October Blitz Results

Our Grand Reopening October Blitz, held on October 10th, had more entries than any blitz for many months, including a fair number of completely new players, which bodes very well for the coming season. It also had a surprisingly exciting finish: surprising, because after five of the seven rounds, Diego Rodriguez had built up a lead of 1½ points by scoring five straight wins, and had just defeated his main rival, top seed Johannes Hertel, so victory seemed in the bag.  However, Diego then seemed to run out of steam, losing both his remaining games, whilst many-times previous winner Jason Rawlinson came through with a late spurt, beating Diego in round 6 and then Johannes in the final round.  Thus the winner, with 5½ points was Jason Rawlinson, and second equal on 5 points were Diego Rodriguez, Ger Abberton (who beat Diego in the last round, having previously drawn with Jason to seemingly put him out of contention) and Brian Gallagher.  Brian also finished with a flourish, winning his last four games, and, as an unrated player in his first Galway Blitz, was deservedly awarded the prestigious rating prize.

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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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    November
    14th – Winter League Rd 2 – 19:30
    21st – Coaching – 20:00
    28th – Blitz: 19:45
    December
    5th – Coaching – 20:00
    12th – Winter League Rd 3 – 19:30
    19th – Christmas Blitz & Close – 19:45
    January
    9th – Re-opening blitz 19:45
    16th – Winter League Rd 4 – 19:30
    23rd – Rapidplay – 20:00
    30th – Coaching – 20:00
    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 – Rapid – 20:00
    19th – Blitz 19:45
    26th – Coaching – 20:00
    April (TBD)

     

  • Club Competitions

    Galway Winter League standings:

    Name Rating Points
    Johannes Hertel 1989 1
    Denis Ruchko 1989 1
    Diego Rodriguez 1880 1
    Pete Morriss 1821 1
    Andreu David 1800 1
    Jason Rawlinson 1683 1
    Michael O’Donnell 1654 1
    Andrejz Kozlovs 1559 1
    Eamonn Abberton 1482 1
    Paul Ward 1466 1
    Yaron Bachrach 1400 0
    Andrew Barber 1395 0
    Gerard Abberton 1354 0
    Andrew Finnerty 1292 0
    James Blackwell 1079 0
    Bill Delee 1043 0
    David Cunningham 898 0
    Pete Donlon 844 0
    Oisin Hodgins 800 0
    Scott Reilly 798 0
    Conor Monaghan Browne 500 0

    Monthly blitz winners:

    Month Winner Grading Prize
    “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