Saturday, 3 December 2016

Omagh Rapidplay 2016

It was great to see some of our Juniors competing with the adults in this years Omagh Rapidplay. All of them performed exceptionally well for their age, but special mention must go to Daniil Zelenchuk who won the Junior Section ahead of some very strong, experienced adult players.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Strandtown Chess Academy

Today saw the return of the Strandtown Chess Academy after the Halloween break. By the end of the day Patrick McEvoy remained at the top of the ladder despite a tough challenge from Leon Hamilton. This was Patrick's second week at the top! Other movers on the ladder were Euan Hanna (from 17th to 14th) and Dexter Harris (from 6th to 3rd).

The star of the week award went to Justin Macartney!

Saturday, 5 November 2016

November 2016 UCU Chess Event

Today saw another fantastic day of junior chess run by Mark Newman of the Ulster Chess Union. As usual it was held in Methodist College Belfast and was attended by kids ranging in ages from 7 - 18. The tournament saw some fantastic attacking chess, some great problem solving, and an enjoyable fun filled atmosphere. A full report will appear soon on the Ulster Chess Union Website. All the winners are shown below!

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Children's Chess Events

Just a reminder to everyone that this weekend is the first UCU Children's Chess event of the year. It is being held in Methodist College Belfast and is a qualifier for the London Junior Chess Championships. Full details can be found on the UCU Website. We look forward to seeing you all there!

This week also saw the return of the Strandtown Chess Academy. The club went from strength to strength during its first year and has started off this week with an amazing 27 members! It's great to see so many kids having fun and playing chess!!

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Munster U8 Championships

Dexter Harris traveled down to Ennis to compete in the Munster Junior Chess Championships, in the U8 section. Coming up against stiff opposition he did fantastically well to win the tournament with a score of 6 / 6!

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Munster Junior Chess Championships

The Munster Junior Chess Championships are being held on the weekend of the 17-18th of September in the West County Hotel, Ennis. Titles can only be won by Munster residents, but all other players are welcome to enter.

U8 and U10 sections are run over one day only whilst U12, U14, U16 and U18 sections are run on both days. We already have one player from Ulster registered to play and it would be great to see more local players travel down in what promises to be a great competition! Further details can be found on either the Irish Chess Union website or the Munster Chess Union website.

Monday, 29 August 2016

Juniors at the Ulster Chess Championships

It was great to see some of our local junior talent competing in the Ulster Chess Championships this weekend and three of them even managed to come away with prizes!

16 year old Jonathon Peoples won the Intermediate Section with Dayna Ferguson picking up the grading prize.

Jonathon Peoples - Intermediate Champion
Dayna Ferguson - Grading Prize Intermediate Section

Here is an excellent game from Dayna played in round 2 of the tournament.

The Junior section included the ever present members of the Todd family - Andrew, Samuel and Peter. Also competing in this section for the first time was Aisling Ni Laighleis. Year 9 student Peter came incredibly close to winning the Junior Section, only missing out when he drew his final game. Samuel had his best tournament to date scoring 3 points and winning a grading prize.

The Todd brothers - Peter, Samuel and Andrew
Aisling Ni Laighleis