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
Gerardo Artola Pola clinched victory in the 2014-15 Galway Winter League by drawing with Jason Rawlinson, in a hard fought game. That puts him 1½ points ahead of the field, with one round to go. This is the first time that the Winter League has been won with a round to spare since it was reduced to 7 rounds ten years ago. Last year at this time it was very close, with five tied for first place before the final round, and a play-off eventually needed to determine the winner; this year Gerardo has run away with the tournament in fine style.