Rathmines took second place in the Irish National Club Chess Championships 2007 and won the right to represent Ireland alongside Kilkenny at the European Club Cup 2007, from October 2nd to October 10th, in Turkey. Here is the first report, of the team’s arrival in Turkey.
Kemer, south of Antalya
Report from Darren:
Rathmines are drawn against Chess Club Herzliya from Israel with average rating of 2450 in the first round on the tournament. The Rathmines board order is as follows:
|1.24||52||Rathmines||–||24||Herzliya Chess Club|
|1||Stuart Robert||0||:||IM||Haimovich Tal||2447|
|2||Smith Derek||2131||:||GM||Zifroni Dov||2501|
|3||Delaney Killian||2023||:||GM||Lev Ronen||2414|
|4||McCabe Darren||0||:||GM||Bykhovsky Avigdor||2435|
|5||Killane Jack||2116||:||IM||Grinshpun Eduard||2418|
|6||Whelan Niall||0||:||FM||Ben-Menachem Itzhak||2311|
L-R Robert Stuart, Niall Whelan, Killian Delaney, Darren McCabe, Jack Killane, Derek Smith (apologies for the poor quality of the picture!)
We’ve also seconded a local Turkish player Bulent Ersahin 2129 to play with the team.
We arrived separately with Jack, Derek and Niall making it here at around 1am last night. Darren recognised a former world champion on the bus from the airport who he identified as ‘that bloke who beat Adams’, aka Kasimdzhanov. The player acknowledged this with a wry smile.
The Kilkenny team also arrived and joined us beside the pool for a nightcap, they conceded that a party of nine travelled but were typically coy about their team order.
The tournament website is http://euroclub2007.tsf.org.tr/component/option,com_frontpage/Itemid,1/lang,en/
and there will also be coverage of the event on www.chessbase.com
Check back for here for further reports on our progress.
We’re off for a pre-game swim now (see above picture)!!!