Christmas Blitz 2022

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Our chess club blitz is scheduled for the 8th of December. This is traditionally a really fun event to mark the Christmas season. All members are welcome to attend and play.

For those unfamiliar, blitz tournaments are short on time, 5 or 3 minutes maximum per game with higher rated players starting with less time than there opponent.

The groups and format will be finalised depending on the numbers playing on the night. PLEASE NOTE to ensure the tournament is completed on the night we’d ask all to arrive at 7.15 on this night.

Chess Club Reopening

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Our Senior chess club is reopening on Thursday September 1st at 7.15pm. We will commence with a short AGM followed by games between new and old members.

Our Junior chess club will reopen the following week on Thursday Sept 8th at 6pm.

Please note our club room can accommodate a maximum of 22 players in each category. We look forward to welcoming both old and new members to our club.

Naomh Barrog vs Elm Mount

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Our on-line Leinster League season kicked off against Elm Mount. We had a good start and won two and a half to one and a half.
On Board one Des opened with a Catalan and soon had a good position with pressure on the Queen side. After a number off exchanges the advantage peppered out and the game reached a drawn Rook end game.
Board two found Suzanne replying to E4 with the French Defence and she grabbed a
pawn on B2. Her Queen came under attack and she had to give up a piece.
Her strong oppolent then took advantage of this and attacked her uncastled King.
More material was lost and she was forced to resign.
Seamus was on Board 3 and and following E4 the game entered the Pettroff opening which was used a number of times in the recent world championship match.
Seamus had soon control of the centre and gained two passed pawns on the King side and when pieces were exchanged he won easily.
Board 4 saw the appearence of our new member Merrill He played the black side of an Queens gambit. He won two pieces early on and then trapped his oppolents Queen and won well in the end.
Well done to everyone and our next match is on Thursday February 10th.

BEA vs Dunshaughlin

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The BEA team travelled to Dunshaughlin on Monday February 17th and came away with a three and a half to one and a half win.
Paddy on Board 1, won early on with a checkmate after the two players castled on opposite sides. Des on Board 2 won a piece and by putting his opponent under pressure won a second piece and the game. Sean on board three won a long game that went for seventy moves. He succeeded in Queening a pawn but faced four passed pawns in the centre of the board. He won all four and the game. Suzanne drew her game after a fascinating Queen endgame which looked like a loss as her opponent had a pawn on the seventh rank ready to queen. After a serious of checks she won a number of pawns and with time running short a draw was agreed. Austin on board five lost his game after it looked like he had some pressure.
This result puts us in fourth place five and a half points behind the leaders and five behind second place. Our next match is at home to Inchicore on the 3rd of March

BEA versus Aer Lingus

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Our BEA team gained a win over third placed Aer Lingus on Tuesday 4th.

First to finish was Des on Board 2 in a Kings Indian Defence where he forced a pawn to the seventh rank where to prevent Queening, Black had to lose serious material and resigned. Austin then secured a good draw on Board 3 in what looked like a deadlocked position. Séamus on Board 5 was next to finish where he again drew in what was a level game. Suzanne then drew her game despite her King been in the middle of the Board and been checked by Queen , Rook, and Bishop. Paddy was last to finish where he sealed a draw in fine style with a blockade.

Next up is Royal Lopez away on the 17th of February.

BEA team vs Longford

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The BEA team travelled to Longford on Saturday November 23rd and came away with one and a half points.
Four of our boards were out rated by between 400 and 150 points so the result was reasonable. Austin on Board one got a great draw against a player 350 points above him in a rook endgame. Des on Board two was outrated by 400 points but kept the game going for three and a half hours and both players had only a few minutes left on the clock.
Suzanne on Board three again outrated by over 300 points lost a pawn early and after being forced to exchange off all the pieces lost in the endgame. Sean on Board 4 got a good draw. Sean was under pressure but secured counter play with a passed pawn which was soon drawn. Seamus on Board five also secured a good draw against an experienced played who was 150 points above him. Our next match is at home on the 11th of Dec to Malahide and will be our last before Christmas