With effect from the 1st of February the following rules will apply to all tournaments (other than international team tournaments held under the auspices of the ICU, such as The Glorney Gilbert International) held in Ireland which are ICU rated: Full details are available here.
The Leinster Junior Championships 2015 took place from Jan 1st - 4th. See tournament report.
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.
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.
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.
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
South Africa I 2.5 : 1.5 Ireland, final day report available here.
Geoffrey Keating has sent a half time report from Gyor. Updated 22/12/2014 with pictures.
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.
The World Youth U16 Chess Olympiad has just started in Gyor, Hungary. The Irish team comprises Cian McGovern Leahy, Diana Mirza, Michael Higgins, Geoffrey Keating and Danny Dwyer with Paul Higgins as captain. The tournament finishes on 22nd December. You can see the results here, or follow the tournament on it's website.
The prospectus is now available for this seminar which starts just before the Bunratty Chess Weekend Tournament. The seminar runs from 17th February to 19th February. Please find prospectus here.
Anyone wishing to book a place who hasn't done so already please contact or just book online as per the prospectus instructions.
The Gonzaga Chess Classic will take place between January 16 and January 18 2015, (Friday-Sunday),in Gonzaga College SJ, Sandford Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6. More information is available here.
Gerry Graham reports on the recent Kilkenny Congress.
The Leinster Chess Union's Annual Christmas Blitz will take place on Wednesday 17th December 2014 in the Ierne Sports and Social Club (home of the Elm Mount Chess Club). Click here for more details.
The ICU have just been offered a "wildcard entry" for two Irish players to compete in the first ever European swop-chess tournament in Milan, Italy on Sunday 16th November 2014. More information available here.
The ICU have received the very sad news that Sean Bradley from the Kilkenny Chess Club has passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this sad time. May he rest in peace. The "Kilkenny People" have published a tribute to Sean which can be read here.
The Munster Junior Chess AGM will be held on Sunday 16-Nov-2014, in Gough's pub, Charleville, from 8pm. All are welcome. any queries or interest of attendance should be sent to the Junior Secretary at .