Skerries Chess Club

Tournaments 2019/20

See Calendar for the likely sequence of club tournaments throughout the season. Also read the Rules.

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Garden Chess - at a Social Distance

On Tuesday June 30th from 7 pm we will play chess outdoors on the green beside the sea in Skerries Rock, outside no. 59 The Park, weather permitting. (K34 YE64 is the eircode). Players and parents bring their own sets with a stiff board which they place on the ground or on their own table/chair, at a safe distance, approx. 3 metres, from other players. Each player calls out the moves and plays both moves on their own board. No clocks just plenty of craic guaranteed. A nice way to end the season after all the social distancing. We hope that as many members and parents as possible can come. If any want to bring safely sharable snacks that would be a bonus for the sugar addicts among us!

If it is too wet, windy or cold we will postpone until Tues 6th July or even the 13th.

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Online Blitz Club Championships 2020 - Junior and Open

The Blitz Club Championships are on Tuesday 23rd June. The Junior section is open to players u16 on 31st July. The Open is open to both junior and senior players. Juniors may blay in both if they wish.

The SCC Junior Blitz Club Championship is on chesskid.com, with 5 mins + 1 sec/move, starts at 7pm, finishes before 8.15pm. Must be u16 on 31 July to enter. At 8.15 Juniors who wish to can switch to chess.com to play in the Open. Obviously you will need a chess.com username for this.

The SCC Open Blitz Club Championship is on chess.com, with 3 mins + 2 secs/move, starts at 8.15pm, finishes well before 10pm probably.

We plan to show pairings for each round on this page as they are ready so keep it open.

Enter the Blitz Club Champs, Junior, Open or Both

Thanks to Marco who ran the tournament. Only Krisihiv and Aliseo among the juniors wanted to play so they played in the Open, which was good fun. All results can be seen in the link. In the end 3 points were awarded for a win, 1 for a draw, like in soccer.

Pairings, Results and Crosstable - Blitz Club Ch - Open

Prizewinners - Blitz Club Ch - Open

1st: John Loughran 16/7
2nd: Mark Allidine 15
=3rd: Aliseo Mancosu and Owen Johnston 13

Best Juniors

Aliseo Mancosu
Krishiv Thoppe  

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Online Rapid/Speed Chess Championships 2019/20

Players may enter Rapid or Speed CC, not both. Players catching up on club championship games may receive two half-point byes if they request them before Thursday night for the following Tuesday, before pairings are made. Played online during Covid-19 closure of school.

Rapid Club Championships 2020

25 mins + 10 secs/move. Two rounds per night for about 3 nights: 28/4/20, 5/5, 12/5. On Chess.com. Open to all members. One big section with grading prizes if numbers allow.

Final Placings, Results and Crosstable - Rapid Club Ch

Prizewinners

1st: Mark Allidine 6/6 - Mark won the grading prize last year!
2nd: John Loughran 4
3rd: Fred Harte 3.5

U1300 Grading Prizes:
1st Aliseo Mancosu 3/6
2nd Marco Mancosu 2.5/6
3rd Dermot Murphy 2/6

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Speed Chess Tournament 2019/20

15 mins + 1 sec/move. Two rounds per night for about 3 nights: 28/4/20, 5/5, 12/5. On ChessKid.com. Open to all members under 16. One big section with grading prizes if numbers allow.

Pairings, Results and Crosstable - Speed Club Ch

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Club Championships 2020

The Club Championships run from January until April as below. Adjournments will be allowed after about move 35 (or earlier by agreement, especially parents of members who also play), depending on the section (see Time Controls and Prizes below). Players are split into all-play-all sections of 6 based on their club rating on 1st January, with 5 rounds spread over about 13 weeks. There will be other events running concurrently for those who have no adjournments to play (see Schedule below and Calendar link above). The relaxed schedule should facilitate analysis of adjourned positions, of league games, coaching and other activities. Players unavailable on certain dates should try to arrange to play in advance if possible, and if not, to get the controller`s permission to play later. They should also warn us of their abscence on WhatsApp. The last section is a Swiss section. Players in all sections should record their moves and use clocks.

Suggested Time Controls for each Section (other time controls by agreement)

Time control for games involving two adults/over 16s, based on Fischer's original time control:
10 mins + 2:00 mins added on after each move. A 40 move game or playing session should last 3 hours. Players may adjourn any time after 40 moves or 3 hours or as agreed beforehand. Parents bringing children home may adjourn at an agreed time e.g. 8:30 pm.

Time control for games involving one or more players under 16.
5 mins + 1:00 min added on after each move. A 30 move game should last 1 hour 10 mins. Players may adjourn any time after 8.10 pm or as agreed beforehand.

To adjourn a game a player writes down their next move on a blank scorsheet, without playing it on the board, then stops the clock. The position is noted as are the time remaining on each clock. These are placed in the adjournments folder in the club. The two names and agreed date and time to resume the game are written on the scoresheet. Any player who does not appear at the agreed time forfeits the game, or may lose on time if they are late. Adjourned games from rounds 1 to 4 must be finished before the final round is played. On this date players with an unfinished game score 0 for that game unless they have the controller`s permission to play it later.

Prizes

Plaques or medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd on tie-break in each section (and for 4th in last section). Senior Cup and title of Club Champion for winner of Section A. U18 Boys Cup for best boy U18 in highest section after a play off with best in next section. U18 Girls Cup for best girl in highest section after playoff. All cups are perpetual trophies and are returned for the club championships next season while plaques and medals are to keep.

Schedule for all Sections, and League Matches

Schedule of rounds and other events League Matches
Tuesday Div Rnd Opponents Date Venue
07-Jan Coaching: Writing moves(Jun), Endgame planning(Sen)
14-Jan Novelty events  D2 6 St Benildus B Tue 14 Jan 20 Home
D5 6 Drogheda Sat 18 Jan 20 Away
21-Jan Club Championships Round 1
28-Jan Adjounments, Novelty events, Analysis 
D2 7 Malahide   Sat 1 Feb 20 Away
D5 7 Drumlish   Sat 1 Feb 20 Home
04-Feb Adjounments, Novelty events, Analysis  D6 5 Elm Mount Tue 4 Feb 20 Home
11-Feb Club Championships Round 2
D5 8 Malahide   Sat 15 Feb 20 Away
D6 6 Phibsboro A Mon 17 Feb 20 Away
18-Feb Adjournments. (Mid-term for Secondary Schools, short break for Primary) D2 8 Bray/Greystones Tue 18 Feb 20 Home
25-Feb Club Championships Round 3
D2 9 Phibsboro Mon 2 Mar 20 Away
03-Mar Adjounments, Novelty events, Analysis  D6 7 Malahide   Tue 3 Mar 20 Home
D5 9 Balbriggan Sat 7 Mar 20 Home
10-Mar Club Championships Round 4
17-Mar Adjounments, Novelty events, Analysis 
D6 2 Drumlish B(etter) Sat 21 Mar 20 Away
D2 10 Curragh   Sat 21 Mar 20 Home
D5 10 Aer Lingus Mon 23 Mar 20 Away
24-Mar Club Championships Round 5
D6 9 Dundalk   Sat 28 Mar 20 Away
31-Mar Adjounments, Novelty events, Analysis 
07-Apr Adjounments, Analysis (School Easter hols) D5 11 Royal Lopez Tue 7 Apr 20 Home
14-Apr Last adjounments (School Easter hols)
21-Apr Blitz Chess Club Championships
D2 11 St. Benildus A Sun 26 Apr 20 Home
28-Apr Blitz Chess Club Championships
05-May Annual General Meeting & Prizegiving
12-May Rapid Chess Club Ch R1 & R2
19-May Rapid Chess Club Ch R3 & R4
26-May Rapid Chess Club Ch R5 & R6
02-Jun Novelty Chess & Analysis
09-Jun Novelty Chess & Analysis
16-Jun Novelty Chess & Analysis
23-Jun Novelty Chess & Analysis
30-Jun Novelty Chess & Analysis
07-Jul Last club night before summer break, back first Tuesday in September

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Pairings, Results and Crosstables for each section

Go to section:  A B C D
2020 Club Champion:  Alexiei Bottino
2020 U18 Girls Champion: Bláithín Aldridge
2020 U18 Boys Champion: Aliseo Mancosu
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Crosstable of Results
Result v. player no. Pts. Pld. Place Perf.
No Player 1 2 3 4 5 6       Rating Rat.
1 Dan Aldridge X           0.0 0   1997  
2 Alexiei Bottino   X 1 1 1 1 4.0 4 1st 1867 1642
3 Grzegorz Pawlowski   0 X 1 1 0 2.0 4 =2nd 1622 1504
4 John Loughran   0 0 X 1 1 2.0 4 =2nd 1602 1509
5 Marco Mancosu   0 0 0 X 0 0.0 4   1295 1385
6 Mark Allidine   0 1 0 1 X 2.0 4 =2nd 1251 1596
Playing Schedule and Results
Date Rnd. No. White Result No. Black Date, comments
    4 John Loughran     1 Dan Aldridge postp. until 28/1
21-Jan R1 5 Marco Mancosu 0 1 2 Alexiei Bottino pld
    3 Grzegorz Pawlowski 0 1 6 Mark Allidine adj 21/1
    1 Dan Aldridge     5 Marco Mancosu not pld 11/2, DA sup
11-Feb R2 6 Mark Allidine 0 1 4 John Loughran
    2 Alexiei Bottino 1 0 3 Grzegorz Pawlowski adj 11/2, resigned
    6 Mark Allidine     1 Dan Aldridge adj 25/2
25-Feb R3 3 Grzegorz Pawlowski 1 0 5 Marco Mancosu
    4 John Loughran 0 1 2 Alexiei Bottino adj 25/2
    1 Dan Aldridge     3 Grzegorz Pawlowski
10-Mar R4 2 Alexiei Bottino 1 0 6 Mark Allidine adj 10/3, pld 24/3
    5 Marco Mancosu 0 1 4 John Loughran
    2 Alexiei Bottino     1 Dan Aldridge
24-Mar R5 4 John Loughran 0 1 3 Grzegorz Pawlowski
    6 Mark Allidine 1 0 5 Marco Mancosu
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Crosstable of Results
Result v. player no. Pts. Pld. Place Perf.
No Player 1 2 3 4 5 6       Rating Rat.
1 Owen Johnston X   1 1 1 1 4.0 4   1212  
2 Cian McNally   X 1 0 1 1 3.0 4   1196  
3 Aliseo Mancosu 0 0 X   1 1 2.0 4   1151  
4 Nikolai Dimitrov 0 1   X 1 0 2.0 4   1134  
5 Paschal O’Shea 0 0 0 0 X 0 0.0 5   1133 961
6 Enda Joyce 0 0 0 1 1 X 2.0 5   1110 1125
Playing Schedule and Results
Date Rnd. No. White Result No. Black Date, comments
    1 Owen Johnston 1 0 4 Nikolai Dimitrov
21-Jan R1 2 Cian McNally 1 0 5 Paschal O’Shea
    6 Enda Joyce 0 1 3 Aliseo Mancosu
    5 Paschal O’Shea 0 1 1 Owen Johnston
11-Feb R2 4 Nikolai Dimitrov 0 1 6 Enda Joyce
    3 Aliseo Mancosu 0 1 2 Cian McNally pld on 7/4
    1 Owen Johnston 1 0 6 Enda Joyce ?pld 25/2
25-Feb R3 5 Paschal O’Shea 0 1 3 Aliseo Mancosu
    2 Cian McNally 0 1 4 Nikolai Dimitrov
    3 Aliseo Mancosu 0 1 1 Owen Johnston A a, pld 13/3
10-Mar R4 6 Enda Joyce 0 1 2 Cian McNally C a, pld 
    4 Nikolai Dimitrov 1 0 5 Paschal O’Shea
    1 Owen Johnston     2 Cian McNally
24-Mar R5 3 Aliseo Mancosu     4 Nikolai Dimitrov
    5 Paschal O’Shea 0 1 6 Enda Joyce
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Crosstable of Results
Result v. player no. Pts. Pld. Place Perf.
No Player 1 2 3 4 5 6       Rating Rat.
1 Finn Woodlock X   1 1 1   3.0 3 1st 1042  
2 David Llewellyn   X 1       1.0 1   1001  
3 Sam Zomer 0 0 X 0.5 1 1 2.5 5 2nd 959 872
4 Evan McBride 0   0.5 X 0.5 1 2.0 4 3rd 855  
5 Jack Moore 0   0 0.5 X 0 0.5 4   740  
6 Dermot Murphy     0 0 1 X 1.0 3   723  
Playing Schedule and Results
Date Rnd. No. White Result No. Black Date, comments
    4 Evan McBride 0 1 1 Finn Woodlock
21-Jan R1 5 Jack Moore     2 David Llewellyn DL abs 21/1,28/1
    3 Sam Zomer 1 0 6 Dermot Murphy
    1 Finn Woodlock 1 0 5 Jack Moore pld 18/2
11-Feb R2 6 Dermot Murphy 0 1 4 Evan McBride EM abs, pld 21/4
    2 David Llewellyn 1 0 3 Sam Zomer
    6 Dermot Murphy     1 Finn Woodlock aa 25/2
25-Feb R3 3 Sam Zomer 1 0 5 Jack Moore
    4 Evan McBride     2 David Llewellyn pa 25/2
    1 Finn Woodlock 1 0 3 Sam Zomer
10-Mar R4 2 David Llewellyn     6 Dermot Murphy DL a
    5 Jack Moore 0.5 0.5 4 Evan McBride EM a
    2 David Llewellyn     1 Finn Woodlock
24-Mar R5 4 Evan McBride 0.5 0.5 3 Sam Zomer pld 17/3
    6 Dermot Murphy 1 0 5 Jack Moore pld 7/4
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Section D - Swiss pairings in Swissmanager below Pts. Pld. Place
Krishiv Thoppe 685      
Bláithín Aldridge 642      
Ruaidhrí Silke 639      
Ziggy O'Connor 623      
Millie O'Connor 622      
Jack Power 598   Under 600 Grading prizes      
Mary Loughran 596      
Leonardo Bottino 509      
Róisín Burke 451      
Áine Loughran 350      
Sam Logan ur      
Éamonn Ó Cléirigh ur      

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Club Championships 2020 - Section D

Pairings, Results and Crosstables

Click on the link below and click on the latest round to see pairings. See initial list of entries above which also shows players who are eligible for grading prizes whose rating on 8th Jan was less than 600:

Pairings, Results and Crosstables - Section D - click on latest round to see pairings.

Prizewinners

1st Krishiv Thoppe 6/6
2nd Bláithín Aldridge 4/6
=3rd Jack Power 3.5/6
=3rd Ziggy O'Connor 3.5/6
=3rd Leonardo Bottino 3.5/6

U600 Gr. Prize 1st Róisín Burke 3/6

 


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Turkey Open/Community Games Skerries Finals

Turkey Tournament (Open)

Swiss tournament for adult and older junior members who are not eligible to play in the Skerries Community Games Competition. 5 to 7 rounds from first Tuesday in November until last Tuesday before Christmas Eve. Prizes: turkey, ham and pudding for first, second and third overall and 3 grading prizes. Time control: all moves in one hour and 15 minutes with 30 seconds added per move, or similar. Moves must be recorded until the end where increments are used. Games and clocks will be started at 7:30 pm unless by prior arrangement between players. Please let the controller know by text or email in advance if you will not be playing in a particular round.

Prize Winners

1st John Loughran 5/5
2nd Alexiei Bottino 3
3rd Joe Dunne 3* (*decided on tiebreak)

Under 1200 Grading Prizes
1st Paschal O'Shea 2.5
=2nd Owen Johnston 2.5

Final Results, Crosstable and Pairings

Turkey 2019.

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Skerries Community Games

Medals were supplied by Sheila Brennan who along with Donna May and others were on the Community Games committee for 25 years or more. We ran the Community Games Chess Competition at the usual time, every Tuesday starting after the Halloween break, continuing up to Christmas. It is open to all chess players in the Skerries area who will still be under 16 or under 13 on 31st July next year, whether or not they are members of Skerries Chess Club. Entry is free and membership of the club is free for the duration of the competition. Other prizes will be awarded to players who are not Skerries residents, but who complete the competition.

The time control is all moves in 25 minutes with 10 seconds added per move (Option 16 on the DGT 2010 clocks), or similar as agreed between the players. Ideally players should record their moves until they have less than five minutes left, though this is not compulsory. Games and clocks will be started at 7:20 pm unless by prior arrangement between players.

Medals will be awarded for the best three Skerries residents in each age group, under 16s and under 13s (see below), with special prizes for under 11s, this year medals supplied by the Community Games outgoing committee. The best players (7 in each age group u16 and u13) will be selected to represent Skerries in the Dublin finals which are normally held early the following spring. Please let the controller know by text or email in advance if you will not be playing in a particular round. All children present at prizegiving received some small prize for competing.

Prize Winners - Skerries Community Games Under 16

1st Sam Zomer 5.5/7 - Community Games Gold Medal, Overall tournament winner
2nd Daniel O'Kelly 1.5 - Community Games Silver Medal
3rd Joseph Jones - Community Games Bronze Medal

Prize Winners - Skerries Community Games Under 13

1st Jack Moore 3/7 - Community Games Gold Medal
2nd Bláithín Aldridge 1.5 - Community Games Silver Medal
3rd Ziggy O'Connor - Community Games Bronze Medal

Special Prizes for Under 11s

1st Mary Loughran 3.5/7 - Community Games Gold Medal
2nd Ruaidhrí Silke 2(on tiebreak) - Community Games Silver Medal
3rd Millie O'Connor 2 - Community Games Bronze Medal

The prizewinners and others will go on to represent Skerries in the Dublin Finals in the spring. When players end up on the same number of points the Swiss Manager application decides who has finished higher up based on various tie-break methods including adding up the sum of a player`s opponents` scores. The higher their opponents` scores the higher up a player finishes as they played better players on average than others who finished on the same points.

For full results within the combined tournament click on the link below.

Final Rankings, Crosstable and Pairings

Skerries Community Games Under 16, U13, U11 Combined.

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Autumn Open/Seagulls 2019

The Autumn Selection Tournament is divided into the Open section for the higher rated adults, teenagers and juniors and the Seagulls section for other players. It is used via the rating system to select players for the league teams and to decide board order on each team.

Please let the controller know by text, email or WhattsApp in advance (Marco Mancosu or John Loughran - see Contact) if you will not be attending on any night. Otherwise you will get 0 points for a default and may be excluded from the rest of the tournament. Where there is a tie for a place, the player with the fewest defaults will win the prize.

Final Results

Autumn Open

Prizes awarded to first three and top performers in grading band, decided on tie-break in many cases, marked with an astersik(*).

Joint 1st: John Loughran, Andrey Ivanov Jr. 5/6
3rd: Joe Dunne 4

Grading Prizes (U 1150)
1st Paschal O'Shea 3
=2nd Owen Johnston 2.5
=2nd Finn Woodlock 2.5

For complete final rankings see links below.

Autumn Seagulls

The following standings are provisional and may change depending on the result of an adjourned game.

=1st: Sam Zomer 4/4
2nd: Bláithín Aldridge
3rd: Evan McBride

For full results and final standings for all players click below.

Rankings, Crosstable and Pairings

Click on the Open or Seagulls below, then on the current round number to see pairings, rankings or the crosstable.

Autumn Open Clocks start at 7:30 pm. One hour 15 mins plus 30 secs/move, or as agreed between players, moves must be recorded until the end.

Autumn Seagulls Clocks start at 7:10 pm or after coaching. 30 mins for all moves, or as agreed between players, e.g. 20 mins + 10 sec increment.

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