Main Functionality Of Old ICU Website Restored

Most functionality of the old ICU website has now been restored. This includes our Stripe account, which was and is again used for membership payment and for the ICU shop section of the website. This is fully operational now as are both the ratings section of the website plus the email system and addresses.

For the most up to date news and ICU announcements the new ICU website IRISHCHESSUNION.NET will continue be the main ICU portal.

Irish Junior Championships In Pictures

Last weekend saw the conclusion of the 2015 Irish Junior Championships which was a resounding success for tournament hosts Blanchardstown Chess Club. There were 170 participants and considerable excitement and competition throughout the weekend.

The tournament website has details and results of the various events while a beautiful collection of photos that captured many moments from the event is available at

2015 Malahide Millennium - Reminder

Malahide Millennium Weekend Chess Congress is fast approaching. There are 3 sections. Open to all. Type: Swiss (6 rounds). Notes: 2 rounds per day (morning + afternoon 10:00am + 3:00pm). Date: May bank-holiday weekend. (Saturday, Sunday + Monday - 2nd, 3rd + 4th May 2015). Time Control: Fisher-time - 90mins + 30secs. Equipment: Boards,sets + digital clocks provided ...players just bring their pen! Sections: Junior (Under 1400 ICU) Intermediate (1400-1799 ICU) Senior (Over 1800 ICU) FIDE-rated Entry fee: €45 (Advance Entry) €35 (Advance Payment €55 (On the Day) €10 discount on all these prices for juniors

Contact: or phone: (086) 105 3202

Venue ALSAA Sports Fitness & Social Association Old Airport Road, Toberbunny, Dublin Airport, Co. Dublin

May Rating List

The May ratings list will be published in or around 10th May 2015. League controllers and other event organisers wishing to have their events included in the May rating list are requested to submit files for ratings well in advance of this date.

The selection committee has confirmed that the May rating list will be used for selection for the Glorney Gilbert International (Johnstown House Hotel, Enfield, Co Meath, 19th-23rd July) and other international events being held between June and October that are subject to selection (for example WYCC, EYCC and EUYCC).

The May rating list is also used to determine the rating levels for entry to the Irish Senior Championships (Academy Plaza Hotel, Dublin 4th – 12th July).

National Club Championships - Reminder

The NCC is fast approaching - April 25 26 - and clubs need to get their teams sent in soon.

Round 1 will take place on Saturday 12 noon with Round 2 at 1700: Round 3 on Sunday is at 930 and Round 4 1430: The time control 130 with 30 second increment . The Fide arbiter for the event will be Brian Scully Entry fee per team is 60 euro, and should be made payable to tournament organizer John Cassidy, Loyola Cusack Road, Ennis, County Clare, before 19 April Contact John online or by phone 087 2495913

All players have to be members of the ICU. A tournament players committee will be set up before the tournament. Full details and rules are available online

Cork Congress just weeks away

The next big weekender on the ICU calendar is the Cork Congress and full details of this year’s event can be see here. Players can view the entry so far, and enter online themselves on the Cork Chess web site, click here to view.

Bunratty 2015 Report

The 22nd Bunratty Chess Festival was a great success and full results from all 5 competitions can be seen here - Classic, Masters, Challengers, Major, Minor.

A report on the event can be seen on Chessbase, written by Alina l’Ami, to view this report, click here,

To download the games from the Masters event 2015, please click here.

Junior training squad 2015 – selection report published

The junior selection committee has published the selection report for the junior training squad 2015.

The first two training sessions will be held at the Hilton Hotel Kilmainham, Dublin on Sunday March 1st and Sunday March 22nd.

Selected juniors should confirm acceptance to no later than Friday, February 20th.

Bunratty Chess Festival Fast Approching

The Bunratty Chess Festival is on from February 20th to 22nd this year, for full details click here. Players can now enter on-line using paypal ( or any major credit card ), please click here to enter. Please note that the last date for discounted entry is February 13th.

The Bunratty hotel is now full, I'm afraid, but if you don't mind a 5 minute drive, there are rooms at the Oakwood Arms Hotel in Shannon, see website. If you contact them and tell them you are with the Bunratty Chess Event, they have 20 rooms reserved at a special rates for us.

Rules about ICU Membership and Participation in Tournaments

Since announcing the decision to strictly apply the above policy with effect from 1 February 2015, a number of concerns about its operational impact have been expressed to the ICU Executive by tournament organisers. Having regard to these concerns, the Executive has decided to: click here for more details.

Leinster Junior Championships

The Leinster Junior Championships 2015 took place from Jan 1st - 4th. See tournament report.

January Rating List

The January Ratings List has been published. Throughout the rest of the month there will be numerous republications of the Ratings List with the final publication to incorporate late payments of the annual ICU Subscription. Those who have not paid their subscription on or before the 31st January will not be included in the final publication of the Ratings List.

Irish Junior Chess Championships 2015

The Irish Chess Union is pleased to announce that New Ireland Assurance will be sponsoring this year's Irish Junior Chess Championships. More information is available here.

Gonzaga Chess Classic 2015

The Gonzaga chess classic is now less that two weeks away. Further information is available here. For a list of current entries please check here.

2015 Munster Junior Chess Championships

The 2015 Munster Junior chess championships will take place on the 24-25 of January 2015 in the Southcourt Hotel Raheen, Limerick. Further details are available in the calendar.

2014 Annual General Meeting

The draft minutes for the above meeting have not yet been provided by the outgoing ICU Secretary. Pending receipt of the minutes and in order to apprise members of decisions taken at the AGM, the attached document sets out the matters put forward for consideration at the AGM with some comments on what occurred at the meeting.

Please click here to access the document. The minutes of previous AGMs and an EGM approved at the 2014 AGM can also be accessed by clicking on the links in the attached

Mulcahy Memorial 2015

The Mulcahy Memorial begins on January 2nd and the live games can be viewed here. You can also follow the results and standings here

World Youth U16 Chess Olympiad Final Day

South Africa I 2.5 : 1.5 Ireland, final day report available here.

World Youth U16 Chess Olympiad - A players perspective

Geoffrey Keating has sent a half time report from Gyor. Updated 22/12/2014 with pictures.

Mulcahy Memorial is coming up soon

The next weekender on the calendar is the Mulcahy Memorial chess tournament being held in the Gresham Metropole hotel in Cork from 2nd - 4th January, 2015. An option to enter online is now in place and can be found here but please remember that the cheaper entries only last until Friday 19th December. The top board will also be going out live.

Sam Collins
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