An understrength Armstrong went down by the narrowest of margins for the second match in a row, and our chances of repeating last season’s fourth place are fading.
We’re planning to hold a Swiss blitz tournament up the club tonight, starting about 8:15. With that and the Bodley and the new clocks not in yet, we may be a bit short of clocks for everyone. If you have one at home and would be able to bring it up for this evening, it’d be much appreciated!
After being unceremoniously dumped out of the promotion race two weeks ago, the O’Hanlon bounced back to win in Finglas last night.
The O’Connell Cup, Novices Division of the Leinster Club Leagues will take place in ALSAA, on Sunday May 18th from 10am to 5pm.
For the fifth time in four seasons, the Bodley have fallen just short of promotion – though this year’s story is probably the most agonising of the lot.
There’s a small cohort of very strong players these days who revel in breaking all the basic rules of chess. Magnus Carlsen once began a game against England in the Olympiad with 1. e4 Nf6 2. d4 g6 3. e5 Nh5?! (and lost, granted). The games aren’t great for learning opening fundamentals, but they can be good fun to watch anyway! Here’s a more recent example from the recent International Open in Minsk (may require Java). White – who makes four “amateur” moves in the first seven – is currently ranked number 32 in the world. And won against a GM. Enjoy!
St Benildus Chess Club are delighted to acknowledge grant assistance from Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council, which will go towards finally replacing our current stock of battered clocks.