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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.)
The August blitz will be held on the last possible date to still be in August, on August 31st; the venue as usual is the Bridge Centre (upstairs). The start time will be 7.45, and there is an entry fee of €5 to cover rent of the room and prizes. Chess-playing visitors to Galway looking for somewhere to go out of the rain are very welcome, as, of course, are locals.
Above Elgan & Aoife thinking about what to play next against Diana ..while Marty & David wait for her to make her way back around to their boards.
Thanks to all the members of Galway chess scene who took the time out to support Diana today,.. she scored 14 Wins , 5 Draws & only 1 loss. Congrats Diana and good luck at the World Championship, September ’17.
The July Blitz, held somewhat later than normal on 3 August, had a run-away winner: Jason Rawlinson, who last month came first equal, this time swept all before him, scoring six straight wins. Second equal were last month’s joint-winner Brendan Buckley and previous multiple-winner Fintan Hegarty, on 4½ points (drawing with each other, and both losing to Jason). The grading prize was yet again won by an ungraded newcomer: this time Zoran Dragic, who scored a commendable 3/6.
The somewhat belated July Blitz will take place in the Bridge Centre on Thursday August 3rd, starting time 7.45. There will be a €5 entry fee to cover the room rental and also the PRIZES. Summer visitors to Galway are very welcome to come along – as of course are Galway residents and club regulars. There’s no need to enter in advance: just turn up.