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European Individual Chess Championship
Details of the upcoming European Individual Chess Championship (Tigran Petrosian Memorial) have been received, for full details, please click here.
Olympiad Team Captain: Open
The ICU is seeking applicants for the position of captain of the Open (men's) team for the 2014 Chess Olympiad, to be held in Tromsø, Norway between 1 and 14 August 2014. Applications should be submitted to the before 6 January 2014. Further details.
Live ICU Ratings
A new feature has been added to the ratings site. If you hover over the Ratings link in the top menu, a new item, Live, appears which, if you click it, will take you to a live rating list. Or you can just click and/or bookmark this link: ratings.icu.ie/live_ratings.
You don't have to login to see this list but you do have to be a current member (and of course have some rated games) to appear in it. For further details, click the Help link at the top of the Live ICU Ratings page.
The ICU would like to point out that it currently has only two official distribution media: this website (www.icu.ie) and ratings.icu.ie. Any other web sites, blogs or Facebook pages connected with Irish Chess are expressly NOT sanctioned by the ICU and any public comments made on those outlets are neither condoned by nor under the control of the ICU.
The only exception is comments made by current or former members of the ICU executive which are constrained by rules of confidentiality. In the event of possible transgressions then the ICU can be informed via the .
Christmas Blitz Tournament
The Leinster Chess Union's annual Christmas Blitz Tournament will take place on Wednesday 18th December 2013 in the Ierne Sports and Social Club, Gracepark Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 (home of Elm Mount Chess Club). Registration is from 7.45 pm with play starting at 8.15 pm sharp. Entry fee is €5 per player and lots of fun and prizes are guaranteed. Food will also be provided on the night. Further details.
Computer Chess Film
The Irish Film Institute write: Andrew Bujalski's Computer Chess is a modern-made but early-80s period film, set at a conference in a cheap hotel with a gathering skeptical as to whether a computer programme will ever beat a person at chess. There are conflicts and rivalries within the group, as divisions between these seasoned chess lovers become increasingly tense and strange, particularly as a self-discovery class has been booked into the same hotel. Shot on black and white video, apparently on a camera from the era in which it is set, the film is endearingly fetishistic about analogue technology, has a smart, funny script, and there are committed performances from the ensemble cast. Sharing the wit and warmth displayed in his previous features, Computer Chess illustrates what an inventive, daring and individual filmmaker Bujalski has become.
Screenings in late November - more details.
Kilkenny Congress another great success
Gerry Graham reports on the Kilkenny Chess Congress which was the 37th in the series and another great success.
Shane Hall Memorial 2013
Sean Loftus reports on the Shane Hall Memorial tournament which took place in October and was organised by the Braille Chess Association of Ireland.
The London Chess Classic takes place next month. Alongside the tournaments is what seems an interesting Chess and Education Conference. The ICU has obtained free entry to this Conference for one ICU member. If you are interested in being that member, please contact the Secretary on or before Wednesday 13 November. The successful applicant will be notified by 17 November.
White to move and win
Ryan - Baburin 1995