Three hung queens and two botched openings helped the Armstrong B to notch their first win of the season in Balbriggan yesterday, an excellent 5-3 win which matched the As’ result against the same side earlier in the season.
Two-time reigning champion Dylan won the first event of the 2018 Blitz Grand Prix, which saw a couple of stand-out performances and also a grand prix first.
After a decidedly dodgy start to 2018, our next two teams to return to action after the Christmas had much more joy in their first games back, while there was an unusual derby match in the Mulcahy Cup in Cork.
The Armstrong B and the O’Hanlon both suffered heavy defeats against relegation rivals as the leagues got back underway after the Christmas break with 21 games for the club.
Our own Mel Ó Cinnéide had an article published on chess.com recently about how AlphaZero went from learning chess one day to hammering the strongest computer programme in the world 28-0 the next day; it’s worth a read to get a view on literally one of the most incredible chess results of all time. There’s a part 2 on the way shortly.
A reminder that the first round of the club’s 2018 Blitz Grand Prix starts next week at 8pm. Rules are the same as before – six rounds, 30 points for the winner down to 1 point for 20th place, and your best five results from the six tournaments between now and May to decide who wins the title and the golden trophy. All club members welcome to play!
Here‘s a reminder of how last year’s competition ended up.
Gerry rounded the week’s activities in the Talbot Hotel off as it had started, while Stephen Brady unfortunately fell short in his quest for an IM norm.