Kilkenny Congress

The 39th Annual Kilkenny Chess Congress is underway. The draw and results in each section can be followed here - Masters , Major, James Mason , and Challengers.

The top three boards from the Masters section are being transmitted live, they can be viewed here here. Apologies to those who tried to follow this mornings games, the internet failed at the venue and we are now using another internet service, so things will, hopefully, run smoothly with the live boards for the rest of the event.

Irish Junior Championships 2016 - dates and venue

The 2016 Irish Junior Championships will be held April 1st-3rd 2016 at the Fitzatrick Castle Hotel, Killiney, Co Dublin.

WYCC and EYCC 2015- Tournament and Players reports published
Limerick Open 2015

The Limerick open and U-1400 was held on the weekend of the 24th of October in the Savoy hotel. The open section was dominated by players from Trinity chess club with 4 of their players finishing in the top 4 joint places. Stephen Moran finishing Joint Second with the rapidly improving Tom O’Gorman and Ioana Gelip finishing outright first. Ioana is a 2100+ who has recently moved here from Romania and has joined the Trinity Armstrong team this year and will considerably strengthen their challenge for the league this season. Ioana is also the first woman to win the Limerick Open or any open section In Ireland! She finished with an impressive 5.5 out of 6 beating Tom in the last round. Grading Prizes were won by Thomas Dunne Jnr (u-1800) with 4/6 and Dennis Ruchko (u-1400) with 3.5/6.

The u-1400 section was won by Jonathan Peoples on 5.5/6, second place went to David Remenyik with 5/6 and finishing third with 4.5/6 was Diarmuid Reidy. The grading prizes went to Ludmila Podzimkova with 4/6, Dylan Murphy 3/6 and Mateo Plaza Reino 3/6.

While most of the plaudits will go to Ioana and Tom, there were some very impressive performances from some of our junior players too. Padraic Sheehy had a very strong tournament finishing on 4/6 in the open, Dennis Ruchko 3.5/6 in the u-1400 section, Jonathan Peoples and David Remenyik scoring 5.5/6 and 5/6 respectively, this will see these juniors earn good rating gains and I expect to see them challenging even more in future.

Photographs from the event can be seen at

Ioana kindly annotated her last round game which can be viewed here.

World Youth Chess Championships 2015 – Irish Squad

The WYCC 2015 runs from October 25th to November 5th in Porto Carras, Halkidiki, Greece.

Ireland is represented by Rudolf Tirziman and Eibhia Ni Muireagain (U18), Conor Maher, Diana Mirza and Agustin Plaza Reino (U16), Ross Beatty, Mercedes Plaza Reino, Alex Byrne, Michael Higgins and Fiachra Scallan (U14), Adam Murphy, Dayna Fergusson, Stephen Higgins and Ciaran Walsh (U12), Daniel Dwyer, Anjali Walsh and Admira Kecskemeti (U10) and Arnold Kecskemeti (U08), 18 players in all.

Results and live games at

The ICU wish the 30-strong delegation, led by Colm O’ Muireagain, a successful and enjoyable tournament.

Limerick Open Begins

The Limerick Open Chess Championships are on this weekend, results and draws can be viewed here;

Open and Under 1400

Avon-Ri Junior event cancelled

The Leinster Chess Union wish to advise that due to circumstances beyond their control the event at Avon Ri has been cancelled. ​

The Leinster Chess Union wish to extend their apologies for any inconvenience this has caused.

The passing of a Champion - John Moles 1949-2015

It is very sad indeed to report the sudden death of John Moles, Professor of Latin at Newcastle University and founder and editor of the online journal Histos. John was working in the University Library in Durham on Sunday afternoon (4th October) when he collapsed.

His first two books were devoted to chess but he will be remembered especially as a classicist of penetrating intellect and unusual range, who never spared his efforts on behalf of fellow scholars, particularly those of a younger generation.

John was Irish Champion in 1966 and 1971 and a member of the Olympiad team in 1970 and 1972.

Thoughts and deepest sympathies to all his family, friends and associates. May he rest in peace.

Gonzaga and St. Benildus dominate at Millfield International Schools Championships

Gonzaga have retained the Millfield International Schools Chess Championships, played in Street, Somerset on Oct 10th- 11th , with St. Benildus winning the Major section. Around 72 Irish juniors (24 from each of Gonzaga, St. Benildus and Collaiste Eanna) travelled to make up 6 of the 15 teams. Conor O’Donnell scored a perfect 7/7 to win the board 1, U18 and best tournament performance prizes. A full report is expected shortly.

The ICU sends congratulations on this double success for Irish Schools chess.

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.

All money raised will be given to the Ireland Calais Refugee Solidarity.

For more information please see the event flyer here.

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

European Youth Championships, Porec, 2015 – Tournament reports

The report up to Day 10 is available here

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.

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.

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.

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