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New link for Irish Chess Online. Webmaster David McAlister advises that the ICO site has moved to a new address at http://www.irishchessunion.com. Details of recent Waterford Open as well as May 2003 rating update now available. 29/05/03
The Hewlett Packard Galway Open , 17-18th May 2003. GM Baburin wins
with 5/5. See report
Chess Congress: May 30-June 2. Venue: Boyne Valley Hotel. Five rounds,
competitors divided up into A-P-A groups of six by grading. Entry, 25
euro. First rd proper, Sat. May 31, 10am. Informal blitz on Friday evening,
8pm, kicks off event.
Full list of current and recent ICU ratings are available on Mark Orr's Irish Chess Archive site. 18/05/03
Irish Open (incorporating Leinster Senior Chs), April 19-21, Dublin, 6 rd event, three sections. Full details in flier. 16/04/03
LCU Armstrong Cup final rd playoffs, April 12, ALSAA, Dublin: Phibsboro A retained their title in the Leinster leagues first division with a final round victory over Rathmines. Rathmines/Crumlin finished second. Elm Mount and UCD were relegated to division two. 16/04/03
City Congress, 21-23 March. Venue: Gresham Metropole Hotel.
Malahide Millenium tournament 2003 will take place on 3rd, 4th
+ 5th May, 2003 (Saturday, Sunday + Monday of May bank-holiday weekend)
at the A.L.S.A.A. Sports Complex, Swords Road, Dublin Airport, Co. Dublin
3. Sections: Open, Under 1800, Under 1400.
Erratum: GM John Nunn won the Bunratty Masters on tiebreak and not IM Brian Kelly as previously reported. Kelly beat Nunn in their individual game and in the final shakeout both players were joined on 4.5/6 by GM Baburin, Yuri Rochev and Lorin D'Costa. See ICO for full results. Over 300 players took part in this year's festival. 28/02/03
Cormac Brady (1956-2003) by Hugh Cummins amended 01/03/03
Brian Fitzpatrick won the Gonzaga Open ahead of Sam Collins. See ICO for full results. 28/02/03
Stephen Brady and Mel O'Cinneide fared well at the annual open at Val d'Aosta both finishing on 5.5/9. Check the event site to see how they are getting on. 28/02/03
North Munster Championships take place on 5-6th April, 2003
Bunratty Chess Festival takes place on February 21-23 and will draw upwards of 250-300 players from Ireland and further afield to the Fitzpatrick Bunratty Hotel. For full details, including online entry, see the Bunratty Chess Festival site.4/02/03
Rathmines Chess Club have changed their opening nights. The club now meets at Rathgar Parish Hall, 52 Grosvenor Road, on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 7.30pm onwards and no longer meets on Saturday night. 4/02/03
It is with great sadness that we heard of the tragic, early death of Cormac Brady last week. Cormac was a well-known and well-liked member of the Irish chess community over the last three decades. A loyal, competitive and successful club player with many of the strongest club teams in Leinster, he won Armstong Cup medals with Bray and Crumlin in recent years before joining the recently formed club in Wicklow town. I'm sure that many readers of this page will join in offering our condolences to Cormac's family. 27/1/03
LCU Armstrong fixtures, 2003 (courtesy Gerry Behan). Download (xls format) 8/1/03
GM Alexander Baburin has written to indicate that postings on the bulletin board purporting by him are in fact the work of an impostor. I take the opportunity to repeat that contributors are requested to sign their postings using their own name. 8/1/03
Xmas Blitz, 7 December: Results - Winner: Martin Schmidt, 2nd Mel
O’Cinneide, 3rd Peter Hayes, 4th Derek Smith
2002 results: Four sections, two hundred and fifty players, four
winners ... GM Alexander Baburin won the Masters, Richard O'Donovan the
Major. Peter Carden the James Mason and Jonathan Wyse the Challengers.
The 2002 Chess Olympiad finished in Bled, Slovenia at the weekend with the Irish men's team finishing in its highest position ever after good results in the last two rounds (4-0 v Costa Rica and 2-2 v Romania). The most notable result was Sam Collins' excellent 7.5/8 which won him the board six gold medal (Sam will be interviewed on the Pat Kenny radio show, Wed 13/11/02, according to an email from Alexander Baburin).
On other boards, Brian Kelly's 7.5/11 was nearly good enough for a second GM norm while IM Mark Orr had a good event on board five between making despatches in his Bled diary (see for full Irish team performance details).
Final Irish board scores. Men GM A.Baburin 4.5/11, IM B.Kelly 7.5/11, IM M.Quinn 3.5/10, IM M.Heidenfeld 2.5/8, IM M.Orr 5.5/8, S.Collins 7.5/8. Women Suzanne Connolly 6.5/13, Debbie Quinn 4.5/10, Gearoidin Ui Laighleis 4/10, Elisabeth O'Shaughnessy 3/9
Prior to the event, the Irish Chess Union stripped Colm Daly, the original choice for board five, of his place on the team. The reasons for this decision are alluded to in an ICU statement confirming the decision. 25/10/02
Mel O'Cinneide won the 2002 City of Dublin senior event with 5.5/6. Full crosstables (courtesy ICO) - Senior | Intermediate | Junior. Venue: The Bankers Club, 93 St Stephens Green, 4-6 October. Flier (doc). 25/10/02
Crumlin CC represented Ireland at the European club championship in Kallithea, Greece on 22-28 September and finished a creditable 43rd. Top scorer for CCC was Derek Smith (2/6) which included a draw against a 2400+ Israeli IM. See official site. 25/10/02
Chess on the radio: Tom O'Sullivan advises that there is a regular Chess Broadcast on NEAR FM 101.6. 'Chess Corner' on OTT [On the Touchline- a midweek sports program] - usually the first item on the show which starts just after 7 p.m on Wednesday nights, repeated 11.30 a.m on Thursday. NEAR FM is a Northside Community Radio Station aimed at North Dublin - City & County but can be picked up in the south city as well apparently. 31/08/02
The 2002 Dublin Classic will be held on August 24th - 25th at the United Arts Club, 3 Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2. This is a 5 round open swiss tournament which will be rated bythe Irish Chess Union. All moves to be made in 1hr 45 minutes per player. First round 10.00am Saturday 24th. Limit on entries so early entry advised. Entries to Deborah Quinn, 8 Castle Court, Ballinteer Road, Dundrum, Dublin 14. Tel: 01-215 7850 or 087 97 87 377. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com 11/08/02
For details of recent performances by Sam Collins (Copenhagen, British Chs), Gavin Wall (British Chs) and Joe Ryan, Mel O'Cinneide and Colm Daly (Amsterdam), see ICO. I cannot quite figure out whether Sam Collins made an IM norm at the British Chs ... will advise when I find out. 11/08/02
to Sam Collins, winner of the 2002 Irish senior championship. Decisive
final round matches at the Charlesland Golf Club, Greystones: S.Collins
drew with Paul Dempsey while John Joyce beat Phililp Short.
FIDE all-play-all: a small closed FIDE-rated tournament played earlier in the year was won by Joe Ryan on 6/8 ahead of John Joyce, Stephen Brady, Mel O'Cinneide and Colm Barry. Final crosstable (courtesy Joe Ryan). 17/07/02
AGM, July 21: The Annual General Meeting of the Irish Chess Union
will be held in the Arts Club, 3 Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2 on Sunday
21 July 2002 at 2.30 p.m.
Drogheda Chess Festival, 1-3 June.
team selections: a statement from the ICU's
international selection subcommittee with its recommendations for forthcoming
Irish championships 2002, July 5-14, Charlesland Golf and Country Club, Greystones, Co. Wicklow. For detail of events, see flyer (courtesy Dublinchess.com). 30/05/02
Bray Rapid, June 29. Details. 30/05/02
championship, May 17-19: Joe Ryan won the senior event on 5/6 a half-point
ahead of IM Brian Kelly and Sam Collins. Joe started with five straight
wins and a 1.5 pt cushion allowed him the luxury of a loss in the lost
round to Brian who was playing - if my memory serves me right - his first
event in Dublin for six years. Full details forthcoming.
Summerfest Tournament 8th - 9th June. Venue: Queen's University Staff
Common Room, Belfast.
Ulster Team Championship results: The final (a double round with 5 players a side) ended Fisherwick 5.0 RVH 5.0. Fisherwick won the Championship on Board Count. More details at Ulster Chess Chronicle. 20/05/02
Some snippets from Dublinchess.com: According to Colm Daly, Ireland's top-rated indigenous player IM Brian Kelly will be playing at the Bankers' Club, Stephens Green in the Leinster Championships this weekend. Brian needs to notch up a few ICU-rated events to qualify for the coming Olympiad team. On which subject .... Colm also has a few cross words to say about ICU matters and the recently nominated international selection sub-cttee. According to a notification received here earlier this week, Gerry Graham has been appointed chairman of the selectors who will also include myself, Tony Fox, Stephen Scannell, Jonathan O'Connor and Herbert Scarry. While hearsay suggests that the usual back-room mischief resurfaced in and around recent ICU meetings, I'd just like to put on the record that I have confidence that the above cttee will carry out their selection decisions fairly, openly and accountably. 18/05/02
Galway Open results, May 11-12: Jt winners Lorcan O'Toole and Joe McDonnell 4.5/5. 55 took part. Full crosstable (courtesy ICO). 18/05/02
Malahide Millenium, May 4-6. Generous prize money saw many top
players compete at this recently established annual event sponsored this
year by . Winner of the 1000 euro first prize was FM Colm Daly on 5.5/6
ahead of IM Mark Heidenfeld (5) and my Crumlin CC team-mates Mel O'Cinneide
and Daire McMahon (4.5). Irish champion FM Stephen Brady, FM Joe Ryan
and Tom Clarke were amongst those a further half-point adrift. Full
crosstable (courtesy ICO).
North Munster Championships, April 20-21. John Alfred won on 4.5/5. Full crosstable (courtesy ICO). 18/05/02
CC Armstrong champions 2001/2: The city centre club won the
Armstrong Cup, surprisingly I think for the first time, after the last
round play-offs in ALSAA, Co. Dublin at the end of April. Last year's
champions Crumlin CC finished second on tiebreak ahead of Kilkenny. Further
LCU league results to follow.
I'm sure all players actively involved in the LCU leagues will share in a word of thanks to Tom O'Sullivan, the leagues controller, and all of the individual league controllers for their sterling efforts throughout the season. Also to Peter Scott for maintaining his excellent Chess League LCU results service. 18/05/02