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Ennis Congress - Entry online now open
The Ennis Congress is on next month and you can now enter online here, for full details see Ennis Congress (May 23-25) and please note that the hotel rooms are filling up very quickly. Not many left for Friday night, some left for Saturday.
One Man's Passion for Chess
Charming film by some DCU students featuring Amos Walsh of Naomh Barrog chess club.
The ICU regrets to announce that Eamon Keogh has resigned as FIDE delegate. We wish to thank Eamon for everything he did over the last six months, in particular inviting Garry Kasparov to visit Ireland, and the huge amount of work he put in organising this visit.
This creates a vacancy on the Executive, and so the Executive invites nominations for this position. The main duties of the job will be attending the FIDE and ECU meetings in Tromsų in August; applicants should note that the ICU does not pay travel expenses for such meetings. Applications should be sent to the Secretary on or before Saturday 3 May.
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 .
Irish Junior Chess Championships
Gerry Graham has a brief photo report on the Irish Junior Chess Championships.
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
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.
Black to move and win
Fox - Short 1997