November Blitz Results

The November Blitz saw a rather disappointing turnout: less than half the number we had in October.  Where were you all?  You missed a very exciting tournament, with the lead changing hands several times, and eventually ending up in a four-way tie on 5 points out of 7, between Brian Gallagher, Jason Rawlinson, Pete Morriss, and James Blackwell.  We’ve never had a four-way tie before, and it was decided to resolve it in favour of Brian Gallagher, on the grounds that he missed the first two rounds, and although he got some compensation, he still had much the best average per game.  (This ad hoc decision will not be repeated, so don’t think that to win the tournament all you have to do is turn up over half an hour late!)  The grading prize went to Ger Abberton, who scored 4 points out of his full 7 games.

Next Blitz tournament: Thursday 28 November

Our November Blitz will be on Thursday 28 November, just getting in before the end of the month, at our usual venue of upstairs in the Bridge Centre, St. Mary’s Road.  We’ll play seven rounds, at 5 minutes each per game plus an increment of 5 seconds a move.  Start time is 7.45, and we expect to finish before 11.

Looking forward to seeing you all.

Munster League Rounds 1 & 2

Over the weekend the Galway team played in the first 2 rounds of the Munster League, players were Diego Rodriguez, Jason Rawlinson, Andrew Finnerty, James Blackwell and Zoran Dragic. Ian Finnerty could not be convinced to play and instead helped as team cheerleader.

Each round consisted of 75 min + 15 sec games, first against Charleville (relegated from Div 1 last year) and Ennis B.

We finished with a score of 1 1/2 – 3 1/2 against Charleville, though we had opportunities to score higher it wasn’t a bad start against strong competition.
Our second game finished 3 1/2 – 1/2 against Ennis B, which helped balance things out finishing on an even 5/10.

Our next games will be against Cork B and Dungarven on the 15th of December. If you are interested in joining the panel (teams ranged from 1900-800 ratings so we should be able to find a spot for you) for these ICU rated games please let us know!

Connaught Junior Championships

On the Friday the 3rd & Saturday the 4th of January  the Connaught Junior Championships will take place in Galway’s bridge centre, event details are here. To register email  ..  brendan @ chessossity . com 

Coaching Evenings

As part of our new seson we held the first coaching sessinon on Thursday 21st Nov.  Topic covered was endgame play with a focus on fundamentals of R+P endings.  Next session is slated for Dec. 5th and we will look at Endings unruly cousin .. participants should bring a laptop computer (one machine between 4 players will do nicely).

Good luck to the Galway chess team this w/e in their first outing in the so called “Munster League”, enjoy it (if at all possible)!

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 an 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.

  • 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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    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
    20th-22nd Galway Chess Congress
    26th – Coaching – 20:00
    April (TBD)

     

  • Club Competitions

    Galway Winter League standings:

    Name Rating Points
    David Andreu 1800 2
    Pete Morriss 1821 2
    Denis Ruchko 1989 2
    Jason Rawlinson 1683 2
    Johannes Hertel 1989 2
    Paul Ward 1466 1.5
    Diego Rodriguez 1880 1.5
    James Blackwell 1079 1
    Andrejz Kozlovs 1559 1
    Michael O’Donnell 1654 1
    Conor Monaghan Browne 500 1
    Eamonn Abberton 1482 1
    Oisin Hodgins 800 1
    Andrew Finnerty 1292 1
    Bill Delee 1043 1
    David Cunningham 898 1
    Pete Donlon 844 1
    Yaron Bachrach 1400 0
    Andrew Barber 1395 0
    Scott Reilly 798 0
    Gerard Abberton 1354 0

    Monthly blitz winners:

    Month Winner Grading Prize
    November Brian Gallagher Ger Abberton
    “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