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The Gazette - May 2012

Edited by Rebecca Blaevoet
The views expressed in the Gazette do not necessarily reflect the policies or views of the BCA, nor those of the editor.

Tributes to Shane Hall

March 15, 2012, Rathmines Chess Club Website

It is with great sadness that I relay the news that Shane Hall passed away yesterday, unexpectedly. Shane had been a member of Rathmines chess club for at least 20 years, most recently as a member of the Rathmines B team in the BEA. Although not a strong player, Shane’s enthusiasm, friendliness, love of chess and good nature was always apparent. I never heard him once complain of ill health or make any fuss about his sight loss. He always accepted his defeats with good grace and delighted in his victories. He chose an attacking style of chess that maximised fun and creativity. He will be sadly missed.

Unexpectedly, at his home. Shane, beloved son of Col (retd) John and Mary, loving brother of Mary, Karen, Adam and Jean; very sadly missed by his mum, dad, sisters, brother and their partners, his nieces Ciara, Laoise and Zoe, nephews Patrick and Oisín and both the Hall and Barclay family and friends.

Reposing in Quinns of Glasthule on Monday, March 19, from 3pm to 5pm. Removal on Tuesday, March 20, to St. Joseph’s Church Glasthule, arriving at 9.50am for 10am Funeral Mass, followed by burial in Glasnevin Cemetery. House private. No flowers, please. Donations, if desired, to the National Council for the Blind.

May He Rest in Peace

Hello all,

I thought you would like to know that there was a great turnout for Shane on Tuesday afternoon when he was reposing at Quinn's funeral home in Glasthule and again yesterday at his funeral Mass in St. Joseph's Church and burial in Glasnevin Cemetery. Among the attendance were those from the blind community including many of the local Braille Chess players and several members of Rathmines Chess Club where Shane had been a very popular member for nearly twenty years. He was for a time concurrently member of the rival Phibsboro Club which attracted a certain amount of good natured ribbing from his Rathmines colleagues. If anyone wishes to send cards to the Hall family, the address for his parents is: John and Mary Hall, 10 Ballygihan, Sandycove Road, Sandycove,

Co. Dublin. You can view messages about Shane or leave your own comment on the Rathmines Club website at:

Philip Doyle

“That’s very sad news. Condolences to his family. Shane was a great stalwart of the club and will be greatly missed. As you say, his cheery disposition (even when on the wrong end of a checkmate) was a real tonic. R.I.P.”

“What a shock and a huge loss to everyone who knew him. Shane was always jolly and created a positive atmosphere in the club, where his enthusiasm was contagious. The place won’t be the same without him.”

“Shocked to hear the news, rest peacefully big man!! Condolences to his family, he’ll be greatly missed by everyone at the club.”

“It’s very sad to see the loss of such a great friend and member of the club, Shane was the type of person that would always raise your spirits with his cheerful character and would never back down from a challenge. May I offer both prayers and my condolences to his family. Rest in peace Shane.”

“Condolences to Shane’s family and many friends on his sudden death. Shane was a member of Phibsboro Chess Club for a short while before departing to Rathmines. However he still dropped in for the odd game and played in the odd club tournament and such was his popularity he was always made welcome. Shane loved to play chess, and win or lose always enjoyed his games. His good humour will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

“As a small tribute to Shane, here’s a game I played against him a few years ago, where he was competitive until near the end.”

[Event "Hogarty Rapid play"]

[Site “Teachers club"]

[Date "2009.04.06"]

[Round "1"]

[White "Hall, Shane"]

[Black "Burns, John"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "C02"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Nf3 Nh6 6. Bxh6 gxh6 7. Be2 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Nxe5 9. f4 Ng6 10. f5! (A great move by Shane, one thoroughly vindicated by Fritz. White smashes up Black’s pawn shell) exf5 11. Qd3 (A better follow up would have been 11. O-O Bc5 12. Bb5+ Bd7 13. Bxd7+ Qxd7 14. Re1+ Ne7) 11…

Qg5 (not a clever move by me. I should have preferred 11… Qh4+ 12. g3 Qe4 13. Rf1 Bd7) 12. Qb5+! Bd7 13. Qxd5?! Only here does Shane go wrong. Had he taken on b7 instead, he had at least an equal game (13. Qxb7 Rc8 14. O-O Nf4 15. Bf3 Nh3+ 16. Kh1 Nf2+ 17. Kg1 Nh3+ =) 13… Qc1+ 14. Bd1 Qxb2 15. Nxf5 Bxf5 (Again, a poor choice by Black. 15… O-O-O was better) 16. Rf1 (16. Ba4+ would have caused me plenty of problems Ke7 17. Qxf5 Qc1+ 18. Bd1 Qe3+ 19. Kf1 Bg7) 16… Bg7 17. Rf2 Bxc3+ 18. Nd2 Qxa1 19. Rxf5 O-O 20. Rf2 Rae8+ 21. Re2 Rxe2+ 22. Kxe2 Nf4+ 0-1