Congratulations to Lara, who has been selected for the upcoming Olympiad in Chennai in India. She’ll be the first Benildus player to travel since Nicky Benson went to the 2010 Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk. Gerry O’Connell (Elista 1998) is the only other player to represent the country while a St Benildus player.
Diana Bueckert was named as third reserve in the event of any withdrawals.
The Olympiad is from 28th July to 10th August. Best of luck Lara!
Seán Coffey (once of this parish of course), found an interesting link between one of Lara’s games in Sligo recently and a famous textbook Capablanca ending from 100 years ago. And when I say “interesting link” – it’s the exact same position. See more here on Seán’s site.
In which the Branagan B pick up a second IM result in as many weeks, and Gerry won the first blitz grand prix event in more than two years despite being the lowly fourth seed.
After last week’s abortive attempt to get the Blitz Grand Prix back up and running, we’re going to give it another go tonight as the software is apparently fixed. Usual details – 8-10 and 6 rounds.
It looks like two Cup games next week, which means we’d have another round on the 25th, which would be the last club night before the exams.
We’ve been re-opening the club the last couple of weeks with some Branagan and Killane games, so we’re going to roll it out another step on Wednesday and restart our blitz grand prix tournament.
We had two matches up the club as our covid re-opening gathers pace – the Killane confirmed their place in the quarter-finals, while the Branagan B bowed out with three decent draws against Gonzaga B, including one against Ireland’s number 1 ranked player.
The 2022 European School Chess Championship currently underway in Rhodes had a very special guest to make the ceremonial opening move in round 5 – and we have to admit it’s a good reason to miss Killane Shield duties tomorrow night!
Full story on the ECU website here.
Two years of online came to an end on Wednesday with the club claiming the Division 3 title in the Leinster online leagues.
Gerry lost out on retaining his Irish Over 50s title on tie-break over the Easter weekend.
Four of the club’s juniors shared 500+ rating points between them at the John Bolger Cup in Coláiste Éanna last month – and only that there was a derby in the last round of the Masters section, they could each topped 100 points of a gain each.