 Adam Rushe       U16   [0]      0:1    Aditya Shah        U14   [0]  
 5 Katy Thornton    U12   [0]      1:0    BYE          

 

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Under16 - Round 3

Results

No Name               Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Calum Glenndinning U12   [2]      0:1    Daniil Zelenchuk U14   [2]  
 2 Katy Thornton      U12   [1]      0:1    Louie McConkey   U13   [1]  
 3 Ciaran Rowan       U16   [1]      1:0    Minaahil Shahzad U13   [1]  
 4 Aditya Shah        U14   [1]      1:0    Pheobe Patterson U12   [.5] 
 5 Adam Rushe         U16   [0]      1:0    BYE     

 

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Under16 - Round 4

Results

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name               Feder Total

 1 Aditya Shah      U14   [2]      0:1    Daniil Zelenchuk   U14   [3]  
 2 Louie McConkey   U13   [2]      1:0    Calum Glenndinning U12   [2]  
 3 Adam Rushe       U16   [1]      1:0    Ciaran Rowan       U16   [2]  
 4 Pheobe Patterson U12   [.5]     1:0    Katy Thornton      U12   [1]  
 5 Minaahil Shahzad U13   [1]      1:0    BYE 

Daniil goes into the lead with 4 out of 4.

Under16 - Round 5

Results

No Name               Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Daniil Zelenchuk   U14   [4]      1:0    Louie McConkey   U13   [3]  
 2 Calum Glenndinning U12   [2]      0:1    Adam Rushe       U16   [2]  
 3 Pheobe Patterson   U12   [1.5]    0:1    Ciaran Rowan     U16   [2]  
 4 Katy Thornton      U12   [1]      0:1    Minaahil Shahzad U13   [2]  
 5 Aditya Shah        U14   [2]      1:0    BYE         

Several players on 3 can qualify next round scoring 3.5 or more.

Under16 - Round 6

Results

No Name               Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Daniil Zelenchuk   U14   [5]      1:0    Pheobe Patterson U12   [1.5]
 2 Ciaran Rowan       U16   [3]     .5:.5   Louie McConkey   U13   [3]  
 3 Minaahil Shahzad   U13   [3]      0:1    Aditya Shah      U14   [3]  
 4 Adam Rushe         U16   [3]      1:0    Katy Thornton    U12   [1]  
 5 Calum Glenndinning U12   [2]      1:0    BYE      

Daniil wins undefeated on 6 out of 6. Followed by Adam Rushe and Aditya Singh on 4. and qualifiers Ciaran Rowan and Louie McConkey on 3.5.

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Standings

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

  1   Daniil Zelenchuk   U14   6        13.0  18.0   21.0
 2-3  Adam Rushe         U16   4        12.5  19.0   10.0
      Aditya Shah        U14   4        11.5  19.0   12.0
 4-5  Ciaran Rowan       U16   3.5      11.0  17.5   12.5
      Louie McConkey     U13   3.5      10.0  16.5   12.5
 6-7  Calum Glenndinning U12   3        13.5  22.0   12.0
      Minaahil Shahzad   U13   3        12.5  16.5   11.0
  8   Pheobe Patterson   U12   1.5      13.5  20.0    6.0
  9   Katy Thornton      U12   1        12.5  17.5    5.0

The age group winners and the Qualifiers.

Place Name Section Score Qualifying
1 Daniil Zelenchuk U14 6 U14 Supremo
2-3 Adam Rushe U16 4 U16 Supremo
Aditya Shah U14 4 Qualifier
4-5 Ciaran Rowan U16 3.5 Qualifier
Louie McConkey U13 3.5 U13 Supremo
6-7 Calum Glenndinning U12 3 U12 Supremo
Minaahil Shahzad U13 3 U13 Suprema
8 Pheobe Patterson U12 1.5 U12 Suprema
9 Katy Thornton U12 1

 

players

A big thanks to everyone who played - win or loose chess is a brilliant game and with practice everyone can improve - and good luck to those going to Manchester to the Gigafinals. We will let you know how they do.

The atmosphere was brilliant and the chess exciting and challenging - a brilliant day... thanks...

The website for the Delancy Chess Challenge : https://www.delanceyukschoolschesschallenge.com/

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