Odds Tournament

Played at the Belfast Boat Club on Sunday 25th May 2008

An anonymous donor put up £500 towards an odds tournament to be organised by the Ulster Chess Union. This was played over five rounds on the Swiss system. Odds were calculated according to the difference in rating between opponents, as set out below.


Odds

Grading Difference

None

Toss for colour

0

Move

Weaker player plays White.

1-49

2 Moves

Weaker player plays White and starts the game with 2 moves, which may not cross the 4th rank.

50-100

Pawn & Move

The stronger player takes Black and removes their f7 pawn.

101-150

Pawn & 2 Moves

The stronger player takes Black and removes their f7 pawn. White makes 2 moves, neither of which may cross the 4th rank.

151-200

Pawn & Draw

The stronger player takes Black and removes their f7 pawn. The weaker player wins if the outcome is a draw.

201-250

Knight

The stronger player takes White and removes their b1 knight.

251-300

Knight & move

The stronger player takes black and removes their b8 knight.

301-350

Knight & draw

The stronger player takes White and removes their b1 knight. The weaker player wins if the outcome is a draw.

351-400

Rook*

The stronger player takes White and removes their a1 rook & their pawn at a2 is moved to a3.

401-550

Rook & Move*

The stronger player takes Black and removes their a8 rook & their pawn at a7 is moved to a6.

551-600

Rook, Move & Draw*

The stronger player takes Black and removes their a8 rook. & their pawn at a7 is moved to a6. The weaker player wins if the outcome is a draw.

601-650

Rook, Pawn & Move*

The stronger player takes Black and removes their a8 rook & f7 pawn & their a7 pawn is moved to a6.

651-700

2 Bishops

The stronger player takes White and removes their 2 bishops.

701-750

2 Bishops & Draw

The stronger player takes White and removes their 2 bishops. The weaker player wins if the outcome is a draw.

751-800

Rook & Knight*

The stronger player takes White and removes their a1 rook & g1 knight and their pawn at a2 is moved to a3.

801-900

Rook, Knight & Draw*

The stronger player takes White and removes their a1 rook & g1 knight and their pawn at a2 is moved to a3. The weaker player wins if the outcome is a draw.

901-999

Queen

The stronger player takes White and removes their Queen.

1000-1150

Queen & Draw

The stronger player takes White and removes their Queen. The weaker player wins if the outcome is a draw.

1151-1299

Capped Knight

The stronger player takes White. They must deliver mate with their Knight that started at b1 or lose. The loss of the Knight or any normal draw situation results in a loss for the stronger player.

1300+

*When a player gives the odds of a Rook they may move their King as though to castle with the Rook given, provided the square of the missing Rook has been unoccupied throughout the game, and provided the ordinary conditions as to squares and the King are complied with.

Zulhasrifal Zulhifli won the first prize of £300.

Final Crosstable

No Name                 Rtg  Club          Total  1    2    3    4    5  

1  Zulhasrifal Zulhifli 1202 RVH           4.5    2:W 12:W  8:W  5:W  3:D
2  Joseph Mordeno       1603 RVH           4      1:L  4:W 11:W  9:W  5:W
3  Ian Woodfield        1650 Fisherwick    3.5    9:W 11:W  5:L  6:W  1:D
4  Calum Leitch         1752 QUB           3.5    8:D  2:L 14:W 13:W  9:W
5  Paul McLoughlin      1598 Bangor        3     10:W  6:W  3:W  1:L  2:L
6  Phillip Morrison     1024 RVH           3     14:W  5:L 13:W  3:L  8:W
7  Richard Gould        1518 Randalstown   3     11:L  8:L 10:W 12:W 13:W
8  William Storey       1301 unattached    2.5    4:D  7:W  1:L 11:W  6:L
9  Roy Stafford         1244 Bombardier    2      3:L 14:W 12:W  2:L  4:L
10 John Monaghan        1087 RVH           2      5:L 13:L  7:L 14:W 11:W
11 David Seaby          1080 Fisherwick    1      7:W  3:L  2:L  8:L 10:L
12 Geoff Hindley        1004 Civil Service 1     13:W  1:L  9:L  7:L 14:L
13 Alexander Beckett    1345 Fisherwick    1     12:L 10:W  6:L  4:L  7:L
14 Alan Burns           1412 Bangor        1      6:L  9:L  4:L 10:L 12:W
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