Category Archives: Irish championships

Irish championship 2014

The Irish championship has started and it’s great to see one of the largest fields for many years, with 30 players vying for the title. (Setting aside the 2007 championship, where the monster field resulted from a variety of special … Continue reading

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Irish championship, Limerick 2004

This year’s Irish championship was the fourth ever held in Limerick, after the 1991, 2000, and 2004 championships: see David McAlister’s comprehensive compilation on his Irish Chess History web site. The 2004 championship was notable as the first championship of … Continue reading

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Irish championship 2013

And they’re off … this year’s much-anticipated Irish championship has started. Already there’s a major shock in round 1 with Colm Daly (with White!) being routed by Ciarán Quinn. With the demise of the LCU Blog, it’s not clear where … Continue reading

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Heidenfeld and the 1958 Irish Championship

There’s one simple way for an Irish chess website to increase its traffic: start a debate on the eligibility to play in the Irish Championship, more specifically should it be an open or closed tournament (and if it’s a closed … Continue reading

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Irish championship 1998

The ICU web site has an interview with Stephen Brady from 1995. His views on the Irish chess scene of the day make interesting reading. One comment that jumps out concerns Colm Daly, and whether he would ever win the … Continue reading

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Irish championship 2012

Must dash, so very briefly: a report on the Irish championship has been added to the tournaments page.

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Irish championship 2012, and an update to the equal-first-in-an-Irish-championship-but-never-Irish-champion list

Congratulations to the joint Irish champions for this year, FMs Stephen Brady and Colm Daly, after one of the closest finishes ever. A fuller report later, but for now we should acknowledge that first place was shared by, and indeed … Continue reading

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Irish championship 2012

This year’s Irish championship is heating up, with a great win by David Fitzsimons over Stephen Brady in round 4 blowing the race wide open; he is now joint leader with John Redmond, last year’s runner-up, and they meet in … Continue reading

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P.J. Laracy, Philip Baker and the 1927 Leinster Championship

When compiling the Roll of Honour for the Leinster Championship, there was a particularly tricky decision to make about the 1927 renewal. There was evidence pointing towards two possible candidates. They were Philip Baker, champion the previous year (and also … 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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