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International Open in Dublin at Easter 2019

The Irish Chess Union is organising a 9-round international open to be played in Dublin over Easter 2019 with GM and IM norm possibilities. There will be a 9 rounds in 6 days and also blitz and rapid side-events. More information will follow here in due course.

For full details on this and other Irish events, see the Irish Chess Union website.

The I.C.U. will also be organising round-robin tournaments, including title norm events, from 2-6 January in Stillorgan, Dublin, as they did this year. Entries remain open for all these events.

The following weekend (11-13 January) the annual Mulcahy Memorial open tournament will be held in Cork and the Gonzaga charity tournaments (25-27 January) will be held on the last weekend of January, followed by Bunratty on 22-24 February. The Irish chess calendar is getting very crowded.

Please note that the next Senior tournament we know of will be played in Dublin from 2-6 January 2019 alongside the norm and all-play-all tournaments, but over seven rounds. See our Senior event calendar page. Also, any Senior players interested in playing for Ireland in the World Senior Team Championships in April (which unfortunately coincide with the Dublin open) should read the information on our calendar page and then contact the I.C.U. secretary or chairman.

Irish chess has lost one of its leading figures of the past half-century. FM Philip Short, originally from Cork, died in Galway on 31 August at the age of 58. He was several times Irish Champion, most recently in 2017 (jointly with Alex Lopez) when he made an IM norm. He will be sadly missed by family, friends and the whole Irish chess community.

The Irish Open team at the Batumi olympiad had a somewhat disappointing finish, but achieved two draws against Russia in the second round. The Women's team performed above their seeding.

The 2018 Irish Championships were held in Dublin (3-12 August). IM Alex Astaneh Lopez was the convincing winner of the main event ahead of the largest and strongest field for the event in many years.

There were 36 competitors, including one grandmaster, three other IMs and seven FIDE Masters. (Philip Short scored a creditable 5.5/9 in this, his last tournament.)

There was also a programme of supporting events held over the two weekends with a smaller midweek open. The tournament, moved to August from the normal July dates, was played in excellent conditions at the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Dublin under the efficient ditection of Ivan Baburin. It is expected that next year's championship will be held at the same venue from 2-11 August 2019 and will attract an even stronger and larger field.

Ireland has a new International Master: David Fitzsimons, whose title was confirmed at the FIDE Congress in September. He completed his qualification in the ninth round of the 4NCL in May when he won his game to earn his third IM norm. David had previously reached the 2400 rating threshold.

Some Irish websites

Irish Correspondence Chess Association
Information about international correspondence events for Irish players.
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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