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.
FIDE Player Registration
15-Aug-2017 Please note that it is the responsibility of each player to ensure that if playing in a FIDE rated league, that they are correctly registered with FIDE under a federation..
City of Dublin 2017
06-Aug-2017 The city of Dublin takes place over the weekend of the 8th, 9th and 10th of September. For more information and online entry visit here.
1867 Dublin Rapidplay
12-May-2017 To celbrate the 150 anniversary of Dublin chess club, they are hosting a tournament for players rated over 1867. It will take place at ​10am on May 20th 2017 at the Dublin Chess Club, 3 Fitzwilliam Street Upper, Dublin 2. Entry €25. For details and entry visit
Malahide Millennium Tournament 2017 results
05-May-2017 The 17th Malahide Millennium Tournament (incorporating the Leinster Championships) took place at the weekend (29th April - 1st May) in the ALSAA Sports Complex, Dublin Airport.

Junior: 1st Sean Murphy 5½/6; 2nd-5th Sam Murray, Edgars Kirulis, Hugh O'Connor, Jimmy Deneher 5/6; Grading Prizes Piotr Baczkowski, Tom Collins, Conor MagRuairc, Finn Ellingboe, Michael Eyers, John Danaher and Zhengin Wang.

Intermediate: 1st-3rd Luke Scott, Muhtarim-Ul Haque, Gabriel Matthews 5/6; Grading Prizes Sergey Beryozkin and Sanjay Menon.

Senior: 1st-2nd Mel O'Cinneide and Colm Daly [FM] 5½/6; 3rd-8th Reinhold Mueller [FM], Shane Melaugh, Conor Nolan, Mihailo Manojlovic, Denis Ruchko, Tim McCarthy 3½/6; Grading Prize Bartlomiej Cichonski.

The 2016 Leinster Champions are: Junior: Sean Murphy; Intermediate: Luke Scott; Senior: Mel O'Cinneide.

Final Cross-tables at Malahide CC website:
Novice Night Dublin Chess Club
09-April-2017 On Wednesday 26th April Dublin chess club will be hosting a novice night. It will consist of a talk and a short tournament for Adults who want to learn/improve at chess. For full info see the flyer and book your place here.
Final Round
28-March-2017 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 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.

This year rule 6.3 will be enforced. This means all team captains must declare their teams no later than Sunday April 16th.
LCU Cups 2017
21-February-2017 Entries are now being accepted for the Branagan Cup, Killane Shield and William Brennan Cup. Matches will be played over six boards in all competitions. There is no limit to the number of players a team can utilise over the course of the competition. Players can only play for one team in each of the cups.

The Branagan Cup is for players who have played in either division one or division two last season. The Killane Shield is open to players who have played in divisions 3 - 6 last season. The William Brennan Cup is for players rated under 1500. Ratings will be based on the ICU Live Ratings for April (after last league round has been rated). Entries to be sent to Tristan Sheridan ( The entry fee is €20 per team (payable to the LCU treasurer) and the closing date for entries is Sunday 23rd of April.

These competitions shall be held in club venues starting in May and ending in July. Teams should include the day that team will play home matches. Cup rules can be found in the LCU league rules, the Branagan will be FIDE rated.
GM Nigel Short Lecture
06-February-2017 Dublin Chess Club celebrates 150 years of age this year, having been founded in 1867. A number of special events are planned to mark the occasion. The first of these is a talk in the club by GM Nigel Short on Feb 16 (flyer). Due to limited capacity and to avoid disappointment for those wishing to attend, tickets must be booked in advance. This can be done online at
Philip Hogarty Rising Stars & O'Connell Cup
27-January-2017 The Philip Hogarty Rising Stars and the O’Connell Cup will be held on Sunday 28-May-2017 in Alssa, Old Airport Road, Toberbunny, Dublin Airport, Co. Dublin.
This is an annual team event for Junior Clubs and Schools. Registration will be at 1.30pm and the event will be over by 5.30pm.
Entry fee is €20 per team of 4 players, payable on the day.
Contact Maura Osborne ( ) for further details.
Leinster Junior Chess Grand Prix
27-January-2017 The Leinster Junior Chess Grand Prix is a series of monthly chess tournaments which offers children the opportunity to play chess in a competitive and relaxed atmosphere. The Grand Prix will begin in February and is scheduled to finish in April. Players are rewarded not only for winning, but more importantly for participating! The competition is aimed at players aged 14 and under and prizes will be offered in the following categories: Under 15, Under 12, Under 10 & Under 8. The first competition, in the Glenroyal Hotel, Maynooth, is the inaugural event of a new North Kildare junior chess club and it would be great if we could get a good turnout to support this new club.
  • Sun Feb 26 LCU Grand Prix 1. Glenroyal Hotel, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
  • Sun Mar 26 LCU Grand Prix 2. Alssa, Old Airport Road, Toberbunny, Dublin Airport, Co. Dublin.
  • Sun Apr 23 LCU Grand Prix 3. Alssa, Old Airport Road, Toberbunny, Dublin Airport, Co. Dublin.
Further details are available on the Blanchardstown Chess Club website.
Dublin Spring League
25-January-2017 Info on this tournament being run by Conor Barrett can be found on the ICU website or the event website.
Blachardstown Venue Change
09-January-2017 Please note the change of venue for Blanchardstown's LCU home league games to The Vineyard.
Leinster Chess Union's Christmas Blitz 2016 Results
24-December-2016 The annual LCU Christmas Blitz took place recently in the Ierne Sports and Social Club, home of the Elm Mount Chess Club. 58 players took part in 7 all play all sections. This represented an increase on the previous year's event when around 50 players took part. There were 16 prize winners in total with Section A being won jointly by FMs David Fitzsimons (Elm Mount) and Conor O' Donnell (Gonzaga), both on unbeaten scores of 6.5/8.

The prize winners in Section B were both junior internationals with the Section won outright by Fiachra Scallan (Rathmines) on a score of 6/7 with Elm Mount's Gavin Melaugh in the runners up position on 5/7. Section C was won jointly by Gerard Buckley (Malahide) and Alex Pachalov (Balbriggan). Junior players were also the prize winners in Section D with Alex Goss (Elm Mount) winning the section on a score of 6/7 from Sean Hunter (Rathmines (5/7).

Section E was won outright by Grzegorz Pawlowski (score of 5.5/7) with Panagiotis Papadoupolos and Conor Barrett finishing joint second on 5/7.

Section F was won by Darragh Moran (6/7) with his closest challengers being Owen Hunter and Sam Murray in joint second place on 5/7.

Nived Daniel Binu won Section G on a score of 7/9 on tie break from Cian Bergin.

Cross tables for the event can be accessed here
Mick Germaine 2016 Results
24-December-2016 The results and report can be found here
Live League Games
08-December-2016 As mentioned in an email at the start of the season, Curragh chess club have been transmitting (with agreement of opponents) their home league matches at Last Saturday was Div 2 Curragh v Lucan and Div 3 Curragh v Inchicore. Next up on Saturday December 10th is Div 5 Curragh v Finglas.
Ratings List
03-November-2016 Teams should continue to use the rating list of "Aug 16" on the ICU ratings website for the leagues.
Mick Germaine Cup 2016
03-November-2016 This year's Mick Germaine Cup competition for Juniors/novices will take place on Sunday 11th December 2016 in the Ierne Sports and Social Club, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 (Home of the Elm Mount Chess Club). It will be a six round swiss event open to teams of 4 players from schools or chess clubs. Clubs and schools can enter more than one team if they wish. For further details, please click on the following link to the tournament flyer.
LCU Christmas Blitz 2016
03-November-2016 The Leinster Chess Union is pleased to announce that this year's Christmas Blitz Tournament will take place on Wednesday 14th December 2016 in the Ierne Sports and Social Club, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 (home of the Elm Mount Chess Club). Click here for further details.
September Ratings List
20-September-2016 The September ratings list is misnamed on the ICU ratings website. In the drop down menu it is Aug 16. Do not use the live rating list for the leagues.
City of Dublin 2016 Results (Updated)
12-September-2016 Here are the results of the 2016 City of Dublin. Our thanks to Herbert and Pat for running another excellent tournament. Masters, Major, Challengers, Junior.
The report can be found here and the pgn of all the masters games downloaded here
Match Service Live
09-September-2016 The match result service is now live. Captains can now declare their teams for divisions 1 - 6. There is also a new feature (thanks to Peter Scott) to search for a player by ICU number/name/club in order to add players.
Also the September rating list has been published. This is the list to be used throughout the season.
League Fixture Changes to Divisions 2 and 5
26-August-2016 Due to Celbridge having to change venue (and home matches to Friday) the fixtures for Celbridges' home matches in divisions 2 and 5 has been revised. The Downloadable fixtures on the left menu have been updated.
League Entry Deadline
24-August-2016 Clubs entering teams into the LCU Leagues (Division 7, O'Sullivan Cup) should do so before September 1st by contacting the league's controller.
City of Dublin 2016
23-August-2016 The City of Dublin 2016 will be held in the Gresham hotel on September 9th-11th. For full details and online entry follow this link
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