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Alan Burns Tournament Series Begins

The Alan Burns tournament series started with a Lacksidasical on Sunday 13th December. Players enjoyed a relaxing afternoon of Chess!! At the Civil Service Pavilion.

Coinciding with the last day of the London Chess Classic 2015 we had the games of these top players on the large TV in the playing arena. Could we produce that level of chess. Well we can try! The time limit was set at 20mins with 5 secs increment. 16 players set to focus on an 8x8 board and find some beautiful combinations. Art at its dynamic, strategic best. Perhaps to add to this mix we had a new face from Russia via Scotland and Downpatrick, Mikhail Pavlov who studied and sings Opera and had just travelled from visiting the London Chess Classic - an opportunity for some excellent conversations.

 

NICS Lacksidasical

Round1

No Name             Rtg  Total  Result   Name                  Rtg  Total

 1 Calum Leitch     1694 [0]      1:0    Richard Morrow        1415 [0]  
 2 Patrick McKillen 1400 [0]      1:0    Niall Troughton       1593 [0]  
 3 Ian Woodfield    1574 [0]      1:0    Colin Fenton          1332 [0]  
 4 Tony Redden      1316 [0]      0:1    Chris Armstrong       1398 [0]  
 5 David Jackson    1556 [0]      1:0    Adrian Dornford-Smith 1093 [0]  
 6 Dmitry Zelenchuk 1050 [0]      0:1    Robert Lavery         1539 [0]  
 7 Mikhail Pavlov   1500 [0]      1:0    Paul Anderson         956  [0]  
 8 Daniil Zelenchuk 850  [0]      0:1    Nigel Telford         1456 [0]  
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The first round went to rating apart from Pat McKillen beating the excellent player Niall Troughton.

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Round2

No Name            Rtg  Total  Result   Name                  Rtg  Total

 1 Mikhail Pavlov  1500 [1]      0:1    Calum Leitch          1694 [1]  
 2 Nigel Telford   1456 [1]      0:1    Ian Woodfield         1574 [1]  
 3 Chris Armstrong 1398 [1]      0:1    David Jackson         1556 [1]  
 4 Robert Lavery   1539 [1]      1:0    Patrick McKillen      1400 [1]  
 5 Niall Troughton 1593 [0]      1:0    Adrian Dornford-Smith 1093 [0]  
 6 Richard Morrow  1415 [0]      0:1    Dmitry Zelenchuk      1050 [0]  
 7 Colin Fenton    1332 [0]     .5:.5   Daniil Zelenchuk      850  [0]  
 8 Paul Anderson   956  [0]      0:1    Tony Redden           1316 [0]  

Two upsets from the same family. Daniil Zelenchuk drew against Colin Fenton and Dmitry Zelenchuk beat Richard Morrow.

Round3

No Name                  Rtg  Total  Result   Name            Rtg  Total

 1 Calum Leitch          1694 [2]      1:0    David Jackson   1556 [2]  
 2 Ian Woodfield         1574 [2]      0:1    Robert Lavery   1539 [2]  
 3 Tony Redden           1316 [1]     .5:.5   Niall Troughton 1593 [1]  
 4 Patrick McKillen      1400 [1]      0:1    Mikhail Pavlov  1500 [1]  
 5 Dmitry Zelenchuk      1050 [1]      0:1    Nigel Telford   1456 [1]  
 6 Daniil Zelenchuk      850  [.5]     0:1    Chris Armstrong 1398 [1]  
 7 Richard Morrow        1415 [0]      1:0    Colin Fenton    1332 [.5] 
 8 Adrian Dornford-Smith 1093 [0]      1:0    Paul Anderson   956  [0]  

A play off between the top scoring players. Calum continued his wins by beating David jackson. Robert Lavery gained full points by bearing Ian Woodfield.

Round4

No Name                  Rtg  Total  Result   Name             Rtg  Total

 1 Robert Lavery         1539 [3]      0:1    Calum Leitch     1694 [3]  
 2 Chris Armstrong       1398 [2]     .5:.5   Ian Woodfield    1574 [2]  
 3 David Jackson         1556 [2]      0:1    Mikhail Pavlov   1500 [2]  
 4 Nigel Telford         1456 [2]      0:1    Tony Redden      1316 [1.5]
 5 Niall Troughton       1593 [1.5]    1:0    Dmitry Zelenchuk 1050 [1]  
 6 Adrian Dornford-Smith 1093 [1]      0:1    Richard Morrow   1415 [1]  
 7 Colin Fenton          1332 [.5]     0:1    Patrick McKillen 1400 [1]  
 8 Paul Anderson         956  [0]      0:1    Daniil Zelenchuk 850  [.5] 

A fight off on board 1. Between Robert and Calum. Calum winning. Against the expected grading results - Chris Armstrong beat Ian Woodfield and Mikhail defeated David Jackson.and Tony Redden won against Nigel Telford.

Round5

No Name             Rtg  Total  Result   Name                  Rtg  Total

 1 Calum Leitch     1694 [4]      1:0    Chris Armstrong       1398 [2.5]
 2 Mikhail Pavlov   1500 [3]      1:0    Robert Lavery         1539 [3]  
 3 Ian Woodfield    1574 [2.5]    0:1    Niall Troughton       1593 [2.5]
 4 Tony Redden      1316 [2.5]    1:0    David Jackson         1556 [2]  
 5 Patrick McKillen 1400 [2]      1:0    Nigel Telford         1456 [2]  
 6 Daniil Zelenchuk 850  [1.5]    0:1    Richard Morrow        1415 [2]  
 7 Dmitry Zelenchuk 1050 [1]      0:1    Adrian Dornford-Smith 1093 [1]  
 8 Paul Anderson    956  [0]      1:0    Colin Fenton          1332 [.5] 

Calum Leitch won without dropping a point. Mikhail only dropped one game coming a clear second. The biggest upset was board 8 where Paul Anderson beat Colin Fenton a fantasic result for Paul.

A day of excellent chess - I had the opportunity of watching the games and enjoyed the challenge of seeing some seriously complicated positions.

Standings

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

  1   Calum Leitch          UCU   1694 5         8.5  14.5   15.0
  2   Mikhail Pavlov        SCO   1500 4         8.0  14.0   11.0
 3-4  Niall Troughton       UCU   1593 3.5       7.5  12.0    8.5
      Tony Redden           UCU   1316 3.5       6.5  11.0    8.5
 5-7  Robert Lavery         UCU   1539 3         9.5  15.5   12.0
      Patrick McKillen      UCU   1400 3         8.5  13.0    8.0
      Richard Morrow        UCU   1415 3         4.5  10.0    6.0
 8-9  Chris Armstrong       UCU   1398 2.5       8.0  14.5    9.0
      Ian Woodfield         UCU   1574 2.5       7.5  11.5   10.0
10-12 David Jackson         UCU   1556 2        10.0  17.0    9.0
      Nigel Telford         UCU   1456 2         7.0  11.5    8.0
      Adrian Dornford-Smith UCU   1093 2         6.0  10.5    4.0
 13   Daniil Zelenchuk      UCU   850  1.5       5.5   9.0    4.0
14-15 Dmitry Zelenchuk      UCU   1050 1         8.0  13.5    4.0
      Paul Anderson         UCU   956  1         7.0  11.5    1.0
 16   Colin Fenton          UCU   1332 0.5       7.0  11.0    2.0
 17   Peter McGuckin        UCU   1565 0         0.0   0.0    0.0

 

Adrian Dornford-Smith (Civil Service Chess Club) handed out the trophies:

Winner Calum Leitch

2nd Mikhail Pavlov

Grading Prize (1400 & under) Tony Redden

Under 1080 Winner  Daniil Zelenchuk

A day of conversations and chess -  a fond way of remembering our friend Alan Burns.

Thanks Players and see you at our next Alan Burns tournament.

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