Bernard Palmer – RIP

Original post 2015-08-06

Updated 2015-08-27

The ICU has received the very sad news that Bernard Palmer of the Dunlaoghaire Chess Club has passed away. Bernard previously served on the ICU executive and was a well known figure within the Irish Chess Community for decades.

He will be sadly missed by his fellow chess players, family and friends. May he rest in peace

Funeral arrangements as follows

Cremation service to take place in Glasnevin Crematorium on Monday, 31. Aug, at 11.40am.

Enquiries to Staffords Funeral Directors (01)8550555

European Womens Amateur Championships

Congratulations to Diana Mirza who won silver at the recent European Womens Amateur Championships.

Many thanks to Diana who has kindly submitted a report and some photos from the event which can be found here.

Tony Dennehy RIP

The ICU has received further sad news that Tony Dennehy of the Dunlaoghaire Chess Club has passed away. The funeral details from are as follows:

Reposing at his home on Monday (31st August) from 2.30pm prior to his removal on Monday evening to the Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Churchview Road, Killiney arriving at 6pm. Funeral on Tuesday morning after 10am Requiem Mass to Mount Jerome Crematorium, Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6W. Family flowers only please.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Tony’s family and friends at this sad time. May he rest in peace.

Jugendschach EUYCC 2015 – Tournament Report

Many thanks to Dave Hunter for submitting a report on the recent Jugendschach EUYCC 2015 event. The report for this event has been published and can be seen here.

Results and standings from the event can be found on the event website or by clicking here.

IM Norm For John Hughes In Barcelona, Spain

An earlier post incorrectly asserted that John had narrowly failed to get an IM norm at this tournament, based on the 2435 rating performances of John published, but this was a mistake.

See: IM Norm For John Hughes In Barcelona, Spain for details.

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Please note that once the notice of the motions and nominations for this year's AGM are published on the websites on or before 31st August 2015, the last day of the current membership year, all persons,who are paid up members of the ICU on the date of publication, will be eligible to vote at the AGM.

It is intended to put the notice on the websites by 31st August at the latest in line with normal custom and practice.

If the notification of motions and nominations issued on or after 1 September 2015, members would have to pay their 2015/16 subscription in advance of the AGM to be eligible to vote at it.

Pat Fitzsimons

New Hon. Secretary of the ICU.

Bryan Tobin has stepped down as Hon. Secretary of the ICU. The Executive would like to express their appreciation for all of Bryan’s work while serving as Hon Secretary of the organisation.

Eugene Donohoe has been appointed to the role of Hon. Secretary to replace Bryan for the remainder of the Executive’s current term of office and has also agreed to put his name forward for the role at the forthcoming AGM.

Govan Jolliffe-Byrne RIP

Govan Jolliffe-Byrne
The ICU has received the very sad news that 20 year old Govan Jolliffe-Byrne of the Portmarnock Chess Club has died tragically in an accident while on holidays in Africa. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this very sad time. May he rest in peace.

Draft Minutes 2014 AGM

Please find the draft minutes from the 2014 Irish Chess Union AGM at the link below;

Draft minutes 2014 ICU AGM

August Success For Irish Players Abroad

There were three international events that had Irish players participate with success during the holiday month of August.

For details see: August Success For Irish Players Abroad

Notice of the Holding of an EGM and AGM


An EGM will be held on Sunday 4th October starting at 2.30pm in the Ierne Sports and Social Club, Gracepark Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9.

The EGM will address four motions proposing the adoption of:

A new Constitution (the attached draft tracks the changes to the existing Constitution) A Disciplinary Code that is to be incorporated into an Appendix A of the Constitution Revised Rules for the holding of the Irish National Club Cup Competition (INCC) including a provision that these rules can only be changed in the future at a General meeting Revised Eligibility Criteria for International Selection

The four documents involved can be accessed at the following links;

Draft Constitution of the Irish Chess Union
Draft Disciplinary Code for the Irish Chess Union
Draft Rules for the National Club Championship
Draft Eligibility Criteria for International Selection

The new draft Constitution and the Disciplinary Code reflect discussions at last year's AGM about suggested changes required in these areas.

The draft revisions of the INCC rules are designed mainly to clarify the rules about eligibility etc of teams to enter the event and to give the arbiter and tournament director some options about how it is to be run depending on the volume of entries.

The draft International Selection Criteria set out the minimum activity levels required to establish eligibility for consideration for selection. They also propose to revise the manner in which non-nationals have to establish their eligibility for selection. The essential point here is that when a non-national has played once on an Irish national team, s/he is subject to the same rules as players born on the Ireland of Ireland or players whose parents were born in Ireland or are citizens of Ireland for future selections.


The AGM will be held on Sunday 11th October 2015 commencing at 11.00 am in the Academy Plaza Hotel, Findlater Place, (just off Upper O' Connell Street, Dublin 1). the Irish Blitz Championships will take place at the same venue starting at 2.30 pm with registration from 1.45pm onwards.

Proposed motions and nominations for the Executive Committee should be emailed to by midnight on Wednesday 26th August 2015.

EU Youth Ch and European Amateur Ch 2015 – Irish Juniors In Action

Diana Mirza is playing in the European Amateur Championships running August 8-17.

Results and Live games at

Admira and Arnold Kecskemeti are playing in the ECU EU Youth Championships running August 18-27.

Results and Live games at

The ICU wishes all three successful and enjoyable tournaments.

The Jugendschach EUYCC finished August 12th with solid performances by all 5 players.

Results at A tournament report is expected shortly.

Kilkenny Chess Congress

Details of the 2015 Kilkenny Chess Congress are now available in the Calendar.

Jugendschach European Union Youth Chess Championships 2015 – Irish Squad

The JEUYCC 2015 runs from August 5th – 12th in Mureck, Austria.

Ireland is represented by Killian Burke (U14), Sean and Eoin Hunter (U12), Admira (U10) and Arnold (U8) Kecskemeti.

Results and live games at

The ICU wish the delegation, led by Dave Hunter, a successful and enjoyable tournament.

Interview with GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili, ECU President

July 2015 on the occasion of his visit to the Glorney Gilbert International 2015, Enflield, Co Meath, Ireland

Mihailo Manojlovic, St. Benildus Chess Club done an Interview with GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili, ECU President

Glorney Gilbert International 2015 - Message from President Michael D. Higgins

I am delighted to send my best wishes to all the young chess players on their recent

achievements at the Glorney Gilbert International chess event.

Your achievements are truly a recognition of your great talent and also a tribute to your hard

work, determination and your commitment to being the very best you can be. You have made

your country, your families and your community very proud.

I congratulate you all and wish you continued success in the future.

Michael D. Higgins

Uachtarán na hÉireann

President of Ireland

FIDE Arbiters Course

A FIDE Arbiters course will be run as part of the FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar in Preston, England over the weekend of 11 to 13 September 2015. Full details are available here.

President Speech at the Glorney Gilbert International Chess Tournament

The full transcript of our patron; President Higgins’s speech is available at

Interviews from the Glorney

Some interviews from the Glorney featuring David Fitzsimons, Peter Purland, GM Matthew Turner, CM Tim Headlong and Adam Murphy available here.

Success For Irish Juniors At 2015 Glorney – Gilbert Cup
Stephen Brady, Phillip Short
Sam Collins
G. Uí Laighléis
Gearóidín Uí Laighléis
Chess Today
Apart from its websites,, and, the ICU is not responsible for any other internet media relating to Irish chess.
© 2004-2015 Irish Chess Union ● Contact UsPrivacy Policy