The Naomh Barróg club championship 2022/23 has come to a close and Des Martin is the clear winner after an unbeaten run of 5 wins in 5 games. Four players came joint second with 3.5 points out of 5: Paul Fitzpatrick, Austin Blake, Suzanne Barry and Harry Howard. In total, 17 players took part in the championship.
To commemorate his victory, I asked Des a few short questions.
Could you start by introducing yourself?
My name is Desmond Martin and I was born in 1960 in Rathangan, Co Kildare.
How did you pick up chess and get involved with Naomh Barróg?
What do you like most about chess?
Was there any game or moment in a game, from this year’s club championship that was particularly memorable?
What do you put your success down to you? What skill gave you the edge to win the championship?
I have spent some time in the last few months studying endgames and that paid off as most of my championship games went to the endgame.
The final standings of the club championship are: