Details have been announced for the World Youth U16 Chess Olympiad 2015, August 19th – 29th , Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
The Mongolian Chess Federation has invited the ICU to enter ONE team having free board and lodging. A team consists of four players and one reserve (one of whom must be a girl) and 1 captain (or Manager, Trainer). The ICU is NOT planning a general selection for this team. Players (and managers) interested in possible participation in this event should email firstname.lastname@example.org before June 30th in the first instance.
The 21st Bray Rapidplay 2015 takes place on Sunday June 21st at the Esplanade Hotel, Strand Road, Bray Full details are now available.
The 2015 Galway Rapidplay taking place at Galway Bridge Centre on Saturday 6 June. Full details are available at the club website
Some details of the 2015 Ennis Congress now available in the Tournament Reports Section A light report and some video footage from the event now available on the Ennis 2015 Report page and there are also updates for the ICU Vimeo video website which is now going to have videos from and of interest to Irish chess, added to weekly or monthly depending on the level of chess activity.
Following the publication of the May 2015 rating list, the Junior Selection Committee (JSC) will now move to select for the following events:
Vincent Bissett Reports:
The 15th Malahide Millennium Tournament (incorporating the Leinster Championships) took place at the weekend (May 2-4) in the ALSAA Sports Complex, Dublin Airport
Junior: 1st-4th Mervyn Honner, Peter Urwin, Mercedes Plaza Reino and Kevin Collins 5/6; Grading Prizes Desmond Beatty, Jack Byrne, John Halpenny, Dermot Nolan, Mateo Plaza Reino, Hugh Byrne and Felix Jordan
Intermediate: 1st David O’Connell 5½/6; 2nd Paul O’Neill 5/6; 3rd-5th Mariusz Lokasto, Katarzyna Szlejter and Alexsejus Pachalov 4½/6; Grading Prizes Ravshan Khadarov, Mihailo Manolovic and Sergey Beryozkin
Senior: 1st-2nd Colm Daly [FM] and David Fitzsimons [FM] 5½/6; 3rd Nedelcho Cheparinov 4/6; Grading Prize Scott Mulligan
The 2015 Leinster Champions are: Junior: Mervyn Honner; Intermediate: David O’Connell; Senior: Colm Daly [FM]
The Ennis Chess Congress will take place in The West County Hotel, Clare Rd. Ennis (tel: 065-6828421) on Friday 15th - Sunday 17th, May 2015.
Sections: Open Section and Under 1400 6 Rounds, 1st Round starts @ 8 pm, Friday Saturday, Round 2 starts @ 10 am, R3 - 2.30 pm, R4 - 7 pm Sunday, Round 5 starts @ 10 am, R6 - 2.30 pm
Entry Fee: Adults: 35 euro, Juniors 25 euro Please note: Players must be ICU members. Sets & clocks are supplied by organisers. You can enter online here http://www.icaa.ie/ennis/
Full Details including flyer are available here http://www.icu.ie/events/701
You can see Mark's impressive victory here https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/italien-team-championship-2015/1/1/2
The ICU are pleased to announce that Ted Jennings has just been awarded the title of International Arbiter by the recent FIDE Presidential Board Meeting in China, congratulations to Ted.
GM Mircea-Emilian, who is playing in the forthcoming Ennis Chess Congress (15-17 May) will be playing in a simul and giving a lecture in St.Michael's Chess Club (CIE Center,Carey Rd.,Limerick City) on Thursday 14th May 2015.
Anybody interested in attending this event should contact Gabriel Mirza at email@example.com for further details.
One of Ireland’s top players Stephen Jessel, who came second in the 2014 Irish Championships has made his second IM norm at the 2015 Metz Open in France with a score of 4.5 for 9 and a gain of some 17 rating points. He joins the ranks of only a handful of Irish players who have achieved IM norms.
Players need to make three such IM norms at an international event and then get their rating over 2400 at least once in order to obtain the title of International Master. Aside from the players with IM Norms or those already with the IM title, currently only David Fitzsimons is close to the 2400 rating which he is expected to cross over on the May Fide rating list. Bringing him up to number four of the active Irish players on the Fide rating list.
Upon further reflection, and after various emails, txts and phone calls from interested parties, concerned about the lateness of postponing the NCC and the negative impact for those who have played by the rules in terms of plans already made, such as Hotel bookings etc etc, the ICU executive have agreed that this event will still go ahead and be hosted by the Ennis Chess Club this weekend.
After lengthy discussion the majority view of the executive had been to postpone the event to a further date, due to the fact that so many of the rules pertaining to the event were being broken. However, after further reflection and consultation with interested parties the Chairman has decided that allowing the event to go ahead was the least worse option, and in the best interests overall.
The rule-set for the National Club Championships will now be reviewed and changed to ensure this issue never arises in the future. For all further NCC events these rules will be rigorously enforced. Both clubs hosting this event, and players participating in this event, in the future will be obliged to comply with and respect the rules and regulations surrounding the event.
The winners of this years National Club Cup will represent Ireland in the up-coming European Club Cup.
Unfortunately the ICU regrets to announce that owing to problems with the implementation of many rules pertaining to the NCC and some unfortunate organizing problems the ICU executive decided by a majority democratic vote (Correction: it has since been pointed out that there was no formal proposal and seconder and thus it was a majority view but not a majority vote. This mistake was mine alone) that the best option available was that the NCC could not go ahead as planned but the 2015 event will now be held in June or later, and great care and efforts will be made to insure that the 2015 NCC can be the best event it can be.
This year’s 2015 NCC has been postponed until June or later, and will be held in Leinster with further details to follow. The weekend Open Team Tournament in Ennis this weekend will still be an ICU and Fide rated event.
Most functionality of the old ICU website has now been restored. This includes our Stripe account, which was and is again used for membership payment and for the ICU shop section of the website. This is fully operational now as are both the ratings section of the website plus the email system and addresses.
For the most up to date news and ICU announcements the new ICU website IRISHCHESSUNION.NET will continue be the main ICU portal.
The ICU has one copy of Chessbase 13 Premium Package to give away to a lucky member.
To be in with a chance to win you must be a fully paid up member of the ICU and answer the following question.
Who is the reigning (2014) Irish Senior Men's champion?
Please send the answer, along with your ICU number to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before Wednesday 28th of April 2015.
Current members of the ICU committee are not eligible to enter
This year's Irish Senior Chess Championships and related weekend events will take place in the Academy Plaza Hotel, in Findlater Place, Dublin, just off O Connell Street in the heart of Dublin City Centre.
The Irish Women's Chess Championships will be run later in the year as a "stand alone" event to encourage greater levels of participation in it.
A team based event (for the Scarry Cup) will take place over the weekend of Friday 10th to Sunday 12th of July instead of the Open weekender that normally takes place during the second weekend of July.
The main reason for running a team event at this time is to afford our junior international teams for this year's Glorney, Gilbert, Robinson and Stokes Cup competitions an opportunity to participate in a team based event to assist them in their preparations for competing against the English, Scottish and Welsh junior international teams. These junior international events are being hosted by Ireland this year and take place in the Johnstown House, Hotel and Spa in Enfield, Co Meath with play commencing on Monday 20th July 2015. The Scarry Cup competition will be FIDE rated and groups of players and/or clubs can enter entire teams or enter individually with the tournament controller allocating individual players to teams.
Click HERE for further details
Last weekend saw the conclusion of the 2015 Irish Junior Championships which was a resounding success for tournament hosts Blanchardstown Chess Club. There were 170 participants and considerable excitement and competition throughout the weekend.