You are here: Home Archives Ulster Chronicles 2019-2020 season UCU Web 2019 1st Division Winners 2020 BREAKING NEWS: Strand Chess Club wins Silver King league Champions 2020

BREAKING NEWS: Strand Chess Club wins Silver King league Champions 2020

The Strand Club wins the Silver King, the coveted Division 1 trophy awarded to Champions of the Belfast & District Chess League. It is the second year in a row that the mighty East Belfast team has dominated the local chess scene with it’s blend of youth development and top local chess champions.

BREAKING NEWS: Strand Chess Club wins Silver King, the coveted Division 1 trophy awarded to Champions of the Belfast & District Chess League. It is the second year in a row that the mighty East Belfast team has dominated the local chess scene with it’s  blend of youth development and top local chess champions.

 

This season saw the introduction of Robbie Wright (1930) from Essex who scored an impressive 5/6 on Board 2 in his debut season in Northern Ireland. He has won the Board 2 prize with an outstanding success rate of 83%.

 

Adopting a team strategy to constantly confound the opposing team captains, Strand 1 rotated their Board 1s, each delivering excellent results, from Daniil Zelenchuk to Calum Leitch and Gabor Horvath.

 

Board 3 rotated between Ross Harris and Brendan Jamison, the club directors of Strand. Meanwhile, Modestas Razbadauskas and David Hill played Boards 4 and 5 respectively. David delivered some outstanding performances with an 83% win ratio to secure the Board 5 trophy.

 

John Bradley and Conor Spackman also offered great support as reserves for the first team, both delivering key wins to secure match victories.

 

The final Division 1 table:

 

Strand 1 = 50.0 / 10

Fruithill Hawks = 44.5 / 10

Northern Lights = 33.0 / 10

Ballynafeigh 1 = 33.0/ 10

Belfast South 1 = 26.5 / 10

Lisburn = 21.0 / 10

 

Division 1 Board Prizes:

 

Board 1 🏆Nick Pilkiewicz 6/9 = 67%

 

Board 2 🏆Robbie Wright 5/6 = 83%

 

Board 3 🏆Robert Lavery 6.5/8 = 81%

 

Board 4 🏆 Paul McNaughton 5.5/8 = 69%

 

Board 5 🏆 David Hill 5/6 = 83%

 

The Division 1 Rapid league will begin at the end of February. This will feature two games per night, each lasting one hour, with players having 30 minutes each to complete all their moves. All the same rules as the classic league will apply except that players do not need to record their moves. Classic ratings will be used for any players without a UCU rapid rating. Shields, individual trophies and board prizes will be awarded in both divisions of rapid league. The full timetable can be viewed online here:

http://www.chessni.co.uk/league2019to2020.html

strandwinners

Photo caption: pictured left to right: Strand 1 Captain Brendan Jamison, Dexter Harris, David Hill, Club Director Ross Harris, Blake Harris, Robbie Wright, Calum Leitch and Modestas Razbadauskas.

Navigation
News
Naomi Long MLA invites top players for an award ceremony and tournament at Stormont. With the end of the chess season. Naomi Long MLA invited the top young players who were placed in the 4 top places for t... Jun 24, 2024
The Belfast Megafinal took place on 11th May 2024 We are fortunate to be able to run the Belfast Megafinal where players can qualify for the Delancey Chess Challenge and ... Jun 17, 2024
Annual General Meeting 2024 2023/2024 season is rapidly coming to a close and with this comes the announcement of the UCU’s Annual General Meeting... Jun 15, 2024
The Ulster Fischer Random Championship took place on Sunday 2nd June. With 7 rounds of 20mins and 5 sec increments. Each round having a different starting position. We were on to see who wou... Jun 09, 2024
June 2024 FIDE NI rating report By Brendan Jamison May 31, 2024
More news…
« July 2024 »
July
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031
Upcoming Events
The Summer Tournament Weds 17th July at Civil Service Pavilion The Summer Tournament is at Civil Service Social Club starting Wednesday 1st May 2024 at the Maynard Sinclair Pavilion a... Jul 17, 2024 07:30 PM - 10:45 PM — NICS,Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Stormont, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3TA
FIDE RATED Bangor Towerview Teen Challenge Charity Blitz 2024 Jul 25, 2024 07:00 PM - 11:00 PM — Towerview Church Hall, 47 Towerview Crescent, Bangor, BT19 6BA, Northern Ireland
The Citi Belfast Charity Rapidplay 2024 FIDE rated rapidplay tournament at Citi Offices on Thursday 1st August Round 1 starts at 7:30pm. All monies being donat... Aug 01, 2024 07:00 AM - 10:30 PM — Citi, Gateway Offices, 60 Sydenham Rd, Belfast BT3 9DP.
Summer Chess School 2024 - August 7th/8th/9th Weds - Fri The Ulster Chess Union is running a 3 Day Summer Chess School for Children, Beginners to Expert. Aug 07, 2024 - Aug 09, 2024 — Ormeau Park - Ormeaul Bowling Club hall
Simul at Bangor Further details to follow Aug 08, 2024 07:30 PM - 10:30 PM — 47 Tower Crescent, Bangor, BT19 6BA
Upcoming events…