The European Youth Chess Championships has just started in Batumi, Georgia. There are four players from Ireland: Conor O'Donnell and Kevin Singpurwala (both U16 Open), Admira Kecskemeti (U8 Girls) and Arnold Kecskemeti (U8 Open). The tournament finishes on 29th October; you can see the results, or follow the tournament on its website.
The Millfield International Chess Tournament, the de facto British Isles Schools Chess Championship, took place on 11th and 12th October 2014 in Millfield School, Somerset. Congratulations to Gonzaga College who secured a rare double winning both sections, Championship and Major. A record 60 Irish players from four schools participated in five teams, two from Gonzaga, one from St. Benildus College, a combined St. Andrew’s College/ St. Benildus College team and a team from Collaiste Eanna, Rathfarnham. It is hoped to see more Irish schools participate in this event in the coming years.
This year’s Mick Germaine Cup competition took place on Saturday 11th October in the Ierne Sports and Social club, home of the Elm Mount Chess club. The competition is for teams of junior players rated under 900 or unrated and is open to both club and school teams. A report on the event is available here.
Tom O'Gorman and Diana Mirza competed in the World Youth championships in Durban, South Africa. Desmond Beatty has the story. Update: Diana Mirza's comments have now been added.
The new Chairperson Pat Fitzsimons has created a short note outlining plans for the coming year.
The Leinster Schools Leagues 2014-15 teams registration procedure has begun. For entry forms (Primary, U14, U16 or U19) please email: . The deadline for registration is October 6th 2014. See also leinsterschoolschess.com.
The 2015 Leinster Junior Championships take place from Jan 1st to 4th. The venue is the Esplanade Hotel, Bray seafront. Further details.
Reminder: The Annual General Meeting of the ICU will take place on Sunday 28 September in the Kilmainham Hilton Hotel, Dublin. The meeting will start at 3 pm; to try to ensure a prompt start, members are requested to arrive at 2.30 so that their membership status can be checked. The Agenda and supporting documents are available to current members, as specified in the Constitution.
Note that, in accordance with the Constitution (article 7.6), voting will be restricted to members who were paid-up on the date that the notice of the meeting was placed on the website, which was 31 August - whether the payment was for 2013-14 or 2014-15. In addition, anybody who has paid in September before the meeting will be able to attend but not vote.
As already announced, the AGM will be preceded by the Irish Blitz Championship, starting at 11.45 a.m. The Irish Rapidplay Championship will take place in the same venue on Saturday 27 September, starting at midday.
The PGN database of Irish games is available again, as well as a couple of new ways to download PGN data. See the help page. Thanks to Jonathan O'Connor for help implementing this feature.
The Irish Veteran’s championship took place in the Boyne Valley Hotel Drogheda on the week-end 19th–21st September. After five rounds the top two seeds Corkman Pat Twomey (CCYMS) and Ulsterman John Nicholson (Lagan) emerged as joint winners on 4½ points. The tournament was controlled as usual by Andrew Thompson of the Drogheda chess club. After three rounds both Twomey and Nicholson were on full points but their individual encounter in the fourth round failed to separate them and when both players won their final games against Pascal O’Shea and John Lacy respectively then the title and prize money was shared. John Lacy of the Gorey chess club came third on 2½ points. The Irish Veteran’s chess championship has been running since 1999 and Úna O Boyle has compiled a brief history of the event.
The World Youth Chess Championship has just started in Durban, South Africa. The ICU has entered two players: Diana Mirza in the under-14 girls, and Tom O'Gorman in the under-12 boys. Tom's results so far have gone with ratings, a loss and a win; he next faces a tough Chinese opponent. Diana followed her expected first round win by drawing with the eighth seed from Russia: an excellent result. The tournament finishes on 28th September; you can see the results, or follow the tournament on its website.
The Galway Congress will take place from 17 to 19 October, in, um, Galway. Entry can now be made online - or by post for those who still prefer that. Full details, including about how to enter, can be found on the event website.
The ECU are looking for European representatives on various boards and commission positions (please see this link).
Any ICU member who wishes to be put forward by the ICU (subject to approval by the ICU executive) should submit their nomination to the on or before the 9th of September.
Anyone interested in attending the World Senior Championships in Katerini, Greece from the 23-Oct-2014 to the 5-Nov-2014, the deadline has been extended for registration (based on availability) until the 26th of September.
The ICU has agreed to financial support for one entry fee to this event. Anyone interested in taking up this position is asked to email the before the 20th of September.
Congratulations to Karina Kruk and Diana Mirza who now hold the titles of WFM (Karina) and WCM (Diana) due to their impressive results at the 2014 Chess Olympiad.
A review, by Paul Cassidy, of the 2012-13 Armstrong Cup (the top Leinster team league) based on rating performances is now available.
Johnny Joyce will give a lecture followed by blindfold blitz games on the evening of Wednesday 17th September. More details.