The Leinster Schools Leagues 2014-15 teams registration procedure has begun. For entry forms (Primary, U14, U16 or U19) please email: . The deadline for registration is October 6th 2014. See also leinsterschoolschess.com.
The 2015 Leinster Junior Championships take place from Jan 1st to 4th. The venue is the Esplanade Hotel, Bray seafront. Further details.
Reminder: The Annual General Meeting of the ICU will take place on Sunday 28 September in the Kilmainham Hilton Hotel, Dublin. The meeting will start at 3 pm; to try to ensure a prompt start, members are requested to arrive at 2.30 so that their membership status can be checked. The Agenda and supporting documents are available to current members, as specified in the Constitution.
Note that, in accordance with the Constitution (article 7.6), voting will be restricted to members who were paid-up on the date that the notice of the meeting was placed on the website, which was 31 August - whether the payment was for 2013-14 or 2014-15. In addition, anybody who has paid in September before the meeting will be able to attend but not vote.
As already announced, the AGM will be preceded by the Irish Blitz Championship, starting at 11.45 a.m. The Irish Rapidplay Championship will take place in the same venue on Saturday 27 September, starting at midday.
The PGN database of Irish games is available again, as well as a couple of new ways to download PGN data. See the help page. Thanks to Jonathan O'Connor for help implementing this feature.
The Irish Veteran’s championship took place in the Boyne Valley Hotel Drogheda on the week-end 19th–21st September. After five rounds the top two seeds Corkman Pat Twomey (CCYMS) and Ulsterman John Nicholson (Lagan) emerged as joint winners on 4½ points. The tournament was controlled as usual by Andrew Thompson of the Drogheda chess club. After three rounds both Twomey and Nicholson were on full points but their individual encounter in the fourth round failed to separate them and when both players won their final games against Pascal O’Shea and John Lacy respectively then the title and prize money was shared. John Lacy of the Gorey chess club came third on 2½ points. The Irish Veteran’s chess championship has been running since 1999 and Úna O Boyle has compiled a brief history of the event.
The World Youth Chess Championship has just started in Durban, South Africa. The ICU has entered two players: Diana Mirza in the under-14 girls, and Tom O'Gorman in the under-12 boys. Tom's results so far have gone with ratings, a loss and a win; he next faces a tough Chinese opponent. Diana followed her expected first round win by drawing with the eighth seed from Russia: an excellent result. The tournament finishes on 28th September; you can see the results, or follow the tournament on its website.
The Galway Congress will take place from 17 to 19 October, in, um, Galway. Entry can now be made online - or by post for those who still prefer that. Full details, including about how to enter, can be found on the event website.
The ECU are looking for European representatives on various boards and commission positions (please see this link).
Any ICU member who wishes to be put forward by the ICU (subject to approval by the ICU executive) should submit their nomination to the on or before the 9th of September.
Anyone interested in attending the World Senior Championships in Katerini, Greece from the 23-Oct-2014 to the 5-Nov-2014, the deadline has been extended for registration (based on availability) until the 26th of September.
The ICU has agreed to financial support for one entry fee to this event. Anyone interested in taking up this position is asked to email the before the 20th of September.
Congratulations to Karina Kruk and Diana Mirza who now hold the titles of WFM (Karina) and WCM (Diana) due to their impressive results at the 2014 Chess Olympiad.
A review, by Paul Cassidy, of the 2012-13 Armstrong Cup (the top Leinster team league) based on rating performances is now available.
Johnny Joyce will give a lecture followed by blindfold blitz games on the evening of Wednesday 17th September. More details.
The Leinster Chess Union (LCU) is pleased to announce that this year's Mick Germaine Cup competition will take place on Saturday 11th October 2014 in the Ierne Sports and Social Club, Gracepark Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9, home of the Elm Mount Chess Club. The event is for teams of beginners/novices. Players must be under the age of 16 on 1 September 2014. Entries to . Further details.
The Irish Chess Union's Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships 2014 will be held over the weekend of September 27th to 28th, details are available here. Please note that the winners of both these competitions will also win the right to compete in the World Rapid and Blitz Championships.
Board 2 player Sam Collins has concluded the team captain's unfinished report on the open team at the Olympiad and some new photos, mainly courtesy of Gerry Graham, have been added.
The chess component of the Community Games was held in Athlone on the weekend of 16/17 August. It turned out to be a great result for Connaught, as the U16 tournament was won by Claregalway (pictured on the left) and the U12 by an all-girl team (pictured on the right) from Roscommon. More pictures. Is this the first time that the winner(s) of an open chess event in Ireland have not included any men or boys at all? It looks as if the future of chess in Connaught, both boys and girls, is very promising.
Dun Laoghaire Chess Club held its 4th annual rapidplay on Sunday 17th August in the with a record entry of 47 players, including 8 players over 2000 and many of the country's best juniors. The top seeds were IM Adam Hunt from England and FM Colm Daly.
In the first 5 (of 6) rounds Hunt won all his games, though having some hard fights along the way, while Daly was held to a draw in R3 by Belfast player John Cairns but won his other games. The top board in R6, Hunt-Daly, was a quick draw, thus guaranteeing Hunt 1st prize of €300 on a score of 5½/6. Karol Marzec and Killian Delaney both won their final games and joined Daly on 5/6, sharing 2nd & 3rd prizes.