Ennis Shield Team 2017/18

Our first team will commence life in the Ennis Shield (Division 3) next month.  Based on the current rating list the top 6 starters could be as follows, subject to availability:

Rogers, Kieran    1761

Goetzee, Rick       1730

Coleman, Pat        1709

O’Boyle, Donal     1668

Reid, Joseph         1504

Ferguson, Dayna 1480

The subs list is half bad with Brendan Corrigan (1472), Alan Dee (1406), Sean Cummins (1357), Paddy McDonnell (1347) and Eoin Murphy (1347) all in contention

Good news is that the O’Hanlon Cup and BEA Cup teams will be stronger also!


Careful what you wish for?

A chess master died – after a few days, a friend of his heard a voice; it was him!
“What’s it like, where you are now,” he asked.
“What do you want to hear first, the good news or the bad news.”
“Tell me the good news first.”
“Well, it’s really heaven here. There are tournaments and blitz sessions going on all the time and Morphy, Alekhine, Lasker, Tal, Capablanca, Botvinnik, they’re all here, and you can play them.”
“Fantastic!” the friend said, “and what is the bad news?”
“You have Black against Capablanca on Saturday.”

It can’t always be serious!

Once Vishy was travelling and the flight got delayed. He was waiting in airport. He requested fellow traveller Mr. X to play chess against him. Mr. X recognised Vishy and said, “You are a grand master, I stand no chance against you” and refused. After a while Vishy requested Mr. X and said he will play in his left hand. Mr. X thought it is fair enough. The game ended very soon.

Impressed with the performance of Vishy, Mr. X told his friend Mr. Y, “Vishy plays very good game even with his left hand”. Mr. Y immediately yelled at him, “Don’t you know, Vishy is natural left hand player!!!”.

One to lighten your day

Capablanca was waiting in a train station in New York one day, with his coffee, danish, newspaper and chess set, when a man approached him.   Gesturing at the chess set, he asked if Capa cared for a game.   Always delighted to play, Capablanca immeditely set up the board, then removed his queen from the board, to even up the game.   Annoyed, the man blurted out, “Why did you do that? You don’t know me, I might beat you!” Unruffled, Capablanca replied, “Sir, if you could beat me, I would know you.”