Knockagh Mini Blitz at Greenisland

 

FIDE rated chess tournament

 

 

ARBITERS

Chief Arbiter: Brendan Jamison, National Arbiter

Deputy Arbiter: Andy Boal, Ulster Chess Union Arbiter

 

 

Greenisland buzzes with speed chess extravaganza

 

12 prize-winners

Tournament report by Brendan Jamison, National Arbiter

33 players gathered at Greenisland Baptist Church on Saturday 22 February for 10 rounds of thrilling blitz chess. This is the first time the Ulster Chess Union has ever held an event in this area and it was a wonderful success.


Because it was rated by FIDE, the International Chess Federation, which covers 170 countries around the world, the event attracted many high profile chess champions, travelling from Bangor, Portadown, Larne and all corners of Belfast. The regular players were joined by many new children and teenagers from the Greenisland area.

Chief Arbiter Brendan Jamison issued a special warm welcome to all the newcomers playing in their first ever chess event. Chess teacher Keith Marshall from Carrickfergus Grammar encouraged many of his pupils to play in the tournament and they were also joined by School Principal James Maxwell (photo below). All three newcomer medals were won by players from Carrickfergus Grammar with gold awarded to 16 year old Daniel Porter, silver went to 13 year old Joseph Boyd and bronze was awarded to Matthew Withers.

The Junior band was won by Andy Boal with 5.5/10 with a Tournament Performance Rating (TPR) of 1141, Silver was awarded to 9 year old Aaditya Singh, also scoring 5.5/10 and delivering a TPR of 1087, Bronze was won by Chris Conn 5/10, with a TPR of 1139, his first chess tournament in 13 years. Hopefully he will play in many more upcoming events.

Our Greenisland Co-ordinator Chris Dorrian won the gold medal as winner of the intermediate band with 6 points and a TPR of 1438. Silver went to Aaron Wafflart, also ending on 6/10 and a TPR of 1328. The bronze medal was scooped by 11 year old Dexter Harris of Strandtown Academy with 6/10 and an excellent TPR of 1327.

The third place trophy went to Des Moreland of Newtownabbey with an impressive 8/10, second place was won by chess veteran Danny Roberts with 8.5/10 and the champion’s trophy was awarded to Carrick player Nick Pilkiewicz with 9/10.

At the prize-giving, the arbiter issued a big thank you to Chris Dorrian for securing such a wonderful venue for the chess tournament. Everyone enjoyed the Greenisland Baptist Church with its excellent location, friendly volunteers and wonderful cafe.

Our next event is a mini blitz competition at Bangor Chess Club on Thursday 27 February from 7:30pm to 9pm. This will be followed by an opening lecture by Danny Roberts from 9:15pm to 10:15pm. Danny is an expert on the Sicilian Sveshnikov and has a 2000+ FIDE rating. He delivers opening talks on a par with Grandmasters. Danny is also the current Ulster Rapidplay Champion. It promises to be an amazing talk so try to come along to it. Everyone is welcome and it’s free to attend.

List of 12 winners:

 

Champion: Nick Pilkiewicz (9/10) TPR = 1924

2nd: Danny Roberts (8.5/10) TPR = 1876

3rd: Des Moreland (8/10) TPR = 1823

Intermediate winner: Christopher Dorrian (6/10) TPR = 1438

Intermediate 2nd: Aaron Wafflart (6/10) TPR = 1328

Intermediate 3rd: Dexter Harris (6/10) TPR = 1327

Junior winner: Andy Boal (5.5/10) TPR = 1141

Junior 2nd: Aaditya Singh (5.5/10) TPR = 1087

Junior 3rd: Chris Conn (5/10) TPR = 1139

Best young newcomer: 16 year old Daniel Porter from Carrick Grammar (4/10) TPR = 1107

2nd best young newcomer: 13 year old Joseph Boyd from Carrick Grammar (4/10) TPR = 1035

3rd best young newcomer: 11 year old Matthew Withers from Carrick Grammar (3/10) TPR = 914

 

 

Round 1

Round 1: Danny Roberts (left) v Michael Wong (right)

Round 1: Dexter Harris (left) v Daniel Hill (right)

Round 10: Adam Rushe (left) v Nick Pilkiewicz

School Principal James Maxwell with 6 pupils from Carrickfergus Grammar

6 pupils from Carrickfergus Grammar, three of whom won newcomer medals

Greennisland Entry List

 

Entry list correct as at the deadline of 12 noon on Thursday 20 February 2020

 

 

  

 

 

  Name

 

AGE

 

FIDE

Blitz Rating

 

 

UCU

Blitz Rating

 

Club or

School

 

 

  1

 

 Roberts, Danny

 FIDE ID: 2501074

 

 

 ADULT

 

1977

 

 

 

Civil Service

Chess Club

 

  2

 

 

 Hill, David

 FIDE ID: 2513846

 

 

 ADULT

 

1860

 

 

 

Strand

Chess Club

 

  3

 

 

 Pilkiewicz, Nicholas

 FIDE ID: 2507129

 

 

 ADULT

 

 

1795

 

Northern Lights

Chess Club

 

  4

 

 

 Harris, Ross

 FIDE ID: 2511916

 

 

 ADULT

 

1729

 

 

 

Strand

Chess Club

 

  5

 

 

 Wong, James

 FIDE ID: 2514524

 

 

 16

 

1677

 

 

 

Strand

Chess Club

 

  6

 

 

 Barbals, Gatis

 FIDE ID: 2513838

 

 

ADULT

 

1641

 

 

 

Fruithill

Chess Club

 

  7

 

 

 McKillen, Pat

 FIDE ID: 2513340

 

 

 ADULT

 

1602

 

 

 

Northern Lights

Chess Club

 

  8

 

 

 Spackman, Conor

 FIDE ID: 2513765

 

 

ADULT

 

1569

 

 

 

Strand

Chess Club

 

  9

 

 

 Rushe, Adam

 FIDE ID: 2511690

 

 

 18

 

1532

 

 

 

Strand

Chess Club

 

  10

 

 

 Dorrian, Christopher

 FIDE ID: 2515148

 

 

 ADULT

 

1488

 

 

 

Bangor

Chess Club

 

  11

 

 

 Moreland, Des

 FIDE ID: 2514486

 

 

 ADULT

 

1417

 

 

 

Northern Lights

Chess Club

 

  12

 

 

 Harris, Dexter

 FIDE ID: 2511924

 

 

 11

 

1317

 

 

 

Strand

Chess Club

 

  13

 

 

 Gärtner, Joshua

 D.O.B. supplied

 

 

 21

 

 

 

1250

provisional

 

Queen's

University

 

  14

 

 

 Wafflart, Aaron

 FIDE ID: 2515865

 

 

 21

 

 

 

1222

 

Strand

Chess Club

 

  15

 

 

 Maxwell, James

 D.O.B. supplied

 

 

 ADULT

 

 

 

1200

provisional

 

Carrick

Grammar

 

  16

 

 

 Hamill, Chris

 D.O.B. supplied

 

 

ADULT

 

 

 

1182

 

 

Fruithill

Chess Club

 

  17

 

 

 Wong, Michael

 FIDE ID: 2514796

 

 

 ADULT

 

 

 

1170

 

Strand

Chess Club

 

  18

 

 

 Maguire, Ryan

 FIDE ID: 2515091

 

 

 ADULT

 

 

 

1060

 

NO CLUB

 

  19

 

 

 Porter, Daniel

 D.O.B. supplied

 

 

 16

 

 

 

1045

provisional

 

Carrick

Grammar

 

  20

 

 

 Singh, Aaditya

 FIDE ID: 2515105

 

 

 9

 

 

 

1029

 

Strand

Chess Club

 

  21

 

 

 Maguire, Patrick

 FIDE ID: 2515083

 

 

 13

 

 

 

1007

 

St. Malachy's

College

 

  22

 

 

 Marshall, Jonathan

 D.O.B. supplied

 

 

 13

 

 

 

1005

provisional

 

Ballyclare

High

 

  23

 

 

 Boyd, Joseph

 D.O.B. supplied

 

 

 13

 

 

 

1005

provisional

 

Carrick

Grammar

 

  24

 

 

 Evans, Gethin

 D.O.B. supplied

 

 

 12

 

 

 

1000

provisional

 

Carrick

Grammar

 

  25

 

 

 McAuley, Eve

 D.O.B. supplied

 

 

 12

 

 

 

975

provisional

 

Carrick

Grammar

 

  26

 

 

 Soeters, Joshua

 D.O.B. supplied

 

 

 11

 

 

 

950

provisional

 

Carrick

Grammar

 

  27

 

 

 Boal, Andy

 D.O.B. supplied

 

 

 ADULT

 

 

 

949

 

Ballynafeigh

 

  28

 

 

 Withers, Matthew

 D.O.B. supplied

 

 

 11

 

 

 

925

provisional

 

Carrick

Grammar

 

  29

 

 

 Conn, Chris

 D.O.B. supplied

 

 

 ADULT

 

 

 

909

 

 

NO CLUB

 

  30

 

 

 Hill, Daniel

 FIDE ID: 2515040

 

 

 15

 

 

 

869

 

Strand

Chess Club

 

  31

 

 

 Fenton, Craig

 D.O.B. supplied

 

 

 ADULT

 

 

 

850

provisional

 

NO CLUB

 

  32

 

 

 Singh, Anjali

 D.O.B. supplied

 

 

12

 

 

 

841

 

Strand

Chess Club

 

  33

 

 

 Harris, Blake

 FIDE ID: 2514842

 

 

 8

 

 

 

803

 

Strand

Chess Club

 

  34

 

 

 Wong, Peter

 FIDE ID: 2515881

 

 

 6

 

 

 

683

 

Strand

Chess Club

 

 

Knockagh Mini Blitz at Greenisland

Saturday 22 February 2020

Check-in 9:30am to 9:40am

Tournament pairings will be printed out at 9:45am.

All players to be seated at 9:45am

10 Rounds. One open section.

Playing time: 9:50am to 12:30pm

Time control: each round will last 10 minutes. Players will have 5 minutes each to complete all their moves.

Location:

Greenisland Baptist Church, 17 Glassillan Grove, Greenisland, Carrickfergus BT38 8TE

Entry fees:

£1 for children, teenagers and students

£2 for adults.

It is a family-friendly event. Families only pay for first two entrants, any more than two from the same family get free entry.

All entry fees cover the cost of the little trophies.

Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be awared to the top three highest scoring junior newcomers


Community cafe beside playing hall. Cafe open from 10am to 12pm.

Players need to register by 12 noon on Thursday 20 February 2020. Please note that newcomers need to submit their date of birth when registering. For Under 18s, parents are required to email the entry details.

The event is jointly run by Christopher Dorrian (Greenisland Co-ordinator) and Brendan Jamison (Ulster Chess Union Tournament Director)

Email Arbiter Brendan Jamison playchessni@gmail.com

 

TIE-BREAKS: For tie-breaks, players will be ranked based on their scores by the Swiss Master 5.7 pairing programme. The order of tie-breaks will be 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 1 minute on the clock. In such cases, immediately pause the clock and call over the arbiter.

Remember FIDE rules about mobile phones are 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 completely unseen in the playing hall and toilets. If you are a doctor on call, please notify Chief Arbiter in advance.

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

Registration deadline: 12 noon on Thursday 20 February 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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