ULSTER RAPIDPLAY CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018

Sponsored by Falls Bowling Club

Saturday 21st April: 9:45am to 4:30pm

With special thanks to the support offered by Falls Bowling Club

Chairman Tommy Spence and Secretary Maura McCafferty

ponsored by Falls Bowling Club

Location: Falls Bowling Club, 61-63 Andersonstown Road, Belfast, BT11 9AH

 

ARBITERS: Brendan Jamison and Ram Rajan

 

Tournament Report by Chief Arbiter Brendan Jamison

A total of 50 chess players travelled to the Falls Bowling Club in West Belfast on Saturday 21 April for the annual Ulster Rapidplay Championships. We had 42 competing in the event with a further 8 chess players were present as spectators (including multi-award winning champions Michael Holmes and John Cairns).

The 16 highest ranked players fought it out in the Senior Section. After 6 rounds of exciting speed chess, one player remained undefeated, finishing on the perfect score of 6/6, Nikhil Joshi (Strand) was crowned Ulster Rapidplay Champion. In close pursuit, chess supremo Stephen Rush (QUB) won 2nd place with 5/6. The Under 1850 grading prize was scooped by Ross Harris (Strand) with a score of 3.5/6, including an impressive victory over number 1 seed Gareth Annesley (Muldoons). Meanwhile, Ciaran Marron (Fruithill) secured the Under 1600 grading prize with 3.5/6 after exerting considerable pressure on the top seeds in the tournament.

In the Intermediate Section, 26 players battled it out, including several newcomers, Rajan Swaminathan (visiting from India) and two primary school boys Kamal Taufik and Blake Harris (both Strand). After a thrilling day of tactics and counter-attacks, three players finished on 5/6. Colin Burcombe (Strand) won the Intermediate Championship with the superior tie-break score, followed closely behind by returning veteran Stephen Critchlow (Belfast South) who was awarded 2nd place. Meanwhile Gary Johnston (Bangor) took the Under 1300 Grading Prize after an impressive five wins. Brian Fitzsimons (Strand) won the Under 1000 Grading Prize with an excellent tournament performance of 3.5/6 and Robert Brown (Fruithill) was awarded the Under 800 Grading Prize with 3/6.

Highlights of the day included the photographer from the Anderstown News who snapped competitors during Round 1 and we look forward to buying the paper this Thursday to view the article. Special thanks to Kevin Agnew for arranging the media coverage and to UCU President Damien Cunningham for delivering a radio interview on Belfast 89FM two days before the event.

It was wonderful to see such a large turn-out from the Fruithill chess players, thanks to club director John Monaghan for rallying his troops to support the event. We even had Frank Carrothers and Stephen McCann pop in to watch the action unfold.

The giant playing venue created a real buzz and everyone was extremely grateful to Falls Bowling Club for supporting the event, not only in supplying the room, but also in the set-up, the arbiter’s microphone, the provision of a snack bar, lots of jugs of water and for the Club Chairman Tommy Spence presenting the prizes. Also, special thanks to Club Secretary Maura McCafferty for her behind-the-scenes support to make the event such a success.

For speed chess events, it can be a challenge for the arbiter to fulfil all the tasks in-between rounds so it was greatly appreciated to have the support of Ross Harris and Ram Rajan. Also a big thank you to Mark Newman who produced a beautiful set of certificates as well as giving lifts to players from Bangor and Newtownards to help ensure we got everyone along to the tournament who didn’t have a car.

MAY EVENTS

Please keep the following dates free in your diary. Our next weekend event is the City of Belfast Championships at the Pavilion Sports Centre at Stormont, over three days with two rounds per day. It will be held over the last Bank Holiday in May (26,27,28). The five month Summer Tournament will also be held at Stormont this year and it kicks off on Wednesday 2 May at 6:30pm. Mark Newman is the Arbiter for both of these tournaments so please register with him: mark.chris.newman@googlemail.com

ULSTER CHAMPIONSHIPS

Now that the league season has wrapped up, many players disappear over the summer months but please try to be back in time for our Ulster Championships which will be held at the Europa Hotel over the Bank Holiday weekend of 25/26/27 August, with 2 rounds per day. Chief Arbiter for this event is Ross Harris and registration will only be accepted through him so please make direct contact. Senior section (over 1700), Intermediate section (1400-1699) and Junior section (Under 1400).

See you all again soon for more chess fun...

 

PRIZE-WINNERS

 

Senior section

£75 for Champion + Arthur Cootes Perpetual Cup: Nikhil Joshi 6/6

£50 for 2nd Place: Stephen Rush 5/6

Under 1850 Grading Prize: £25 Grandmaster Simul Ticket: Ross Harris 3.5/6

(Simul on Thursday February 21, 2019)

Under 1600 Grading Prize: £25 Grandmaster Simul Ticket: Ciaran Marron 3.5/6

(Simul on Thursday February 21, 2019)

 

Intermediate section

 

£50 for Intermediate Champion: Colin Burcombe 5/6

£35 for 2nd Place: Stephen Critchlow 5/6

Under 1300 Grading Prize: £25 Grandmaster Simul Ticket: Gary Johnston 5/6

(Simul on Thursday February 21, 2019)

Under 1000 Grading Prize: £25 Grandmaster Simul Ticket: Brian Fitzsimons 3.5/6

(Simul on Thursday February 21, 2019)

Under 800 Grading Prize: £25 Grandmaster Simul Ticket: Robert Brown 3/6

(Simul on Thursday February 21, 2019)

 

Honorary Lifetime Membership Award

 

Plaque presented by the Ulster Chess Union to David McAlister for many decades of reporting, running tournaments and developing Ulster Chess and Irish Chess.

 

James Shaw (White) v Blake Harris (Black)

Ulster Rapidplay Champion Nikhil Joshi (left) is presented with his prize and the Arthur Cootes Perpetual Cup by Tommy Spence, Chairman of Falls Bowling Club

Ulster Intermediate Rapidplay Champion Colin Burcombe (left) is presented with his prize by Tommy Spence, Chairman of Falls Bowling Club

Under 1300 Grading prize winner Gary Johnston (left) is presented with his prize by Tommy Spence, Chairman of Falls Bowling Club

Players

 

 

  

 

 

  Name

 

Rapidplay Rating

 

 

Classic Rating

 

Club

 

  1

 

 

  Gareth Annesley

 

2096

 

 

1845

 

Mudoons

 

  2

 

 

  Nikhil Joshi

 

1970

 

 

2044

 

Strand

 

  3

 

 

  Stephen Rush

 

1871

 

 

1926

 

QUB

 

  4

 

 

  Danny Roberts

 

===

 

 

1851

 

Civil Service

 

  5

 

 

  Ross Harris

 

1806

 

 

1725

 

Strand

 

  6

 

 

  Tony Parker

 

1760

 

 

1693

 

Fruithill

 

  7

 

 

  Modestas Razbadauskas

 

1728

 

 

1609

 

Strand

 

  8

 

 

  Nial Troughton

 

1653

 

 

1655

 

City of Derry

 

  9

 

 

  Damien Cunningham

 

1638

 

 

1679

 

Ballynafeigh

 

  10

 

 

  John McKenna

 

1624

 

 

1497

 

Belfast South

 

  11

 

 

  Karina Kruk

 

1597

 

 

1672

 

Ballynafeigh

 

  12

 

 

  Ciaran Marron

 

1583

 

 

1727

 

Fruithill

 

  13

 

 

  Robert Lavery

 

1509

 

 

1655

 

Ballynafeigh

 

  14

 

 

  Antonio Curado

 

1507

 

 

1566

 

Ballynafeigh

 

  15

 

 

  Ram Rajan* (playing up)

 

1481

 

 

1393

 

QUB

 

  16

 

 

  Mark Newman (playing up)

 

1445

 

 

1747

 

Civil Service

*only playing on the day to balance numbers in the senior section

Intermediate Section (Under 1500)

 

 

  17

 

 

  Colin Burcombe

 

1425

 

 

1193

 

Strand

 

  18

 

 

  Sean Linton

 

1396

 

 

1204

 

Fruithill

 

  19

 

 

  Pat McKillen

 

1390

 

 

1302

 

Mudoons

 

  20

 

 

  Martin Kelly

 

1358

 

 

1325

 

Belfast South

 

  21

 

 

  Stephen Critchlow

 

===

 

 

1336

 

No Club

 

  22

 

 

  Adam Rushe

 

1277

 

 

967

 

Strand

 

  23

 

 

  Vincent O'Brien

 

1223

 

 

1080

 

Ballynafeigh

 

  24

 

 

  John Monaghan

 

1194

 

 

1156

 

Fruithill

 

  25

 

 

  Gary Johnston

 

1172

 

 

1222

 

Bangor

 

  26

 

 

  Adrian Dornford-Smith

 

1172

 

1164

 

Civil Service

 

  27

 

 

  Paddy Magee

 

1171

 

 

1292

 

Belfast South

 

  28

 

 

  Stephen Law

 

1161

 

 

1251

 

No Club

 

  29

 

 

  Evan Elwood

 

===

 

 

995

 

Fruithill

 

  30

 

 

  Dexter Harris

 

919

 

 

961

 

Strand

 

  31

 

 

  Geoff Hindley

 

942

 

1018

 

Civil Service

 

  32

 

 

  Ross Smith

 

===

 

 

932

 

Fruithill

 

  33

 

 

  Rajan Swaminathan

 

===

 

 

900

 

No Club

 

  34

 

 

  Andy Boal

 

===

 

 

857

 

Ballynafeigh

 

  35

 

 

  Brian Fitzsimons

 

===

 

 

835

 

Strand

 

  36

 

 

  Adam Fitzsimons

 

===

 

 

825

 

Strand

 

  37

 

 

  Robert Brown

 

===

 

 

672

 

Fruithill

 

  38

 

 

  James Shaw

 

===

 

 

608

 

Fruithill

 

  39

 

 

  Damien Delaney

 

===

 

 

599

 

Fruithill

 

  40

 

 

  Chris Hamill

 

===

 

 

===

 

Fruithill

 

  41

 

 

  Kamal Taufik

 

===

 

 

===

 

Strand

 

  42

 

 

  Blake Harris

 

===

 

 

===

 

Strand

 

TIMETABLE:

Pay entry fees: 9:45am-10am

Round 1: 10:15-11:05am

Round 2: 11:05-11:55am

Round 3: 12:00-12:50pm

Lunchbreak: 12:50-1:40pm

Round 4: 1:40-2:30pm

Round 5: 2:30-3:20pm

Round 6: 3:25-4:15pm

Prize-giving: 4:20-4:25pm

 

SECTIONS:

There will two sections, senior and intermediate.

Time control: 25 minutes per player for all the moves. No increment.

 

PRICE:

£10 for adults. £5 for under 18s

 

RULES:

FIDE rules will apply

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

Registration deadline: 12 noon on Thursday 19 April 2018

 

Thursday April 19, 2018: Live radio inteview with Nigel Blair on Belfast 89FM

to promote the Ulster Rapidplay Championships at Falls Bowling Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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