Monthly Archives: August 2012

Pictures from the Dublin Zonal, 1957

Over at the ICU site there’s a fascinating report from Mark Orr, on a hitherto unknown trove of photographs, mostly of the Dublin zonal in 1957, belonging to Joe Keenan and discovered this year by his relative John Shearan (Malahide … Continue reading

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Donaldson-Aoustin, Cork Congress 2012

The Olympiad starts on Monday, with the first games on Tuesday. Best of luck to the Irish teams (Sam Collins, Alex Lopez, Ryan-Rhys Griffiths, Gavin Wall and Daire McMahon for the open event, and Monika Gedvilaite, Hannah Lowry-O’Reilly, Gearóidín Uí … Continue reading

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A miniature: Allen-Clarke

Time for a game. And why not a miniature? Here is an entertaining and instructive game between Keith Allen and Tom Clarke, event and date unknown (possibly a club game?) from a club game around 1988. Source: James O’Fee’s blog … Continue reading

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Glorney Cup 1964

Here is a photograph of the players at the 1964 Glorney Cup, played in London. A warmup question: can you identify the three very well known English players who are in the third row from front, seventh from right; second … Continue reading

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Svetozar Gligorić 1923-2012

TWIC reports that Svetozar Gligorić died today in Belgrade. (Born 2nd February 1923, Belgrade.) He was one of the household names in world chess when I was learning the moves, so for me and I’m sure for many others this … Continue reading

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Conor Barrington

J.J. Walsh brought the news of the recent death of Conor Barrington. There was a notice in the Irish Times (3rd-4th October 2011): Conor Barrington (Mount Tallant Avenue, Dublin), formerly of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, d. 1st … Continue reading

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European Union Youth Championship 2012

Ireland’s representatives at the recently-concluded European Union Youth Championships in Mureck, Austria,were Geoffrey Keating, Diana Mirza, Sasha-Ettore Faleschini and Mark Tonita (respectively U14, U12, U10, and U8). All games have now appeared on the tournament web site, and the 36 … Continue reading

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A new Bibliography page has been added to the menu above. The plan is to include information on all books, journals, columns, articles, and DVDs written in Ireland or by Irish authors. I hasten to add that the current page … Continue reading

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Scottish championship 2012

Several Irish players participated in the Scottish championship this year, with general success. The highlight was Conor O’Donnell’s win against Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant. At 13 he’s probably the youngest Irish player ever to defeat a grandmaster. The games from the first … Continue reading

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Janusaitis-Dunne, Branagan Cup 2012

Oliver Dunne sends in this snappy and instructive miniature from this year’s Branagan Cup semi-final, in which Elm Mount resoundingly defeated a considerably higher-rated Rathmines side that had just won the Armstrong Cup. Below I’ve set this up as a … Continue reading

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