Reports | March 04, 2013 9:35

Adams retains Bunratty Master title, Hebden wins Classic (UPDATE)

Michael Adams won the 20th Bunratty Chess Festival which took place over the weekend at the Bunratty Castle Hotel in Ireland. The English grandmaster won his first five games and then drew in the last round to finish ahead of Nigel Short and Richard Bates. Mark Hebden won the first edition of the Bunratty Masters, a 10-player GM group.

Michael Adams receives the trophy, with Veselin Topalov in the background

The first Bunratty Chess Festival was held in 1994 and only attracted 62 players, but the second more than doubled that and featured its first grandmaster, Danny King. By its fifth outing, it was out-growing its initial host hotel as the numbers grew close to 300. Many of the world’s elite players have come to Bunratty to play because of its unique “friendly” atmosphere: the games are not FIDE rated, so they can relax and enjoy the ambience (and a drink or two).

The event is normally a weekend tournament only, but what a weekender it is! The impressive list of former Bunratty Masters Champions includes Peter Svidler, Joel Benjamin, Michael Adams, John Nunn, Jon Speelman, Danny King, Marl Hebden, Luke McShane and Sergy Tiviakov.

The tournament was held at the Castle Hotel in Bunratty (Irish: Bun na Raite, meaning "End of the Raite river"),
a village in County Clare in the parish of Newmarket on Fergus, Ireland.

Last year Michael Adams edged out Nigel Short on tie-break; this year he finished clear first. Adams beat Bernd Thee (2096), IM Mark Orr (2240), IM Malcolm Pein (2376), IM Thomas Rendle (2382) and FM Javier Aguera Naredo (2417) and then drew in eight moves with IM Richard Bates (2375) to win. This way Bates shared second and third prizes with Nigel Short, who beat Alex Baburin in the final round.

You'll probably know the name Malcolm Pein as the organizer of the London Chess Classic, the owner of the London Chess Centre and Chief Executive of the Chess in Schools and Communities project in the UK. Pein rarely plays chess these days. In Bunratty he scored 3.5/6 (a 2317 performance).

Bunratty Masters 2013 | Top games for replay

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Bunratty Masters 2013 | Final standings

Rank Name Score Rating TPR W-We BH-HiLo BH PS 1 2 3 4 5 6
1 GM Adams, Michael 5.5 2725 2784 +0.20 14.0 20.0 20.5 1 1 1 1 1 ½
2 GM Short, Nigel 5.0 2690 2651 -0.13 15.0 23.0 17.5 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1
3 IM Bates, Richard 5.0 2375 2657 +2.04 14.5 21.5 18.5 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½
4 McPhillips, Joseph 4.5 2132 2494 +2.66 15.0 22.0 16.5 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½
5 GM Wells, Peter 4.5 2491 2409 -0.39 12.0 19.0 14.0 ½ 1 0 1 1 1
6 IM Wall, Gavin 4.0 2340 2296 -0.15 13.5 20.0 13.5 = 1 0 1 1 ½
7 IM Rendle, Thomas 3.5 2382 2321 -0.39 15.5 23.0 15.5 1 1 1 0 0 ½
8 FM Aguera Naredo, Javier 3.5 2417 2376 -0.14 15.0 22.5 15.5 1 ½ 1 1 0 0
9 IM Pein, Malcolm 3.5 2376 2317 -0.37 15.0 22.5 13.5 1 1 0 0 1 ½
10 GM Baburin, Alexander 3.5 2534 2352 -1.11 14.0 21.5 13.0 1 0 ½ 1 1 0
11 FM Short, Philip 3.5 2211 2349 +1.07 13.5 20.5 14.5 1 1 0 1 0 ½
12 IM Trent, Lawrence 3.5 2429 2264 -1.06 13.0 19.5 13.5 ½ 1 1 0 ½ ½
13 O'Connor, Jonathan 3.5 2088 2294 +1.24 12.5 19.5 11.0 0 1 = 1 0 1
14 Wolferink, Frans 3.5 2107 2196 +0.72 12.5 18.5 12.5 1 0 1 ½ 0 1
15 Bourached, Anthony 3.5 1903 2129 +1.41 12.5 18.5 11.0 0 + 1 0 ½ 1
16 Van Der Zwet, Bart 3.5 2084 2290 +1.50 12.5 18.0 12.0 0 1 1 ½ ½ ½
17 IM Orr, Mark 3.5 2240 2235 +0.01 11.5 19.0 12.0 1 0 ½ ½ 1 ½
18 IM Cooper, Lawrence 3.5 2317 2236 -0.40 11.5 18.0 13.0 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 1
19 Gonzalez Gonzalez, Alfonso 3.5 2142 2128 -0.07 11.0 16.5 12.0 1 0 1 0 ½ 1
20 Rawlinson, Aidan 3.0 2157 2151 -0.13 14.0 20.5 13.0 1 0 1 1 0 0
21 Steil-Antoni, Fiona 3.0 2105 2031 -0.49 10.0 15.5 8.5 0 ½ = 1 0 1
22 Murray, David B. 2.5 2079 2064 -0.27 13.0 19.5 9.0 ½ 0 1 0 1 0
23 Menzies, Colin 2.5 2050 2124 +0.39 12.5 18.5 9.0 0 1 ½ 0 1 0
24 Courtney, John 2.5 1979 2132 +0.79 11.5 18.0 9.0 = 0 1 0 1 0
25 Moran, Stephen 2.5 1970 2058 +0.50 10.5 15.0 8.0 = 0 0 1 1 0
26 Fox, Anthony 2.5 2062 2018 -0.46 10.0 15.5 7.5 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 1
27 Moynihan, Kieran 2.5 2107 1941 -1.36 9.5 16.5 9.0 1 0 0 ½ ½ ½
28 Murphy, Oissine 2.5 1935 2029 +0.70 9.0 13.5 7.0 0 ½ ½ 0 1 ½
29 Eliens, Arno 2.0 1863 2027 +1.03 12.5 19.0 9.5 1 ½ 0 0 ½ 0
30 Annesley, Gareth 2.0 1918 1978 +0.41 11.5 16.5 8.0 0 1 0 1 0 0
31 Doyle, Hugh 2.0 1996 1956 -0.34 10.5 15.5 6.0 0 0 1 ½ 0 ½
32 Lyons, Brendan 2.0 1929 1932 +0.01 10.0 16.0 7.0 0 1 0 ½ 0 ½
33 O'Riordan, Kieran 2.0 1998 1952 -0.44 10.0 14.5 7.0 0 1 0 ½ 0 ½
34 O'Donnell, Conor 2.0 2049 1914 -1.17 9.5 14.5 5.0 0 ½ 0 0 1 ½
35 Keogh, Eamon 2.0 1995 1962 -0.26 9.5 14.0 5.0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½
36 Pearson, Ray 1.5 2017 1827 -1.57 8.5 15.0 4.0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½
37 Fehr, Jukka 1.5 1973 1868 -0.79 8.0 12.0 2.5 0 0 0 ½ 0 1
38 Thee, Bernd 1.0 2096 1780 -2.43 9.0 16.0 3.5 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0
39 Cafolla, Peter 0.0 2035 1418 -0.76 8.0 13.5 0.0 0 0 - - - -

Bunratty Classic

For the first time the Bunratty Chess Festival included the Bunratty Chess Classic, a category 8 FIDE rated event designed to help Irish players get IM and GM norms on home soil. It was a 10-player single round robin tournament running from Wednesday 27th February 2013 to Sunday 3rd March with GM Nick Pert, GM Mark Hebden, IM Denis Rombaldoni, IM Sam Collins, GM Keith Arkell, IM Vladimir Hamitevici, IM Alex Lopez, IM Mark Quinn, IM Stephen Burns-Mannion and FM Colm Daly. Mark Hebden won the tournament with an undefeated 7/9. He finished ahead of Nick Pert who scored 6.5 points.

We especially liked the finish of the following game.

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Bunratty Classic 2013 | Final standings

 

 


Update by organizer Gery Graham:

Veselin Topalov attended the tournament as well. For instance, he watched the games during a blitz tourney and "commentated" aloud on them, as he was asked to do. We were very impressed with Vesilin: he was extremely friendly, and socialised with all.

The blitz was won by Nigel Short. He beat Peter Wells in the final a “little” after midnight!  While Adams played in the blitz group stage (and won all his games), he did call it a night then and didn’t participate in the knock-out matches.

Some titbits:

  • Mickey Adams, emulated Peter Svidler’s achievement of retaining the Bunratty Masters title – all in all, he had a good day on Sunday, as his beloved Tottenham beat Arsenal as well!!!
  • Nigel Short reckons that young Joseph McPhillips in a very under-rated player and is one to watch in the future.
  • The default time at Bunratty is half an hour and last year, Istratescu was one of several players to default on time for the Sunday morning game, this year nobody defaulted, but there were a few sore heads.
  • Thomas Rendle IM reckons that the only thing better than a nice pint when playing chess is winning at chess while have the nice pint.
  • A total of just over 300 players participated in the Bunratty Chess Festival 2013 and one of the main sponsors of the event, Gary O’Grady, Blackthorne Transport, played in the Major section and did quite well, ending up on 4.5/6. In fact, Gary has played in 19 of the 20 Bunratty competitions so far, only missing the first, Paul Kiely of Waterford, who played in the Challengers section, is the only player to have played all 20 Bunratty Chess Festivals.
  • Irish Chess Union’s Chairman, Jonathan O’Connor, along with Raymond Keene, spoke at closing ceremony while Vesilin Topalov presented the prizes and, much to the surprise of many, Mickey did take the mic and gave a short but witty speech to the assembled crowd of about 200 players. (Jonathan O’Connor is the one presenting Mickey with the trophy.)
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Comments

Stephen's picture

Next year maybe they should seek sponsorship from RyanAir and Guinness. I am sure a few new chapters were written for that Kotov classic "Drink like a Grandmaster"

Anton's picture

Haha :)

Achtie's picture

What was the timecontrol?

Stephen's picture

2 pints an hour with a whisky increment.

Jonathan O'Connor's picture

Time control was 90 minutes for all the moves plus 15 second increment from move 1.

Anonymous's picture

Sweet Rg2 ! must have been incredible to watch this one !

filiusdextris's picture

Rg2 would have been even cooler with the Black queen on, say, a3 and the White rook on d1. In that way the main line still works, but Black would also have the traditional smothered mate if the bishop captures.

chesshire cat's picture

Hey Peter, great to see you reporting on this. Did you know that Topalov was also present (he didn't play though)?
Why don't you participate yourself next year??

Peter Doggers's picture

Just added an update which mentions Topalov indeed. I might play, it sounds great fun!

Jonathan O'Connor's picture

Peter, if you know Arno Eliens, ask him about the tournament. He's been coming over for years. You'd be very welcome.

Septimus's picture

Rg2+ nice! Finished him off in style. This sounds like a real fun mini-tournament!

AAR's picture

Why didn't our columnist Gwain Jones play?
England to Ireland is just a short hop, isn't it?

Jonathan O'Connor's picture

Gawain was in Iceland playing in their team championships. Simon Williams missed out as well for the same reason.

Jocky's picture

why would the star man topalov not be in the photo too with mickey? Looks very odd to me, that other guy must have a big head/ego about his importance within the event...

Jonathan O'Connor's picture

Veselin handed out all the prizes, but he didn't feel right presenting the prize to Micky Adams, who he views as a respected colleague. To save him from this psychological difficulty, I presented the prize to Micky.

As to my ego, my first business card had "Humble Programmer" as my official job title. Maybe, I've changed since :-)

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