Bunratty is the “Big Daddy” of Irish weekenders but this year it managed to surpass itself, breaking the 350 mark – it usually “only” has about 300 competing. The 2015 Masters, played 20-22 February, was won by Wesley So, one of the coming men in elite-level chess and already in the top 10 FIDE-ranked players.
Bunratty, like most Irish weekenders, has too tight a schedule to be FIDE-rated but this year, as in 2013, the Congress organisers added the “Bunratty Classic” – a FIDE-rated title-norm tournament. I’m currently working on a revamp of the Landmark section, so the inclusion at Irish Chess History of these two “Classics” will have to wait a little longer. However over at IRLchess there is a comprehensive report on the 2015 edition.
However, I have now posted a Bunratty page with results of the Masters since 1994- my thanks to Gerry Graham, one of the organising team there, for allowing me access to his personal archives. As a result, the information presented is more comprehensive than it would otherwise have been. Only the inaugural year of 1994 has a scarcity of detail – any help with this edition would be gratefully received.
In the Twittersphere and elsewhere, there seemed to be a few rather staid souls who considered that people should only enjoy themselves at a chess tournament by playing chess. Of course, one of the great attractions of Bunratty (and some of the other Irish weekenders) is the craic, as shown by the picture below.