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

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

NEW Ulster Chess Union Children's Chess Events

The 2016 / 2017 timetable for the Ulster Chess Union Children's Chess Events has now been released and details can be found in our tournaments section.

Last year proved to be hugely competitive in all sections, with large numbers attending the Saturday events. All junior players are welcome to these events regardless of their experience or playing strength.

Monday, 11 July 2016

Summer Chess School

The Ulster Chess Union will be running its annual summer chess school from the 3rd - 5th August in Ballynafeigh Bowing Club. This is a great opportunity for young players to improve and develop their game, guided by the excellent children's chess coach Mark Newman. Each fun filled day is comprised of tutorials, games, puzzles and mini competitions. Further details can be found on the UCU website.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge

Over the weekend 3 of Ulster Chess's finest kids were competing in the Delancey UK Schools Giga Finals. Each of these children had qualified by winning their section in the local Mega Finals.

Avrora Zelenchuk won the U7 Girls section with an outstanding score of 5/6. This qualifies her to compete in the Tera Finals, to be held later this year. Dexter Harris scored an excellent 4/6 in the U8 boys section winning a rosette for his efforts.

Daniil Zelenchuk was competing in the U13 boys section and scored a fantastic 3.5/6. This was enough to win him a rosette in a very difficult section.

Congratulations to all 3 of these players who performed amazingly well in such a competitive tournament.