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February Chess at Methodist College

The Childrens Chess 2017 series continued with some brilliant chess on February 11th at Methodist College.

The problem solving continues between rounds throughout the afternoon. Today inline with Malolas Prasath brilliant idea of learning through the study of the World Champion Magnus Carlsen - I included some of Magnus' positions in the problem sheet. Malola also ran a tournament today :“Experience Magnus” A Special Thematic Chess tournament for School Boys and Girls! as part of A Chess Heritage Experience within the Celebration of 800th year of Mayoralty and Freeman in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne..Where the games were recorded by the players who started in positions that Magnus has played.

 

The certificate puzzle winners:

Points Cert Name Year
10 Gold Adam Fitzsimmons P4
9 Gold Aaditya Singh P3
7 Silver Anjali Singh P5
5 Silver Sharan Varma P6
4 Silver Calvin Patterson P5
2 Bronze Birney Wang P6
1 Bronze jasper Grady P6
1 Bronze Katy Thornton P7
Points Cert Name Year
12 Gold Daniil Zelenchuk F2
9 Silver Eoin McCorkindale U6
7 Silver Adam Rushe F4
5 Bronze Ciaran Rowan F4
5 Bronze Calum Glendinning F1
2 Bronze Dylan Breem F3

 

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We had two strong sections and looked forward to some exciting chess.

The Childrens Chess tournaments play into a Grand-prix system with the top 4 from Primary, Lower Secondary and Upper Secondary get invited to an elite tournament and award ceremony - which for the past 6 years has been held at Stormont. The standings for this will be in a future article - please watch this space.

Ross Harris playing in his 24hour chessathon raising funds for his new Childrens Chess Club that meets on Sundays for a news item on this event : http://www.ulsterchess.org/Members/ucu00450/strandchessclub2017/chess-athon-feb-2017/24-hour-chess-athon-news-report-from-brendan-jamison

The Clubs website : http://www.strandartscentre.com/chess-club http://childrenschessni.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/strand-chess-club.html

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Primary - Round 1

Results

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name            Feder Total

 1 Adam Fitzsimmons P4    [0]      1:0    Anjali Singh    P5    [0]  
 2 Katy Thornton    P7    [0]      0:1    jasper Grady    P6    [0]  
 3 Dexter Harris    P4    [0]      1:0    Sharan Varma    P6    [0]  
 4 Birney Wang      P6    [0]      1:0    Shadae Olusanya P6    [0]  
 5 Aaditya Singh    P3    [0]      1:0    Kevin Wang      P5    [0]  
by Swiss Perfect (TM)  www.swissperfect.com

 

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Primary - Round 2

Results

No Name            Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Dexter Harris   P4    [1]      1:0    Adam Fitzsimmons P4    [1]  
 2 jasper Grady    P6    [1]      0:1    Aaditya Singh    P3    [1]  
 3 Anjali Singh    P5    [0]      1:0    Birney Wang      P6    [1]  
 4 Shadae Olusanya P6    [0]      0:1    Sharan Varma     P6    [0]  
 5 Kevin Wang      P5    [0]      1:0    Katy Thornton    P7    [0] 

The two players most likely to win play their match. Dexter wins and is favourite to win the tournament.

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Primary - Round 3

Results

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name            Feder Total

 1 Aaditya Singh    P3    [2]      0:1    Dexter Harris   P4    [2]  
 2 Adam Fitzsimmons P4    [1]      1:0    Kevin Wang      P5    [1]  
 3 Birney Wang      P6    [1]     .5:.5   jasper Grady    P6    [1]  
 4 Sharan Varma     P6    [1]      0:1    Anjali Singh    P5    [1]  
 5 Katy Thornton    P7    [0]      1:0    Shadae Olusanya P6    [0]  

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Primary - Round 4

Results

No Name          Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Anjali Singh  P5    [2]      0:1    Dexter Harris    P4    [3]  
 2 Aaditya Singh P3    [2]      1:0    Adam Fitzsimmons P4    [2]  
 3 Kevin Wang    P5    [1]      0:1    Birney Wang      P6    [1.5]
 4 jasper Grady  P6    [1.5]    1:0    Shadae Olusanya  P6    [0]  
 5 Sharan Varma  P6    [1]      0:1    Katy Thornton    P7    [1]  

Aaditya does well to beat Adam. Whilst Dexter continues undefeated. Katy gains a point of Sharan.

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Primary - Round 5

Results

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name          Feder Total

 1 Dexter Harris    P4    [4]     .5:.5   jasper Grady  P6    [2.5]
 2 Birney Wang      P6    [2.5]    1:0    Aaditya Singh P3    [3]  
 3 Katy Thornton    P7    [2]      0:1    Anjali Singh  P5    [2]  
 4 Adam Fitzsimmons P4    [2]      1:0    Sharan Varma  P6    [1]  
 5 Shadae Olusanya  P6    [0]      0:1    Kevin Wang    P5    [1]  

Jasper breaks Dexters winning streak and gains 1/2 point. Birney takes a point off Aaditya who is the youngest player in the section and is doing very well.

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Primary - Round 6

Results

No Name          Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Dexter Harris P4    [4.5]    1:0    Birney Wang      P6    [3.5]
 2 Katy Thornton P7    [2]      0:1    Adam Fitzsimmons P4    [3]  
 3 jasper Grady  P6    [3]      1:0    Kevin Wang       P5    [2]  
 4 Sharan Varma  P6    [1]      0:1    Aaditya Singh    P3    [3]  
 5 Anjali Singh  P5    [3]      1:0    Shadae Olusanya  P6    [0]  

Dexter in beating Birney takes a lead that cant be caught. Aaditya gains his 4th point drawing with Adam also on 4 and Jasper.

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Primary - Round 7

Results

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name          Feder Total

 1 Shadae Olusanya  P6    [0]      0:1    Dexter Harris P4    [5.5]
 2 Adam Fitzsimmons P4    [4]      1:0    jasper Grady  P6    [4]  
 3 Aaditya Singh    P3    [4]      0:1    Anjali Singh  P5    [4]  
 4 Birney Wang      P6    [3.5]    1:0    Katy Thornton P7    [2]  
 5 Kevin Wang       P5    [2]     .5:.5   Sharan Varma  P6    [1]  

Dexter wins unbeaten. Followed by Adam and Anjali on 5 points.

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Primary

Standings

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

  1   Harris, Dexter    P4    6.5      19.0  24.0   26.5
 2-3  Fitzsimmons, Adam P4    5        17.5  25.5   18.0
      Singh, Anjali     P5    5        17.0  23.5   17.0
  4   Wang, Birney      P6    4.5      17.5  24.0   17.5
 5-6  Singh, Aaditya    P3    4        21.0  29.0   19.0
      Grady, jasper     P6    4        18.0  24.5   17.0
  7   Wang, Kevin       P5    2.5      16.0  21.0    9.5
  8   Thornton, Katy    P7    2        17.5  22.5    9.0
  9   Varma, Sharan     P6    1.5      18.5  25.0    6.5
 10   Olusanya, Shadae  P6    0        18.0  26.0    0.0

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In the secondary section we had Calvin Patterson P5. Who has won the primary section sufficient times to justify getting the challenge of playing with the older youngsters.

secondary - Round 1

Results

No Name              Feder Rtg  Total  Result   Name              Feder Rtg  Total

 1 Daniil Zelenchuk  F2    1320 [0]      1:0    Adam Rushe        F4    904  [0]  
 2 Calvin Patterson  p5    900  [0]      0:1    Eoin McCorkindale U6    1215 [0]  
 3 Pete Todd         F3    1135 [0]      1:0    Louis McConkey    F2    876  [0]  
 4 Calum Glendinning F1    863  [0]      0:1    Hannah Patterson  F5    1116 [0]  
 5 Samuel Todd       F5    1018 [0]     .5:.5   Pheobe Patterson  F1    817  [0]  
 6 Nathan Byrne      F3    806  [0]      0:1    Ciaran Rowan      F4    1015 [0]  
 7 James Kane        F3    930  [0]      1:0    Dylan Breem       F3    800  [0]  

The games go to rating apart from Pheobe who does well to draw against Samuel.

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secondary - Round 2

Results

No Name              Feder Rtg  Total  Result   Name              Feder Rtg  Total

 1 Hannah Patterson  F5    1116 [1]      0:1    Daniil Zelenchuk  F2    1320 [1]  
 2 Eoin McCorkindale U6    1215 [1]      1:0    James Kane        F3    930  [1]  
 3 Ciaran Rowan      F4    1015 [1]      0:1    Pete Todd         F3    1135 [1]  
 4 Adam Rushe        F4    904  [0]      0:1    Samuel Todd       F5    1018 [.5] 
 5 Pheobe Patterson  F1    817  [.5]    .5:.5   Calvin Patterson  p5    900  [0]  
 6 Louis McConkey    F2    876  [0]     .5:.5   Nathan Byrne      F3    806  [0]  
 7 Dylan Breem       F3    800  [0]      0:1    Calum Glendinning F1    863  [0]  

The games go to rating, with a couple of draws.

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secondary - Round 3

Results

No Name              Feder Rtg  Total  Result   Name              Feder Rtg  Total

 1 Daniil Zelenchuk  F2    1320 [2]     .5:.5   Eoin McCorkindale U6    1215 [2]  
 2 Pete Todd         F3    1135 [2]      1:0    Samuel Todd       F5    1018 [1.5]
 3 James Kane        F3    930  [1]      0:1    Hannah Patterson  F5    1116 [1]  
 4 Calum Glendinning F1    863  [1]      1:0    Pheobe Patterson  F1    817  [1]  
 5 Louis McConkey    F2    876  [.5]     0:1    Ciaran Rowan      F4    1015 [1]  
 6 Calvin Patterson  p5    900  [.5]     0:1    Nathan Byrne      F3    806  [.5] 
 7 Dylan Breem       F3    800  [0]      0:1    Adam Rushe        F4    904  [0]  

The top players meet. Daniil and Eoin and draw - so the win will depend on how they play against the remaining field.

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secondary - Round 4

Results

No Name              Feder Rtg  Total  Result   Name             Feder Rtg  Total

 1 Eoin McCorkindale U6    1215 [2.5]    1:0    Pete Todd        F3    1135 [3]  
 2 Calum Glendinning F1    863  [2]      0:1    Daniil Zelenchuk F2    1320 [2.5]
 3 Hannah Patterson  F5    1116 [2]     .5:.5   Ciaran Rowan     F4    1015 [2]  
 4 Samuel Todd       F5    1018 [1.5]    1:0    James Kane       F3    930  [1]  
 5 Nathan Byrne      F3    806  [1.5]    0:1    Pheobe Patterson F1    817  [1]  
 6 Adam Rushe        F4    904  [1]      1:0    Louis McConkey   F2    876  [.5] 
 7 Calvin Patterson  p5    900  [.5]     1:0    Dylan Breem      F3    800  [0]  

Calvin picks up a point from Dylan. Whilst the top players both win their games.

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secondary - Round 5

Results

No Name             Feder Rtg  Total  Result   Name              Feder Rtg  Total

 1 Daniil Zelenchuk F2    1320 [3.5]    1:0    Pete Todd         F3    1135 [3]  
 2 Hannah Patterson F5    1116 [2.5]    0:1    Eoin McCorkindale U6    1215 [3.5]
 3 Ciaran Rowan     F4    1015 [2.5]   .5:.5   Samuel Todd       F5    1018 [2.5]
 4 Pheobe Patterson F1    817  [2]      0:1    Adam Rushe        F4    904  [2]  
 5 Nathan Byrne     F3    806  [1.5]    0:1    Calum Glendinning F1    863  [2]  
 6 James Kane       F3    930  [1]      0:1    Calvin Patterson  p5    900  [1.5]
 7 Dylan Breem      F3    800  [0]      0:1    Louis McConkey    F2    876  [.5] 

Calvin gets another point. The leaders continue to lead.

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secondary - Round 7

Results

No Name              Feder Rtg  Total  Result   Name              Feder Rtg  Total

 1 Ciaran Rowan      F4    1015 [3]      0:1    Daniil Zelenchuk  F2    1320 [4.5]
 2 Eoin McCorkindale U6    1215 [4.5]    1:0    Adam Rushe        F4    904  [3]  
 3 Pete Todd         F3    1135 [3]      1:0    Calum Glendinning F1    863  [3]  
 4 Samuel Todd       F5    1018 [3]      0:1    Hannah Patterson  F5    1116 [2.5]
 5 Louis McConkey    F2    876  [1.5]    0:1    Calvin Patterson  p5    900  [2.5]
 6 Pheobe Patterson  F1    817  [2]      1:0    James Kane        F3    930  [1]  
 7 Dylan Breem       F3    800  [0]      0:1    Nathan Byrne      F3    806  [1.5]0

Alot of players on 3. and the leaders both win. How will the tie breaking system score the players?

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secondary - Round 8

Results

No Name              Feder Rtg  Total  Result   Name             Feder Rtg  Total

 1 Calvin Patterson  p5    900  [3.5]    0:1    Daniil Zelenchuk F2    1320 [5.5]
 2 Eoin McCorkindale U6    1215 [5.5]    1:0    Pheobe Patterson F1    817  [3]  
 3 Hannah Patterson  F5    1116 [3.5]   .5:.5   Pete Todd        F3    1135 [4]  
 4 Adam Rushe        F4    904  [3]      1:0    Nathan Byrne     F3    806  [2.5]
 5 Calum Glendinning F1    863  [3]      1:0    Louis McConkey   F2    876  [1.5]
 6 James Kane        F3    930  [1]      0:1    Ciaran Rowan     F4    1015 [3]  
 7 Samuel Todd       F5    1018 [3]      1:0    Dylan Breem      F3    800  [0] 

Eight rounds is a good number. Daniil ends on 6.5 the same points as Eoin.

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Standings

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

 1-2  Daniil Zelenchuk  F2    1320 6.5      24.5  34.5   30.0
      Eoin McCorkindale U6    1215 6.5      23.0  30.5   30.0
  3   Pete Todd         F3    1135 4.5      26.5  34.5   23.5
 4-8  Hannah Patterson  F5    1116 4        27.0  34.5   19.0
      Adam Rushe        F4    904  4        21.5  28.0   16.0
      Ciaran Rowan      F4    1015 4        20.5  28.0   19.5
      Samuel Todd       F5    1018 4        20.0  24.5   19.0
      Calum Glendinning F1    863  4        19.5  26.0   18.0
  9   Calvin Patterson  P5    900  3.5      18.5  25.0   14.5
 10   Pheobe Patterson  F1    817  3        22.0  29.5   14.5
 11   Nathan Byrne      F3    806  2.5      20.0  24.0   11.5
 12   Louis McConkey    F2    876  1.5      22.0  26.5    7.5
 13   James Kane        F3    930  1        22.5  29.0    8.0
 14   Dylan Breem       F3    800  0        19.5  24.5    0.0

Daniil wins on tie break over Eion. Followed by Pete Todd and a group of 5 on 4 points. Calvin does admirably with a score of 3.5 points.

Thanks to everyone for a brilliant afternoon of chess. All the helpers are volunteers. The trophies are donated. The entry fees cover the costs of rent and contributes to the running of the award ceremony at Stormont.

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13.
1. ... Qd6
threatening QxQ and Qh2+
followed by mating combination

14.

1. ... Qc4

2. Qxc4 Rxd1+

3. Kf2 bxc4

and Black is a Rook ahead

15.

1. ... Nxe2

2. Rxb4 Bxc3

3. Kxe2 Bxd2

16.

1. ... Nc2

2. Qxc2 Qxe2#

17.

1. ... Ne3

2. Rxd8+ Rxd8

3. Qe2 Qc4+

18.

1. ... Bg6+

2. Kxd4 Rd2+

3. K moves Rxd7

19.

1. Qxa7 Rxa7

2. Rxc8+ Qd8

3. Rxd8+ Qxd8

4. Nxf7+ followed by Nxh8

20.

1. ... Qh5+

2. gxh Rh4#

21.

1. Ng5+ fxg5

2. Qf3+ Kg8

3. Rxe6

Winning the initiative!

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