Monthly Archives: January 2014

Irish Women’s Championship 2013

Among the events around last year’s Irish championship in Limerick was the Irish Women’s Championship 2013. Over the years this event has been held on a very sporadic basis, but recently there seems to be a significant effort to promote … Continue reading

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Two Side Lines

Emanuel Berg’s The French Defence Volume 2 arrived last month: 304 pages of ‘Grandmaster Repertoire’-style discussion on the Winawer with 7. Qg4, covering both the Poisoned Pawn and the 7. … 0-0 line. I can’t really give a full review … Continue reading

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J.C. Hickey

The answer to Sunday’s puzzle is John C. Hickey. I said it was a hard puzzle, and indeed I’ll bet most readers will be unfamiliar with the name. But he had quite a distinguished career in both over-the-board and correspondence … Continue reading

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Can anyone identify this Irish player? Some clues: (a) he won several national championships (b) he played in a zonal tournament in 1957 (c) he played Armstrong Cup chess for Phibsboro. Warning: hard! The picture is shown with permission, but … Continue reading

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Thorpe-Hughes, WYCC U14 Open 2013

Ireland had three representatives at the World Youth Chess Championships in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates last month: John Hughes (5/11, U18 Open), Diana Mirza (6/11, U14 Girls), and Kevin Singpurwala (4½/11, U14 Open). All games were made available by … Continue reading

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Korchnoi photograph

Ulster player Cathal Murphy stumbled upon this super old photograph in the 1970s Armagh Memories Facebook page and sent it to me. It was dated November 1976 but was actually taken in February 1981 at the event I had previously … Continue reading

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