20th Bunratty Chess Festival

20th Bunratty Chess Festival

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php0dHMw5.jpegThe 20th Bunratty Chess Festival took place from 1 - 3 March in Ireland, featuring 39 players in a 6-round Swiss "Masters", and a 10-player single round-robin "Classic" competition.  

The Masters event starred perennial rival English grandmasters Mickey Adams and Nigel Short. This time it was Mickey Adams (pictured) who repeated his success in last year's event, taking first place with a score of 5½/6, ahead of Nigel Short and Richard Bates on 5/6.

The inaugural Classic competition was won by another English GM, Mark Hebden with 7/9 points.

Veselin Topalov was a guest at the opening of the festival and made the ceremonial first move in the Masters competition.

The time control used was 90 minutes for all moves plus a 15 second increment.

20th Bunratty Masters - Top Standings

# Name Elo Pts
1 Adams, Michael 2725
2 Short, Nigel 2690 5
3 Bates, Richard 2375 5
4 McPhillips, Joseph 2132
5 Wells, Peter 2491
6 Wall, Gavin 2340 4
7 Rendle, Thomas 2382
8 Aguera Naredo, Javier 2417
9 Pein, Malcolm 2376
10 Baburin, Alexander 2534

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Inaugural Bunratty Classic Final Standings

Name Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Pts
Hebden, Mark L 2518 ½ 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 7
Pert, Nicholas 2539 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1
Collins, Sam E. 2482 1 ½ 0 1 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 5
Hamitevici, Vladimir 2444 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 0 5
Astaneh Lopez, Alex 2416 0 1 ½ 0 ½ 1 1 1 0 5
Daly, Colm 2340 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 1 1 0 ½ 4
Arkell, Keith C 2472 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½
Quinn, Mark 2388 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½
Burns-Mannion, Stephen 2376 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3
Rombaldoni, Denis 2510 ½ 0 1 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0

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