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Second IM norm for new Irish Champion

Congratulations to the new Irish Champion, FM Conor Murphy, who tied first at the 18th Memorial Kesarovski-Stanchev "A" Tournament, at Sunny Beach in Bulgaria, earning his second IM norm. His live rating also passes 2400 so he needs just one more norm.

In last month's Irish Championship, Conor won a tense last-round game to finish well clear of the field with 7.5 points from 9 games, winning five games in succession at the end. In crucial games in rounds 7 and 8 he defeated both the defending champion, IM Alex Astaneh Lopez, and former champion IM Sam Collins for a well deserved victory.

Conor thus earned a guaranteed place on Ireland's 2020 Olympiad team and will have increased his rating but an early loss meant he did not meet sufficient titled opponents for an IM norm in that competition.

Starting on Wednesday 18 September, two Irish senior teams (50+ and 65+) will be in action in Croatia, in the European Senior Team Championships. You should be able to follow them online.

The annual Glorney Gilbert junior team tournaments were held at a hotel on the Irish border near Dundalk in late July, with six countries competing. In a round-robin tournament played alongside, Irish teenager Trisha Kanyamarala scored 5/9 for her second norm towards the Women's International Master title. The event was won by young Icelander Vignir Vatnar Stefansson, who scored 7/9 and earned an IM norm.

Some Irish websites:

Irish Chess Union website.
The main place to go all for all information about Irish chess.
Irish Correspondence Chess Association
Information about international correspondence events for Irish players. (Page just updated!)
Irish chess forum discussions
On (independent of the Irish Chess Union).
Bunratty Chess Festival
Popular annual Irish chess weekender held each February.
Irish chess history and news site
Irish chess history group coordinated by Sean Coffey.

Leinster Chess Union
(Includes information on the Armstrong Cup and other leagues in the province)
History of Dublin University Chess Club
Article by Dr. Tim Harding
In 2014 the club won Ireland's top chess league (and the world's third oldest), the Armstrong Cup, for the sixth time!

Irish cricket captain and chess player
George Frith Barry, a star of Victorian sport

Further Irish chess links and information may be added later.

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