LAST weekend 70 players took part in the Cork Chess Congress. Jaroslav Shanel, of the Czech Republic, won the Master tournament with 5.5 points out of 6. Aidan Rawlinson came second with 5 points, while Henry Li and David Murray tied for third on 4.5 points each.
The next major tournaments in Ireland are the Limerick Open (October 27-29) and the Kilkenny Chess Congress (November 16-18).
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Rapid chess is very popular nowadays with two or threeday tournaments, reducing the costs. Faster time controls also encourage more of an intuitive approach to chess, which often produces exciting games. Here is a good example of that from the recent Russian Rapid Chess Championship in Sochi: 11.Ng5 Ngf6 12.Qd3 Nb6 (D) After 13.c4 or 13.Bd2 chances would be about equal, but instead White came up with a speculative sacrifice: 13.Rxe6+?! fxe6 14.Qxg6+ Kd7 15.Bf4 Bxf4? Black had to defend with 15... Rhe8! 16.Qxg7+ Re7 17.Qxf6 Bxf4 18.N3e4 Rae8 and her chances would be higher. 16.Qxg7+ Kd6 17.Nf7+? After 17.Qxf6! Bxg5 18.Ne4+ Kd7 19.Nc5+ Kc8 20.Qxh8+ Qd8 21.Qh3 Black’s position would be rather difficult. 17...Kd5 18.Qxf6Raf8 19.c4+ Nxc4 20.b3 Qxf7