The Annual Galway rapidplay will take place on Saturday 27th May in the Bridge Centre, St Marys Road, Galway. It’s a 7 rounder with 15 minutes per game per player and a 10 second increment per move. Play starts at 11am. Full details at Galway Chess.
The Tralee tournaments finished earlier today. No norms were gained though Alex Lopez came close. He went into his final round game against Matthew Turner knowing a win would give him a GM norm. But in the end it was the former Countdown champion who prevailed winning the tournament in the process, as Nevednichy and Feller drew. The B tournament was won by Polands Miroslaw Grabarczyk with Conor O Donnell finishing best of the Irish in third place. Paul Walsh won the C tournament and Hugo Fowler the D tournament. Full details on the Irish Chess Union website.
Wesley So has just won the US Chess Championships beating the surprise package Alex Onischuk in a playoff after both finished tied on 7 points. Caruana, Nakamura and Akobian were all tied a half point further back on 6.5 in what was a competitive tournament.
A little closer to home there are norm tournaments taking place in Tralee later this week with Collins and Lopez going for norms in the GM tournament while those battling for norms in the IM tournament include O’Donnell, Daly, Delaney and Li.
In the Irish Junior Championships which finished in Sligo last weekend, Limericks James Naughton put in a fine performance to win the U14 outright on 5.5 points while Denis Ruchko who played for Ennis in the last round of the Munster League came joint first in the U19s. Next years Irish Junior Championships will be held in Ennis.
Local master Alex Lopez and Gonzagas David Murray finished in joint first place on 5 points from 6 in the Cork Congress Masters last weekend. Henry Li finished in third place on 4.5. Fionn O Neill and Devan Patel finished in joint first place in the Major. Hugh Moran, Bryan Chan and Max Tempany all top scored on 5 points in the Minor. Looks like it was quite a successful congress overall with well over 100 participants across the three sections. Full standings are on the Cork Chess website.
Yesterday saw mixed results for Ennis in the Munster League. In the first match against CCYMS both teams were missing regular players. Ennis needed to win to ensure we stayed top of the table while CCYMS were battling to propel themselves into contention and they took the points in a close match.
CCYMS 3 -2 Ennis
1. G McCarthy 0-1 R Quinn
2. P O’Donovan 1-0 D Ruchko
3. P Dowdall 1-0 A Nguyen
4. D Geaney-O’Brien 1-0 N Larter
5. T Myers 0-1 J Cassidy
In the second match we beat Limerick and Sarsfields did us a favour by beating Adare which meant we kept a narrow lead at the top of the table heading into the final series of matches. It looks like being a close finish for the title with a number of teams still in contention.
Ennis 4-1 Limerick
1. R Quinn 1-0 N McDonnell
2. D Ruchko 1-0 R O’Brien
3. A Nguyen 0-1 D Fanning
4. N. Larter 1-0 T Dineen
5. J Cassidy 1-0 H Prasad
The B team had 2 wins against a Dungarvan team that defaulted Board 5. They are likely to be battling with Charleville for the top spot in Division 2.
Ennis B 5-0 Dungarvan
1. A Daly 1-0 E Lambden
2. G Casey 1-0 J Lucey
3. A Shamsiddinov 1-0 I Gordon
4. D Murphy 1-0 P O’Mahoney
5. 1-0 w/o
Dungarvan 2-3 Ennis B
1. E Lambden 1-0 G Casey
2. I Gordon 0-1 A Daly
3. J Lucey 1-0 A Shamsiddinov
4. P O’Mahoney 0-1 D Murphy
5 0-1 w/o
Full details and standings are on the Munster Chess Union website.
The Irish Championships this year will take place in the West County Hotel in Ennis from the 29th July to the 6th August. Obviously great news for local players that the Irish will run in Ennis. To the best of my knowledge this is the first time the Championships has been held in Ennis. Entry is available via the Irish Chess Union website. To be eligible to play in the main event requires a minimum rating of 1900 on the June 2017 rating list. There are ancillary events running that are open to all.
Entry for the Ennis Congress which takes place May 12th to 14th is also available online via the ICU site.
Congratulations to Oleg Korneev who won a very strong Galway Masters section on a score of 5 from 6 last weekend. Alex Lopez finished in second on 4.5 and Alex Baburin and Craig Pritchett finished in 3rd/4th a half point further back. Christopher Young won the Major on 5 while Hugh O Connor scored a perfect 6 from 6 to win the Minor. Full results are available at the Galway Chess website.
Details of this years Ennis Open have been received from John Cassidy. The event takes place in the usual venue of the West County Hotel from May 12th to 14th. There are two sections an Open and an U1400. Entry fee is €35 for adults and €25 for juniors. Contact John Cassidy on 087 2495913 for more info. Who will be added to the Champions List this year?
Flier for the tournament courtesy of Philip Foenander – ENNIS CHESS CONGRESS 2017
Online entry is available at the Irish Chess Union website.
Gonzaga had a clean sweep at the weekend winning all 4 of their matches to finish in clear first place in the National Club Championships. The other qualifying places went to St Benildus and Trinity.
Top seed Sebastian Maze recovered from a loss to Killian Delaney to take the Mind Sports blitz event by just a half point, with Delaney in second and Stephen Moran in third.
Details received from Pete Morriss re the Galway Chess Congress which takes place this weekend 10-12th March. Online entry is available at the Galway chess site
Sounds like a strong line up of players for the event with GMs Korneev and Baburin and 3 IMs (Lopez, Pritchett and Heidenfeld) already confirmed.