Congratulations to the new Irish Champion, FM Conor Murphy, who won a tense last-round game to finish well clear of the field with 7.5 points from 9 games, winning five games in succession at the end. In crucial games in rounds 7 and 8 he defeated trhe fedening champion, IM Alex Astaneh Lopez, and former champion IM Sam Collins for a well deserved victory.
Conor thus earned a guaranteed place on ireland's 2020 Olympiad team and will have increased his rating but anearly loss meant he did not meet sufficient titled opponents for an IM norm.
The annual Glorney Gilbert junior team tournaments were held at a hotel on the Irish border near Dundalk in late July, with six countries competing. In a round-robin tournament played alongside, Irish teenager Trisha Kanyamarala scored 5/9 for her second norm towards the Women's International Master title. The event was won by young Icelander Vignir Vatnar Stefansson, who scored 7/9 and earned an IM norm.
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