Galway Winter League, Round 1.
Z. Nemeth G. Abberton Z. Dragic P. Morriss J. Rawlinson I. Finnerty D. Piercy K. O’Mahoney K. Asyraf J. Blackwell B. Delee A. Koslovs P. Ward I. Danial A. Zariq A. Barber K. Ryder BYE
The home of chess in Galway
The July Blitz, held on Thursday 19 July, continued the recent tradition of being dominated by our junior players. (See the reports on the blitzes in April and May; we did not hold a blitz tournament in June.) Denis Ruchko dominated from start to finish, scoring 6½ points out of 7 (conceding only one draw, to Jason Rawlinson), to add the July title to those he won in April and May. Kynesha Ryder came second, as she did in April, with 5½ points. The rating prize was won, for the third time this calendar year, by Andrejs Kozlovs, though this is almost certainly the last time that he will be eligible for this prize, as his rating has now risen to almost where it should be.