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Chris Lyttle invites top youngsters to Stormont Chess Award Ceremony

Tuesday 13th June saw top young chess players enjoy a morning of chess and awards in the elegant surrounds of Stormont at the invitation of Chris Lyttle MLA (Alliance)


Having played over the year in the monthly Chess tournaments at Methodist college the top young players were invited to an award ceremony- jointly organised by The Ulster Schools Chess Council and Ulster Chess Union. The year ends with the Stormont Award Ceremony and Stormont Elite Chess Competition. This year kindly sponsored by Chris Lyttle MLA who welcomed the parents, children and Principals, recognising the talent and skills in chess that the youngsters showed to get here and the support from their parents, teachers and the work done by the volunteers running the tournaments. Chris felt that Chess was a brilliant logical game with planning and decision making all built into what is a fun game.

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After Chris' welcome speach we held round 1 of the Elite competition. With 5 primary youngsters this section had 5 rounds of all-play-all whilst the other two sections had 3 rounds of all play all - so the primary section only got 10mins each on their clocks as opposed to the usual 15mins.

Round 1

Primary

White

Result

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Black

Adam Fitzsimons

1

0

Aaditya Singh

Anjali Singh

1

0

Jasper Grady

Dexter Harris

1

0

 

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Lower Secondary

White

Result

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Black

Daniil Zelenchuk

1

0

James Kane

Calvin Patterson

0

1

Peter Todd

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Upper Secondary

White

Result

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Black

Hannah Patterson

1

0

Pheobe Patterson

 

 

1

Adam Rushe

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After the first round the group went on a tour of the Stormont Buildings

This started in the main entrance hall where we saw the elegant chandeliers and the Greek columns  whilst listening to the fascinating history of the building.

We were then taken into the debating chamber and more fascinating information on the building. Unfortunately the children had to leave prior to the end of the tour to continue with the competition. The parents, principals and teachers remained enjoying the tour. Many thanks to Stormont events for providing such an excellent tour.

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Primary Round 2

White

Results

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Black

Aaditya Singh

0

1

Anjali Singh

Dexter Harris

0

1

Adam Fitzsimons

Jasper Grady

1

0

 

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Primary Round 3

White

Results

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Black

Anjali Singh

½

½

Dexter Harris

Jasper Grady

0

1

Aaditya Singh

Adam Fitzsimons

1

 

 

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Primary Round 4

White

Results

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Black

Dexter Hariis

1

0

Jasper Grady

Adam Fitzsimons

1

0

Anjali Singh

Aaditya Singh

1

 

 

Lower Secondary Round 2

White

Results

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Black

Daniil Zelenchuk

1

0

Calvin Patterson

James Kane

0

1

Peter Todd

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Upper Secondary Round 2

White

Results

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Black

Hannah Patterson

1

 

 

Pheobe Patterson

1

0

Adam Rushe

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Primary Round 5

White

Results

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Black

Jasper Grady

0

1

Adam Fitzsimons

Aaditya Singh

0

1

Dexter Harris

Anjali Singh

1

 

 

 

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Lower Secondary Round 3

White

Results

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Black

Peter Todd

0

1

Daniil Zelenchuk

Calvin Patterson

1

0

James Kane

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Upper Secondary Round 3

White

Results

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Black

Adam Rushe

½

½

Hannah Patterson

 

 

1

Pheobe Patterson


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the final results of the Stormont Elite tournament:

Primary Section

NameSchoolPointsPosition
Adam Fitzsimons Downshire PS 5 1st
Dexter Harris Strandtown PS 3 1/2 2nd
Anjali Singh Forge Int. PS 3 1/2 2nd
Aaditya Singh Forge Int. PS 2 4th
Jasper Grady Hart Memorial PS 1 5th

Lower Secondary Section

NameSchoolPointsPosition
Daniil Zelenchuk Rathmore Grammar 3 1st
Peter Todd Bangor Grammar 2 2nd
Calvin Patterson Home Educated 1 3rd
James Kane St Patricks Grammar 0 4th

Upper Secondary Section

NameSchoolPointsPosition
Hannah Patterson Home Educated 1 1/2 1st
Phoebe Patterson Home Educated 1 2nd
Adam Rushe Bangor Grammar 1.2 3rd

 

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Following the tournament there was the award ceremony. Chris Lyttle MLA gave out the prizes.and the youngsters had a line of honour made up of the Principals and Teachers - Mr Knaggs (Downshire PS), Mrs Kerr (Forge Integrated PS), Mr McIlvenny and Mrs O'Loughlin (Rathmore Grammar), Mr Wilson (Bangor Grammar), Ulster Chess Union representative Ross Harris, the Competition founders: David McAlister and Dr Graham Murphy, who shook hands and congratulated each winner.

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The awards are awarded according to the Grandprix points that are awarded over the year for each childrens chess tournament. The best 3 scores of each player are added. Players on equal points share the position. The awards are very difficult to achieve.

The Belfast Scholastic Shield - Primary Chess Champion : Dexter Harris  (Strandtown PS)

PositionNameYearSchoolPoints
1st Dexter Harris P4 Strandtown PS 29
2nd Adam Fitzsimmons P4 Downshire PS 22.3
3rd Anjali Singh P5 Forge Integrated PS 20
4th Jasper Grady P6 Hart Memorial PS 14.5
4th Aaditya Singh P3 Forge Integrated PS 14.5

The Belfast Scholastic Shield - Lower Secondary Champion : Daniil Zelenchuk (Rathmore Grammar)

PositionNameYearSchoolPoints
1st Daniil Zelenchuk F2 Rathmore Grammar 30
2nd Peter Todd F3 Bangor Grammar 26
3rd James Kane F3 St Patricks Grammar 23
4th Calvin Patterson P5 Home Educated 21

The Belfast Scholastic Shield - Upper Secondary Champions Joint: Eoin McCorkindale (Ballymena Academy), Jake Patterson (Home Educated)

PositionNameYearSchoolPoints
1st Eoin McCorkindale U6 Ballymena Academy 29
1st Jake Patterson L6 Home Educated 29
3rd Hannah Patterson F5 Home Educated 19.75
4th Samuel Todd F4 Bangor Grammar 18.75
4th Adam Rushe F4 Bangor Grammar 18.75

The Belfast Scholastic Edward Whiteside Shield - Primary Puzzle Solving Chess Champion: Aaditya Singh (Forge Integrated PS)

PositionNameYearSchoolPoints
1st Aaditya Singh P3 Forge Integrated PS 27
2nd Anjali Singh P5 Forge Integrated PS 25
3rd Calvin Patterson P5 Home Educated 23
4th Adam Fitzsimons P4 Downshire PS 21

The Belfast Scholastic Fergus O'Neill Shield - Secondary Puzzle Solving Chess Champion: Eoin McCorkindale (Ballymena Academy)

PositionNameYearSchoolPoints
1st Eoin McCorkindale U6 Ballymena Academy 28
2nd Daniil Zelenchuk F2 Rathmore Grammar 26
3rd Adam Rushe F4 Bangor Grammar 22
4th Jake Patterson U6 Home Educated 18

This year we had the good fortune to have a Shield added to the award of Exceptional Young Player.

Donated by Andrew Dawson - The Dawson and Henderson Shield - Exceptional Young Player. This year we award this prize to 5 well deserving players.

NameYear School
Dexter Harris P4 Strandtown PS
Calvin Patterson P5 Home Educated
Aaditya Singh P3 Forge Integrated PS
Anjali Singh P5 Forge Integrated PS
Adam Fitzsimons P4 Downshire PS

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Thanks to all - Chris Lyttle MLA for inviting us to Stormont, the volunteers for enabling the series of tournaments leading up to this brilliant award ceremony, Parents, teachers and Principals and last but not least the brilliant young chess players.

The childrens chess has been going on since 2002 some 15 years - it was founded by Graham Murphy, David McAlister and Mark Newman - all present today - to enjoy the 15th year of such a brilliant series of tournaments. A warm applause was given to the founders.

Watch out for the youngsters who will be playing in the Giga-Finals of the Delancey UK Chess Challenge : https://www.delanceyukschoolschesschallenge.com/

we wish them well...

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