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This years Childrens Chess Grandprix kicks off in November

On Saturday November 5th the new seasons Childrens Chess series of tournaments started. Some 26 youngsters played chess and solved problems. In a friendly atmosphere some brilliant battles were fought.

This is the first year of the tournament when we have a Primary School player entering the secondary School Section. Calvin Patterson who has won the Primary Shield a couple of times and is only P5 is considered to be a rising star with chess skills that will challenge the older Secondary School players. Still the Secondary section has some tough talent. There's Pete Todd who last year was close to winning the Ulster Schools Championship only to be pipped to the post by his older brother. Also Jake Patterson and Eoin McCorkingdate among a strong field.

The day started with a hush as the first round began and youngsters focused on their games with concentration on their faces. As games completed the atmosphere became chatty with friendly games being played and the chess puzzles being discussed and hopefully solved.

A new youngster who has only just learnt the game stayed for an hour and got some coaching from Geoff Hindley and Damien Cunningham

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A few new faces including a young Katie Scannell , daughter of 8 times Ulster Champion Steven Scannell and Alanna Breen daughter of Damien the Ulster Chess Chairman.

Puzzles are a great way of improving your chess - they represent patterns of likely positions with themes that can be repeated in actual games. Also some of these problems show the true beauty of the game.

This competition we were pleasantly suprised by the number of puzzles handed in by the Secondary section.

The results are below. Calvin Patterson won the Primary section and Eoin McCorkindale got a brilliant result of 19 the clear winner of the secondary School section.

Primary Puzzle solving results:

Cert. Score Name Year
Gold 8 Cavlin Patterson P5
Silver 6 Farida Haridy P3
Silver 5 Alanna Breen P5
Silver 5 Adam Fitzsimmons P4
Silver 5 Avrora Zelenchuk P4
Bronze 4 Jasper Grady P6
Bronze 4 Dexter Harris P4
Bronze 4 Katy Thornton P7
Bronze 3 Ahmed Haridy P5

Secondary Puzzle solving results

Cert Score Name Year
Gold 19 Eoin McCorkindale U6
Silver 13 Pete Todd F3
Silver 12 Daniil Zelenchuk F2
Silver 11 Matthew Gray U6
Silver 11 Scott Murray U6
Silver 11 Jake Patterson U6
Bronze 9 Sam Todd F5
Bronze 8 Ciaran Rowan F4
Bronze 8 Adam Rushe F4
Bronze 7 Calum Glendinning F1

Some puzzles from the competition. Answers given at the bottom of this page. These problems are from the book :  and have the theme of double attack.

prob13prob14prob15
prob17 prob18
prob19 prob20 prob21

 

Primary - Round 1

Results

No Name           Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Alanna Breen   P5    [0]     .5:.5   Dexter Harris    P4    [0]  
 2 Katie Scannell P3    [0]      0:1    Adam Fitzsimmons P4    [0]  
 3 Jasper Grady   P6    [0]      0:1    Katy Thornton    P7    [0]  
 4 Birney Wang    P6    [0]      1:0    Ahmed Haridy     P5    [0]  
 5 Farida Haridy  P3    [0]      0:1    Avrora Zelenchuk P4    [0]  
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Alanna Breen has a close battle with Dexter Harris, Alanna being ahead was offered and took a draw offered by Dexter.

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Primary - Round 2

Results

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Adam Fitzsimmons P4    [1]      0:1    Birney Wang      P6    [1]  
 2 Katy Thornton    P7    [1]      0:1    Avrora Zelenchuk P4    [1]  
 3 Jasper Grady     P6    [0]      0:1    Alanna Breen     P5    [.5] 
 4 Dexter Harris    P4    [.5]     1:0    Farida Haridy    P3    [0]  
 5 Ahmed Haridy     P5    [0]     .5:.5   Katie Scannell   P3    [0] 

Alanna and Dexter continue and win their games. Birney and Avrora have won both their games and go into round 3 on full points.

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Primary - Round 3

Results

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Avrora Zelenchuk P4    [2]     .5:.5   Birney Wang      P6    [2]  
 2 Alanna Breen     P5    [1.5]    0:1    Adam Fitzsimmons P4    [1]  
 3 Katy Thornton    P7    [1]     .5:.5   Dexter Harris    P4    [1.5]
 4 Katie Scannell   P3    [.5]     0:1    Jasper Grady     P6    [0]  
 5 Farida Haridy    P3    [0]      0:1    Ahmed Haridy     P5    [.5] 

Avrora and Birney draw and share first place on 2.5. Adam beats Alanna and Katie gets a draw against Dexter.

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Primary - Round 4

Results

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Adam Fitzsimmons P4    [2]     .5:.5   Avrora Zelenchuk P4    [2.5]
 2 Birney Wang      P6    [2.5]    0:1    Dexter Harris    P4    [2]  
 3 Ahmed Haridy     P5    [1.5]    0:1    Alanna Breen     P5    [1.5]
 4 Katie Scannell   P3    [.5]     0:1    Katy Thornton    P7    [1.5]
 5 Jasper Grady     P6    [1]      1:0    Farida Haridy    P3    [0]  

The top table seems to be getting draws. Avrora draws against Adam whilest Dexter beats Birney and both go into the lead on 3 points.

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Primary - Round 5

Results

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Avrora Zelenchuk P4    [3]      0:1    Alanna Breen     P5    [2.5]
 2 Dexter Harris    P4    [3]     .5:.5   Adam Fitzsimmons P4    [2.5]
 3 Katy Thornton    P7    [2.5]    1:0    Birney Wang      P6    [2.5]
 4 Ahmed Haridy     P5    [1.5]    0:1    Jasper Grady     P6    [2]  
 5 Farida Haridy    P3    [0]      1:0    Katie Scannell   P3    [.5]

Alanna, Dexter and Katy all take the lead on 3.5 the battle for the lead continues.

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Primary - Round 6

Results

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name           Feder Total

 1 Alanna Breen     P5    [3.5]    1:0    Katy Thornton  P7    [3.5]
 2 Dexter Harris    P4    [3.5]    1:0    Ahmed Haridy   P5    [1.5]
 3 Birney Wang      P6    [2.5]   .5:.5   Jasper Grady   P6    [3]  
 4 Adam Fitzsimmons P4    [3]      1:0    Farida Haridy  P3    [1]  
 5 Avrora Zelenchuk P4    [3]      1:0    Katie Scannell P3    [.5] 

Alanna beating Katy and Dexter beating Ahmed both take the lead on 4.5. Closely followed by Adam and Avrora on 4 points.

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Primary - Round 7

Results

No Name           Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Jasper Grady   P6    [3.5]    0:1    Dexter Harris    P4    [4.5]
 2 Farida Haridy  P3    [1]     .5:.5   Alanna Breen     P5    [4.5]
 3 Ahmed Haridy   P5    [1.5]    0:1    Avrora Zelenchuk P4    [4]  
 4 Katy Thornton  P7    [3.5]    0:1    Adam Fitzsimmons P4    [4]  
 5 Katie Scannell P3    [.5]     0:1    Birney Wang      P6    [3]  

The final round. Dexter breaks ahead of Alanna who gets a draw against Farida ans wins the tournament with 5.5 points. Followed very closely by Adam, Alanna and Avrora all on 5 points. A close end reflecting a hard battle.

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Primary - Standings

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

  1   Dexter Harris    P4    5.5      17.5  24.0   20.5
 2-4  Adam Fitzsimmons P4    5        19.0  25.0   18.5
      Alanna Breen     P5    5        18.5  25.5   19.0
      Avrora Zelenchuk P4    5        15.5  21.0   20.5
  5   Birney Wang      P6    4        18.5  24.5   17.5
 6-7  Katy Thornton    P7    3.5      22.5  28.5   16.5
      Jasper Grady     P6    3.5      15.5  21.5   13.0
 8-9  Farida Haridy    P3    1.5      20.0  26.0    3.5
      Ahmed Haridy     P5    1.5      19.0  25.0    8.0
 10   Katie Scannell   P3    0.5      17.5  24.0    3.0

 

 

 

Secondary - Round 1

Results

No Name              Feder Total  Result   Name              Feder Total

 1 Calum Glendinning F1    [0]      0:1    Jake Patterson    U6    [0]  
 2 Calvin Patterson  P5    [0]      0:1    Matthew Gray      U6    [0]  
 3 Louie McConakie   F2    [0]      0:1    Ciaran Rowan      F4    [0]  
 4 Adam Rushe        F4    [0]      0:1    Eoin McCorkindale U6    [0]  
 5 Scott Murray      U6    [0]     .5:.5   Sam Todd          F5    [0]  
 6 Pete Todd         F3    [0]      1:0    Pheobe Patterson  F1    [0]  
 7 Hannah Patterson  F5    [0]      0:1    Daniil Zelenchuk  F2    [0] 

For the first time in this series of tournaments we have a primary aged pupil (P5) Calvin Patterson playing in the Secondary section. This section has some tough players who have played in this group for several years.

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Secondary - Round 2

Results

No Name              Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Matthew Gray      U6    [1]      0:1    Ciaran Rowan     F4    [1]  
 2 Eoin McCorkindale U6    [1]     .5:.5   Pete Todd        F3    [1]  
 3 Jake Patterson    U6    [1]     .5:.5   Daniil Zelenchuk F2    [1]  
 4 Calum Glendinning F1    [0]      0:1    Scott Murray     U6    [.5] 
 5 Sam Todd          F5    [.5]     1:0    Louie McConakie  F2    [0]  
 6 Pheobe Patterson  F1    [0]      0:1    Calvin Patterson P5    [0]  
 7 Adam Rushe        F4    [0]      0:1    Hannah Patterson F5    [0] 

Calvin gets his first point from sister Phoebe. Ciaran Rowan leads with 2 out of 2. Theres a close grouping following on 1.5 due to two draws,

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Secondary - Round 3

Results

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name              Feder Total

 1 Ciaran Rowan     F4    [2]      0:1    Eoin McCorkindale U6    [1.5]
 2 Scott Murray     U6    [1.5]    0:1    Jake Patterson    U6    [1.5]
 3 Pete Todd        F3    [1.5]    1:0    Sam Todd          F5    [1.5]
 4 Daniil Zelenchuk F2    [1.5]    1:0    Matthew Gray      U6    [1]  
 5 Hannah Patterson F5    [1]      1:0    Calvin Patterson  P5    [1]  
 6 Pheobe Patterson F1    [0]     .5:.5   Calum Glendinning F1    [0]  
 7 Louie McConakie  F2    [0]      0:1    Adam Rushe        F4    [0] 

Eoin, Jake,Daniil and Pete take the lead with 2.5 points.

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Secondary - Round 4

Results

No Name              Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Eoin McCorkindale U6    [2.5]    0:1    Daniil Zelenchuk F2    [2.5]
 2 Jake Patterson    U6    [2.5]    1:0    Pete Todd        F3    [2.5]
 3 Ciaran Rowan      F4    [2]      0:1    Hannah Patterson F5    [2]  
 4 Calvin Patterson  P5    [1]      0:1    Scott Murray     U6    [1.5]
 5 Sam Todd          F5    [1.5]   .5:.5   Adam Rushe       F4    [1]  
 6 Matthew Gray      U6    [1]      1:0    Pheobe Patterson F1    [.5] 
 7 Calum Glendinning F1    [.5]     0:1    Louie McConakie  F2    [0]  

The top players play off - with Daniil beating Eoin and Jake beating Pete.

Secondary - Round 5

Results

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name              Feder Total

 1 Hannah Patterson F5    [3]      1:0    Jake Patterson    U6    [3.5]
 2 Daniil Zelenchuk F2    [3.5]    1:0    Pete Todd         F3    [2.5]
 3 Scott Murray     U6    [2.5]    0:1    Eoin McCorkindale U6    [2.5]
 4 Sam Todd         F5    [2]     .5:.5   Matthew Gray      U6    [2]  
 5 Pheobe Patterson F1    [.5]    .5:.5   Ciaran Rowan      F4    [2]  
 6 Adam Rushe       F4    [1.5]    0:1    Calum Glendinning F1    [.5] 
 7 Louie McConakie  F2    [1]      0:1    Calvin Patterson  P5    [1]  

Daniil takes the lead on 4.5 points  Followed by Hannah on 4 points. Whilst Calvin scores his second point.

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Secondary - Round 6

Results

No Name              Feder Total  Result   Name              Feder Total

 1 Daniil Zelenchuk  F2    [4.5]    1:0    Scott Murray      U6    [2.5]
 2 Eoin McCorkindale U6    [3.5]    1:0    Hannah Patterson  F5    [4]  
 3 Jake Patterson    U6    [3.5]    1:0    Matthew Gray      U6    [2.5]
 4 Ciaran Rowan      F4    [2.5]    1:0    Sam Todd          F5    [2.5]
 5 Pete Todd         F3    [2.5]    1:0    Adam Rushe        F4    [1.5]
 6 Calvin Patterson  P5    [2]      0:1    Calum Glendinning F1    [1.5]
 7 Louie McConakie   F2    [1]     .5:.5   Pheobe Patterson  F1    [1]  

Daniil re-asserts his lead with another win and ends on 5.5 out of six - undefeated. Whilst Eoin gains a point againts Hannah and takes second place with 4.5. Jake also gets second place with 4.5 points.

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Secondary - Standings

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

  1   Daniil Zelenchuk  F2    5.5      14.5  21.5   18.5
 2-3  Eoin McCorkindale U6    4.5      13.5  20.5   15.5
      Jake Patterson    U6    4.5      12.5  20.5   16.5
  4   Hannah Patterson  F5    4        14.5  21.5   14.0
 5-6  Pete Todd         F3    3.5      13.0  20.0   13.5
      Ciaran Rowan      F4    3.5      10.5  16.5   13.0
7-10  Scott Murray      U6    2.5      14.0  21.5   11.0
      Matthew Gray      U6    2.5      12.5  19.5   10.0
      Sam Todd          F5    2.5      10.0  15.0   10.5
      Calum Glendinning F1    2.5       7.5  13.5    5.0
 11   Calvin Patterson  P5    2         9.0  14.5    7.0
12-14 Adam Rushe        F4    1.5      12.5  18.5    5.5
      Pheobe Patterson  F1    1.5      10.5  15.5    3.5
      Louie McConakie   F2    1.5       8.5  13.5    3.5

Daniil wins. Pete does well with 3.5 and Calvin has faired well with 2 points in 11th place.

The end of another great day of chess. Trophies and certificates were handed out by 8 times Ulster Champion Steve Scannell.

Many thanks to all the Youngsters, the Parents and the volunteers for such a great day. The winners...

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The problem solutions.

13.

1. ... c5
2. N moves c4 forking Knight and Queen
Winning a piece

1. ... c52. N moves c4 forking Knight and

QueenWinning a piece

 

 

14.

1. ... Qe7

Threatening Mate and the Rook

2. h4 Qe1+

3. Kh2 Qxh4+

4. Kg1 Qxg5

15.

1. ... hxg3

if White moves

2. Rd2 gxh2+

and King has to take the Pawn

3. Kxh2 Bc7

4. Bxb3 Bxf4+

Forking the King and Rook on d2

16.

1. ... Rd3

Threatening the Bishop and Mate with

Rh3#

17.

1. ... Qh3 threatening the Bishop

and 2. ... Ng3+ and 3. ... Qxg2#

if 2. gxh3 3. Nf2+ Kg1 4. Nh3 #

18.

1. ... Rxf3 2. Rxf3 Rxh3+

3. gxh3 Bxf3+ 4. Qxf3 Qxf3+

5. K moves Qxd1

19.

1. ... Nxe2+ 2. Qxe2 Qd4+

3. winning the undefended Knight

20.

1. ... Qb6 2. BxQ Ne2#

21.

1. ... Qc4 threatening the

Rook and Knight

 

 

 

 

 

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