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Patron: Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland
International Team Events

The ICU is sending no fewer than six teams abroad at the beginning of August to battle for Ireland in international competitions: two adult teams (open and women) are going to the Olympiad in Norway (1-14 August), and four junior teams (U18, girls U18, U14, U12) to the Glorney in Scotland (4–6 August).

Live reports: Glorney. Live games: Glorney, Gilbert, Robinson, Stokes.

City of Dublin Championships 2014

The Leinster Chess Union is pleased to announce that this year's City of Dublin Chess Championships will take place in the Gresham Hotel, O'Connell Street, Dublin 1 over the weekend of Friday 12th to Sunday 14th September 2014. Further details.

New MCU Website

The Munster Chess Union have a new website thanks to Ray O'Brien. At the moment it's at a temporary address but will soon have it's own domain. A web interface for team captains and league controllers to manage the Munster Leagues is planned for the near future.

Bray Open Championships - Reminder

The Bray Open Club Championships start on August 6th. Send in your entry soon if you would like to take part.

Extended Website Downtime

Reminder (first posted on 14th July): There is going to be a period of maintenance downtime for both ICU websites (this one and ratings) starting on July 23 and continuing for at least 2 days. More details. [The site came back up at 7pm on the 25th July.]

Outdoor Chess in Malahide

Similar to previous years, Malahide Chess Club will be hosting outdoor chess in Malahide village in conjunction with the Malahide Festival.

Times: Saturday 26th July from 12:00pm to 5:00pm and Sunday 27th July from 12:00pm to 5:00pm.

Setup will be on New Street (which will be pedestrian-only for the weekend) just down the hill from their usual home venue.

If you fancy a few friendly games or you want a crack at their Blitz Champion, do drop by for this fun event: all comers welcome to participate.

A favourite for some - the Garden Chess Set - will be available both days.

EGM Call and ICU Response

The ICU recently received a request for an EGM from Gabriel Mirza, on the recent disciplinary case. Further information, for members only.

Captains and Heads of Delegations

The ICU is pleased to announce that the Head of Delegation at the forthcoming Glorney-Gilbert International tournament, to be held in Scotland next month, will be Noel Keating.

Also, back in January the ICU announced the captains of the two Olympiad teams. Unfortunately Pat Fitzsimons has recently had to withdraw from the captaincy of the Open team, for family reasons. The ICU has appointed as the new captain, and Head of Delegation, Jonathan O'Connor. The ICU is very grateful to Jonathan for making himself available at such short notice, and at considerable personal inconvenience.

AGM Arrangements

The AGM will be held at the Kilmainham Hilton Hotel, on Sunday 28 September, starting at 3 p.m. As in the past couple of years, it will be preceded by the Irish Blitz Championship. In a new development, an Irish Rapidplay Championship will be run at the same venue on the day before, Saturday 27 September. Further details of these tournaments will be published shortly.

In order for the motions and nominations to be made available to the membership at least four weeks before the AGM, as required by the Constitution (article 7.2) the closing date for the receipt of motions and nominations will be 20 August. They should be sent to the . Proposers of motions are reminded to make sure that their wording accurately represents their intentions, and also to ensure that their motion is compatible with the Constitution. Similarly, proposers of Constitutional amendments should ensure that their amendment is compatible with the rest of the Constitution; if it is not, they should propose further amendments to make sure that the Constitution is left consistent if their motion is accepted.

Irish Championships 2014 Crosstables

The crosstables for the various events at the Irish Championships 2014 can be viewed here: Senior, Intermediate, Junior, Ladies, AM Open, PM Open, Weekender. The games from the senior event ara available here.

Blindfold Simul Result

The simul began at 5pm yesterday (16th July) and finished just before midnight. By then, GM Baburin had scored 5 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses.

Due to the strict closing time of the venue, and the fact that Alex believed he could only reach a score of 11.5/16, the remaining 7 games were stopped, and left as unfinished on move 37.

Here's an article about the event and a report that appeared on RTE 9 O'Clock News.

Blindfold Simul Directions

The simul will start at 5pm tomorrow (16th July), at the Printworks, Dublin Castle. Take the Dame Street entrance into the courtyard. Exit to the left. The Printworks is the modern building down the slope in front of you. Everybody is welcome to attend. Hope to see you there.

Participants should be there by 16:45.

Irish Success in France!

Some three months ago the ICU was offered a couple of free places in a junior tournament in Saint Lô, in France. One of our places went to Matthew Gallagher, and in the event he did Ireland proud, finishing outright third. Matthew started out with seven straight wins, was then knocked back a bit but recovered to enter the last round (the 13th) first equal. Unfortunately, thirteen was not lucky for Matthew, and he was overtaken by players from Russia and Slovenia. But third out of 125 is an excellent performance; well done Matthew!

Full results.

PRO position still unfilled

The Executive received no nominations of suitable candidates for the PRO vacancy. Since it would be good to have a PRO in place to try to bring some publicity for our Glorney/Gilbert and Olympiad campaigns next month, this position remains open, and will be filled by the Executive should a suitable person apply or be nominated. In either event, please contact the .

Photos from the 1970s

Dundrum International. Tom Collins is 3rd on the right in the white shirt, John Maher is to his right. Tony Miles is at the bottom of the picture, facing away and wearing a dark jacket.

Tom Collins has sent in two photos of a tournament from the 1970s, one of which is shown to the right (full resolution versions here and here). Tom is 3rd on the right, in the white shirt and John Maher is to his right.

It looks like this is the 1976 Dundrum tournament, won by Anthony Miles (bottom of the picture in a dark jacket with his back to the camera). The final standings (thanks to David McAlister): 1 A. Miles 6/7; 2-4 H. Hurme, H. Kaenel, B. Kernan 5½; 5-10 E. Curtin, A. Huss, P. Jamieson, A. Ludgate, C. Pritchett, R.G. Wade 5; 11-18 R. Anderson, P. Delaney, A. Doyle, D. Dunne, T. Harding, J. Moles, R. Pye, C. Quigley 4½; (71 competitors, over 350 in the whole congress).

Alex Baburin Blindfold Simul: 2 places available

There are still two places available for anyone rated over 1100 who would like to be part of this historic event. Please email if you want a place.

All members of the public and chess community are very welcome to attend the event at: The Printworks, Dublin Castle on Wednesday, July 16th. More details.

Irish Junior Championships 2015 announced

To provide maximum notice to parents and juniors, please note that the Irish Junior championships will be held on April 10-12, 2015 at Blanchardstown, Dublin 15. Further details will be available later.

Irish Championship 2014 - Entry deadline approaches

The Irish Chess Union would like to remind all those considering playing in any of the events in this year's Irish Chess Championship that entries received after next Monday, June 30th, will be subject to a late entry fee of €20. Also, please note that there are still a few players who have started the process of entering online but not finished it, you must pay online to be entered. You can enter online here and you can also view the lists of those that have entered and paid.

International Junior events: call for players

The following competitions are coming up in the near future. Juniors who have an interest in participating in either should contact the . For the World Youths, the closing date is Sunday 6th July. For the European Youths, it is Sunday 13th July. The Selection committee will consider any expression of interest received, but players will only be selected to represent Ireland at these events if they are of a suitable standard.

World Youth Chess Championships, Durban (South Africa), 19th-30th September 2014.

European Youth Chess Championships, Batumi (Georgia), 18th-29th October 2014.

Bono on Chess

Rock star Bono (aka Paul Hewson) who was a keen chess player in is youth

When Garry Kasparov visited Dublin earlier this year, the ICU arranged for him to have a private meeting, at his request, with one-time Phibsboro member, Paul Hewson (better known nowadays as Bono). After the meeting, Bono wrote to Kasparov and, amongst other things, reminisced about the joys he had found in chess. The letter can be found on Kasparov's campaign site. And of course, when Bono feels like putting the guitar down and picking up a pawn again, we will make him very welcome.

Sam Collins
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