Johnny Joyce will give a lecture followed by blindfold blitz games on the evening of Wednesday 17th September. More details.
The Leinster Chess Union (LCU) is pleased to announce that this year's Mick Germaine Cup competition will take place on Saturday 11th October 2014 in the Ierne Sports and Social Club, Gracepark Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9, home of the Elm Mount Chess Club. The event is for teams of beginners/novices. Players must be under the age of 16 on 1 September 2014. Entries to . Further details.
The Irish Chess Union's Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships 2014 will be held over the weekend of September 27th to 28th, details are available here. Please note that the winners of both these competitions will also win the right to compete in the World Rapid and Blitz Championships.
Board 2 player Sam Collins has concluded the team captain's unfinished report on the open team at the Olympiad and some new photos, mainly courtesy of Gerry Graham, have been added.
The chess component of the Community Games was held in Athlone on the weekend of 16/17 August. It turned out to be a great result for Connaught, as the U16 tournament was won by Claregalway (pictured on the left) and the U12 by an all-girl team (pictured on the right) from Roscommon. More pictures. Is this the first time that the winner(s) of an open chess event in Ireland have not included any men or boys at all? It looks as if the future of chess in Connaught, both boys and girls, is very promising.
Dun Laoghaire Chess Club held its 4th annual rapidplay on Sunday 17th August in the with a record entry of 47 players, including 8 players over 2000 and many of the country's best juniors. The top seeds were IM Adam Hunt from England and FM Colm Daly.
In the first 5 (of 6) rounds Hunt won all his games, though having some hard fights along the way, while Daly was held to a draw in R3 by Belfast player John Cairns but won his other games. The top board in R6, Hunt-Daly, was a quick draw, thus guaranteeing Hunt 1st prize of €300 on a score of 5½/6. Karol Marzec and Killian Delaney both won their final games and joined Daly on 5/6, sharing 2nd & 3rd prizes.
The AGM will be held at the Kilmainham Hilton Hotel, on Sunday 28 September, starting at 3 p.m. As in the past couple of years, it will be preceded by the Irish Blitz Championship. In a new development, an Irish Rapidplay Championship will be run at the same venue on the day before, Saturday 27 September. Further details of these tournaments will be published later.
In order for the motions and nominations to be made available to the membership at least four weeks before the AGM, as required by the Constitution (article 7.2) the closing date for the receipt of motions and nominations will be 20 August. They should be sent to the . Proposers of motions are reminded to make sure that their wording accurately represents their intentions, and also to ensure that their motion is compatible with the Constitution. Similarly, proposers of Constitutional amendments should ensure that their amendment is compatible with the rest of the Constitution; if it is not, they should propose further amendments to make sure that the Constitution is left consistent if their motion is accepted.
The ICU would like to congratulate Kevin O'Connell on being elected to the FIDE Executive Board as an ECU representative. In addition, Kevin has been elected as chairman of the FIDE Chess in Schools Commission.
Congratulations Kevin and keep up the good work!
Noel Keating has concluded his report of this year's Glorney-Gilbert junior international.
Elm Mount's FM David Fitzsimons (pictured with the trophy) made Irish chess history on 16th August 2014 by winning the inaugural Summer Prague Open with an unbeaten score of 7½/9. The event had almost 200 competitors including 11 International Masters and 10 FIDE masters. This is the first time an Irish player has won a major European international open event. Congratulations to David on his ground-breaking achievement.
The ICU sent no fewer than six teams abroad at the beginning of August to battle for Ireland in international competitions: two adult teams (open and women) went to the Olympiad in Norway (1-14 August), and four junior teams (U18, girls U18, U14, U12) to the Glorney-Gilbert International in Scotland (4–6 August).
Reminder: this event is coming up on Sunday 17th of August.
The Leinster Chess Union is pleased to announce that this year's City of Dublin Chess Championships will take place in the Gresham Hotel, O'Connell Street, Dublin 1 over the weekend of Friday 12th to Sunday 14th September 2014. Further details.
The Munster Chess Union have a new website thanks to Ray O'Brien. At the moment it's at a temporary address but will soon have it's own domain. A web interface for team captains and league controllers to manage the Munster Leagues is planned for the near future.
The Bray Open Club Championships start on August 6th. Send in your entry soon if you would like to take part.
Similar to previous years, Malahide Chess Club will be hosting outdoor chess in Malahide village in conjunction with the Malahide Festival.
Times: Saturday 26th July from 12:00pm to 5:00pm and Sunday 27th July from 12:00pm to 5:00pm.
Setup will be on New Street (which will be pedestrian-only for the weekend) just down the hill from their usual home venue.
If you fancy a few friendly games or you want a crack at their Blitz Champion, do drop by for this fun event: all comers welcome to participate.
A favourite for some - the Garden Chess Set - will be available both days.
The ICU recently received a request for an EGM from Gabriel Mirza, on the recent disciplinary case. Further information, for members only.
The ICU is pleased to announce that the Head of Delegation at the forthcoming Glorney-Gilbert International tournament, to be held in Scotland next month, will be Noel Keating.
Also, back in January the ICU announced the captains of the two Olympiad teams. Unfortunately Pat Fitzsimons has recently had to withdraw from the captaincy of the Open team, for family reasons. The ICU has appointed as the new captain, and Head of Delegation, Jonathan O'Connor. The ICU is very grateful to Jonathan for making himself available at such short notice, and at considerable personal inconvenience.