Monthly Archives: May 2014

Ennis Open

The 2014 renewal of the Ennis Open ended in an unprecedented four-way tie for first place, as reported by Rory Quinn at the excellent Ennis CC website. I have taken this opportunity to put together the results of the every running of the Open section dating back to the inaugural Congress in 2007.

Full crosstables of the 2014 Open and the accompanying Under 1400 event are on the ICU website.

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2014 National Club Championship

The 2014 NCC was played in Ballinasloe over the final weekend in April and Adare triumphed for the fourth time in a row. This time, devoid of any titled imports, it was a much closer run thing but they prevailed on tie-break by half a game-point after a very exciting final round.

Final placing and points

1. Adare           3.0 MP (16.0 GP)
2. Galway          3.0 MP (15.5 GP)
3. Ennis           2.5 MP (14.5 GP)
4. Gonzaga         2.5 MP (13.5 GP)
5. Blanchardstown  1.0 MP ( 6.0 GP)
6. Ballinasloe     0.0 MP ( 6.5 GP)

Two of the competing clubs have reports from their point of view. The Galway website has a report with a strong emphasis on the final round excitement. The Ennis blog has a number of reports: Round 1, Round 2, Rounds 3-4 (with a couple of photos) and a final wrap-up.

Tournament Arbiter Herbert Scarry penned the official report and took the time to input all the games from the event which can be found in the ICU database. This is particularly good news, not only because all the games are available from such an important event, but also because it has allowed me to update the National Club Championship page with the complete board-by-board results from the 2014 renewal.

When I see a list of games from a tournament, I keep a look-out for any miniatures and I came across this win by the 2010 Irish Individual Champion.

Emmanouil Pandelias – Alex Lopez
National Club Championship 2014
Blanchardstown – Adare, Round 1

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 e6 4.Nf3 d5 5.Bb5 Nf6 6.Qe2 Be7 7.Bxc6+ bxc6 8.d3 Ba6 9.Ne5 Rc8 10.b3 0-0 11.0-0 dxe4 12.Nxe4 Qd4+ and White resigned. Was this premature?


12…Qd4+ forked King and Rook. After 13.Be3, saving the a1-Rook, Black would produce a pseudo-sacrifice of his Queen with 13…Qxe4 when 14.dxe4 allows a safe win of a piece with 14…Bxe2. However White could have played 14.c4 preventing the Queen leaving via d5 and forcing 14…Qf5. Then White can regain the piece with 15.g4 Nxg4 16.Qxg4 Qxg4+ 17.Nxg4. So in the end the combination would only have won a pawn.

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