Conall Hegarty is Galway Winter League Winner

The Galway Winter League is over, and we have a new champion: Conall Hegarty.  In a play-off of two rapid games (one each with white and black) between the joint winners, Conall beat the reigning champion Joona Kiinski 2-0.  The games were extremely tense and exciting: two Sicilians, both featuring opposite-side castling (Conall castled queen-side in both games; Joona king-side), led to highly complex tactics which Conall navigated better both times, breaking through with mating attacks.

Conall is a deserved and popular champion.  Although he lost his first round game, to Carlos, he fought his way back to the top, on the way beating both the first and second seeds (Joona and Pete) by strong attacking play.  The closest Winter League ever has produced a worthy winner.

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    Alex Drimbarean
    Andrew Barber
    Barry Breen
    Brian Gallagher
    Bryn Edwards
    Dara Jennings
    David O'Connell
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    Donal O'Donnell
    Eoin Galvin
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    Paul Ward
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    Proinsias Hernon
    Rhys O'Halloran
    Robert Frost
    Ross du Berry
    Scott Reilly
    Shane Whyte