The home of chess in Galway
Secondary School champions this year are St. Geralds, Castlebar .. for full report and to see where our Galway teams placed (including final league tables) click .. here!
Apologies for the delay in making the announcement – the Galway Chess Congress will not be running this year. We will hope to see you all in 2019!
The next monthly blitz tournament will be held on Thursday 22 February at our normal home upstairs at the Bridge Centre, St Mary’s Road. Start time 7.45. As usual there will be seven rounds, at a playing speed of 5 minutes per player per game, plus each player gets an increment of 5 seconds per move. We are looking forward to seeing newcomers and olds hands alike.
Our first blitz tournament of 2018, held on Thursday 25 January, saw some familiar names from 2017 collecting the prizes. The winner was Jason Rawlinson, who scored 6 points out of 7 (Jason lost only to Khai Asyraf, who was playing in his first Galway Blitz; but Jason demonstrated that he has learnt how to beat all the regulars by winning all his remaining games – so Khai needs to get his wins in before Jason rumbles how to beat him as well). Second, for now the fifth month in a row, was Pete Morriss on 5½ – he won in January and February 2017, but has obviously forgotten since then how to actually win these tournaments. The grading prize was won again by November’s winner, Andrejs Kozlovs; this is probably his last chance to get the coveted grading prize, as we expect his grade to soar after his next graded tournament in Bunratty next month.
Our first blitz tournament of 2018 will be on Thursday 25 January. It will be the usual format: seven rounds at a time rate of 5 minutes per player for the game plus 5 seconds increment per player per move. It will also be the usual time and location: 7.45 p.m. in the Bridge Centre (upstairs), St Mary’s Road. All equipment is provided by the club, so just bring yourself – and all your chess-playing friends. Non-members are welcome to play as a trial introduction to the club; members are also welcome, of course.
We held eleven monthly blitz tournaments in 2017 – there wasn’t one in May, as there was the Rapidplay tournament instead. In all, 42 different people played in at least one tournament; just two played in all eleven. There were eight different winners of the tournament (including ties); repeat winners were Brendan Buckley and Jason Rawlinson (both three times) and Pete Morriss (twice). There were nine different winners of the grading prize; the only repeat winner was Kynesha Ryder, who won three times. The person who scored the most points overall during the year was Pete Morriss, largely because he played in all eleven tournaments.
|January||Pete Morriss||Carlos Silva||K. S. Gopal|
|February||Pete Morriss||Denis Ruchko||Kynesha Ryder|
|March||Fintan Hegarty||Denis Ruchko||Kynesha Ryder|
|April||Denis Ruchko||Pete Morriss||Billy Delee|
|June||J. Rawlinson, B. Buckley||Pranav Phatak|
|July||Jason Rawlinson||B. Buckley, F. Hegarty||Zoran Dragic|
|August||B. Buckley, David McCann||Maksym Ruchko|
|September||Jason Rawlinson||A. Jimenez, Z. Nemeth, P. Morriss||James Blackwell|
|October||Brendan Buckley||Pete Morriss||Kynesha Ryder|
|November||Alex Drimbarean||Pete Morriss||Andrejs Kozlovs|
|December||Conall Hegarty||Pete Morriss||Ger Abberton|
Players who scored more than ten points during the year were:
|Points scored||Tournaments played||Average|
The final blitz tournament of the year took place on Thursday 14 December. The highlight of the evening were the excellent goodies provided by the baking skills of Kynesha and Jacinta Ryder, which were much enjoyed by all present. Turning to the chess, the tournament was won by Conall Hegarty, with 6 points out of 7. Second, for the fourth month in a row, was Pete Morriss (always the bridesmaid …), with 5½. The grading prize went to Ger Abberton, on 4 points, though a special mention should be made of Steven Mols who scored three points, playing against most of the top players present on the night.
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.