Our end-of-year blitz tournament will be on Thursday 19 December, at our regular club venue: upstairs in the Galway Bridge Centre, St Mary’s Road. Starting time is 7.45 p.m., and there will be 7 rounds, played at a rate of 5 minutes per player per game plus 5 seconds per move. We provide all sets and clocks, so all you need to bring is yourself (and perhaps a few chess-playing friends). We expect to finish at about 10.30. There is no entry fee, and, as a consequence, no financial prizes – nut there is the glory and fame, which of course is priceless. Given the time of year it is, we expect that there will be some seasonal goodies provided. Looking forward to seeing you.
After that the club will close for a couple of weeks; it will reopen on 9 January, with another blitz tournament. (Maybe we are getting a bit predictable?)
Rounds 3 & 4 of the Munster League were on Sunday in Charleville, players were Diego Rodriguez, David Andreu, James Blackwell, Zoran Dragic and Scott Reilly.
We ended up winning both games against strong competition!
We finished with a score of 3 – 2 against Cork B, with some hard fought wins.
Our second game finished 4 – 1 against Dungarven, a great result to end the day.
The scoring actually works by match results with points scored used as a tiebreaker. As a result we have won 3/4 of our matches and are sitting tied second with Cork B behind Charleville who are on 4/4.
Our next games will be against Tralee and Charleville on the 9th of February. Hopefully we can get revenge on Charleville this time around!
Well done to David and Scott on playing their first games for the Club!
Match results and rankings can be found here, though not all games reported yet.
Individual game results can be found here
The November Blitz saw a rather disappointing turnout: less than half the number we had in October. Where were you all? You missed a very exciting tournament, with the lead changing hands several times, and eventually ending up in a four-way tie on 5 points out of 7, between Brian Gallagher, Jason Rawlinson, Pete Morriss, and James Blackwell. We’ve never had a four-way tie before, and it was decided to resolve it in favour of Brian Gallagher, on the grounds that he missed the first two rounds, and although he got some compensation, he still had much the best average per game. (This ad hoc decision will not be repeated, so don’t think that to win the tournament all you have to do is turn up over half an hour late!) The grading prize went to Ger Abberton, who scored 4 points out of his full 7 games.
Our November Blitz will be on Thursday 28 November, just getting in before the end of the month, at our usual venue of upstairs in the Bridge Centre, St. Mary’s Road. We’ll play seven rounds, at 5 minutes each per game plus an increment of 5 seconds a move. Start time is 7.45, and we expect to finish before 11.
Looking forward to seeing you all.
Over the weekend the Galway team played in the first 2 rounds of the Munster League, players were Diego Rodriguez, Jason Rawlinson, Andrew Finnerty, James Blackwell and Zoran Dragic. Ian Finnerty could not be convinced to play and instead helped as team cheerleader.
Each round consisted of 75 min + 15 sec games, first against Charleville (relegated from Div 1 last year) and Ennis B.
We finished with a score of 1 1/2 – 3 1/2 against Charleville, though we had opportunities to score higher it wasn’t a bad start against strong competition.
Our second game finished 3 1/2 – 1/2 against Ennis B, which helped balance things out finishing on an even 5/10.
Our next games will be against Cork B and Dungarven on the 15th of December. If you are interested in joining the panel (teams ranged from 1900-800 ratings so we should be able to find a spot for you) for these ICU rated games please let us know!
On the Friday the 3rd & Saturday the 4th of January the Connaught Junior Championships will take place in Galway’s bridge centre, event details are here. To register email .. brendan @ chessossity . com
As part of our new seson we held the first coaching sessinon on Thursday 21st Nov. Topic covered was endgame play with a focus on fundamentals of R+P endings. Next session is slated for Dec. 5th and we will look at Endings unruly cousin .. participants should bring a laptop computer (one machine between 4 players will do nicely).
Good luck to the Galway chess team this w/e in their first outing in the so called “Munster League”, enjoy it (if at all possible)!
There was another good turnout for our extra, Halloween, blitz, although nobody arrived in costume (thankfully). And there was tight competition for the top place, which was eventually shared between Johannes Hertel and Jason Rawlinson, with 6 points out of 7: Johannes won their individual game in round 4, but then lost to Diego Rodriguez (who came third) in round 5, whilst Jason beat Diego in round 6. The rating prize went to Hamza Celik, playing in his first Galway Blitz, who scored an excellent 3 points.
The beautiful bank holiday weather did not manage to deter some Galway players taking part in the Limerick Open.
In the open section Denis Ruchko took home 4/6 points finishing 5th overall including a draw against FM Henry Li. Andrejs Kozlovs finished with 3/6 points and Andrew Finnerty finished with 2.5/6 points performing above his rating against a tough draw.
In the U1400 section the star performer was Ian Finnerty also finishing 5th overall on 4/6 points and winning a grading prize. James Blackwell finished on 3.5/6 points with the only highlight winning an interesting Knight & Queen v Bishop & Queen endgame.
There were also a large contingent of Galway Juniors competing well in the Open and U1400 sections.
I would also like to congratulate John Cassidy and the other tournament organisers on an exceptionally well run events.
The next events are Kilkenny Congress in November and Bunratty in February for anyone interested in some weekend competition.
Since there was such a large and enthusiastic turnout for the regular October blitz, we are adding another, extra, one as a special treat, and to give you something to do on Halloween to avoid being tricked or treated. At present the format will be normal: 7 rounds at a speed of 5 minutes each for the game plus 5 seconds per move, starting at 7.45, although it is still possible that somebody will come up with an exciting Halloween-themed format. (If so, I’ll edit this post.) It’ll be in our usual location: upstairs in the Bridge Centre, St Mary’s Road. If you have any queries, do contact us on galwaychess [at] gmail [dot] com.