October 5, 2018

Olympiad- China win double gold

A last round draw with the USA was enough for China to take gold in the Open section with the Americans finishing second and Russia third. Poland might be a little disappointed to finish just outside the medal placings in fourth but can reflect on an excellent tournament including wins over both USA and Russia. The Irish team, who were seeded 66th in the Open, finished in 82nd place.

China also won gold in the women’s event with Ukraine finishing second and Georgia third. The Irish women’s team finished in 83rd place. They were seeded 87th.

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September 23, 2018

43rd Chess Olympiad

The 43rd Chess Olympiad officially started today in Batumi, Georgia. Ireland have both a mens and womens team competing. Details at the official tournament website.

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September 3, 2018

RIP Philip Short

Irish chess lost one of it’s titans recently with the death of Philip Short. I remember as a youngster going through Philips games in copies of the Irish Chess Journal. I got to play him quite a few times in more recent years. He was an excellent chess player but more importantly was a very pleasant and modest person. Deepest sympathies to all his family and friends.

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August 19, 2018

Lopez wins Irish Championships 2018

Well done to Alex Lopez who won the Irish Senior Championships in Dublin last weekend on an impressive score of 8 points from 9.

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.

May 12, 2018

Coverage of Ennis Congress

The top 2 boards from the Ennis Open and the top board from the U1400 are being broadcast live here. Links to the pairings and standings are at the ICU website.

May 6, 2018

Fitzsimons becomes Irelands newest IM

Well done to David Fitzsimons on becoming just the eighth person from Ireland ever to achieve the International Master title at chess. David made his third norm at a recent round of the 4NCL. Congratulations to David on a fine achievement.

May 3, 2018

Ennis Congress 2018

The 2018 Ennis Congress takes place from the 11th to the 13th May in the West County Hotel in Ennis. As usual there are two sections, an Open and an U1400. You can enter the tournament via the ICU website or by contacting John Cassidy 087-2495913.