Kilkenny 2010 -Arrival, Round 1 & Tips for tourists!

Here we are in Ireland for another fun tournament in Kilkenny. This year we see GM Ivan Cheparinov (Second to GM Veselin Topalov) visit the tournament and there’s 7 GMs visiting. Kilkenny is a lovely town about 2hours drive south of Dublin. I’m not playing this weekend so will be playing tourist though I do intend to participate in the Blitz which is held on Sunday evening. I believe at that time there is also a free bar! (Where we see the usual suspects…)

Last night after a full day of travelling was Round 1. I don’t believe there were any upsets but I’ll double check that. The schedule is quite tough with 3 games today then 2 tomorrow. The time control is 105minutes for all moves. Combat this with a few too may pints and you get a very enjoyable social tournament! The Irish of course love their Guinness (or alcohol) and are a very welcoming and kind.

Snow arrived in Kilkenny overnight and earlier this morning making it a bit of a mission to explore. The Kilkenny Castle is a lovely place to visit or there are also the surrounding gardens and nearly River Nore.

Gawain has participated in Kilkenny for several years now and there is a reason why Kilkenny and Bunratty are both tournaments he wants to play! I don’t believe there is a website with results but I’ll ask and if anyone finds one please leave a comment with the link!