Congress: 2014

The Galway Chess Congress was held in the Menlo Park Hotel, Galway, on the weekend of 17-19 October. We are very grateful to the Menlo Park Hotel for providing such an excellent venue, and our sponsors: the Irish Chess Union and Blackthorne International, and Grandmaster Alex Baburin (who donated two books as prizes when, unfortunately, at the last minute he was unable to attend).

The Masters section was won convincingly by IM Vladimir Sveshnikov, with 5 points out of 6. Second equal, half a point behind, were Valentine Kalinins and Philip Short. Philip Short also retained the Connaught Champion cup. The grading prize was won (also for the second year in a row) by Don Short. Clearly the Shorts thrive in Galway

The Major section (under-1800) produced a very close and exciting finish. The winner was Michael Bradley on an excellent 5½: Michael actually won all his games, as he took a travelling bye in the first round. Second equal, on 5 points, were Gearoidin Ui Laighleis and young Daniel Dwyer, who drew with each other in round 4 before finishing strongly with two wins apiece. After four rounds on the Saturday night the sole leader had been Gary O’Grady, with 4 out of 4; but Sunday was not good to Gary and 4 points was his final tally. This was, however, good enough to win a grading prize, tied with Galway’s Andrew Barber. The top grading prize went to Henry Li, also on four points, and the third grading prize to Robbie Kildea , on 3½.   Gearoidin Ui Laighleis also won the Women’s Prize, donated by Alex Baburin.

The Minors section was also very closely fought. Going into the last round, the leader was Conor Nolan, the only player in the tournament to have 5/5, whilst second place was held by Luke Keenan on 4½. Luke managed to end Conor’s perfect record and claim the title himself with a good win. Luke was then in a four way tie for second place on 5 points, with newcomer Killian Reape, playing in his first tournament, and brother and sister Agustin and Mercedes Plaza Reino. Grading prizes went to Jonathon Peoples, Denis Ruchko, and Eoin Hunter.

 

Full results and crosstables:

Masters

Majors

Minors

 

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And a game by the winner:

Vladimir Sveshnikov – Keegan O’Mahoney 1-0

 

 

11 Comments

  1. […] Chess Club have announced that this years Galway Chess Congress will take place in the Menlo Park Hotel over the weekend of 17-19th October. There are 3 sections […]

  2. Robert T. Leggett says:

    Is there B and B. within walking distance of the Hotel, if so, would you please let me know the prices and were they are.

    your Faithfully
    Bob Leggett Phibsboro C.C.

    • Fintan says:

      Hi Bob,

      Thanks for the reminder – I’d forgotten to copy the “Other accommodation” section over from last year’s page. That’s under the Accommodation section now. Hopefully that is of some use.

  3. shahram says:

    any paypal option ?

    • Fintan says:

      We use Stripe for our online payments. A quick search for “Stripe versus Paypal” will give many results such as this one which outline some of the reasons for choosing Stripe over the traditional online payment processor.

  4. […] in the Menlo Park Hotel from the 17th to the 19th October. All the details are available at the Galway Chess Club website and you can also pay your entry fee online at the same […]

  5. shahram says:

    I entered the competition in the weekend but I don’t see my name in the list yet ,did I register properly ?, the payment went through , so close to competition , list should really be updated daily .

    • Pete says:

      You entered at 9 o’clock last night and should have received a confirmatory email automatically a few minutes later. The list on the website will be updated soon. Believe it or not, we do sometimes have other things to do than updating lists. So please show some patience.

  6. shahram says:

    When I registered online after entering details and clicking on submit button , it just went back to galway website without stating that I had registered , I found the email from stripe , stating I had paid galway chess club but it had gone straight to junkmail that’s why I had not seen it earlier .When will you be doing the pairing ?Am I the lowest rated player in master section or is it Don short ? just in case of odd number players , would be good to know earlier ,whether am i getting a game friday night or a full point bye .thanks

    • Fintan says:

      Hi Shahram,

      There should have been an email from Stripe and an email from admin@galwaychess.com . I’m not sure at what time the draw is being done, but I can tell you that you are definitely not the lowest rated player in the Masters section (I still have some entrants left to add to the website), so you will get a game even if there are an odd number of players.

      regards,

      Fintan

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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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    March
    12th – Winter League Rd 6 – 19:30
    19th – Rapid – 20:00
    20th-22nd Galway Chess Congress (Menlo Park Hotel) – CANCELLED
    26th – Coaching – 20:00
    April

    2nd – Blitz – 19:45

    Rest of 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
    Muhtarim-ul Haque 2123
    James Naughton 1929
    Peter Cafolla 1909
    Diego Pereiro Rodriguez 1883
    Denis Ruchko 1866
    Sean McLoughlin 1861
    Thomas Dunne junior 1850
    Leon Putar 1849
    Lara Putar 1792

    Majors:

    Name Rating
    Jana Solomatina 1574
    Eric Wang 1571
    Joseph A. McDonnell 1569
    Jarek Wieczorek 1552
    Denis O’Connell 1497
    Andrejs Kozlovs 1486
    Edgars Kirulis 1458
    Joe O’Hanlon 1457
    Barry Foran 1454
    Ciaran O’Reilly 1453
    Atharva Paibir 1429
    Andrew Finnerty 1369
    Gerard Abberton 1354
    Arman Arshakyan 1342
    John P Dunne 1334
    Erick McPherson 1330
    Niall Whelan 1266
    Shay Scott 1250
    Akshay Ranade 1176

    Minors:

    Name Rating
    Ross Du Berry 1094
    Bill Delee 1043
    Wenle Liu 1032
    Andy Wagner 1014
    Alan Lane 1007
    David Cunningham 976
    John Bourke 946
    Emmet Power 918
    Ian Finnerty 898
    Fergal Gallagher 877
    Zoran Dragic 863
    Scott Reilly 798
    Ajay Paibir 787
    Josh Donnellon 780
    Yuliya Makarenko 772
    Oscar Roe 764
    Szymon Wegzyrn 758
    Maureen Gallagher 757
    Markus Senzel 746
    Ayrton Woulfe 745
    Ciaran O’Driscoll 696
    Sean Gannon 684
    Martin Pinkasevich 684
    Oisin Mahon 659
    Shane Loughlin 643
    Jack Nolan 637
    Luke Scarry 576
    Olegs Solomatins 564
    Eoghan Cooke 551
    Robert Nielsen 517
    Richard Casserly 477
    Paddy Connolly 469
    Odhran O’Driscoll 460
    Theodor Schirliu 395
    Mac Dara Mannion 378
    Yang Liu 368
    Eli-John Kiernan 313
    Anna Carroll
    Eimear Cunningham
    Donnchadh Duane
    Ben Fegan
    Ronan Zaletel

  • 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