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Glorney Cup 2016

The Glorney Cup 2016 has concluded with a victory for the Irish team (Tom O’Gorman, Henry Li, Luke Scott, Ross Beatty, Scott Mulligan), retaining the trophy from last year, and finishing clear first for the first time since Cardiff 1958 … Continue reading

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Joe Ryan achieves final IM norm

Congratulations to Joe Ryan who has achieved his third and final IM norm at the 4th Montcada IM Tournament near Barcelona, June 25 to July 3. Many thanks to Daire McMahon and Martin Crichton for supplying the news; so far … Continue reading

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5 years of IRLchess

Today marks the fifth anniversary of IRLchess. The very first post was a short one, to whet the appetite, before moving to more substantial topics. Many thanks in all this to my co-author David McAlister, who has contributed many articles … Continue reading

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Glorney Cup 2015

Congratulations to the Irish Glorney Cup team, who won the Cup for the first time since 1963! Full coverage is available at the tournament web site. By all accounts it was a very well organized tournament, with live boards for … Continue reading

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IM norms

The ICU web sites report that Stephen Jessel has recorded his second IM norm. Congratulations! This reminds me of something that puzzled me some time back. Two years ago it was widely reported that Ryan-Rhys Griffths had recorded his second … Continue reading

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William Armstrong B.L.

Up until recently little was known (at least to me) of the donor of the Armstrong Cup. He appears to have been well known as a philanthropist when the cup was donated, and he died in Dublin on August 5, … Continue reading

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Garry Kasparov in Dublin

The 13th World Champion is currently on the campaign trail as he bids to unseat Kirsan Ilyumzhinov from the Presidency of FIDE. His principal purpose in coming to Dublin was to meet delegates from Ireland and neighbouring Federations who will … Continue reading

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125 years of the Armstrong Cup

Today (20th October) marks the 125th anniversary of the first ever Armstrong Cup match. The cup was donated by William Armstrong B.L. as a challenge cup “for annual competition by the chess clubs of Dublin”. Its first season was 1888-89, … Continue reading

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EU Youth Championship 2013

Though there’s a lull in activity at a senior level in the summer, it’s the time when junior chess hits high gear. So many events are scheduled that it’s hard to keep up with them all. The Glorney Cup events … Continue reading

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Norms and titles

FIDE has recently issued a requirement that all old title norms and rating qualifications have to be re-registered by this July 31st or be lost forever: apparently the rules have changed so often that it imposes a strain on the … Continue reading

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