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City of Bangor Congress Report

The Congress was held on Saturday 3rd September. It was a FIDE rated 6-round event.


Congratulations to the 12 prize-winners at the City of Bangor Congress, held on Saturday 3rd September. 36 players competed across two sections, 24 in the FIDE-rated Congress and 12 in the UCU-rated Junior Congress (0-1100 rating).

This was event 1 of 10 in the NI FIDE-rated Rapid Grand Prix. Event 2 will be held in Downpatrick on Saturday 17th September, followed by Strand Chess Club in East Belfast on Friday 23rd September and then Newry on Sunday 9th October.


Bangor Congress Prize-winners:

Champion: Richard Morrow 5.5/6 (Bangor Chess Club)

2nd: Danny Roberts 5/6 (Civil Service Chess Club)

3rd: David Obasi 4.5/6 (Queen’s)

Grading Award: Colin Keenan 4/6 (Warrenpoint & District Chess Club)

Female Champion: Bernie McCarthy (Roaming Knights, Belfast Central Library)

Female 2nd: Rebecca McClurg (Bangor Chess Club)

Female 3rd: Louiseon Fuchs (Bangor Chess Club)

Junior Champion: Jonah McConnell 6/6 (Bangor Chess Club)

Junior 2nd: Paul O’Connor 4/6 (Bangor Chess Club)

Junior Joint 3rd: Alan McBurney 4/6 (Bangor Chess Club)

Junior Joint 3rd: Josh Whearty 4/6 (Bangor Chess Club)

Junior Grading Award: George Gamble 3/6 (Bangor Chess Club)


The next competition at Groomsport is the FIDE-rated Bangor Blitz Championship on Thursday 15th September from 7:30pm to 10pm (school children usually leave earlier at 9pm or 9:30pm so they will play 4 or 5 rounds but are always welcome to stay to the very end).

The tournament will run over 6 rounds with each player having 10 minutes each to complete all their moves.

It is one open section. There are 7 trophies/cups/shields up for grabs. If you don’t already have a FIDE ID, you will need to email through your DOB. £8 entry fee, payable in advance.

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