Saturday, 21 January 2017

24 Hour Chess-a-thon

A 24 hour chess-a-thon is being held on the 11th and 12th February as a fund raiser for the Strand Chess Club. Ross Harris will be playing chess non-stop for 24 hours with all proceeds going towards the start up costs and running of this new children's club. You can sponsor Ross on his Just Giving page.

*****24 HOURS OF CHESS  -  NO BREAKS*****

Saturday, 14 January 2017


**New Weekly Chess Club For Children**

Venue: Strand Arts Centre, Belfast

Day: Every Sunday

Time: 15:30 – 17:30

Cost: £2 for 1 child, £3 for family (2 or more children)

  • weekly chess club dedicated to children providing a fun and safe environment to learn and play chess
  • free coaching available for all children
  • club ladder and competitions
  • tactics / puzzles leaderboard
  • all children welcome regardless of ability

**Starting on Sunday 5th February 2017**

For further information please contact Ross Harris – email: mobile: 07796172227

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Strandtown starts back after Christmas!

The Strandtown Chess Academy started back this week after Christmas and it was good to see the break only heightened the enthusiasm of the children! At the end of the session Dexter Harris remained top of the ladder. Mia Bleakley won the star of the week award for two excellent victories against Justin Macartney and Thomas Dalzell.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

London Junior Chess Championships 2016

Over Christmas one of our top Juniors, Adam Fitzsimons, travelled to England to play in the London Junior Chess Championships. He played in the U8 section and did incredibly well to score 5/7 in his first ever tournament outside of Northern Ireland.  Adam has made considerable progress in his chess over the last year and clearly has a bright future ahead of him!

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Leinster Junior Championships 2017

6 of our local chess enthusiasts travelled down to the Esplanade Hotel in Bray over the last week to compete in the Leinster Junior Chess Championships. Despite only being 8 years old Avrora Zelenchuk and Dexter Harris both competed in the U10 and U12 championships. Avrora scored 3.5/7 in the U10's and 2/5 in the U12's, whilst Dexter scored 4/7 in the U10's and 1.5/5 in the U12's. Avrora won the prize for first placed girl in the U12 championship.

Daniil Zelenchuk competed first in the U16 section and scored an excellent 4/5, which left him placed 3rd overall. This was particularly impressive as Daniil is only 13! He returned 48 hours later to compete in the U14 championships which he won with an outstanding score of 4.5/5. Congratulations Daniil!! Ciaran Rowan also competed in the very competitive U16 tournament and scored a respectable 1.5/5.

We had 2 competitors from Ulster in the U19 event, Jake Patterson, who scored 1.5/5 and John Dawson, who scored an impressive 2.5/5. Well done to all our juniors who travelled down to Bray and many thanks to the Leinster School Chess Association for running an outstanding and enjoyable event.