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

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

Senior
Intermediate
Junior

Links for the Scarry Cup will be added as the event begins

Irish Ch 2015- FAQ
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For any comments or questions during the event please feel free to use the resource available at: Irish Ch 2015- FAQ

Irish Ch - Confirmed Entries
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This page has confirmed entries and will be updated daily until the start of the tournament.

The closing time for entries is almost upon us with the deadline for entries being midnight Friday. If your name is not listed here yet, don’t panic. It will be!

Pairings for round one will be on Saturday morning. A properly run Fide rated event cannot publish the pairings and then accept entries so we have given people up to Friday midnight and only then the pairings will be published on Saturday morning.

It is shaping up to be a very competitive event with 4 players from the top 10 in Ireland (Fide rating – which takes precedence in all Fide rated events) and 6 players from the top 14 set to battle it out. Along with a few of Ireland’s most promising juniors.

In a time honored tradition associated with the Irish ch, and the Senior section in particular, many players don’t get around to actually confirming 100 percent that they have entered, and will indeed be playing, until the very last moment. Two such players have now officially entered and are confirmed. So welcome to Stephen Brady and Phillip Short.

Senior

David Fitzsimons 2416

Stephen Jessel 2352

Stephen Brady 2349

Colm Daly 2319

Phillip Short 2294

Conor O Donnell 2263

Gerard O Connell 2106

Tim Harding 2085

John Kennedy 2075

Gerard Mac Elligott 2065

Anthony Fox 2035

Bernard Palmer 2022

Ray O Rourke 1984

Martin Crichton 1973

Scott Mulligan 1957

Henry Li 1866

Tom O Gorman 1859

Dylan Boland 1682

Intermediate - Will be updated Friday afternoon

Marius Antohi, Muhtarim-UI Haque, Mustakim-Ul Haque, Agustin Plaza Reino, Pat Twomey, Gabriel Mirza, Diana Mirza, Joshua Redmond, Paddy Divilly, Shane Sheedy, Keegan O’Mahoney, Ross Beatty, Denis O’connell, Rudolf Tirziman, Paul O’Neill, Alex Byrne, Karina Kruk, David Baird, Anastasija Manojlovic, Mihailo Manojlovic, Liam Hearns, Matthew Gallagher, Gabor Bolkeny, John McKenna

Junior  - Will be updated Friday afternoon

Felix Jordan, Leire Plaza Reino, Mercedes Plaza Reino, Tom Collins, Sean O’Neill, Dayna Ferguson, Shay Scott, Con Kirby, Mervyn Honner, Sean Hunter, Eoin Hunter, Gerard Condon, Shay Scott, Dave Hunter, Shane Melaugh, Lathish Nair, Tom Butler, Jinlong John Situ, Maurice Coveney, John Halpenny, Cathal Walsh, David Remenyik, Jonathon Peoples, Aaron O’Kearney, Eugene Donohoe, Vinayak Unnithan, John Hensey, William Gallagher, Stefan Baczkowski, Piotr Baczkowski, Martin Kelly, Dermot Nolan, Kevin Fitzpatrick

2015 Irish Championships – Glorney Cup Fast Approaching
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The 2015 Irish championships and the Glorney are almost upon us now with the Glorney being held here for the first time since 2011.

To get some idea of what is involved with both events and the tension and competitive atmosphere associated with these tournaments, plus the fun and social side for all involved, there are now videos available to view from both previous Irish championships and from the 2011 Glorney Cup, when it was last held in Dublin in 2011.

The ICU video website has, among others, two dedicated albums for Irish championships and Junior chess which will continue to be added to with new and archived videos. So keep an eye on www.vimeo.com/irishchessunion

Forthcoming Irish Chess Championships – July 4 – July 12 - Reminder
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Please note that you can now pay and enter this year’s 2015 Irish Championships online at the ICU website through the “shop” facility on the ICU website. The entries to date will be published shortly and will be updated periodically between now and the start of the championships.

Also worth noting some changes to the prize fund, with second prize now 800 and best under 2100 prize now being 200 Euros.

If you do not wish to pay and enter on-line you can email your entries to Peter Scott at chessleague@oceanfree.net plus the contact page or post them to him at 134 Ardmore Drive, Artane, Dublin 5.”

Entry is free to all Irish IMs and our only GM. There are good indications that the current champion Sam Collins will be defending his title (to be confirmed soon). With the likely or very likely participation of many of Ireland's top players, including multiple former title holders Stephen Brady, Colm Daly and one of the top rising stars of Irish chess, David Fitzsimons who is now one of just five Irish players to have a fide rating over 2400.

Update June 22: The event looks set to have the following players among the playing field this year David Fitzsimons, Stephen Jessell, Stephen Brady, Colm Daly, Phillip Short, Conor O Donnell, John Redmond, and possibly defending champion Sam Collins.

Further details: 2015 Irish Chess Championships

Schools In-House Chess Tournament Record ?
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Scoil-Ide in Limerick recently held a 200 player tournament in-house. All the players were from the school. And the event organizer John Alfred wonders if this might be some kind of a record?

A report with details of the event is available to download as a PDF file.

2015 Bray Rapid Results
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The various results with a crosstable and details of prize winners of the Bray rapidplay are now available.

Prize winners - Tournament Crosstable

Cork Chess Legend Phillip Short Wins 2015 Bray Rapid
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The 2015 Bray rapid attracted over 100 players on Sunday June 21st with players from far and wide. With strong contingent from Belfast in the persons of John Cairns, John Masterson, who made a significant impact on the event along with Michael Waters who drew with Sam Collins and had a fine attacking win against Colm Daly. However it was former Irish champion and one of Cork’s finest, Phillip Short who secured outright first with a draw in the last round to finish on 6.5 from 7. This was a great boost for the plus fifty generation of players, as Phillip is an elder without any top ten or twenty Irish player not being his junior.

Wins over David Fitzsimons and Mark Quinn underscored what a good result this was. Second place was shared jointly by Stephen Morris, Mark Quinn, and Conor O Donnell. The field included other top rated Irish players current Irish Champion Sam Collins, David Fitzsimons (5/7), Colm Daly (5/7) and Gavin Wall. More details and a cross-table will be published as soon as they are received.

A couple of videos which capture some of the drama, tension and feeling for the tournament so well and are good illustrations of the action are available on the ICU video website. With current Irish champion Sam Collins seen in action against Seamus Duffy who won the best Bray player performance prize.

The event was an excellent fun day of chess and a great prelude to the 2015 Irish Championships which starts on July 4 to July 12 and looks set to have the following players among the playing field this year:

David Fitzsimons, Stephen Jessell, Stephen Brady, Colm Daly, Phillip Short, Conor O Donnell, John Redmond, and possibly defending champion Sam Collins.

This win by Phillip Short who is the oldest player of the top tier of Irish players underscores how hard it might be to pick a winner for the Irish ch this year. A strong and very competitive event seems assured.

Today FM Radio Debate About Chess As A Sport
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ICU Chairman Pat Fitzsimons and Martin Egan came in to Today FM to discuss on the Anton Savage Show, the possibility of including sports like chess and tug of war in the 2020 Olympics. Today FM

Selection Announcement – World Junior U20 Championships 2015
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The junior selection committee (JSC) announces the following selections:

· The World Junior U20 Championships 2015, Sep 9th – 16th, Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia

  • Open Keegan O’Mahony
  • Girls Diana Mirza
Players selected for this event are asked to confirm acceptance of offered places no later than Saturday, June 20th to cc .

Reminder - The 21st Bray Rapidplay 2015
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Update June 11: In a spirit of positive solidarity and inclusiveness, Bray CC are now offering free entry to the two ICU members who were recently denied entry to a rapid play tournament. We are all keen chess players and there is plenty of space for us all to coexist and still enjoy a fun day of chess. This year’s Bray rapid is set to be it’s biggest and best for some time. See http://www.brayrapidplay.com/

The 21st Bray Rapidplay 2015 takes place on Sunday June 21st at the Esplanade Hotel, Strand Road, Bray Full details are now available. Everybody and anybody welcome. A fun and exciting day of chess is assured.

Forthcoming Irish Chess Championships
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Please note that you can pay and enter this year's Irish Championships on line through the "shop" facility on the website. The entries to date will be published shortly and will be updated periodically between now and the start of the championships. If you do not wish to pay and enter on-line you can email your entries to Peter Scott at or post them to him at 134 Ardmore Drive, Artane, Dublin 5.

Report of the Junior Selection Committee of June 14th – WYCC, EYCC and two EUYCCs 2015
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The report of the junior selection committee for four events below has been published.

  • The Jugendschach EU Youth U8 – U14 2015, Aug 4th – 13th, Mureck, Austria
  • The ECU EU Youth U8 – U14 2015, Aug 18th-27th, Kouty nad Desnou, Czech Republic
  • The ECU European Youth U8 – U18 Championships 2015, Sep 20th – Oct 1st, Porec, Croatia
  • The FIDE World Youth and Cadets U8 – U18 Championships 2015, Oct 24th – Nov 5th, Halkidiki, Greece

Juniors selected for this event are asked to confirm acceptance of offered places no later than Saturday, June 20th to cc .

There are a number of OPEN places. Applications for these close on Saturday, June 20th.

Note: The selection report covers selections for the “invited player” places. Players wishing to play in any of these events as “additional players” should contact by Saturday, June 20th

FIDE World Junior U20 Championships – Juniors interested are invited to apply FINAL CALL
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The ICU has recently received an invitation to enter players in the above event. Full details here.

There are two “hosted” places – one open and one girl – with free accommodation and full board. These may be subject to selection. There are also many “additional” places available.

U20 Juniors wishing to be considered for entry/selection for this event should contact the ICU junior officer (juniors@icu.ie) on or before June 15th.

Drogheda 2015 Overcomes Slane Concert
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The 2015 Drogheda congress took place as usual over the June bank holiday weekend and attracted a good number of players considering the unfortunate timing of the Slane concert which had such a negative impact on accommodation options for participants. Nevertheless numbers were only slightly down on last year, but still up on previous years.

A report on the event is available at the Drogheda CC Website with details of prize winners and much more. Also now online at the ICU tournament reports section is a report which has a series of videos and some reporting of the 2015 Drogheda congress.

The ICU Video Website has a growing number of videos of interest to Irish chess which will have more and more videos added to, and a facility to be added to allow ICU members only upload videos directly soon.

So if you have a video from a chess event that you would like to share then please feel free to contact the ICU Public Relations Officer

Galway Rapid 2015
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The Galway Chess Club Committee has refused an ICU member entry to the Galway Rapid Play event without providing specific reasons to the member concerned. This member appealed the decision and sought the assistance of the ICU in his dealings with the Galway Organising Committee after waiting for a considerable time for a response to his appeal of their decision.

As no specific reason was advanced in support of the organiser’s decision, the ICU decided to take action in support of its member’s rights to fair procedures. Proposals were put forward by the ICU as means of resolving the issue, but unfortunately, the Organising Committee responded by making unreasonable demands that would have significantly infringed the rights of the member involved and was completely unacceptable to the ICU.

Accordingly, the Organising Committee was advised that the ICU would not be meeting the costs of facilitating the FIDE rating of the event.

It is noted from a recent post on the Galway Chess Club’s Website that the Organising Committee has chosen to seek FIDE’s intervention in the matter. The ICU will be happy to engage with FIDE on this issue. The relevant FIDE Officials will be provided with the full facts surrounding this case so that they can make an informed decision about the rating of the event and any other matters that may emerge during the course of our anticipated engagement with FIDE.

It is also noted that regrettably a second ICU member has just been refused entry to the Galway Rapid Play event without being given due process and it is expected that this latest case will also be the subject of engagement with FIDE in due course.

Child Protection Policy – Irish Chess Union (ICU)
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The Irish Chess Union has developed a new Child Protection Policy entitled "Code of Ethics for Chess for Young People". The Policy outlines the core principles governing the participation of young people in chess and is intended to provide a template that can be availed of by any organisations that are involved in junior chess. More information is available here.

ChessForAll goes Nationwide – RTE 1, 7pm Friday June 5th
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The work of ChessForAll in bringing chess to schools in Ireland is to be featured on television shortly.
On Friday 5th June at 7 o'clock NATIONWIDE on RTE 1 will run a feature that is well worth watching. The ChessForAll programme for 2014/15 had three strands:

  1. internal tournaments for chess players in over 160 primary schools.

  2. online chess allowing pupils to play chess against players from other schools throughout Ireland(including two islands and a school in Greece!).

  3. a one day “Tournament Of Champions” held in April in Dublin

A link to the Nationwide feature will be available after the broadcast on www.chessforall.net

Report of the Junior Selection Committee of May 29th - Glorney Gilbert International 2015
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The report of the junior selection committee for the Glorney Gilbert International 2015 has been published. (Members only)

The Glorney Gilbert International comprises the Glorney, Gilbert, Robinson and Stokes cups and will be held from 19th to 23rd July in the Johnstown House Hotel, Enfield, Co. Meath.

Juniors selected for this event are asked to confirm acceptance of offered places and advise accommodation requirements no later than Friday, June 5th.

26th Drogheda Chess Congress
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The 26th Drogheda Chess Congress is taking place from Friday 29th May to Monday 1st June 2015 in the Boyne Valley Hotel, Dublin Road, Drogheda.

For a list of entries, results and pairing see       Over 1600 Entries       Over 1100 Entries       Under 1100 Entries
Round 5 Mon 1st at 9.00am – 1.00pm
Round 6 Mon 1st at 2.00pm – 6.00pm

Live games can be followed HERE

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