ULSTER

TEAM RAPIDPLAY CHAMPIONSHIPS

2018

 

 

72 Players Competed

Saturday February 3, 2018

SENIOR SECTION

Ulster Team Rapidplay Champions: Strand 1. Left to right: Modestas Razbadauskas, Daniil Zelenchuk, David Hill, Ross Harris, Nikhil Joshi and Gabor Horvath

 

 

  1st

 

  Strand 1 - CHAMPIONS (19.5 points)

 

 

  2nd

 

 

  Muldoons 2 (15 points)

 

 

  3rd

 

 

  Ballynafeigh 1 (12 points)

 

 

  4th

 

  Strand 2 (10.5 points)

 

 

  5th

 

  Civil Service (9.5 points)

 

 

  6th

 

 

  QUB 1 (8.5 points)

 

 

INTERMEDIATE & JUNIOR SECTION (combined)

 

Ulster Team Rapidplay Intermediate Champions: Bangor. Left to right: Andy Boal, Alan McConnell, Gary Johnston, Sam Moore and Brendan Jamison

 

Ulster Team Rapidplay Junior Champions: Strand 3. Left to right: Ciaran Rowan, Louie McConkey, Adam Rushe, Michael Wong and James Wong

 

 

  1st

 

 

  Bangor - IINTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONS (17 points)

 

 

  2nd

 

  Derry (16 points)

 

 

  3rd

 

 

  Strand 3 - JUNIOR CHAMPIONS (15 points)

 

 

  4th

 

 

  Belfast South (14.5 point)

 

 

  5th

 

 

  Strand 4 (12 points)

 

 

  6th

 

 

  Ballynafeigh 2 (10.5 points)

 

 

  Joint 7th

 

 

  Fruithill Ravens (7 points)

 

 

  Joint 7th

 

 

  QUB 2 (7points)

 

 

Tournament Report by Chief Arbiter Brendan Jamison

 

On Saturday 3rd February, the Ulster Team Rapidplay Championships were held at the Good Shepherd Centre on the Ormeau Road in Belfast. A total of 72 players competed over two large rooms, making it the largest chess tournament held in Northern Ireland over the past 10 years. Competitors ranged in age from 8 to 70 year olds and travelled as far away as Derry and Dublin. There was a wonderful buzz in the air and children enjoyed playing on the giant chess set in-between rounds. 

 

The tournament welcomed back multi-award winning champion Gabor Horvath who played top board for Strand 1, the team that dominated the senior section to secure the shield with 19.5 points from 25. In comfortable second place, Muldoons finished on 15 points, with Ballynafeigh 1 ending on 12 points to take 3rd place. 

 

The intermediate section saw the three top seeds of Bangor, Derry and Belfast South all enter the last round with only half a point between them. After a very close battle, Bangor triumphed with 17 points, with Derry finishing 2nd on 16 points, no mean feat considering they only had four players. Third place went to Belfast South.

 

The junior section saw the teenage team of Strand 3 win the championship with 15 points, while Strand 4 ended on 12 to lift 2nd place and Ballynafeigh 2 came 3rd.

 

The highest scoring players on each board are listed below. Well done to all the competitors and thank you for such a fun day.

 

Board Awards for Ulster Team Rapidplay Championships 2018

 

Senior Section:

 

1. Gabor Horvath (4/5 = 80%)

2. Nikhil Joshi (4/4 = 100%)

3. Lee Ting Yan (3/4 = 75%)

4. Colin Burcombe (4/5 = 80%)

5. Daniil Zelenchuk (3/3 = 100%)

 

Intermediate Section:

 

1. Niall Troughton (5/5 = 100%)

2. Brendan Jamison (4/4 = 100%)

3. Chris Armstrong (5/5 = 100%)

4. Martin Kelly (4/5 = 80%)

5. Craig Stevenson (3/3 = 100%)

 

Junior Section:

 

1. Adam Rushe (3/5 = 60%)

2. Evan Elwood (3/3 = 100%)

3. James Corscadden (3/4 =75%)

4. James Wong (4.5/5 = 90%)

5. Louie McConkey (4/5 = 80%)

 

Gabor Horvath (left) v Damien Cunningham (right)

 

Danny Roberts (left) v Nicholas Pilkiewicz (right)

PJ Mallon (far left) v John Monaghan (far right), Alan McConnel (near left) v Niall Troughton (near right)

Near board: David Riley (left) v Alan McConnell (right). Board 2: Bobby Thompson (left) v Brendan Jamison (right)

Near board: Alan McConnell (left) v PJ Mallon (right)

Near board: Mohammed Muddassir (left) v Colin Burcombe (right)

 

PAIRINGS

 

 

 

 SENIOR SECTION

 

 

 

 INTERMEDIATE SECTION

 

 ROUND

 

 TEAM

 Blacks on 1,3,5

 

 

 

 TEAM

 Whites on 1,3,5

 

 

 TEAM

 Blacks on 1,3,5

 

 

 TEAM

 Whites on 1,3,5

 

1

 

 

 1. Strand 1

 2. Muldoons

 3. Ballynafeigh 1

 

 

 

v

v

v

 

 Civil Service

 Strand 2

 QUB 1

 

 

 1. QUB 2

 2. Derry

 3. Ballynafeigh 2

 4. Fruithill Ravens

 

 

v

v

v

v

 

 Bangor

 Strand 4

 Belfast South

 Strand 3

 

2

 

 1. Strand 1

 2. Civil Service

 3. Strand 2

 

v

v

v

 

 Muldoons

 QUB 1

 Ballynafeigh 1

 

 

 1. Belfast South

 2. Strand 4

 3. Strand 3

 4. Bangor

 

v

v

v

v

 

 

 Derry

 Fruithill Ravens

 QUB 2

 Ballynafeigh 2

 

 

3

 

 

 1. Ballynafeigh 1

 2. Muldoons

 3. QUB 1

 

v

v

v

 

 Strand 1

 Civil Service

 Strand 2

 

 

 1. Bangor

 2. Strand 4

 3. Derry

 4. Belfast South

 

 

v

v

v

v

 

 Fruithill Ravens

 Strand 3

 Ballynafeigh 2

 QUB 2

 

4

 

 

 1. Strand 1

 2. Muldoons

 3. Civil Service

 

v

v

v

 

 QUB 1

 Ballynafeigh 1

 Strand 2

 

 

 1. Belfast South

 2. Ballynafeigh 2

 3. Derry

 4. QUB 2

 

v

v

v

v

 

 Strand 4

 Strand 3

 Bangor

 Fruithill Ravens

 

5

 

 

 1. Strand 2

 2. QUB 1

 3. Ballynafeigh 1

 

v

v

v

 

 Strand 1

 Muldoons

 Civil Service

 

 

 1. Bangor

 2. Strand 4

 3. Fruithill Ravens

 4. Strand 3

 

 

v

v

v

v

 

 Belfast South

 QUB 2

 Ballynafeigh 2

 Derry

 

Players

 

 

  

 

 

  Name

 

Rapidplay Rating

 

 

Classic Rating

 

Team

 

  1

 

 

  Gabor Horvath

 

2107

 

 

2093

 

Strand 1

 

  2

 

 

  Nikhil Joshi

 

1961

 

 

2046

 

Strand 1

 

  3

 

 

  David Hill

 

 

====

 

1869

 

Strand 1

 

 

  4

 

 

  Ross Harris

 

 

1849

 

1685

 

Strand 1

 

 

  5

 

  Modestas Razbadauskas

 

 

1745

 

1564

 

Strand 1

 

 

  6

 

 

  Daniil Zelenchuk

 

 

1656

 

1675

 

Strand 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  7

 

 

  Alex Goss

 

 

1661

 

1708

 

Strand 2

 

 

  8

 

 

  Michael Sheerin

 

 

1464

 

1412

 

Strand 2

 

 

  9

 

 

  Edward Khanzharov

 

 

1317

 

1421

 

Strand 2

 

 

  10

 

 

  Colin Burcombe

 

 

1379

 

1092

 

Strand 2

 

 

  11

 

 

  Ranjit Singh

 

 

====

 

1168

 

Strand 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  12

 

 

  Adam Rushe

 

 

1251

 

917

 

Strand 3

 

 

  13

 

 

  Ciaran Rowan

 

 

1167

 

968

 

Strand 3

 

 

  14

 

 

  Michael Wong

 

 

====

 

846

 

Strand 3

 

 

  15

 

  James Wong

 

 

====

 

862

 

Strand 3

 

 

  16

 

 

  Louie McConkey

 

 

====

 

873

 

Strand 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  17

 

 

  Jake Patterson

 

 

====

 

1127

 

Strand 4

 

 

  18

 

 

  Ralph Patterson

 

 

====

 

1100p

 

Strand 4

 

 

  19

 

 

  Dexter Harris

 

 

====

 

1009

 

Strand 4

 

 

  20

 

 

  Adam Fitzsimons

 

 

====

 

798

 

Strand 4

 

 

  21

 

 

  Brian Fitzsimons

 

 

====

 

814

 

Strand 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  22

 

  Nick Pilkiewicz

 

 

1913

 

1851

 

Muldoons

 

 

  23

 

 

  Stephen Wood

 

 

1669

 

1739

 

Muldoons

 

 

  24

 

 

  Danny Mallaghan

 

 

1605

 

1752

 

Muldoons

 

 

  25

 

 

  John Wood

 

 

1471

 

1469

 

Muldoons

 

 

  26

 

 

  Pat McKillen

 

 

1421

 

1335

 

Muldoons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  27

 

 

  Danny Roberts

 

 

1512

 

1816

 

Civil Service

 

 

  28

 

 

  Mark Newman

 

 

1450

 

1748

 

Civil Service

 

 

  29

 

 

  David McAlister

 

 

1362

 

1566

 

Civil Service

 

 

  30

 

 

  Adrian Dornford-Smith

 

 

1203

 

1102

 

Civil Service

 

 

  31

 

 

  Geoff Hindley

 

 

870

 

1036

 

Civil Service

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  32

 

 

  John Monaghan

 

 

1333

 

1151

 

Fruithill Ravens

 

 

  33

 

 

  Ross Smith

 

 

====

 

951

 

Fruithill Ravens

 

 

  34

 

 

  Evan Elwood

 

 

====

 

1008

 

Fruithill Ravens

 

 

  35

 

 

  James Shaw

 

 

====

 

710

 

Fruithill Ravens

 

 

  36

 

 

  Damien Delaney

 

 

====

 

====

 

Fruithill Ravens

 

 

  37

 

 

  Paul McMinn

 

 

====

 

====

 

Fruithill Ravens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  39

 

 

  Ram Rajan

 

 

1496

 

1382

 

QUB 1

 

 

  40

 

 

  Cathan Gormley

 

 

====

 

1270

 

QUB 1

 

 

  41

 

 

  Ting Yan Lee

 

 

====

 

====

 

QUB 1

 

 

  42

 

 

  Mohammed Muddassir

 

 

====

 

====

 

QUB 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  43

 

 

  PJ Mallon

 

 

1025

 

1008

 

QUB 2

 

 

  44

 

 

  Liam Fields

 

 

====

 

====

 

QUB 2

 

 

  45

 

 

  Jamie Corscadden

 

 

====

 

====

 

QUB 2

 

 

  46

 

 

  William Watson

 

 

====

 

====

 

QUB 2

 

 

  47

 

 

  Lai Zhe Yang

 

 

====

 

====

 

QUB 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  48

 

 

  David Riley

 

 

====

 

1612

 

Belfast South

 

 

  49

 

 

  Bobby Thompson

 

 

1623

 

1476

 

Belfast South

 

 

  50

 

 

  Bernard Jaffa

 

 

1398

 

1343

 

Belfast South

 

 

  51

 

 

  Martin Kelly

 

 

1405

 

1363

 

Belfast South

 

 

  52

 

 

  Craig Stevenson

 

 

====

 

1244

 

Belfast South

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  53

 

 

  Damien Cunningham

 

 

1471

 

1734

 

Ballynafeigh 1

 

 

  54

 

 

  Robert Lavery

 

 

1517

 

1650

 

Ballynafeigh 1

 

 

  55

 

 

  Ian Woodfield

 

 

1563

 

1584

 

Ballynafeigh 1

 

 

  56

 

 

  Chris Kelly

 

 

1531

 

1527

 

Ballynafeigh 1

 

 

  57

 

 

  David Seaby

 

 

1338

 

1074

 

Ballynafeigh 1

 

 

  58

 

 

  Alanna Breen

 

 

====

 

====

 

Ballynafeigh 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  59

 

 

  Vincent O'Brien

 

 

1242

 

1010

 

Ballynafeigh 2

 

 

  60

 

 

  James Barbour

 

 

====

 

1174

 

Ballynafeigh 2

 

 

  61

 

 

  Barney McGahan

 

 

====

 

1122

 

Ballynafeigh 2

 

 

  62

 

 

  Paul Anderson

 

 

971

 

919

 

Ballynafeigh 2

 

 

  63

 

 

  Ronan Fitzsimons

 

 

====

 

678

 

Ballynafeigh 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  64

 

 

  Alan McConnell

 

 

1675

 

1630

 

Bangor

 

 

  65

 

 

  Brendan Jamison

 

1667

 

1771

 

Bangor

 

 

  66

 

 

  Sam Moore

 

 

1616

 

1562

 

Bangor

 

 

  67

 

 

  Gary Johnston

 

 

1265

 

1238

 

Bangor

 

 

  68

 

 

  Andy Boal

 

 

===

 

858

 

Bangor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  69

 

 

  Niall Troughton

 

1618

 

1655

 

Derry

 

 

  70

 

 

  Nigel Telford

 

1408

 

1278

 

Derry

 

 

  71

 

 

  Chris Armstrong

 

 

1263

 

1394

 

Derry

 

 

  72

 

 

  Paul Devlin

 

====

 

800

 

Derry

 

 

EVENT TITLE: Ulster Team Rapidplay Chess Championships 2018

DATE: Saturday February 3, 2018

START TIME: 10:45am. Round 1 at 11:00am.

END TIME: 5:15pm

ARBITER: Brendan Jamison

REGISTRATION: Please email Brendan Jamison at playchessni@gmail.com by noon on Saturday January 20. Rooms in the venue need to be booked in advance therefore two weeks notice is required for teams to be entered into this tournament.

ENTRY FEES:

£1 per player. All entry fees are for covering the cost of heating the venue for the day.

FORMAT: 2 sections. 6 teams in top section, 8 teams in lower section. Top 3 seeded teams in lower section are only eligible to win the Intermediate title, whilst the highest finishing team from seeds 4-8 will be awarded the Junior title. Each team will have 5 players, seated at the board in order of grading, as per the league rules (players may swap within 100 rating points of each other). In cases where a player does not have a rapidplay rating, their standard UCU rating will be used. Unrated players must play below rated players.

TIME CONTROL: 30 minutes per player for all the moves therefore games will last a maximum of 1 hour.

POINTS:

Unlike the league, no bonus points will be awarded when a team wins or draws their match therefore only individual board results will be calculated to determine the winning team in each section at the end of the 5 rounds.

TIE BREAKS: For tie-breaks, players will be ranked based on their head-to-head team scores. If this is also tied, a team blitz-off will be played with a time control of 3+2. A coin will be flipped to determine which team gets 3 Whites.

PRIZE:

The winning team in the Senior Section will be presented with the Ulster Team Rapidplay Shield.

TIMETABLE:

 

 

  ENTRY FEE PAYMENTS

 

 

  10:45am

 

  ROUND 1

 

 

  11:00am to 12:00pm

 

  ROUND 2

 

 

  12:05pm to 1:05pm

 

  LUNCH BREAK

 

 

  1:05pm to 2:05pm

 

  ROUND 3

 

  2:05pm to 3:05pm

 

 

  ROUND 4

 

 

  3:10pm to 4:10pm

 

  ROUND 5

 

  4:15pm to 5:15pm

 

 

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 pause the clock and announce to the arbiter 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.   

LOCATION: Ground floor rooms at Good Shepherd Centre, 511 Ormeau Rd, Belfast BT7 3GS. See images below.

CAR PARKING: Ample free spaces are available in the church car park which players will drive through to get to the building.

KEY CODE: Players must register in advance to get the key code to enter the pedestrian gate after parking their vehicles in the church car park.

PREVIOUS WINNERS OF THE TEAM RAPIDPLAY CHAMPIONSHIPS

2016 Winners: Ballynafeigh 1. For the 2016 tournament, the teams had six players per squad. Left to right: David Houston, Michael Sheerin, Brendan Jamison (Captain), Thomas Donaldson, Robert Lavery and Damien Cunninghman (out of frame).

VENUE:

Inside the main playing room at the Good Shepherd Centre, 511 Ormeau Rd, Belfast BT7 3GS

Good Shepherd Centre, 511 Ormeau Rd, Belfast BT7 3GS

Entrance from the Ormeau Road to the playing Venue: Good Shepherd Centre, 511 Ormeau Rd, Belfast BT7 3GS

Playing Venue: Good Shepherd Centre, 511 Ormeau Rd, Belfast BT7 3GS

Pedestrian gate into playing venue: Good Shepherd Centre, 511 Ormeau Rd, Belfast BT7 3GS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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