This website is maintained by Rory Quinn. All articles are my own work unless otherwise stated. I originally started this blog in 2009 to give Ennis Chess Club a web presence something the club needed at the time. While providing coverage and information about chess in Ennis and the Munster/Connaught areas in particular it also provides commentary on national and international chess news.
A number of Ennis chessplayers travelled to the Galway Rapidplay today. Well done to Lukasz Daros who scored 5 out of 7 and won a share of the U1600 grading prize.
John Cassidy advises there was an error in the draw for Round 5 of the club league so the draw has been redone. None of the matches already played are affected but there are some changes to the pairings. Updated Round 5 draw
The postponed round of the Munster League was played today with both Ennis teams in action. The A team needed to at least match Sarsfields result to ensure second place. That we did with a comprehensive victory over Charleville meaning we finished in 2nd place for the season.
Ennis A 4.5 – 0.5Charleville
1. R Quinn 0.5 – 0.5 C Buenos
2. J Williams 1-0 PJ Rea
3. T Dunne 1-0 A King
4. N Larter 1-0 K Cole
5. G Casey 1-0 P Meskell
The B team had a narrow loss to Cork B in their match.
Ennis B 2-3 Cork B
1. D Murphy 0-1 M Watkins
2. L Daros 1-0 P Doyle
3. J Dunne 1-0 E Vaughan
4. C McGorrian 0-1 A Ranade
5. T Holland 0-1 S Sumanth
Well done to Marijus Vicas who became the first untitled player to win the Ennis Congress outright since Valentine Kalinins in 2013. He started with five wins out of five and a last round draw was enough to take the title. FM Conor O’Donnell and FM Colm Daly finished in joint 2nd-3rd on five points. Theo Wallace won the U1400 starting with a draw before five successive wins gave him the title. Akshay Ranade and Hari Prasad finished a half point behind in joint 2md-3rd place. Well done to these and all other prizewinners.
After todays results in the Munster League Cork A will be Division 1 Champions and Limerick B are looking good for Division 2. Ennis A were tied on match points with Cork A going into todays games but we were held to a draw by Limerick A in the first match.
Ennis A 2.5-2.5 Limerick A
1. R Quinn 0.5-0.5 R Delaney
2. T Dunne 1-0 D Chaudarov
3. L Scott 0.5-0.5 P Carey
4. M O’Donnell 0-1 J Solomatina
5. J Cassidy 0.5-0.5 R O’Brien
With Cork A having a comprehensive win over Sarsfields in the earlier round, it meant we were a half point behind them going into a winner takes all clash in the evening. Cork won the match to leave themselves 1.5 match points ahead with just a single round left.
Cork A 3-2 Ennis A
1. J Shanel 0-1 R Quinn
2. H Doyle 1-0 T Dunne
3. P Leichert 1-0 L Scott
4. H De Jonge 0.5-0.5 M O’Donnell
5. S Murphy 0.5-0.5 J Cassidy
Ennis B had a good result in the early round, holding Limerick B to a draw.They were beaten by Cork B in the second match.
Ennis B 2.5-2.5 Limerick B
1. D Murphy 0.5-0.5 P Foenander
2. J Dunne 0-1 D Fanning
3. L Daros 1-0 S Danaher
4. J O’Sullivan 1-0 T Dineen
5. P Timlin 0-1 H Prasad
Ennis B 1.5-3.5 Cork B
1. D Murphy 0-1 L Hackett
2. J Dunne 0-1 B Foran
3. L Daros 0.5-0.5 M Bradley
4. J O’Sullivan 1-0 M Watkins
5. P Timon 0-1 S Shindji
Both Ennis teams had wins in the Munster League today. The A team had a good win over CCYMS. Luke Scott sealed the win in the last game of the match to finish, his queenside pawns proving too much for David Geaney O’Briens extra knight.
CCYMS 2-3 Ennis A
1. K Moynihan 0.5-0.5 R Quinn
2. P O’Donovan 1-0 M O’Donnell
3. D Geaney O’Brien 0-1 L Scott
4. P Twomey 0-1 N Larter
5. P Dowdall 0.5-0.5 G Casey
In other results from this round Charleville held Sarsfields to a draw. Cork A were also held to a draw by Limerick in a match that could have gone either way. With the match tied at 2-2, the game between Kevin O’Flaherty and Jaroslav Shanel was entering its final stages after over 4 hours play. It looked like Kevin should be winning but it was quite complicated and the Czech player managed to salvage a draw ensuring the match finished drawn.
The B team beat Dungarvan by the same score as in our match with CCYMS. Aaron Daly and Phil Timlin both getting wins.
Dungarvan 2-3 Ennis B
1. E Lambden 0-1 A Daly
2. M Basnake 1-0 L Daros
3. C Coughlan 0.5-0.5 C McGorrian
4. J Lucey 0.5-0.5 J O’Sullivan
5. P O’Mahony 0-1 P Timlin
Round 2 which normally runs from 5pm to 9pm was postponed on account of heavy snow in Charleville earlier today. It will be played at a later date.
English GMs Mark Hebden and Luke McShane finished in joint first place in the Bunratty Masters over the weekend. Both finished on 5 points. There were 6 players tied in third through to eighth place a half point back.
Ciaran Quinn won the Challengers outright a half point ahead of Stephen McQuillan, Luke Scott and Jonathan Peoples. Muhd Khairil Asyr Khairil won the Major on an impressive 6 out of 6. Theo Wallace and Sean Horan finished in joint first in the Minor. Theres a tournament report at the Irish Chess Union website and more details at Bunratty Chess