Galway Winter League, Round 1.
Z. Nemeth G. Abberton Z. Dragic P. Morriss J. Rawlinson I. Finnerty D. Piercy K. O’Mahoney K. Asyraf J. Blackwell B. Delee A. Koslovs P. Ward I. Danial A. Zariq A. Barber K. Ryder BYE
The home of chess in Galway
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.