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November 9, 2022

Limerick Open Results

More than 100 competitors from all over Ireland and abroad took part in the Limerick Open in the West County Hotel last weekend. The tournament was run in 2 sections The Philip Hogarty Open and the Major (U1400). Both tournaments finished in a two-way tie for first which necessitated blitz playoffs to decide the champions.

In the Philip Hogarty Open, Blair Connell defeated CM Shane Melaugh in the last round to finish on 4.5/5 and he was joined by Limerick Chess Clubs James Naughton who defeated IM Oleg Gubanov to reach the same score. The blitz playoff was played at 3|2 time control and was decided on the best score from three games. The first two games were drawn and James won the third to take the title.

Both sets of players getting ready for the blitz playoff.

Philip Hogarty Open Prizewinners

1/2 J, Naughton (wins tournament in blitz playoff), B. Connell 4.5 from 5

3/4/5 K. Weih, FM R. Quinn, A. Collins 4 from 5

Grading Prizes in the Open

K. O’Brien (U1700), C O’Reilly (U1400), A. Brennan (Unrated) all 3.5 from 5

In the U1400 Ennis chess clubs Roy Marshall finished in joint first place with Gabriel Mirza both on 4.5 from 5. In the blitz playoff Gabriels experience won out as he won the first two games to take the title.

Major Prizewinners

1/2 G Mirza (wins tournament in blitz playoff), R. Marshall 4.5 from 5

3/4 S. Loughlin, S. Fitzgerald 4 from 5

Grading Prizes in the Major

A. O’Rourke, A Newaskar, A. D’Souza all 3.5 from 5

Full results and standings for both tournaments are available on

James Naughton receiving the Philip Hogarty Open Trophy from organiser John Cassidy
Blair Connell finished joint first in the Open
Gabriel Mirza receiving first prize in the Major

Roy Marshall finished joint first in the Major
October 23, 2022

Ennis win Munster League Division 1

Some unfinished business in the Munster League concluded today as the final 2 rounds from the COVID interrupted 2019-2020 season were played. It was tight at the top as Sarsfields, Cork A and Ennis all battled for the title. Cork A led the way going into today but a defeat to 2nd placed Sarsfields in the first match of the day, meant Ennis could go first if we beat Limerick A.

Limerick A 1-4 Ennis

  1. J. Naughton 0-1 O. Gubanov
  2. C. Kirby 0-1 R. Quinn
  3. D. Chaudarov 0.5-0.5 O. Murchadha
  4. R. O’Brien 0-1 T. Dunne
  5. G. Stack 0.5-0.5 K. O’Brien (Capt.)

Winning 4-1 meant we had a slender lead over Sarsfields going into the last round. However, our last round game was against Cork A who could still win the title themselves by beating us, whereas Sarsfields played Limerick B which, on paper, was an easier match. A stunning victory in the last round meant we won the title for the first time since the 2016/2017 season.

Ennis 4.5-0.5 Cork A

  1. O. Gubanov 1-0 S. Murphy
  2. R. Quinn 1-0 H. de Jonge
  3. O. Murchadha 1-0 H.R. Manasa
  4. T. Dunne 0.5-0.5 S. Lawrence
  5. K. O’Brien (Capt.) 1-0 M. Bradley

Ennis B also had a match today and finished the season on a high with a win against Cork B.

Ennis B 5-0 Cork B

  1. L. Daros (Capt.) 1-0 M. Watkins
  2. N. Whelan 1-0 M. McGrath
  3. R. Marshall 1-0 S. Shindgi
  4. P. Timlin 1-0 H.S. Muhammad
  5. J. O’Sullivan w/o

Ennis A – Munster League Division 1 Winners 2019-2020 Season
October 1, 2022

European Club Cup 2022

Some of the best chess players in the world will descend on Mayrhofen in Austria in the next couple of days in preparation for this year’s European Club Cup, including world number one and man of the moment Magnus Carlsen. Top seeds in the Open by some distance are the Romanian team CSU ASE Superbet with Vishy Anand on top board and an average team rating of 2713.

Ennis are seeded 56th out of the 70 teams in the Open and are the highest seeded of the Irish teams in the event. I think this is the highest we have ever been seeded in an ECC and as in any team event the initial goal will be to at least finish at or above our seeding. Our squad is as listed previously except for Oscar Culbeaux who apparently withdrew late due to work commitments, which is a pity as I’m sure there were other players who might have liked the opportunity to participate.

There are some good players on our team and it will be interesting to see how we get on. The ECC is always an enjoyable and very strong tournament to play in. Of course, a patzer like myself is likely to struggle at such a high level but I’ll do my best. There is a preview of the event at chessbase. The tournament website has some information and of course results will regularly be updated on chess results. Usually at this event some of, if not all, the games are broadcast live so for anyone interested in watching how the matches unfold in real-time, I’m sure most of the major chess sites will carry coverage.

May 9, 2022

Club League Round 6 Draw

1 O’Brien, Kieran [4] : Quinn, Rory [4.5]
2 Coughlan, Cody [4] : Danaher, James [4]
3 Casey, Gerry [3] : Koeller, Peter [4]
4 Cassidy, John [3.5] : Daros, Lukasz [3]
5 Casey, Georgie [3] : Meany, Stephen [3]
6 Mbube, Vladimir [3] : McGorrian, Chris [3]
7 Holland, Tadhg [3] : Ulbrych, Stanislaw [3]
8 O’Donnell, Michael [3] : Coughlan, James [2.5]
9 Stack, George [2.5] : Coll, Aidan [2.5]
10 Fedurek, Jacek [2] : Marshall, Roy [2.5]
11 O’Sullivan, James [2] : Collier, Patrick [2]
12 Timlin, Phil [2] : Nolan, Brian [2]
13 McCarthy, Conall [1.5] : Dyksy, Krzysztof [1]
14 Jackson, Oisin [1.5] : Noonan, Caspar [0]
15 Breslin, Ultan [1] : McAuliffe, Jack [1]

May 9, 2022

Results Club League Round 5

  1 Quinn, Rory [4]  1/2:1/2 Coughlan, Cody [3.5]
  2 Danaher, James [3] 1:0   Casey, Gerry[3]
  3 Daros, Lukasz [3]  0:1  O’Brien, Kieran [3]
  4 Koeller, Peter [3]  1:0  Casey, Georgie [3]
  5 Marshall, Roy [2.5]  0:1  Cassidy, John [2.5]
  6 McGorrian, Chris [2.5]  1/2:1/2 O’Donnell, Michael [2.5]
  7 Meany, Stephen [2]  1:0  Stack, George [2.5]
  8 Nolan, Brian [2]  0:1  Holland, Tadhg [2]
  9 Ulbrych, Stanislaw [2]  1:0  Timlin, Phil [2]
10 Collier, Patrick [2]  0:1 Mbube, Vladimir    [2]
11 Coughlan, James [2]  1/2:1/2  O’Sullivan, James  [1.5]
12 Coll, Aidan [1.5]  1:0  Breslin, Ultan [1] (provisional)
13 McAuliffe, Jack [1]   0:1  Fedurek, Jacek [1]
14 Jackson, Oisin [1] 1/2:1/2  McCarthy, Conall   [1] (provisional)
15 Noonan, Caspar [0]  0:1  Dyksy, Krzysztof  [0]

March 29, 2022

Club League – Round 3 Results

  1 Quinn, Rory [2]       1:0 Casey, Gerry [2]
  2 Danaher, James [2]     0:1  Daros, Lukasz [2]
  3 Coughlan, Cody [2]   1/2:1/2    O’Brien, Kieran[2]
  4 Koeller, Peter  [2]     1/2:1/2    Cassidy, John [1.5]
  5 Coll, Aidan[1.5]   1/2:1/2    O’Sullivan, James [1]
  6 Nolan, Brian [1]       0:1      Casey, Georgie[1]
  7 McGorrian, Chris[1]    1:0      Fedurek, Jacek [1]
  8 Coughlan, James [1]    0:1      Holland, Tadhg [1]
  9 Orzechowski, Wiktor[1]  0:1 (w.o) Meany, Stephen[1]
10 Ulbrych, Stanisla [1]       0:1      Stack, George [1]
11 Collier, Patrick    [1]       1:0      McCarthy, Conall[1]
12 Timlin, Phil [.5]     1/2:1/2   Mbube, Vladimir   [.5]
13 Marshall, Roy [.5]      1:0      Dyksy, Krzysztof  [0]
14 Breslin, Ultan [0]       1:0      Noonan, Caspar[0]
15 McAuliffe, Jack [0]       1:0      Jackson, Oisin [0]

February 24, 2022

Ennis Congress 2022

The Ennis Congress this weekend has around 140 participants, all eager to get back to otb chess in what promises to be an exciting tournament.

IM Sam Collins, winner of the strong Bunratty online rapid tournament last weekend, will be hoping to make this weekend another winning one. GM Keith Arkell also takes part (he is doing a simul this evening in the West County – contact John Cassidy for details). Others no doubt hoping to be in the final shakeup are FM Colm Daly and Blair Connell who won the recent Ennis tournament with a score of 5 out of 5.

Some of the games will be broadcast live so keep an eye on the Irish Chess Union and Limerick chess club website for links to standings and games if you’re not playing and want to follow the action.

January 26, 2022

2022 Ennis Congress – Entries Open

Entries are open for the Ennis Congress which is planned to take place from the 25th to 27th February in the West County Hotel. You can register by contacting John Cassidy (087 2495913) or via the Irish Chess Union website.

November 16, 2021

Connell wins November Open

The first over the board tournament in Ennis for some time took place last weekend with almost 100 competitors from all over the country and abroad taking part. Covid measures were in place with social distancing, mask wearing and COVID vaccination certificates being obligatory.

Well done to Blair Connell who took first place on a perfect score of 5 from 5, demonstrating nice endgame skills to take home the point in a few games. In second place was Juan Rodriguez Fernandez on 4.5 from 5 and who played very solidly throughout. Yours truly finished in third on tie break with 4 points after a blunder in the last round cost me a chance to battle for first. Other players finishing on 4 points were Markel Vesga Izeta, Kavin Venkatesan, Anthony Fox, John Kelly, Andrei Ivanov, Adam Collins, Alice O’Gorman, Peter Cafolla, Tommy Dunne, Henk de Jonge and John Waldron.

Well done also to Ennis man James O’Sullivan who won a grading prize as did Markel Vesga Izeta, Andrei Ivanov, James Scarry, and Oisin O Sullivan.

Thanks to all involved in organising what was a very enjoyable event, especially main organizer John Cassidy and the arbiter Neal Kirby who did an excellent job. Full results now available online courtesy of James Forde.

Blair Connell receivng first prize from John Cassidy
May 13, 2021

Ennis Chess Congress 2021

This years Ennis Chess Congress takes place this weekend. This event will take place online. Instead of a 6 round event over 3 days played at a classical time control, the 2021 version will be a 9 round rapidplay with rounds on Saturday evening and Sunday. The tournament is taking place on lichess and entry is free. All the details including how to enter are at

If you can’t play in the tournament itself, you can still follow the event live online as there will be a lichess broadcast of the tournament at–5pm/CyoT4Q4k