National Club Championship

Roll of Honour:

1954     Eoghan Ruadh
1955     Clontarf
1956     Eoghan Ruadh
1957     Queen’s University Belfast
1958     Dublin
1959     — (Milford v. Queen’s University Belfast final not played)

1960     Dublin
1961     Unknown (Old Campbellians won semi-final but were not notified of their final opponents; UCU suggested final be considered a draw but no ICU reply is known)
1962     Eoghan Ruadh

1964     Derry
1965     Dublin
1966     Queen’s University Belfast

1969     Eoghan Ruadh or Queen’s University Belfast: winner unknown

1971     Dublin

1976     Fisherwick

1979     University College Cork
1980     Collegians
1981     University College Cork
1982     Dublin

1984     Kevin Barry
1985     Kevin Barry
1986     Kevin Barry

1988     Fisherwick
1989     Rathmines

1991     Douglas
1992     Douglas

1994     Fisherwick

1997     North Belfast
1998     Crumlin
1999     Bray
2000     Bray
2001     Bray
2002     Phibsboro
2003     No championship
2004     Rathmines/Crumlin
2005     Phibsboro
2006     Kilkenny
2007     Kilkenny
2008     Douglas
2009     Kilkenny
2010     Bray/Greystones
2011     Adare
2012     Adare
2013     Adare
2014     Adare
2015     Adare
2016     Gonzaga

Scores and Players:

1954     Eoghan Ruadh
Terry Kelly, P. J. Murphy, William Stanton, J. Broughal, Des de Loughrey, L. Louth.
Scores from final: cf. Irish Chess History web site.

1955     Clontarf
Ken O’Riordan, J. J. Walsh, Brian Canton, Jim Sadlier, Dónal Deiseach, J. A. (Joe) Keenan.
Scores from final: cf. Irish Chess History web site.

1956     Eoghan Ruadh
Final: Eoghan Ruadh 4½ – 1½ Galway.

1957     Queen’s University Belfast
A. S. Russell, A. J. Evens, W. K. Glass, S. H. Johnston, J. McSheffery, B. G. Skinner.
Final (Dublin, 14th June 1958): Queen’s University Belfast 3 -3 Arklow. (Queen’s University Belfast won on board count?).
Scores from final: cf. Irish Chess History web site.

1958     Dublin
J. J. Walsh, Michael Schuster, Jim Sadlier, P. W. Whelan, W. Lewis, B. Shah.
Final (Monaghan, 21st June 1959): Dublin 5 – 1 Derry.
Scores from final: cf. Irish Chess History web site.

1960     Dublin
Michael Littleton, J. J. Walsh, W. Lewis, Michael Schuster, Jim Sadlier, Tony Dennehy.
Final (Monaghan, 13th May 1962): Dublin 4½ – 1½ Derry.
Scores from final: cf. Irish Chess History web site.

1965     Dublin
J. J. Walsh, Jim Sadlier, J. Murray, H. Harrison, M. Drew, H. Horsham.
Final (Monaghan, 17th April 1966): Dublin 4 – 2 Derry.
Scores from final: cf. Irish Chess History web site.

1966     Queen’s University Belfast
Eddie Whiteside, Larry Graham, Gerry McCurdy, Hugh MacGrillen, G. McAreavy, Michael Roberts.
Final (Dublin, 18th March 1967): Queen’s University 4 – 2 Dublin.
Scores from final: cf. Irish Chess History web site.

1971     Dublin
Bernard Kernan, J. J.Walsh, M. F. Drew, J. W. Hackett, J. Kennedy, B. Beckett.
Final (Thurles, 21st November 1971): Dublin 3½ – 2½ Bellevue.
Scores from final: cf. Irish Times, 22nd November1971 p. 4.

1976     Fisherwick
John Moles, David Blair, P. Hadden, Tom Clarke, Arthur Pinkerton, G. McCormick, Keith Allen, K. Getty, Graham Jennings, P. McGowan.
Three-team all-play-all, eight boards, Dublin (T.C.D.): C.C.Y.M.S. 5½ – 2½ U.C.D.; Fisherwick 5 – 3 U.C.D.; Fisherwick 6½ – 1½ C.C.Y.M.S.
Full scores: cf. Irish Times, 25th June 1976 p. 16.

1979     U.C.C.
Anthony McCarthy, J. Butler, E. O’Connor, E. O’Sullivan, P. McCarthy, S. Randall, M. O’Brien, D. Flannery.
Final, Dublin (Ierne C.C., Parnell Square): U.C.C. 5½ – 2½ Queen’s University Belfast. (Q.U.B. conceded walkovers on the top three boards.)
Scores from final: cf. Irish Times, 7th March 1979 p. 6.

1985     Kevin Barry
Colm Barry, Eddie O’Reilly, Tony Doyle, Pádraig Ó Tuathail, Richard O’Donovan.
Round 1: Kevin Barry 4 – 1 Dundrum; UCC 2 – 3 QUB.
Round 2: Kevin Barry 4 – 1 UCC; QUB 2 – 3 Dundrum.
Round 3: Kevin Barry 4½ – ½ QUB; UCC ½- 4½ Dundrum.
Totals: Kevin Barry 12½; Dundrum 8½; QUB 5½; UCC 3½.

1988     Fisherwick
Roger Beckett, Keith Allen, Arthur Pinkerton, Gerald McIlroy, James Stewart.

1989     Rathmines
Adrian McDaid, B. Meghan, Conor Barrington, M. O’Brien, R. Stuart, Jack Killane.
Final (five boards, two rounds): Rathmines 5½ – 4½ Fisherwick.
Scores from final: cf. Irish Chess History web site.

1998     Crumlin
Mel Ó Cinnéide, D. McMahon, John Hurley, Bernard Palmer, T. Rufli, D. Smith.
Limerick, 5-6 September: Crumlin 14; Limerick 10; Cork City 6½; North Belfast 5½.

2002     Phibsboro
Stephen Brady, Ivan Llorens, Brian Fitzpatrick, Kevin Butler, Hotze Hofstra, David Salter, Tony Mooney.
Four-team all-play-all, Belfast, 24th & 25th September 2002.
Placings: Phibsboro 15½; RVH 8½; Bray 6½; Fisherwick 5½.
Full scores: cf. Irish Chess History web site.

2005     Phibsboro
Joe Ryan, Stephen Brady, Johnny Joyce, Richard O’Donovan, Kevin Butler, Thomas Brezing, David Salter, Tony Mooney.
Four-team all-play-all, 11th-12th June 2005.
Placings: Phibsboro 11; Ennis 10; Rathmines 9½; Galway 5½.

2008     Douglas
GM Simon Williams, IM Chris Baker, FM Alex Lopez, Mel Ó Cinnéide, Kieran O’Driscoll, Kevin O’Shea,Tom Healy.
Four-team, six-board all-play-all. Totals: Douglas 13; Kilkenny 11; Galway 6½; Phibsboro 4½.
Full results: cf. ICU report.

2011     Adare
John Alfred, Vlad Barnaure, Cristian-Clement Daianu, Dragos Dumitrache, Vlad Jianu, Alex Lopez, Gabriel Mirza, Eduard-Andrei Valeanu.

2012     Adare
Eduard-Andrei Valeanu, Alex Lopez, Juri Firstov, Cristian-Clement Daianu, Anthony Fox, Jan Heinrich, Orison Carlile.
Six-team, four-round Swiss, Adare (Dunraven Arms Hotel), April 28th-29th 2012. Full results: cf. ICU report.

2013     Adare
Vasile Sanduleac, Tibor Karolyi, Valentine Kalinins, Cristian-Clement Daianu, Anthony Fox, Jan Heinrich, Orison Carlile.
Seven-team, four-round Swiss, Dublin (Teachr’s Club, 36 Parnell Square West), April 27-28, 2014.

2014     Adare
Alex Lopez, Valentine Kalinins, Anthony Fox, Jan Heinrich, Orison Carlile, Drahoslav Stejkal, Denis J. O’Donoghue.
Six-team, four-round Swiss, Ballinasloe (Carlton Shearwater Hotel), April 26-27, 2014.

2015     Adare
Vasile Sanduleac, Valentine Kalinins, Cristian Daianu, Kevin Butler, Anthony Fox, Jan Heinrich, Drahoslav Stejskal, Gabriel Mirza.
Six-team, four-round Swiss, Ennis (West County Hotel), April 25-26, 2015.

2016     Gonzaga
Sam Collins, Conor O’Donnell, Killian Delaney, Gordon Freeman, David Murray, Henry Li, Carl Jackson.
Ten-team, four-round Swiss, Dublin (Red Cow Hotel), April 23-24, 2016.

Sources:
David McAlister, “National Club Championship”, Irish Chess History web pages.
Irish Times, 8th November 1955 p. 8 (re Clontarf 1955).
Irish Times, 31st December 1959 p. 9 (re Dublin 1958).
Irish Times, 20th November 1971 p. 17.
Irish Times, 22nd November 1971 p. 4.
Irish Times, 26th June 1976 p. 16.
Irish Times, 7th March 1979 p. 6.
Irish Times, 7th April 1982 p. 15.
Fiacla Fichille, vol. 2, issue 17, April 1985, p. 20.
Alex Beckett and David McAlister, “Fisherwick Chess Club”.
CHESS IRELAND, Jun-Sep 1998 (re Crumlin 1998).
North Belfast Chess Team at the European Club Championships Lubniewice, Poland 11th – 13th September 1998”, Ulster Chess Yearbook.
All Ireland Club Champions 2003”, Phibsboro C.C. web pages.
Gerry Graham, Excel spreadsheet of 2004 and 2005 results (via email).
Gerry Graham, “National Club Championships”, ICU web pages, June 2008.
—, “National Club Championship”, ICU web pages, April 2009.
—, “National Club Championship 2010”, ICU web pages, May 2010.
—, “National Club Championships 2011”, ICU web pages, February 2011.
—, “National Club Championships 2012”, ICU web pages, 28th April 2012.
—, “National Chess Club Championships, Adare, 2012”, ICU web pages, 29th April 2012.
Rory Delaney, response to “National Club Championship”, LCU Blog, 28th April 2013.
National Club Championships 2013, ICU ratings website.
Rory Quinn, NCC Rounds 3 and 4, Ennis C.C. blog, April 27, 2014.
National Clubs championship 2015 Report, Results and Final Standings(4 rounds), Limerick C.C. web pages, ca. April 28, 2015.
Gerry Graham, National Chess Club Championships, ICU web site, April 21-24, 2016.

Last updated October 13, 2016.

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