Yorkshire Post Article 6 – Northern University Chess Championships 2015


This is an extended version of the column published in The Yorkshire Post on 21st November 2015

BCM Director Stephen Lowe, NUCC Founder Peter Hornsby and Edinburgh’s  Anthony Bourached

BCM Director Stephen Lowe, NUCC Founder Peter Hornsby and Edinburgh’s Anthony Bourached

University Chess Tournament in York reaches new levels!

This month saw the second National University Chess Championship North take place at York University on the 7th November, attracting teams from right across the north of England, the Midlands and Scotland. The event provided a unique opportunity for a competitive (yet student friendly!) one-day rapid-play tournament between a wide range of universities, with Durham seeking to defend their title they had claimed in June.

The tournament was able to expand substantially both in numbers and prestige thanks to sponsorship from the British Chess Magazine and Purling London, who helped to provide a stunning range of prizes, as well as a larger venue too.


All the teams were put into one section in a league system playing five games each, which resulted in Edinburgh coming on top in a dramatic finale over Manchester in the concluding round.

1st Edinburgh: +5 =0 -0
2nd-3rd Manchester B, York B: +4 =0 -1
4th Manchester A: +3 =1 -1
5th-7th Durham A, York A, Manchester C: +3 =0 -2
8th-13th Lancaster, York C, Birmingham, Durham B, Herriot Watt, Leeds: +2 =1 -2
14th-15th Liverpool, All Stars: +2 =0 -3
16th-17th Nottingham A, Nottingham B: +1 =1 -3
18th Barbarians: +1 =0 -4
19th Durham C: +0 =2 -3
20th Titans: +0 =1 -4

The player of the tournament was Kshitij Singla (ECF 184) of Lancaster who scored an impressive 5/5 beating the highest rated players in the process. His game below against Sixten Threstrup (ECF211) of Manchester was without a doubt the game of the tournament, and analysis of this thrilling match is illustrated below (annotations by Thestrup):

The organizing committee, of Joel Wagg, Alex Taylor, Isobel Cotogni and Sam Walker would like to thank everyone who participated enabling the event to be such a success. Special congratulations go to Edinburgh for winning the title, and to our sponsors Purling London and the British Chess Magazine. In future years there is real hope that even more universities can take part and subsequently set up Chess societies, helping to create a lasting legacy.

Article by Peter Hornsby: (NUCC Founder and Director)


The next column will appear in The Yorkshire Post on Saturday 28th November

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3 Responses to “Yorkshire Post Article 6 – Northern University Chess Championships 2015”

  1. Martin Carpenter

    Nov 22. 2015

    Looks grand :)

    Three good teams from Manchester is good news given to see they’ve not even (as far as I’m aware) got a team in the local league. Utterly enormous student body of course.

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  2. Andy Bak

    Nov 22. 2015

    Yes it’s fantastic to see so many players still keen to play chess at Universities.

    Great job to Peter and the team to get 20 teams together for one event, an excellent achievement!

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  3. Peter Hornsby

    Nov 24. 2015

    I forgot to add that Nathalie Taylor was part of the organizing committee too, so our huge thanks to her!

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