Dates for Ladder week 2 and Club Championship Round 2 now available.

We’ve just added details for weeks 2 and 3 of the Chess Ladder to the season timetable below, those dates are 2nd December and 13th January. No prior registration required and you needn’t have played in round 1, just turn up before 8:15pm on those evenings and you should get a good long game. The first round was a great success, thanks again to Henk for running this. Ladded Standings after round 1 are now up: Ladder Standings.

The draw for round 2 of the Club Championship is now available. Games to be played on or before 9th December but don’t assume your opponent will be there that night, contact them now. Unfortunately not everyone was able to contact their opponents before the first round and there were some walkovers. Thanks also to Keegan for running this draw!

Club ladder starting 4th Nov, Club Champ Rd 1 now available

We’re excited to start a chess ladder on 4th November, this will be an opportunity to play a serious long time control game each week against whoever is available that week. Full details in the document here. Please come along at 8pm on 4th Nov and register with Henk for the first round.

Entry is for club members with the only charge being the usual weekly subscription.

Correction to the last post: the games for the first round of the club championship are to be played on or before 18th November. Here’s the draw for round 1 – please speak with your opponent as soon as possible to decide on the best night to play your game. Rules for the Club Championship are available for download here.

Here’s a full timetable for the season – the Chess Ladder will be running during any free time and all the possible dates it could run on haven’t been listed:

Date (all are Fridays) Event
21 Oct 2016 Close entries for Club Championship and run the draw for Round 1 as soon after this date as possible.
4 Nov 2016 First week for Chess Ladder.
11 Nov 2016 Munster Leagues Cork B vs Cork A
18 Nov 2016 Final date for Club Championship Round 1 games to be played.
25 Nov 2016 External Congress – Kilkenny
2 Dec 2016  Chess Ladder week 2
9 Dec 2016 Final date for Club Championship Round 2 games to be played.
16 Dec 2016 Christmas Blitz
23 Dec 2016 Club closed
30 Dec 2016 Club closed
6 Jan 2017 Mulcahy Memorial Congress
13 Jan 2017  Chess Ladder week 3
27 Jan 2017 Final date for Club Championship Round 3 games to be played.
17 Feb 2017 External Congress – Bunratty
24 Feb 2017 Final date for Club Championship Round 4 games to be played.
10 Mar 2017 External Congress – Galway
24 Mar 2017 Final date for Club Championship Round 5 games to be played.
31 Mar 2017 Cork Congress
14 Apr 2017 Good Friday
28 Apr 2017 Final date for Club Championship Round 6 games to be played.
19 May 2017 Final date for Club Championship Round 7 games to be played.
26 May 2017 End of Season Blitz and Prize Giving

Club night dates

We’re hoping to close entries for the club championship this Friday, October 21st, with the first round games to be played on 4th November or before by arrangement with your opponent. Entries to corkchess@gmail.com or in person in the club on Friday, along with your annual membership please. It would make scheduling matches much easier if everyone could provide a telephone number.

November 11th will be dominated by the Munster League match Cork A vs Cork B, and we’ll kick off the chess ladder on November 18th. More details on the chess ladder to follow very soon!

Mulcahy Memorial tournament latest news.

The next Mulcahy Memorial looks set to be one of the strongest in the recent history of the event. IM Alex Lopez and FM Colm Daly have confirmed that they will play in the tournament and some other very strong players have also expressed an interest in coming to Cork.

The tournament takes place in the Metropole Hotel from Friday 6th January to Sunday 8th January 2017. Alex, who has won the Mulcahy trophy on no fewer than 10 occasions (8 solo wins and 2 as joint-winner) will be looking to add to his overall wins while Colm will be going for three-in-a-row.  The venue is limited in size so early entry is advised to avoid disappointment.

You can enter on-line at https://www.icu.ie/ and more details of the tournament can be found on the flyer available here and here.

Cork Congress Dates

Cork Congress 2017 will also be held in the Gresham Metropole Hotel in Cork from Friday 31st March to Sunday 2nd April 2017.

Alex Byrne with the Robinson cup

Alex_ByrneThe Irish junior teams won the Glorney and Robinson cups, with our own Alex Byrne having a great tournament on board one of the Robinson with 4.5 out of 5. Full results and a report by Desmond Beatty is on the icu site.

Hugh Doyle wins the Club Championship

Congratulations to Hugh Doyle who won the Club Championship emphatically, finishing two points clear of his nearest rivals! Here are the full results for the 2015/2016 Club Championship.

Cork are Munster League Double Champions for 2015/16, Winning Both Division 1 and Division 2

Congratulations to all players involved in the Munster Leagues for their phenomenal achievement of winning both their divisions. Cork A are champions of Division 1 and Cork B have secured promotion to Division 1 for next season! Here’s Keegan’s coverage of the Munster Leagues.

Club Championship seventh round draw

The draw for the seventh, and final, round of the Club Championship is available here. Games to be played on the 20th of May, 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, if you need the password or your number isn’t on it please contact us.

Cork Congress 2016 results and write-up

Here’s a write-up of Cork Congress 2016.

Here are the full results from each section:

Munster Leagues

Following great results in rounds 8 and 9 of the Munster Leagues Division 1, Keegan has provided another update with coverage of Cork A’s progress in the Munster Leagues.

Walter Fitzgibbon passed away peacefully on the 5th

A great stalwart of Irish chess has passed away, he was one of the founding fathers of Cork Chess Club, who coached many of Corks best players. He will be sadly missed, here is a fun game of Walters trashing the current Irish champion Philip Short!

Colm Daly wins Mulcahy again.

Colm was first on his own with Kieran Moynihan second and DJ O’Donoghue third, full results and a quick report with some pics and the final round game.

Mulcahy starting on the 1st of Jan

You can still get the reduced rate for the Mulcahy if you enter online, the entry list is here.

Turoe-Pet-Farm-Santa-Steve Short wins Christmas Blitz

We had an excellent turn out of 22 for the Christmas blitz with Steve Short taking first place and Henk de Jonge second, full results.

Mulcahy starting on the 1st

Pat Twomey will be taking entries for the Mulcahy before the blitz on Friday, or you can also enter online.

Third round draw and mobile phones

The draw for the third round is available here. Games to be played on the 29th of January, 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. The rule in the club at present is that you get a warning if you phone goes off once, and you lose the game the second time.