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Childrens Chess kicked off in November - a warm-up for the Ulster Championships.

The first Childrens chess of the year was held at Methodist College on November 2nd. This starts the group of tournaments that leads to the top players being invited to Award Ceremony in June (previously held at Stormont). Quality Chess played by players from P2 to Upper Sixth. An excellent opportunity to practice for the Ulster Schools Championships in December.

 

In attendance we had 6 Primary pupils and 8  Secondary students. Plenty of chess was played and puzzles solved. The Primary section played an all play all round Robin with a break with a short competition of Battle-Chess - The players have a King and 4 pawns each and have to place these on their own side of the board. A board hides their opponents side of the board from view whilst this is happening. Then once the separator is removed the game commences as an end-game with the winner being the first to Queen a pawn safetly. A brilliant way of practicing your end-game. The skill is both in the play and how you initially place your pieces.

The tournament provided excellent practice for Decembers Ulster Schools Championships. Looks like in the Primary section we have a couple of contendors Avery Fiachra, Calvin Patterson and Pheobe Patterson.

The Secondary students played a 7 round swiss. The skill level is high and there will be an excellent calibre of Championships this year.

Primary - Round 1

Results

No Name             Year   Result   Name             Year

 1 Fiachra Avery    P5     2.0:0.0  Caolan Lawrenson P7   
 2 Calvin Patterson P2     1.5:.5   Phoebe Patterson P5   
 3 Seamus Douglas   P4     1.5:.5   Mani Douglas     P5   

Primary - Round 2

Results

No Name           Year   Result   Name             Year

 1 Seamus Douglas P4     0.0:2.0  Caolan Lawrenson P7   
 2 Mani Douglas   P5      .5:1.5  Phoebe Patterson P5   
 3 Fiachra Avery  P5     2.0:0.0  Calvin Patterson P2   

Primary - Round 3

Results

No Name             Year   Result   Name           Year

 1 Calvin Patterson P2     2.0:0.0  Seamus Douglas P4   
 2 Phoebe Patterson P5     0.0:2.0  Fiachra Avery  P5   
 3 Caolan Lawrenson P7     2.0:0.0  Mani Douglas   P5   

Primary - Round 4

Results

No Name             Year   Result   Name             Year

 1 Calvin Patterson P2     2.0:0.0  Mani Douglas     P5   
 2 Fiachra Avery    P5     2.0:0.0  Seamus Douglas   P4   
 3 Caolan Lawrenson P7     0.0:2.0  Phoebe Patterson P5   

Primary - Round 5

Results

No Name             Feder  Result   Name             Feder

 1 Phoebe Patterson P5     2.0:0.0  Seamus Douglas   P4   
 2 Caolan Lawrenson P7      .5:1.5  Calvin Patterson P2   
 3 Mani Douglas     P5     0.0:2.0  Fiachra Avery    P5   

The final round saw new-comer Fiachra Avery win the tournament with an unbeaten score of 10 out of 10.

Calvin Patterson P2 followed close behind with 7 out of 10 an excellent score for one so young.

All players won Medals for their positions within their years.

The Puzzles were collected at the end of the day and marked after the tournament:

Silver Certs
Calvin Patteson         8
Fiachra Avery              8
Phoebe Patterson     8
Bronze Certs
Seamus Douglas      5
Caolan Lawrenson   3

Standings

Place Name              Feder Score

  1   Avery, Fiachra    P5    10   
  2   Patterson, Calvin P2    7    
  3   Patterson, Phoebe P5    6    
  4   Lawrenson, Caolan P7    4.5  
  5   Douglas, Seamus   P4    1.5  
  6   Douglas, Mani     P5    1    

The secondary schools competion included some excellent players both Thomas Donaldson and Matthew Chapman play in the Ulster Chess Union League, Kevin Robbin won the Grand-Prix 2014. This was a very tough section.

Thomas Donaldson won the seven round swiss with all wins.

Cross Table

No Name                Feder Total 1   2   3   4   5   6   7  

1  Thomas Donaldson    L6    7     4:W 2:W 3:W 5:W 8:W 7:W 6:W
2  Matthew Chapman     U6    5     7:W 1:L 5:W 6:W 3:W 8:W 4:L
3  Kevin Robbin        F5    5     5:W 6:W 1:L 7:W 2:L 4:W 8:W
4  Jake Patterson      F4    4     1:L 7:W 6:W 8:L 5:W 3:L 2:W
5  Adam Henning        U6    3     3:L 8:W 2:L 1:L 4:L 6:W 7:W
6  Joel Dawson         F3    2     8:W 3:L 4:L 2:L 7:W 5:L 1:L
7  Patrick McGurnaghan F3    1     2:L 4:L 8:W 3:L 6:L 1:L 5:L
8  Hannah Patterson    F2    1     6:L 5:L 7:L 4:W 1:L 2:L 3:L
by Swiss Perfect (TM)  www.swissperfect.com

Again the puzzle sheets were handed in at the end of the day and marked latter:

Gold Certs
Kevin Robbin        18
Bronze Certs
Joel Dawson          6
Patrick McGurnaghan  5
Hannah Patterson     3

Thanks to Methodist College for hosting this event and to Geoff Hindley for assisting in its organisation.

Problem sheets click on link to open:

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