Munster Leagues

Cork hoping to retain the Munster league this year had a good start winning both matches 4-1, full results are available at Munster Chess Union site.

Alex Lopex IM coaching session date changed to 4th

International Master Alex Lopez will give a coaching session in the club on the 4th of December on the theme of tactics. Starting at 9pm sharp, this would benefit all levels of player.

Second round draw

The draw for the second round is avialable here. Games to be played on the 11th of December, if you can’t make that date you must contact your opponent and arrange for an earlier date. We have a contact list on-line now, if you need the password or you number isn’t on it please contact us.

Mulcahy Memorial 2016

What better way to start the new year with the Mulcahy starting on the 1st of January, full details are here with online payment here.

Club championship 2016

The draw for the first round of the 2016 club championship is here.
Please put your result up on the sheet in the club after your games.
The draw for the first round must be played no later than 6th of November. If you cannot make this date then you must contact your opponent beforehand and arrange an earlier date. We have a contact list on-line now, if you need the password or you number isn’t on it please contact us.

Coaching cancelled

The coaching from 7 to 8 is being cancelled, we will still give coaching lessons but it will be during normal club hours.

Coaching and club championship

Pat Twomey and Steve Short will be giving coaching on the 2nd of Oct between 7 and 8pm all welcome. We are also taking final entries for the club championship which will be starting soon.

Munster Championship

The Munster Championship can be followed at munster chess it has live games for the top two boards in the seniors and the top board in the Joe Browne cup, which is named after our president!

No coaching on 18th

Due to the Munster Championship this weekend, there will be no coaching from 7-8pm, but the club will be open and taking membership.

Coaching starting on 11th of Sept

Coaching for anyone interested in improving their chess from beginners up is starting this Friday from 7pm to 8pm, click here for more info.


We will be taking membership fees this Friday the 11th, also sheets will be available on the board for entry to club and league competitions. The Munster league games will be played on Sundays this year. We will be entering two teams in league.

Dark days for Irish Chess

At the Munster Chess Union AGM the membership voted overwhelmingly to state “The Munster Chess Union has no confidence in the current ICU executive”, this along with the recent statement from all the major tournament organisers (which can be read here), doesn’t augur well for Irish Chess.

Denis O’Connell in the press again!

After his game being shown in the Sunday Indo last week, Denis is in our local Indo this week. It’s worth a read Cork Independent

Goodluck to Keegan O’Mahoney in world juniors

You can follow Keegans progress at wjcc2015, the top seed is rated 2645!

AGM on the 4th of Sept

A reminder that the AGM is on the 4th of September starting at 8.30, hope to see you there.

Munster Championship

The Munster Championship will take place in the West County Hotel, Ennis on the weekend of 18th to 20th September. Full info is on the Munster Chess Union site.

Alex Lopez is back!

Alex scored 7/7 in our second rapid play, Hugh Doyle came second, Matthew Gallagher and John A.O’Dowd got the grading prizes. Full results are on our report page.

Second UCC rapid play

The second rapid play is on the 1st of August in the fantastic setting of the Aula Maxima in UCC. More info on our reports page.

Rory Quinn wins rapid play

That’s chess for you, just when we thought we were invincible here in Cork, a Clareman turns up and takes our rapid play! Congratulations to Rory on outright first with Kieran Moynihan second, with Barry Foran and Martin O’Donohoe winning grading prizes and Emil Sean Skovgaard getting the junior prize.

Cork men hold all titles!

Congratulations to Corkman Philip Short on coming joint first in the Irish Championship. As Pat Twomey has the senior title, Denis O’Connell the intermediate, Gerard Condon the juniors and Cork Chess Club the Munster league, we can safely say it’s been a good year for Cork chess!

Cork players doing well in Irish Championship

Congratulations to Gerard Condon on winning the Irish juniors, he beat fellow Cork player Barry Foran in the final round to win it outright, with Barry coming joint second. In the intermediate Corkman Denis O’Connell drew with another Cork chess club member Alex Byrne to win it with Alex coming joint second. All we need now is Philip Short to win the seniors for a clean sweep for Cork! :)

Rapid play tournaments

UCC Chess Club in collaboration with Cork Chess Club celebrate Keegan O’Mahoney’s selection as the Irish representative for the World U20 Championship to be held in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia next September. As a fundraiser for Keegan’s trip we are running two Rapidplays on the 18th of July and the 1st of August. Full info here.

Keegan O’Mahoney selected for World Juniors U20

Congratulations to Keegan who is heading to the World Junior U20 Championships 2015, Sep 9th – 16th, Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia

The club championship has now been rated

Due to software issues the club championship could not be rated until now, but the results are available here. Some notable gains for youngsters, Tom McGrath (126 pts) and Adam Deane (82 pts) and not quite so young Mick Power (70 pts)!

Closed for the summer!

The club is closed for the summer, we will start the new season on the 4th of September with the AGM. Most weeks a few players meet in the Idle Hour pub, Albert Road, on Tuesday nights from 9.15pm on, all welcome.

Steve Short wins club championship

Steve Short won with a score of 6.5/7 with Keegan O’Mahoney and Dave Smith coming joint second, Tom McGrath gets the under 1600 grading prize and Adam Deane the under 1300 with Len Hackett winning the David versus Goliath prize after beating Hugh Doyle, full results are here.