January Blitz Results

The first Blitz Tournament of the new year was held on Thursday 9 January, and again there was a good showing, including some newcomers and also some old faces we haven’t seen for several years, who we were glad to welcome back.  Strangely, although there were nearly 30 players at one or other of the […]

Connaught Juniors

 Congratulations to all the participants of this year Connaught Junior Championship .. many of these young champions are now looking froward to the Galway Congress in March.  Results and tables  .. here!

December Blitz Results

Our end-of-year Blitz, held on 19 December, saw the welcome return of a couple of members we haven’t seen for several years – and the equally welcome arrival of a new player – in addition to slightly more regulars than appeared last month.  Michael O’Donnell was the runaway winner, finishing on 6 points out of […]

Connaught Junior Championships 2020

Held on: Friday 3rd  &  Saturday 4th Jan. 2020. Venue : The Bridge Club, St. Mary’s Road, Galway Prizes: There are trophies for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place in the following age groups.  Any player can win these pirzes. Sections: U-11, U-13, U-15. Plus titles of “Connaught Champion” for boys and girls in each section. Note : Saturday one day events. (1) Girls only […]

Galway Chess Congress: 20th to 22nd March 2020

The 2020 Galway Chess Congress will be held on the weekend of 20th to 22nd March, at the Menlo Park Hotel, Galway.  There will be three sections, for players of different strengths, so it is suitable for everybody from Grandmasters to beginners.  (We have one Grandmaster entered already.)   You can get full information about […]

Christmas Blitz: Thursday 19th December

Our end-of-year blitz tournament will be on Thursday 19 December, at our regular club venue: upstairs in the Galway Bridge Centre, St Mary’s Road.  Starting time is 7.45 p.m., and there will be 7 rounds, played at a rate of 5 minutes per player per game plus 5 seconds per move.  We provide all sets […]

Munster League Rounds 3 & 4

Rounds 3 & 4 of the Munster League were on Sunday in Charleville, players were Diego Rodriguez, David Andreu, James Blackwell, Zoran Dragic and Scott Reilly. We ended up winning both games against strong competition! We finished with a score of 3 – 2 against Cork B, with some hard fought wins. Our second game […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

  • 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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    January
    3rd&4th Connaught Junior Championships
    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
    Johannes Hertel 1989 3
    David Andreu 1800 3
    Denis Ruchko 1989 3
    Michael O’Donnell 1654 2
    James Blackwell 1079 2
    Paul Ward 1466 2
    Pete Morriss 1821 2
    Jason Rawlinson 1683 2
    Pete Donlon 844 2
    David Cunningham 898 1/2
    Bill Delee 1043 1/2
    Eamonn Abberton 1482 1/2
    Andrejz Kozlovs 1559 1.5
    Diego Rodriguez 1880 1.5
    Conor Monaghan Browne 500 1
    Oisin Hodgins 800 1
    Gerard Abberton 1354 1
    Andrew Finnerty 1292 1
    Andrew Barber 1395 0/2
    Scott Reilly 798 0
    Yaron Bachrach 1400 0

    Monthly blitz winners:

    Month Winner Grading Prize
    December Michael O’Donnell Eoghan Collins
    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