Congress: About

Information regarding the Galway Chess Congress, past and present, can be accessed from this page.

The Galway Chess Congress is one of the four main annual weekenders in Ireland. For many years we have been hosting the event in one of the leading hotels in Galway. The date was originally in early to mid-October, but we have recently switched to a mid-Spring date. In 2020, the competition will be held from March 20th-22nd.

The 2019 Congress took place from March 22nd-24th in the Menlo Park Hotel. Details of this event can be found in this dedicated page.

The 2019 Masters champion is FM Henry Li.

Further details of past congresses are available here:
2017 Congress, 2016 Congress2014 Congress, 2013 Congress, the 2012 Congress and the 2011 Congress.

The 2011 champion, GM Gawain Jones, gave his reflections on the event here.

Here’s the list of all the past winners of the Galway Congress:

2019 Henry Li FM
2017 Oleg Korneev GM
2016 Alexander Baburin GM
2014 Vladimir Sveshnikov IM
2013 Alexander Baburin GM
2012 Alex Lopez IM
2011 Gawain Jones GM
2010 Dorian Rogozenco GM
2009 Alex Baburin GM
2008 Yury Rochev
2007 Gawain Jones GM
2006 Alex Baburin GM
2005 Bartosz Socko GM
2004 Mark Quinn IM
2003 Alex Baburin GM
2002 Lorcan O’Toole

 

For any queries, please email us at galwaychess[at]gmail[dot]com .

2 Comments

  1. James Kennedy says:

    Hi my friend and I are playing chess online and are interested in maybe joining a chess club we are in our 40s and live in Galway city any info would be great thanks

    • Fintan says:

      Hi James,

      Apologies for the delay. The club is due to start up in October – probably on the 10th, but I’ve added you to the mailing list so you will get an email to confirm closer to the date. Failing that, you can usually find us in Monroe’s Tavern of a Tuesday evening. Send us an email if you have any further questions.

      Best,

      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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    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