Kieran Cranny Blitz Round 2

There was another exciting round of battling chess last night in the Kieran Cranny Memorial blitz tournament.

Leon Fagan was missing (he came second in round 1) so it was up to Ken, Abul, and Cormac to push Tomasz. With Jack also in the field – a very strong blitz player – there was still lots of quality about. Cormac O’Brien started extremely well, including a clean win against myself, Tony, in round 2, but he faded as the competition wore on. Ken started extremely well and reached the impressive 5/6, but Tomasz was equally good, with 5.5/6. Jack, aside from a loss against John Gaffney in round 2, was doing well also, on 4.5/6. There was other excitement along the way – in particular, I remember Michael’s game against the young and fast-improving Peter Cooke from round 5: he eventually forced his opponent to concede on time – while he had only 3 seconds left himself!

So round 7 was looking likely to be the decisive round, with Jack facing Ken being the main game. Jack beat Ken to push ahead, while Tomasz continued winning by beating Ciaran Byrne. Abul lost to Peter Cooke, a major upset, so fell out of the reckoning.

In the last round, I (Tony) was three pawns up against Tomasz after a very complex Sicilian struggle, when Tomasz offered a draw, which was accepted. However, I had misread the time – I thought we had 16 and 11 seconds each, when in fact it was 16 seconds against my 1 minute and 11 seconds! Such is chess.

Overall, Tomasz ran out the winner for the second round in a row and now looks the comfortable favourite to win the competition. Ken is pushing him hard though and won’t give up! On the night, Jack pushed Tomasz all the way and almost caught him in the final round.

The entire night was very ably managed by Michael Kennedy again. The next round is on March 22nd and everyone is free to join up, even if you haven’t participated in an earlier round.

Table – Round 2
1 Skrzypnik, Tomasz 2057 7.5
2 Killane, Jack 1888 7
3 Moore, Ken 1657 6.5
4 – 5 Kalam, Abul 1993 5.5
Scannell, Tony 1866 5.5
6 – 8 Byrne, Ciaran 1328 5
Maher, John 1353 5
Kennedy, Michael 1838 5
9 – 12 Cooke, Peter 700 4.5
Gaffney, John 1409 4
O’Brien, Cormac 1475 4
McEvoy, Pat 1586 4
13-14 Osborne, James 1357 3
O’Brien, Pat 960 3
15 McCrann, Roland 1156 2.5
16-17 Cooke, Frank 846 0
ANO 1000 0

Crosstable
1 Skrzypnik, Tomasz 2057 13:W 11:W 10:W 3:W 4:W 2:D 6:W 7:D 5:D
2 Killane, Jack 1888 6:W 9:L 13:W 10:W 5:W 1:D 3:W 4:D 7:W
3 Moore, Ken 1657 16:W 4:W 9:W 1:L 11:W 5:W 2:L 6:W 8:D
4 Kalam, Abul 1993 7:W 3:L 6:W 11:W 1:L 9:W 8:L 2:D 17:W
5 Scannell, Tony 1866 15:W 10:L 7:W 9:W 2:L 3:L 14:W 8:W 1:D
6 Byrne, Ciaran 1328 2:L 8:W 4:L 13:W 15:W 10:W 1:L 3:L 11:W
7 Maher, John 1353 4:L 16:W 5:L 15:D 14:W 13:W 10:W 1:D 2:L
8 Cooke, Peter 700 9:L 6:L 16:+ 17:W 12:L 11:W 4:W 5:L 3:D
9 Gaffney, John 1409 8:W 2:W 3:L 5:L 10:L 4:L 12:L 17:W 14:W
10 O’Brien, Cormac 1475 17:W 5:W 1:L 2:L 9:W 6:L 7:L 14:L 15:W
11 McEvoy, Pat 1586 14:W 1:L 15:W 4:L 3:L 8:L 17:W 13:W 6:L
12 Kennedy, Michael 1838 : : : 14:W 8:W 17:W 9:W 15:L 13:W
13 Osborne, James 1357 1:L 14:W 2:L 6:L 17:W 7:L 15:W 11:L 12:L
14 O’Brien, Pat 960 11:L 13:L 17:W 12:L 7:L 15:W 5:L 10:W 9:L
15 McCrann, Roland 1156 5:L 17:W 11:L 7:D 6:L 14:L 13:L 12:W 10:L
16 ANO 1000 3:L 7:L 8:- : : : : : :
17 Cooke, Frank 846 10:L 15:L 14:L 8:L 13:L 12:L 11:L 9:L 4:L

Overall Standings
1 Skrzypnik, Tomasz 2057 7 7.5 14.5
2 Moore, Ken 1657 6 6.5 12.5
3 Kalam, Abul 1993 6 5.5 11.5
4 Scannell, Tony 1866 5.5 5.5 11
5 O’Brien, Cormac 1475 6 4 10
6-8 Byrne, Ciaran 1328 4 5 9
Gaffney, John 1409 5 4 9
Maher, John 1353 4 5 9
9 Cooke, Peter 700 4 4.5 8.5
10 McEvoy, Pat 1586 4 4 8
11-13 Killane, Jack 1888 0 7 7
O’Brien, Pat 960 4 3 7
Osborne, James 1357 4 3 7
14-15 Fagan, Leon 1790 6.5 0 6.5
McCrann, Roland 1156 4 2.5 6.5
16 Ahern, John 1760 5.5 0 5.5
17 Kennedy, Michael 1838 0 5 5
18 Kouhtev, Atanas 1367 4.5 0 4.5
19 Cooke, Frank 846 3 0 3
20 Kavanga, Patrick 1000 2 0 2
21 Mowlds, Dee 700 1 0 1
22-23 Boyle, Paul 1150 0 0 0
ANO 1000 0 0 0

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