Monthly Archives: January 2015

Williamson Shield 2015

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Play underway in Round 2

The Williamson Shield celebrated the centenary of its first staging in 2012. This year it took place (earlier than usual) on the first weekend in January at its home since 2004, the Maynard Sinclair Pavilion on the Stormont estate in the outskirts of Belfast. Although numbers playing were down on the unexpectedly high turnout in 2014, the 38 who did battle this year was still well up on the average over the last 12 years. There were therefore ample numbers for the tournament to be split into two sections.

The Shield itself was won by Ulster champion Gabor Horvath on 5.5 out of 6, with defending champion Gareth Annesley second and Calum Leitch, recent winner of the Ulster Masters, in third. John Phillips was the winner of the subsidiary Challengers section, with five straight wins after a surprise first round loss. Second place went to John McKenna, the only unbeaten player in this section. There is an excellent report at the UCU website.

A new Williamson Shield page has been added with detailed results from the very beginning of this long-established event.

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Mulcahy Memorial 2015

Colm Daly has probably been the most prolific tournament winner in the last 30 years in Irish chess. One omission from his record of tournament successes had been the Mulcahy Memorial but he has now put that right. Competing in the event for the first time since its revival in 2003, Daly won the 2015 edition with 5.5 points out of 6. Full standings have been added to the Mulcahy page.

One point of interest I noted in the tournament publicity is that the 2015 edition was advertised as the 47th Mulcahy Memorial. As the tournament was first played in 1969, this allows for this annual tournament to have been played 47 times – however because of its disappearance from the calendar for a number of years after the 26th edition in 1994, the 2015 renewal was in fact only the 38th time the Mulcahy Memorial has actually taken place.

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