Kieran Cranny Blitz results

The Kieran Cranny Perpetual Trophy Blitz tournament kicked off last night in fine fashion. There was a great turnout of 20 players. Without the absent Killian Delaney and Mindaugas Janusaitis, winners over the last three years, the competition looked very open. Michael Kennedy was deputising for the regular controller, John Crowley, who was absent through illness. Michael was using the software for the first time last night, but it didn’t show, because the whole thing was very ably administered. John Maher opened the club and did a great job organising tables, boards, and clocks.

It turned out to be a very exciting and close-fought contest.

After three rounds, Tony and Leon were leading on 3/3 points, so their fourth round clash proved a turning point when Tony misplayed the position against Leon’s strong French defence setup. But then things tightened considerably when Ken beat Leon in the next round, to leave several players on 4/5 – Leon, Ken, and Tomasz. Tomasz is a new player who has started in the club recently. He told me that he hasn’t played competitively for several years, but he didn’t look too rusty last night. He began to look value for his 2050 rating as the competition progressed. His progress was slowed a little with a draw against Leon in round 6, while Ken lost to Abul in the same round. That left an even tighter crunch at the top – with Tomasz and Leon on 4.5/6 with Tony, John Aherne, Ken, Cormac, and Abul all on 4 points. Cormac was proving to be a revelation – easily the lowest-rated player in that top group, after early losses against Tony and Ciaran, he had bounced back with victories over Roland, Pat, and John Gaffney in quick succession.

It was anybody’s prize with three rounds to go!

Round 7 featured Tony vs. Tomasz, Leon vs. Cormac, Ken vs. John, and Abul vs. Atanas. Tony got a large advantage out of the opening against Tomasz until he emerged a clear exchange ahead. However, as happens in blitz, he immediately threw away the advantage with the loss of a full knight, with Tomasz deservedly taking the point. Abul only managed a draw against Atanas, who seemed unusually subdued. Ken continued his fine run with a win over John Aherne, while Cormac beat Leon to really shake things up. Leon, after his early dominance, seemed to be faltering.

Cormac vs. Tomasz in round 8 was probably the deciding game of the tournament. Under incredible time pressure, Tomasz managed to queen a pawn and then mate Cormac with just three seconds remaining on his clock. At times, the board was just a blur of moving hands and pieces. It was a sight to watch, very entertaining for the neutrals. With a clear lead after that round, Tomasz still needed a draw at least in the final round to secure victory on 7 points, which he duly did against John Aherne. Leon emerged with two victories in the final two rounds to secure second place, with Ken, Abul, and Cormac all half a point behind on 6 points.

Thanks to everybody for making last night such an enjoyable occasion. And remember, the next round is on February 22nd, and you can join up even if you haven’t played in the first round!

Leaderboard

Place Name Feder Rtg Loc Score M-Buch. Buch. Progr.

1 Skrzypnik, Tomasz 2050 7
2 Fagan, Leon 1790 6.5
3-5 Moore, Ken 1657 6
Kalam, Abul 1993 1993 6
O’Brien, Cormac 1475 6
6-7 Scannell, Tony 1866 5.5
Ahern, John 1760 5.5
8 Gaffney, John 1409 5
9 Kouhtev, Atanas 1367 4.5
10-16 Maher, John 1353 4
Osborne, James 1357 4
McCrann, Roland 1156 4
McEvoy, Pat 1586 4
Byrne, Ciaran 1328 4
O’Brien, Pat 960 4
Cooke, Peter 700 4
17 Cooke, Frank 846 3
18 Kavanga, Patrick 1000 2
19 Mowlds, Dee 700 1
20 Boyle, Paul 1150 0

Crosstable
No Name Feder Rtg 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

1 Skrzypnik, Tomasz 2050 9:W 3:L 11:W 10:W 4:W 2:D 6:W 5:W 7:D
2 Fagan, Leon 1790 14:W 13:W 4:W 6:W 3:L 1:D 5:L 10:W 11:W
3 Moore, Ken 1657 15:W 1:W 6:L 14:W 2:W 4:L 7:W 8:W 5:L
4 Kalam, Abul 1993 11:W 7:W 2:L 8:W 1:L 3:W 9:D 6:D 15:W
5 O’Brien, Cormac 1475 16:W 6:L 14:L 12:W 8:W 13:W 2:W 1:L 3:W
6 Scannell, Tony 1866 10:W 5:W 3:W 2:L 7:L 9:W 1:L 4:D 12:W
7 Ahern, John 1760 12:W 4:L 9:L 16:W 6:W 10:W 3:L 18:W 1:D
8 Gaffney, John 1409 19:W 9:L 16:W 4:L 5:L 17:W 13:W 3:L 10:W
9 Kouhtev, Atanas 1367 1:L 8:W 7:W 13:L 14:W 6:L 4:D 15:L 17:W
10 Maher, John 1353 6:L 15:W 13:W 1:L 12:W 7:L 11:W 2:L 8:L
11 Osborne, James 1357 4:L 17:W 1:L 15:W 13:L 14:W 10:L 19:W 2:L
12 McCrann, Roland 1156 7:L 16:L 17:W 5:L 10:L 15:W 14:W 13:W 6:L
13 McEvoy, Pat 1586 17:W 2:L 10:L 9:W 11:W 5:L 8:L 12:L 19:W
14 Byrne, Ciaran 1328 2:L 19:W 5:W 3:L 9:L 11:L 12:L 16:W 18:W
15 O’Brien, Pat 960 3:L 10:L 19:W 11:L 16:W 12:L 20:W 9:W 4:L
16 Cooke, Peter 700 5:L 12:W 8:L 7:L 15:L 19:W 17:W 14:L 20:W
17 Cooke, Frank 846 13:L 11:L 12:L 19:W 18:W 8:L 16:L 20:W 9:L
18 Kavanga, Patrick 1000 0: 0: 0: 0: 17:L 20:W 19:W 7:L 14:L
19 Mowlds, Dee 700 8:L 14:L 15:L 17:L 20:W 16:L 18:L 11:L 13:L
20 Boyle, Paul 1150 0: 0: 0: 0: 19:L 18:L 15:L 17:L 16:L

Rating Performances

No Name Feder Loc Id Loc Score Exp. Chg*K Rav Rprfm

1. Skrzypnik, Tomasz 2050 7.0/9 8.37 -14 1624 1844
2. Kalam, Abul 1993 6.0/9 8.37 -24 1580 1705
3. Scannell, Tony 1866 5.5/9 7.20 -17 1622 1702
4. Fagan, Leon 1790 6.5/9 6.39 1 1629 1795
5. Ahern, John 1760 5.5/9 7.65 -22 1460 1540
6. Moore, Ken 1657 6.0/9 4.86 11 1626 1751
7. McEvoy, Pat 1586 4.0/9 7.74 -37 1273 1230
8. O’Brien, Cormac 1475 6.0/9 4.14 19 1505 1630
9. Gaffney, John 1409 5.0/9 5.85 -9 1297 1340
10. Kouhtev, Atanas 1367 4.5/9 2.52 20 1533 1533
11. Osborne, James 1357 4.0/9 3.96 0 1401 1358
12. Maher, John 1353 4.0/9 2.25 18 1548 1505
13. Byrne, Ciaran 1328 4.0/9 5.49 -15 1245 1202
14. McCrann, Roland 1156 4.0/9 2.52 15 1319 1276
15. O’Brien, Pat 960 4.0/9 1.26 27 1270 1227
16. Cooke, Frank 846 3.0/9 1.26 17 1158 1033
17. Cooke, Peter 700 4.0/9 0.36 36 1198 1155
18. Mowlds, Dee 700 1.0/9 0.54 5 1148 797
19. Kavanga, Patrick 1000 2.0/5 1.45 6 1157 1085
20. Boyle, Paul 1150 0.0/5 4.30 -43 841 0

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s