We move from the rarefied atmosphere at the summit in world chess, to the more breathable atmosphere of an important local event.
The Williamson Shield is a magnificent trophy for which chess players in Ulster compete each year. Williamson was a local man who emigrated to South Africa where he made a lot of money. On his return Williamson presented a shield to the Ulster Chess Union for annual competition.
This year the competition took the format of a six-round Swiss tournament played over the weekend of January 20-21. The winner was Steve Scannell (Bangor), with 5.5 out of 6, victorious for the sixth time! Second was Michael Waters with 5.0 out of 6.
Sadly, Tom Clarke, another former winner, was forced to withdraw after the first round through illness.
See the report on the Ulster Chess Union site –