Galway Rapidplay 2022

The Galway Rapidplay tournament will take place on Saturday 18 June in the Galway Bridge Centre. Start time is 11.00 a.m. (sharp!), but you should enter in advance by emailing us at galwaychess(at)gmail(dot)com before Friday 17 June (and pay the entry fee of €15 on arrival on the day between 10.15 and 10.45 a.m.). There will be seven rounds, with each player having 15 minutes per game to make all their moves, plus an extra ten seconds for each move. Full information is available on the “Galway Rapidplay” tab, above.

Non-members are very welcome to take part, and this event is particularly suitable for anybody considering playing in their first tournament.

Galway Chess Club Has Re-opened!

We have now reopened after our long pandemic-induced closure, and are meeting regularly again on Thursday evenings at the Bridge Centre, St Mary’s Road. Look here for our events, or drop us an email (galwaychess[at]gmail[dot]com) to be put on our mailing list.


At present, the Bridge Centre expects visitors to wear masks when entering and to use the available hand sanitiser.

Looking forward to seeing you all!

Winter League 2022 – Round 6

Here are the pairings for round 6, to be played on Thursday 5 May (or, by arrangement between the players, before Sunday 15th).

No Name                    Total           Name                         Total

 1 Rawlinson, Jason (3)    [4.5]     :     Pereiro Rodriguez, Diego (4) [3.5]
 2 Morriss, Pete (1)       [4]       :     Edwards, Bryn (19)           [4]  
 3 Barber, Andrew (5)      [3.5]     :     Blackwell, James (7)         [3]  
 4 Jiddewar, Gourang (23)  [3]       :     Du Berry, Ross (10)          [3]  
 5 Healy, Frank (25)       [3]       :     Piercy, David (13)           [3]  
 6 Karapish, Micheal (21)  [3]       :     Whyte, Shane (26)            [3]  
 7 Delee, Bill (8)         [2.5]     :     Istuk, Niko (6)              [2.5]
 8 Scarry, James (11)      [2.5]     :     Frost, Robert (14)           [2]  
 9 Gallagher, Maureen (16) [2]       :     Galvin, Eoin (24)            [2]  
10 Twomey, Alice (18)      [2]       :     Reilly, Scott (15)           [1]  
11 Coneely, Cavanaugh (20) [2]      1:0    BYE                               

Winter League 2022 – Round 5

Here are the pairings for round 5. (Apologies for not posting the round 4 pairings: I was having internet problems. Those pairings – and all of the results – will be put up here at the end of the tournament.)


1 Barber, Andrew (5) [3] : Rawlinson, Jason (3) [4] 2 Edwards, Bryn (19) [3] : Karapish, Micheal (21) [3] 3 Morriss, Pete (1) [3] : Delee, Bill (8) [2.5] 4 Pereiro Rodriguez, Diego (4) [2.5] : Scarry, James (11) [2.5] 5 Maurer, Tobias (2) [2.5] : Piercy, David (13) [2] 6 Blackwell, James (7) [2] : Coneely, Cavanaugh (20) [2] 7 Twomey, Alice (18) [2] : Du Berry, Ross (10) [2] 8 Healy, Frank (25) [2] : Frost, Robert (14) [2] 9 Whyte, Shane (26) [2] : Gallagher, Maureen (16) [2] 10 Galvin, Eoin (24) [1] : Reilly, Scott (15) [1] 11 Jiddewar, Gourang (23) [2] 1:0 BYE 12 Istuk, Niko (6) [2] .5:0 BYE 13 Donlon, Pete (12) [0] .5:0 BYE

Winter League 2022 – Round 3

Here are the pairings for round 3:

No Name                         Total  Result   Name                    Total

 1 Rawlinson, Jason (3)         [2]       :     Morriss, Pete (1)       [2]  
 2 Coneely, Cavanaugh (20)      [2]       :     Karapish, Micheal (21)  [2]  
 3 Istuk, Niko (6)              [1]       :     Scarry, James (11)      [1.5]
 4 Pereiro Rodriguez, Diego (4) [1]       :     Delee, Bill (8)         [1]  
 5 Du Berry, Ross (10)          [1]       :     Barber, Andrew (5)      [1]  
 6 Blackwell, James (7)         [1]       :     Edwards, Bryn (19)      [1.5]
 7 Maurer, Tobias (2)           [.5]      :     Twomey, Alice (18)      [1]  
 8 Cunningham, David (9)        [.5]      :     Healy, Frank (25)       [1]  
 9 Galvin, Eoin (24)            [1]       :     Frost, Robert (14)      [1]  
10 Jiddewar, Gourang (23)       [1]       :     Gallagher, Maureen (16) [1]  
11 Whyte, Shane (26)            [1]       :     Feerick, Cyril (17)     [1]  
12 Donlon, Pete (12)            [0]       :     Piercy, David (13)      [0]  
13 Reilly, Scott (15)           [0]      1:0    BYE     

Galway Congress 2022: Results

The Galway Congress was won by Richard Zienert, who came over from Germany for the tournament, and returned €1000 richer.  Richard scored 5½ points out of 6; his one draw was with Denis Ruchko, who finished second equal, with Atharva Paibir, on 5 points.

Denis Ruchko also won the Reynolds Electronics Perpetual Trophy for the best Connaught player.  The Hugh Finan Memorial Cup, awarded to the highest placed player rated under 1200, was won by James Scarry, who scored 4½ points.

Rating prizes also went to Rafael Ninan Renji, Andrey Ivanov, David Andreu, Jack Hennesy, Oscar Roe, George Fearnhead, Stanislaw Ulbrych, Craig Dubose, Paddy Connolly, Alice Twomey, Gourang Jiddewar, Bryn Edwards, and Alex Harney.

The full standings and crosstable are on our dedicated webpage, along with photos of some of the winners.

Winter League 2022 – Round 2

Here are the pairings for round 2:

 1 Pete Morriss (1)       [1]       :     Niko Istuk (6)              [1]  
 2 Jason Rawlinson (3)    [1]       :     Ross Du Berry (10)          [1]  
 3 James Scarry (11)      [.5]      :     Tobias Maurer (2)           [.5] 
 4 Bill Delee (8)         [.5]      :     Andrew Barber (5)           [.5] 
 5 Cyril Feerick (17)     [1]       :     Diego Pereiro Rodriguez (4) [0]  
 6 Alice Twomey (18)      [1]       :     James Blackwell (7)         [0]  
 7 Bryn Edwards (19)      [1]       :     David Cunningham (9)        [0]  
 8 Micheal Karapish (21)  [1]       :     Pete Donlon (12)            [0]  
 9 Maureen Gallagher (16) [1]       :     Cavanaugh Coneely (20)      [1]  
10 Robert Frost (14)      [0]       :     Gourang Jiddewar (23)       [1]  
11 Eoin Galvin (24)       [0]       :     David Piercy (13)           [0]  
12 Shane Whyte (26)       [0]       :     Scott Reilly (15)           [0]  
13 Mohammed Alsaleh (22)  [0]       :     Frank Healy (25)            [0] 

Winter League 2022 – Round 1

The 2022 Winter League (our club championship) starts this Thursday (17 February). Here are the pairings for round 1:

               

 1 James Blackwell (6)        :     Pete Morriss (1)      
 2 Tobias Maurer (2)          :     Bill Delee (7)        
 3 David Cunningham (8)       :     Jason Rawlinson (3)   
 4 Andrew Barber (4)          :     James Scarry (9)      
 5 Pete Donlon (10)           :     Niko Istuk (5)        
 6 David Piercy (11)          :     Bryn Edwards (17)     
 7 Cavanaugh Coneely (18)     :     Robert Frost (12)     
 8 Scott Reilly (13)          :     Micheal Karapish (19) 
 9 Mohammed Alsaleh (20)      :     Maureen Gallagher (14)
10 Cyril Feerick (15)         :     Eoin Galvin (21)      
11 Frank Healy (22)           :     Alice Twomey (16)     

If you haven’t entered and would like to join the tournament in round 2, please email us at galwaychess [at]gmail[dot]com

Galway Chess Congress: Friday 11 to Sunday 13 March 2022

Galway Congress will be held in the Menlo Park Hotel, on the weekend of 11th to 13th March. You can enter now, by going to the Galway Congress 2022 tab, above, which also gives further information about the Congress. It’s suitable for players of all levels, from Grandmasters to beginners who haven’t played in a tournament before. We look forward to seeing you!

Galway Club Championship

The Galway Chess Club Championship will start on Thursday 17 February. We call it the Winter League, although that is obviously a misnomer this year. It will consist of 7 rounds of long-play games (at a time rate of 90 minutes per player for the game, plus an increment of ten seconds per move) played at fortnightly intervals between February and May. Entrants must be club members, and there is an entry fee of €5, all of which will be returned in prizes. If you would like to enter, or would like further information, please email us at galwaychess[at]gmail[dot]com .

  • Rapidplay 2022: Entrants

    NameRating
    Andrew Barber
    Max Cook
    ​Benjamin Gacquin
    Paul Gaffney
    Eoin Galvin
    Conor Haran
    James Lee
    Vladimir Mabhena
    Gerard McLoughlin
    Patrick Murphy
    Timothy O'Malley
    Vinayak Verlekar
    Vivaan Verlekar