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BUNRATTY INTERNATIONAL

CHESS FESTIVAL

 

Bunratty Castle Hotel, County Clare, Ireland

BUNRATTY INERNATIONAL CHESS FESTIVAL

Bunratty Castle Hotel, County Clare, Ireland

February 17-19, 2017

35 players from Northern Ireland competed in Bunratty, Ireland's largest international chess festival. There were a total of 333 players across all 4 sections, with the Masters band featuring a wealth of high-profile figures, including Grandmasters Nigel Short, Jonathan Speelman, Mark Hebden, Alexander Baburin and Peter Wells. NI Chess hero David Houston (2219) finished with an impressive score of 3.5/6 in the Masters section of 48 players, in a field completely dominated by GMs, IMs and FMs!

Meanwhile in the Challengers (1600-1999), 83 players fought hard for the trophy and the 600 Euro first prize but it was Northern Ireland's top Russian chess player Mikhail Pavlov (1766) who won the entire section with an outstanding score of 5.5/6 and a tournament performance rating (TPR) of 2157. His phenomenal Round 5 game against WCM Diana Mirza (1854) can be viewed on the Games Archive page. The other notable score in this band was Sergio Esteve-Sanchez (1994) who also remained unbeaten, chalking up three draws and three wins to finish on 4.5/6.

The Major section (1200-1599) saw 13 year old Daniil Zelenchuk (1370) win the Band 1 grading prize with an impressive score of 4.5/6, finishing 5th out of 85 players. He was also the highest scoring NI player in this band. In Round 1 Daniil demonstrated a spectacular win over number 1 seed Jonathan Smith (1585), with a thrilling game of tactical brilliance which was broadcast live across the internet. Unsurprisingly, Daniil's TPR was 1628 and bodes well for his journey towards a 2000 rating in the years to come! Other outstanding performances in this section were by Liam Ferris (1247), Ram Rajan (1368) and John Phillips (1223), all finishing on 4/6, with Phillips scooping the Band 3 Grading Prize.

The Minor section (Under 1200) also saw a remarkable performance by Belfast player Rian Mellotte (987) who won 3rd prize with 5/6, followed closely by Tyrone Winter (944) who claimed the grading prize with 4.5/6. Two other impressive tournament results in this section came from QUB mastermind Chris Roe (1095) and UCU Treasurer Adrian Dornford-Smith (1155), both ending on 4.5/6 and finishing in the top 15 from a field of 117 players! Two other players from Northern Ireland shined through in this section, Ben Campbell (1010) and Iza Bujak (1188), both only losing one game and drawing two, with the pair ending with a very respectable 4/6.

Below is a table of how all 35 NI players performed across each section.

Mayor of Ennis, Ann Norton, presents the winning cup to Mikhail Pavlov, Bunratty Challengers Champion 2017

MASTERS (2000+) 48 players

 

 NI Player  RD 1  RD 2  RD 3  RD 4  RD 5  RD 6 TOTAL
               
 David Houston (2219)
1
0
0
½
1
1
3.5

 

CHALLENGERS (1600-1999) 83 players

 

 NI Players  RD 1  RD 2  RD 3  RD 4  RD 5  RD 6 TOTAL
               
 Mikhail Pavlov (1766) WINNER
½
1
1
1
1
1
5.5
 Sergio Esteve Sanchez (1994)
½
½
½
1
1
1
4.5
 Stephen Rush (1798)
½
1
1
½
0
1
4.0
 Damien Lavery (1684)
0
0
1
½
1
½
3.0
 Karina Kruk WFM (1761)
0
0
1
½
½
1
3.0
 Eoin Carey (1630)
0
0
1
½
0
1
2.5
 Callum Ormerod (1759)
½
1
0
½
0
0
2.0
 Damien Cunningham (1740)
0
1
½
½
0
0
2.0
 Calum Leitch (1865)
0
1
0
½
-
0
1.5
 Cecil Sloan (1630)
½
½
0
0
0
0
1.0

 

MAJOR (1200-1599) 85 players

 

 NI Players  RD 1  RD 2  RD 3  RD 4  RD 5  RD 6 TOTAL
               
 Daniil Zelenchuk (1370) G. PRIZE
1
1
1
0
½
1
4.5
 John Phillips (1223) G. PRIZE
1
1
1
1
0
0
4.0
 Liam Ferris (1247)
0
1
½
½
1
1
4.0
 Ram Rajan (1368)
0
1
½
½
1
1
4.0
 Dmitry Zelenchuk (1223)
0
½
1
1
1
0
3.5
 Chris Armstrong (1423)
0
½
1
½
0
1
3.0
 Dominic Gallagher (1286)
1
½
0
½
0
1
3.0
 Martin Kelly (1416) 
1
0
½
0
½
0
2.0
 Cathal Murphy (1372)
0
0
1
½
½
0
2.0

 

MINOR (0-1200) 117 players

 

 Player  RD 1  RD 2  RD 3  RD 4  RD 5  RD 6 TOTAL
               
 Rian Mellotte (987) 3rd PRIZE
1
0
1
1
1
1
5.0
 Tyrone Winter (944) G. PRIZE
1
1
½
1
½
½
4.5
 Chris Roe (1095)
1
1
1
0
1
½
4.5
 Adrian Dornford-Smith (1155)
1
1
½
1
0
1
4.5
 Ben Campbell (1010)
1
½
1
1
0
½
4.0
 Iza Bujak (1188)
0
½
½
1
1
1
4.0
 Vincent O'Brien (955)
1
1
0
1
½
0
3.5
 Paul Anderson (833)
1
1
0
0
1
0
3.0
 Jasper Ramsey (835)
½
1
1
0
0
½
3.0
 James Shaw (856) 
0
1
0
1
1
0
3.0
 Kieran Hunter (914)
1
½
0
0
1
½
3.0
 Dennis Thorpe (1143)
1
½
1
0
0
0
2.5
 Ross Kerr (===)
½
½
0
0
0
1
2.0
 Ronan Fitzsimons (865)
0
1
0
0
0
0
1.0
 Bobby Campbell (659)
0
-
0
0
0
0
0.0

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February 19, 2017

 

Mikhail Pavlov (1766)

 

 

 

 

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Diana Mirza WCM (1854)

 

[1] v [0]

Round 5 of Challengers Section

Bunratty Insternational Chess Festival, Ireland

 

 

Board position after White played 20. Nd4

 

Final position. White delivers the deadly blow of Bh6+ with a discovered attack on the Black Queen. If Black plays Ke7 to defend Queen, then White plays Rc7+

 

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e4

d4

c3

Nxc3

Bc4

Nf3

O-O

Bf4

h3

g4

Nh4

Re1

Bb3

Ba4

Nxe4

Rxe4

Re2

Rc1

Nf5

Nd4

Nxe6

Rxe6

Rd6

Bb3

Bxd5+

Qf3

Rxf6

Bh6+

 

c5

cxd4

dxc3

Nc6

d6

a6

Nf6

Bg4

Bh5

Bg6

e6

Ne5

Nxe4

Nc6

Bxe4

d5

b5

Nb4

g6

Bg7

fxe6

Kf7

Qe7

Rad8

Kf8

Bf6

Qxf6

 

Black

Resigns

             

 

 

 

 

 

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