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June 18, 2022

Galway Rapidplay 2022

There was a big entry for the 2022 edition of the Galway Rapidplay which took place in the Bridge Centre in Galway today. FM Colm Daly took first place on 6.5 from 7. I shared joint second with S. Anand Kumar on 6 from 7. Alice O’Gorman took the ladies prize and there were lots of junior prize winners with the organisers adding extra prizes due to the large turn out. I can’t remember all and don’t want to leave anyone out. Results and a full list of prize winners will likely be available at the Galway chess website in the coming days.

The event had an international flavour with players from many countries participating including a number of players from Ukraine who have certainly added a lot to the Irish chess scene since arriving. My only loss was to a player from Trinidad and Tobago who is currently studying in Dublin. I took a slightly risky approach with the black pieces saccing a pawn in the opening for an attack, but my opponent played well and was better until he missed a tactic that left the position very unclear. I failed to follow up correctly though and my opponent was able to go into a winning ending which he duly converted.

Other Ennis players competing were Mike O’Donnell, Roy Marshall and George Stack (who also won a prize). The tournament was fun. I like the format, it’s possible to play reasonably good chess but still fast enough that one doesn’t have much time to dwell on a loss, as the rounds come and go quickly and the whole event can be played in a day. It would be nice to see more of these type of rapidplays in the West.

On a sombre note, sad to hear today that Paddy Quinlan passed away recently. Paddy was a real chess aficionado, not only playing regularly in chess tournaments and leagues but also finding time to organise very enjoyable tournaments in Tramore and Waterford over the years. May he rest in peace.

June 2, 2022

Round 6 Results Club League

  1 O’Brien, Kieran [4]     0:1 Quinn, Rory  [4.5]
  2 Coughlan, Cody [4]    0:1    Danaher, James [4]
  3 Casey, Gerry[3]   1/2:1/2  Koeller, Peter [4]
  4 Cassidy, John [3.5]  1/2:1/2  Daros, Lukasz [3] (provisional)
  5 Casey, Georgie [3]  1/2:1/2  Meany, Stephen [3]
  6 Mbube, Vladimir [3]   0:1    McGorrian, Chris [3]
  7 Holland, Tadhg [3]     0:1    Ulbrych, Stanislaw [3]
  8 O’Donnell, Michael [3]  1:0    Coughlan, James  [2.5]
  9 Stack, George [2.5]    1:0    Coll, Aidan  [2.5]
10 Fedurek, Jacek [2]      0:1    Marshall, Roy  [2.5]
11 O’Sullivan, James [2]  1:0    Collier, Patrick [2]
12 Timlin, Phil [2]    1:0    Nolan, Brian[2]
13 McCarthy, Conall  [1.5]  1/2:1/2  Dyksy, Krzysztof  [1] (provisional)
14 Jackson, Oisin [1.5]  1/2:1/2  Noonan, Caspar  [0] (provisional)
15 Breslin, Ultan  [1]      0:1    McAuliffe, Jack    [1]

May 9, 2022

Club League Round 6 Draw

1 O’Brien, Kieran [4] : Quinn, Rory [4.5]
2 Coughlan, Cody [4] : Danaher, James [4]
3 Casey, Gerry [3] : Koeller, Peter [4]
4 Cassidy, John [3.5] : Daros, Lukasz [3]
5 Casey, Georgie [3] : Meany, Stephen [3]
6 Mbube, Vladimir [3] : McGorrian, Chris [3]
7 Holland, Tadhg [3] : Ulbrych, Stanislaw [3]
8 O’Donnell, Michael [3] : Coughlan, James [2.5]
9 Stack, George [2.5] : Coll, Aidan [2.5]
10 Fedurek, Jacek [2] : Marshall, Roy [2.5]
11 O’Sullivan, James [2] : Collier, Patrick [2]
12 Timlin, Phil [2] : Nolan, Brian [2]
13 McCarthy, Conall [1.5] : Dyksy, Krzysztof [1]
14 Jackson, Oisin [1.5] : Noonan, Caspar [0]
15 Breslin, Ultan [1] : McAuliffe, Jack [1]

April 20, 2022

Ennis Club League Round 5 Draw

 1 Quinn, Rory        [4]       :     Coughlan, Cody     [3.5]
 2 Danaher, James     [3]       :     Casey, Gerry       [3]  
 3 Daros, Lukasz      [3]       :     O'Brien, Kieran    [3]  
 4 Koeller, Peter     [3]       :     Casey, Georgie     [3]  
 5 Marshall, Roy      [2.5]     :     Cassidy, John      [2.5]
 6 McGorrian, Chris   [2.5]     :     O'Donnell, Michael [2.5]
 7 Meany, Stephen     [2]       :     Stack, George      [2.5]
 8 Nolan, Brian       [2]       :     Holland, Tadhg     [2]  
 9 Ulbrych, Stanislaw [2]       :     Timlin, Phil       [2]  
10 Collier, Patrick   [2]       :     Mbube, Vladimir    [2]  
11 Coughlan, James    [2]       :     O'Sullivan, James  [1.5]
12 Coll, Aidan        [1.5]     :     Breslin, Ultan     [1]  
13 McAuliffe, Jack    [1]       :     Fedurek, Jacek     [1]  
14 Jackson, Oisin     [1]       :     McCarthy, Conall   [1]  
15 Noonan, Caspar     [0]       :     Dyksy, Krzysztof   [0]
March 29, 2022

Club League – Round 4 Draw

1.Daros,Lukasz(3): Quinn,Rory(3)
2 Cassidy,John(2.5): Coughlan,Cody (2.5)
3 O’Brien,Kieran(2.5) : Koeller, Peter(2.5)
4 Holland,Tadhg(2): Danaher,James (2)
5 Casey, Gerry [2] : Meany, Stephen [2]
6 Casey, Georgie [2] : Collier, Patrick [2]
7 Stack, George [2] : McGorrian, Chris [2]
8 O’Donnell, Michael [1.5] : Coll, Aidan [1.5]
9 O’Sullivan, James [1.5] : Marshall, Roy [1.5]
10 Timlin, Phil [1] : McAuliffe, Jack [1]
11 Mbube, Vladimir [1] : Breslin, Ultan [1]
12 McCarthy, Conall [1] : Coughlan, James [1]
13 Fedurek, Jacek [1] : Nolan, Brian [1]
14 Noonan, Caspar [0] : Ulbrych, Stanislaw [1]
15 Dyksy, Krzysztof [0] : Jackson, Oisin [0]

March 29, 2022

Club League – Round 3 Results

  1 Quinn, Rory [2]       1:0 Casey, Gerry [2]
  2 Danaher, James [2]     0:1  Daros, Lukasz [2]
  3 Coughlan, Cody [2]   1/2:1/2    O’Brien, Kieran[2]
  4 Koeller, Peter  [2]     1/2:1/2    Cassidy, John [1.5]
  5 Coll, Aidan[1.5]   1/2:1/2    O’Sullivan, James [1]
  6 Nolan, Brian [1]       0:1      Casey, Georgie[1]
  7 McGorrian, Chris[1]    1:0      Fedurek, Jacek [1]
  8 Coughlan, James [1]    0:1      Holland, Tadhg [1]
  9 Orzechowski, Wiktor[1]  0:1 (w.o) Meany, Stephen[1]
10 Ulbrych, Stanisla [1]       0:1      Stack, George [1]
11 Collier, Patrick    [1]       1:0      McCarthy, Conall[1]
12 Timlin, Phil [.5]     1/2:1/2   Mbube, Vladimir   [.5]
13 Marshall, Roy [.5]      1:0      Dyksy, Krzysztof  [0]
14 Breslin, Ultan [0]       1:0      Noonan, Caspar[0]
15 McAuliffe, Jack [0]       1:0      Jackson, Oisin [0]

March 6, 2022

Galway Chess Congress 2022

The Galway Chess Congress takes place next weekend 11th to 13th March in Menlo Hotel, Galway. Details at Galway Chess club website.

February 27, 2022

Sam Collins wins Ennis Congress 2022

IM Sam Collins has won the Ennis Congress on a score of 5 from 5. FM Colm Daly and Sam O’Neil finished in joint second on 4.5 from 5. Link to final standings

Well done too to Gavin Sheahan who won Marcel Castricum Cup on 4 out of 5. This year both sections were played as one competition so 4 out of 5 is an excellent score. Thirteen players in total including GM Keith Arkell finished tied on 4 points.

February 24, 2022

Ennis Congress 2022

The Ennis Congress this weekend has around 140 participants, all eager to get back to otb chess in what promises to be an exciting tournament.

IM Sam Collins, winner of the strong Bunratty online rapid tournament last weekend, will be hoping to make this weekend another winning one. GM Keith Arkell also takes part (he is doing a simul this evening in the West County – contact John Cassidy for details). Others no doubt hoping to be in the final shakeup are FM Colm Daly and Blair Connell who won the recent Ennis tournament with a score of 5 out of 5.

Some of the games will be broadcast live so keep an eye on the Irish Chess Union and Limerick chess club website for links to standings and games if you’re not playing and want to follow the action.

February 24, 2022

Round 3 Draw – Club Championship

1 Quinn, Rory [2] : Casey, Gerry [2]
2 Danaher, James [2] : Daros, Lukasz [2]
3 Coughlan, Cody [2] : O’Brien, Kieran [2]
4 Koeller, Peter [2] : Cassidy, John [1.5]
5 Coll, Aidan [1.5] : O’Sullivan, James [1]
6 Nolan, Brian [1] : Casey, Georgie [1]
7 McGorrian, Chris [1] : Fedurek, Jacek [1]
8 Coughlan, James [1] : Holland, Tadhg [1]
9 Orzechowski, Wiktor [1] : Meany, Stephen [1]
10 Ulbrych, Stanislaw [1] : Stack, George [1]
11 Collier, Patrick [1] : McCarthy, Conall [1]
12 Timlin, Phil [.5] : Mbube, Vladimir [.5]
13 Marshall, Roy [.5] : Dyksy, Krzysztof [0]
14 Breslin, Ultan [0] : Noonan, Caspar [0]
15 McAuliffe, Jack [0] : Jackson, Oisin [0]