Glorney Gilbert International 2015 - Message from President Michael D. Higgins

I am delighted to send my best wishes to all the young chess players on their recent

achievements at the Glorney Gilbert International chess event.

Your achievements are truly a recognition of your great talent and also a tribute to your hard

work, determination and your commitment to being the very best you can be. You have made

your country, your families and your community very proud.

I congratulate you all and wish you continued success in the future.

Michael D. Higgins

Uachtarán na hÉireann

President of Ireland

Cork Rapidplay August 1st in UCC

The second Cork Rapid play takes place next Saturday August 1st in Aula Maxima, UCC Cork. Full details available here.

FIDE Arbiters Course

A FIDE Arbiters course will be run as part of the FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar in Preston, England over the weekend of 11 to 13 September 2015. Full details are available here.

President Speech at the Glorney Gilbert International Chess Tournament

The full transcript of our patron; President Higgins’s speech is available at

Interviews from the Glorney

Some interviews from the Glorney featuring David Fitzsimons, Peter Purland, GM Matthew Turner, CM Tim Headlong and Adam Murphy available here.

Success For Irish Juniors At 2015 Glorney – Gilbert Cup
Brilliant Irish Junior Performances At Glorney Cup

Ireland are on the verge of success at the 2015 Glorney Cup.

Live games for the final critical round are available at

Glorney Live

Gilbert Live

Robinson Live

Stokes Live

ICU Chairman Opening Ceremony Address

The ICU Chairman Pat Fitzsimons thanks the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins and the ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili along with the ECU Secretary General. Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou and many others for their support and interest in the 2015 Glorney. Gilbert Cup

For more details see: Glorney Cup 2015 Opening Ceremny

Malahide Festival

Similar to previous years Malahide Chess Club will be hosting Outdoor Chess in conjunction with the Malahide Festival (July 25th + 26th)

12:00pm - 5:00pm both Saturday + Sunday

ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili Starts Glorney

ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili makes first moves in 2015 Glorney Cup.

For details see: ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili Starts Glorney

President Higgins Opens International Junior Chess Tournament

The 2015 Glorney Gilbert Cup got off to an auspices start when President of Ireland and patron of the ICU, Micheal D Higgins attended the opening ceremony and delivered a wonderfully inspiring and considered talk, to the delight and appreciation of those in attendance.

A report with video excerpts and photos to follow at: Glorney Gilbert Cup 2015

Glorney Gilbert International 2015

July 19th - 23rd See for news, teams, live games and archives Twitter @GlorneyGilbert #GlorneyChess

Irish Championships – Scarry Cup Prize Giving
Dun Laoghaire Rapidplay 2015

Entries are invited for the 5th annual Dun Laoghaire Rapidplay tournament This year’s event takes place on Sunday 23rd August 2015. See entry form for details. Further details also available at the club website.

City of Dublin Chess Tournament

The Leinster Chess Union are pleased to announce that this year's City of Dublin Championships will take place over the weekend of Friday 11th to Sunday 13th September 2015 in the O' Connell Suite of the Gresham Hotel on Upper O' Connell Street, Dublin 1.

Full details are on the Calendar.

Phillip Short – Stephen Brady Joint 2015 Irish Champions

Three draws on the top boards in the tense last round of the 2015 Irish ch seen Phillip Short and Stephen Brady joint winners on 6.5 from the nine round event.

Phillip wins the automatic reserved place for the Irish champion on the Irish men’s team for the 2016 Olympiad with a better tiebreak. It has been 19 years since Stephen has played in an Olympiad anyway (Yerevan, Armenia 1996 being the last time) with Phillip last playing in the Dubai Olympiad 1986.

In any event, next year’s 2016 Irish championship will be the last chance for some to secure a place for the 2016 Olympiad and details of the 2016 Irish ch will be announced soon. It is looking like it will not be in Dublin next year.

Report to follow

All the games from the event can be either downloaded or played through online

Scarry Cup Off To A Flying Start

The inaugural Scarry Cup got off to an exciting start with a very healthy turn out of teams which included the bones of the winning Armstrong Cup Gonzaga team who are much higher rated than any of the other teams.

However that did not stop a major upset in round one when promising junior Robbie Kildea achieved victory against the experienced Carl Jackson with a very nice display. Though some six hundred rating points the lower he showed Carl a thing or two about taking care in the opening as Robbie began a tactical sequence which soon brought the game into a winning endgame. See game here

Nerves then played a part and it seemed Robbie may have allowed Carl some “action Jackson” type counter chances with two dangerous passed pawns looking very intimidating, but Robbie in true “Roy of the Rovers” style of play calmly dealt with all the dangers with some swift and fine movement of his own connected passed pawns which was like conducting a symphony, such was the calculation and coordination needed to finally force resignation.

A good start for at least one junior and plenty more games yet to be played.

See Scarry Cup Off To A Flying Start for latest updates and more details

More Twists And Turns As Pressure Increases In Round 7

Brutality on the chessboard might sum up some of the action in round seven of the 2015 Irish championships as more twists and turns were in evidence. The big clash on board one between top seed David Fitzsimons and Stephen Jessel tuned out to be a big disappointment as White simply blundered in a very complex and unclear position. The position was very rich in possibilities and contained winning chances for both sides.

However David got some ideas mixed up and blundered badly to allow a nice combination from Stephen which cleanly won a pawn and also destroyed the White set up and structure. The game did not last very long and was a fatal blow to the hopes of the top seed who has gone from leading the event to now having no chance for first place. Chess can indeed be a cruel game.

Meanwhile Stephen Jessel takes the lead jointly with Phillip Short who in a time scramble overcame Gerry Macelligott from a difficult position.

The real drama of the round was an epic encounter as Conor O Donnell basically played a great game against Stephen Brady, whom he had never played before, and had a winning position at various stages out of the opening and well into the endgame, but the multiple championship winner Stephen Brady dug deep and showed the sort of experience and tenacity that he is famed for. The sheer pressure and tension was palpable and captured on the faces and body language of both players. In the end a relived Stephen was smiling and happy with a draw while Conor was understandably crestfallen and a little shell shocked.

the end result of the various goings on and results is that Stephen Jessel (5.5) plays yours truly Colm Daly (4,5) in round eight and Phillip Short (5.5) plays Conor O Donell (4.5) While Stephen Brady (5) plays Gerry Macelligott (4) . The action starts at 14:00

See More Twists And Turns As Pressure Increases In Round 7 for latest updates and more details

Irish Championships

The 2015 Irish Championships are underway at the Academy Plaza Hotel.

For online pairings and results please click on the links below;

Scarry Cup

Game pgns for the Senior can be found by clicking here.

FIDE President’s letter re Glorney Gilbert International 2015

FIDE President sends good wishes for the Glorney Gilbert International 2015 and appoints Kevin O’Connell, Chairman of the Chess in Schools FIDE Commission, as his representative to the event.

See here

Stephen Brady, Phillip Short
Sam Collins
G. Uí Laighléis
Gearóidín Uí Laighléis
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