26th Drogheda Chess Congress
5-20

The 26th Drogheda Chess Congress will take place on Friday 29th May to Monday 1st June 2015 in the Boyne Valley Hotel, Dublin Road, Drogheda. The tournament flyer can be seen here.

For a list of entries so far see       Over 1600 Entries       Over 1100 Entries       Under 1100 Entries

GM Mircea Parligras and Valentine Kalinins Win 2015 Ennis Congress – Diana Mirza Outright Third
5-18

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.

Ennis Congress starts on Friday 15th
5-14

The Ennis Congress starts on Friday 15th, live games can be followed here
Results, round by round can be followed here – Open and Under 1400

Selection for Junior representative events (Glorney, wycc, etc.) expected shortly
5-13

Following the publication of the May 2015 rating list, the Junior Selection Committee (JSC) will now move to select for the following events:

  • The Glorney Gilbert International 2015 (Glorney, Gilbert, Robertson, Stokes)
  • World Youth and Cadets Championships 2015
  • European Youth Championships 2015
  • ECU EU Youth Championships 2015
  • Jugendschach EU Youth Championships 2015

Selection reports will be published on both www.icu.ie and www.irishchessunion.net in the next few weeks.

Malahide Millennium Tournament Results
5-6
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]

Full Details For Malahide Millennium Tournament and Cross-table at Malahide CC website

Ennis Chess Congress
5-3

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

Confirmed entries so far include GM Mircea Parligras, FM David Fitzsmions, FM Colm Daly and Valrntine Kalinis
For a full list of entries so far see
Open Entries
Under 1400 Entries

Nice game by Mark Quinn V GM Vocaturo, Daniele (2594)
5-3
Ireland's latest International Arbiter
5-3

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.

Simul and lecture by GM Mircea-Emilian Parligras (Elo 2581) in Limerick
5-2

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 gmirza@eircom.net for further details.

Stephen Jessel Makes Second IM Norm in Metz Open
4-27

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.

Up Date: National Club Championships Goes Ahead In Ennis
4-24

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
4-23

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
4-22

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
4-22

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
4-21

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
4-18

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
4-16

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
4-15

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
4-14

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
3-8

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.

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