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Children Battle to become Ulster Champion 2016/17

Young Chess enthusiasts gathered at Methodist College on 10th December to see who could be Ulster Champion....

With youngsters coming from as far away as Derry, we had a good turn out for this years Uster Championship.

The Secondary section included Stormont prize winners, John Dawson, Jake Patterson, Hannah Patterson and Daniil Zelenchuk who has played in the Chess League for top club Ballynfeigh leading the second division. So the standard was high and the fight would be tough.

In the Primary section we have amoung the players - Calvin Patterson, Dexter Harris, Pheobe Patterson and Calum Glendinning all tough players.

Both sections had new players which is always exciting to have. We had a new group from Wellington College. Regulars from Bangor Grammar and students from St Malachy's, Friends School, Holywood Rudolf Steiner School, Royal School Armagh, Seaview Primary School, Strandtown Primary School, St Brides Primary School, Fullerton House, Oakgrove Primary School (Derry). and as always a brilliant group of home educated youngsters.

With 31 students a decision had to be made as to how to split the age groups into sections . The players were split into two sections. (with more players we might have more sections),

The Under12 group had 14 players whilst the Under19 group had 17 players. The initial plan was to have everyone playing 6 round swiss. But with the younger group completing each round quite fast - we changed it so that we played as many rounds as possible - starting the next round shortly after the last round had finished. This led to a tournament with 8 rounds. The Seniors were given clocks and each player 25mins and 6 rounds were played = 3 before lunch and 3 after.

As usual we had a puzzle compeition with trophies and certificates.

The puzzles lead to discussions on chess and sometimes co-operative problem solving and some of the problems are pure works of art.

The Scores for the Primary section:

Calvin Patterson winning the Primary Puzzle Solving trophy.

Score Cert. Name
14 Gold Calvin Patterson
11 Silver Adam Fitzsimons
11 Silver Dexter Harris
10 Silver Ahmed Hassan
10 Silver Avrora Zelenchuk
6 Bronze Jasper Grady
4 Bronze Joao Soares
4 Bronze Katy Thornton

The Scores for the Secondary section:

Daniil Zelenchuk winning the Secondary Puzzle solving trophy.

Score Cert. Name
15.5 Gold Danill Zelenchuk
11 Silver John Dawson
8 Bronze Jake Patterson
7.5 Bronze Ryan Hammond
7 Bronze Louie McConkey
7 Bronze Calum Glendinning
2 Bronze Joel McLean

Some of the Puzzles for you to solve - answers at the end of this page....

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At the end of the day the Champions and runners up are:

Under 19 Ulster Champion Vincent CreanRunner up John Dawson
Under 16 Ulster Champion Hannah Patterson Runner up Ciaran Rowan
Under 14 Ulster Champion Daniil Zelenchuk Runner up Louie McConkey
Under 12 Ulster Champion Calum Glendinning Runner up Pheobe Patterson
Under 10 Ulster Champion Dexter Harris Runner up Calvin Patterson
Under 8 Ulster Champion Ahmed Hassan Runner up Farida Haridy

The winner of the senior section and therefore the overall Ulster Champion : Vincent Crean.

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The results and photos from the day tell the story. Some absolutely fascinating positions, end games and time struggles.

The Senior section could have been won by a number of players and was only decided in the final round.

The U12 Section

Round 1

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name              Feder Total

 1 Adam Fitzsimons  U10   [0]      1:0    Ahmed Hassan      U8    [0]  
 2 Pheobe Patterson U12   [0]      0:1    Calum Glendinning U12   [0]  
 3 Jasper Grady     U12   [0]      0:1    Calvin Patterson  U10   [0]  
 4 Joao Soares      U12   [0]      1:0    Ahmed Haridy      U10   [0]  
 5 Farida Haridy    U8    [0]      0:1    Katy Thornton     U12   [0]  
 6 Birney Wang      U10   [0]      0:1    Dexter Harris     U10   [0]  
 7 Omar Hassan      U10   [0]      0:1    Avrora Zelenchuck U10   [0]  
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Round 2

No Name              Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Calvin Patterson  U10   [1]      1:0    Adam Fitzsimons  U10   [1]  
 2 Calum Glendinning U12   [1]      1:0    Joao Soares      U12   [1]  
 3 Dexter Harris     U10   [1]      1:0    Katy Thornton    U12   [1]  
 4 Avrora Zelenchuck U10   [1]     .5:.5   Jasper Grady     U12   [0]  
 5 Ahmed Haridy      U10   [0]      0:1    Pheobe Patterson U12   [0]  
 6 Ahmed Hassan      U8    [0]      0:1    Farida Haridy    U8    [0]  
 7 Birney Wang       U10   [0]      0:1    Omar Hassan      U10   [0]  
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Round 3

No Name              Feder Total  Result   Name              Feder Total

 1 Dexter Harris     U10   [2]      0:1    Calum Glendinning U12   [2]  
 2 Avrora Zelenchuck U10   [1.5]    0:1    Calvin Patterson  U10   [2]  
 3 Adam Fitzsimons   U10   [1]      0:1    Pheobe Patterson  U12   [1]  
 4 Farida Haridy     U8    [1]      0:1    Joao Soares       U12   [1]  
 5 Katy Thornton     U12   [1]      1:0    Omar Hassan       U10   [1]  
 6 Jasper Grady      U12   [.5]     1:0    Ahmed Haridy      U10   [0]  
 7 Ahmed Hassan      U8    [0]     .5:.5   Birney Wang       U10   [0]  
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Round 4

No Name              Feder Total  Result   Name              Feder Total

 1 Calum Glendinning U12   [3]      1:0    Calvin Patterson  U10   [3]  
 2 Joao Soares       U12   [2]      0:1    Dexter Harris     U10   [2]  
 3 Pheobe Patterson  U12   [2]      1:0    Katy Thornton     U12   [2]  
 4 Adam Fitzsimons   U10   [1]      1:0    Avrora Zelenchuck U10   [1.5]
 5 Omar Hassan       U10   [1]      0:1    Jasper Grady      U12   [1.5]
 6 Birney Wang       U10   [.5]     1:0    Farida Haridy     U8    [1]  
 7 Ahmed Haridy      U10   [0]     .5:.5   Ahmed Hassan      U8    [.5] 
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Round 5

No Name              Feder Total  Result   Name              Feder Total

 1 Jasper Grady      U12   [2.5]    0:1    Calum Glendinning U12   [4]  
 2 Calvin Patterson  U10   [3]     .5:.5   Pheobe Patterson  U12   [3]  
 3 Dexter Harris     U10   [3]      1:0    Adam Fitzsimons   U10   [2]  
 4 Katy Thornton     U12   [2]      0:1    Joao Soares       U12   [2]  
 5 Avrora Zelenchuck U10   [1.5]    0:1    Birney Wang       U10   [1.5]
 6 Ahmed Hassan      U8    [1]      0:1    Omar Hassan       U10   [1]  
 7 Farida Haridy     U8    [1]      0:1    Ahmed Haridy      U10   [.5] 
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Round 6

No Name              Feder Total  Result   Name              Feder Total

 1 Calum Glendinning U12   [5]      1:0    Birney Wang       U10   [2.5]
 2 Pheobe Patterson  U12   [3.5]    0:1    Dexter Harris     U10   [4]  
 3 Joao Soares       U12   [3]      0:1    Calvin Patterson  U10   [3.5]
 4 Jasper Grady      U12   [2.5]    1:0    Ahmed Hassan      U8    [1]  
 5 Ahmed Haridy      U10   [1.5]    0:1    Adam Fitzsimons   U10   [2]  
 6 Katy Thornton     U12   [2]      0:1    Avrora Zelenchuck U10   [1.5]
 7 Omar Hassan       U10   [2]      1:0    Farida Haridy     U8    [1]  
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Round 7

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name              Feder Total

 1 Omar Hassan      U10   [3]      0:1    Calum Glendinning U12   [6]  
 2 Calvin Patterson U10   [4.5]   .5:.5   Dexter Harris     U10   [5]  
 3 Pheobe Patterson U12   [3.5]    1:0    Jasper Grady      U12   [3.5]
 4 Adam Fitzsimons  U10   [3]      1:0    Joao Soares       U12   [3]  
 5 Birney Wang      U10   [2.5]   .5:.5   Ahmed Haridy      U10   [1.5]
 6 Farida Haridy    U8    [1]      0:1    Avrora Zelenchuck U10   [2.5]
 7 Ahmed Hassan     U8    [1]     .5:.5   Katy Thornton     U12   [2]  
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Round 8

No Name              Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Calum Glendinning U12   [7]      1:0    Adam Fitzsimons  U10   [4]  
 2 Dexter Harris     U10   [5.5]    1:0    Jasper Grady     U12   [3.5]
 3 Calvin Patterson  U10   [5]      1:0    Farida Haridy    U8    [1]  
 4 Avrora Zelenchuck U10   [3.5]    0:1    Pheobe Patterson U12   [4.5]
 5 Katy Thornton     U12   [2.5]    1:0    Birney Wang      U10   [3]  
 6 Ahmed Haridy      U10   [2]      1:0    Omar Hassan      U10   [3]  
 7 Joao Soares       U12   [3]     .5:.5   Ahmed Hassan     U8    [1.5]

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Round 9

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name              Feder Total

 1 Ahmed Haridy     U10   [3]     .5:.5   Calum Glendinning U12   [8]  
 2 Omar Hassan      U10   [3]      0:1    Dexter Harris     U10   [6.5]
 3 Birney Wang      U10   [3]      0:1    Calvin Patterson  U10   [6]  
 4 Pheobe Patterson U12   [5.5]    1:0    Joao Soares       U12   [3.5]
 5 Adam Fitzsimons  U10   [4]      1:0    Farida Haridy     U8    [1]  
 6 Jasper Grady     U12   [3.5]   .5:.5   Katy Thornton     U12   [3.5]
 7 Ahmed Hassan     U8    [2]      0:1    Avrora Zelenchuck U10   [3.5]

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Standings

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

  1   Calum Glendinning U12   8.5      32.5  43.0   44.5
  2   Dexter Harris     U10   7.5      33.0  44.5   36.5
  3   Calvin Patterson  U10   7        34.0  43.5   35.0
  4   Pheobe Patterson  U12   6.5      35.5  47.5   29.5
  5   Adam Fitzsimons   U10   5        34.5  44.0   23.0
  6   Avrora Zelenchuck U10   4.5      27.5  35.5   21.0
 7-8  Jasper Grady      U12   4        36.0  46.5   21.5
      Katy Thornton     U12   4        26.5  35.0   20.0
9-10  Joao Soares       U12   3.5      35.5  45.0   22.0
      Ahmed Haridy      U10   3.5      27.0  36.5   12.0
11-12 Birney Wang       U10   3        31.5  41.0   16.0
      Omar Hassan       U10   3        28.5  38.0   17.0
 13   Ahmed Hassan      U8    2        25.5  31.5    9.0
 14   Farida Haridy     U8    1        26.5  35.5    8.0

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The Under 19 competition

Round 1

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name           Feder Total

 1 Vincent Crean    U19   [0]      1:0    Adam McMillan  U16   [0]  
 2 Kacper Niemiec   U14   [0]      0:1    John Dawson    U19   [0]  
 3 Ryan Hammond     U16   [0]      0:1    Jake Patterson U19   [0]  
 4 Hannah Patterson U16   [0]      1:0    Jake Mansfield U14   [0]  
 5 David Mayes      U19   [0]      0:1    Adam Simmonite U16   [0]  
 6 Sam Todd         U19   [0]      0:1    Louie McConkey U14   [0]  
 7 Ryan McKay       U14   [0]     .5:.5   Jonathan Young U16   [0]  
 8 Daniil Zelenchuk U14   [0]      1:0    Joel McLean    U14   [0]  
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Round 2

No Name           Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Jake Patterson U19   [1]      0:1    Vincent Crean    U19   [1]  
 2 John Dawson    U19   [1]      1:0    Hannah Patterson U16   [1]  
 3 Louie McConkey U14   [1]      0:1    Daniil Zelenchuk U14   [1]  
 4 Adam Simmonite U16   [1]      1:0    Ryan McKay       U14   [.5] 
 5 Jonathan Young U16   [.5]    .5:.5   Ryan Hammond     U16   [0]  
 6 Jake Mansfield U14   [0]      1:0    Kacper Niemiec   U14   [0]  
 7 Adam McMillan  U16   [0]     .5:.5   David Mayes      U19   [0]  
 8 Joel McLean    U14   [0]      0:1    Sam Todd         U19   [0] 
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Round 3

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name           Feder Total

 1 Vincent Crean    U19   [2]      1:0    Adam Simmonite U16   [2]  
 2 Daniil Zelenchuk U14   [2]      1:0    John Dawson    U19   [2]  
 3 Sam Todd         U19   [1]      1:0    Jake Mansfield U14   [1]  
 4 Hannah Patterson U16   [1]      1:0    Louie McConkey U14   [1]  
 5 Jonathan Young   U16   [1]      0:1    Jake Patterson U19   [1]  
 6 Ryan Hammond     U16   [.5]     0:1    Adam McMillan  U16   [.5] 
 7 David Mayes      U19   [.5]     0:1    Ciaran Rowan   U16   [.5] 
 8 Ryan McKay       U14   [.5]     0:1    Joel McLean    U14   [0]  
 9 Kacper Niemiec   U14   [0]      1:0    BYE                     
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Round 4

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Daniil Zelenchuk U14   [3]      0:1    Vincent Crean    U19   [3]  
 2 John Dawson      U19   [2]      1:0    Sam Todd         U19   [2]  
 3 Adam Simmonite   U16   [2]      0:1    Hannah Patterson U16   [2]  
 4 Ciaran Rowan     U16   [1.5]    0:1    Jake Patterson   U19   [2]  
 5 Adam McMillan    U16   [1.5]    1:0    Jake Mansfield   U14   [1]  
 6 Louie McConkey   U14   [1]      1:0    Kacper Niemiec   U14   [1]  
 7 Joel McLean      U14   [1]     .5:.5   Jonathan Young   U16   [1]  
 8 David Mayes      U19   [.5]     1:0    Ryan Hammond     U16   [.5] 
 9 Ryan McKay       U14   [.5]     1:0    BYE                     
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The leading players play and Vincent Crean wins against Daniil Zelenchuk and becomes the favourite for the competition.

Round 5

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name             Feder Total

 1 Vincent Crean    U19   [4]      0:1    John Dawson      U19   [3]  
 2 Jake Patterson   U19   [3]      0:1    Daniil Zelenchuk U14   [3]  
 3 Hannah Patterson U16   [3]      1:0    Adam McMillan    U16   [2.5]
 4 Sam Todd         U19   [2]      1:0    Adam Simmonite   U16   [2]  
 5 Jonathan Young   U16   [1.5]    0:1    Louie McConkey   U14   [2]  
 6 Ciaran Rowan     U16   [1.5]    1:0    Ryan McKay       U14   [1.5]
 7 Jake Mansfield   U14   [1]      1:0    David Mayes      U19   [1.5]
 8 Kacper Niemiec   U14   [1]      0:1    Joel McLean      U14   [1.5]
 9 Ryan Hammond     U16   [.5]     1:0    BYE                
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John Dawson beats Vincent Crean the leader stopping his unbeaten run - this opens up the final round. With 4 players on 4 points. All fighting for top place - but with a strong possibility that we would need to use a tie breaking system.

Round 6

No Name             Feder Total  Result   Name           Feder Total

 1 Hannah Patterson U16   [4]      0:1    Vincent Crean  U19   [4]  
 2 John Dawson      U19   [4]      1:0    Louie McConkey U14   [3]  
 3 Daniil Zelenchuk U14   [4]      1:0    Sam Todd       U19   [3]  
 4 Joel McLean      U14   [2.5]    0:1    Jake Patterson U19   [3]  
 5 Adam McMillan    U16   [2.5]    0:1    Ciaran Rowan   U16   [2.5]
 6 Adam Simmonite   U16   [2]      1:0    Jake Mansfield U14   [2]  
 7 Ryan McKay       U14   [1.5]    0:1    David Mayes    U19   [1.5]
 8 Ryan Hammond     U16   [1.5]   .5:.5   Kacper Niemiec U14   [1]  
 9 Jonathan Young   U16   [1.5]    1:0    BYE             
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Standings

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

 1-3  Vincent Crean    U19   5        16.0  23.5   19.0
      Daniil Zelenchuk U14   5        15.0  22.5   18.0
      John Dawson      U19   5        15.0  21.0   17.0
 4-5  Hannah Patterson U16   4        13.5  20.5   15.0
      Jake Patterson   U19   4        12.5  19.0   14.0
  6   Ciaran Rowan     U16   3.5      11.0  16.0    9.0
 7-9  Louie McConkey   U14   3        14.0  20.0   11.0
      Sam Todd         U19   3        13.5  20.5   11.0
      Adam Simmonite   U16   3        11.5  17.5   12.0
10-13 Adam McMillan    U16   2.5      11.5  18.0    9.5
      Joel McLean      U14   2.5      10.0  16.0    7.5
      Jonathan Young   U16   2.5      10.0  15.0    8.0
      David Mayes      U19   2.5       9.0  13.0    6.5
14-15 Jake Mansfield   U14   2        11.0  16.0    7.0
      Ryan Hammond     U16   2        10.0  15.0    5.0
16-17 Ryan McKay       U14   1.5      11.0  16.0    6.0
      Kacper Niemiec   U14   1.5      10.5  17.0    4.5
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Three players on equal points at the top of the score board - Some discussion was had about the method of deciding the overall winner. With Daniil Zelenchuk keen on a quick play off. It was decided that we would use same method as the Ulster Seniors - Medium Buchan, Buchan and progressive.

Buchholtz is the sum of your opponents scores, Medium Buchholtz is the same but the top score and lowest score arent included. Progressive is the cumulative sum of your own scores (so the early you gain points the more the progressive score is).

Vincent Crean (St Malachys) was announced as the Ulster Champion.

The winner of the Silver Platter for top Girl went for the successive year to Hannah Patterson (Home Educated).

We were lucky to have on hand to asist with the running of the tournament and to pass on the Ulster Championship trophy to Vincent, last years Champion Andrew Todd - who is playing board one for his University team - Aberdeen. Andrew was key to bringing youngsters into the Ulster Chess Union league in the last couple of years.

Many thanks to the players for such a brilliant day of chess. Thanks also to the Parents for bringing and supporting their youngsters. Thanks to the volunteers for making the day possible and thanks to Methodist College for the excellent venue.

See you all at our next event - The Childrens Chess Saturday January 14th 12:30pm - 5:00pm Methodist College.

Parents enjoying their own chess game - trying to keep up with their youngsters!

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Solutions to the problems - from the excellent book - 1001 Winning Chess Sacrifices and Combinations by Fred Reindeld (Highly recommended).

13.
1. ... Re3
2. Qxe3 Qh1#

14.

1. ... Rxb2+

2. Qxb2 Bb3+

3. Kc3  Bb4+

4. Qxb4 Qc3#

15.

1. ... Rb1+

2. Rxb1 Qxa3

16.

1. ... Bc2+

2. KxB Qxe4

17.

1. ... Bxd6

2. Qxd6 Rxf2+

3. Bxf2 Qxf2+

4. K1   Be4+

and mate next move

18.

1. ... Rh1+

2. Kxh1 Qxf2

19.

1. Bxh7+ Kxh7

2. Qh5+  Kg8

3. Bxg7  Kxg7

4. Qg5+  Kh8

5. Rd4 winning

20.

1. Nxd5  Qxd5

2. Qh6   Bd1

3. Rxe8 then forcing mate


if  1. ...   gxh5

2. Nxe7+ Kh1

3. Rxh5+ f6

4. Rxh7#


if  1. ...  cxd5

2. Qxh7+ and leads to mate

21.

1. Nxc5 bxc

2. Rg8+ Ke7

3. Qxc5+ Kd7

4. Qc8+ leading to mate

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