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BELFAST BLITZ & BULLET CHAMPIONSHIPS

Round 1 of the Belfast Blitz Championships sees Daniil Zelenchuk (1426) [left] playing number 1 seed Danny Roberts (1975)

March 4, 2017

BELFAST BLITZ CHAMPIONSHIPS

Good Shepherd Centre, Belfast. 10:30am to 3:30pm.

Congratulations to all the prize-winners at the 2017 Belfast Blitz and Bullet Championships. It was a day of immense fun, lots of laughter and plenty of free drinks and snacks to keep everyone happy. 30 of Northern Ireland's top players competed in the Blitz competitions and 17 battled it out in the Bullet. Danny Roberts (1975) was crowned Belfast Blitz Champion, with 2nd and 3rd place going to Sergio Esteve-Sanchez (1994) and Modestas Razbadauskas (1678). All three tied on 13/16 but Roberts enjoyed a superior Median Buchholz compared to that of Sanchez and Razbadauskas. Meanwhile in the Junior band, Gary Johnston (1002) won the championship with 8/16, followed closely behind by Dmitry Zelenchuk (1178) and Chris Armstrong (1326), winning 2nd and 3rd place respectively.

In the Children's Blitz, 15 year old Ciaran Rowan (1038) sailed to victory as he secured the champion's trophy, followed by 8 year old Adam Fitzsimons (702) who won the silver medal for 2nd place. The position of 3rd place was extremely close, with 12 year old Joel McLean (1002) and 8 year old Dexter Harris (874) both level on 5/9 points as they entered round 10 in a final showdown. Both players attacked each other with elegant combinations but in the end Joel lost on time, however, he was commended for an excellent tournament performance. Dexter was awarded a bronze medal for winning 3rd place after a titanic last round battle which impressed all the spectators who encircled the table. Special mention should also go to young primary schoolboy James Fitzsimons (400) for all the joy and fun he brought to the playing room as he competed in his first ever chess tournament. His passion and enthusiasm for the game is definitely infectious!

March 4, 2017

BELFAST BULLET CHAMPIONSHIPS

Good Shepherd Centre, Belfast. 4pm to 5pm.

The Bullet Championships were held as one open tournament with 1 minute on the clock and no increments. Daniil Zelenchuk (1426) was crowned Belfast Bullet Champion 2017 with an impressive score of 7/8. Second place was awarded to fellow Russian chess genius Mikhail Pavlov (1513) for 6/8 and in a similar fashion to his 3rd place in the Blitz, the super strong speed player Modestas Razbadauskas (1678) won the bronze medal with 6/8. Father to the Bullet Champion, Dmitry Zelenchuk (1178) won the Junior Championship with 4/8! In close 2nd was the up and coming teenage chess prodigy Edward Doak (1313) who secured the silver medal. 3rd place was awarded to Bangor Chess Club's mastermind Gary Johnston (1002), his second award of the day. The Children's band was won by Ciaran Rowan (1038) who took the gold medal, followed by Adam Fitzsimons (702) in second place.

Today's events, coupled with last week's Monster Double Simul Match, raised a total of £450 towards the flight costs for an upcoming Saint Petersberg verses Belfast Match in August 2017. Therefore ChessNI was able to present 3 travel awards of £150 each to 3 of Northern Ireland's most promising young stars, 8 year old Dexter Harris (874), 13 year old Daniil Zelenchuk (1426) and 16 year old Edward Doak (1313). Our sincere thanks to all the participants at these two events, without whom these grants could not have been awarded. Also, a gigantic thank you to the broader chess community who generously donated to this youth fund, in particular Norman McFarland, John O'Doherty and Martin Kelly, all of whom contributed £20 each.

OPEN BLITZ

16 Rounds. 27 players. Time Control: 3 min + 2 sec increment. Computer programme: Swiss Perfect.

 

 Place
 Name
 Award
 Score
 M-Buch
 Buch
 Prog
   
       
 1  Danny Roberts (1975)
 WINNER
13.0
124.5
144.5
114.5
 2  Sergio Esteve Sanchez (1994)
 SECOND
13.0
123.0
141.5
113.5
 3   Modestas Razbadauskas (1678)
 THIRD
13.0
121.0
140.5
105.0
 4  Daniil Zelenchuk (1426)
11.5
126.5
146.5
95.0
 5  Stephen Morgan (1722)
11.0
126.0
145.0
98.0
 6  Brendan Jamison (1775)
10.5
128.5
147.5
79.5
 7  Mikhail Pavlov (1513)
10.5
120.0
135.5
88.5
 8  John Bradley (1627)
9.0
128.0
146.5
70.5
 9  Ian Woodfield (1517)
8.0
127.0
146.0
77.5
 10  David McAlister (1615)
8.0
117.0
135.5
66.0
 11  Gary Johnston (1002)
 Junior 1st
8.0
111.5
127.0
67.0
 12  Robert Lavery (1526)
7.5
128.5
147.0
67.5
 13  Chris Kelly (1606)
7.0
125.0
142.5
70.0
 14  Dmitry Zelenchuk (1178)
 Junior 2nd
7.0
100.0
114.0
54.5
 15  Chris Armstrong (1326)  Junior 3rd
7.0
89.5
103.5
57.0
 16  Bernard Jaffa (1490)  
6.5
122.5
141.5
68.5
 17  Edward Doak (1313)  
6.5
119.5
133.5
59.0
 18  Tyrone Winter (944)  
6.0
106.5
125.0
54.0
 19  Vincent O'Brien (955)  
6.0
96.5
110.5
53.0
 20  Matt Smiglarski (969)  
5.5
87.0
98.0
46.0
 21  Mark Newman (1355)  
5.0
87.5
101.5
48.0
 22  Cathal Murhpy (1267)  
5.0
84.0
99.5
37.0
 23  James Barbour* (1074)  
3.0
34.5
45.5
13.0
 24  Richard Gould** (1627)  
2.0
109.0
117.5
3.0
 25  Ciaran Rowan* (1038)  
2.0
102.0
113.0
9.0
 26  Adam Fitzsimons* (702)  
0.5
94.0
104.0
3.0
 27  Ronan Fitzsimons* (865)  
0.0
38.0
51.0
0.0

*This player only competed in 8 rounds

**This player only competed in 3 rounds

CHILDREN'S BLITZ

10 Rounds. 5 players. Time Control: 10 minute (zero increment)

 

 Place
 Name
 Award
 Score
 M-Buch
 Buch
 Prog
   
       
 1  Ciaran Rowan (1038)
 WINNER
       
 2  Adam Fitzsimons (702)
 SECOND
       
 3   Dexter Harris (874)
 THIRD
       
 4  Joel McLean (1002)
       
 5  James Fitzsimons (400)
       

OPEN BULLET

8 Rounds. 17 players. Time Control: 1 min (zero increment). Computer programme: Swiss Perfect.

 

 Place
 Name
 Award
 Score
 M-Buch
 Buch
 Prog
   
       
 1  Daniil Zelenchuk (1426)
 WINNER
7.0
26.0
34.0
33.0
 2  Mikhail Pavlov (1513)
 SECOND
6.0
27.5
37.5
29.0
 3   Modestas Razbadauskas (1678)
 THIRD
6.0
27.5
37.5
25.0
 4  Brendan Jamison (1775)
5.0
29.0
39.5
22.0
 5  Robert Lavery (1526)
5.0
28.5
37.5
27.0
 6  Richard Gould (1537)
4.0
26.5
36.0
18.0
 7  Mark Newman (1355)
4.0
24.5
34.5
18.0
 8  John Bradley (1627)
4.0
24.5
33.0
19.0
 9  Dmitry Zelenchuk (1178)
 Junior 1st
4.0
21.5
29.5
18.0
 10  Edward Doak (1313)
 Junior 2nd
3.5
22.5
30.5
14.5
 11  Gary Johnston (1002)
 Junior 3rd
3.5
22.5
29.0
15.5
 12  Ciaran Rowan (1038)
 Child 1st
3.0
20.5
28.0
13.0
 13  Vincent O'Brien (955)
3.0
18.5
26.0
9.0
 14  Bernard Jaffa (1490)  
2.0
20.0
28.5
12.0
 15  Adam Fitzsimons (702)  Child 2nd
2.0
19.0
27.5
7.0
 16  David McAlister (1615)  
1.5
20.0
26.0
4.0
 17  Tyrone Winter (944)  
0.5
7.5
13.5
2.0

BLITZ CHAMPIONSHIPS

Blitz Round 1: Ronan Fitzsimons (865) [left] verses Chris Kelly (1606)

Children's Blitz Round 2: Ciaran Rowan (1038) [left] verses Joel McLean (1002)

In the background Dexter Harris (874) [left] verses Adam Fitzsimons (702)

Free refreshments for all the players, parents and spectators

Trophies and medals for the prize-winners

Belfast Childrens Blitz Championship prize-winners: Adam Fitzsimons (Silver), Ciaran Rowan (Champion's Trophy) and Dexter Harris (Bronze)

Prize-winners from the Belfast Blitz Championships: [left to right] Dmitry Zelenchuk (Junior Silver Medal), Modestas Razbadauskas (Senior Section Bronze Medal), Adam Fitzsimons (Silver Medal in Children's Section), Danny Roberts (Champion), Gary Johnston (Junior Champion), Chris Armstrong (Junior Bronze Medal) and Ciaran Rowan (Children's Champion).

BULLET CHAMPIONSHIPS

Belfast Bullet Championships Round 1: Adam Fitzsimons (White) verses Daniil Zelenchuk (Black)

Belfast Bullet Championships Round 1: Edward Doak (White) verses Modestas Razbadauskas (Black)

Belfast Bullet Championships Round 1: Vincent O'Brien (White) verses Mikhail Pavlov (Black)

Prize-winners from the Belfast Bullet Championships: [left to right] Gary Johnston (Junior Bronze Medal), Modestas Razbadauskas (Senior Section Bronze Medal), Edward Doak (Junior Silver Medal), Daniil Zelenchuk (Bullet Champion), Mikhail Pavlov (Senior Silver Medal), Adam Fitzsimons (Silver Medal in Children's Section), Dmitry Zelenchuk (Junior Bullet Champion) and Ciaran Rowan (Children's Bullet Champion).

TRAVEL AWARDS

£150 Travel Award Winner Dexter Harris with his Father Ross Harris

£150 Travel Award Winner Daniil Zelenchuk is presented with his certificate by Brendan Jamison, Director of ChessNI

£150 Travel Award Winner Edward Doak is presented with his certificate by Brendan Jamison, Director of ChessNI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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