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Top competitive play at Aprils Childrens Chess 2018

The last of this years series of Childrens Chess took place on Saturday April 14th 2018 at Methodist College, Belfast.

We ran one section, this is almost becoming the regular format. It allows the youngest players to challenge the more experienced players.

My favourite section is the puzzles. They provide an opportunity to talk chess. To hint at a possible move and to see the excitement on the students face when they see the solution. These problems are elegant. So here a few for you to solve - answers at the bottom of the page.

p11p12p13
p14 p15 p16
p17 p18 p19
p20 p21 p22

Samuel Todd won the Secondary Puzzle trophy.

Name Year Points
Todd, Samuel L6 11
Glendinning, Calum F2 6
Lee, Andrew F4 4.5
Williamson, Zach F1 2

Adam Fitzsimons handed his puzzle sheet in about 40mins after getting it. I suggested that he needed more time to finish. He just confirmed that he was happy with it - and then of all surprises he wins. Anjali Singh does her usual and gets a high score coming a close second.

Name Year Points
Fitzsimons, Adam P5 13
Singh, Anjali P6 12.5
Patterson, Calvin P6 12
Singh, Aaditya P4 10.5
Suitor, Cian P4 10
Gimpel, Tomas P6 8
Kamal, Taufik P6 7
Grady, Jasper P7 4
Cillian Suitor P2 4
Harris, Blake P3 3
Magill, Reuben P6 2

 

 

Round 1

No Name            Feder Loc  Total  Result   Name              Feder Loc  Total

 1 Adam Rushe      F5    1031 [0]      1:0    Andrew Lee        F4    500  [0]  
 2 Jasper Grady    P7    486  [0]      0:1    Dexter Harris     P5    1026 [0]  
 3 Louie McConkey  F3    984  [0]      1:0    TJ MacCartney     P7    424  [0]  
 4 Tomas Gimpel    P6    400  [0]      0:1    Samuel Todd       L6    946  [0]  
 5 Adam Fitzsimons P5    903  [0]      1:0    Reuben Magill     P6    400  [0]  
 6 Cian Suitor     P4    344  [0]      0:1    Calvin Patterson  P6    892  [0]  
 7 Taufik Kamal    P6    820  [0]     .5:.5   Blake Harris      P3    343  [0]  
 8 Katy Thornton   F1    343  [0]      0:1    Calum Glendinning F2    779  [0]  
 9 Anjali Singh    P6    732  [0]      1:0    Ben Toogood       F1    300  [0]  
10 Zach Williamson F1    300  [0]     .5:.5   Aaditya Singh     P4    723  [0]  
by Swiss Perfect (TM)  www.swissperfect.com

The games go to rating - the ratings kindly provided by Ross Harris. With two exceptions Blake Harris gets an excellent result against Taufik Kamal and Zach Williamson draws against Aaditya Singh - this could be because Zach is new to the competition and we have estimated his rating at 300 which may be a bit low.

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Round 2

No Name              Feder Loc  Total  Result   Name            Feder Loc  Total

 1 Calvin Patterson  P6    892  [1]      0:1    Adam Rushe      F5    1031 [1]  
 2 Dexter Harris     P5    1026 [1]      0:1    Adam Fitzsimons P5    903  [1]  
 3 Calum Glendinning F2    779  [1]      0:1    Louie McConkey  F3    984  [1]  
 4 Samuel Todd       L6    946  [1]      1:0    Anjali Singh    P6    732  [1]  
 5 Aaditya Singh     P4    723  [.5]     0:1    Taufik Kamal    P6    820  [.5] 
 6 Blake Harris      P3    343  [.5]     0:1    Zach Williamson F1    300  [.5] 
 7 Andrew Lee        F4    500  [0]      1:0    Cian Suitor     P4    344  [0]  
 8 Reuben Magill     P6    400  [0]      1:0    Jasper Grady    P7    486  [0]  
 9 TJ MacCartney     P7    424  [0]      0:1    Katy Thornton   F1    343  [0]  
10 Ben Toogood       F1    300  [0]      1:0    Tomas Gimpel    P6    400  [0]  

Adam Fitzsimons does well to take a point off Dexter Harris. Whilst the two who upset the applecart in round 1 meet and Zach beats Blake. Katy Thornton gets a fast win over TJ MacCartney.

 

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Round 3

No Name           Feder Loc  Total  Result   Name              Feder Loc  Total

 1 Adam Rushe     F5    1031 [2]      1:0    Samuel Todd       L6    946  [2]  
 2 Louie McConkey F3    984  [2]      0:1    Adam Fitzsimons   P5    903  [2]  
 3 Taufik Kamal   P6    820  [1.5]    1:0    Zach Williamson   F1    300  [1.5]
 4 Andrew Lee     F4    500  [1]      0:1    Dexter Harris     P5    1026 [1]  
 5 Katy Thornton  F1    343  [1]      0:1    Calvin Patterson  P6    892  [1]  
 6 Ben Toogood    F1    300  [1]      1:0    Calum Glendinning F2    779  [1]  
 7 Anjali Singh   P6    732  [1]      1:0    Reuben Magill     P6    400  [1]  
 8 Blake Harris   P3    343  [.5]     0:1    Aaditya Singh     P4    723  [.5] 
 9 Jasper Grady   P7    486  [0]      1:0    Tomas Gimpel      P6    400  [0]  
10 Cian Suitor    P4    344  [0]      1:0    TJ MacCartney     P7    424  [0]  

Adam stays infront with 3 out of 3. Second is Afam Fitzimons also on 3 points. Ben Toogood gets a good win over Calum Glendinning.

 

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Round 4

No Name              Feder Loc  Total  Result   Name           Feder Loc  Total

 1 Adam Fitzsimons   P5    903  [3]      0:1    Adam Rushe     F5    1031 [3]  
 2 Dexter Harris     P5    1026 [2]      0:1    Taufik Kamal   P6    820  [2.5]
 3 Calvin Patterson  P6    892  [2]     .5:.5   Louie McConkey F3    984  [2]  
 4 Samuel Todd       L6    946  [2]      1:0    Ben Toogood    F1    300  [2]  
 5 Aaditya Singh     P4    723  [1.5]    0:1    Anjali Singh   P6    732  [2]  
 6 Zach Williamson   F1    300  [1.5]    0:1    Andrew Lee     F4    500  [1]  
 7 Calum Glendinning F2    779  [1]      1:0    Jasper Grady   P7    486  [1]  
 8 Reuben Magill     P6    400  [1]      1:0    Cian Suitor    P4    344  [1]  
 9 Katy Thornton     F1    343  [1]      1:0    Blake Harris   P3    343  [.5] 
10 Tomas Gimpel      P6    400  [0]      0:1    TJ MacCartney  P7    424  [0]  

The two Adams meet. Adam Rushe remains on full points and takes the solitary lead. Taufik Kamal gets a win against Dexter and takes second place.

 

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Round 5

No Name              Feder Loc  Total  Result   Name             Feder Loc  Total

 1 Adam Rushe        F5    1031 [4]      1:0    Taufik Kamal     P6    820  [3.5]
 2 Anjali Singh      P6    732  [3]      0:1    Adam Fitzsimons  P5    903  [3]  
 3 Louie McConkey    F3    984  [2.5]    0:1    Samuel Todd      L6    946  [3]  
 4 Calum Glendinning F2    779  [2]      0:1    Calvin Patterson P6    892  [2.5]
 5 Ben Toogood       F1    300  [2]      0:1    Dexter Harris    P5    1026 [2]  
 6 Andrew Lee        F4    500  [2]      1:0    Katy Thornton    F1    343  [2]  
 7 Zach Williamson   F1    300  [1.5]    1:0    Reuben Magill    P6    400  [2]  
 8 TJ MacCartney     P7    424  [1]      0:1    Aaditya Singh    P4    723  [1.5]
 9 Jasper Grady      P7    486  [1]      1:0    Cian Suitor      P4    344  [1]  
10 Blake Harris      P3    343  [.5]     1:0    Tomas Gimpel     P6    400  [0]  

Adam Rushes lead lengthens with a win over Taufik - round 5 and alot of the top boards are Primary School students - showing their strength of play and why its such a good choice to have everyone in the one section.

 

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Round 6

No Name            Feder Loc  Total  Result   Name              Feder Loc  Total

 1 Dexter Harris   P5    1026 [3]      0:1    Adam Rushe        F5    1031 [5]  
 2 Adam Fitzsimons P5    903  [4]      0:1    Samuel Todd       L6    946  [4]  
 3 Taufik Kamal    P6    820  [3.5]    0:1    Calvin Patterson  P6    892  [3.5]
 4 Anjali Singh    P6    732  [3]      0:1    Andrew Lee        F4    500  [3]  
 5 Aaditya Singh   P4    723  [2.5]    0:1    Louie McConkey    F3    984  [2.5]
 6 Jasper Grady    P7    486  [2]     .5:.5   Zach Williamson   F1    300  [2.5]
 7 Reuben Magill   P6    400  [2]      0:1    Calum Glendinning F2    779  [2]  
 8 Katy Thornton   F1    343  [2]      0:1    Ben Toogood       F1    300  [2]  
 9 TJ MacCartney   P7    424  [1]      1:0    Blake Harris      P3    343  [1.5]
10 Cian Suitor     P4    344  [1]      0:1    Tomas Gimpel      P6    400  [0]  

Samuel Todd takes a point off Adam Fizsimons and threatens the lead.

 

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Round 7

No Name              Feder Loc  Total  Result   Name            Feder Loc  Total

 1 Adam Rushe        F5    1031 [6]      0:1    Louie McConkey  F3    984  [3.5]
 2 Samuel Todd       L6    946  [5]     .5:.5   Andrew Lee      F4    500  [4]  
 3 Calvin Patterson  P6    892  [4.5]    1:0    Adam Fitzsimons P5    903  [4]  
 4 Ben Toogood       F1    300  [3]      0:1    Taufik Kamal    P6    820  [3.5]
 5 Zach Williamson   F1    300  [3]      0:1    Dexter Harris   P5    1026 [3]  
 6 Calum Glendinning F2    779  [3]      1:0    Anjali Singh    P6    732  [3]  
 7 Aaditya Singh     P4    723  [2.5]    1:0    Jasper Grady    P7    486  [2.5]
 8 Reuben Magill     P6    400  [2]      0:1    TJ MacCartney   P7    424  [2]  
 9 Tomas Gimpel      P6    400  [1]     .5:.5   Katy Thornton   F1    343  [2]  
10 Blake Harris      P3    343  [1.5]   .5:.5   Cian Suitor     P4    344  [1]  

Louie plays Adam to an end game, very tight on time Adam plays what could be a drawn game. Then his King gets stuck and Louie starts pushing some pawns and wins on time. Its brilliant to see a complicated endgame in action. Andrew Lee stops Samuel from sharing the same points as Adam Rushe with a draw. Calvin races up with 5.5 points to share second place with Samuel.

 

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Standings

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

  1   Adam Rushe        F5    1031 6        23.0  32.5   27.0
 2-3  Calvin Patterson  P6    892  5.5      19.5  27.0   20.0
      Samuel Todd       L6    946  5.5      19.0  26.5   22.5
 4-6  Louie McConkey    F3    984  4.5      22.5  31.5   18.0
      Taufik Kamal      P6    820  4.5      19.0  27.0   19.5
      Andrew Lee        F4    500  4.5      18.0  25.5   15.5
 7-9  Adam Fitzsimons   P5    903  4        22.5  30.5   21.0
      Dexter Harris     P5    1026 4        19.0  27.5   16.0
      Calum Glendinning F2    779  4        15.5  23.0   14.0
 10   Aaditya Singh     P4    723  3.5      16.0  22.5   12.5
11-14 Anjali Singh      P6    732  3        19.0  26.5   16.0
      Ben Toogood       F1    300  3        18.0  25.0   13.0
      Zach Williamson   F1    300  3        16.5  23.0   13.5
      TJ MacCartney     P7    424  3        11.5  17.5    7.0
15-16 Katy Thornton     F1    343  2.5      16.5  23.5   10.5
      Jasper Grady      P7    486  2.5      14.0  19.5    9.0
17-18 Reuben Magill     P6    400  2        15.5  21.0   10.0
      Blake Harris      P3    343  2        13.5  19.5    7.0
19-20 Cian Suitor       P4    344  1.5      14.0  21.0    5.5
      Tomas Gimpel      P6    400  1.5      13.0  20.0    2.5

Its difficult to describe the fun, the chat and the quality of the chess - but its all there... with complicated positions, sophisticated endgames

Our next event is on May 12th an all day tournament. See you there.

Thanks to all the volunteers and the generous donation of the trophies.

winners

Problem Solutions - if you are interested in problems - join Chess.com  (you can join free) you can solve 5 free problems everyday and these are rated. So you can see how you improve over time.

11.
1. ... h1(Q)+
2. Kxh1 Kh3
3. any move
3. ... g2#

12.

1. ... Qxc1+

2. Bxc1 Rxc1+

3. Ke2  d3#

13

1. ... Bg2

2. Bxg2 Nxf3+

3. Bxf3 Qxh2+

4. Kf1  Qxf2#

14.

1. ... Bg1

2. Rd2 Re1

15.

1. Bxh7+ Kxh7

2. Ne5   Bxe5

3. Rh3+  Kg7

4. Qg4+  Kf7

5. Rh7#

16.

1. Qxg6+ Nxg6

2. Bf7+  Kf8

3. Nxg6#

17.

1. Qxc4 dxc4

2. Rxd6 Rxd6

3. Ng6+ ...

4. Rf8#

18.

1. ...  Rf2

2. Bxf4 Rg2+

3. Kh1  Rxg3+

4. Rf3  Bxf3#

19.

does Qxh6 win? No

1. Qxh6 Rxe2+

creating a space for the

King so

2. .... Rxh6

20.

1. Nh6+ Kf8

2. Nf5  exf

3. Rxh7 followed by mate

21.

1. Nxd5!  gxh5

2. Nxe7+ Qxe7

3. Rxe7

22.

1. Rg8+  Rxg8

2. Bd4+  Rg7

3. Bxg7+ Kxg7

4. Qc7+  Kf6

5. Qxf4+ Qf5

6. Qd6+  Kg7

7. Qxg3+ followed by Qxb8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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