Glorney Gilbert International 2017 - Tournament Report (Draft 1)


The Original Glorney Cup Trophy
The original Glorney trophy

Summary

The Four Cups

Player per team prizes

Full results tables here

This year for the first time, during the rounds there was live commentary by Henry Li and others on Henry's twitch channel. You can listen back here

PGN files and game playback of the GLorney and Gibert cups are available on http://glorneycupchess.org There are no live boards for the Robinson and Stokes but we hope to see the pgns included in due course.

Scotland are confirmed as hosts for 2018, Ireland for 2019.

Sunday 23 July - Travel day

Planes, trains, boats, buses and automobiles deliver the largest known Irish delegation to the Glorney Gilbert International since its foundation in 1948 - 64 comprising 31 players and 33 supporters. We return to the Park Inn Cardiff North, scene of the dramatic last board Stokes cup win 4 years ago. Two of these players return this year one on each of the two Glorney teams.

President Higgins meets Irish Glorney teams at Áras an Uachtaráin
2013 Stokes Team at the Aras before heading off to Cardiff to win the Stokes Cup

Winners of the Bernadette Stokes Cup: back row, from left, Tom O'Gorman, Michael Higgins, David Halpenny; front row from left: Ross Beatty, Pádraig Hughes, Fiachra Scallan
2013 winning Stokes Team


GGI 2017 - playing squad
27 of 31 person 2017 squad plus coaches

9pm Sunday - after the Managers Meeting.....

The draw was made as follows (with the first team listed playing white on odd numbered boards):

Round 1 11.15am Mon 24 July

Round 2 4.30pm

Round 3 10.15am Tue 25 July

Round 4 3.30pm

Round 5 9.15am Wed 26 July

The round times have been slipped to accommodate the many players severely delayed and diverted as far north as Manchester!

Day 1

Breakfast

Morning all. We're all here. Luke S arrived in of the last coach from Bristol at around 1am. The French team arrived with no baggage from both Birmingham and Manchester airports between 2am and 4am. Hence the delayed start of 11.15am.

Round 1

So, from an Irish perspective the morning goes to the Gilbert Team on a perfect 3/3 against Wales B, followed a close second by the Robinson A team who prevailed 5 - 1 against Ireland B. The Glorney B pushed the As all the way scoring a creditable 2 - 3 with a win on board 5 and 2 draws. The As will have some work to do against the French this afternoon. The Stokes found the going tough against England Bs going down 2.5 - 3.5. The English are looking strong in the Stokes this year, their As beating the French 5 - 1.

The overall Round 1 picture per Chess-results is France and Scotland make the running in the Glorney with 3.5/5, Ireland lead on 3/3 in the Gilbert with Scotland on 2.5. In the Robinson, Ireland A lead on 5 but the French are ones to watch on 4 having beaten the fancied English team 4 - 2. Things will be clearer after the Ireland V France match up this evening. In the Stokes, England turned the tables on France winning 5 -1 with Scotland second on 4.

The Live commentary was well received with between 30 and 40 viewers for most of the transmission and a regular stream of Scots coming in after their matches for a chat with Henry.

ICU TV outside broadcast unit

Round 2 - 4.30pm

So in we go to face the French and for the B teams, Wales. Danny D is an early winner on the Stokes Board 1, arriving into the team room after 90 minutes. The 5am arrival from Manchester is a real test for the French U12s.

A fresh team join Henry on the live commentary Martin Fitzgerald and Alex Lopez join Henry to for more deep analysis ably assisted from twitch followers Amadan and others.

Tuesday morning...

A few sore heads this morning. Reports of a party in one of the English players rooms during the night. Ireland was well represented.

The girls were sensible and finished at a respectable hour but the a few of lads looked worse for wear this morning. Lots of black coffee drank at breakfast. Bring on the Glorney...

Round 3 Tuesday

Ireland play Wales while the B teams play England with Scotland v France completing the draw Shane is out after 12 moves for an early win. Mate of the round goes to Utkarsh who sacks both a N and a R with his opponent holding #1 if he cannot force his own. He does!

The Stokes lose narrowly to Wales 2.5-3.5 leaving them joint 3rd with Eng B. With a 6-point lead over France, England A are dominant with two rounds to go, including Ireland tomorrow.

Ireland A are 4 points clear in the Robinson but, with 2nd placed Scotland this afternoon and 3rd placed England tomorrow, will this be enough to stop France from surfacing their submarine?

The Gilbert is too close to call with 4 teams, Ireland, England, France and Wales all within half a point of each other. France would look to have the easier run to the line and beat Ireland in the head to head.

The Glorney ...

Round 4

The English secure the Stokes with a round to spare and Ireland face them in the morning.

The Ireland A need 0.5 tomorrow to secure a Robinson hatrick.

Ireland need to beat England and Wales to hold France to a draw in the Gilbert.

Ireland still with a very outside chance to retain the Glorney but France are the more realistically positioned.

Final round Wed 25th

France win the Glorney, with Ireland 3rd and Ireland B 4th

Ireland second by only .5 to France in the Gilbert

Ireland retain the Robinson Cup with B team 6th

Ireland fourth in the Stokes behind the dominant England A, France and England B

Player per team prizes

GGI2017 Stokes Board Prize
GGI2017 Gilbert Board Prize
GGI2017 Glorney A Board Prize

Scotland are confirmed as hosts for 2018, Ireland for 2019.

This year for the first time, during the rounds there was live commentary by Henry Li and others on Henry's twitch channel. You can listen back here

PGN files and game playback of the GLorney and Gibert cups are available on http://glorneycupchess.org There are no live boards for the Robinson and Stokes but we hope to see the pgns included in due course.

GGI 2017 Irish Delegation


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