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Our festive, end-of-year blitz tournament will be on Thursday 14 December, start time 7.45. As usual it will be seven rounds at five minutes for each player for the game, plus 5 seconds a move. As not usual, there will be mince-pies and other seasonal goodies available for all competitors.
After this, the club will not meet until 2018, so this is your last chance to play at the club for a month.
The November blitz, played on the 16th November, was won by Alex Drimbarean, with seven straight wins. Alex last played in one of our blitz tournaments nearly two years ago, when he also won, although then he did concede a draw or two; this time there was no stopping him, as he demonstrated (rather unfortunately) that a two-year gap is good for your chess – or at least for his: the rest of us need to practice. There was a tight fight for second place, with five players being in the running going into the last round; eventually Pete Morriss managed to come out in front of the pack, with 5 points, a long, long, way behind Alex. The grading prize went to Andrejs Kozlovs with 3½. This is Andrejs’ first grading prize, and it may well be his last, as he is likely not to be eligible for a grading prize if his ICU grading continues to increase at the rapid rate it has done over the last few months: for instance, Andrejs’ grading jumped 150 points after his fine win in Limerick last month
Next month’s blitz, our seasonal festive year-ender, is scheduled for December 14th.
The club’s next monthly blitz tournament will be on Thursday 16 November. The usual format: start-time is 7.45; seven rounds at 5 minutes per game plus an increment of 5 seconds a move; non-members are welcome, to give the club a try-out.
Congratulations to NUIG’s Andrejs Koslovs on his win in Limerick.
There were also continued strong performances from both Denis & Kynesha in the open section .. full details on .. https://www.icu.ie/sm/limerick_u1400/
The October blitz, held on Thursday 19th October, was won by Brendan Buckley. Brendan won his first six games straight, by which time he was already certain of winning the tournament; but he relaxed a bit in the last round, and lost to last month’s winner Jason Rawlinson, thereby finishing on 6 points out of 7. Second was Pete Morriss, on 5½ points. The rating prize went to Kynesha Ryder, who scored a very good 4 points.
Our October blitz tournament will be this Thursday (19 October). The usual practice will apply: 7 games each at a rate of 5 minutes for the game plus 5 seconds per move. Start time is 7.45, upstairs in the Bridge Centre, St Mary’s Road, as usual. There is no need to register in advance: just turn up at 7.45 if you would like to be included – late-comers can also be accommodated, but you might not get the full seven games.
There was another good turnout for the September blitz, held on 28 September, which marked the start of the new season: we will now be meeting every Thursday at the Bridge Centre. There was a healthy mixture of regulars, newcomers, and even a visitor who came all the way from Austria. Competition was tight, but nevertheless the winner was familiar: Jason Rawlinson, who was the winner in June and July, again surged through the field to come out clear winner on 6 points put of 7 (losing only to Zalan Nemeth). There was a three-way tie for second place, between newcomer Alfonso Jimenez, relatively new regular Zalan Nemeth, and very old regular Pete Morriss, all of whom scored 5 points. The rating prize was won, for the first time, by James Blackwell, on 4 points.
With the summer now definitely over, it is time to return to the chess club. Our first event of the season will be our September blitz competition, with registration at 7:45pm. Bring your friends and chess-playing acquaintances!
The August Blitz, held on Thursday 31 August, saw a hard-fought and close contest. There were three players tied for first place going into the last round; they had all already played each other, and so each was paired against someone in the following group. Of the three leaders, only Brendan Buckley and David McCann won, finishing on 5½ out of 7, and so they are the joint champions for August. Brendan is of course a club regular, but David was playing in his first Galway blitz for several years; he has moved back to Galway, and so we look forward to seeing him at many more of our events. The rating prize was won by Maksym Ruchko, on 3½ points – for once it was Maksym, and not his son Denis who was in the prizes. (Denis was third on 5 points, but we don’t give a third prize, unfortunately.)