August Blitz Results

Slightly more players attended the August blitz, held on Thursday 29th August, than in the previous couple of months, doubtless due to the end of the unfortunately warm and dry weather we were suffering from in June and July.  The tournament was tightly contested, but in the end the winner, as in January and March this year, was Zalan Nemeth, with six points out of seven.  This will presumably be Zalan’s last blitz tournament for a while, as he is leaving us to go to university in Dublin; we wish him well there, and do hope to see him whenever he is able to visit Galway.

There was a tie for second place between Brendan Buckley, Denis Ruchko, and Pete Morriss, all on five points; Denis, incidentally, was the player who managed to take a point off Zalan, though he somehow didn’t manage to repeat that feat against Brendan and Pete.  The rating prize, for the best player rated in the bottom half, was won by Paul Ward with 4 points, beating Pete and last month’s winner Jason Rawlinson, amongst others.  Paul is usually considered to be too strong to be eligible for the rating prize, but this tournament was a particularly strong one, so that the cut-off point for the prize had to be set at under-1600.

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  • 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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    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 – Blitz – 20:00
    19th – Rapid 19:45
    20th-22nd Galway Chess Congress
    26th – Coaching – 20:00
    April (TBD)

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    Galway Congress Entrants:

    Masters:

    Name Rating
    GM Boris Chatalbashev 2531
    GM Alexander Baburin 2382
    FM Tarun Kanyamarala 2275
    FM Robin Moss 2269
    WFM Trisha Kanyamarala 2197
    Peter Cafolla 1909
    Diego Pereiro Rodriguez 1883

    Majors:

    Name Rating
    Joe O’Hanlon 1457
    Ciaran O’Reilly 1453
    Atharva Paibir 1429
    Shay Scott 1250

    Minors:

    Name Rating
    Bill Delee 1043
    David Cunningham 976
    Zoran Dragic 863
    Scott Reilly 798
    Ajay Paibir 787
    Yuliya Makarenko 772
    Maureen Gallagher 757
    Ciaran O’Driscoll 696
    Sean Gannon 684
    Shane Loughlin 643
    Luke Scarry 576
    Odhran O’Driscoll 460
    Theodor Schirliu 395
    Anna Carroll

  • Club Competitions

    Galway Winter League standings:

    Name Rating Points
    Denis Ruchko 1989 4.5
    David Andreu 1800 4.5
    Johannes Hertel 1989 4
    James Blackwell 1079 3.5
    Eamonn Abberton 1482 3.5
    Jason Rawlinson 1683 3
    Michael O’Donnell 1654 3
    Diego Rodriguez 1880 3
    Andrew Barber 1395 3
    David Cunningham 898 3
    Gerard Abberton 1354 2
    Bill Delee 1043 2
    Pete Donlon 844 2
    Niko Istuk 1600 2
    Pete Morriss 1821 2
    Andrew Finnerty 1292 2
    Oisin Hodgins 800 2
    Andrejz Kozlovs 1559 2
    Paul Ward 1466 2
    Conor Monaghan Browne 500 1
    Scott Reilly 798 1
    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