Eight of our members took part in the various sections of the City of Dublin tournament last weekend. The Masters section saw Luke and Rudolf play a first round draw as both players scored a creditable 3/5 to finish in a multiple tie for 4th.. Rudi remained undefeated, beating the highly experienced Anthony Fox and drawing with Bartlomiej Cichonski, Balbriggan’s No 2 player who scored 7/11 in last season’s Armstrong. Luke claimed a win over the strong Zdravko Manojlovic on his way to a similar score. The Major section saw a return to competition for Sean McLoughlin, who matched his grading with a performance score of 2.5/6. Most notable was his win over the Naomh Barrog 2016 Champion Paul O’Neill. Young Danny Dwyer gained further rating points in amassing 3.5/6. He drew with Robert Murtagh, who is not only DU’s captain in the Bea division, but a fine thoretical player in his own right. Danny then won against Mercedes Plaza Reino, an Irish Junior Internationalist before finishing with a flourish by taking the point from Kevin Burke, the renowned coach from St Benildus….Kevin is also the Bea league controller, and there goes our chances of any favourable rulings this season!!! Thanks Danny, ….but seriously, very well played young man, a nice return to form & good to see. The Challenger’s section witnessed the continued impressive form of Irish Junior Champion, Robert McLoughlin. Amongst his scalps were the clever Rathmines player, Aram Hakobyram, and Bray’s ex-president Mervyn Honner. Robbie’s rating has climbed near 90 points in the past few weeks, a fine testament to his improved form. Gavin Doyle ended with the similar score of 4.5/6 to finish tied for second place with Robbie. Gavin drew with the up and coming talented Drogheda Junior Dayna Ferguson, finishing with 2 fine wins to cap a strong performance overall. The Junior section saw Vinajak Unitham score a credible 4/6 to tie for 8th place, including a drawn game with the resolute Desmond Martin, whilst Patryk Brozynski scored a solid 3/6 in his first tournament, which pleased Junior Coach FM. John Delaney no end.Well done to all the players who competed with distinction, and a credit to the Club.
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