Archive for February, 2017

February 26, 2017

National Club Championships and Irish Championships 2017

Details received from John McMorrow re the upcoming National Club Championships which are being held in the Gresham Hotel, Dublin next weekend 4th and 5th March. Running alongside the NCC is the Irish Mind Sports Championship for U1600 players. On the Friday night the Irish Mind Sports Championships blitz event will take place. Its a 9 round 3 minute +2 sec aside event with a good prize fund. Looks like an excellent line up of events for the weekend.

John also sent on details of this years Irish Championships which are returning to Limerick for the first time since 2013. The venue will be the Savoy Hotel which is a great location for the tournament. Round times have been changed from 2pm to 3pm and the event is already shaping up to be a strong one.

Brochure for NCC and Irish Mind Sports

Brochure for Irish Championships 2017 – Apparently the venue for this years Irish has changed to the West County in Ennis owing to lack of availability in the Savoy. Obviously good news for any Ennis chess players, I think its the first time Ennis has hosted the Irish.

February 20, 2017

Short wins Bunratty

Nigel Short retained his Bunratty Masters title over the weekend on a perfect 6 from 6 score. Both Alex Lopez and Richard Bates had a good tournament and finished in joint second /third on a score of 5. Alex Lopez was on 5 from 5 going into the last round where he had his only loss, to Nigel Short. Richard Bates lost to Alex but did have wins over 3 GMs.

Mikhail Pavlov won the Challengers, Aram Hakobyan won the Major while Eoin Callinan and Hieronymus Van DerBelt tied for first in the minor. Full list of prizewinners is on the Bunratty Chess website.

February 16, 2017

Heinrich -Nilsen

For those of you playing in Bunratty this weekend here is a nice game to warm you up for the tournament. For anyone else just enjoy a well played game. Jan Heinrich had a nice victory in the recent Gonzaga event with a win over a 2400+ rated FM. He has kindly sent on the game with some annotations.

Heinrich, J.(1980) – FM Nilsen, J.B.(2428) Gonzaga, 2017 [Notes by Heinrich]
1.d4 f5 2.b3  (my intention was not to go for main lines. I saw this idea from IM Alex Lopez in his game against Kieran Moynihan at Mulcahy Chess Congress 2017) 2… Nf6 3.Bg5 e6 4.e3 b6 5.Be2 Be7 6.Bf3 c6 7.Ne2 0-0 8.h4 d6 9.c4 e5 10.g3 h6 11.Bxf6 Bxf6 12.Nbc3 Qe8 13.Qd2 Na6 14.h5  (other options are 14.0-0-0 or 14.Bg2) 14…Nc7 15.0-0-0 e4 16.Bg2 b5! (a very good move. Black is trying to open the queenside for his pair of bishops and play against the weak white king) 17.cxb5 cxb5 18.Nf4 a5 19.Kb1 Qf7 (maybe 19..Bb7 or 19..a4  are stronger options) 20.Bf1 Bd7 21.Rc1 Rfc822.Be2 d5 23.Rhg1 Bg5 24.Rc2 a4 (another move is 24…b4 25.Na4 Nb5 26.Rxc8+ Rxc8 27.Rc1 Na3+28.Kb2 with a fairly equal position) 25.b4 a3 26.Rgc1 Be7 (probably 26.-Bxf4 is better not allowing white his next small combination )


Heinrich -Nilsen (2017) 27. White to play

27.Nxe4! dxe4 28.Rxc7 Rxc7 29.Rxc7 Bd6 30.Rc5 (I missed 30.Rb7! which is much stronger than 30.Rc5. Now I am offering my opponent to take my Rook on c5 with his bishop.) 30… Bxc5 31.bxc5 (so I’m the exchange down for a pawn but my connected c and d pawns are becoming monsters! )


Heinrich – Nilsen (2017) Position after Whites exchange sacrifice.

30…Bc6 32.Bd1 Kh7 33.Bb3 Qe7 34.d5 Be8 35.d6 Qf6 (I have to watch the b2 square but centralising my queen to d4 will be very strong)  36.Nd5 Qf8 37.Nc7 Rb8 38.Ne6 (in my time trouble I missed the quickest win after 38.Nxe8 and d7 and c6 ) 38… Qf6 39.Qd4 Bd7 40.Qxf6 gxf6 41.Bd5 Rc8 42.Nc7 Kg7 43.c6 Rxc7 44.dxc7 Bc8 45.Kc2 Kf8 46.Kb3 Ke7 47.f3 Kd6 48.fxe4 fxe4 49.Bxe4 Kxc7 50.Kxa3 Bg4 51.Kb4 Kb6 52.c7 Kxc7 53.Kxb5 Kd6 54.a4 Ke5 55.Bc6 Bxh5 56.a5 Kd6 57.Bg2 Be2+ 58.Kb6 Ke5 59.Bc6 Kd6 60.Bb5 Bf3 61.a6 Be4 62.a7 Bd5 63.Ba6 1-0

February 9, 2017

Munster League Results

Ennis had a double header against Cork B last weekend in Munster League Division 1 and produced two good wins.

Ennis 3.5- 1.5 Cork B
1. J Miller 1-0 D Smith
2. T Dunne 1-0 S Lawrence
3. N Larter 0-1 T McGrath
4. J Cassidy 0.5-0.5 G Conlon
5. G Casey 1-0 M Watkins

Cork B 1-4 Ennis
1. D Smith 0.5-0.5 J Miller
2. S Lawrence 0-1 T Dunne
3. T McGrath 0.5-0.5 J Cassidy
4. G Conlon 0-1 N Larter
5. M Watkins 0-1 J Dunne

The B team had matches against Tralee in Division 2 on the same day and also had 2 wins.

Ennis B 3-2 Tralee
1. A Shamsiddov 0-1 P Shanahan
2. J Dunne 1-0 G Hussey
3. J O’Sullivan 1-0 J Keane
4. A Ingram 0-1 P O Flaherty
5. D Murphy 1-0 D Murphy

Tralee 2-3 Ennis B
1. P Shanahan 1-0 A Shamsiddov
2. G Hussey 0-1 G Casey
3. J Keane 0-1 J O’Sullivan
4. P O’Flaherty 1-0 A Ingram
5. D Murphy 0-1 D Murphy

Results courtesy of John Cassidy.