Information about Selection for Junior teams

The Selection Committee wish to remind juniors that the teams for the Glorney, Gilbert, Robinson and Stokes Cup will be selected based on the May ratings that will be published in or around May 15th. This is earlier than last year and is necessary in order to select the team and enter the team to the organisers. It is anticipated that the May ratings will incorporate the results of the following competitions: Leinster leagues, Munster Leagues, Irish Juniors Championships and Malahide Millenium as well as others such as club competitions. Please note that this is dependent on tournament controllers submitting results in a timely manner to the Ratings Officer. Juniors should also bear in mind the eligibility criteria.


Junior Training Squad

The next coaching day for top juniors will be held on Sunday 27th April, 11am - 5pm, at the Hilton Kilmainham Hotel Dublin. Coaches will be FM David Fitzsimons and Darko Polimac. The next coaching days will be Sunday 18th May and Sunday 22nd June.


National Club Championships - deadline for entry April 19th

The 2014 National Club Championships will be held in the Carlton Shearwater Hotel in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway on Saturday April 26th and Sunday April 27th. Further details available from the ICU calendar. See also the rules and you can enter and pay online. The closing date for entry is April 19th; any queries please email .


Ennis Congress Accomodation

John Cassidy warns: Rooms in The West County Hotel for the Ennis Congress (May 23-25) are filling up very quickly. Not many left for Friday night, some left for Saturday.


Irish Junior Chess Championships

Gerry Graham has a brief photo report on the Irish Junior Chess Championships.


Drogheda Congress

The 4-day (blitz on Fri, 6 round swiss Sat-Mon) Drogheda Congress with 3 sections (≥1600, 1100-1599, <1100) is coming up at the end of May. More details.


Connaught Schools Finals

1st Connaught Schools Championship in Castlebar

The first Connaught secondary schools chess championships had 10 schools competing for the title of "Connaught Kings of Chess". The finals were played in Castlebar on Wednesday 8th April. More details.


Irish Championships 2014

The Irish Championships will be held in Trinity College Dublin, from 5 to 13 July. Further details will be announced soon.


Cork Congress 2014

The annual Cork Congress was yet another great success for Gawain Jones in a top Irish event, for the results of the various sections, please see: Masters, Major, Minor.

Cork Chess Club has a full report on the event.


Padraig Hughes versus Curragh Juniors

Padraig Hughes (aged 12) has taken on Curragh Juniors in a simultaneous display. Niall O'Shea has the story.

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