Saturday, 22 April 2017

Primary Schools Interprovincial Championships

On Saturday 22nd April two of Northern Ireland's top primary schools, Strandtown and Inchmarlo, were representing Ulster in the Irish Primary Schools Interprovincial Championships. The two teams of 4 players headed down to Gonzaga College in Dublin to play in this extremely competitive tournament.
This was an exciting day out for the children as they got to represent not only their schools, but also their province! The chess clubs in both these schools are in their infancy with Strandtown running for just over a year and Inchmarlo just under a year. Despite this, the clubs are thriving with over 20 members in each. They came up against some very tough and experienced opposition but acquitted themselves very well, playing with a tenacity, commitment, enthusiasm and never say die attitude that made myself and every parent incredibly proud of them. The experience gained from this tournament will be invaluable as they continue to progress and develop into the future stars of Ulster Chess.

Many thanks to all the parents for bringing their children down to Dublin and to Lukasz Goralski for organising an excellent event.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Success at Irish Championships

The Irish Junior Chess Championships saw over 10 players from Ulster travelling to Sligo to compete in the Blue Ribbon event of the Irish junior calendar. It was an exciting weekend of chess, played in a fantastic venue, and excellently controlled and organised, largely due to the hard work of Colm O'Mhuireagain, Desmond Beatty and Gerry Graham.

The Ulster players all acquited themselves well in a tough tournament, however, there were a few outstanding performances -

Aaditya Singh finished a fantastic 2nd in the U8 section scoring 5/6. His sister Anjali Singh finished 2nd in the girls rapidplay tournament.

Avrora Zelenchuk performed incredibly well to finish 3rd in the Girls U12 championships.

Jonathon Peoples scored a brilliant 4.5/6 in the very competitive U19 tournament, finishing 2nd overall and only missing out on first place on tiebreak.

Congratulations to all our players who took part and many thanks to the organisers for staging such a spectacular, exciting and enjoyable event.

Dexter Harris and Adam Fitzsimons 

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Irish Junior Chess Championships 2017

The Irish Junior Chess Championships 2017 are being held on the 7th - 9th April in the Clayton Hotel in Sligo. There are U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U19 sections. It would be great to see as many young players from Ulster attending in what promises to be a fantastic event! Details on how to enter can be found on the Irish Chess Union website.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Daniil Zelenchuk

One of our most promising Juniors, 13 year old Daniil Zelenchuk, has had an outstanding season so far playing for Ballynafeigh 3's in Division 2. To date he has scored a fantastic 15 points out of 19 games. This form has brought him to the attention of the Irish Junior Selection Committee and he has recently been invited to join the 2017 Irish Junior Coaching Program. His enthusiasm for chess is infectious and he rarely misses an opportunity to play in tournaments around Ireland. Over the last few months he has played in the Leinster Junior Championships, Gonzaga, Bunratty and Galway, leading to an incredible rating increase of 564 points in just over 3 months. Lets hope Daniil continues this rich vein of form and achieves his goal of selection for the Irish U14 team!

Saturday, 21 January 2017

24 Hour Chess-a-thon

A 24 hour chess-a-thon is being held on the 11th and 12th February as a fund raiser for the Strand Chess Club. Ross Harris will be playing chess non-stop for 24 hours with all proceeds going towards the start up costs and running of this new children's club. You can sponsor Ross on his Just Giving page.

*****24 HOURS OF CHESS  -  NO BREAKS*****

Saturday, 14 January 2017


**New Weekly Chess Club For Children**

Venue: Strand Arts Centre, Belfast

Day: Every Sunday

Time: 15:30 – 17:30

Cost: £2 for 1 child, £3 for family (2 or more children)

  • weekly chess club dedicated to children providing a fun and safe environment to learn and play chess
  • free coaching available for all children
  • club ladder and competitions
  • tactics / puzzles leaderboard
  • all children welcome regardless of ability

**Starting on Sunday 5th February 2017**

For further information please contact Ross Harris – email: mobile: 07796172227

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Strandtown starts back after Christmas!

The Strandtown Chess Academy started back this week after Christmas and it was good to see the break only heightened the enthusiasm of the children! At the end of the session Dexter Harris remained top of the ladder. Mia Bleakley won the star of the week award for two excellent victories against Justin Macartney and Thomas Dalzell.