Galway Winter League, Round 1.
Z. Nemeth G. Abberton Z. Dragic P. Morriss J. Rawlinson I. Finnerty D. Piercy K. O’Mahoney K. Asyraf J. Blackwell B. Delee A. Koslovs P. Ward I. Danial A. Zariq A. Barber K. Ryder BYE
The home of chess in Galway
The April Blitz, held on 19 April, proved to be a triumph for youth. The winner was the youngest player, fourteen-year old Denis Ruchko, who swept all before him, winning all seven games. And second was the second-youngest, Kynesha Ryder, who is sixteen, and scored 5 points out of 7. (The oldest entrant was third, but there are no prizes for being third.) Kynesha’s performance was particularly noteworthy as, in a strong field, she was eligible for the grading prize; despite the standard rule that the grading prize is not given to anyone who wins a place prize, she was awarded the grading prize as well, in recognition of her achievement. Which is not to take anything away from Denis – who is also the current holder of the Galway Winter League title, and the (adult) Connaught champion) – who was simply in a league of his own.