Posts tagged ‘Irish chess championships’

August 9, 2021

Heidenfeld wins the 100th Irish Championships

Congratulations to Mark Heidenfeld on winning the 100th anniversary edition of the Irish senior championships in what was quite a strong field. It’s Marks second time winning the Irish championship, so he still has a way to go to emulate his father Wolfgang who was an 8-time championships winner. Although winning the 100th anniversary tournament is probably worth at least a few regular ones!

July 22, 2021

100th Irish Chess Championships

The 100th edition of the Irish Chess Championships starts at the end of this month in Dublin and the first weekender is this weekend! COVID precautions will be in place and entry is limited to 48 players currently. Full details at

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.

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.

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.

July 22, 2017

Irish Championships 1 week to go

The Irish Championships starts in Ennis a week from today. There is still time to enter the weekend events. Details on the attached flier. If you wish to enter online, see the current list of entries or for more information, please visit this page at the Irish Chess Union website. For accommodation inquiries, please contact John Cassidy.

The Irish Championships Open Weekender will be held on the second weekend of the competition (4-6 August) and is currently headlined by top seed IM Alvaro Valdes Escobar. Enter that event here.

Games from the Senior Championship will be broadcast live on Chess24

March 24, 2017

Online entry for Irish Championships and Ennis Chess Congress

The Irish Championships this year will take place in the West County Hotel in Ennis from the 29th July to the 6th August. Obviously great news for local players that the Irish will run in Ennis. To the best of my knowledge this is the first time the Championships has been held in Ennis. Entry is available via the Irish Chess Union website. To be eligible to play in the main event requires a minimum rating of 1900 on the June 2017 rating list. There are ancillary events running that are open to all.

Entry for the Ennis Congress which takes place May 12th to 14th is also available online via the ICU site.

February 26, 2017

National Club Championships and Irish Championships 2017

Details received from John McMorrow re the upcoming National Club Championships which are being held in the Gresham Hotel, Dublin next weekend 4th and 5th March. Running alongside the NCC is the Irish Mind Sports Championship for U1600 players. On the Friday night the Irish Mind Sports Championships blitz event will take place. Its a 9 round 3 minute +2 sec aside event with a good prize fund. Looks like an excellent line up of events for the weekend.

John also sent on details of this years Irish Championships which are returning to Limerick for the first time since 2013. The venue will be the Savoy Hotel which is a great location for the tournament. Round times have been changed from 2pm to 3pm and the event is already shaping up to be a strong one.

Brochure for NCC and Irish Mind Sports

Brochure for Irish Championships 2017 – Apparently the venue for this years Irish has changed to the West County in Ennis owing to lack of availability in the Savoy. Obviously good news for any Ennis chess players, I think its the first time Ennis has hosted the Irish.