Next Blitz tournament: Thursday 11 August

The next in our summer series of monthly blitz tournaments will be held on Thursday 11 August, in our normal room: upstairs in the Galway Bridge Centre, St Mary’s Road.  Starting time is 7.45 p.m., and the expected finishing time is about 10.30.  The format is 7 rounds, with each game played at a speed of 5 minutes for the game plus a 5 second increment per move.  We will provide all sets and clocks.  As this is not part of our regular season, there will be an entry fee of €5 to pay for the hire of the room, with any surplus returned in prizes.  To enter, just turn up on the night with your €5.  You do not need to be a club member.

We had a good turnout for our July blitz (both in terms of numbers and quality) and we are looking forward to seeing even more of you in August.

Galway Congress 2023: 10-12 March

A date for your diary: next year’s Congress will take place on the weekend of 10th to 12th March 2023, in the Menlo Park Hotel again.  Further details will be announced nearer the event.

Galway Rapidplay: Results

The 2022 Galway Rapidplay. held on Saturday 18 June at the Galway Bridge Centre, attracted 90 entries – about twice our previous highest number.  Nearly a third of these were playing in their first tournament, which indicates the enthusiasm that there is for chess at the moment.  If this continues, then Irish chess would seem to be in a very good place.

            The tournament was won by top-seed Colm Daly, who dropped just half a point – to Conall Hegarty.  Second equal, half a point behind, were S Anand Kumar and Rory Quinn.  In recognition of the large number of entries, we drastically increased the number of rating prizes and junior prizes, in each case from the advertised one up to four.  Rating prizes winners were: under-1500: Paul Ward and Jaiten Saini on 5 points; under-1000: Christopher Woods, also on 5 points; and unrated (for which there were two prizes): Gerard McLoughlin (again on 5 points) and Brian Gallagher (4½).  Under-18 prize-winners were Lukian Hushpit and Christopher Woods again (both on 5 points), with a four-way tie for the third prize between Maryna PetrenkoPatrick O’KeeffeGeorge Stack, and Patryk Brozynski (all 4½ points).  The under-12 prize was won by nine-year-old Vivaan Verlekar (4½ points).  Last, but definitely not least, the prize for the best female player was won by Alice O’Gorman, who was also fourth equal on 5½ points.  Unusually for such category-prizes, it was decided in a head-to-head last round match-up between the two leading candidates, Alice and Maryna Petrenko, in which Alice prevailed.

            Photographs of the prize winners, plus full standings and cross-table, are available here.

Winter League 2002: Full Results

The Winter League has now finished, and here are the final results. As previously reported, the tournament was won, after a tie-break finish, by Jason Rawlinson. Second equal were the two vanquished players in the tie-break – Pete Morriss and Andrew Barber. The first Rating Prize was won by Gourang Jiddewar, playing in his first tournament, with an excellent 5 points. The Second Rating Prize resulted in a five-way tie on 4 points; the cash prize was won by Bryn Edwards, also playing in his first tournament, who had easily the best tie-break of the five. Trophies went to Gourang and Bryn, and Frank Healy, Micheal Karapish, Cavanaugh Conneely, and David Piercy – all except David were also playing in their first tournament, so the new members did very well.

Below is the full cross-table for the tournament

No Name                     Total  1    2    3    4    5    6    7  

1  Rawlinson, Jason         5.5   26:W 13:W  2:W  6:W  3:D  4:L  9:W
2  Morriss, Pete            5.5   18:W 20:W  1:L  8:W 11:W  6:W  4:D
3  Barber, Andrew           5.5   14:D 11:D 13:W 20:+  1:D 18:W  6:W
4  Pereiro Rodriguez, Diego 5     13:L 23:W 11:D 10:W 14:W  1:W  2:D
5  Jiddewar, Gourang        5     19:W 12:L 15:W 11:L  -:W 13:+  8:W
6  Edwards, Bryn            4      9:W 26:+ 18:W  1:L  8:W  2:L  3:L
7  Healy, Frank             4     17:L 25:+ 26:+ 14:L 12:W  9:L 16:W
8  Karapish, Micheal        4     22:W 24:W 10:W  2:L  6:L 19:+  5:L
9  Piercy, David            4      6:L 16:- 24:W 16:W 21:+  7:W  1:L
10 Conneely, Cavanaugh      4     12:W 15:W  8:L  4:L 18:L  -:W 22:+
11 Delee, Bill              3.5   21:D  3:D  4:D  5:W  2:L 20:+ 12:L
12 Frost, Robert            3.5   10:L  5:W 16:W 21:L  7:L 14:D 11:W
13 Du Berry, Ross           3      4:W  1:L  3:L 19:W 17:+  5:-   
14 Scarry, James            3      3:D 21:W 20:L  7:W  4:L 12:D  
15 Gallagher, Maureen       3     25:+ 10:L  5:L 24:+ 19:L 16:L 17:+
16 Galvin, Eoin             3     23:L  9:+ 12:L  9:L 22:W 15:W  7:L
17 Twomey, Alice            3      7:W 18:L 21:L 23:+ 13:- 22:+ 15:-
18 Blackwell, James         3      2:L 17:W  6:L 22:W 10:W  3:L  
19 Whyte, Shane             3      5:L 22:W 23:+ 13:L 15:W  8:-   
20 Istuk, Niko              2.5   24:W  2:L 14:W  3:-  -:D 11:-   
21 Maurer, Tobias           2.5   11:D 14:L 17:W 12:W  9:-  
22 Reilly, Scott            1      8:L 19:L  -:W 18:L 16:L 17:- 10:-
23 Feerick, Cyril           1     16:W  4:L 19:- 17:-   
24 Donlon, Pete             .5    20:L  8:L  9:L 15:-  -:D   
25 Alsaleh, Mohammed        0     15:-  7:-  
26 Cunningham, David        0      1:L  6:-  7:-  

Winter League 2002 winner: Jason Rawlinson

The 2022 Winter League had the closest finish in its more than twenty-year history: there was a three-way tie for first place between Jason Rawlinson, Pete Morriss, and Andrew Barber.  We have had ties for first before, but never one involving more than two players.  So yesterday there was a play-off between those three, and the clear winner who emerged was Jason Rawlinson.  Congratulations to Jason for a thoroughly deserved victory.

I will post the full results and list of prize-winners shortly, when the last remaining games have been played.

Winter League 2002 – Round 7

Here are the pairings for the final round of the Winter League, to be played on Thursday 19 May. We can look forward to an exciting conclusion, as there are still several contenders for every prize.

No Name                         Total           Name                    Total

 1 Pereiro Rodriguez, Diego (4) [4.5]     :     Morriss, Pete (1)       [5]  
 2 Piercy, David (13)           [4]       :     Rawlinson, Jason (3)    [4.5]
 3 Edwards, Bryn (19)           [4]       :     Barber, Andrew (5)      [4.5]
 4 Karapish, Micheal (21)       [4]       :     Jiddewar, Gourang (23)  [4]  
 5 Frost, Robert (14)           [2.5]     :     Delee, Bill (8)         [3.5]
 6 Galvin, Eoin (24)            [3]       :     Healy, Frank (25)       [3]  
 7 Twomey, Alice (18)           [3]       :     Gallagher, Maureen (16) [2]  
 8 Reilly, Scott (15)           [1]       :     Coneely, Cavanaugh (20) [3]  

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                               

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.

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 Chess Club is closed for summer.

    However, we meet for some casual games on Tuesday evenings in the Mechanics Institute. If you would like to join some evening, please drop us an email (in good time - the email account is not checked daily.)
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