Bunratty Masters Champion!

Thank you in advance to everyone who reads my first blog for Chess.com!

To bring things up to date, and because for a change I won a chess tournament, I am writing about my most recent event and will wrap up the LCC, Baden-Baden, and Gibraltar soon. I garnered a lot of enjoyment and chess education in weekend tournaments, and it is sad to now see few interesting events of this type in England. Fortunately the scene is much more vibrant in Ireland and they are very welcoming to English players, so I was happy to make my second visit to Bunratty for their event.

Although the tournament has a big social side (one of my opponents almost fell off his chair during our game, and needless to say it wasn’t due to shock at my move) the chess is quite serious, and due to the magic of sensitive boards rather than trying to decipher my Guinness stained scoresheets evidence of my play remains. I have made a few comments to my first 5 games (round 6 was a bit brief!)

In round 1 I was happy to adjourn to the bar with a point on the board fairly quickly, admittedly more due to luck than judgement.



The next morning game with Mark Orr I have annotated in a little more detail, his rook ran into trouble in an unusual manner.

Round 3 I was lucky again as I gambled in an unpromising ending and got rewarded for it.

In the stamina sapping third game on Saturday I managed to avoid major errors, which is often good enough at that stage.

On Sunday I achieved a more promising moves played to drinks consumed ratio as I scored a swift victory in the morning and halved out in the afternoon.

Thanks to all involved with the event especially www.blackthornetransport.co.uk Gary O’Grady, and Gerry Graham for their great efforts.

If you have not visited before please check out my website www.michaeladamschess.co.uk where my previous blogs are posted.


  • 3 years ago


    You are very good

  • 4 years ago


    Thanks for sharing.

  • 4 years ago


    Now it looks like you never lost to Anand! :)

  • 4 years ago


    @Pranjal588 he has!

     and again:


    And one more:

  • 4 years ago


    Just wondering what if in the first game 7. ..e5 were to be played?

  • 4 years ago


    you should play with Vishvanathan Ananad sometime .

  • 4 years ago


    Thanks for posting !

    a very helpful blog 

  • 4 years ago


    Mickey Adams = Living Legend

  • 4 years ago

    NM Petrosianic

    Great to see a blog from a SGM!  Smile  Thank you for the annotations.

  • 4 years ago


    Great games, and no doubt great Guinness. Thanks for blogging on here.

  • 4 years ago

    IM DanielRensch

    So great to have you blogging on Chess.com! Welcome Mickey Laughing

  • 4 years ago


    Its very nice to see a SMG play such events, that is mainly for the fun.

  • 4 years ago


    Wow! Chess.com has an amazing staff but to have a Super-GM is just awesome!! It was fun to read the blog.

  • 4 years ago


    Excellent games. Thanks!!

  • 4 years ago


      Great post, thanks!

  • 4 years ago


    優勝をおめでとうございます。Congratulations and thank you very much for your posting.  SmileLaughingSmileWinkSmileLaughingSmile

  • 4 years ago


    Great, informative blog. Guinness is my drink of choice so sounds like Bunratty would be the tournament for me!

  • 4 years ago


    It is confirmed, I still would not be able to compete with Micheal Adams even when he has had a few drinks.

  • 4 years ago


    thanks man keep it up you are the best in world

  • 4 years ago




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