Rules for players and teams participating in the LCU Leagues
An Cumann Fichille Laighean
The Leinster Chess Union is the body responsible for promoting and organising chess in the Province of Leinster, Ireland.
 
LCU Junior Grand Prix May 8th
03-May-2016 The 3rd competition, hosted by Monkstown Junior Chess Club takes place in Esplanade Hotel, The Seafront, Strand Road, Bray, Wicklow. To Enter please log on to the Blanchardstown website and fill out the entry form Entries will be accepted on the day , but will slow down the calling of the first draw.
Registration 1.30pm – 2.00pm
Rounds (1-3) 2.00pm –3.30pm
Break 3:00pm –3:45pm
Rounds (4-6) 3:45pm – 5:15pm
Prize giving 5:15pm – 5.30pm

Entry Fee €10 Family Discount (3 or more siblings) €20. Each player will have 15 minutes for each game. All Equipment will be provided. Players are advised to bring a packed lunch with them.
 
LCU Cups 2016
20-April-2016 This year the LCU Cups will be held over the weekend of June 11/12 in the ALSAA. Teams in each cup will play a swiss format (2 rounds Saturday and 2 rounds Sunday), with rounds starting at 10am and 3pm (prize giving after round 4 on Sunday). Matches will be played over six boards in all competitions. The Branagan Cup will be FIDE rated.
The Branagan Cup is for players who have played in either division one or division two. The Killane Shield is open to players who have played in divisions 3 - 7. The William Brennan Cup is for players rated under 1500. Ratings will be based on the ICU live ratings after the LCU Leagues for 2015 - 2016 have been rated. Entries to be sent to Tristan Sheridan (Sheridan.tristan@gmail.com). The entry fee is €20 per team and should be sent to the LCU treasurer Gordon Freeman. The closing date for entries is Saturday June 5th.
Time control will be 2 hours in the Branagan and 1 hour 45 mins in the Killane and William Brennan.
As the format is different this year, clubs/captains when submitting entries for the various cups, please include a team list.
 
League Promotion and Relegation
18-April-2016 Peter is away so it will be a week or so before the league tables can be updated. To confirm the promoted and relegated are as follows:
Division 1 winners Gonzaga and runners up Dublin University, relegated St Benildus B and Curragh.
Division 2 winners (on tie break) Rathmines B and runners up Blanchardstown, relegated Inchicore B and Rathmines C.
Division 3 winners Bray/Greystones (on tie break) and runners up Drogheda, relegated Malahide and Elm Mount.
Division 4 winners Gonzaga and runners up Skerries, relegated Celbridge and Aer Lingus.
Division 5 winners Enniscorthy and runners up St Benildus, relegated Rathmines and Balbriggan (on tie break).
Division 6 winners Dublin University and runners up Blanchardstown A, relegated Rathmines and Blanchardstown B.
Division 7 winners Bray / Greystones and runners up Kilkenny A, there is no relegation from division 7.
 
2016 Malahide Millenium Tournament & Leinster Championships
29-Mar-2016 The Malahide Millenium Tournament incorporating the Leinster Championships 2016 will be held from Saturday 30th April to Monday 2nd May 2016. The venue is the ALSAA , Old Airport Road, Co. Dublin. There will be three sections, Senior (1800+), Intermediate (1400-1799) and Junior (under 1400). Full details and information on how to enter are available at Malahide Chess Club's Website.
 
Final Round of the Leagues
21-Mar-2016 The last round of the Leinster leagues will take place on Sunday April 17th 2016. The venue is the ALSAA Sports Club, Swords Road, Dublin Airport. Divisions 2, 4 and 6 (Heidenfeld, O’Hanlon and Bodley) will be played in the morning. Divisions 1, 3 and 5 (Armstrong, Ennis and BEA) will be played in the afternoon. The winners of the two playoff matches from division 7 will also play in the afternoon to decide 1st and 2nd place for that division. The morning session will commence at 10am and the afternoon session will commence at 3pm. Prize giving will take place after each session, and all teams must bring their own boards, sets and clocks.
 
LCU Junior Grand Prix
29-Feb-2016 The next junior grand prix will be held on March 6th in the ALSAA. Information can be found on the Blanchardstown website.
 
Mick Germaine Cup
09-Nov-2015 This year's Mick Germaine Cup competition for teams of junior/novice players will take place on Saturday 12th December 2015 in the Main Hall of the Ierne Sports and Social Club (home of the Elm Mount Chess Club), Gracepark Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9. The event is open to club and school teams of 4 players under 16 years of age and who are rated less than 900 or unrated. Click here for more details.
 
Leinster Chess Union Christmas Blitz
09-Nov-2015 The Leinster Chess Union's Annual Christmas Blitz event will take place on Monday 14th December 2015 in the Ierne Sports and Social Club, (Home of the Elm Mount Chess Club), Gracepark Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9. Registration will be from 7.45 pm onwards with play starting at 8.15 pm. Lots of fun and prizes guaranteed. Food will also be provided. Click here for more details.
 
O'Sullivan Cup Fixtures
07-Oct-2015 The league fixtures for division seven have been published. Follow the division links on the left to view.
 
City of Dublin Results and Games
17-Sep-2015 The City of Dublin tournament was held in the Gresham Hotel Dublin over the weekend of 11 to 13 September 2015. In all 146 players competed in four sections.
 
The FIDE-rated Masters event was won by Colm Daly with 4 points out of 5. He lost to second placed Stephen Moran in round 2 but won his other games. Third place was shared by Conor O’Donnell, Gordon Freeman, Anthony Fox, Killian Delaney and Tom O’Gorman on 3 points. The grading prize went to Bart Cichonski on 2 points.
 
The Major section for players rated 1600 to 2000 was won by Mindaugas Janusaitis and Ravshan Khaydarov on 5 points out of 6, with the former taking the trophy on tiebreak. Joint third on 4.5 points were James Danaher, Marin Vlaicevic, Jacob Miller, Gareth Annesley and Eric Bennett. Grading prizes went to Sean Nolan, Alice O’Gorman and Mustakim-Ul Haque.
 
The Challengers section for players rated 1200 to 1600 was won by Gabriel Mirza on 5.5 points out of 6, with Tom Fitzpatrick in second place on 5 points. Joint third were Nick Scallan, Alex Goss and Matthew Gallagher on 4.5 points. Grading prizes were awarded to Brian Nugent, Gavin Melaugh, Brian O’Gorman and Cathal Walsh.
 
The Junior section was won by Gabrielius Pocevicius on 5.5 out of 6, with Diarmuid Reidy and Ahmad Zulhilmi Sahadi in joint second place on 5 points. Grading prizes went to John Keenan, Darragh Moran, Eoin Hunter and Dave Hunter.
 
Finally the Ladies Prize was awarded to Ciara Scallan for her score of 3.5 in the Junior section.
 
Click on the following links to view the final standings in all sections . Masters  | Major  | Challengers  | Junior
 
The games from the Masters section can be downloaded here. Masters Games pgn file
 
League Fixtures
06-Sep-2015 The league fixtures for divisions one to six have been published. Follow the division links on the left to view.
 
Laws of Chess
02-Sep-2015 The Laws of Chess which were adopted at the 84th FIDE Congress at Tallinn (Estonia) came into force on 1 July 2014. The Laws of Chess have two parts: 1. Basic Rules of Play and 2. Competition Rules. FIDE have also published the requirements for events in which Disabled Players participate. They can be viewed or downloaded via the links on the left. Clubs should print the League Rules (revised and updated 16-Jul-15) and the FIDE Rules and ensure that copies are available in the event of a dispute arising during league matches.
 
City of Dublin Championships
01-Sep-2015 The City of Dublin Championships are being held from Friday 11th September to Sunday 13th September in the Gresham Hotel, O'Connell Street, Dublin 1. A prize fund of €3,000 will be on offer, subject to entry. There will be four sections, Masters, Majors, Challengers and Juniors. Click on the following link for full details and entry form. City of Dublin 2015
 
Irish Veterans Championship
01-Sep-2015 The Irish Veteans Championship is being held from Friday 4th September to Sunday 6th September in the Boyne Valley Hotel, Drogheda. Confined to players over 60 years of age. There will be five rounds, first round starts Friday 8pm. Rate of play: all moves in 2 hours. Entry fee €40. To enter, contact Andrew Thompson 041 9836110.
 
Dun Laoghaire Rapidplay
13-Jul-2015 Dun Laoghaire Chess Club are hosting their annual one day rapidplay tournament on Sunday 23rd August 2015. Click on the following link for full details and entry form. Dun Laoghaire Rapidplay
 
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