November 18, 2017

Miller wins Irish Womens Championship

Well done to WFM Ioana Miller who won the Irish Womens Championship 2017 which was held in Dublin recently. Antonina Gora came second and there was a three way tie in third back to fifth between Alice O Gorman, Dayna Ferguson and Harriet Haslehurst. Full details are available on the Irish Chess Union website.

The Annual Kilkenny Congress is taking place this weekend. There are links to live games from the Irish Chess Union website. It looks like boards two and three have agreed quick draws in the masters so the winner of Maze-Baburin (if there is one) will be going into the final day as sole leader.

October 31, 2017

Limerick Open Results

The Philip Hogarty Open and the U1400 took place in Limerick last weekend. There were joint winners in both tournaments. IM Lucian Miron and FM Colm Daly won the Open on a score of 5 from 6. There were 4 players tied in third back to sixth IM Alvaro Valdes Escobar, FM Daniel Hristodescu, Aldo Hartl and Rudolf Tirziman all scored 4.5.

Andrej Kozlovs and John Dunne tied for first in the U1400 tournament on 5 from 6. Colm McElwain and Martin Kelly tied for third/fourth on 4.5.

Full details of all prizewinners and photos from the prizegiving are on the Limerick Chess Club site while full standings for both tournaments are on the Irish Chess Union site.

The European Team Championships is currently taking place in Crete. Four rounds in and Hungary are in the lead in the Open. Ireland didn’t send a team for either the Open or Womens Event this year but you can follow the tournament progress and livegames at the tournament website.

October 15, 2017

Munster League Round 1

Its that time of year again when the chess leagues recommence after the Summer break. The Munster League 2017/2018 season got underway in the Charleville Park Hotel yesterday. Ennis just had the one match and that ended in a narrow loss to Limerick.

Ennis 2-3 Limerick
1. R Quinn 1-0 J Danaher
2. J Cassidy 0-1 J Naughton
3. M Buckley 0-1 P Carey
4. G Casey 1-0 R O’Brien
5. J O Sullivan 0-1 C Kirby

October 8, 2017

European Club Cup 2017

The 33rd European Club Cup started this weekend in Antalya, Turkey. There are 36 teams taking part in the Open event, including 3 Irish teams, and 12 taking part in the Womens event. The Irish teams are Gonzaga, Adare and St. Benildus. All three lost in the first round, as is probably customary for Irish teams in this event though Gonzagas match looks like it was a close one. You can follow the Irish teams progress on the tournament website and most of the main chess websites are also carrying live games from the event.

October 7, 2017

Limerick Open 2017

This years Limerick Open takes place from the 28th to the 30th October in the Kilmurry Lodge Hotel in Castletroy. There are two sections an Open and a Major. Contact John Cassidy 087-2495913. You can also enter online via the Irish Chess Union Site.

In other tournament news, I received details of a new rapidplay event running in Chez La Fab Cafe Limerick. Format is a 9 round Swiss and the latest edition is running today so I am a bit late with the update but I believe it is a regular event so will likely be running again soon.

Also details of the Irish Championships 2018 received from John McMorrow. The event will take place from August 4th to 12th in the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan. Further details are available on the brochure for the event.

September 24, 2017

Munster Championship Results 2017

The 2017 Munster Senior Championships and the Joe Browne Cup finished earlier today in Ennis. I was very happy to take first place in the senior Championship on a score of 4.5 from 5. Nick Larter and Paul Kiely finished in joint second/third place on 3.5. Nicks 5 games all featured the French Defence which I thought might be some type of record however when I asked him after the final round he said he had played a 6 round Swiss previously where he was either on the white or black side of the French in every round!

Nick Larter Paul Kiely

Nick Larter versus Paul Kiely was the last game to finish in the tournament

Paddy Quinlan was a deserving winner of the Joe Browne Cup on 5.5 from 6. His last round game against Hari Prasad was particularly entertaining. There was a tie in 2nd to 4th between Aidan O’Sullivan, Martin Kelly and Jana Solomatina. Grading prizes went to Hari Prasad and Cody Coughlan.


Paddy Quinlan won the Joe Browne Cup


Gerry Casey took the grading prize in the Senior Championship

Paul Kiely, Nick Larter and Ray O Brien

Nick Larter and Paul Kiely being presented with 2nd/3rd place by Ray O’Brien

Rory Quinn

Just after taking my fourth Munster Championship title.

Full results are available at the Munster Chess Union and Irish Chess Union websites. Thanks to the fabulous Ulusia for the photos 🙂

September 23, 2017

Munster Championships 3 rounds in

The Munster Championships and Joe Browne Cup are taking place in the West County Hotel this weekend. Yours truly leads on 3 from 3 in a somewhat smaller than usual Senior Section. Paddy Quinlan is leading the Joe Browne Cup on 4 points from 4. There are two rounds still to go in the tournament tomorrow and the top 2 boards in the Senior and the top board in the Joe Browne cup are being broadcast live on the Irish Chess Union website.

The Irish Rapid and Blitz championships are on this weekend in Dublin. Maxime LaGarde beat 3 FMs and an IM on his way to first place with 7 from 7, Conor O’Donnell finished second and there was a 3 way tie in third back to fifth between Valdes, Li and Delaney. The blitz is on tomorrow.

September 14, 2017

St Andrews Charity Classic

Details of a new tournament received from Ross Beatty. The inaugural St Andrews Charity Classic will take place in St Andrews College, Blackrock from the 29th September to the 1st October. It’s already shaping up to be a strong event. Discounted entry is available til the 27th September.

August 19, 2017

Upcoming Local Events

WFM Diana Mirza is giving a simultaneous display at the Bridge Centre, St. Marys Road, Galway on Saturday 26th August. Entry is €10 and proceeds go to help fund Dianas trip to the World Youth Chess Championships in Uruguay in September.Contact Brendan Buckley ( for more information. A fundraising page has been set up for Diana for anyone who wishes to contribute.

The Munster Chess Championships takes place in Ennis from the 22nd to 24th September in the West County Hotel. The Senior Championship is a 5 round FIDE rated event while the U1500 Joe Browne Cup is a 6 rounder. Contact John Cassidy on 087 2495913 for more information.

The Limerick Open takes place in the Kilmurry Lodge, Castletroy from 28th to the 30th October. There are two sections, the Philip Hogarty Open and the U1400 Major. As usual John Cassidy is the contact for this tournament.

August 6, 2017

Lopez and Short win Irish Championships

The Irish Senior Championships finished earlier today and there were joint winners as IM Alex Astaneh Lopez and FM Philip Short tied for first on 7 from 9. Well done to both. Philips score had a symmetry about it as he started a little slowly with two draws before an excellent run of 5 wins and then finished with two draws to make a IM norm as well as tie for first. Alex Lopez put together a nice run of his own winning his last 4 games to take a share of first also.

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Joint Winners – Alex Lopez and Philip Short

In the other placings FM Conor O’Donnell finished third on 6.5 and GM Alex Baburin finished fourth on 6. I finished in joint tenth to twelfth place on 3.5 points. I probably would have hoped to have done a little better but it was a tough tournament with a lot of hard fought games. Final standings and games are available here

The second weekender finished in a tie between IM Alvaro Valdes Escobar and David Murray. Jan Heinrich and Colm Egan finished in joint third and fourth. Grading prizes were won by Dara Moran and John Hennessy. Full results available from the Irish Chess Union website.