liam stephens wrote:Irish Open
Results from the Masters Section:
1. Ron King (Barbados)
2. John McElhone (Ireland)
3. Michael Shabshai (Israel)
4. Filip Kareta (22 years old ! - Czech Republic)
5. Igor Martynov ( Germany)
Bernard Coll won the Seniors section.
I had to rush away after the prize giving to catch a bus home and did not have time to get the full points scores.
Many thanks, Liam.
CONGRATULATIONS to Ron King. I guess this year's triumph at the Irish Open may be his greatest triumph in tournament play here in Europe, considering the enourmous strenghts of this year's event.
Also congratulations to my friend Bernard Coll, who won the Seniors.
i always thought he is a senior force.
Congratulations to John McElhone, the new Irish champion, who outperformed some grandmasters and many very, very strong masters.
Congratulations to Michael Shabshai, who showed that his fine Performances in Prague and Beijing were no one-day wonders.
Also congratulations to my friend Filip, who is a fine player and will be a growing force in the future.
There are a lot of young talents like Filip in Europe, and they also deserve their chances.
Glückwunsch an Igor Martynov.
Du hast das beste Ergebnis erzielt, das je ein Deutscher bei einem internationalen Turnier erreicht hat, Igor. WOW!
Ich habe Dir ja gesagt, Du landest vorne, auch beim QT!!
Ich drücke Dir die Daumen, auch wenn Du es nicht nötig hast.
I think this tournament confirmes the Beijing verdict, that Checkers/Draughts power changes hands from the anglophone countries to the rest of the world in this decade.
The next match USA vs. Ireland & Britian will not be the international match anymore.
There are others who are as good if not better.
I am looking forward to see the QT, with all five prize winners, Borghetti, the Durdyevs and may the best man or woman win.
Ron King still can bite. He sharpend his teeth for the QT, but I know that others still have resources as well.
The games will go on!