The Irish Chess Union, supported by the European Chess Union, Failte Ireland and the Glorney Bloodworth Trust, under the patronage of Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, organized the 71st edition of Glorney Gilbert Chess International event from 21st-24th July in the Carrickdale Hotel, Co Louth.
The event included Norm Robin round tournament and Youth Chess Festival. Youth festival was played as teams competition in 4 age sections: Glorney (U18), Gilbert (GU18), Robinson (U14) and Stokes (U12).
After five played rounds in Glorney section, teams of France and Netherlands tied for the first place with same score of match points and total points score. According to the third tiebreak criteria, France took gold for the 3rd consecutive time and Netherlands came second. Bronze medals came to the team of England, with score of 6 match points.
In Gilbert category, teams of England and France tied for the top, each with 8 match points, but thanks to better total points score, England came first and France ended on the second place. Ireland took bronze medal with 6 match points.
Another gold went to England in Robinson section, where they scored 10 match points. France came second with 8 match points, while bronze medals went to Netherlands with 6 match points.
Team of Netherlands took gold in Stokes category with 9 match points. England and France tied for the second place, but eventually, England took silver medals, and France ended on the third place.
FM Stefansson Vignir Vatnar (ISL, 2293) triumphed the Norm event which took place from 20th-24th July. Stefansson scored 7 points and achieved a norm for International master. IM Wall Gavin (IRL, 2311) and IM McPhillips Joseph (ENG, 2412) tied for the second place, each with 6.5 points. According to tiebreaks criteria, Wall Gavin took silver medal and McPhillips Joseph came third.
ECU Deputy President, Mr. Gunnar Bjornsson, opened the 71st edition of Glorney Gilbert Chess Festival, and made a first honorary move before the start of the 1st round of the event.