Irish Championship 2000

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Basic data

Irish Championship 2000
Dates April 22-30, 2000
Town Castleconnell, Co. Limerick
Venue Ahane G.A.A. club
Controller Unknown
Players participating 12
Games played 53
Competition format 9-round Swiss
Eligibility Rating 1900+
Tie break Not explicitly stated but probably unchanged from 1996: two players who tied for first would share the title, while in the case of a tie between three or more players, a tie-break (of unspecified form) would apply.
Time control 40 moves in 2 hours, plus 1 hour for remaining moves
FIDE rated? Unknown
Games available 53, of which at least 1 (Walsh - Heidenfeld, round 9) incomplete
Concurrent events
  • Irish Intermediate Championship 1999, 1st Colm Fitzpatrick
  • Irish Junior Championship 1999, 1st Shay Scott
  • Irish Veterans Championship 1999, 1st Andrew Thomson
  • Irish Championship Weekender 1999, 1st Paul Delaney (Rathfarnham)
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Tournament review

Gerry Graham gave detailed round-by-round reports in CHESS IRELAND - NEWS, Mar-Jun 2000. Mark Heidenfeld extended the family connection with the Irish championship, following in the footsteps of his father Wolfgang, Irish champion in 1958, 1963, 1964, 1967, 1968, and 1972. Colm Daly was seeking to become only the second person ever to win the Irish championship in three consecutive years (quick: who was the first?; still the only one!) but fell well short.

Interesting games

The defending champion on the ropes but manages miraculous draw (not without considerable help):
         McMahon, Daire – Daly, Colm      ½-½

White is slowly pushed off the board; a picturesque finish:
         Short, Philip – Wall, Gavin      0-1

The (Tom Clarke) Five-Pawn Attack:
         Clarke, Tom – McMahon, Pat      1-0

The black queen brilliantly trapped:
         Collins, Sam – Clarke, Tom      1-0

Extended complications with chances for both sides:
         Collins, Sam – Daly, Colm      1-0

The black king caught in the centre, where White's pieces combine beautifully to finish him off:
         Clarke, Tom – Walsh, Paul      1-0

Gambit, and White generates plenty of play, but the gambit-taking pawn returns at a critical time:
         Keogh, Eamon – McMahon, Daire      0-1

White sacrifices two exchanges, spurns option of a draw for a win that's not there;
         Daly, Colm – Keogh, Eamon      0-1