This year’s Glorney was an enlarged event – which curiously meant fewer rounds – as the addition of England B and France meant a one-round all-play-all round robin of five matches as opposed to last year’s two-round all-play-off tournament of six rounds.
Ross picked up 2/5 on board 4 in his first Glorney – a solid score, even if it was the lowest of the five on the Irish team. But as he was one of just two players moving straight up from the victorious 2015 Robinson team (Henry Li being the other), the step up is something to build on for future years.
Anastasija, meanwhile, started off with two defeats – not entirely surprising given her recent inactivity – but then picked up 2½/3 in the final rounds to end on a 50% score on board 3 in her final Gilbert. Ireland finished second to England for the second year in a row – though by a more palatable four points, as opposed to the tie-break last year.
Ex-Benildian Alex Byrne led the Robinson (U-14s) to a second title in a row, while the Stokes team (U-12s) ended third.
Next year’s competition will be in Cardiff, and hopefully Benildus will be well represented again. We’ll hopefully have a couple of player with eyes on a Stokes training call-up – if not more! – while Mihailo’s excellent performance in Novi Sad at the moment has seen him pass 1900, even if he loses his last two games, and he should be a contender for a place on the Glorney.
Well done to all!