Galway Rapidplay 2018 Results

The annual Galway Rapidplay, held on Saturday 26 May, was won convincingly by top seed International Master Álvaro Valdés Escobar, from Chile. Álvaro won his first six games seemingly comfortably enough, before conceding a draw in his final game to finish on 6½ points. In second place was Irish champion Philip Short with 6 points: Philip lost to Álvaro in the tournament decider in round 5, and won all his remaining games.

Whilst the first two places were decided quite early, the contest for the remaining prizes was a fierce one. Eventually they were shared amongst three players, all on 5 points: they were last year’s winner Colm Daly, Galway’s Denis Ruchko (who also won the junior prize for the third year in a row) and John Hensey from Westport (who also won the under-1500 rating prize). The highest placed female player was Kynesha Ryder, for the second year running.

John’s performance was particularly noteworthy: not only did he finish third when seeded 25th out of 31 players, but in the last round he beat an Irish international rated over a thousand points higher than him. Whilst on the subject of giant-killers, mention must be made of Galway’s Zoran Dragic, who was rated flat last (based on a provisional ICU rating obtained in Bunratty) yet nevertheless ended up joint 6th, on 4½ points, beating no fewer than three players nominally rated about a thousand points higher than him.

Full standings, crosstable and photos of prize winners are here.
And here is the happy winner receiving his prize from tournament organizer Pete Morriss.

Ennis Congress: 11 – 13 May

The next weekend congress near to Galway will be in Ennis on the weekend of Friday 11 to Sunday 13 May. Further details are here.

May Blitz Results

The May blitz, played on Thursday 3 May, proved another triumph for youth, with all prizes going to players under 17. First equal were Denis Ruchko and Zalan Nemeth on 5½ points: they drew with each other, lost one game each against the older folk (to Ger Abberton and Pete Morriss, respectively), and won all five of their remaining games. The grading prize was won, for the second month in a row, by Kynesha Ryder, with 4 points. There was an above-average size turnout, incidentally, which has encouraged us to keep the monthly blitzes going throughout the summer. Dates will be announced shortly.

Galway Rapidplay: 26 May 2018

This year’s Galway Rapidplay will take place on Saturday 26 May, at the Bridge Centre, St Mary’s Road, Galway. (For directions to the Bridge Centre, see here.) The format will be seven rounds, with each player having 15 minutes to make all their moves, plus an extra ten seconds for each move. The event will start at 11 a.m. (prompt!), and we expect that it will finish by 7 p.m. Full information about the tournament, including how to enter, is available in the Rapidplay 2018 tab above.

Coffee, tea, and soft drinks will be available to purchase at the venue, and we expect to also provide sandwiches and other nourishment.

We are looking forward to seeing you – if you have any queries please do ask us.

Next Blitz tournament: Thursday 3 May

Our next blitz tournament will be on Thursday 3 May, at the Bridge Centre (upstairs), St Mary’s Road. Start time is 7.45, and, as usual, it will consist of seven rounds with each player having 5 minutes per game for all their moves, plus an increment of 5 extra seconds per move. We expect the tournament to finish before 10.30, and all equipment will be provided. All standard of player – from experienced to beginner – are welcome; if you are interested in chess, and have maybe played on-line, but have never played in an over-the-board tournament, this would be an ideal opportunity to try it out in a friendly environment.

April Blitz Results

The April Blitz, held on 19 April, proved to be a triumph for youth. The winner was the youngest player, fourteen-year old Denis Ruchko, who swept all before him, winning all seven games. And second was the second-youngest, Kynesha Ryder, who is sixteen, and scored 5 points out of 7. (The oldest entrant was third, but there are no prizes for being third.) Kynesha’s performance was particularly noteworthy as, in a strong field, she was eligible for the grading prize; despite the standard rule that the grading prize is not given to anyone who wins a place prize, she was awarded the grading prize as well, in recognition of her achievement. Which is not to take anything away from Denis – who is also the current holder of the Galway Winter League title, and the (adult) Connaught champion) – who was simply in a league of his own.

April Blitz: Thursday 19 April

This month’s Blitz tournament will be held on Thursday 19 April. (Please note that this is not the date originally announced, which was 12 April; unfortunately we have had to postpone it for a week. Many apologies.) As usual, it will be held in Galway Bridge Centre (upstairs), starting at 7.45, and will consist of 7 rounds, finishing about 10.30. All equipment will be provided. Non-members are welcome, as well as club members.

Connaught Champions 2018

Congratulations to both Denis Ruchko & Andrejs Koslovs, long time friends they were winners at the Connaught Senior Chess Championships.  Denis is Senior Champion and Andrejs is the Intermediate Champion of Connaught.

Also this week-end (just down the road) the Irish junior Championships are being held in Co. Clare .. anyone wishing to join the boys in Shannon .. click here for details.

March Blitz Results

The March Blitz, held on Thursday 15 March, had the lowest turnout for a couple of years – perhaps either because of the proximity to Patrick’s Day, or because it was arranged at very short notice. But, with eight participants and the prospect of seven rounds, at least the organization was easy, as it could be played as an all-play-all. This added to the excitement, as, by chance, the two leaders didn’t meet until the final round, when Jason Rawlinson, who had led throughout, lost to Pete Morriss, who thus overtook him to win, with 6 points out of 7. Jason was second, with 5½. The grading prize was won yet again by Andrejs Kozlovs, who scored 4 points, including a comprehensive win against the eventual winner.

March Blitz: 15 March

The March Blitz tournament will be this Thursday, 15 March, in the Bridge Centre, St. Mary’s Road. Start time 7.45. Same format as before.

  • Galway Congress 2019: March 22nd-24th

    Masters

    Player Rating
    GM Alexander Baburin 2433
    Anthony Fox 2027
    Peter Cafolla 1932
    Orison Carlile 1892
    Brendan Ruane 1885
    Denis Ruchko 1827
    Kevin O’Flaherty 1815

    Majors

    Player Rating
    Conall Hegarty 1641
    Andrejs Kozlovs 1471
    Joe O’Hanlon 1398
    Andrew Barber 1382
    Arman Arshakyan 1239

    Minors

    Player Rating
    Andrew Finnerty 1033
    Bill Delee 1027
    Ian Finnerty 1000
    Hayk Arshakyan 984
    Eamon Lenihan 825
    Lucy Bueckert 755
    David Cunningham 755
    Zoran Dragic 752
    Diana Bueckert 511
    Leah Cunningham

    Enter here!
    Free entry
    for players rated 2200 or over if entry received by February 22nd.
    Discount of €20
    for players rated 2000-2199 if entry received by February 22nd.
    Discount of €10
    for all players if entry received by March 10th.
    Enter now!

  • Upcoming Events

    (All 7.30pm starts in the Bridge Club unless otherwise specified)

    Tuesday 19th February: Friendly evening in Monroe’s Tavern from 8pm

    Thursday 21st Feb: Blitz

    Thursday 28th Feb: Rapid League

    Thursday 7th March: WL – Round 6

    Thursday 14th March: Free night

    Thursday 21st March: Rapid League

    Fri 22nd-Sun 24th March: Galway Congress

    Thursday 28th March: Blitz

    Thursday 4th April: WL – Final Round

    Thursday 11th April: Free evening

    Thursday 18th April: Closed for Easter

    Thursday 25th April: End of Season Blitz

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