There was nearly a sensational upset in the Limerick Open at the end of last month before the top seed by 450 points secured victory on 6/6.
Gergely Szabo GM faced our own Brendan Lyons on board 1 in the last round, with the winner assured of overall tournament victory. Brendan had started off with wins against 1400s, but then beat Ronan Magee, drew with second seed Norbert Hoffmann and beat Séamus Duffy to be sitting on 4½/5. It’s not the first time Brendan’s faced a GM in Ireland – a few years back, he was seen taking a photo of his own game against Peter Svidler on the big screen in Bunratty. Maybe drawing on that experience, Brendan put in an excellent performance to reach a level rook and pawn ending only for his opponent to eke out a win from the smallest of advantages. Brendan dropped down to a share of fourth, but did win a grading prize and gain 32 points, finally taking his rating over the 1900 mark for the first time in a decade.