Archive for March, 2017

March 27, 2017

Munster League Rounds 10 and 11

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.

March 24, 2017

Online entry for Irish Championships and Ennis Chess Congress

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.

March 14, 2017

Korneev wins Galway

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.

March 13, 2017

Ennis Open 2017

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.

March 7, 2017

Gonzaga win NCC, Maze wins blitz

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.

March 6, 2017

Galway Chess Congress 2017

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.

March 3, 2017

National Club Championships 2017

The Irish Mind Sports Championships Blitz event is taking place tonight in Dublin. Its 4 rounds in and Killian Delaney is already demonstrating his formidable blitz skills as he is the only player on 4 out of 4. Those results include a win over the top seed GM Maze. The Irish Chess Union website is carrying live updates from the event. Still 5 more rounds to go in that event.

The National Club Championships gets underway tomorrow and it should be a good event. I’m sure there will be results updates on the ICU website if not live games.

March 2, 2017

Archived Posts

Posts prior to 2017 have now been archived. They are still available to read, just password protected. If anyone wants the password just drop me an email. I will archive occasionally as I go along but will post an update any time I do.