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INTERNATIONAL CHESS EVENTS

 

Saint Petersburg, Russia

SAINT PETERSBURG v BELFAST

The Youth Sport Schools of Kalininsky, Saint Petersburg, Russia

August 18-25, 2017

Following a series of discussions with a chess academy in Russia, Mikhail Pavlov and Brendan Jamison have arranged a chess match between Saint Petersburg and Belfast. The trip to Russia will take place from Friday 18 to Friday 25 August 2017. Flights, visas and food budget will cost approximately £750 each but the chess academy is kindly providing basic single room accommodation in their school building and a mini-bus to transport our group around the city.

 

 

  

Images from inside the chess academy at the Youth Sport Schools of Kalininsky, Saint Petersburg

To find the location of the Youth Sport Schools of Kalininsky on Google Maps, the address should be entered in the following format:

str. Bryantseva, d. 24, Saint Petersburg

Further information on the chess school can be found at www.dush2kalin.ru but it is all in Russian.

We have 13 players booked for the trip:

 

Mikhail Pavlov

Classic rating: 1799

Player and Co-ordinator

Born 1988

FIDE ID: 2511711

 

Brendan Jamison

Classic rating: 1747

Player and Chess Coach

Born 1979

FIDE ID: 2511703

Edward Khanzharov

Classic rating: 1413

17 year old school pupil

Born 2000

FIDE ID: 2511975

Ross Harris

Classic rating: 1682

Player and Chess Coach

Born 1976

FIDE ID: 2511916

 

Dexter Harris

Classic rating: 907

8 year old school pupil

Born 2008

FIDE ID: 2511924

Adam Fitzsimons

Classic rating: 798

8 year old school pupil

Born 2008

FIDE ID: 2511908

Dmitry Zelenchuk

Classic rating: 1354

Player

Born 1977

FIDE ID: 2511940

 

Daniil Zelenchuk

Classic rating: 1570

14 year old school pupil

Born 2003

FIDE ID: 2511959

Mark Newman

Classic rating: 1720

Player and Chess Coach

Born 1963

FIDE ID: 2505819

Adrian Dornford-Smith

Classic rating: 1148

Player

Born 1965

FIDE ID: 2511967

 

Barney McGahan

Classic rating: 1041

Player

Born 1954

FIDE ID: 2511894

John Bradley

Classic rating: 1674

Player

Born 1960

FIDE ID: 3600238

Jason Harris

Classic rating: 1200

Player

Born 1977

FIDE ID: 2511932

 

   

 

During Spring 2017, a series of successful fund-raising tournaments allowed a contribution towards the flight costs for the 4 children travelling to Russia. A total of £600 was split into 4 travel awards of £150 each to Adam Fitzsimons (8), Dexter Harris (8), Daniil Zelenchuk (14) and Edward Doak (17).  We then received some additional private donations and a generous £150 business sponsorship from Language Training Solutions which enabled us to contribute towards the child visas which are extremely expensive at £130 each so we greatly appreciate the added help with these costs.

Left to right: Danny Roberts and Joanne Ritchie from Language Training Solutions presenting an award of £150 to organiser Brendan Jamison with two of the children representing Belfast in a chess match against Saint Petersburg in Augsut 2017, 8 year old Dexter Harris and 13 year old Daniil Zelenchuk.

Director of CHESS NI Brendan Jamison states that "we offer our sincere thanks to Daniel Roberts and Joanne Ritchie from Language Training Solutions who share our passion for the educational merits of a cross-cultural chess match in Saint Petersburg, interweaving the role of play and creativity with learning new language skills and improving communication techniques. When chess players from around the world move to Northern Ireland and have little grasp of the English language, many begin their integration process by joining our local chess community. We get extremely excited by players from overseas who join us at Belfast tournaments as they greatly enrich the cultural life of the city. In recent years, we have welcomed players from China, India, Egypt, Russia, Kazakhstan, Poland, Lithuania, Hungary and The Phillipines. Hopefully this trend will continue and expand over the next decade as Belfast enjoys a rebirth as a vibrant cosmopolitan city."

Please visit our business sponsor's website:

 

APPROXIMATE COSTINGS PER PLAYER FOR SAINT PETERSBURG TRIP

£291 Return flights from Belfast to Saint Petersburg

£9 Tourist Voucher

£100 Travel to Edinburgh or London to the Russian visa office

£120 Russian tourist visa (£110 visa + £10 for return of passport by post)

£150 Food

£80 Tickets for museums/palaces/concerts/operas

£000 Accommodation - twin rooms with en suites provided free by school

£000 Transport - minibus provided free by chess school

£750 Total

 

PROGRESS STATUS

 

 

 Name

 

 

 Role

 

 Flights

 

 Tourist Voucher

 

 Visa

 1. Mikhail Pavlov  Chess Player  Booked  Not Required  Not Required
 2. Brendan Jamison  Chess Player  Booked  Received  Received
 3. Ross Harris  Chess Player  Booked  Received  
 4. Dexter Harris  Chess Player  Booked  Received  
 5. Jason Harris  Chess Player  Booked  Received  
 6. Mark Newman  Chess Player  Booked  Received  
 7. Barney McGahan  Chess Player  Booked  Received  
 8. John Bradley  Chess Player  Booked  Received  Received
 9. Adrian Dornford-Smith  Chess Player  Booked  Received  
 10. Adam Fitzsimons  Chess Player  Booked  Received  
 11. Brian Fitzsimons  Parent  Booked  Received  
 12. Edward Khanzharov  Chess Player  Booked  Not Required  Not Required
 13. Jim Doak  Parent  Booked    
 14. Dmitry Zelenchuk  Chess Player    Not Required  Not Required
 15. Daniil Zelenchuk  Chess Player    Not Required  Not Required

 

Location of the chess academy at the Youth Sport Schools of Kalininsky, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Detailed location of the chess academy at the Youth Sport Schools of Kalininsky, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Front entrance to the chess academy at the Youth Sport Schools of Kalininsky, Saint Petersburg, Russia

 

 

KIROVSKY NEW YEAR TOURNAMENT

Kirovsky District Chess School, Saint Petersburg, Russia

January 7-10, 2017

Format: 9 round classic

Northern Ireland chess players Mikhail Pavlov and Brendan Jamison travelled to Russia in early January 2017 to play in the Kirovsky New Year Tournament. The Kirovsky District Chess Academy has over 1200 members and the duo played in the highest grading band (Section A) which contained 106 players upto grading 1900. Despite missing the first two rounds because they were flying into the city that day, Pavlov still scored an impressive 5.5/7, winning a trophy for highest placed international player. Meanwhile, Jamison ended on 5/7, the second highest scoring international player, and he was awarded a certificate.

Brendan Jamison and Mikhail Pavlov outside the playing venue for the Kirovsky New Year Tournament, January 2017

Brendan Jamison is Black in his first round game against 14 year old Mikhail at the Kirovsky New Year Tournament, 7 January 2017

Trophy Winner Mikhail Pavlov collects his award for the highest score by an international player at the Kirovsky New Year Tournament, January 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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