Armstrong Cup

Roll of Honour (from David McAlister’s Irish Chess History website).
Full results (scorecards and teams) for 2004-2017 are available on the LCU website, leinsterchess.com.

N.B. years refer to the close of each season, e.g., “1889” represents the 1888-89 season.

The Cup was presented by William Armstrong B.L. “for annual competition by the chess clubs of Dublin”. The first season was 1889 (i.e., 1888-89), and the competition has run continuously since then, except for the seasons 1916 to 1921. In 1892, though the competition was held, the Cup was not awarded as a result of a dispute.

Years covered: [ 1889 | 1902 | 1926 | 1933 | 1949 | 1977 ]

  • Dublin (32)*: 1910, 1913, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1927, 1928, 1930, 1931, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1944, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1952, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1981
  • Sackville (17): 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1911, 1912, 1914, 1915, 1926, 1929, 1932, 1942, 1949, 1951, 1957
  • Rathmines (10)*: 1895, 1898, 1946, 1978, 1989, 1993, 1996, 2006, 2007, 2012
  • Kevin Barry (7): 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992
  • Phibsboro (7)*: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2013
  • Dublin University (6)*: 1891, 1896, 1897, 1900, 1945, 2014
  • U.C.D. (6)*: 1959, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1980
  • Booterstown and Blackrock (5): 1899, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1936
  • Eoghan Ruadh (4): 1954, 1956, 1962, 1968
  • Collegians (4)*: 1964, 1972, 1975, 1979
  • Colmcille (3): 1937, 1940, 1943
  • Crumlin (3): 1997, 1998, 2001
  • Gonzaga (3)*: 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Clontarf (later) (2): 1953, 1955
  • Raheny (2): 1982, 1983
  • Bray (2)*: 1999, 2000
  • Phoenix (1): 1889
  • Clontarf (original) (1): 1890
  • Kingstown (1): 1893
  • City (1): 1894
  • Dundrum (1): 1985
  • St. Benildus (1)*: 1994
  • Rathfarnham (1): 1995
  • Elm Mount (1)*: 2010
  • Kilkenny (1)*: 2011

* = club still in existence. (N.B.: Collegians now exists only as a Go club.)

1889       Phoenix
George D. Soffe, John Morphy, Frank Hobson, Daniel O’Connell Miley, William Nicholls, T. M. Kenny; A. P. White, J. Young, J. Prentice; S. Templeton, J. Lamb; J. A. “Porterfield” Rynd, Ernest L. Harvey, F. Beaman, Dr. W. Palmer.

  • Six teams (Phoenix, City, Kingstown, Dawson Street, Dublin University, National). Six-board matches, each team to play each other twice. Competition decided by match points. “No player to play in more than two teams during the same season”–rule 7.
  • Phoenix 3½ – 2½  City (Sat 20 Oct 1888, 79 Grafton St; scorecard). Phoenix team: George D. Soffe, John Morphy, Frank Hobson, Daniel O’C. Miley, William Nicholls, T. M. Kenny. | The Freeman’s Journal 22 Oct 1888 p. 7; Belfast News-Letter 1 Nov 1888 p. 1
  • Phoenix 3½ – 2½  Dawson Street (Sat 3 Nov 1888, 79 Grafton St). Phoenix team: A. P. White, Soffe, Morphy, Miley, J. Young, J. Prentice | The Freeman’s Journal 9 Nov 1888 p. 7
  • Phoenix beat National (Sat 17 Nov 1888, 79 Grafton St). Phoenix team: White, Soffe, Morphy, S. Templeton, J. Lamb; Hobson walkover | Irish Times Mon 19 Nov 1888 p. 7
  • Kingstown   4 – 2   Dublin University (Sat 17 Nov 1888, Kingstown) | Irish Times Mon 19 Nov 1888 p. 7
  • Dublin University 6 – 0 National (Fri 30 Nov 1888, Dublin University) | Irish Times Mon 3 Dec 1888 p. 7
  • City   2½ – 3½ Phoenix (before Sat 1 Dec 1888, Coffee Palace). Phoenix team: Soffe, Hobson, Templeton, Rynd or Middleton. | Freeman’s Journal 3 Dec 1888 p. 7
  • City   3½ – 2½ Dawson Street (Sat 1 Dec 1888, Coffee Palace) | Freeman’s Journal 3 Dec 1888 p. 7
  • Dublin University   1 – 5   Phoenix (Sat 1 Dec 1888, 78 Grafton Street). Phoenix team: Rynd, Soffe, Morphy, Templeton, Hobson, Palmer. | Freeman’s Journal 3 Dec 1888 p. 7
  • National 0 – 6  Dawson Street (Mon 17 Dec 1888) | Irish Times Tue 18 Dec 1888 p. 7
  • Phoenix 6 – 0  Kingstown (Sat 19 Jan 1889, 79 Grafton St). Phoenix team: P. Rynd, E. L. Harvey, Soffe, F. Beaman, Dr. W. Palmer, Morphy | Irish Times Mon 21 Jan 1889 p. 6
  • City 5 – 1  Dublin University (Sat 2 Mar 1889) | Irish Times Mon 4 Mar 1889 p. 7
  • Kingstown 2 – 2  Dawson Street, 2 games for adjudication (Sat 16 Mar 1889, Kingstown) | Irish Times Mon 18 Mar 1889 p. 6
  • Other results:
  • Kingstown beat Phoenix | BCM 1889 p. 422
  • Placing the teams in the order Phoenix, Kingstown, City, Dawson Street, Dublin University, National (i.e., in order of finishing, breaking the tie for second in favour of Kingstown), all remaining matches resulted in the first-named team defeating the second, with two exceptions: Kingstown tied one match v. City, and Dawson Street tied one mach v. Dublin University. | Belfast News-Letter Fri 26 Apr 1889.
  • Totals (match points):
  • Phoenix   9 / 10
  • City, Kingstown   6½
  • Dawson Street   3½
  • Dublin University   2½
  • National   0.
  • Two matches (Kingstown – Dawson Street and Kingstown – Dublin University) were unplayed or unfinished.
  • See also: 125 years of the Armstrong Cup, IRLchess, 20 October 2013.

1902       Booterstown and Blackrock
A. A. [Albert Augustus] MacDonogh, T. G. [Thomas George] Cranston, R. T. [Ralph Theodore] Varian, J. O’Hara, C. H. [Charles?] Franklin, R. C. [Richard Clayton] Millar, N. G. [Nicholas George] Peterson, W. A. [William] Egan; “F. S. B.” [Mrs. F. Sterling Berry], F. C. [Francis Const] Barker.

  • Five teams (Booterstown and Blackrock, Dublin University, Rathmines, Dawson Street, Calaroga). Eight-board matches, each team to play each other twice. Competition decided by match points.
  • Dublin University   5 – 3   Dawson Street (Fri 22 Nov 1901, No. 10 T.C.D.) | Irish Times Sat 23 Nov 1901 p. 4
  • Rathmines   ½ – 7½   Booterstown (Sat 23 Nov 1901, Rathmines). Booterstown team: A. A. MacDonogh, T. G. Cranston, R. T. Varian, J. O’Hara, C. H. Franklin, R. C. Millar, N. G. Peterson, W. A. Egan | Irish Times Sat 30 Nov 1901 p. 18
  • Rathmines   5½ – 2½   Dublin University (Sat 30 Nov 1901, Rathmines) | Irish Times Sat 7 Dec 1901 p. 18
  • Dawson Street beat Calaroga (Mon 2 Dec 1901, Dawson Street) | BCM crosstable
  • Dawson Street lost to Rathmines (Mon 9 Dec 1901, Dawson Street) | BCM crosstable
  • Dublin University   6 – 2   Calaroga (Mon 9 Dec 1901, No. 10, T.C.D.) | Irish Times Tue 10 Dec 1901 p. 3
  • Calaroga   2 – 6   Rathmines (Tue 17 Dec 1901, 25 Rutland Square [now Parnell Square]) | Irish Times Thu 19 Dec 1901 p. 4
  • Booterstown beat Dawson Street (Wed 18 Dec 1901, Blackrock)| BCM crosstable
  • Booterstown   6½ – 1½   Calaroga (Wed 15 Jan 1902, Blackrock). Booterstown team: MacDonogh, Cranston, Varian, O’Hara, “F. S. B.”, F. C. Barker, Millar, Peterson | Irish Times Mon 20 Jan 1902 p. 3
  • Rathmines beat Calaroga (Sat 18 Jan 1902, Rathmines) | BCM crosstable
  • Dawson Street   5½ – 2½   Booterstown (Mon 20 Jan 1902, Dawson Street). Booterstown team: MacDonogh, Cranston, Varian, O’Hara, Barker, Franklin, Millar, Peterson| Irish Times Fri 31 Jan 1902 p. 3
  • Booterstown   4½ – 3½   Rathmines (Wed 29 Jan 1902, Blackrock). Booterstown team: MacDonogh, Cranston, Varian, O’Hara, “F. S. B.”, Barker, Millar, Peterson | Irish Times Sat 1 Feb 1902 p. 5
  • Calaroga   2 – 6   Dawson Street (Mon 3 Feb 1902, 25 Rutland Square [now Parnell Square]) | Irish Times Thu 6 Feb 1902 p. 5
  • Dublin University 2½   –   5½ Booterstown (Mon 10 Feb 1902, T.C.D.). Booterstown team: MacDonogh, Cranston, Varian, O’Hara, Barker, Franklin, Millar, Peterson | Irish Times Fri 14 Feb 1902 p. 3
  • Rathmines beat Dawson Street (Sat 15 Feb 1902, Rathmines) | BCM crosstable
  • Booterstown   4 – 4   Dublin University (Wed 19 Feb 1902, Blackrock). Booterstown team: MacDonogh, Cranston, Varian, O’Hara, Barker, Franklin, Millar, Peterson | Irish Times Tue 4 Mar 1902 p. 7
  • Calaroga   1 – 7   Dublin University (Thu 27 Feb 1902, 25 Ruland Square [ow Parnell Square] North) | Irish Times Fri 28 Feb 1902
  • Dublin University   7½ – ½   Rathmines (Mon 3 Mar 1902, T.C.D.) | Irish Times Tue 4 Mar 1902 p. 7
  • Calaroga lost to Booterstown (Tue 4 Mar 1902, Calaroga) | BCM crosstable
  • Dublin University   5 – 3   Dawson Street (Mon 10 Mar 1902, T.C.D.) | inferred from BCM crosstable game points total plus other scorecards
  • Totals (match points):
  • Booterstown and Blackrock   6½ / 8
  • Dublin University   5½
  • Rathmines   5
  • Dawson Street   3
  • Calaroga   0.
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  • Further information: Full season results.
  • See also: Armstrong Cup 1901-02, IRLchess, 28 March 2015.

1926       Sackville
Philip Baker, Charles J. Barry, P. W. Whelan, Aaron Sayers, Henry Nassau Bowesman, G. H. Jacobs, Charles T. Keatinge, Nicholas McCluskey; J. Taylor, R. Clarke; Thomas P. Kane; Gerald M. Hickey.

  • Six teams (Sackville, Dublin, Blackrock, Dublin University, National Army G.H.Q., University College). Eight-board matches, each team to play each other twice. Competition decided by match points. Tie-break: first a playoff match, and if still a tie, a second playoff match, and if still tied, then game points.
  • National Army G.H.Q.   2 – 6   Dublin University (Tue 24 Nov 1925, McKee Barracks, Blackhorse Avenue (now Dublin 7)) | An t-Óglách, vol. 3 no. 24 (28 Nov 1925) p. 5
  • University College   3½ – 4½   National Army G.H.Q. (Thu 14 Jan 1926, University College)| An t-Óglách, vol. 4 no. 2 (23 Jan 1926) p. 19
  • Dublin University   ½ – 7½   Sackville (19 Jan 1926) | Irish Times Tue 16 Mar 1926 p. 11
  • Blackrock   4 – 3   Dublin University (1 unfinished; ended 5-3 or 4½-3½) (Sat 6 Mar 1926) | Irish Times Mon 8 Mar 1926 p. 10
  • Sackville   7 – 1   Dublin University (Mon 15 Mar 1926, La Scala). Sackville team: P. Baker, C. J. Barry, P. W. Whelan, A. Sayers, H. N. Bowesman, G. H. Jacobs, C. T. Keatinge, N. McCluskey. | Irish Times Tue 16 Mar 1926 p. 11
  • Sackville   7½ – ½   Blackrock (Mon 22 Mar 1926). Sackville team: Baker, Barry, Sayers, Bowesman, J. Taylor, McCluskey, Jacobs, R. Clarke. | Irish Times Tue 23 Mar 1926 p. 11
  • Dublin   4½ – 3½   Sackville (Thu 15 Apr 1926, 20 Lincoln Place; scorecard). Sackville team: Baker, Barry, T.P. Kane, Whelan, Sayers, Bowesman, Taylor, McCluskey. | Irish Times Fri 16 Apr 1926 p. 11
  • National Army G.H.Q.   4 – 4   University College (Tue 27 Apr 1926, McKee Barracks, Blackhorse Avenue (now Dublin 7)) | Irish Times Wed 28 Apr 1926 p. 5 and Thu 29 Apr 1926 p. 10
  • Other scores:
  • Sackville   5 – 3   Dublin
  • Sackville   7½ – ½   Blackrock
  • Sackville   8, 7 – 0, 1   National Army G.H.Q.
  • Sackville   7, 6 – 1, 2  University College
  • Dublin   6, 6½ – 2, 1½   Blackrock
  • Dublin   5½, 7 – 2½, 1   Dublin University
  • Dublin   8, 6 – 0, 2   National Army G.H.Q.
  • Dublin   6½, 7 – 1½, 1   University College
  • Blackrock   5, 4½ – 3, 3½   Dublin University
  • Blackrock   8, 7 – 0, 1   National Army G.H.Q.
  • Blackrock   4, 5½ – 4, 2½   University College
  • Dublin University   8 – 0   National Army G.H.Q.
  • Dublin University   5½, 4½ – 2½, 3½   University College
  •           | all Irish Times Thu 22 Apr 1926 p. 3
  • Totals (match points):
  • Sackville, Dublin   9 / 10
  • Blackrock   5½
  • Dublin University   4
  • National Army G.H.Q.   1½
  • University College   1.
  • Playoff match: Dublin   3½ – 4½   Sackville (Thu 29 Apr 1926, 20 Lincoln Place; scorecard). Sackville team: Baker, Barry, Kane, G. M. Hickey, Sayers, Whelan, Bowesman, Jacobs. | Irish Times Wed 5 May 1926 p. 10 and Mon 10 Jun 1926 p. 12.
  • See also: David McAlister, A MacGuffin, a play-off and a foreshadowing, IRLchess, 10 December 2013.

1933       Dublin
T. G. [Thomas George] Cranston, J. J. [James] Doyle, Norman H.[ay] Wallace, P. J. [Patrick Joseph] Laracy, J. T. Gerrard, William Hassell, J. J. Morrissey; S.[eán] A. French, J. C. Mahoney; H.[ugh] T. Twomey; Hugh M. McIlwaine; Capt. R. H. [Richard Henry] Prior-Wandesforde, J.[ohn] Barry Brown.

  • Four teams (Dublin, Blackrock, Sackville, Colmcille). Eight-board matches, each team to play each other twice. Competition decided by match points.
  • Dublin   5½ – 2½   Colmcille (28 Nov 1932, Dublin C.C., 20 Lincoln Place) | Saturday Herald 10 Dec 1932 p. 9
  • Sackville   1 – 7   Blackrock (29 Nov 1932, Sackville C.C., 30 Harcourt Street) | Evening Herald Thu 1 Dec 1932 p. 3; Irish Press Thu 1 Dec 1932 p. 8; Saturday Herald 10 Dec 1932 p. 9
  • Colmcille   2 – 6   Sackville (12 Dec 1932, 5 Blackhall Street) | Irish Press Tue 13 Dec 1932 p. 7; Irish Independent Thu 15 Dec 1932 p. 13
  • Dublin   4 – 4   Blackrock (12 Dec 1932, Dublin C.C.) | Irish Press Wed 14 Dec 1932 p. 11; Irish Independent Thu 15 Dec 1932 p. 13
  • Colmcille   5 – 3   Blackrock (9 Jan 1933, 5 Blackhall Street) | Evening Herald Thu 12 Jan 1933 p. 11 and Mon 30 Jan 1933 p. 3
  • Sackville   3 – 5   Dublin (10 Jan 1933, 30 Harcourt Street) | Evening Herald Thu 12 Jan 1933 p. 11; Irish Independent Wed 29 Mar 1933 p. 12; Irish Press Wed 29 Mar 1933 p. 10
  • Colmcille ½ – 6½ Dublin (1 adj.) (30 Jan 1933, 5 Blackhall Street) | Evening Herald Wed 1 Feb 1933 p. 9
  • Sackville beat Colmcille (14 Feb 1932, Sackville C.C.)
  • Blackrock   2½ – 4½   Dublin (1 adj.) (17 Feb 1933, Carnegie Library, Blackrock) | Evening Herald Tue 21 Feb 1933 p. 9
  • Blackrock   4 – 1   Sackville (3 adj.; Blackrock won) (10 Mar 1933, Blackrock C.C.) | Irish Independent Tue 14 Mar 1933 p. 14; Irish Press Tue 14 Mar 1933 p. 11
  • Dublin   3 – 5   Sackville (23 Mar 1933, Dublin C.C.) | Irish Times Sat 25 Mar 1933 p. 6; Irish Independent Fri 7 Apr 1933 p. 13
  • Blackrock v. Colmcille (24 Mar 1932, Blackrock C.C., Carnegie Library): result unknown.
  • Totals (match points):
  • Dublin   4½ / 6
  • Sackville   3
  • Blackrock   2½ + 1 unknown
  • Colmcille   1 + 1 unknown.
  •  
  • Other information: a photograph of the winning team appeared in the January 1934 issue of BCM and in the Saturday Herald, January 13, 1934 p. 4. Full season fixtures were given by Irish Times Wed 16 Nov 1932 p. 5 and Saturday Herald 26 Nov 1932 p. 8.

1949       Sackville
C. J. [Charles John] Barry, D. G. Jackson, Matt Ryan, P. A. [Paddy] Duignan, Tom Tormey, M. Sheehan, Barney O’Sullivan.

  • Eight teams (Sackville, Colmcille, Dublin, Dublin University A, Dublin University B, Eoghan Ruadh, Setanta, U.C.D..) Six-board matches, each team to play every other once. Competition decided by match points.
  • Dublin   6 – 0   Dublin University B (Mon 15 Nov 1948, 20 Lincoln Place) | Irish Independent 16 Nov 1948 p. 8; Irish Press 16 Nov 1948 p. 7
  • Sackville   4½ – 1½   U.C.D. (Tue 16 Nov 1948) | Irish Independent 17 Nov 1948 p. 7; Irish Press Wed 17 Nov 1948 p. 7
  • Colmcille   2 – 0   Eoghan Ruadh (4 adj.) (Colmcille won) (Thu 18 Nov 1948, Colmcille) | Irish Independent 19 Nov 1948 p. 8; Irish Press 19 Nov 1948 p. 7; Irish Independent 8 Dec 1948 p. 7
  • Dublin University A   0 – 1   Setanta (5 adj.) (Fri 19 Nov 1948, T.C.D.) | Irish Independent 20 Nov 1948 p. 9; Irish Press 20 Nov 1948 p. 9
  • Eoghan Ruadh   1 – 2   Dublin (3 adj.) (Mon 22 Nov 1948) | Evening Herald 23 Nov 1948 p. 6; Irish Independent 23 Nov 1948 p. 8; Irish Press 24 Nov 1948 p. 7
  • U.C.D.   1 – 2   Setanta (3 adj.) (ca. 25 Nov 1948, U.C.D.) | Irish Independent 26 Nov 1948 p. 8; Irish Press 26 Nov 1948 p. 9
  • Dublin University A   4½ – ½   Dublin University B (1 adj.) (Thu 25 Nov 1948, T.C.D.) | Irish Independent 26 Nov 1948 p. 8; Irish Press 26 Nov 1948 p. 9
  • Dublin   2 – 2   Sackville (2 adj.) (Sackville won) (Mon 29 Nov 1948, 20 Lincoln Place) | Irish Press 30 Nov 1948 p. 8; Irish Independent 8 Dec 1948 p. 7
  • Colmcille   4 – 1   U.C.D. (1 adj.) (Thu 2 Dec 1948) | Irish Independent 4 Dec 1948 p. 9
  • Setanta   2 – 1   Dublin University B (3 adj.) (Fri 3 Dec 1948, Setanta) | Irish Independent 4 Dec 1948 p. 9
  • Colmcille   3 – 3   Sackville (before 8 Dec 1948) | Irish Independent 8 Dec 1948 p. 7
  • U.C.D.   2 – 2   Dublin (2 adj.) (Wed 8 Dec 1948, U.C.D.) | Irish Independent 9 Dec 1948 p. 9; Irish Press 9 Dec 1948 p. 7
  • Setanta   0 – 3   Colmcille (3 adj.) (Thu 9 Dec 1948, Setanta) | Irish Independent 10 Dec 1948 p. 8; Irish Press 10 Dec 1948 p. 9
  • Sackville   1 – 1   Dublin University A (4 adj.) (Fri 10 Dec 1948, Sackville) | Irish Independent 11 Dec 1948 p. 9; Irish Press 11 Dec 1948 p. 9
  • Dublin   3 – 1   Colmcille (2 adj.) (ca. Mon 13 Dec 1948, 20 Lincoln Place) | Irish Independent 14 Dec 1948 p. 7; Irish Press 14 Dec 1948 p. 8
  • Eoghan Ruadh   5 – 0   Dublin University B (1 adj.) (Mon 13 Dec 1948, Eoghan Ruadh) | Irish Independent 14 Dec 1948 p. 7; Irish Press 14 Dec 1948 p. 8
  • Dublin University A   1½ – 2½   U.C.D. (2 adj.) (Thu 16 Dec 1948, T.C.D.) | Irish Press 17 Dec 1948 p. 9
  • Dublin   6 – 0   Setanta (Mon 17 Jan 1949, 20 Lincoln PLace) | Irish Independent 18 Jan 1949 p. 7
  • Sackville   6 – 0   Eoghan Ruadh (Tue 18 Jan 1949, Sackville) | Irish Independent 19 Jan 1949 p. 8; Irish Press 19 Jan 1949 p. 8
  • Colmcille   0 – 0   Dublin University A (6 adj.) (Thu 20 Jan 1949, Colmcille) | Evening Herald 21 Jan 1949 p. 8; Irish Independent 21 Jan 1949 p. 7; Irish Press 21 Jan 1949 p. 8
  • Eoghan Ruadh   1 – 0   U.C.D. (5 adj.) (Fri 21 Jan 1949) | irish Independent 22 Jan 1949 p. 9
  • Dublin University A   4 – 2   Dublin (Sat 22 Jan 1949, T.C.D.) | Sunday Independent 23 Jan 1949 p. 7; Irish Press 24 Jan 1949 p. 7
  • Dublin University B   1½ – 4½   Colmcille (Fri 28 Jan 1949, T.C.D.) | Irish Independent 29 Jan 1949 p. 8; Irish Press 29 Jan 1949 p. 8
  • Dublin University B   1 – 5   Sackville (ca. Sat 29 Jan 1949, T.C.D.) | Irish Independent 31 Jan 1949 p. 7; Irish Press 31 Jan 1949 p. 7
  • Setanta   1½ – 4½   Sackville (Thu 3 Feb 1949, Setanta) | Evening Herald 4 Feb 1949 p. 8; Irish Independent 4 Feb 1949 p. 7; Irish Press 4 Feb 1949 p. 9
  • Dublin University B v. U.C.D.: result, date, and venue unknown
  • Eoghan Ruadh v. Dublin University A: result, date. and venue unknown
  • Eoghan Ruadh v. Setanta: result, date, and venue unknown.
  • Totals (match points):
  • Sackville   5½ + 1 unknown (draw/win) / 7
  • Colmcille   3½ + 3 unknown (1 draw/win, 1 draw/loss)
  • Dublin   2 + 3 unknown (1 draw/win)
  • Dublin University A   2 + 5 unknown (1 draw/loss)
  • Eoghan Ruadh   1 + 4 unknown
  • U.C.D.   0 + 5 unknown
  • Setanta   0 + 4 unknown (1 draw/loss)
  • Dublin University B   0 + 2 unknown
  •  
  • Sackville were undefeated, but needed to win their last match to clinch the cup. Setanta and Dublin University B did not play in the following year’s competition, and were probably relegated.

1977       University College Dublin
Bernard Kernan, Oisín McGuinness, Paul Wallace, Conor Barrington, John Bradley, A. O’Sullivan, David Denny, M. O’Donnell, Ciarán O’Hare, Gerry McCarthy, J. Hackett, McGrath, Conor McGuinness, B. Redmond, O. Murphy, D. Roche.

  • Ten teams (U.C.D., Portmarnock, Dublin A, Collegians, Dundrum, Rathmines, Printers, Ierne, Dublin B, Kevin Barry). Eight-board matches, each team to play each other once. Competition decided by game points.
  • Collegians   6 – 2   Ierne (ca. 13 Oct 1976, Kiely’s, Donnybrook) | Irish Times Thu 14 Oct 1976 p. 14
  • Dundrum   4½ – 3½   Dublin A (ca. 31 Oct 1976, Dundrum) | Irish Times Mon 1 Nov 1976 p. 6
  • Portmarnock   6½ – 1½   Ierne (ca. 6 Jan 1977, Portmarnock) | Irish Times Fri 7 Jan 1977 p. 6
  • Printers   3 – 5   Collegians (ca. 18 Jan 1977, Lower Gardiner St.) | Irish Times Wed 19 Jan 1977 p. 6
  • Printers   4 – 4   Dublin A (ca. 21 Jan 1977, Lower Gardiner St.) | Irish Times Sat 22 Jan 1977 p. 13
  • Dublin B   3 – 5   Collegians (ca. 22 Jan 1977, 20 Lincoln Place) | Irish Times Mon 24 Jan 1977 p. 14
  • UCD   5 – 3   Portmarnock (ca. 1 Feb 1977, Newman House, St. Stephen’s Green); UCD team: Bernard Kernan, Oisín McGuinness, Paul Wallace, Conor Barrington, John Bradley, M. O’Donnell, Ciarán O’Hare, B. Redmond | Irish Times Wed 2 Feb 1977 p. 3
  • Ierne   1½ – 6½   Dundrum< (ca. 1 Feb 1977, Ierne C.C.) | Irish Times Wed 2 Feb 1977 p. 3
  • Dublin A   6 – 2   UCD (7 Feb 1977, 20 Lincoln Place); UCD team: Kernan, McGuinness, Wallace, Barrington, Bradley, D. Denny, (O’Donnell default), C. McGuinness | Irish Times Wed Feb 9 1977 p. 4; J.J. Walsh scorebook
  • Collegians   3½ – 4½   Dublin A (ca. 10 Feb 1977) | Irish Times Fri Feb 11 1977 p. 13
  • Portmarnock   4 – 4   Rathmines (ca. 10 Feb 1977, Portmarnock) | Irish Times Fri Feb 11 1977 p. 13
  • Leading team scores before final round: Portmarnock 37 (1 adj.), Dundrum 35 (2), UCD 34½ (7), Dublin A 33½ (4), Rathmines 33½, Collegians 32½ (5) | Irish Times Mon 14 Feb 1977 p. 14
  • Dublin A   6 – 2   Kevin Barry (ca. 18 Feb 1977, 20 Lincoln Place) | Irish Times Sat 19 Feb 1977 p. 14
  • Collegians   6 – 2   Dundrum (ca. 26 Feb 1977, Kiely’s, Donnybrook) | Irish Times Mon 28 Feb 1977 p. 14
  • Dublin B awarded 8-0 win against Kevin Barry.
  • Totals (game points):
  • University College Dublin   45 / 72
  • Portmarnock   43
  • Collegians   42,   Dublin A   42
  • Dundrum   38,   Rathmines   38
  • Printers   33
  • Dublin B   31½
  • Ierne   28½
  • Kevin Barry   19.
  •           | Irish Times Mon 28 Feb 1977 p. 14; John Gibson notebooks.
  • References: John Gibson notebooks.
  • See also: Seán Coffey, Armstrong Cup 1976-77, IRLchess, 24 February 2014.
  • Further information: Full season results.

Last updated April 11, 2017.

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