The ICU website has announced that David Fitzsimons has achieved his third and final IM norm by winning his game today against an IM in the first division of the 4NCL. Congratulations! Here is his game:
Also noteworthy in Division 1 is that Ryan Rhys Griffiths drew with French GM Laurent Fressinet who seems to have made a shrewd tactical draw offer in a probably lost position.
Meanwhile Gonzaga's bid to win Division 3 North and qualify for the second division next season looked a bit shaky at one point this evening with the 4NCL website showing them 3-2 down in the first of three matches this weekend. (Reports from anyone on the spot would be welcome.)
Happily it's now showing that Killian Delaney won (with Black) the last game to finish and so secure a 3-3 draw and one match point.
It's the first match they failed to win this season but I think they will be happy because the team that had been lying second was beaten and so Gonzaga are still 3 MP ahead with only two matches to go. One more MP from those will guarantee promotion and two MP (a won match or two draws) will make it mathematically impossible for any other team to equal their score. Tiebreaks should favour them too in the worst case scenario.
Enniscorthy had a walkover on one board today, losing 3.5-1.5 in games actually played.
Some Irish players were in action in other divisions I think. Colin Menzies beat Jonathan Pein in Division 2.