Bunratty 2019

Last weekend a good contingent of Galway players took part in the Bunratty Congress – the largest and most prestigious in Ireland.

Our star performer was undoubtedly Khai Asyraf, who won the Major section (1200-1600) for the second year in a row. Last year he won five games and drew one, and then had to win the title in a blitz play-off with the person he had drawn with; but this time he won with six straight wins, finishing a clear point ahead of the field. It is very rare for anybody to win a Bunratty section in consecutive years, and it is also very rare to win a section with 6/6, so Khai may well have achieved a unique feat.

Second in this section was Andrejs Koslovs, who lost to Khai and won his five other games; Andrejs would doubtless have won the Galway Player of the Tournament award in most other years. Last year Andrejs came (joint) third in the Minor section (under 1200); it is a huge step up from the under-1200 to under-1600 section, so to dominate it the way that Andrejs did in his first year is remarkable.

Other results were as follows.

The very strong top section (over 2000) contained two players who have been members of Galway Club in the recent past, but have had to leave Galway in search of employment elsewhere. Gabor Horvath scored an excellent 3 points, only being beaten by the very experienced Grandmaster Bogdan Lalic and Irish number two, International Master Sam Collins; and Gerardo Artola scored a highly commendable 2 points.

In the second section (1600-2000), our best performer was Keegan O’Mahoney, on 4 points. (Keegan has also left Galway to work elsewhere but as he joined the club earlier this season he is still technically a member.)  Michael O’Donnell was next best with 3½ (which gained him quite a few rating points), Denis Ruchko and Pete Morriss both got 3 points, and Jason Rawlinson 2½ .

In the Major section (1200-1600), in addition to Khai and Andrejs, Paul Ward scored 4 points and Ger Abberton 2½, both gaining rating points in so doing.

Finally, in the under-1200 section, Bill Delee came seventh with 4½ points (becoming yet another Galway player to gain a lot of rating points), Andrew Finnerty, David Piercey, and Ian Finnerty all scored 3½, Zoran Dragic 2½, and Marek Fijalkowski 2.

The next tournament is the Galway Congress, when hopefully even more Galway players will shine.

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  • Galway Congress 2019: March 22nd-24th

    Masters (1800+)

    Player Rating
    GM Alexander Baburin 2433
    IM Vladimir Sveshnikov 2419
    FM Helge Hintze 2261
    FM Colm Daly 2243
    FM Henry Li 2235
    Anthony Fox 2027
    Ingo Theile-Rasche 1954
    Peter Cafolla 1932
    Orison Carlile 1892
    Zalan Nemeth 1887
    Brendan Ruane 1885
    Don Short 1852
    Denis Ruchko 1827
    Kevin O’Flaherty 1815

    Majors (1200-1799)

    Player Rating
    Danny Dwyer 1793
    Dara Murphy 1742
    Liam Delaney 1723
    Patrick McMahon 1705
    Gabriel Matthews 1700
    Jason Rawlinson 1678
    Leo Phelan 1670
    Lorenzo Valle 1659
    Leon Putar 1651
    Conall Hegarty 1641
    Khai Asyraf 1626
    Joseph McDonnell 1600
    Enzo Catalano 1596
    David McCann 1581
    Pat O’Hanlon 1560
    Jana Solomatina 1523
    Patryk Brozynski 1521
    Lara Putar 1506
    Edgars Kirulis 1493
    Mark Moorman 1487
    John Phelan 1476
    Andrejs Kozlovs 1471
    Aliona Mihaylova 1465
    Paul Ward 1444
    Kynesha Ryder 1424
    Christopher O’Sullivan 1409
    Max Tempany 1400
    Joe O’Hanlon 1398
    Eamonn Casey 1394
    Andrew Barber 1382
    Phillip Foenander 1366
    Ruairi McKenna Carroll 1357
    Emmet McGlade 1342
    Ger Abberton 1324
    Paul Leavy 1313
    Cathal Murphy 1312
    Shay Scott 1309
    Aoife Castle 1305
    Patrick Fogarty 1294
    Jason Harris 1284
    P.J. O’Reilly 1283
    Paddy Divilly 1280
    Arman Arshakyan 1239
    John Hensey 1237
    Martin Kelly 1225
    Richard Sheahan 1211
    Jack McIntyre 1206
    Pearse McDonnell

    Minors (Unrated-1199)

    Player Rating
    James Crowley 1130
    John Lucey 1115
    Eric Wang 1115
    Arnav Dhama 1076
    Ryan Bonnell 1051
    Atharva Paibir 1049
    John Bourke 1046
    John Doyle 1037
    Andrew Finnerty 1033
    Bill Delee 1027
    Ian Finnerty 1000
    Hayk Arshakyan 984
    Akshay Ranade 977
    Ritvik Trehan 957
    David Piercy 931
    Maurice Coveney 913
    Ajay Paibir 846
    Henry J. Li 828
    Eamon Lenihan 825
    Matthew Tiernan 809
    Michael Sheahan 790
    Lucy Bueckert 755
    David Cunningham 755
    Zoran Dragic 752
    Jamie Kennedy 742
    Tadhg Holland 728
    John Carton 694
    Michael Scully 650
    Patrick Cassidy 591
    Charles Ridgway 568
    Matthew O’Neill 535
    Diana Bueckert 511
    Eoin Ryan 354
    Helen Bueckert 210
    Leah Cunningham
    Proinsias Hernon
    Paul Rowland
    Eoghan Collins
    Aidan le Februier
    Shane Loughlin
    Oisin Mahon
    Luke Scarry
    Christopher Trautt
    Aleksandr McAleer
    Scott Reilly
    Oscar Roe
    Daniel Van Tonder
    Morgan O’Loughlin
    Tadhg Kearney
    John Kenny
    Paddy Connolly
    Markus Senzel
    Yuliya Makarenko
    Szymon Wegrzyn
    Joseph Jennings
    Sean Durnin
    Jack Nolan
    Eoghan Cooke

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