Gorey Xmas Rapid 2017!

Gorey Xmas Rapid 2017! Starts 7pm sharp, Monday December 18, Loch Garman Arms Hotel, Gorey. All welcome, and a night of fun chess for all strengths is guaranteed. Entries beforehand to Seamus Halpenny at 0873699824. Donation to charity on the night welcomed in lieu of entry fee.

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Sam Collins Simultaneous Exhibition

International Master Sam Collins played a charity simultaneous exhibition in Gorey Chess Club on Saturday, September 7, 2013. The venue was packed to capacity with over 40 players at the boards to start off and a queue of 5 more waiting to play. This massive turnout was due in no small way to Seamus Halpenny’s tireless promoting of the event! In a long afternoon of chess, Sam conceded only 6 draws and was never in any trouble on any board. The 'best game by a junior' prize was awarded to Ross Beatty of St. Benildus who held Sam to a very comfortable draw, while the 'best game overall' was awarded to Gorey player John Lacey who startled Sam with an inspired defence in a seemingly hopeless position. Big, heartfelt thanks to Sam who gave freely of his time and was rewarded by being 2 hours late for the wedding he was due to attend later that day (not his own, we hasten to add!).

Book Donation from Brendan Lillis

Gorey chess club member Brendan Lillis very kindly donated 60-odd of his chess books to the Gorey chess club. These will available in the club on Monday nights and should be a help to anyone who’s trying to improve their game (which means all of us!).

Mind Game Olympics for Kids

The Gorey Club Trainer, Manuel Gardenes, ran a novel “Mind Games Olympics” camp for children in the last week of July. A dozen youngsters took part and had a fun week learning a variety of strategy games including Chess, Go and Chinese Checkers. Not only did the kids have a fun week, they also learned how to think strategically and how to take decisions all on their own. Hopefully Manuel will run this camp again next summer.

Goodbye to Georgi

Georgi Hubenov left Gorey Chess Club, and indeed Gorey, to return to Bulgaria in June. Georgi has been a stalwart member of the club for several years and made a key contribution to the Gorey team that was promoted up from the Bodley league this year. His departure was marked with a going-away party and presentation in the club. His chess culture and good humor will be missed in the club, as well as his ability to score points against strong league opposition. We wish him in is his new life “back home” and hope to see him in Gorey again in the future.

Match vs. St Josephs

Gorey Chess Club played a friendly match again the pupils of St. Josephs primary school in May. The young side are coached by the irrepressible Gorey club coach Manuel Gardenes and put up valiant resistance against their more experienced opponents. Ultimately age won out over youth by a 4-1 scoreline, but if the youngsters keep working at their game, the scoreline could look very, very different next time!

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Gorey is Promoted!

Gorey’s A-team achieved their 2013 goal of getting promoted to Division 5 of the Leinster Leagues. Next season will see the team strengthened by some new additions, so further promotion is a very realistic possibility...

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Gorey in 2nd Place

Gorey Chess Club currently lies in second place in the Bodley league. For more details see here:
We’re just one point off the leaders, Round Tower, so an exciting finish is guaranteed.

Gorey enters Leinster Leagues

For the first time ever, Gorey has entered a team in the Leinster Chess Leagues (Bodley Division). The first round saw a loss to the strong St. Benildus A team by the narrowest of margins, 3-2. The second round was against the Round Towers team from Clondalkin. Round Towers created a lot of controversy this year by entering a new team in the bottom division that is strong to play in a much higher division. Against this backdrop, Gorey’s 3.5-1.5 defeat was in fact a great success. We look forward to Gorey’s first match victory which cannot be far away.

Round 3 takes place in the Loch Garman Arms Hotel, Gorey on Saturday, Dec 1 from 2.30 to 4.30. The opponents are Blanchardstown. Spectators are very welcome to attend!

Ó Cinnéide success at Dublin Masters

Gorey member Mel Ó Cinnéide finished outright first in the City of Dublin Masters with an undefeated score of 4/5. He beat the top seed Alex Longson (UK) in the final round to get a half-point clear of the field.

Gorey defeats Arklow

We played a friendly match against Arklow Chess Club on August 20, 2012. Arklow played in Divison 2 of the Leinster Leagues up to recently so they were expected to be tough opponents. After a long evening of tense play in the Arklow club, Gorey emerged winners with a resounding 5-3 scoreline. No doubt they’ll been keen on revenge in our next match!

Gorey Success at Irish Championships

Several Gorey players played in the Irish Championships in July with very notable results. Miroslav Gallik scored 4/5 in the Intermediate section to come joint second. He had to hold the winner to a draw in the last round to secure this standing. Martin Brehov scored a creditable 2.5/5 in this section.

Daire Gohery also scored 4/5 in the Junior section which earned him joint second place. His single loss was to the winner of the event. Seamus Halpenny scored a very respectable 3/5. His son John Halpenny only played the first few rounds of this event, and notched up a good win against a much higher-rated opponent.

Well done to everyone! These are excellent results from a small club that doesn’t even have a league team. Perhaps 2013 will see a Gorey Irish Champion?!

Adiós Ramiro

Our Spanish guest, Ramiro Zambrana, left Ireland recently to return to Spain. He was a very welcome and very regular visitor at the club and showed his ability by winning the Gorey Club Championship 2012-2013. He had several impressive results on the Irish chess scene as well. He’ll be missed in the club and we’ll be keeping an eye on his results in tournaments back home.

Brady Beats Bunch!

It was a case of 1 vs 28 in the Loch Garman Arms Hotel on the 14th of May, 2012 as Stephen Brady, 7 times Irish chess Champion, played 28 opponents simultaneously. Chess players from throughout Wexford, including 7 children from a local primary school, availed of a unique opportunity to test their skills against a legend of Irish chess.

The silence of the room masked the drama of 28 David v Goliath tension-filled battles. All the games were well-fought with no easy wins for either side. At the end of the night, Brady unsurprisingly emerged victorious with 23 wins, 2 losses and 3 draws.

Mikol Penzes was the first game to finish. The 13-year old scored an impressive win from a tricky position when the Champion blundered to allow a snap mate. In chess a single error can be fatal and Mikol did not let the opportunity slip. Seamus Halpenny played a steady game, avoiding any tactical fireworks and steered matters to an ending where he had a clear advantage but little opportunity to press it home. Both players were happy to agree a draw in the final position. Former Irish under-16 champion, Mark Berney, was definitely Brady’s strongest opponent on the night. After some pressing, the players agreed a draw in a somewhat unclear ending. John Lacy also drew in game after a long, stoic defence of a much worse endgame.

The surprise of the night however was undoubtedly the performance of Gorey Chess Club member Daire Gohary. Daire played the opening well, obtained a clear advantage and gave an excellent display of how to play with the initiative and not give the opponent space or time to regroup and defend. The wily Brady escaped the worst of the attack to reach an ending with a material deficit, and spectators thought he might be able to hold the game or even turn the tables on Gohary. Daire remained cool under pressure and won clinically in the end. The Irish Champion sportingly remarked afterwards this was the game of the night.

All in attendance had a great night and a collection was made for St. Aidan’s community services.

Irish Champion to visit Gorey

We’re delighted to announce that the current Irish Chess Champion, Stephen Brady, will visit Gorey Chess Club on Monday, May 14, 2012.. Stephen will give a simultaneous exhibition against all comers starting at 7.30pm. If you are interested in playing, please call Seamus Halpenny at 086-8585096. Spectators are very welcome on the night.

Stephen Brady is the current Irish Chess Champion, and has won the Irish title seven times in total. He has represented Ireland in many Olympiads, European Team Championships and other international events.

New book published as Gaeilge

The first-ever chess book in Irish, written by Úna O’Boyle with a foreword by Gorey Chess Club member Mel Ó Cinnéide, has been published and will be launched at the Dún Laoghaire Chess Festival on August 20. Má tá suim agat sa teanga nó má tá páiste agat ag freastal ar ghaelscoil, is fíú duit cóip a fháil!

Berney to represent Ireland

Irish under-16 champion Mark Berney has been selected to represent Ireland in the World under-16 individual championships in Greece in October. Typically several grandmasters and international masters compete in this prestigious event, so Mark will face some formidable opposition. We wish him well!

Creditable scores at the Irish Chess Championships

Gorey Chess Club was represented in the Irish Chess Championships in July by Seamus Halpenny in the Junior section and Miroslav Gallik in the Intermediate section. Both scored a very creditable 2.5/5. Seamus blames his poor clock handling for costing him 1.5 points! Miroslav can be very pleased with his score as he had expected to be in the Junior section.

New Ross Junior Tournament

The annual Wexford Chess schools tournament held in February in New Ross, resulted in a win for St. Joseph’s CBS Gorey. Several members of Gorey chess club organise this event.

Kilkenny Success for Ó Cinnéide

Gorey club member Mel Ó Cinnéide showed a strong return to form after a layoff from tournament chess by winning the best Irish player prize at the recent Kilkenny Masters.

Gorey Champ wins Irish U-16 title

Congratulations to our 2009 club champion, Mark Berney, who won the Irish under-16 title in Kilkenny in April. The under-19 and under-16 tournaments were combined into one, and in fact Mark came joint first overall in the under-19 section. A remarkable result at this age! Full details here.


In this blog club members will report on various chess events that they’ve taken part in and we’ll write about any events that are coming up in the area.