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.

Denis and Kynesha in Europe

Galway’s Denis Ruchko and Kynesh Ryder are both currently playing in the European Youth Chess Championship in Bratislava: Denis in the under-16 (open) and Kynesha in the under-18 girls.  Both tournaments are dauntingly strong, with the top players rated over 2400, so Denis and Kynesha have their work cut.  Most, though not all, of the games are being shown live should you wish to follow them – as I write, Denis seems to have a promising position against a higher-rated opponent who has had the audacity to play the Benko Gambit against him.

July Blitz Results

July’s blitz, like June’s, had fewer entries than normal – quite possibly because the spell of unusually dry and warm weather did not break until the day after the one we had picked for our tournament, which was a shame.  Although few in number, the participants were an interesting mix of regulars, newcomers, and returnees, unlike in June, which had consisted mainly of regulars.  At the final reckoning, the tournament was won by a multiple previous winner, Jason Rawlinson, who beat everybody to record seven straight wins.  Second equal were tournament organizer Pete Morriss and David Cunningham on 5½ points (drawing with each other, both losing to Jason, and beating the rest).  David Cunningham also won  the rating prize, by a very long way, as the other eligible players all came equal on 1 point.  This was David’s first Galway blitz, though last month he won a rating prize and the under-12 prize in the Galway Rapidplay (scroll down for a Report, and also a picture of David receiving one of his prizes from – perhaps fittingly – Pete Morriss) and a few weeks prior to that he had come first in the Irish under-10 championship. So David is on a roll, and deservedly so judging by the standard of play he showed in this blitz tournament, in which he beat several much higher-rated and more experienced opponents.

Next Blitz: Thursday 18 July

Our July Blitz Tournament will be held on Thursday 18 July, upstairs in the Bridge Centre, St Mary’s Road, starting at 7.45.  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.

June Blitz Results

The surprisingly hot weather was perhaps responsible for the small turnout at our June Blitz tournament, held on Thursday 27th, though it did mean that the standard was a bit higher than it has been in some other months.  No-one had a higher standard than Denis Ruchko, who beat everybody to finish clear winner with seven points out of seven.  Second equal, a long way behind, were Brendan Buckley and Jason Rawlinson, with five wins and two losses (Brendan winning their individual game).  The rating-prize, which was set at under-1500 this month to reflect the higher standard and absence of our usual ‘tail’, was won by Ger Abberton, with 3 points.

June Blitz: Thursday 27 June

Our next blitz tournament will be on Thursday 27 June at 7.45 p.m., at our usual venue of the Bridge Centre, St Mary’s Road – we meet in the room at the top of the main flight of stairs. There will be seven rounds, at 5 minutes per player for the game, plus 5 seconds extra for each move; so the expected finishing time is about 10.30 p.m. We provide all equipment.  There will be a €5 entry fee to cover the rent of the room, with everything left over returned in PRIZES.  Summer visitors to Galway are very welcome (this is a good place to hide from the rain ..).

Galway Rapidplay 2019: Report

This year’s Galway Rapidplay attracted a total of 49 entries, which is the highest number we’ve had, at least since we resurrected the Rapidplay in 2013.

With that number of players, it took a while for the top players to meet, but after four rounds there were only two players on maximum points and they were the top two seeds: Colm Daly and Rory Quinn. However, well positioned just half a point behind were the very talented young siblings Tarun and Trisha Kanyamarala (aged just 14 and 13), who had dropped their half-points when they had a quick draw with each other in round 3.  In round 5, Colm beat Rory, and both Kanyamaralas also won with black against higher-rated opponents, setting up the pairings in round 6 of Tarun against Colm, and Rory against Trisha.  These games were both won by white, the crucial top game being particularly hard-fought.  That left Tarun in the lead going into the last round, half a point ahead of Colm and Rory, who had now been joined on 5 points out of 6 by Darragh Moran and David Cormican, both of whom had made late surges.  (Darragh’s only loss was to Colm in round 2, whilst David’s loss had been to third seed Ciaran Quinn.)  In the final round Colm duly beat David fairly quickly, but the top-board game between Tarun and Darragh proved to be a real struggle, reaching a complicated position when Tarun gave up his queen for rook, piece and pawn.  This game continued long after all the other games had finished, eventually ending in a draw.

So first place was shared between Colm Daly and Tarun Kanyamarala, with third place also being shared half a point behind (after Rory surprisingly lost his last round game) by Darragh Moran and Trisha Kanyamarala.  Tarun Kanyamarala thus becomes the youngest-ever winner of the Galway Rapidplay, beating Conor O’Donnell’s record of winning aged 16, in 2015.  Note that three of the four prize-winners are juniors, thus continuing the fine performances by Juniors shown in the Galway Congress in March.

Other prize-winners were as follows.  Because of the high number of entries, we provided two grading prizes, instead of the advertised one.  The prize for Band A (1000-1599) was shared between David Cormican and Lukasz Daros, on five points.  Band B (under 1000) was also shared, this time a three-way tie between David Cunningham, Oscar Roe and Scott Reilly on three points.  The Junior Prize, which can be won alongside other prizes, was predictably won by Tarun Kanyamarala; and an additional under-12 Junior Prize was shared by David Cunningham and Oscar Roe.

Full standings and a cross-table of results are available here.

 

Scott, Oscar and David receiving their grading prize

Lukasz and David receiving their grading prize

Darragh receiving his 3rd place prize

Trisha receiving her 3rd place prize

Colm and Tarun sharing 1st place.

May Blitz Results

The first blitz tournament of the summer was held on 23 May in the Bridge Centre.  It was won, fairly convincingly in the end, by Pete Morriss, who scored 6½ points out of 7.  His one draw was against Ger Abberton, who was first equal with Pete with three rounds to go, but then fell back and his challenge evaporated.  There was a tight contest for second place, which ended in a four-way tie, on 4½ points, between Kynesha Ryder, Fintan Hegarty, Brenden Buckley and Jason Rawlinson.   Kynesha Ryder had the slightly better tie-break, and so pipped the others for the cash prize that is a feature of our summer blitzes.  The under-1300 rating prize was won deservedly by Andrew Finnerty, who also won in March, on 4 points.

Next Blitz tournament: Thursday 23 May

Our next blitz tournament is on Thursday 23 May 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).  As this is out of season, there will be a charge of €5 to cover the cost of renting the room, with any money left over being returned in prize money.  Yes: PRIZE MONEY!

Galway Rapidplay: Saturday 8 June 2019

This year’s Galway Rapidplay will take place on Saturday 8 June, at the Bridge Centre, St Mary’s Road, Galway. (For the location of the Bridge Centre, see here.) The format will be seven rounds, with each player having 15 minutes to make all their moves, plus an extra ten seconds for each move. The event will start at 11 a.m. (prompt!), and we expect that it will finish by 7 p.m.  To enter, email your name and details to us at galwaychess [at] gmail [dot] com by midday on Friday 7th, and pay the entry fee of €15 on arrival between 10 and 10.45 a.m..  Full information about the tournament is available in the Rapidplay 2019 tab above.

Coffee, tea, soft drinks, and sandwiches and other nourishment will be available to purchase at the venue.

We are looking forward to seeing you – if you have any queries please do ask us.

EntrantRating
Colm Daly2236
Rory Quinn2138
Ciaran Quinn2055
Johannes Hertel1989
Tarun Kanyamarala1986
Brendan Buckley1951
Jacob Flynn1943
Dara Murphy1907
Conall Hegarty1821
Trisha Kanyamarala1761
Jason Rawlinson`1741
Phillip Foenander1710
Kenneth Higgins1657
Leon Putar1651
Christopher Armstrong1593
Fintan Hegarty1591
Joe McDonnell1569
Slavko Putar1568
Andrejs Kozlovs1559
Zoran Dragic1524
David Cormican1504
Paddy Divilly1503
Andrew Barber1395
Lukasz Daros1321
Aoife Castle1265
Andrew Finnerty1182
Hamza Selman Celik1148
James Blackwell1079
John O'Dowd1074
Bill Delee1042
John Bourke946
Seán Durnin934
Ian Finnerty907
David Cunningham880
James Mulvey873
Yuliya Makarenko772
Sumanth Shindgi758
Szymon Wegrzyn734
Scott Reilly666
Morgan O'Loughlin639
Oscar Roe636
Aleksandr Mc Aleer247
Ben Arthur
Richard Casserly

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