February Blitz Results

The latest of our monthly blitzes took place on Thursday 22 February. The star performer on the night was undoubtedly James Blackwell, who started as one of the lowest rated entrants, but finished third, with 4½ points out of seven, having played – and mostly beaten – all the strongest players in the tournament. Indeed, he was first equal with two rounds to go, but couldn’t quite maintain that position, and so had to be content with the grading prize. The overall prize was shared by two players on 6 points: Alex Drimbarean (who lost to James and won all his other games) and Pete Morriss (who lost to Alex).

Connaught Cup Champions – 2018

Secondary School champions this year are St. Geralds, Castlebar .. for full report and to see where our Galway teams placed (including final league tables) click  .. here!

No Galway Chess Congress in 2018

Apologies for the delay in making the announcement – the Galway Chess Congress will not be running this year. We will hope to see you all in 2019!

February Blitz: Thursday 22nd

The next monthly blitz tournament will be held on Thursday 22 February at our normal home upstairs at the Bridge Centre, St Mary’s Road. Start time 7.45. As usual there will be seven rounds, at a playing speed of 5 minutes per player per game, plus each player gets an increment of 5 seconds per move. We are looking forward to seeing newcomers and olds hands alike.

January Blitz results

Our first blitz tournament of 2018, held on Thursday 25 January, saw some familiar names from 2017 collecting the prizes. The winner was Jason Rawlinson, who scored 6 points out of 7 (Jason lost only to Khai Asyraf, who was playing in his first Galway Blitz; but Jason demonstrated that he has learnt how to beat all the regulars by winning all his remaining games – so Khai needs to get his wins in before Jason rumbles how to beat him as well). Second, for now the fifth month in a row, was Pete Morriss on 5½ – he won in January and February 2017, but has obviously forgotten since then how to actually win these tournaments. The grading prize was won again by November’s winner, Andrejs Kozlovs; this is probably his last chance to get the coveted grading prize, as we expect his grade to soar after his next graded tournament in Bunratty next month.

January Blitz: Thursday 25

Our first blitz tournament of 2018 will be on Thursday 25 January. It will be the usual format: seven rounds at a time rate of 5 minutes per player for the game plus 5 seconds increment per player per move. It will also be the usual time and location: 7.45 p.m. in the Bridge Centre (upstairs), St Mary’s Road. All equipment is provided by the club, so just bring yourself – and all your chess-playing friends. Non-members are welcome to play as a trial introduction to the club; members are also welcome, of course.

Blitz Tournament Review 2017

We held eleven monthly blitz tournaments in 2017 – there wasn’t one in May, as there was the Rapidplay tournament instead. In all, 42 different people played in at least one tournament; just two played in all eleven. There were eight different winners of the tournament (including ties); repeat winners were Brendan Buckley and Jason Rawlinson (both three times) and Pete Morriss (twice). There were nine different winners of the grading prize; the only repeat winner was Kynesha Ryder, who won three times. The person who scored the most points overall during the year was Pete Morriss, largely because he played in all eleven tournaments.

JanuaryPete MorrissCarlos SilvaK. S. Gopal
FebruaryPete MorrissDenis RuchkoKynesha Ryder
MarchFintan HegartyDenis Ruchko
Kynesha Ryder
AprilDenis RuchkoPete MorrissBilly Delee
JuneJ. Rawlinson, B. BuckleyPranav Phatak
JulyJason RawlinsonB. Buckley, F. HegartyZoran Dragic
AugustB. Buckley, David McCannMaksym Ruchko
SeptemberJason RawlinsonA. Jimenez, Z. Nemeth, P. MorrissJames Blackwell
OctoberBrendan BuckleyPete MorrissKynesha Ryder
NovemberAlex DrimbareanPete MorrissAndrejs Kozlovs
DecemberConall HegartyPete MorrissGer Abberton

Players who scored more than ten points during the year were:

Points scoredTournaments playedAverage
Pete Morriss56115.1
Jason Rawlinson46104.6
Denis Ruchko43½94.8
Kynesha Ryder38½113.5
Fintan Hegarty3794.1
Brendan Buckley3065
Conall Hegarty2154.2
Zalan Nemeth17½44.4
Ian Finnerty1782.1
Ger Abberton14½43.6
Carlos Silva13½34.5
Andrejs Kozlovs13½43.4
Maksym Ruchko13½62.25
Alex Drimbarean1226
Andrew Barber1243
Paul Ward1243
James Blackwell1133.7
Andrew Finnerty10½42.6

December Blitz Results

The final blitz tournament of the year took place on Thursday 14 December. The highlight of the evening were the excellent goodies provided by the baking skills of Kynesha and Jacinta Ryder, which were much enjoyed by all present. Turning to the chess, the tournament was won by Conall Hegarty, with 6 points out of 7. Second, for the fourth month in a row, was Pete Morriss (always the bridesmaid …), with 5½. The grading prize went to Ger Abberton, on 4 points, though a special mention should be made of Steven Mols who scored three points, playing against most of the top players present on the night.

December Blitz: Thursday 14 December

Our festive, end-of-year blitz tournament will be on Thursday 14 December, start time 7.45. As usual it will be seven rounds at five minutes for each player for the game, plus 5 seconds a move. As not usual, there will be mince-pies and other seasonal goodies available for all competitors.

After this, the club will not meet until 2018, so this is your last chance to play at the club for a month.

November Blitz results

The November blitz, played on the 16th November, was won by Alex Drimbarean, with seven straight wins. Alex last played in one of our blitz tournaments nearly two years ago, when he also won, although then he did concede a draw or two; this time there was no stopping him, as he demonstrated (rather unfortunately) that a two-year gap is good for your chess – or at least for his: the rest of us need to practice. There was a tight fight for second place, with five players being in the running going into the last round; eventually Pete Morriss managed to come out in front of the pack, with 5 points, a long, long, way behind Alex. The grading prize went to Andrejs Kozlovs with 3½. This is Andrejs’ first grading prize, and it may well be his last, as he is likely not to be eligible for a grading prize if his ICU grading continues to increase at the rapid rate it has done over the last few months: for instance, Andrejs’ grading jumped 150 points after his fine win in Limerick last month

Next month’s blitz, our seasonal festive year-ender, is scheduled for December 14th.

  • Galway Rapidplay 2018 Entrants

    Name Rating
    Conall Hegarty
    Andrew Barber
    David Baird
    James Blackwell
    Fintan Hegarty
    Bill Delee
    Andrew Finnerty
    Ian Finnerty
    Maureen Gallagher
    Andrejs Kozlovs
    Pete Morriss
    Michael O’Donnell
    Jozef Vesely
    Jason Rawlinson
    Brendan Ryan

  • April Events at the Galway Chess Club

    Thursday 19th April Blitz
    Thursday 26th Round 7 (final) Winter League
    Thursday 3rd May. May Blitz and WL prize-giving (so round 7 must be completed before then)

    Regular meetings will then be suspended for the summer; we will have occasional blitz and rapid tournaments – watch this space!

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