Lopez and Short win Irish Championships

The Irish Senior Championships finished earlier today and there were joint winners as IM Alex Astaneh Lopez and FM Philip Short tied for first on 7 from 9. Well done to both. Philips score had a symmetry about it as he started a little slowly with two draws before an excellent run of 5 wins and then finished with two draws to make a IM norm as well as tie for first. Alex Lopez put together a nice run of his own winning his last 4 games to take a share of first also.

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Joint Winners – Alex Lopez and Philip Short

In the other placings FM Conor O’Donnell finished third on 6.5 and GM Alex Baburin finished fourth on 6. I finished in joint tenth to twelfth place on 3.5 points. I probably would have hoped to have done a little better but it was a tough tournament with a lot of hard fought games. Final standings and games are available here

The second weekender finished in a tie between IM Alvaro Valdes Escobar and David Murray. Jan Heinrich and Colm Egan finished in joint third and fourth. Grading prizes were won by Dara Moran and John Hennessy. Full results available from the Irish Chess Union website.

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3 Comments to “Lopez and Short win Irish Championships”

  1. You played some very enterprising chess all through, Rory, and deserved much better than 3½/9.

  2. A fitting result with the two strongest Munster players tying for the title.
    Some great games during the event that will stay in the memory – your game with Alex, Colm’s with Alex and the last round game between Rudolf and Killian being the ones that stood out for me.

  3. I completely agree with Sean’s comment. Not only did you face very tough opposition, but you also played the most dynamic opening lines in the whole event. Even so, it must be disappointing to start with a fine 3/5 and only finish on 3.5.
    Incidentally, it’s a bit unfortunate that next year’s championship has already been announced for Dublin. As both of the 2017 co-champions are from Cork, this would seem like a good time to bring the Irish south.

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