Up Date: National Club Championships Goes Ahead In Ennis

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.

National Club Championships Postponed Until June Or Later

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.

Main Functionality Of Old ICU Website Restored

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.

Competition to win Chessbase 13 Premium Edition

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 bryan.tobin@gmail.com on or before Wednesday 28th of April 2015.

Current members of the ICU committee are not eligible to enter

2015 Irish Championships

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

Irish Junior Championships In Pictures

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.

The tournament website has details and results of the various events while a beautiful collection of photos that captured many moments from the event is available at mauricegrehanphotography.com

2015 Malahide Millennium - Reminder

Malahide Millennium Weekend Chess Congress is fast approaching. There are 3 sections. Open to all. Type: Swiss (6 rounds). Notes: 2 rounds per day (morning + afternoon 10:00am + 3:00pm). Date: May bank-holiday weekend. (Saturday, Sunday + Monday - 2nd, 3rd + 4th May 2015). Time Control: Fisher-time - 90mins + 30secs. Equipment: Boards,sets + digital clocks provided ...players just bring their pen! Sections: Junior (Under 1400 ICU) Intermediate (1400-1799 ICU) Senior (Over 1800 ICU) FIDE-rated Entry fee: €45 (Advance Entry) €35 (Advance Payment €55 (On the Day) €10 discount on all these prices for juniors

Contact: vincentbissett@hotmail.com or phone: (086) 105 3202

Venue ALSAA Sports Fitness & Social Association Old Airport Road, Toberbunny, Dublin Airport, Co. Dublin

May Rating List

The May ratings list will be published in or around 10th May 2015. League controllers and other event organisers wishing to have their events included in the May rating list are requested to submit files for ratings well in advance of this date.

The selection committee has confirmed that the May rating list will be used for selection for the Glorney Gilbert International (Johnstown House Hotel, Enfield, Co Meath, 19th-23rd July) and other international events being held between June and October that are subject to selection (for example WYCC, EYCC and EUYCC).

The May rating list is also used to determine the rating levels for entry to the Irish Senior Championships (Academy Plaza Hotel, Dublin 4th – 12th July).

National Club Championships - Reminder

The NCC is fast approaching - April 25 26 - and clubs need to get their teams sent in soon.

Round 1 will take place on Saturday 12 noon with Round 2 at 1700: Round 3 on Sunday is at 930 and Round 4 1430: The time control 130 with 30 second increment . The Fide arbiter for the event will be Brian Scully Entry fee per team is 60 euro, and should be made payable to tournament organizer John Cassidy, Loyola Cusack Road, Ennis, County Clare, before 19 April Contact John online or by phone 087 2495913

All players have to be members of the ICU. A tournament players committee will be set up before the tournament. Full details and rules are available online

Cork Congress just weeks away

The next big weekender on the ICU calendar is the Cork Congress and full details of this year’s event can be see here. Players can view the entry so far, and enter online themselves on the Cork Chess web site, click here to view.

Bunratty 2015 Report

The 22nd Bunratty Chess Festival was a great success and full results from all 5 competitions can be seen here - Classic, Masters, Challengers, Major, Minor.

A report on the event can be seen on Chessbase, written by Alina l’Ami, to view this report, click here,

To download the games from the Masters event 2015, please click here.

Junior training squad 2015 – selection report published

The junior selection committee has published the selection report for the junior training squad 2015.

The first two training sessions will be held at the Hilton Hotel Kilmainham, Dublin on Sunday March 1st and Sunday March 22nd.

Selected juniors should confirm acceptance to no later than Friday, February 20th.

Bunratty Chess Festival Fast Approching

The Bunratty Chess Festival is on from February 20th to 22nd this year, for full details click here. Players can now enter on-line using paypal ( or any major credit card ), please click here to enter. Please note that the last date for discounted entry is February 13th.

The Bunratty hotel is now full, I'm afraid, but if you don't mind a 5 minute drive, there are rooms at the Oakwood Arms Hotel in Shannon, see website. If you contact them and tell them you are with the Bunratty Chess Event, they have 20 rooms reserved at a special rates for us.

Rules about ICU Membership and Participation in Tournaments

Since announcing the decision to strictly apply the above policy with effect from 1 February 2015, a number of concerns about its operational impact have been expressed to the ICU Executive by tournament organisers. Having regard to these concerns, the Executive has decided to: click here for more details.

Leinster Junior Championships

The Leinster Junior Championships 2015 took place from Jan 1st - 4th. See tournament report.

January Rating List

The January Ratings List has been published. Throughout the rest of the month there will be numerous republications of the Ratings List with the final publication to incorporate late payments of the annual ICU Subscription. Those who have not paid their subscription on or before the 31st January will not be included in the final publication of the Ratings List.

Irish Junior Chess Championships 2015

The Irish Chess Union is pleased to announce that New Ireland Assurance will be sponsoring this year's Irish Junior Chess Championships. More information is available here.

Gonzaga Chess Classic 2015

The Gonzaga chess classic is now less that two weeks away. Further information is available here. For a list of current entries please check here.

2015 Munster Junior Chess Championships

The 2015 Munster Junior chess championships will take place on the 24-25 of January 2015 in the Southcourt Hotel Raheen, Limerick. Further details are available in the calendar.

2014 Annual General Meeting

The draft minutes for the above meeting have not yet been provided by the outgoing ICU Secretary. Pending receipt of the minutes and in order to apprise members of decisions taken at the AGM, the attached document sets out the matters put forward for consideration at the AGM with some comments on what occurred at the meeting.

Please click here to access the document. The minutes of previous AGMs and an EGM approved at the 2014 AGM can also be accessed by clicking on the links in the attached

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