Halloween Blitz Results

There was another good turnout for our extra, Halloween, blitz, although nobody arrived in costume (thankfully).  And there was tight competition for the top place, which was eventually shared between Johannes Hertel and Jason Rawlinson, with 6 points out of 7: Johannes won their individual game in round 4, but then lost to Diego Rodriguez (who came third) in round 5, whilst Jason beat Diego in round 6.  The rating prize went to Hamza Celik, playing in his first Galway Blitz, who scored and excellent 3 points.

Limerick Open

The beautiful bank holiday weather did not manage to deter some Galway players taking part in the Limerick Open.

In the open section Denis Ruchko took home 4/6 points finishing 5th overall including a draw against FM Henry Li. Andrejs Kozlovs finished with 3/6 points and Andrew Finnerty finished with 2.5/6 points performing above his rating against a tough draw.

In the U1400 section the star performer was Ian Finnerty also finishing 5th overall on 4/6 points and winning a grading prize. James Blackwell finished on 3.5/6 points with the only highlight winning an interesting Knight & Queen v Bishop & Queen endgame.
There were also a large contingent of Galway Juniors competing well in the Open and U1400 sections.

I would also like to congratulate John Cassidy and the other tournament organisers on an exceptionally well run events.
The next events are Kilkenny Congress in November and Bunratty in February for anyone interested in some weekend competition.

Halloween Blitz coming up – on Halloween

Since there was such a large and enthusiastic turnout for the regular October blitz, we are adding another, extra, one as a special treat, and to give you something to do on Halloween to avoid being tricked or treated.  At present the format will be normal: 7 rounds at a speed of 5 minutes each for the game plus 5 seconds per move, starting at 7.45, although it is still possible that somebody will come up with an exciting Halloween-themed format.  (If so, I’ll edit this post.)  It’ll be in our usual location: upstairs in the Bridge Centre, St Mary’s Road.  If you have any queries, do contact us on galwaychess [at] gmail [dot] com.

Galway Winter League – register by October 20th!

The Galway Winter League (our club championship), is an ICU-rated competition which runs from October through April, and the first round kicks off next week (Thursday, October 24th).

Competitors will play one classical game per month, scoring 1 point for a win and a 1/2 point for a draw, and in the usual fashion, players will be matched, insofar as is possible, with players on the same number of points, so after the first round or two, opponents should find themselves evenly matched. The entry fee for the competition is €15, and there will be a trophy and cash prizes.
It is a great opportunity to play some serious rated tournament chess without having to commit oneself to an entire weekender, and it is significantly cheaper.

The time control is 90 minutes per game plus 10 seconds increment per move. To ensure the games finish at a reasonable hour, the start time will be 19:30, though you can of course agree to adjust this with your opponent, but do bear in mind that we are expected to vacate the premises by 11ish.

The scheduled dates are listed in the calendar on the right-hand side of this webpage, but if a certain date does not work for you, you can always ask your opponent to reschedule to a time and venue that suits you both.
If you cannot make the scheduled date, you must inform your opponent at least 48 hours in advance – some people travel substantial distances to play these matches, and it is no fun to turn up at the club to find one’s opponent has not. If you do not turn up for a game, and have failed to inform your opponent, you will forfeit the game, and the Tournament Controller (Jason) may deem you to have withdrawn from the tournament.

Whatever rescheduling you do, please keep the Tournament Controller informed, and in order to ensure that he can keep things running smoothly, you must provide the result of your match by the Thursday evening preceding the next round. E.g., if you postpone your match from November 14th, you must inform the Tournament Controller of the match’s result by December 5th to give him time to make and circulate the draw for the next round. If neither player submits the result by this deadline, it will be scored as a loss for both players.

In a similar vein, if you wish to register for the tournament, you must do so by Sunday (October 20th) in order to be included in the draw for the first round. Simply send your name and ICU number (or date of birth if you do not have an ICU number) and preferred contact details (to be shared with other entrants in case of match rearrangements etc.) to Jason or galwaychess[at]gmail[dot]com. Entry after October 20th will be at the Tournament Controller’s discretion, so please register in a timely fashion! Of course, if you receive this notice too late, do let us or Jason know, and he can try to slot you in.

The usual classical rules about touch-move, writing down your moves, hitting the clock with the same hand that made the move, illegal moves, etc., all apply – please pester Jason if you have any queries.

The Tournament Controller’s decision on all Galway Winter League matters is final (even to the extent of amending what is written here), except where he is involved as a player, in which case the Executive Junior Vice Tournament Controller (Ger) will take the helm.

Get registering, and good luck!

October Blitz Results

Our Grand Reopening October Blitz, held on October 10th, had more entries than any blitz for many months, including a fair number of completely new players, which bodes very well for the coming season. It also had a surprisingly exciting finish: surprising, because after five of the seven rounds, Diego Rodriguez had built up a lead of 1½ points by scoring five straight wins, and had just defeated his main rival, top seed Johannes Hertel, so victory seemed in the bag.  However, Diego then seemed to run out of steam, losing both his remaining games, whilst many-times previous winner Jason Rawlinson came through with a late spurt, beating Diego in round 6 and then Johannes in the final round.  Thus the winner, with 5½ points was Jason Rawlinson, and second equal on 5 points were Diego Rodriguez, Ger Abberton (who beat Diego in the last round, having previously drawn with Jason to seemingly put him out of contention) and Brian Gallagher.  Brian also finished with a flourish, winning his last four games, and, as an unrated player in his first Galway Blitz, was deservedly awarded the prestigious rating prize.

GRAND RE-OPENING – October 10th – Blitz

After the summer’s abeyance, the club shall re-open on October 10th with a Blitz competition. Registration is at 7:45pm, with kick-off at 8pm (upstairs in the Bridge Club on St. Mary’s Road).
Entrants will play 7 games, with a total of 5 minutes per game plus 5 seconds extra per move. If you run out of time, you lose, so there will undoubtedly be some very questionable moves made under time pressure.

Entry is free and open to all, so come along – it promises to be great fun!

We’ll put together a more concrete calendar in the near future, but members can look forward to further blitzes, the notorious Winter League, chess training, and more.

If you have any questions, shoot us an email at galwaychess[at]gmail[dot]com .

 

September Blitz Results

September’s Blitz, held on Thursday 19th, saw an encouraging number of newcomers, all of whom confessed to playing chess on-line but were now keen to try playing an opponent they could actually see.  We hope the sight didn’t put too many of them off, and that all will become regular club members.  Conversely, all our juniors were absent, which was a pity.  In their absence, we had the closest finish for several months: after five rounds, three players – Pete Morriss, Diego Rodriguez, and Fintan Hegarty – were tied for first with 4 points, a point ahead of the field; the three had already played each other, and therefore had to face lower-scoring opponents. So in round 6, when Pete managed to scrape a draw, he thought that that would put him out of the running for prizes – only for him then to discover that the other two front-runners had both lost, so he was then leading, with four players now sharing second place just half a point behind him. But order was restored somewhat in the final round, when the chastened three scored three wins, thus all emerging to share the prizes: Pete Morriss was first with 5½ points, and Diego Rodriguez and Fintan Hegarty shared second with 5 points.  The grading prize went to one of our newcomers, James Sharkey, with 4 points, including a win in round 6 against one of the eventual runners-up.

Dates for September Blitz and AGM

Hi all

Just wanted to give you an update, there will be a blitz next Thursday the 19th 7.45pm in the Bridge Club.
The AGM will then take place on the 26th at 7.45pm.
A detailed agenda has been sent out, if you didn’t receive an email please let me know.

The two main points of discussion will be:
1. A small increase to the membership rate to cover the cost of Public Liability Insurance.
2. Proposal to join the Munster League – details are in the agenda and if you are interested in joining please let me know so I can get a gauge on interest.

All the best
James

August Blitz Results

Slightly more players attended the August blitz, held on Thursday 29th August, than in the previous couple of months, doubtless due to the end of the unfortunately warm and dry weather we were suffering from in June and July.  The tournament was tightly contested, but in the end the winner, as in January and March this year, was Zalan Nemeth, with six points out of seven.  This will presumably be Zalan’s last blitz tournament for a while, as he is leaving us to go to university in Dublin; we wish him well there, and do hope to see him whenever he is able to visit Galway.

There was a tie for second place between Brendan Buckley, Denis Ruchko, and Pete Morriss, all on five points; Denis, incidentally, was the player who managed to take a point off Zalan, though he somehow didn’t manage to repeat that feat against Brendan and Pete.  The rating prize, for the best player rated in the bottom half, was won by Paul Ward with 4 points, beating Pete and last month’s winner Jason Rawlinson, amongst others.  Paul is usually considered to be too strong to be eligible for the rating prize, but this tournament was a particularly strong one, so that the cut-off point for the prize had to be set at under-1600.

Next Blitz tournament: Thursday 29 August

Our August Blitz Tournament will be held on Thursday 29 August, upstairs in the Bridge Centre, St Mary’s Road, starting at 7.45 p.m.  As usual, there will be seven rounds, at a speed of 5 minutes for the game plus an increment of 5 seconds per move, so we would expect to finish at about 10.30.  We will provide all equipment; there will be an entry fee of €5, and any money left over after we’ve paid for the rent of the room will be returned in PRIZES!  Visitors to Galway are very welcome to enter – as are Galway residents, of course.

  • Upcoming Events for Galway Chess Club

    Casual meetings every Tuesday in Monroe’s Tavern from 8pm, and the calendar for official club events (which take place every Thursday upstairs in the Bridge Club on St. Mary’s Road) is detailed below:
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    November
    14th – Winter League Rd 2 – 19:30
    21st – Coaching – 20:00
    28th – Blitz: 19:45
    December
    5th – Coaching – 20:00
    12th – Winter League Rd 3 – 19:30
    19th – Christmas Blitz & Close – 19:45
    January
    9th – Re-opening blitz 19:45
    16th – Winter League Rd 4 – 19:30
    23rd – Rapidplay – 20:00
    30th – Coaching – 20:00
    February
    6th – Winter League Rd 5 – 19:30
    13th – Rapid – 20:00
    20th – Blitz – 19:45
    27th – Coaching – 20:00
    March
    5th – Winter League Rd 6 – 19:30
    12th – Rapid – 20:00
    19th – Blitz 19:45
    26th – Coaching – 20:00
    April (TBD)

     

  • Club Competitions

    Galway Winter League standings:

    Name Rating Points
    Johannes Hertel 1989 1
    Denis Ruchko 1989 1
    Diego Rodriguez 1880 1
    Pete Morriss 1821 1
    Andreu David 1800 1
    Jason Rawlinson 1683 1
    Michael O’Donnell 1654 1
    Andrejz Kozlovs 1559 1
    Eamonn Abberton 1482 1
    Paul Ward 1466 1
    Yaron Bachrach 1400 0
    Andrew Barber 1395 0
    Gerard Abberton 1354 0
    Andrew Finnerty 1292 0
    James Blackwell 1079 0
    Bill Delee 1043 0
    David Cunningham 898 0
    Pete Donlon 844 0
    Oisin Hodgins 800 0
    Scott Reilly 798 0
    Conor Monaghan Browne 500 0

    Monthly blitz winners:

    Month Winner Grading Prize
    “Halloween” Jason Rawlinson/Johannes Hertel Hamza Celik
    October Jason Rawlinson Brian Gallagher
    September Pete Morriss James Sharkey
    August Zalan Nemeth Paul Ward
    July Jason Rawlinson David Cunningham
    June Denis Ruchko Ger Abberton
    May Pete Morriss Andrew Finnerty
    April Zalan Nemeth
    March Zalan Nemeth Andrew Finnerty
    February Pete Morriss Yuliya Makarenko/ Shane Murray
    January Zalan Nemeth Brendan McNelis