ATTENDEES (Re-opening Blitz, Thursday 18th) 1 Pete Morriss 2 Brian Gallagher 3 James Blackwell 4 Ronan Zaletel 5 Jason Rawlinson 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
The home of chess in Galway
We had a relatively low turnout at the start of the February Blitz, though some more players joined in later. In the event, the tournament became rather a two-horse race between Pete Morriss and Brian Gallagher. They met in round 3, and Pete managed to win their game, somewhat fortuitously. They both then defeated the rest of the field (though most of their games were hard fought) leaving Pete still a point ahead at the start of the last round, with the rest nowhere. Pete then won again, whilst Brian was defeated by last month’s joint-winner Diego Rodriguez, to make the final gap look more comfortable than it had felt: thus Pete Morriss was the winner with 7 wins out of 7, and Brian Gallagher second with 5/7. The rating prize went to Ger Abberton, who scored 3½ points.