|Leinster Chess Union|
An Cumann Fichille Laighean
The Leinster Chess Union is the body responsible for promoting and organising chess in the Province of Leinster, Ireland.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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 www.dublinchessclub.com.
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 ( email@example.com ) 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.
Dublin Spring League
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 https://www.chessspectator.com. 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.
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)
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