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
The Winter League saw major upsets last night, when the top three seeds all lost. Now there are four players tied on first place with just two rounds to go: Joona Kiiski (the defending champion and previous leader), Conall Hegarty (who beat Joona), Carlos Silva (who beat Conall in the first round, and is the only player unbeaten), and Henryk Raczkowiak. Felix Calleja is just half a point behind the leaders, whilst the original second and third seeds follow behind him. So an exciting finish on 13 March and 10 April is guaranteed, and there’s a high probability of the title being again decided in a play-off.