Courtesy Lorcan O'Toole who also advises that the Galway Chess Club will be meeting every Tuesday night at 8pm from January 11th onwards in the Bridge Centre, St. Mary's Road, Galway.
Intermediate (U-2000): lst E.O’Connor,
2nd D.Howell (Eng), Jt 3rd F.Macieira, J.Eduardo
James Mason Challenge (U-1600): Jt lst (seven way tie) S.Clemens (winner on tiebreak), P.Taaffe, S.Byrnes, R.O’Mahoney, D.Mooney, J.Reid, N.O’Higgins 5/6.
Junior (U-1200): Jt lst P.Fallon (winner on tiebreak), A.Dooley, M.Gartry, J.O’Donoghue 4.5/6.
Veteran’s prize: J.Strawbridge.
The second Glorney Rapid Chess Fundraiser was held in Gonzaga College, Dublin on 20 November and Sam Collins won (again!) with 6/6. Stephen Brady was second on 5/6 and in joint third place were Stephen Burns, Carl Jackson, David Murray, John Kennedy and John Crowley. The final event is on 4th December in St Benildus. Courtesy Herbert Scarry
Williamson Shield, 6-7 Nov, RVH Club, Belfast:
Senior 1st Michael Holmes 5/6, Jt 2nd Nicholas Pilkiewicz,
Richard McMaster 4.5/6. Grading prize Paul McLoughlin.
Junior 1st Dave Tumilson, Jt 2nd David Collins, Ian Woodfield. Grading prize Jonathan Woodfield
WORLD YOUTH CHESS FESTIVAL: Oropesa del Mar, Castellon, Spain (23/10-6/11/99)
Scores of Irish players:
Boys U18: Michael Dooley 4/11
Boys U16: Eoin Spring 4/11
Boys U14: Robert Kelly 3.5/11
Boys U12: Alex Lopez 5.5/11
Girls U12: Sarah Hegarty 5.5/11
In the Boys U18 section, Michael Dooley got off to a good start with a draw against French IM Laurent Fressinet, who ended up second on tiebreak behind Dmitri Kokorev of Russia on 8.5 points. In the second round he faced the US representative Irina Krush, who had distinguished herself in the Kasparov v World internet match for the quality of her analysis. She was outplayed in the opening but came through in the middlegame to win in 39 moves. After that Michael scored two wins and three more draws to finish with 4/11. Both players in the U12 sections finished on 50% with Sarah being placed 37th of the 66 players in her section. Both show great promise for the future.
The Irish team made a day trip to Valencia to take part in the World Junior Blitz Championships. Best scorer was Robert Kelly whose 4/7 made him 35th of the 71 players in the Boys U14 section. Report courtesy Herbert Scarry.
Current Irish champion Colm Daly and 1997 champion Joe Ryan are
competing at the Monarch Assurance Event Isle of Man Tournament alongside Keith Allen, Sam Collins
and Dermot Murtagh. GMs Short, Tiviakov and Baburin are amongst the top players particating.
Daly has had draws against two of the strongest players in the event, Sutovsky and Shipov, thus far while Keith Allen is on 4.5/7 after beating GM John Emms in round seven. Check link for pgn downloads / full results etc.
20th annual Rathmines CC Congress,
6-7 Nov, results
Senior Jt lst P.Cafolla, J.Kennedy jnr 4/5. Grading prize: J.Loughran 3.5.
Junior lst J.Buchanan 4.5/5, Jt 2nd S.Burns, N.O'Higgins, S.Branagan, J.Hensey 4. Grading prizes: D.Lynch, K.Delaney, G.Healy.
Joe Darcy advises that Lucan Chess Club has started up its own website. Also, Joe is the current secretary (contacts - ph: 6266220 and email: firstname.lastname@example.org) while the club address should now read Lucan Presbyterian Church, Hanbury Lane, Lucan.
.... while Gerry McElligott advises similarily re Elm Mount Chess Club.
The club has moved to new premises at Ierne Social Club, Gracepark Road,
near the junction with Richmond Road, Drumcondra. The club meets on
Monday nights at 8pm and there is a bar on the premises. Elm Mount has five
teams in the Leinster Leagues: Divisions 1,2,3,5 and 6.
Secretary: Eugene Donohoe (email@example.com)
Alternatives: John Loughran (firstname.lastname@example.org ; ph: 8301850), Gerry MacElligott (email@example.com; ph: 4556523).
Latest UCU ratings, courtesy Bernard McCaughey
A Rapid Chess Grand Prix will be staged over
three Saturdays as a fundraising initiative for the Glorney and Faber Cups.
competitions gather together the best young
players from England, Scotland, Ireland, Belgium, Wales and
France every summer and Ireland is scheduled to be host
next July. As I understand it, the ICU will need to raise up to
£10,000 over the coming year in order to stage the event so a
big attendance at these one-day events would be very welcome.
October 16: Venue St Benildus College, Dublin.
RESULTS (courtesy H.Scarry, J.Kennedy): lst Sam Collins 6/6, 2nd Michael Dooley 4.5/6, 3rd David Path 4/6.
November 20: Venue Gonzaga College, Dublin
December 4: St Benildus College, Dublin
Entry fee is £5. Registration for each event is at 10am. No need to pre-enter, simply turn up on the day and bring a set and a clock. The prize for the winner of the Grand Prix is free entry and free B&B for next year's Bunratty Congress at the Fitzpatrick Bunratty Hotel for two. This will be decided on the basis of the best three results from the three events.
Tom O'Sullivan, LCU leagues controller, has made available the following excel file (102kb) that contains all of the LCU league fixtures for 1999/2000.
GM Alexander Baburin has started up a website where you will find chess puzzles, links, chess books for sale, rates for chess lessons etc.
John Kennedy advises that the new schools league season is starting soon. Details should be found on the Leinster Schools Chess Association homepage.
Mark Quinn won the City of Dublin / Leinster Senior Championships at the Teachers Club at the weekend finishing on
5/6 ahead of Joe Ryan and Colm Daly, joint second with 4.5/6. Quinn defeated Daly in round four and drew with
the other two top seeds Mel O'Cinneide and Joe Ryan.
RESULTS: City of Dublin / Leinster Championships, Teachers Club, Sep 17-19: Senior lst M.Quinn 5/6, Jt 2nd C.Daly, J.Ryan 4.5. Grading prize: J.Hurley 4. Intermediate: lst E.Bennett 5.5, 2nd E.Casey, 3rd C.Egan. GP: J.Crowley. Junior: lst N.Whelan 5.5/6, 2nd P.McGowan, 3rd C.Jackson. GPs: K.Delaney, S.Branigan. Ladies’ prize: A.Coughlan.
Just received a press release regarding a welcome initiative by
Rathfarnham Chess Club. The club
has joined forces with Ballyroan Library to
provide a Junior Chess Club on Saturday mornings. The Rathfarnham Junior
CC meets every Saturday morning (10.30am-12.00) at Ballyroan Library,
Orchardstown Villas, Rathfarnham. Members of the senior club (venue:
Spawell, Templeogue; club night: Monday) will supervise play and provide
coaching at the sessions which are open to young players of all standards.
Contacts: Tadhg O’Connell, Rathfarnham CC, 4902338 / Ballyroan Library,
With a number of top players likely to assist at the sessions, this should be an ideal opportunity for young players, especially those living in the south county Dublin / south city area, to develop their talents rapidly.
Postscript: Another Rathfarnham press release announces the merging of Tallaght and Rathfarnham CCs with immediate effect (end Sep 1999). Once again, check out the club's website for full details, including the LCU league involvement of the merged club.
In London, the chess section of the Mind Sports Olympiad featured a strong £10,000 grandmaster nine-round Open at which Dublin resident GM Alexander Baburin shared first place on 7/9 with Lev Psakhis (Israel) and Londoner Jon Speelman. Baburin needed a final round draw to finish outright first but, in the event, lost to Speelman. IM Brian Kelly finished strongly to score 6/9 in the same event.