Galway Winter League, Round 1.
Z. Nemeth K. Asyraf J. Rawlinson P. Ward D. Murphy M. O’Donnell P. Morriss D. Piercy A. Kozlovs Z. Drogic A. Barber J. Blackwell I. Danial K. Ryder B. Delee G. Abberton A. Zariq I. Finnerty
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There were fewer players than we expected at the Christmas blitz, held on Thursday 20 December – which meant that those of us who were there ate more mince pies than was good for their waistlines. But they were very enjoyable at the time, as was the chess. The eventual winner was Pete Morriss, with 6½ points out of 7 (drawing with Denis Ruchko, and winning the rest); second was Zalan Nemeth on 6 points (losing to Pete and winning all his other games); and the rating prize was won by Andrew Barber, on a highly commendable 4 points. The award for the best seasonal costume was won by Yuliya Makarenko by a mile, and the important one for the player who brought the best mince pies was shared between Kynesha Ryder and Paul Ward.
That concludes our activities for this year. Seasonal greetings to all our members (and readers), and remember that your New Year’s resolution should be to play more chess at Galway Chess Club in 2019.
Our last blitz tournament of 2018 will take place on Thursday 20 December, in our usual venue of the Bridge Centre (upstairs), St. Mary’s Road. Start time 7.45; expected finishing time about 10.30. There will be seven rounds you will have to make all your moves in 5 minutes per game plus 5 seconds a move. We provide sets and clocks. Newcomers are welcome. No entry fee; no prizes – but rumour has it that there will be (edible) seasonal goodies on offer instead.
After that, the club will close for a short christmas break, reopening early in the new year.
Galway Chess Club’s November blitz tournament was held on Thursday 22nd. The tournament was a near-reprise of September’s, in that before the half-way stage it had become a two-way contest between Zalan Nemeth and Brendan Buckley. But whilst in September Zalan had lost in the first round (to James Blackwell) before powering through the field to finish first equal on 6 points, this time Zalan went one better (or a half better) by drawing in the first round (against Ger Abberton). Brendan, on the other hand, scored win after win until the showdown with Zalan occurred in round 4, in which Zalan was again victorious. The two players then opened up an increasing gap between them and the rest of the field by winning all their remaining games, so that at the end the winner was Zalan Nemeth on 6½ points and second Brendan Buckley on 6. The grading prize saw three eligible contestants each finish on 3 points: Andrew Barber, Andrew Finnerty and Ger Abberton; the tournament organizer considered that if it was necessary to resolve this tie, the nod should go to Ger, in recognition of his success in being the only player in the whole field to avoid defeat against Zalan, but as there was no need to split the tie, the prize should be shared between all three.
Our next blitz tournament will be on Thursday 22 November, at the Bridge Centre (upstairs), St Mary’s Road. Start time 7.45; expected finishing time about 10.30. The usual format: 7 rounds, at 5 minutes per game for each player plus 5 seconds for each move. Entry is free to members, or to newcomers who would like to give us a try, and we provide all sets and clocks. Hope to see you there!
This November 2018 is the start of National Chess Month in Ireland. The aim is to encourage and support chess in schools. See Moves For Life for more ..
In Galway schools are invited to participate in a local chess Jamboree .. there will also be a training day for teachers interested in trying chess in school on November 29th in the Galway Education Centre !
For anyone interested in participating locally just email .. firstname.lastname@example.org .
Our blitz tournament on 25 October had the fewest participants of the year (where were you all?), which was disappointing – but on the positive side there were two newcomers to the club, which was good. The tournament was won by Pete Morriss, with seven straight wins (aided by a good bit of luck); second was Denis Ruchko, returning from his exploits for Ballinasloe in the European Club Cup, with 6 points out of 7. The rating prize was won by one of our two unrated newcomers, Enrique Morales, with 3 points, which was a very good score in his first blitz tournament.
Our next blitz tournament will be on Thursday 25 October, starting time 7.45, in our usual club room, upstairs in the Bridge Centre, St Mary’s Road. If you haven’t played before, you are very welcome; there will be seven rounds, and each player will have 5 minutes per game plus 5 second per move. We provide sets and clocks, and we expect the evening to finish around 10.30. There is no entry fee, so if you feel like giving it a try, then do!
This is advance notice that the Galway Chess Congress will return next year on the weekend of 22nd to 24th March 2019. It will be at the same venue as the last few years (the Menlo Park Hotel), and we expect that the general arrangements will also be much the same as in previous years. Further particulars and information on how to enter will be put on our website in the new year, in the Galway Congress 2019
tab above. So put this date in your diary, and we look forward to seeing many of you in March.
As this year’s Galway Winter League is about to start, it might be worth pointing out that previous Winter League winners for 2015 (Gerardo Artola Palo) and 2017 (Denis Ruchko) are both currently playing in the European Club Cup in Greece – along with the likes of Magnus Carlsen, Mamedyarof, Ding Liren and other chess giants – but, alas, not for Galway: Gerardo is paying for Dublin and Denis for Ballinasloe. You can follow their results here.
Our blitz tournament, held on the 27th September, saw Brendan Buckley take an early lead in round 3, by which time he was the only player on 100%. He maintained that record in round 4, but was caught in round 5 when he was beaten by Zalan Nemeth. Brendan and Zalan then continued to beat all their challengers, opening up an increasing lead over the chasing pack, until they finally came first equal on 6 points out of 7, a point and a half ahead of the next best. The grading prize was won for the second month in a row by James Blackwell who scored four points, beating several of the top players, including eventual winner Zalan in the first round.