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Williamson Shield 2023 - Results

Played over the weekend of Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd January 2023, we had 54 players competing for a £900 prize fund.

Congratulations to the 10 prize-winners:

Champion: Mandar Tahmankar (Civil Service Chess Club) 4/5

2nd: Scott Crockart (Strand Chess Club) 4/5

3rd: Danny Mallaghan (No Club) 3.5/5

U1800 Grading Award: Conor Spackman (Strand Chess Club) 3/5


Intermediate Champion: Mikolaj Liszewski (No Club) 4.5/5

Intermediate 2nd: Adam Rushe  (Bangor Chess Club) 4/5

Intermediate 3rd: Caleb McClean (Bangor Chess Club) 3.5/5

U1450 Grading Award: Martin Kelly (Belfast South Chess Club) 3/5

U1250 Grading Award Rhys McClean (Strand Chess Club) 2.5/5

Best Newcomer: Anayraj Tripathi (Lisburn Chess Club) 3/5




More photos from the weekend available at the end of the article. Full album available on the UCU FB page.


It was a wonderful weekend of chess and we have some commentary from one of our own - Danny Roberts! 2 games and their commentary available in the Danny Roberts Commentary link at the end of the article.



I have been asked to contribute a Game Analysis from the Williamson Shield. So, I will be contributing some analysis from two of my games, one a nice win, the other a disastrous loss. This gives a nice balance and is a good way of developing the humility that most of us need to develop in the midst of the sometimes brutal ups and downs of the game. To outsiders chess can appear a sedate activity, but to players it can at times feel brutal. These two encounters well illustrate the ups and downs.

In the first game as Black I was opposing Ross Du Berry from Galway, and I was most impressed that he had taken the trouble to undertake such a long journey to compete. The other my last round defeat.