Sunday, 10 December 2017

Ulster School's Championships 2017

Congratulations to all the winners at the Ulster School's Championships at the weekend.








Samuel Todd - U19 Champion
 







Hannah Patterson - Girl's Champion



















Conor Boyle - U14 Champion
















Jasper Grady - U12 Champion


















Dexter Harris - U10 Champion


















Aaditya Singh - U8 Champion











Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Chess for Peace

On Wednesday 15th November two of our promising young players, Dexter Harris and Adam Fitzsimons, traveled across to Wales as Youth Ambassadors for the Ulster Chess Union, as part of the Chess for Peace initiative by FIDE. They met up with other young players from around the United Kingdom and spent time with some of the most senior figures within FIDE, including President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Secretary of Chess in Schools Commission Sainbayar Tserendorj, and FIDE representative from Russia Berik Balgabaev.

It was a fantastic day that was excellently organised by Malola Prasath Thittanimuttam. It included a tour of the Welsh Assembly, a peace walk that took us to a statue of Mahatma Gandhi, a trip to Cardiff Chess Club, and a special meeting with the FIDE delegates that focused on how we can promote and develop chess locally.



This was a fantastic experience for the children who received an incredibly warm reception from their local hosts. Many thanks to everyone who made this such a memorable experience for all involved.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

UCU Children's Chess Event

Saturday saw another children's chess event run by Mark Newman of the Ulster Chess Union. As usual it was a fun filled day of chess puzzles and games. Adam Rushe was the winner of the Secondary School section, whilst Dexter Harris won the Primary School section. Full results will appear on the Ulster Chess Union website.



Monday, 18 September 2017

Funday Sunday at St Andrews

A rapidplay tournament has been organised for Sunday 1st October in St Andrew's College, Dublin. It's a 6 round tournament with entry open to players of all ages and abilities. Further details can be found on the Irish Chess Union website. It's a great opportunity for all our youngsters to test their skills against some new players!

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Saint Petersburg - we lost the match but won some friends!

A number of our local players traveled to Russia on 18th August for a challenge match against Saint Petersburg. During the week long visit we saw some wonderful sights including -

The Winter Palace / Hermitage



Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood


Zenit Saint Petersburg football match



Museum of Music in the Sheremetev Palace



River cruise through Saint Petersburg



Korchnoi Memorial Tournament


Kalininsky Chess School



Roshchino Village Summer Chess Camp



Our hosts, the Kalininsky Chess School, were fantastic in every way, providing excellent accommodation, bus transfers in and out of the city, and amazing venues for us to play in. We received an incredibly warm reception from organisers and players alike. Their warmth, hard work and organisation turned the trip into an experience of a lifetime that none of those attending will ever forget. Special mention must all be made to Mikhail Pavlov and Brendan Jamison from the Ulster Chess Union for organising the trip on our side. They worked tirelessly before and during the event to ensure our stay was as enjoyable and fulfilling as possible.

The chess was of an incredibly high standard and proved an exciting challenge for all the players. The schedule included 4 classical games, a simultaneous exhibition against WGM Dina Belenkaya, a rapidplay tournament, and a blitz tournament. We had some notable successes on the trip -

1) Daniil Zelenchuk scored 4/4 in the classical matches

2) Ross Harris and Dmitry Zelenchuk scored 2.5/4 in the classical matches

3) Daniil Zelenchuk and Barney McGahan won in the simultaneous exhibition

4) Dexter Harris and Brendan Jamison drew in the simultaneous exhibition

5) Daniil Zelenchuk came 2nd in the blitz tournament scoring 7.5/9

6) Brendan Jamison and Daniil Zelenchuk came joint 2nd in the rapidplay tournament

Our youngest players Dexter Harris (8) and Adam Fitzsimons (8) performed incredibly well against much higher rated players. Both scored 2/5 in the rapidplay and 3/9 in the blitz.



Saint Petersburg is a beautiful, friendly city that everyone should take the opportunity to explore! Many thanks to our hosts for a wonderful experience and to Mikhail and Brendan for all their hard work!

Kalininsky Chess School have produced this wonderful video of our trip.



Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Robinson Cup Win

Daniil Zelenchuk continued his fine recent form by scoring 4/5 in the recent Robinson Cup. This fantastic effort helped the Irish team win the competition.




Sunday, 6 August 2017

UCU Chess Summer School

Once again Mark Newman of the Ulster Chess Union staged a fantastic Summer Chess School! 3 days of puzzles, games, lectures and battle chess ensured that all the 12 young players came away with enhanced chess skills learnt in a fun and friendly environment. A full report and photos can be found on the UCU website. Hats off to Mark for his continued hard work in helping promote and develop children's chess locally.