You are here: Home Membership Clubs Bangor Chess Club Club News Checkmate with honours

Checkmate with honours

Last Thursday (4 April) Bangor Chess Club hosted a special simul match with 15 players taking on Division 1 player Brendan Jamison. However, the usual format had a creative twist! Brendan played without a queen on every board, challenging the local players to find the quickest checkmate.

8 year old Kyle McKimm from Millisle was the first to delve the decisive blow with a beautiful combination of queen and rook, scooping the gold medal and a big round of applause. One move later, Gary Johnston from Newtownards took the silver after sacrificing his rook in a tactical trap. This was followed by Richard McClean who won bronze with a clever knight and queen mate.

One by one, other impressive checkmates were delivered by Walter Wilson, Ben Toogood, Ken Browne, Mike McKimm, Samuel Todd and Sam Bowman. The final win was sealed by newcomer Rory McQuillan, delivering several beautiful forks to win material and chase Brendan’s king into the centre of the board until it ran out of squares.

In another surprise twist at the end of the night, the club secretary Mark Seidman presented two honorary memberships to Michael Sheerin, the Child Protection Officer, and Brendan Jamison, UCU Tournament Director, for helping the club to thrive over the past season with new activities to keep all the members engaged.

Next Thursday (11 April) the Groomsport Parish Halls will host a special ‘Doubles Rapid Chess’ tournament where higher rated players will be teamed up with a partner of junior level. It promises to be another fun night!

Michael Sheerin (left) and Brendan Jamison (right) with their certificates of honorary membership of Bangor Chess Club


Photo caption: Michael Sheerin (left) and Brendan Jamison (right) with their certificates of honorary membership of Bangor Chess Club

News
Double Trouble at Groomsport Chess Tournament Last Thursday (11 April), Teams of 2 battled it out in the first ever Doubles Rapidplay chess tournament in Groomsport. Apr 15, 2019
Strand 1 close in on Silver King after week of closely-fought matches (B&D League 2018/19 Week 18) Strand 1 were hoping for draws between their rivals in their free week to maintain their cu... Apr 14, 2019
UCU Winter Tournament 2018-19 This popular event, hosted by Queen's University Chess Club and organised by Belfast South Chess Club, finished on 8 Apr... Apr 09, 2019
Checkmate with honours Last Thursday (4 April) Bangor Chess Club hosted a special simul match with 15 players taking on Division 1 player Brend... Apr 05, 2019
The Fastest Draw in the West- Of Ireland! Martin Kelly reports from Galway Chess Congress 2019. Apr 04, 2019
More news…
« April 2019 »
April
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
282930
Upcoming Events
Delancey UK Chess Challenge Northern Ireland Megafinal 2019 Saturday May 11th - Northern Ireland Delancey UK Chess Challenge Megafinal May 11, 2019 09:45 AM - 05:00 PM — Methodist College, Belfast
NICS Lackadaisical #4 2019 The fourth and final in the series of NICS rapidplays contributing to the Alan Burns Grand Prix. Enjoy an afternoon of e... May 12, 2019 01:00 PM - 06:00 PM — NICS,Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Stormont, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3TA
City of Belfast Championships 2019 City of Belfast Championships on May Bank Holiday weekend. Three days of two games a day. May 25th to 27th. May 25, 2019 - May 27, 2019 — NICS,Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Stormont, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3TA
Upcoming events…