October Blitz results

Our blitz tournament on 25 October had the fewest participants of the year (where were you all?), which was disappointing – but on the positive side there were two newcomers to the club, which was good. The tournament was won by Pete Morriss, with seven straight wins (aided by a good bit of luck); second was Denis Ruchko, returning from his exploits for Ballinasloe in the European Club Cup, with 6 points out of 7. The rating prize was won by one of our two unrated newcomers, Enrique Morales, with 3 points, which was a very good score in his first blitz tournament.

October Blitz is on Thursday 25

Our next blitz tournament will be on Thursday 25 October, starting time 7.45, in our usual club room, upstairs in the Bridge Centre, St Mary’s Road. If you haven’t played before, you are very welcome; there will be seven rounds, and each player will have 5 minutes per game plus 5 second per move. We provide sets and clocks, and we expect the evening to finish around 10.30. There is no entry fee, so if you feel like giving it a try, then do!

Galway Chess Congress is back: 22-24 March 2019

This is advance notice that the Galway Chess Congress will return next year on the weekend of 22nd to 24th March 2019. It will be at the same venue as the last few years (the Menlo Park Hotel), and we expect that the general arrangements will also be much the same as in previous years. Further particulars and information on how to enter will be put on our website in the new year, in the Galway Congress 2019
tab above. So put this date in your diary, and we look forward to seeing many of you in March.

European Club Cup, 2018

As this year’s Galway Winter League is about to start, it might be worth pointing out that previous Winter League winners for 2015 (Gerardo Artola Palo) and 2017 (Denis Ruchko) are both currently playing in the European Club Cup in Greece – along with the likes of Magnus Carlsen, Mamedyarof, Ding Liren and other chess giants – but, alas, not for Galway: Gerardo is paying for Dublin and Denis for Ballinasloe. You can follow their results here.

September Blitz Results

Our blitz tournament, held on the 27th September, saw Brendan Buckley take an early lead in round 3, by which time he was the only player on 100%. He maintained that record in round 4, but was caught in round 5 when he was beaten by Zalan Nemeth. Brendan and Zalan then continued to beat all their challengers, opening up an increasing lead over the chasing pack, until they finally came first equal on 6 points out of 7, a point and a half ahead of the next best. The grading prize was won for the second month in a row by James Blackwell who scored four points, beating several of the top players, including eventual winner Zalan in the first round.

Junior chess day .. this Sat. 6th Oct.

For young players interested in playing in this years west of IRL. chess league there’ll be a free training day for Galway teams this Saturday. If interested and ye can’t make Sat. please email me and I’ll try to get a team for everyone.

Next Blitz Tournament: Thursday 27September

Galway Chess Club will resume its regular weekly meetings with our September Blitz tournament on Thursday 27 September. As usual, it will be held upstairs in Galway Bridge Centre, St Mary’s Road – opposite St Mary’s School. Please be there for 7.45 to enter; we expect it to finish around 11. As usual, there will be 7 rounds, at a speed of 5 minutes plus 5 seconds a move.

As this will be our first meeting of the regular season, there will be no entry fee (and therefore no money prizes). Instead, you will be able to pay your annual subscription – so that you can come to all our events for free throughout the autumn, winter, and spring. But anybody who is new to the club and is thinking of maybe, possibly, joining but isn’t sure what they will get for their (small amount of) money, is welcome to come along to the blitz and try it out, for free.

August Blitz Results

The August Blitz, held on Thursday 30 August, again attracted a good mix of regular attenders, newcomers, and people returning after several years’ absence (during which, it seems, life had got in the way of chess). Yet when the dust settled the prize winners were a fairly familiar bunch. First prize went to Pete Morriss, with six points out of seven; second to Andrejs Kozlovs (no longer eligible for the grading prize) with 5½; and the grading prize to James Blackwell, who also came third equal with 4½ pints.

Next Blitz Tournament: 30 August

Our August Blitz tournament will be held on Thursday 30 August in the Bridge Centre (upstairs), St Mary’s Road. Please be there by 7.45 for registration. There will be an entry fee of €5 to cover the cost of renting the room, with money left over being returned in PRIZES. There will be seven rounds; the rate of play is that each person has 5 minutes to make all their moves in each game plus 5 seconds for each move. We can provide all sets and clocks. The tournament is expected to finish between 10.30 and 11.

Visitors to Galway are very welcome to come along and play.

European Juniors 2018 – live games

Andrew represented Ireland at the u-12 championships in Mureck Austria. And finished on 4pts. from 9 ..  performing 500pts. above his Irish rating.  Nice work !

  • Galway Congress 2019: March 22nd-24th

    Masters (1800+)

    Player Rating
    GM Alexander Baburin 2433
    IM Vladimir Sveshnikov 2419
    FM Helge Hintze 2261
    FM Colm Daly 2243
    FM Henry Li 2235
    Anthony Fox 2027
    Ingo Theile-Rasche 1954
    Peter Cafolla 1932
    Orison Carlile 1892
    Zalan Nemeth 1887
    Brendan Ruane 1885
    Don Short 1852
    Denis Ruchko 1827
    Kevin O’Flaherty 1815

    Majors (1200-1799)

    Player Rating
    Danny Dwyer 1793
    Dara Murphy 1742
    Liam Delaney 1723
    Patrick McMahon 1705
    Gabriel Matthews 1700
    Jason Rawlinson 1678
    Leo Phelan 1670
    Lorenzo Valle 1659
    Leon Putar 1651
    Conall Hegarty 1641
    Khai Asyraf 1626
    Joseph McDonnell 1600
    Enzo Catalano 1596
    David McCann 1581
    Pat O’Hanlon 1560
    Jana Solomatina 1523
    Patryk Brozynski 1521
    Lara Putar 1506
    Edgars Kirulis 1493
    Mark Moorman 1487
    John Phelan 1476
    Andrejs Kozlovs 1471
    Aliona Mihaylova 1465
    Paul Ward 1444
    Kynesha Ryder 1424
    Christopher O’Sullivan 1409
    Max Tempany 1400
    Joe O’Hanlon 1398
    Eamonn Casey 1394
    Andrew Barber 1382
    Phillip Foenander 1366
    Ruairi McKenna Carroll 1357
    Emmet McGlade 1342
    Ger Abberton 1324
    Paul Leavy 1313
    Cathal Murphy 1312
    Shay Scott 1309
    Aoife Castle 1305
    Patrick Fogarty 1294
    Jason Harris 1284
    P.J. O’Reilly 1283
    Paddy Divilly 1280
    Arman Arshakyan 1239
    John Hensey 1237
    Martin Kelly 1225
    Richard Sheahan 1211
    Jack McIntyre 1206
    Pearse McDonnell

    Minors (Unrated-1199)

    Player Rating
    James Crowley 1130
    John Lucey 1115
    Eric Wang 1115
    Arnav Dhama 1076
    Ryan Bonnell 1051
    Atharva Paibir 1049
    John Bourke 1046
    John Doyle 1037
    Andrew Finnerty 1033
    Bill Delee 1027
    Ian Finnerty 1000
    Hayk Arshakyan 984
    Akshay Ranade 977
    Ritvik Trehan 957
    David Piercy 931
    Maurice Coveney 913
    Ajay Paibir 846
    Henry J. Li 828
    Eamon Lenihan 825
    Matthew Tiernan 809
    Michael Sheahan 790
    Lucy Bueckert 755
    David Cunningham 755
    Zoran Dragic 752
    Jamie Kennedy 742
    Tadhg Holland 728
    John Carton 694
    Michael Scully 650
    Patrick Cassidy 591
    Charles Ridgway 568
    Matthew O’Neill 535
    Diana Bueckert 511
    Eoin Ryan 354
    Helen Bueckert 210
    Leah Cunningham
    Proinsias Hernon
    Paul Rowland
    Eoghan Collins
    Aidan le Februier
    Shane Loughlin
    Oisin Mahon
    Luke Scarry
    Christopher Trautt
    Aleksandr McAleer
    Scott Reilly
    Oscar Roe
    Daniel Van Tonder
    Morgan O’Loughlin
    Tadhg Kearney
    John Kenny
    Paddy Connolly
    Markus Senzel
    Yuliya Makarenko
    Szymon Wegrzyn
    Joseph Jennings
    Sean Durnin
    Jack Nolan
    Eoghan Cooke

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