One day event – December 5th !!

On Saturday 5th December (2pm to 5.30pm).. free to everyone, one day tournament sponsored by chess charity “chess 4 all”.  Big prizes !!IMG_0667At the Bridge Club on St. Mary’s road Galway. Best to bring a light lunch and drink,.. parents welcome to stay or can leave and call back later.

p.s. If anyone wants more chess there’s a great w/e event in Kilkenny (27th to 29th Nov.), see for more.

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November’s – Master Class :

On Saturday 21st November .. Training day with Fide Master David Fitzsimons (coach of Ireland’s junior chess teams).

10 keen young payers attended David’s master class and they enjoyed it so much that .. the training could have lasted another 2 hours.  Thanks to David for travelling down from Dublin !!IMG_0663

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West of Irl. – chess league:

Here’s the table after the Galway leg at the  Oranmore Lodge Hotel (,  on Sunday the 15th of November, 2015.

Teams: R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Position:
 Ballinasloe 2 0 3 4 9
 Lmk-Ennis 2 4 4 4 14
Knocknacarra 0 0 2 1.5 3.5 pts.
 Galway-Anon 4 4 2 4 14
 Galway Bees 0 2 1 0 3 pts.
 Brierhill 4 2 2 2.5 10.5
 Castlebar 2 2 0 0 4 pts
 Ennis Bees 2 0 2 pts.

Next venue is Ballinasloe  ..  R5   –   Galway Anonymous  v  LmkEnnis,    Ballinasloe  v Knocknacarra,    Galway Bees  v   Castlebar,    Brierhill  v  Ennis Bees.

R6  –   LmkEnnis  v  Brierhill,    Ennis Bees  v  Ballinasloe,    Castlebar  v Galway Anonymous,     Knocknacarra  v  Galway Bees.

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Chess Mega-Minds Finals 2016:

New schools joining the Chess Mega-Minds competition this year.Sch-wins
The Puzzle theme is — Irish Players Games — If there is a game where you (or your opponent) found a nice tactic, please email the position to .. .. And we’ll include them at this years puzzle book for students.

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West of Irl. – chess league :

Rounds 1 & 2:  Sunday 18th October, 2015.

Venue  – Hotel Woodstock (& Golf Course)  Shanaway Raod, (off the N85 – Lahinch Rd)  Ennis, Co. Clare.  Start time is 10.30am and we finish the days play at 4pm, with an hour for lunch between 1pm and 2pm.

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Limerick Chess Open – 2015

Arnie-chessThe limerick open is on in two weeks time .. 24th to 26th October, 2016.  Here’s a link to ICU tournament page for more info and entries !

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European Juniors Chess Championships 2015

This year 11 players will represent Ireland in Croatia – among them is Galway player, Denis Ruchko.  Congratulations to Denis on being selected and we wish him the very best of luck in the u-12 section.  There are 106 players rated ahead of Denis at the start of this event .. if he has a good competition that should change.78 Results and live games at . We’d like to wish everyone a lovely time and best of luck in your games !

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Chess mega-minds 2016

Schools can join up on chess tactics website (from €50 per school) .. .. and two players from each school entered will play at this years Irish Chess Mega-Minds finals, to be held in Galway, March 2016.

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West of Ireland League

This league is for junior players to enjoy playing team chess against other clubs in the west of Ireland .. the games are being “rated” by the ICU and will count towards players chess ratings on

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Munster Chess Championships 2015

Takes place from 18th to 20th September 2015 at the West County Hotel, Ennis, Co. Clare.  The title of “Munster Champion” will go to some one from that province but all players under 1500 rating can play the support event.

There are two sections (a) The Munster Championship , and (b) the Under 1500 Championship , which would be ideal level for our top junior players.

All playing equipment will be provided.  And a leaflet with details and entry form is available here. 

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