Simultaneous Chess Display - Wednesday February 13th - Johnny Joyce 14.5/2.5 Bray Chess Club
17 enthusiastic players, young and old, experienced and beginner alike, pitted their wits in battle over a chess board against the Legendary Johnny Joyce upstairs in the Esplanade`s "Bayview Suite".
Johnny , "The local hero" , ranked : 26 in Ireland & former Leinster Senior Champion & Current East Coast Open & Bray Senior Champion , commenced play , circa 7.40 PM & concluded play , circa 10.15 PM . Club Secretary ; Tom Janowski opted out , to be our photographer for the night ; Very professional !
First to go was club president ; Mervyn Honner , after that fatal 8`th move ! Really Mervyn , you should have known better than to try to outfox the man , who defeated Dr John Nunn GM in Bunratty in 2004 & drew with the late Tony Miles GM in Jurys in 1993 . Both of these GM`s were ranked in the top 10 in the World , when Johnny played them & legends , in their own right .
Most did well to hang on for 10/20 moves , or so , but 3 amazed us & temselves , by getting results . The very talented "rising star" , young Garrett Curran , managed to win . Perhaps , this should not surprise us too much , as Garrett beat Johnny in the club championship in September 2012 though he acknowledges Johnny`s great talent & that he seems to play his best against him.
More remarkable perhaps was the fantastic win by our oldest member Vincent Denard (89). Afterwards , Johnny remarked that Vincent was very "solid" in his play . This is encouraging news , in particular for Vincent`s "British Airways" team , who face a vital relegation battle on Saturday. Also young Richard Doyle, who managed a draw, plays on the same team. Watch out Cavan!
Everybody , including Johnny seemed to enjoy themselves . Two newcomers ; Ms Terry Myler & Dylan O`Shaughnessy were very happy with the experience . New members/visitors are very welcome any Wednesday , when the club meets in the Esplanade.
Hopefully , our club no.1 : Colm Daly FM , current Joint-Irish Senior Champion & ranked 10 in Ireland , will be available to give a display next month . Maybe , I`ll bring my camera!
President of Bray/Greystones Chess Club
2012 Club Championship
Each season the club runs the Bray Club Championship which is a 6 round swiss played under tournament conditions. There are two sections which are the senior and minor. The senior section is for players rated above 1600 and the minor section is for players rated below 1500. The event is ICU rated.
Bray Senior Champion 2012: John Joyce
Bray Minor Champion 2012: Eugene Rellis