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Bernard Kernan
Number of games in database: 48
Years covered: 1969 to 1976
Last FIDE rating: 2380

Overall record: +17 -13 =18 (54.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (10) 
    B40 B50 B30 B32 B56
 King's Indian Attack (4) 
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (6) 
    C62 C60 C78
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   P M Jamieson vs B Kernan, 1973 0-1
   B Kernan vs J Kennedy, 1974 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Castlebar (1969)
   Haifa Olympiad (1976)

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(born Jul-25-1955, 67 years old) Ireland

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He was Irish Champion in 1976.

Last updated: 2019-07-25 08:14:14

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 55  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. B Kernan vs M Moe  1-0411969CastlebarA07 King's Indian Attack
2. B Brinck-Claussen vs B Kernan  1-0381969CastlebarD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. B Kernan vs N Schnegelsberg 1-0281969CastlebarC57 Two Knights
4. D B Pritchard vs B Kernan  1-0411969CastlebarD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. B Kernan vs N J Patterson  ½-½381969CastlebarB56 Sicilian
6. O Burke vs B Kernan  0-1351969CastlebarC78 Ruy Lopez
7. B Kernan vs L Blackstock  ½-½241969CastlebarB32 Sicilian
8. B Kernan vs Nunn 1-0271972Glorney CupB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
9. B Kernan vs G Makropoulos  ½-½211972EU- ch J U20B30 Sicilian
10. B Kernan vs Inkiov  1-0401972EU- ch J U20B07 Pirc
11. S Buchal vs B Kernan 1-0301972EU- ch J U20B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
12. B Kernan vs Marjanovic 0-1481972EU-ch U20 fin-AB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
13. B Kernan vs Miles  ½-½241972EU- ch J U20C62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
14. B Kernan vs O M Hindle  ½-½251973GlasgowC44 King's Pawn Game
15. K B McAlpine vs B Kernan  ½-½161973GlasgowA44 Old Benoni Defense
16. B Kernan vs I Sinclair  ½-½161973GlasgowB01 Scandinavian
17. J MacPhail vs B Kernan  1-0241973W-ch J U20A23 English, Bremen System, Keres Variation
18. R M McKay vs B Kernan  1-0311973GlasgowA04 Reti Opening
19. P M Jamieson vs B Kernan 0-1251973GlasgowB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
20. M Coveney vs B Kernan  ½-½261974MulcahyC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
21. I Sinclair vs B Kernan  ½-½141974MulcahyB01 Scandinavian
22. S Galligan vs B Kernan  0-1341974MulcahyB01 Scandinavian
23. B Kernan vs J Kennedy 1-0151974MulcahyB10 Caro-Kann
24. B Kernan vs G Estevez Morales  ½-½281974W-ch26TB40 Sicilian
25. C Camaton Borbor vs B Kernan  1-0361974W-ch26TB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 55  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-13-09  IanDavis: Bernard Kernan is popularly described as the most talented Irish Chess player there ever was.
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  Chessical: I would propose that James Mason has a greater claim, unless he is excluded by reason of his eventual emigration. He was 3rd at the great Vienna tournament of 1882 and an absolute flight player in the mid 1870s-1880s.

Also worthy of consideration are, Alexander McDonnell and William Henry Kraus Pollock

Sep-13-09  IanDavis: Certainly there are other more historical players, but Bernard Kernan is the choice of modern times. I believe he quit chess completely and turned to Bridge or some such.
Dec-28-12  wordfunph: on Bernard Kernan by GM John Nunn in the book Secrets of Grandmaster Chess..

<In August (1972), I played on top board for the English Glorney Cup team. Although England won the event, my personal score of 2.5/5 was not very good.

Some of the players, including myself and the entire Irish team, were staying in a large house a short distance away from the playing hall. The night before the England vs Ireland match, I got up at 3 a.m. to visit the bathroom. While I was inside, there was a furious hammering at the door. When I opened it, I was astonished to see the Irish board 1, Bernard Kernan, looking very much the worse for drink, being supported by two of his compatriots. They promptly dragged him inside, whereupon he vomited at great length. I was not at all surprised when, at the start of the game, Kernan still had not appeared and I already had the point firmly chalked up in my mind. After about 20 minutes, Kernan came in, looking as pale as a ghost. I was not unduly worried. Alas, I was crushed in 27 moves; I never again underestimated an Irish player, at least when it came to drinking.>


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  GrahamClayton: In the mid 1970's, the Irish "Independent" newspaper and Mensa published ten brain-teasers for what they called the Irish Super-Mind competition, and solvers qualified for the IQ test "play-off". Kernan won this competition.
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  Domdaniel: In the mid-70s I played on a university team with Kernan. At the time his Elo rating was over 2400, about 100 points ahead of the next Irish player. In those days, he was unbeatable in Ireland - even draws were rare.
Jul-25-19  oolalimk1: In 1977 Bernard Kernan gave a Galway. 19 wins, 5 draws, 1 loss. When he offered me a draw it made my day !.

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