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Tournament Organiser/Arbiter Brendan Jamison with Bill Keery, Mayor of Ard and North Down

Champion John Cairns (White) v Gabor Horvath (Black)

Martin Rodgers (left) is presented with Honorary Lifetime Membership of Bangor Chess Club by Alan McConnell, Chair of Bangor Chess Club

Prize-winners left to right: Christopher Dorrian (Junior Champion), Alex Goss (Under 1800 Grading Prize), Evan Elwood (Junior 3rd), Daniel Hill (Under 850 Grading prize), Tyrone Winter (Under 1200 Grading Prize), John Monaghan (Junior 2nd), Gabor Horvath (2nd), Champion John Cairns and Billy (representing Mellons Hyundia).

Champion Cairns, John

2nd Place Horvath, Gabor

3rd Place Waters, Michael

Under 1800 Grading Prize Goss, Alex

Under 1500 Grading Prize Wilson, Walter

Junior Champion Dorrian, Christopher

Junior 2nd Place Monaghan, John

Junior 3rd Place  Elwood, Evan

Under 1200 Grading Prize Tyrone, Winter

Under 850 Grading Prize Hill, Daniel

 

Tournament Report by Brendan Jamison

Bangor Chess Congress Returns with a Bang!

Slap. Bang. Swing. Click. Over 50 speed chess players exercised their lightning-fast reflexes, duelling at the Bangor Chess Congress on Saturday 5 October.

Kindly sponsored by Mellons Hyundai, it was the hotly anticipated return of the event after a 14 year break. Held in the magnificent venue of Groomsport Parish Halls, players came in their droves from all across Northern Ireland, even as far away as Dublin. Testimony to the warm reception at Bangor Chess Club.

The event was officially launched by Alderman Bill Keery, Mayor of Ards and North Down, who delivered an excellent speech. Players then took their seats and tried to calm their nerves before battle commenced. 6 rounds flew by as several multi-award winning champions fought hard to secure the Sam Lynn Memorial Shield.

Tournament organiser and arbiter, Brendan Jamison, congratulated the ten prize-winners as one-by-one they came up to collect their awards:

Fruithill’s John Cairns was crowned the much-deserved champion with an undefeated record of four wins and two draws. The following 4 players all ended on 4.5/6 and tie-breaks had to determine the prize they walked home with. Hungarian powerhouse Gabor Horvath took 2nd, while decorated chess supremo Michael Waters of Bray Chess Club came 3rd, the Under 1800 Grading Prize was won by Dublin teenage chess prodigy Alex Goss of Elm Mount and the Under 1500 Grading Prize was won by Walter Wilson from Newtownards, punching far above his rating in a super tough field of players.

Christopher Dorrian from Carrickfergus was crowned the Junior Champion with the excellent score of 5/6. Fruithill Chess Club then delivered two more junior prize-winners as 2nd went to John Monaghan on 5/6 and 3rd to Evan Elwood on 4.5/6. The Under 1200 Grading Prize was won by Tyrone Winter, finishing on 4/6. The Under 850 Grading Prize was scooped by 14 year old Daniel Hill from Larne, a promising young player from Strand Chess Club.

Bangor Chess Club Chairman Alan McConnell also presented a much-deserved ‘Life-time Honorary Membership’ to Martin Rodgers, one of the founding members of the club and its devoted treasurer for 50 years! Martin expressed his heartfelt thanks for the award.

Bangor Chess Club always invites new players to come along to visit the club to get a taste of the marvellous fun that can be shared over the board. Players of all ages and abilities are welcome. The club runs on Thursday nights from 7:30pm to 10:45pm at Groomsport Parish Halls on the Main Street of the village.

 

 

 

Arbiters: Brendan Jamison and Evan Elwood

50 Entrants

 

Entry list correct as at 10am GMT on Friday 4 October 2019

 

 

 

  

 

 

  Name

 

FIDE

Rapid Rating

 

 

UCU

Rapid Rating

 

Club or

Country

 

 

  1

 

 CM Horvath, Gabor

 FIDE ID: 720003

 

 

2265

 

2178

 

Strand

 

  2

 

 Waters, Michael

 FIDE ID: 2500523

 

 

2104

 

2067

 

Bray Greystones

 

  3

 

 Roberts, Danny

 FIDE ID: 2501074

 

 

2019

 

2016

 

Civil Service

 

  4

 

 Cairns, John

 FIDE ID: 2505770

 

 

2015

 

2016

 

Fruithill

 

  5

 

 Esteve Sanchez, Sergio

 FIDE ID: 22221913

 

 

1999

 

1898

 

Queens

 

  6

 

 Masterson, John

 FIDE ID: 2505797

 

 

1872

 

1563

 

Fruithill

 

  7

 

 

 Hill, David

 FIDE ID: 2513846

 

 

1864

 

1526

 

Strand

 

  

 

 

 Jamison, Brendan (reserve*)

 FIDE ID: 2511703

 

 

===

 

1820

 

Strand

 

  8

 

 

 Zelenchuk, Daniil

 FIDE ID: 2511959

 

 

1807

 

1761

 

Strand

 

  9

 

 

 Goss, Alex

 FIDE ID: 2509407

 

 

1761

 

===

 

Strand

 

  10

 

 

 Razbadauskas, Modestas

 FIDE ID: 2511703

 

 

===

 

1724

 

Strand

 

  11

 

 

 Mallaghan, Danny

 FIDE ID: 3600289

 

 

===

 

1692

 

NO CLUB

 

  12

 

 

 Honcia, Mariusz

 NO FIDE ID

 

 

===

 

1600

 

NO CLUB

 

  13

 

 

 Armstrong, Chris

 FIDE ID: 2510340

 

 

1593

 

1333

 

Belfast South

 

  14

 

 

 Lavery, Robert

 FIDE ID: 2513323

 

 

===

 

1585

 

Ballynafeigh

 

  15

 

 

 McConnell, Alan RD 1 BYE

 NO FIDE ID

 

 

===

 

1577

 

Bangor

 

  16

 

 

 Troughton, Nial

 FIDE ID: 2500680

 

 

1552

 

1516

 

Lisburn

 

  17

 

 Todd, Andrew

 FIDE ID: 126171749

 

 

1529

 

1493

 

Scotland

 

  18

 

 

 McGuckin, Peter

 FIDE ID: 2505800

 

 

===

 

1523

 

NO CLUB

 

  19

 

 

 Cullen, Stephen

 FIDE ID: 2514052

 

 

===

 

1449

 

Lisburn

 

  20

 

 

 Moore, Sam

 FIDE ID: 2507110

 

 

===

 

1419

 

Bangor

 

  21

 

 

 Johnston, Gary

 FIDE ID: 2513994

 

 

===

 

1400

 

Bangor

 

  22

 

 

 Wong, James

 FIDE ID: 2514524

 

 

===

 

1397

 

Strand

 

  23

  

 

 

 O'Fee, James

 NO FIDE ID

 

 

===

 

1369

 

Bangor

 

  24

 

 

 Todd, Peter

 NO FIDE ID

 

 

===

 

1339

 

NO CLUB

 

  25

 

 

 Proctor, Richard

 NO FIDE ID

 

 

===

 

1334

 

Bangor

 

  26

 

 

 Rushe, Adam

 FIDE ID: 2511690

 

 

===

 

1324

 

Strand

 

  27

 

 

 Wilson, Walter

 NO FIDE ID

 

 

===

 

1324

 

Bangor

 

  28

 

 

 Spackman, Conor

 FIDE ID: 2513765

 

 

===

 

1256

 

Strand

 

  29

 

 

 Dornford-Smith, Adrian

 FIDE ID: 2511967

 

 

===

 

1214

 

Civil Service

*reserve, if needed to balance numbers

JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP (1300 & Under)

 

 

  

 

 

  Name

 

FIDE

Rapid Rating

 

 

UCU

Rapid Rating

 

Club or

Country

 

 

  30

 

 

 Dorrian, Christopher

 NO FIDE ID

 

 

===

 

1297

 

Bangor

 

  31

 

 

 Wilson, Owen

 NO FIDE ID

 

 

===

 

1297

 

Bangor

 

  32

 

 

 Gardner, Neil

 NO FIDE ID

 

 

===

 

1285

 

Lisburn

 

  33

 

 

 Browne, Ken

 NO FIDE ID

 

 

===

 

1277

 

Bangor

 

  34

 

 

 Anderson, Paul

 FIDE ID: 2511690

 

 

===

 

1218

 

NO CLUB

 

  35

 

 

 Winter, Tyrone

 NO FIDE ID

 

 

===

 

1185

 

NO CLUB

 

  36

 

 

 Elwood, Evan

 NO FIDE ID

 

 

===

 

1161

 

Fruithill

 

  37

 

 

 Scullion, Tony

 NO FIDE ID

 

 

===

 

1138

 

NO CLUB

 

  38

  

 

 Wong, Michael

 FIDE ID: 2514796

 

 

===

 

1102

 

Strand

 

  39

 

 Brown, Robert

 NO FIDE ID

 

 

===

 

1024

 

Ballynafeigh

 

  40

 

 

 Seidman, Mark Rd 1 bye

 NO FIDE ID

 

 

===

 

1008

 

Bangor

 

  41

 

 

 Smith, Ross

 NO FIDE ID

 

 

===

 

1005

 

Fruithill

 

  42

 

 

 Bowman, Sam

 NO FIDE ID

 

 

===

 

998

 

Bangor

 

  43

 

 

 Sterrett, Geoff

 NO FIDE ID

 

 

===

 

943

 

NO CLUB

 

  44

 

 

 Shaw, James

 NO FIDE ID

 

 

===

 

885

 

Ballynafeigh

 

  45

 

 

 Magennis, Callum Rd 1 bye

 FIDE ID: 2514850

 

 

===

 

845

 

Bangor

 

  46

 

 

 Hill, Daniel

 NO FIDE ID

 

 

===

 

800

 

Strand

 

  47

 

 

 McClurg, Rebecca

 NO FIDE ID

 

===

 

741

 

Bangor

 

  48

 

 

 Mawhinney, Sean

 NO FIDE ID

 

 

===

 

700

 

NO CLUB

 

  49

 

 

 McIntyre, Tony

 NO FIDE ID

 

 

===

 

700

 

NO CLUB

 

  50

 

 

 Wong, Peter

 NO FIDE ID

 

 

===

 

554

 

Strand

 

Please note, Derek Truesdale and Stephen Cullen both registered to play but failed to arrive thus their round 1 opponents were left sitting for an hour without an opponent. Michael Sheein and John Monaghan both joined on the day and thus their entries are not listed above.

LOCATION:

Bangor Chess Club, Groomsport Parish Hall, 30 Main Street, Groomsport, County Down, BT19 6JR

TIMETABLE:

Check-in / pay entry fees: 10:30am-10:45am.

Mayor of Ards & North Down: Introductory speech: 10:45am to 10:50am

Pairings will be printed out at 10:50am

All players to be seated by 10:55am for tournament announcements

Round 1 - 11:00am to 11:50am

Round 2 - 11:55am to 12:45pm

Round 3 - 12:50pm to 1:40pm

LUNCH BREAK

Round 4 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm

Round 5 - 3:25pm to 4:15pm

Round 6 - 4:20pm to 5:10pm

Prize-giving - 5:20pm to 5:30pm

 

6 rounds in total. The tournament will be completed by 5:30pm.

TRAVELLING BYES:

Players are permitted to take a half point travelling bye for rounds 1 or round 5. Any player unable to compete in round 6 will be scored zero (to avoid affecting those playing for a prize in round 6). If you need a travelling bye, please inform Arbiter at point of registering.

SECTIONS:

Open Section - FIDE RATED - any player can compete in this section

Junior Championships - UCU RATED - only for players rated Under 1300 or unrated

TIME CONTROL:

25 minutes per player per round therfore each game will last a maximum of 50 minutes. No increments.

PRICE:

£10 - Adults

£5 - Students

£5 - Under 18s

All entry fees will be distributed as prize-money at end of the day

PRIZES:

Prizes/perpetual trophies awarded for:

Champion

2nd Place

3rd Place

Under 1800 Grading Prize

Under 1500 Grading Prize

Junior Champion

Junior 2nd Place

Junior 3rd Place

Under 1200 Grading Prize

Under 850 Grading Prize

TIE-BREAKS: For tie-breaks, players will be ranked based on their scores by Median Buchholz, followed if necessary by Buchholz and then Progressive Scores.

RULES: FIDE rules will apply. Touchmove will apply. The second illegal move will result in the immediate loss of the game, however, your opponent must announce when the first illegal move has been played and then once again announce the second illegal move has been played before claiming the win, provided the player still has mating material left on the board, otherwise only a draw can be claimed. If play continues, the opponent may not claim the win retrospectively.

If your opponent makes an illegal move, you are entitled to claim an extra 2 minutes on the clock. In such cases, immediately pause the clock and call the arbiter over.

Remember FIDE rules about mobile phones is very strict. If your phone makes a noise during the game (be it a text, phone call or any other audio distractation), you will automactially lose the game therefore always remember to have your phone switched off and it must be completly unseen in the playing hall and toilets. If you are a doctor on call, please notify Arbiter in advance.

To register please email B. Jamison at playchessni@gmail.com

Registration deadline: 12 noon on Wednesday 2nd October 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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