Ulster Open 2024

Dear fellow Go-players,
You are cordially invited to attend the already well-established Ulster Open tournament in Lisburn.

Attending players:

Lucretiu Calota4dSt Albans
James Hutchinson2dLisburn
Dewei Liu1dBelfast
Stephen Nulty1kDublin
Kevin Farrell2kGalway
Byoung-Ju Lee4kDublin
Niall Tuohy4kDublin
Tiberiu Gociu5kBelfast
Jos Dornschneider-Elkink8kDublin
Colin Lafferty11kGalway
Luke McGarvey13kBelfast
David Stephenson13kBelfast
James Aitken13kBelfast
Gurmeet Singh23kBelfast
Zoë Hawthorne25kBelfast


Three rounds, McMahon format, handicap of difference in McMahon Score minus one.

Time Limits (EGF Class B)
Main time: 45 min
Byo-yomi: 3×30 seconds

Date: Saturday Feb 17th 2024
Entry Fee: £5 (payable at sign-in) (Euro equivalent acceptable to people who actually live in the euro zone.)
Venue: Lisburn Chess Club, 60-62 Longstone Street, Lisburn. BT28 1TR. map (just search for Lisburn Chess Club. The entrance is down Tonagh Avenue. You should see lots of posters up in the upstairs windows.)


09.45: Sign-In
10.15: Round One
12.30: Lunch
13:45: Round Two
16.00: Round Three


Follow the link: https://forms.gle/UdiWTyFZY7YiiMXP6 to register using the form (preferred method)

Alternatively email tiberiu[fullstop]gociu[A-T]gmail[D-O-T]com with name, entry grade, and EGF PIN if you know it and “Ulster Open 2024” in the subject line.

Please email at least the day before, as I need to ensure there are enough boards/clocks. I also need to let Lisburn Chess Club know how many are expected as well. Also, if you’re interested in going out for a meal in the evening, let me know, and we’ll arrange something.

How to get to Lisburn:

From Dublin: The enterprise train doesn’t stop at Lisburn as such, but you get off at Portadown where they have a slower train waiting on you that will stop at Lisburn. The bus to Belfast stops at Sprucefield shopping centre. There are connecting buses to the centre of Lisburn.

From Belfast international airport: The Ulsterbus (109A) service operates between Lisburn Rail Station, Belfast International Airport and Antrim Buscentre. For timetable visit Translink website.

From Belfast itself: There are direct trains to Lisburn. There are also buses from the Europa bus station.

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