Limerick Open Reminder

The Limerick Open, a 6 round FIDE rated event, begins on October 24th in the Savoy Hotel in Limerick’s City Centre. There is also an under 1400 event, full details and online entries here

ICU Website Issues

I have received numerous approaches in recent weeks from members seeking further information about issues that arose earlier this year in respect of the ICU website. In order to facilitate members requests for full information on this subject, I have decided to make the Aontas Report Summary available on the members only part of the website along with two email exchanges of particular relevance which I had with the ICU's former webmaster.

Members might wish to note in particular the contradictory position adopted by the former webmaster, who had at this point resigned, in these email exchanges. Specifically in his email to me dated the 2nd November 2014 he stated that:

"No, someone as reckless as you will also not be an editor while I am still webmaster."

In a later email of 5th June 2015 in his response to the Aontas Report Summary, the former webmaster claimed to have been cooperating with the orderly handover of responsibilities for the website as follows:

"let me state that my intent, since resigning, had been to ensure a smooth transfer of control"

Members must login to view the three documents involved.

Aontas Report Summary
Mark Orrs response to the Aontas Report Summary
Email exchange between The Chairman and Mark Orr

Please note that the Data Protection Commissioner is being consulted as to whether the ICU need to take any further steps in relation to this matter.

If anybody has any further queries, you can contact me at your convenience and I will be happy to assist you in any way I can.

Yours sincerely

Pat Fitzsimons
Irish Chess Union

Extraordinary General Meeting and Annual General Meeting – Reminder.

Please note that the EGM will take place at 2.30pm on Sunday 4th of October in the Elm Mount Chess Club in the Ierne Sports and Social Club, Drumcondra, Dublin 9.

The AGM will take place at 11am on Sunday 11th October 2015 in the Academy Plaza Hotel, Findlater Place (just off Upper O’ Connell Street in Dublin city centre and around the corner from the Gresham Hotel).

The Irish Blitz Championships will take place in the afternoon at the same venue with registration at 1.45 pm and play starting at 2.30pm sharp.

Please also note that the Constitution provides that only paid up members are eligible to vote at both meetings. For this purpose a paid up member is a person who was a member of the union during the 2014/15 membership year.

Persons who paid their membership fee for the 2015/16 membership year during the previous membership year (2014/15) are not eligible to vote at either meeting unless they were also members during the 2014/15 membership year.

This is because their membership year only commenced on 1st September 2015 which is after the date on which the notice of the AGM was posted on the ICU websites.

Bray Charity Chess Evening

Bray/Greystones Chess Club are running a charity chess event in aid of the current refugee crisis.

The event will take place in the Strand Hotel, Bray seafront (right beside the esplanade hotel).

As this is a charity event donations of raffle prizes would be greatly appreciated.

For more information please see the event flyer here.

European Youth Championships, Porec, 2015 – Tournament reports

The report up to Day 10 is available here

Secretary Resignation

Eugene Donohoe has resigned from the position of Secretary.

Reminder - LCU Junior Team Weekender Oct 16-18

The LCU Junior Team Weekender is due to take place at Avon Ri Adventure Centre, Blessington, Co. Wicklow over the weekend of October 16th – 18th. Click here for more details.

Statement by the President of the Ulster Chess Union.

The following statement was made on by Mr Damien Cunningham, President of the Ulster Chess Union (UCU)

I would like to take this opportunity and space to make a correction and clarification to the manifesto of the Irish Chess Union chairman Pat Fitzsimons.

It is most important to correct that the Ulster Chess Union did not pass a motion at our recent AGM to rejoin the Irish Chess Union. The UCU has conducted informal discussions with representatives and influential members of the ICU over the last few years via email phone calls and a personal meeting dating back to February 2014 with the former chairman Jonathan O’Connor. During these exploratory opportunities for the benefit of chess many underlying difficulties and sensitivities were discussed at great length, in great detail and were also revisited in subsequent meetings.

Before any merger of the unions could be possible the UCU would be obliged to facilitate a single issue EGM to discuss such an undertaking. This has been pointed out with great clarity on many occasions to any interested parties to avoid the possibility of any confusion and to prevent anyone from making false assumptions. This premature statement certainly did the Ulster Chess Union executive no favours as it makes us look like we have been dishonest from the outset with our membership in relation to this extremely sensitive issue.

Damien Cunningham
President Ulster Chess Union

Please note that the statement by Mr Cunningham to the effect that I have mislead members by advising them that the Ulster Chess Union intends to affiliate to the Irish Chess Union is not correct.

Please click here to view a letter from Mr Mark Newman, Secretary of the UCU, about a motion passed at the AGM of the UCU to affiliate with the ICU.

Pat Fitzsimons
Irish Chess Union

FIDE World Junior U20 Championships 2015 – Tournament Report

Keegan O’Mahony has returned from Siberia to file his tournament report here 

European Youth Chess Championships 2015 – Irish Squad

The EYCC 2015 runs from September 21st to 30th in Porec, Croatia.

Ireland is represented by Paul O’Neill (U18), Scott Mulligan, Alice O’Gorman, Diana Mirza and Agustin Plaza Reino (U16), Tom O’Gorman and Mercedes Plaza Reino (U14), Denis Ruchko, Aisling Ni Laighleis and Leire Plaza Reino (U12) and Mateo Plaza Reino (U10).

Results and live games at

The ICU wish the delegation, led by Pippa O’Gorman, a successful and enjoyable tournament.

September Rating List

The September Ratings List has been published.

2015 City of Dublin Championships
 Herbert Scarry Reports

The City of Dublin tournament was held in the Gresham Hotel in Dublin over the weekend of 11 to 13 September 2015. In all 146 players competed in four sections.

Full report with games

AGM 2015 Officer Reports

AGM Officer reports can be found here

ECU EUYCC Kouty 2015 – Tournament Report

Balazs Kecskemeti has written a report from the EU Youth Championships 2015, here

Reminder - City of Dublin Chess Championships

The City of Dublin Chess Championships are due to take place in the Gresham Hotel, O'Connell Street, Dublin 1 over the weekend of 11th to 13th September.

Click here for more details.

Irish Womens Chess Championships 2015

This year's championships will take place from Monday 28th to Wednesday 30th December. It will be a 6 round swiss event with two rounds per day and will be FIDE rated. It will be held in a Dublin City centre venue and further details will be announced shortly.

JJ Walsh, who was granted honorary life membership of the ICU on foot of a decision at the 2014 AGM has agreed that a Cup in his name can be offered to the winner of the event.

Membership Draw

All members who pay their membership fee for 2015/16 on or before 30th September 2015 will be entered in a draw to receive a free book in the Chess Informant series.

There will be two prizes and the winners will receive either Chess Informant 123 or 124. The winners will be announced in early October 2015.

Tim Harding, Irish Veterans Champion 2015

Tim Harding, Irish Veterans Champion 2015 with Andrew Thomson
Tim Harding from TCD is the 2015 Irish Veterans Champion having achieved a score of 4.5/5 in the Championships staged in the Boyne Valley Hotel, Drogheda over the weekend. While he was the highest rated player participating in the event, he started cautiously with a draw in round one against 2nd seed Paul Cassidy from Dun Laoghaire. However, he quickly got into his stride and was undefeated in his remaining 4 matches. Pat Twomey from CCYMS was second with 4 wins from 5 matches and Paul Cassidy was third with 3 points.

The weekend event was controlled by Andrew Thomson and presentation took place immediately after the conclusion of the final round on Sunday evening.

Erroneous Comments on Various Websites and Chess Forums

Dear Members

I wish to advise you that a number of recent posts on various websites attacking the current ICU Executive are inaccurate and do not in any way reflect the actual position on the issues raised. The recent post on the website of an Ulster Chess Club, for example, about the rating of events is completely untrue and misleading and does not in any way reflect the actual position. The post about the rating system on the ICU sites that was uploaded earlier this week is fully accurate. Any reasonable person who takes the trouble to read it carefully with an open mind is most unlikely to find anything objectionable in it. I would also like to point out that the role of Rating Officer requires a considerable level of ongoing work which is being performed to a high standard by Andrew Kildea. Without his immense input we simply would not have such a well maintained and up to date rating system.

I would also like to comment on other misleading posts that have been put up on I should say that in my view "misleading" is a very charitable description of the various comments involved as they represent a series of completely unwarranted attacks on the current ICU executive generally and personalised attacks on particular named members.

It does the people making these comments no credit whatsoever to be engaged in such behaviour. I am personally disappointed that some people, who I had thought highly of in the past, have demonstrated by their actions, that my faith in them was entirely misplaced.

We, in the ICU Executive, are working tirelessly in a voluntary capacity to serve the Irish Chess Community. We are not paid employees of the Union and are motivated solely by a desire to serve the Irish Chess Community as best we can. Those who chose to attack us by spreading misinformation and making reprehensible comments about individual members of the executive, are bringing chess in Ireland into disrepute.

We are accountable to the generality of ICU members and will be answerable to them at the forthcoming AGM. I will be seeking a renewed mandate for my team, Paul Cassidy, Andrew Kildea, Darko Polimac, Chris and Tristan Sheridan, Eugene Donohue and Kevin O' Connell.

We are an experienced team with only the best interests of Irish Chess at heart and accordingly, I appeal to all members to turn out to vote on the day and have your say on the future direction of Irish Chess.

Over the coming weeks, I will be addressing the issues the executive have had to deal with, the extensive work we have done on a number of important areas and what we hope to achieve if given the privilege of a fresh mandate at the AGM.

Pat Fitzsimons
Irish Chess Union
4th September 2015

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