Archive for ‘chess tournaments’

May 29, 2021

Upcoming junior tournament 12th June

Lukasz Daros has been in touch to say that although Community Games chess won’t be going ahead this year, a tournament just for juniors is being organised on lichess. This competition will take place on the 12th June and will be a 1 hour long arena type tournament with a time control of 5 minutes each with 1 second increment per move. The tournament is open to all U18 members of Ennis Chess Club lichess team and can be joined at the Clare Junior Arena site on lichess.

Other upcoming tournamnets include the Galway Rapidplay which takes place online on the 19th June and The 100th Irish Chess Championship which takes place in Colaiste Eanna, Rathfarnham from the 31st July to 8th August.

August 10, 2020

O’Gorman wins Irish Championships

Well done to FM Tom O’Gorman who became one of the youngest ever Irish Senior Champions yesterday in Dublin. Tom went through the tournament undefeated and took his chance by winning his last round game to finish on 7 points. IM Sam Collins and FM Colm Daly both lost their last round games and finished in joint 2nd to 4th with FM Conor O’Donnell on 6.5 points.

August 5, 2020

Irish Championships 2020

The 99th Irish Chess Championships is taking place in Colaiste Eanna in Rathfarnham currently. The fifth round was played today so it’s just over half way through the tournament and top seed IM Sam Collins is leading on 4.5, a half point ahead of FM Colm Daly in second with 5 players tied a further half point back on 3.5. Links to all the games, results and live commentary are available at the Irish Chess Union website.

February 23, 2020

Nigel Short wins Bunratty 2020

The annual Bunratty Chess tournament took place over the weekend with a large field of over 300 competitors, many of whom travelled from abroad to take part. GM Nigel Short won the Masters section on 5 from 6. Well done to Ennis’ James O’Sullivan, Bill DeLee and and Sumanth Shindgi who finished joint first in the Minor. There was a 3-way tie for first in the Challengers also with CM Gerry McElligott, Paul O’Neill and Sam O’Neill all finishing on 5 points. Sam Murray won the Major on an impressive 5.5 from 6. Full results are available at Bunratty Chess website.

February 25, 2019

Bunratty 2019

English GMs Mark Hebden and Luke McShane finished in joint first place in the Bunratty Masters over the weekend. Both finished on 5 points. There were 6 players tied in third through to eighth place a half point back.

Ciaran Quinn won the Challengers outright a half point ahead of Stephen McQuillan, Luke Scott and Jonathan Peoples. Muhd Khairil Asyr Khairil won the Major on an impressive 6 out of 6. Theo Wallace and Sean Horan finished in joint first in the Minor. Theres a tournament report at the Irish Chess Union website and more details at Bunratty Chess

November 4, 2018

Munster League Rounds 1 and 2

The Munster League 2018-2019 season commenced today in Charleville. Ennis had two difficult matches as we faced the teams that finished in first and second place last year Sarsfields and CCYMS. There was a minutes silence as a mark of respect to Philip Short prior to the first round.

Our match against Sarsfields was a close one. With the scores at 2-2 Luke Scott was pushing for a win in the ending against Martin O’Grady in the last game to finish. Martin held on to ensure the game and match finished drawn.

Ennis A 2.5- 2.5 Sarsfields
1. R Quinn 0-1 P Walsh
2. T Dunne 0.5-0.5 P Kiely
3. L Scott 0.5-0.5 M O’Grady
4. M O’Donnell 0.5-0.5 F Noonan
5. N Larter 1-0 L O’Brien

In the next round we had an excellent result with a comprehensive victory over CCYMS

Ennis A 4.5-0.5 CCYMS
1. R Quinn 1-0 K Moynihan
2. T Dunne 0.5-0.5 P O’Donovan
3. L Scott 1-0 G MCarthy
4. N Larter 1-0 T Myers
5. J Cassidy 1-0 T O’Leary

July 31, 2018

Irish Chess Championships 2018

This years Irish Senior Chess Championships starts this weekend at the Talbot Hotel in Stillorgan and going by the entry list so far, this years event will be the strongest ever. The Irish Chess Union website will likely be carrying updates during the event. The British Chess Championships is taking place at the moment in Hull until the 5th August. Results and games at the tournament website.

May 18, 2018

Irish Championships 2018

The Irish Championships 2018 takes place in the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan from August 4-12th. This one looks like being the strongest ever with an impressive list of players already signed up and a prize fund of €4000. More information and online entry available at the Irish Chess Union website.

May 13, 2018

3 way tie for first in Ennis Open

The Ennis Open finished today in a 3 way tie for first. Winner for the last two years IM Lucian Costin-Miron finished tied for first place with his compatriot FM Daniel Hristodescu and Anthony Bourached of Trinity College. All three finished on 5 points.
Two Ennis players tied for first in the U1400 with last years winner Azzizbek Shamsiddinov sharing first place with young Dylan Murphy who had an excellent tournament to finish on 5 points and get his first top place finish in a major tournament (probably the first of many!). Results and some games are linked to from the Irish Chess Union website.

April 3, 2018

Easter results

Two Irish players made norms at the recent Easter tournaments in Dublin, winning their sections in the process. IM Alex Lopez made a GM norm. After starting somewhat slowly he won his last 5(!) games to win the tournament and make a norm. A little bit reminiscent of his performance in the Irish Championships last year when he won his last 4 games to tie for first. In the IM tournament FM Conor O’Donnell made an IM norm and won the tournament. Details at chess results and the ICU site.