Bunratty 2015 Report

The 22nd Bunratty Chess Festival was a great success and full results from all 5 competitions can be seen here - Classic, Masters, Challengers, Major, Minor.

A report on the event can be seen on Chessbase, written by Alina l’Ami, to view this report, click here,

To download the games from the Masters event 2015, please click here.

Junior training squad 2015 – selection report published

The junior selection committee has published the selection report for the junior training squad 2015.

The first two training sessions will be held at the Hilton Hotel Kilmainham, Dublin on Sunday March 1st and Sunday March 22nd.

Selected juniors should confirm acceptance to no later than Friday, February 20th.

Bunratty Chess Festival Fast Approching

The Bunratty Chess Festival is on from February 20th to 22nd this year, for full details click here. Players can now enter on-line using paypal ( or any major credit card ), please click here to enter. Please note that the last date for discounted entry is February 13th.

The Bunratty hotel is now full, I'm afraid, but if you don't mind a 5 minute drive, there are rooms at the Oakwood Arms Hotel in Shannon, see website. If you contact them and tell them you are with the Bunratty Chess Event, they have 20 rooms reserved at a special rates for us.

Rules about ICU Membership and Participation in Tournaments

Since announcing the decision to strictly apply the above policy with effect from 1 February 2015, a number of concerns about its operational impact have been expressed to the ICU Executive by tournament organisers. Having regard to these concerns, the Executive has decided to: click here for more details.

Leinster Junior Championships

The Leinster Junior Championships 2015 took place from Jan 1st - 4th. See tournament report.

January Rating List

The January Ratings List has been published. Throughout the rest of the month there will be numerous republications of the Ratings List with the final publication to incorporate late payments of the annual ICU Subscription. Those who have not paid their subscription on or before the 31st January will not be included in the final publication of the Ratings List.

Irish Junior Chess Championships 2015

The Irish Chess Union is pleased to announce that New Ireland Assurance will be sponsoring this year's Irish Junior Chess Championships. More information is available here.

Gonzaga Chess Classic 2015

The Gonzaga chess classic is now less that two weeks away. Further information is available here. For a list of current entries please check here.

2015 Munster Junior Chess Championships

The 2015 Munster Junior chess championships will take place on the 24-25 of January 2015 in the Southcourt Hotel Raheen, Limerick. Further details are available in the calendar.

2014 Annual General Meeting

The draft minutes for the above meeting have not yet been provided by the outgoing ICU Secretary. Pending receipt of the minutes and in order to apprise members of decisions taken at the AGM, the attached document sets out the matters put forward for consideration at the AGM with some comments on what occurred at the meeting.

Please click here to access the document. The minutes of previous AGMs and an EGM approved at the 2014 AGM can also be accessed by clicking on the links in the attached

Mulcahy Memorial 2015

The Mulcahy Memorial begins on January 2nd and the live games can be viewed here. You can also follow the results and standings here

World Youth U16 Chess Olympiad Final Day

South Africa I 2.5 : 1.5 Ireland, final day report available here.

World Youth U16 Chess Olympiad - A players perspective

Geoffrey Keating has sent a half time report from Gyor. Updated 22/12/2014 with pictures.

Mulcahy Memorial is coming up soon

The next weekender on the calendar is the Mulcahy Memorial chess tournament being held in the Gresham Metropole hotel in Cork from 2nd - 4th January, 2015. An option to enter online is now in place and can be found here but please remember that the cheaper entries only last until Friday 19th December. The top board will also be going out live.

World Youth U16 Chess Olympiad

The World Youth U16 Chess Olympiad has just started in Gyor, Hungary. The Irish team comprises Cian McGovern Leahy, Diana Mirza, Michael Higgins, Geoffrey Keating and Danny Dwyer with Paul Higgins as captain. The tournament finishes on 22nd December. You can see the results here, or follow the tournament on it's website.

FIDE Training Seminar at Bunratty

The prospectus is now available for this seminar which starts just before the Bunratty Chess Weekend Tournament. The seminar runs from 17th February to 19th February. Please find prospectus here.

Anyone wishing to book a place who hasn't done so already please contact or just book online as per the prospectus instructions.

Gonzaga Chess Classic 2015

The Gonzaga Chess Classic will take place between January 16 and January 18 2015, (Friday-Sunday),in Gonzaga College SJ, Sandford Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6. More information is available here.

Kilkenny Congress 2014

Gerry Graham reports on the recent Kilkenny Congress.

The Leinster Chess Union's Annual Christmas Blitz

The Leinster Chess Union's Annual Christmas Blitz will take place on Wednesday 17th December 2014 in the Ierne Sports and Social Club (home of the Elm Mount Chess Club). Click here for more details.

European Swop-Chess Milan

The ICU have just been offered a "wildcard entry" for two Irish players to compete in the first ever European swop-chess tournament in Milan, Italy on Sunday 16th November 2014. More information available here.

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