Archive for February, 2011
Played on Saturday, February 19th, 2011.
Armstrong Cup, Kilkenny vs Rathmines (board 6).
Polimac, Darko (1989) vs Scannell, Tony (1822)
Replay Game Here
Reti Opening or Nimzovich-Larsen attack
1. b3 Nf6 2. Bb2 d5 3. Nf3 c5 4. e3 Nbd7 5. Bb5 a6 6. Bxd7+ Bxd7
Black has the two bishops, which turns out to be decisive. But there’s a long way to go yet.
Four Rathmines players were involved in the Nigel Short simul on Tuesday night – Killian Delaney, Michael Kennedy, Ian Maloney, and myself, Tony Scannell. And what a night! Play started about 8.30pm, after a fascinating lecture from Nigel, and only finished around 1am. I sat for the entire time period and only had to play one game and yet was exhausted. Nigel looked shattered. He certainly gave good value for money. He won 26 of 30 games and drew just 4. Here’s one of the draws…(which could have been a win, but read on…)
Short Simul Wynns Hotel, 22nd February, 2011.
White: Short, Nigel, 2658 vs. Black: Scannell, Tony, 1822
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be2 Nc6 I wanted a relatively calm game, so this move avoids the current theory around 6… e5. 7. f4 Qc7 8. O-O Bd7 9. Be3 e6 10. Qe1 Be7 We have transposed into a Sicilian Scheveningen. White has lots of space but black still has his compact e6, d6 little centre.
Position after 11. Qg3
11… g6 (11… O-O Castling into it is theory, but I didn’t fancy defending this position! 12. Kh1 b5 13. a3 Nxd4 14. Bxd4 Bc6 15. Rae1 Qb7 16. Bd3 b4 17. axb4 Qxb4 18. Ne2 is one sample variation)
With every point required to avoid the drop, this win comes at just the right time. Fantastic result, with the bottom four boards proving to be the decisive factor.
Rathmines B vs Phibsboro
Played Monday 21st February.
T Skrzypnik 0-1 Stephen Brady
Abul Kalam 0-1 Richard O’Donovan
Mindaugas Janusaitis 1-0 John Nolan
John Aherne 0-1 Kevin Butler
Tony Bermingham 1-0 Stawomir Jurkiewicz
David Goggins 0.5-0.5 Anthony Duffy
John Burns 1-0 Tim Conlan
James Burke 1-0 Jim Sweeney
Result 4.5 – 3.5
Here´s the scorecard from Kilkenny vs Rathmines A (Armstrong), played Saturday 19th February, 2011.
Bd KILKENNY ICU no. Rating Result RATHMINES A ICU no. Rating
1 Alexander Baburin 7085 2482 1 – 0 Sam Osborne 6252 2084
2 Ryan Rhys Griffiths 6897 2265 1 – 0 Peter Cafolla 159 2022
3 Mark Quinn 1402 2363 0.5 – 0.5 Killian Delaney 5104 2010
4 Karl McPhillips 5243 2281 0 – 1 Darren McCabe 5722 1912
5 John Courtney 6882 1899 1 – 0 DJ O´Donoghue 5028 1853
6 Darko Polimac 6141 1989 0 – 1 Tony Scannell 1533 1822
7 Eamon Keogh 731 1909 0.5 – 0.5 Leon Fagan 406 1818
8 Aravind Menon 6717 1861 1 – 0 Ian Moloney 2346 1768
5 – 3
The final score looks more convincing than the actual match. Leon was two pawns up and in a probably winning position but suffered some nerves in trying to close it out against Eamon. And DJ lost a cliff-hanger against John Courtney, who had a winning end-game but an extremely low amount of time. John flashed out blitz moves and DJ was mated with just seconds remaining on his clock. Most notable were Darren’s win over Karl and Killian’s draw against IM Quinn. Overall – and despite the loss – it was a great team performance.
I am going to be publishing my game against Polimac sometime soon and am hoping to have another couple of games too.
This is an open invitiation to ALL players in Rathmines: if you have an interesting game that you’d like to see published on the site, just email me! email@example.com The ideal is to send a pgn file with embedded comments.
Peter Lynch tells me a few Irish players are playing in this up-coming tournament, in early April 2011, so if you’re interested in it at all, talk to Peter.
Here´s the scorecard for Rathmines A vs Elm Mount in the Armstrong (10-Feb-2011)
|Bd||Rathmines A||ICU no.||Rating||Result||Elm Mount||ICU no.||Rating|
|1||Mel O Cinneide||720||2182||0.5 – 0.5||David Fitzsimons||6236||2237|
|2||Sam Osborne||6252||2084||1 – 0||Zygis Jakubauskas||9277||2092|
|3||Peter Cafolla||159||2022||0 – 1||Ciaran Quinn||1398||2029|
|4||Killian Delaney||5104||2010||1 – 0||Gerard MacElligott||1078||1936|
|5||Darren McCabe||5722||1912||1 – 0||Bernard Boyle||3172||1867|
|6||DJ O´Donoghue||5028||1853||1 – 0||Liam Porter||1383||1888|
|7||Leon Fagan||406||1818||0 – 1||Matthias Rahneberg||17301||1807|
|8||Tony Scannell||1533||1822||0.5 – 0.5||Tomas Bajcar||10081||1757|
|5 – 3|
There was an extraordinary game on board 2, where Zygis Jakubauskas resigned after around 10 moves when under the mistaken impression that he was about to be mated. Mel on board one held off David Fitzsimons to score a second great draw. Again, our middle boards of Killian, Darren, and DJ proved to be very strong. Killian is now on 8/9 for the season. Overall, a 5-3 win is a very good performance against the reigning champions, but not enough to push Kilkenny at the top, who are up on Saturday week (Feb 19th).
Malahide vs. Rathmines B, Monday 7th Feb 2011
Justin Daly 0-1 T Skrzypnik
Gerry Buckley 0.5-05 A Kalam
V Bissett 0.5-0.5 M Janusaitis
F McMAhon 1-0 John Aherne
Melyvn King 1-0 Tony Bermingham
Alec Tyrrell 0.5-0.5 David Goggins
Paul Reilly 0.5-0.5 John Burns
Anton Whalley 1-0 Lukasz Goralski
Philip Hogarty Memorial Rapidplay Tournament
May 14th, 2011.
The Academy Plaza
10-14 Findlater Place,
off Upper O’Connell St,
Dublin 1, Ireland.
On the same day, just after the event, will be the All Ireland Blitz Championships.
Entry fee will be €30 for the Rapidplay and €10 for the Blitz. If a player plays in both its €35.
Here´s the scorecard from St. Benildus vs Rathmines A (Armstrong), played 2-Feb-11. We welcome back Mel O’Cinneide, for a couple of games, who drew at the end of a tense time scramble, in an endgame, a pawn down. The next three boards saw fine wins for Sam, Peter, and Killian. DJ looked to have a very promising position, with doubled rooks on the seventh and a dangerous bishop, but somehow managed to draw. Michael blundered, while I got smashed in a good game by Brendan Lyons. Leon drew early.
|Bd||St. Benildus||ICU no.||Rating||Result||Rathmines A||ICU no.||Rating|
|1||Gerry O´Connell||1231||2105||0.5 – 0.5||Mel O Cinneide||720||2182|
|2||Pawel Madynski||10320||2113||0 – 1||Sam Osborne||6252||2084|
|3||Thomas Bittner||12292||2082||0 – 1||Peter Cafolla||159||2022|
|4||Oisin Benson||5884||2048||0 – 1||Killian Delaney||5104||2010|
|5||Tim McCarthy||1032||1909||0.5 – 0.5||DJ O´Donoghue||5028||1853|
|6||Brendan Lyons||482||1868||1 – 0||Tony Scannell||1533||1822|
|7||John Gibson||817||1788||0.5 – 0.5||Leon Fagan||406||1818|
|8||John Healy||4563||1768||1 - 0||Michael Kennedy||3955||1821|
|3.5 – 4.5|
Rathmines B vs. Elm Mount
- Tomas Skrzypnik 0 – 1 David Fitzsimons
- Abul Kalam 1 – 0 Z Jakubauskas
- Mindaugaus Janusaitis 0 – 1 Ciaran Quinn
- John Aherne 0.5- 0.5 Gerry MacElligott
- Tony Bermingham 0.5 – 0.5 M Rahneberg
- David Goggins 0.5 – 0.5 Liam Porter
- John Burns 1 – 0 Bernard Boyle
- Ken Moore 0 – 1 Tomas Bajcar
Final score 3.5 – 4.5