Galway Chess Congress will take place at the Menlo Park Hotel, from Friday 22nd March to Sunday 24th March 2019. You can enter here. Full information about the tournament, including information on which section you can enter, times of the rounds, tournament rules, and information about local accommodation is available here .
We look forward to seeing you at the Congress. If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to drop us a line, either to the website or direct to our email address: galwaychess [at] gmail [dot] com.
The January blitz saw the absence of several regulars (who presumably should now be called irregulars) but the numbers were much the same as usual thanks to several newcomers, which was good to see and we look forward to them soon becoming regulars (or irregulars). The results were eventually very similar to those we had seen in November, though this time Zalan Nemeth went one better than his November performance, by scoring seven straight wins to be the clear winner on 7 points. Second, again, was Brendan Buckley on 5½, losing to Zalan in round 3 in the crucial game and then being held to a draw by Pete Morriss in the last round. The grading prize (1300 and under) was won by newcomer Brendan McNelis with 3 points; to win a prize at that level in one’s first tournament is unusual, so Brendan clearly has considerable potential which we hope to see develop in the club.
Our first blitz tournament of 2019 will be on Thursday 24 January, at our usual venue of upstairs in the Bridge Centre, St Mary’s Road (opposite St Mary’s School). Start time will be 7.45 p.m.; the tournament will end about 10.30. There will be seven rounds, and in each game you will have 5 minutes plus 5 seconds a move to make all your moves. We will provide sets and clocks, so all you need to do is bring yourself (and preferably some chess-playing friends as well).
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!