January 16, 2019

RIP Gerry McCarthy

Just learned today that Gerry McCarthy has passed away. Gerry was a fixture on the Munster and Irish chess scene for many years and although not in good health recently it’s fitting that his last tournament was in the Munster League for CCYMS before Christmas. Sympathies to his family and friends.

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December 20, 2018

Christmas blitz 2018

There was a blitz tournament in O’Keefes last Tuesday for the Christmas season. Players were split into two groups, with the winner of each group meeting in the final. Yours truly won the tournament, drawing my game with James O’Sullivan but winning the rest. Nick Larter finished second. I’ll post full results when I get them.

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December 9, 2018

Round 1 – Ennis Club League

It’s been a while since the club ran a league competition and John Cassidy is organising one for the 2018-2019 season. The draw for Round 1 has been made and is available here .

November 25, 2018

Munster League Rounds 3 and 4

Rounds 3 and 4 of Division 1 of the Munster League took place last Saturday. There were also matches in Division 2 so both Ennis teams were in action on the day. The A team had two wins and now lead Division 1.

Charleville 1-4 Ennis A
1. PJ Rea 0-1 R Quinn
2. A King 1-0 N Larter
3. K Foley 0-1 M O’Donnell
4. E Barry 0-1 J Cassidy
5. D Racz 0-1 G Casey

Limerick 1-4 Ennis A
1. D Chaudarov 0-1 R Quinn
2. J Naughton 0.5-0.5 N Larter
3. P Carey 0.5-0.5 J Cassidy
4. C Kirby 0-1 M O’Donnell
5. R O’Brien 0-1 G Casey

The B team had two close matches and were a bit unlucky not to take any match points for their efforts.

Ennis B 2-3 Tralee
1. P Quinlan 0.5-0.5 P O’Sullivan
2. A Shamsiddinov 1-0 P Shanahan
3. C McGorrian 0-1 D Hochstrete
4. J O’Sullivan 0.5-0.5 G Hussey
5. P Timlin 0-1 P Flaherty

Limerick B 4.5-0.5 Ennis B
1. D Fanning 1-0 P Quinlan
2. P Foenander 0.5-0.5 A Shamsiddinov
3. U Walschuis 1-0 C McGorrian
4. T Dineen 1-0 J O’Sullivan
5 H Prasad 1-0 P Timlin

November 4, 2018

Munster League Rounds 1 and 2

The Munster League 2018-2019 season commenced today in Charleville. Ennis had two difficult matches as we faced the teams that finished in first and second place last year Sarsfields and CCYMS. There was a minutes silence as a mark of respect to Philip Short prior to the first round.

Our match against Sarsfields was a close one. With the scores at 2-2 Luke Scott was pushing for a win in the ending against Martin O’Grady in the last game to finish. Martin held on to ensure the game and match finished drawn.

Ennis A 2.5- 2.5 Sarsfields
1. R Quinn 0-1 P Walsh
2. T Dunne 0.5-0.5 P Kiely
3. L Scott 0.5-0.5 M O’Grady
4. M O’Donnell 0.5-0.5 F Noonan
5. N Larter 1-0 L O’Brien

In the next round we had an excellent result with a comprehensive victory over CCYMS

Ennis A 4.5-0.5 CCYMS
1. R Quinn 1-0 K Moynihan
2. T Dunne 0.5-0.5 P O’Donovan
3. L Scott 1-0 G MCarthy
4. N Larter 1-0 T Myers
5. J Cassidy 1-0 T O’Leary

October 29, 2018

Three way tie in Limerick Open

There was a three way tie for first in the Limerick Open which finished earlier today. Colm Daly, Pierluigi Piscopo and Conor O’Donnell all finished on 5 from 6. Denis Ruchko and Sean Murphy finished a half point behind. Dylan Murphy won the U1400 with five wins in a row meaning he had won the tournament before the final round was even played. James Carolan, Atharva Paibir and Eric Wang all finished on 4.5.

October 27, 2018

Italian IM visits Ennis

Italian IM Pierluigi Piscopo is staying in Ennis this weekend while he competes in the Limerick Open. He paid a visit to O’Keeffes last night to sample some good Guinness, play some blitz and he also found time to show us some of his best games, some of which were very nice. Originally from Puglia in Italy, Pierluigi now lives and works as a chess coach in Corsica. You can get updates from the Limerick Open this weekend at the Irish Chess Union website.

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Slainte!

October 15, 2018

Limerick Open

The Limerick Open takes place from the 27th to the 29th October at the usual venue of the South Court Hotel in Limerick. Entries to John Cassidy 087 2495913.

October 14, 2018

European Club Cup 2018

Three Irish teams are currently participating in the European Club Cup in Porto Carras in Greece. Best of luck to all. Chessbase are carrying regular updates and live games. Ballinasloe Chess Club Facebook page and the Irish Chess Union Facebook page are also bringing news from the event.

October 5, 2018

Olympiad- China win double gold

A last round draw with the USA was enough for China to take gold in the Open section with the Americans finishing second and Russia third. Poland might be a little disappointed to finish just outside the medal placings in fourth but can reflect on an excellent tournament including wins over both USA and Russia. The Irish team, who were seeded 66th in the Open, finished in 82nd place.

China also won gold in the women’s event with Ukraine finishing second and Georgia third. The Irish women’s team finished in 83rd place. They were seeded 87th.

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