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Magic at the wonderful City of Derry

Tournament report by Brendan Jamison


A jam-packed playing hall was buzzing with players competing in the City of Derry Rapid Championships on Saturday 9th September 2023. It was held within the Walls of Derry at Butcher’s Gate at the Maldron Hotel, kindly sponsored by the American Football team ‘The Donegal/Derry Vipers’. It was a 7 round FIDE-rated tournament, with 20 minutes each per round, organised by Brendan Jamison for the City of Derry Chess Club. Recently elected Chair of the Club, Leroy Harris, presented the prizes in his Vipers top!




Congratulations to the 7 prize-winners who each won an engraved shield:


Champion: Kamil Marchlewicz 7/7


2nd Place: Gerard McIlroy 6/7


3rd Place: Danny Roberts 5/7


Junior Champion: Jose Miguel Sanchez Bornot 4.5/7


Junior 2nd: James White 4.5/7


Junior 3rd: Joshua Leslie 4/7 and Declan McClay 4/7




The tournament was event 2 of 10 in the NI Rapid Grand Prix. Full standings for all 95 participants can be viewed online here:


FIDE RATED Northern Ireland Rapid Chess Grand Prix 2023 2024




The 3rd FIDE event in the rapid series will be held at Groomsport on Saturday 23rd September, the annual Bangor Congress, which is 6 rounds of 30+0. Enter early if you’re keen to play. £12. See info on UCU site, on the event section.




Remember we are now into the new chess season, so UCU and ICU fees are now due again. Ideally, players should be paying their membership fees before enrolling in our local events but we can collect UCU fees on the morning of tournaments. In terms of the ICU, payment method is online at