Saturday 23 March 2019

Chess master takes on Gorey

Javier Tamayo with John Halpenny
Javier Tamayo with John Halpenny
Martin Brehoe, Denis Doyle, Ann Doyle and club chairman Seamus Halpenny with Javier

Sara Gahan

A thirteen-year old boy secured a draw after a very close contest with chess master Javier Tamayo from Madrid, who played 12 members from Gorey Chess Club simultaneously in the Loch Garman Arms last week.

By the end of the night, Javier won nine games, drawn two and lost one. Denis Doyle from Ballycanew, Gorey Chess Club's blitz champion, was the toast of the club as he managed to capitalise on an early advantage and secure the win.

Thirteen-year old club member David Remenyik, who is also just home after playing very successfully for the Irish Youth Team, secured a draw after a closely fought game. Local expert and Gorey Chess Club trainer Manuel Gardenes also secured a draw.

Javier, who is also a magician, showed Gorey's players that he's certainly a chess magician. Javier teaches chess and is currently in Gorey with some Spanish students.

He spoke very fondly of Gorey and the friendliness of the people. 'He has shown us that not only is he a chess master but that he is also an absolute gentleman,' said Gorey Chess Club chairman Seamus Halpenny.

• Gorey Chess Club meet every Monday evening in the Loch Garman 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

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