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Congratulations to Ioana Miller who won the Irish Women's Championship for the third year in succession earlier this month. She defeated her main rival, teenage star Trisha Kanyamarala, in their crucial round three meeting.

The annual Kilkenny Open, played last weekend, concluded in victory for French GMs Sebastian Maze and Eloi Relange. Some Irish players, including Trisha and her brother, are now competing in the Malta Open and so missed Kilkenny. A report can be seen on the Irish Chess Union website.

The Irish Chess Union annual general meeting, and the 2019 Irish Rapid and Blitz Championships all took place on Sunday 29 September in Dublin. The new ICU chairperson is Desmond Beatty, formerly the Junior Officer, who ran the highly successful Glorney Gilbert international junior tournaments in July.

John McMorrow stood down as ICU chairperson after three very successful years but accepted the office of Treasurer which he had also been undertaking in the past year. Many other members of the 2018/19 committee also remain on the executive team. For the full list of new officers see the ICU website, linked above.

The Irish Rapid Championship (played at the rate of 10 minutes plus 5 second increments) was won by Tarun Kanyamarala (born 2004) on tiebreak from Jonathan Pein (England), whom he defeated in the final round. The Blitz Championship was won by Stephen Moran with 9/11; he also tied third with IM Sam Collins in the Rapid. Runner-up in the Blitz, half a point behind, was Killian Delaney, with Jonathan Pein (England) third.

In the October 2019 FIDE rating list, Trisha Kanyamarala (born 2005, younger sister of Tarun) is equal 100th in the Under-18 Girls list and her rating is now close to 2200. She could already claim the WFM title but perhaps won't bother as she already has two norms towards the Women's International Master title.

Tarun since qualified as a FIDE Master after his rating passed 2300 and he recently won the LImerick Open also. Since returning to Ireland earlier this year these Irish-born siblings have been playing just about every available event and have become a great asset for Irish chess. Moreover, their mother, Nandita, is now Junior Officer on the ICU committee.

Some other Irish websites:

Irish chess history and news site

Chess discussions on boards.ie

Irish Correspondence Chess Association

Bunratty Chess Festival