Monthly Archives: December 2011

Ray Keene simul, Trinity 1977

From a 1977 clipping supplied by Seán Terry: “Chess grand master Ray Keene (29) gave a demonstration last night at Trinity College, Dublin, where it had been arranged that he would play simultaneously against 50 competitors. The exhibition was organised … Continue reading

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DisinformatorTM

With excellent timing, two magazines have produced a new issue this week, just in time for the Christmas stocking. The first is of course Tony Foley’s Irish Chess Journal. The second, which may not be familiar to Irish readers, is … Continue reading

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Did Diskin resign in a winning position?

The last post gave P. A. Duignan’s brilliancy prize win against P. Diskin in the 1949 Irish championship in Galway. But there’s a flaw! David McAlister spotted that Diskin may have been winning in the final position. White’s last move … Continue reading

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Duignan-Diskin, Irish championship, Galway 1949 (brilliancy prize)

Returning to J. J. Walsh’s unpublished manuscript of selected Irish games, the next on the list is another win by P. A. (Paddy) Duignan, this time against P. Diskin in the 1949 Irish championship in Galway, winning the tournament brilliancy … Continue reading

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Irish correspondence champions

Following up on the last two posts (blogging being a stream-of-consciousness matter), two of the unlucky almost-winners of the Irish championship had the consolation of winning the Irish correspondence championship. W. J. Allen was chess editor of the Belfast News-Letter … Continue reading

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Equal first in an Irish championship, but never Irish champion

The answer to Thursday’s trivia question, what do William Edward Thrift P.J. McMahon W.J. Allen Oscar Aidan Quigley William Richard Dunphy Alex Montwill Matt O’Leary Tom Clarke have in common, is as in the title: all finished equal first in … Continue reading

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Trivial pursuit (Irish chess edition)

Here’s a puzzle: what do the following players have in common? William Edward Thrift P.J. McMahon W.J. Allen Oscar Aidan Quigley William Richard Dunphy Alex Montwill Matt O’Leary Tom Clarke Answer in a couple of days. The players all have … Continue reading

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J.J. Walsh unpublished manuscript: selected Irish games 1896-1967

At IRLchess we’re interested in all aspects of Irish chess history and records, but above all in games. The ICU games archive has good coverage, of course, but there are many other published games that are not included there. And … Continue reading

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Monthly roundup

I haven’t posted in a while, due to a nasty problem with my computer: the hard disk became corrupted. It seems that all the data is fine (touch wood), but most of the software wouldn’t run, so the complete operating … Continue reading

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