The 2016 annual general meeting of the Irish Chess Union, held in Dublin on 25 September, was quite well attended but uncontroversial. There was debate on some issues but all motions put to the floor were accepted. The accounts are still in need of some revision so an extraordinary general meeting will be called later to approve them.
The were no contests for officers for the 2016/17 season since most of the 2015-16 team wished to stand again and were re-elected unopposed. The few who were unable to continue have been replaced.
One member was initially nominated to stand against chairman John McMorrow for that office, but the candidate withdrew a few days before the meeting.
The fact that there is general satisfaction with Mr McMorrow's calm and efficient piloting of the Union in the past twelve months was clear when he was nominated for re-election by senior player Paul Cassidy who had been part of the previous administration defeated at the 2015 a.g.m. A warm letter of praise from Mr Cassidy for Mr McMorrow was read to the meeting; no doubt he would have delivered this in person had the election gone ahead.
Grandmaster Alexander Baburin remains as the vice-chair while his son, national arbiter Ivan Baburin, takes over from Gerry Graham as Tournament Officer.
The other new officers are Ciaran Mahon (replacing John Kelly as Honorary Secretary) while Ronan Sweeney has replaced Shane Sheedy as Treasurer. Messrs Kelly and Sheedy retired because of job changes during the year.
Senior chess blossoms in Ireland
For the first time in its chess history, Ireland sent a five-man team to Germany in June to compete in the 65+ Championship at Radebeul, near Dresden. The team finished in a respectable mid-table position and we hope to compete again in two years time when the event returns to the same venue.
Shortly after Radebeul, eightIrish seniors competed in a hugely enjoyable 8-player round-robin sponsored by ZPR International and it is hoped that the event may be repeated next year. The inaugural tournament was won jointly by Ray Byrne and Tim Harding who had both played in the team event.
Some Irish players have entered the World Senior Individual championship, to be played in the Czech Republic in November, and just before that Ray Byrne will be playing in the European Club Cup. Other seniors will play the Benidorm tournament in December. We also expect to send a strong Irish contingent to next year's Reykjavik Open.
Further Irish chess links and information may be added later.
Book review on Victorian sport in Westmeath (NOT chess)
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