The draw has been made for the first round of the 2017 Senior Club Championships.
Gerry will start off with his toughest opener in the tournament to date, when taking on Ciarán Mahon on the top board. On 2, Tim’s first club championship match since I think the 2003 edition will be as black against Eddie Gahan.
We have two newcomers this year – Vjekoslav will face Aodhán, while David Dooley has black against me. Meanwhile, Denis Dempsey will be looking to repeat his first-round win over Dylan two years ago when they face again this year, while the slight quirk in the draw (as against seedings) is because Desmond and Ross have both requested a bye, but as they’re both in the middle of each half, we can pair them against each other without upsetting the draw too much (Desmond would have played Vjekoslav, and Ross Paddy). There are still three players with byes, all from the bottom half of the draw, and we’ll see if we can pair any of those together without upsetting the draw too much. We want a mix of a fair tournament with as many games as possible for people!
The draw in full is as below. The grading bands are Under 1300 and 1300-1700. The David v Goliath prize is back, and has been won both times previously in the first round, so seeds beware!
The first round is underway this Wednesday at 7:30.
|1||Gerry O’Connell||2086||v||10||Ciarán Mahon||1643|
|13||Eddie Gahan||1374||v||2||Tim McCarthy||1944|
|3||John Healy||1851||v||15||Felix Jordan||1341|
|17||Aodhán Keane||1238||v||4||Vjekoslav Novak||1754|
|5||Dylan Boland||1747||v||18||Denis Dempsey||1206|
|19||Des Carroll||1012||v||6||Mariusz Lokasto||1720|
|7||Ciarán Ruane||1707||v||20||Paddy Power||782|
|16||Desmond Beatty||1260||v||8||Ross Beatty||1682|
|9||Kevin Burke||1653||v||21||David Dooley||770|