Archive for January, 2018

January 31, 2018

Chess Coaching

Stephen Danaher in Shannon was in contact earlier in the week to advise that he is available for chess coaching to groups of beginners or improvers. Stephen, who is an experienced chess player, is currently running classes in Scariff library and is available for coaching to groups around the county. He can be contacted by email on stephendanaher at or by phone on 087-6101503.

January 28, 2018

Gonzaga Classic and Upcoming Tournaments

The Gonzaga Chess Classic is taking place this weekend in Dublin over 3 sections. It looks to be one of the strongest Gonzaga Masters ever with 4 GMs, 3 IMs, 5 FMs and 3 WFMs competing.  There are more than 200 players competing across all 3 sections. Links to updates and live games are at the Irish Chess Union website.

It is a busy time of year in the chess calendar and some of the upcoming events include:

  • 23rd-25th February – Bunratty Chess Festival – this year is the 25th edition of the tournament  and many of the former title holders return to compete for this years event.
  • 28th March -1st April – The Irish Chess Union is holding a festival of events for Easter including IM and GM norm events.
  • 21st-22nd April – The National Club Championships takes place in Ballinasloe
  • 11th-13th May – The Ennis Congress takes place in the West County Hotel.
January 21, 2018

Latest Munster League Results

A full round of matches in the Munster League today. CCYMS showed why they are strong contenders for the title this season with a comprehensive win over Ennis A.

Ennis A 1.5-3.5 CCYMS
1 R Quinn 0.5-0.5 K Moynihan
2 N Larter 0-1 P O’Donovan
3 M Buckley 0-1 G McCarthy
4 K O’Brien 1-0 P Dowdall
5 G Casey 0-1 T O’Leary

In the second match with Charleville we took the match points, a draw by Nick Larter and win by Maurice Buckley in the last 2 games to finish secured the points.

Charleville 1-4 Ennis A
1 PJ Rea 0-1 R Quinn
2 K Cole 0.5-0.5 N Larter
3 E Barry 0-1 M Buckley
4 A King 0.5-0.5 K O’Brien
5 P Meskell 0-1 G Casey

The B team had two close matches but didn’t manage any match points in the end. James O’Sullivan was Ennis B’s top scorer on the day with 1.5 from 2.

Limerick B 3-2 Ennis B
1 D Fanning 0-1 A Coll
2 P Foenander 1-0 L Daros
3 T Dineen 0.5-0.5 C McGorrian
4 H Prasad 0.5-0.5 J O’Sullivan
5 C McElwain 1-0 A Ingram

Ennis B 1.5-3.5 Tralee
1 B Farragher 0-1 P Shanahan
2 L Daros 0-1 P O’Sullivan
3 C McGorrian 0.5-0.5 G Hussey
4 J O’Sullivan 1-0 J Keane
5 A Ingram 0-1 A Osman

January 18, 2018

Mulcahy Results and Wijk aan Zee

IM Alex Lopez won the Mulcahy Cup last weekend in Cork on an impressive score of 6 out of 6. Kieran Moynihan and Henry Li finished in joint second/third on 5. Full results available at Cork Chess.

Former Ennis chess player GM Gawain Jones is currently mixing it with the Worlds elite chessplayers in the Masters section at the Tata Steel Memorial. The event mainly takes place in Wijk aan Zee but there are also rounds taking place in Hilversum and Groningen. Gawain qualified for the event by winning the Challengers last year at the first time of asking and despite being the lowest seeded player is currently doing pretty well on 2.5 from 5.

Play resumes tomorrow after a rest day today. There are still 8 rounds to go and it is difficult to predict a winner at this stage as there is only a single point or less separating the first 11 players who are all bunched together between 2.5 and 3.5 from 5. GM Anton Korobov is leading the Challengers section. Live games available at the tournament website.

January 15, 2018

Blitz and beers

Ennis chess players were in Galway recently celebrating Mike O’Donnells 40th birthday. Of course a chess set and clock appeared during the evening for some beer inspired blitz accompanied by some great tunes on what was a cracking evening.





January 5, 2018

Mulcahy Cup and Philip Hogarty Memorial

The Mulcahy Cup takes place next weekend 12th-14th January. This is the 50th edition of the tournament. Details on the attached flier.

A series of tournaments are currently taking place in Dublin as part of the Philip Hogarty 10 Year Memorial. There is a GM norm, IM norm and senior tournament. Both Petr Neuman and Jan Sodoma are taking part in the IM tournament and there are lots of Irish players participating in all three events. I don’t see a link to live games but you can get regular updates on the Irish Chess Union website. GM Oleg Korneev and IM Sam Collins currently lead the GM event while GM Petr Neuman leads the IM event. Jonathan O’Connor leads the senior.