Archive for September, 2017

September 24, 2017

Munster Championship Results 2017

The 2017 Munster Senior Championships and the Joe Browne Cup finished earlier today in Ennis. I was very happy to take first place in the senior Championship on a score of 4.5 from 5. Nick Larter and Paul Kiely finished in joint second/third place on 3.5. Nicks 5 games all featured the French Defence which I thought might be some type of record however when I asked him after the final round he said he had played a 6 round Swiss previously where he was either on the white or black side of the French in every round!

Nick Larter Paul Kiely

Nick Larter versus Paul Kiely was the last game to finish in the tournament

Paddy Quinlan was a deserving winner of the Joe Browne Cup on 5.5 from 6. His last round game against Hari Prasad was particularly entertaining. There was a tie in 2nd to 4th between Aidan O’Sullivan, Martin Kelly and Jana Solomatina. Grading prizes went to Hari Prasad and Cody Coughlan.


Paddy Quinlan won the Joe Browne Cup


Gerry Casey took the grading prize in the Senior Championship

Paul Kiely, Nick Larter and Ray O Brien

Nick Larter and Paul Kiely being presented with 2nd/3rd place by Ray O’Brien

Rory Quinn

Just after taking my fourth Munster Championship title.

Full results are available at the Munster Chess Union and Irish Chess Union websites. Thanks to the fabulous Ulusia for the photos 🙂

September 23, 2017

Munster Championships 3 rounds in

The Munster Championships and Joe Browne Cup are taking place in the West County Hotel this weekend. Yours truly leads on 3 from 3 in a somewhat smaller than usual Senior Section. Paddy Quinlan is leading the Joe Browne Cup on 4 points from 4. There are two rounds still to go in the tournament tomorrow and the top 2 boards in the Senior and the top board in the Joe Browne cup are being broadcast live on the Irish Chess Union website.

The Irish Rapid and Blitz championships are on this weekend in Dublin. Maxime LaGarde beat 3 FMs and an IM on his way to first place with 7 from 7, Conor O’Donnell finished second and there was a 3 way tie in third back to fifth between Valdes, Li and Delaney. The blitz is on tomorrow.

September 14, 2017

St Andrews Charity Classic

Details of a new tournament received from Ross Beatty. The inaugural St Andrews Charity Classic will take place in St Andrews College, Blackrock from the 29th September to the 1st October. It’s already shaping up to be a strong event. Discounted entry is available til the 27th September.