Bunratty International Chess Festival this weekend

Bunratty International Chess Festival this weekend

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The Bunratty International Chess Festival brings some 400 competitors from over a dozen countries to the county Clare village this weekend. 

The event, now in its 26th year has grown to become the strongest weekend chess tournament in the world regularly attracting global stars such as Nigel Shortt, Pytor Svidler and Wesley So.

Players and fans mix freely in a convivial atmosphere and the famous Bunratty blitz on the Sunday night is an open to all lightening chess competition where club players can find themselves up against the very best in the world.

Cllr Michael Begley, Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council will present the prizes to the winners of this year’s Bunratty International Chess Festival on Sunday.

The prize giving ceremony is scheduled for 6pm on Sunday in the Bunratty Castle Hotel.

 

 

 

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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