The Leinster Chess Union's Annual Christmas Blitz will take place on Wednesday 17th December 2014 in the Ierne Sports and Social Club (home of the Elm Mount Chess Club). Click here for more details.
The ICU have just been offered a "wildcard entry" for two Irish players to compete in the first ever European swop-chess tournament in Milan, Italy on Sunday 16th November 2014. More information available here.
The ICU have received the very sad news that Sean Bradley from the Kilkenny Chess Club has passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this sad time. May he rest in peace. The "Kilkenny People" have published a tribute to Sean which can be read here.
The Munster Junior Chess AGM will be held on Sunday 16-Nov-2014, in Gough's pub, Charleville, from 8pm. All are welcome. any queries or interest of attendance should be sent to the Junior Secretary at .
Rory Wales, the president of the Irish Go Association (IGA) has been in touch with the ICU concerning the above event. Further details available here.
ICU development officer Darko Polimac has been appointed to the educational commission of the European Chess Union. You can find more information about it here.
The annual Kilkenny congress is be held at it's usual location, beginning November 28th, and the Masters event features at least 4 GMs. Full details are available here.
FIDE Senior Trainer Kevin O'Connell will lead a FIDE TRG Seminar 17-19 February in Bunratty. Successful attendees will acquire a FIDE coaching ('trainer') title of Developmental Instructor, National Instructor, FIDE Instructor or FIDE Trainer according to their experience and exam result.
A FIDE Trainer title will soon be a requirement to attend any FIDE competition as a coach or head of delegation and claim the conditions on offer. These courses are very rare; this is just the second in Ireland (none so far in the UK!), so it is expected to be booked up very quickly, therefore please reserve your place as soon as you can. The total cost for the course is Euro 300.00 (not including accommodation or food).
Please contact Gary O'Grady, for further details and bookings.
Applications for the positions of Webmaster and Rating Officer of the ICU are sought. Further details.
Former ICU chairman, Pete Morriss, is enjoying his chess like never before. He got his first GM scalp today when he beat GM Evgeni Vasiukov, 6 times winner of the Moscow Championship. The game can be replayed here. In his prime, Vasiukov beat Petrosian, Smyslov and Tal, but he couldn't beat Pete. Best of luck to Pete in the last 2 rounds of the World Seniors.
Selections for the World Youth U16 Chess Olympiad have been published.
The World Youth U16 Chess Olympiad 2014 is to be held in Gyor, Hungary 12th – 22nd December 2014. The selection committee will announce a squad shortly based on final September 2014 ratings and excluding any who declare their unavailability.
Any person wishing to volunteer support for the team in any capacity (sponsor, second, etc.) should contact the before November 23rd.
Note, also, the event allows for the entry of additional teams and anyone wishing to organise and enter one should contact the before November 2nd.
The Galway Chess Congress was won by IM Vladimir Sveshnikov. The Major section winner was Michael Bradley, and the Minors Luke Keenan. A full list of prize winners, and the complete results table, can be found at the Galway Club website.
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.