Held at the Bridge centre, Enniskillen on the evening of the 20th November. This was a very close fought encounter which the scoreline of 6-2 to Omagh does not convey.
Omagh won the toss and elected to play Black on board one. Overall, the main plaudits would have to go to the Omagh juniors of Paul Furey, Ivo Bozhilov and Darragh McKane who won their three games, with some of these games seemingly winning against the odds. The final game to end was board one, a level game which was decided when John Phillips flag fell when John Bradley had 40 seconds left. We look forward to the next time.
1 J. Bradley 1-0 J.Phillips
2 A. Gilmore 0-1 E.Callinan
3 J. Harding 1-0 C. O Muireagain
4. P.Largey 1-0 J.Connelly
5. J.White 0-1 J.Millmore
6. D.McKane 1-0 T.Johnston
7. I. Bhozilov 1-0 C.Curran
8. P.Furey 1-0 C.Lunny
Enniskillen chess club host Omagh for a match in the bridge centre at 715pm on Monday 20th November. Furthermore, due to the Ulster chess union organized rapidplay tournament in Omagh’s Christian Brothers school on Saturday 25th November, there will be no chess club meeting in the library that day.
In between tournaments in Enniskillen, County Clare and our local Christian Brothers school, Omagh chess club intend to run two separate competitions for the Omagh first division players.
Early in the season a rapidplay category shall commence allowing 20 minutes for each player for all moves. Then, starting in December, the classic competition will have the longer time allowance of 90 minutes for each player per game. In this longer format, calendar constraints do not allow time for two games per opponent, therefore colours shall be allocated. All proposed matches are available on the 2017/18 Schedule page.
In August, Omaghs’ John Bradley joined a Belfast select team that played in St.Petersburg, Russia. If that country couldn’t muster up a good team, then nobody can. With the Russians emerging victorious 31-17, three of John’s matches can be viewed on the Omagh chess games link.
Held on May 20th, here is a few pictures of the prizewinners that could make it, for what has been, a very successful and well attended year.
Unfortunately, no prizewinners of Division 2 are captured above.
And the final league positions:
1st John Bradley 12/12
2nd Adrian Gilmore 8.5/12
3rd John Harding 7/12
1st Michael Donaghy 8/8
2nd Tom Johnston 6/9
3rd James Carleton 5/7 + Phillip McCandless 5/11
1st Matthew Law 5/7
2nd Stephen Cairns 3/4
3rd Dmitri Schizonikas 2.5/4
Division 4 Division 5
1st Declan Reilly 4.5/6 Niall Birnie 6/8
2nd Rhea McNally 3/3 Charlie Cairns 4.5/6
2nd Robbie McClean 3/7 Claudia Morey 3.5/5
A home match that was probably slotted in too late in the season resulted in both clubs presenting under strength teams of 6 players each. Nevertheless, as usual it was an intense encounter. As expected, the one junior pairing finished quickly with a win for Enniskillens’ Chris Curran over Ivo Bozhilov, this was followed by James White on Board 5 underestimating how improved a player Tom Johnston has become. Within 30 minutes, its 0-2 Enniskillen.
Next to finish was Adrian Gilmore on board 3, playing with the black pieces and possibly being relieved to get a perpetual check against Enniskillens’ Jim Connolly. The first victory for Omagh came on Board 2 when John Harding won on time against Colm O Mhuireagain, the opposite of the away fixture result. After Peter McGirrs’ victory against Michael Donaghy the last match to end was Board 1. This looked to be surely heading John Philips way as John Bradley already with an inferior position was in deep time trouble. Nevertheless with some skillful play aided by an error by John Phillips, a JB win meant the final close victory for Enniskillen by 3.5-2.5, was a much more respectable result than the away game before Christmas!
John Phillips(w) 0-1 John Bradley
Colm O Mhuireagain(b) 0-1 John Harding
Jim Connolly(w) 0.5-0.5 Adrian Gilmore
Peter McGirr(b) 1-0 Michael Donaghy
Tom Johnston (w) 1-0 James White
Chris Curran (b) 1-0 Ivo Bozhilov