Monthly Archives: January 2012

An Tóstal 1955

Last year Tony Foley gave extensive coverage of An Tóstal 1955, the first international tournament ever held in Cork, in a series of posts (parts I, II, III, IV, V and VI), based on reports in the Evening Echo and … Continue reading

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Stop press!

It isn’t often that Irish chess history makes the front page of the Irish Times, but we live in strange times indeed: today’s paper has a story, by Joanne Hunt, Game finally over after 50 years for silver chess trophy. … Continue reading

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Irish championship 2000, Castleconnell, Co. Limerick

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To this day the topic of where to hold Irish championships is hotly debated, with a division between those who say choosing Dublin all the time is monotonous and unfair to non-Dublin players, and those who say that non-Dublin venues result in much smaller tournaments. The 2000 championship, held in the “scenic village” of Castleconnell Continue reading

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Ciarán O’Hare earns correspondence chess Senior International Master title

Ciarán O’Hare used to play over-the-board chess in Ireland in the late 1970’s: for example he played in the 1979 and 1980 Irish championships. He moved to the US at some point, a long time ago I think, and is … Continue reading

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Monthly roundup: Branagan Cup, TWIC update, Irish Championship 2011, Simuls

Happy New Year all! Here’s a summary of some new items over the past month, that were not the subject of posts. Branagan Cup Up to now the “Leagues” tab here has been completely empty. The plan has always been … Continue reading

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