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  • Rathmines sweep the board at the u10 leinster Chess Championships.

    The first Leinster Champion of 2015, is Cillian Scallan, winner of the u10 Leinster Junior Chess Championships

    Cillian, who, along with his title of Leinster u10 Champion 2014, also won the top prize money and a bonus of 70 euro for achieving a clean sweep of 7 wins from 7 games.


    It was a great day for Rathmines Junior Chess Club , with the top 4 places awarded to Rathmines Juniors.

    Cillian  Scallan 1st, James Prenderville 2nd, Felix Jordan 3rd, Sanjay Menon 4th.

    Pictured with Stephen Stokes, Left to Right are

    James, Valera Zaharovs, top scoring girl, Sanjay, Felix and Cillian.

    Day 2. The u12’s and u16’s took place over the 2nd and 3rd of Jan.photo 4 photo 5 u16photo 4

    Another good day for Rathmines Club with joint winners in the u12’s Dayna and Sean and Henry Li placed 3rd u16.

    Joint u12 Leinster Champions for 2014 are Dayna Ferguson and Sean Hunter. Dayna is the first girl to win a Leinster title since 1996.

    U16 Leinster Champion Conor O’Donnell

     Congratulations to Denis Ruchko (Galway) who won the  tournament and to Johan Thomas won came 4th in the u12.s.
    Congratulations to Mihalo Manojlovic 2nd u16 and Henry Li 3rd u16.

    Fantastic work guys, well done.

  • Fantastic Results at the Mick Germaine Cup

    The club has a brilliant day at the Mick Germaine Cup. Three teams were entered from Rathmines Junior Club and competed against a very strong representation of clubs from throughout Leinster. 20 teams took part in all.

    Ciara Scallan captained the Kings , Sean Hunter, Cillian Scallan, Alex Mulligan and Daniel Bibou, to an impressive 2nd place. The were pipped by Enniscorthy, who they drew with in round 4. Top scorer, Cillian Scallan scored 6 out of 6 .

    The Rathmines Bishops and Rathmines Knights also performed very well, top scorer prizes were awarded to Felix and Sanjay. Almost 20 players from Rathmines took part on the three teams, some as subs. Congratulations to you all, every player put their all into their games and there was some very impressive matches played throughout the day.


    Report by Pat Fitzsimons from the ICU website

    This year’s Mick Germaine Cup competition took place on Saturday 11th October in the Ierne Sports and Social club, home of the Elm Mount Chess club. The competition is for teams of junior players rated under 900 or unrated and is open to both club and school teams.

    This year’s event had a record entry of 20 teams involving 95 players some of whom were as young as five or 6 years old and were making their debuts in a competitive tournament.

    The cup was won by the Enniscorthy Kings on an unbeaten score of 19/24 points over 6 rounds of matches from Rathmines Kings in the runners up spot on 16.5 points. 4 teams finished on 14 points with Blanchardstown finishing third and the Enniscorthy Knights securing 4th place on tie break from Shankill and St Catherines National School. The final standings are set out below. A number of school based teams competed for the first time in the event (Belgrove Boys, the North Dublin National School Project, and Our Ladies College, Greenhills). Another notable feature of this year’s competition was a welcome increase in the numbers of girls playing in the event.

    Four players achieved a perfect score of 6/6 for their teams Mercedes Plaza Reino (Enniscorthy Kings), Cillian Scallan (Rathmines Kings), Vinajak Unitham (Rathoath), and Andrew Whyte (St Catherines National School).

    Final standings:

    Standings   Team               Total Points
    1   Enniscorthy Kings               19
    2   Rathmines kings                 16.5
    3   Blanchardstows                  14
    4   Enniscorthy Knights             14
    5   Shankill                        14
    6   St Catherines                   14
    7   Rathmines knights               13.5
    8   Rathmines Bishops               13
    9   Skerries                        13
    10  Ratoath                         13
    11  Checkmates                      11.5
    12  Navan                           11.5
    13  Meath Girls                     11.5
    14  Ballinasloe                     11.5
    15  Our Lady's College Greenhills   11
    16  NDNSP Kings                     11
    17  Belgrove Knights                9.5
    18  Belgrove Boys School            9
    19  NDNSP Knights                   7.5
    20  Elm Mount Knights               4
  • Team Competition Tomorrow

    Maura and James will be in the Ierne Sports club tomorrow morning at 10.30. We will make up the teams as you arrive and register teams before 11am. For those who cannot make it in the morning or those who have to leave early, we will arrange to swap players throughout the day, no need to ring. Bring 5 euro entry fee and some lunch.

    Any queries email mauraosborne@eircom.net  I am not contactable be phone this weekend.


    The Mick Germaine Cup takes place this Saturday. We are going to enter 4 teams this year.

    Meet up in Ierne Sports and Social Club, map below, at 10.30 for registration. Some players who are unable to play in the morning can make arrangements to sub on teams in the afternoon.  Cost 5 euro per player.

    Teams of 4 players play 6 rounds over one day.
    Each team will need one guardian/parent to captain the team on the day.
    5 Euro per person (20 per team) payable at registration on the day.

    Saturday 11th of October 2014
    In the Ierne Sports and Social Club
    Gracepark Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9

    click  link below for map and directions


    Registration and Playing Timetable.
    Registration 10.30am to 11am.
    Round 1 11am.
    Round 2 11.45am
    Round 3 12.30pm
    Break 1.15pm–2.15pm

    Round 4 2.15pm
    Round 5 3.00 pm
    Round 6 3.45 pm
    Prize-giving 4.30pm.
    Eligibility Requirements.
    Teams should be comprised of 4 players who are under 16 years of age on 1st September 2014.
    Players with an ICU rating of 900 or less or who are unrated are eligible to compete
    In the tournament.
    (ICU May 2014 rating list applies).

    There will be 3  /4 teams from Rathmines
    Meet up in the Main Hall Ierne Sports Club at 10.20 to form teams and register.
    There may be more that 4 players per team in which case we will have subs and alternate players each round.

    Rathmines …………………………………..
    Captain _______________________________________________
    Ciara, Cillian(pm), Alex, Sean(am), Jinlong, Dayna

    Rathmines …………………………………..
    Captain ________________________________________________
    Dara, Felix, Ilona, Melina, Eoin (am), Gerry, Daniel

    Rathmines ………………………………….
    Captain ________________________________________________
    James, Nedas, Ethan, Hugh, Grace, Utkarash, Theo, Mia

  • Glorney/Gilbert/Robinson/Stokes Internationals get underway

    Follow the games from the 12/u14/u18 Girls and u18 Boys as they take on teams from England, Scotland and Wales from Monday 3rd of August in Scotland.

    Scott, Glorney. Michael and Fiachra, Robinson Team and Henry, Mustakiem and Matthew, Stokes Pictured with members of the coaching team
    Scott, Glorney. Michael and Fiachra, Robinson Team and Henry, Mustakiem and Matthew, Stokes Pictured with members of the coaching team

    Full Irish Squad

    Click on links below to see Live games or Team/ Individual results and Leaderboard.

    Stokes Live Games                                              Stokes results and leaderboard

    Robinson Games Live                                        Robinson results and leaderboard

    Gilbert Live Games                                             Gilbert results and leaderboard

    Glorney Live Game                                             Glorney results and leaderboard

    Further details and pairings 



  • International Selections

    Congratulations to the 6 members of Rathmines Junior Chess Club who have been selected to represent Ireland at the upcoming Glorney and Gilbert International in Sterling, Scotland in August. On the u18 Glorney team, Scott Mulligan, age 14, has been selected to make his first apperance on the Glorney team at  this prestigeous team event.Scott represented Ireland on the u14 team last year. Michael Higgins and Fiachra Scasllan, who last year won the u12 section for Ireland are now on the u14 team for this years challenge. Henry Li, Matthew Gallagher and Mustakeim-Ul Hague make their debut on the u12 team. Liam Coman is on the reserves for the u14, only missing out on selection by 3 points and Muhtarim is on the reserves for the u12’s.Congratulations also to all the players selected for this great event and we look forward to bringing you all the details from Sterling in August   for full details see   http://www.icu.ie/misc/bulletins/JSC_2014_05.pdf

  • Rising Stars and O’Connell Cup Results

    RisingStars2014Congratulations to the Rathmines Junior Team who won the Philip Hogarty Rising Stars Tournament today in ALSAA

    The team, Illona,Nedas, Melina, Gerry and Cathal, played for Rathmines  against seven teams from Leinster, including , Blanchardstown, Skerries, Malahide and Elm Mount and were placed first.The B team, Sanjay, James, Eoin and Ethan had a great tournament with James Prenderville being one of the top scorers in the event and winning a board prize. Elm Mount came second and Skerries third.o'connellrunnerupRathmines O’Connell Cup Team, Ciara Scallan, Eoin Hunter, Alex Mulligan and Cillian Scallan, Captain Stephen Higgins , who won his first 3 games had to leave leave for an important Tennis Match and Ciara Scallan stepped in to win on board one in the final match.

    jamesboardprizeJames receives his board prize for scoring 6 out of 7

    St.Benildus came first in the O’Connell Cup and were presented the perpetual trophy by their club president Gerry O’Connell. Many thanks to Gerry for joining us in ALSAA to present all the awards to the 80 junior chess players who took part. Rathmines came a very close second , Stephen, Alex, Cillian, Eoin and Ciara, played some really great games and finished one point behind the winners. St. Benildus were short one player and Daniel generously opted to play for the St.Benildus team, in particular winning a crucial last round game to help the team to victory and was rewarded for his sportsmanship with a first place O’Connell Cup trophy. Third place was won by Skerries.o'connellcupwinners

    The winning St. Benildus Team, including two board prize winners, pictured with Daniel being presented with the O’Connell Cup.


    Thanks to all the parents and captains who looked after the teams today and made many trips back and forth across the M50  . Special thanks to Peter Scott who compiled all our results and to Gerry O’Connell for joining us for the presentation.


    More pictures and news shortly

  • May Rating List

    The May rating list has just been published and it is great to see the names of so many Rathmines players on the top juniors list. Congratulations to Scott Mulligan on making it to the top 5 on the u18 list, also to Michael Higgins and Fiachra Scallan in the top spots on the u14. In the u12’s , Henry Li, Matthew Gallagher and Mustakim-Ul Hague are on the team. All are due to travel to Scotland this summer to represent Ireland in the Glorney and Faber Cups.

    u14 Top Juniors

    Player Age G Club Rating
    1 Mirza, Diana 13 F St. Michaels 1797
    2 Higgins, Michael 13 M Rathmines Juniors 1566
    3 Hughes, Padraig 12 M Curragh 1525
    4 Scallan, Fiachra 12 M Rathmines Juniors 1489
    5 Manojlovic, Mihailo 13 M St. Benildus 1485
    6 McGrath, Tom 13 M Cork 1450
    7 Beatty, Ross 12 M St. Benildus 1438
    8 Halpenny, David 12 M Dun Laoghaire 1294
    9 O’Gorman, Alice 13 F Shankill 1289
    10 Alfred, Jeffrey 13 M Adare 1236
    11 Melaugh, Shane 12 M Elm Mount 1189
    12 O’Brien, Colum 13 Gonzaga 1158
    13 Ni Mhuireagain, Eibhia 13 F The Ross Chess Club 1143
    14 Goss, Alex 13 M Elm Mount 1106
    15 Baczkowski, Piotr 12 M Drogheda 1103


    U12 Top Juniors

      Player Age G Club Rating
    1 Byrne, Alex 11 M St. Benildus 1599
    2 Li, Henry 11 M Rathmines Juniors 1548
    3 O’Gorman, Tom 11 M Shankill 1541
    4 Dwyer, Daniel 8 M Blanchardstown 1430
    5 Gallagher, Matthew 11 M Rathmines Juniors 1319
    6 Haque, Mustakim-Ul 11 M Rathmines Juniors 1234
    7 Redmond, Joshua 11 M Enniscorthy 1195
    8 Haque, Muhtarim-Ul 10 M Rathmines Juniors 1169
    9 Turner, Eoghan 10 M Rathmines Juniors 1080
    10 Higgins, Stephen 10 M Rathmines Juniors 925
    11 Melaugh, Gavin 10 M Elm Mount 866
    12 Murphy, Adam 10 M Naomh Barrog 862
    13 Hunter, Sean 10 M Rathmines Juniors 804
    14 Thomas, Johan 10 Dun Laoghaire 779
    15 Ferguson, Dayna 9 F 763
    16 Naughton, James 10 M Limerick 749
    17 Kilcullen, Sean 10 M Bray/Greystones 728
    18 Foley, Dylan 8 M Enniscorthy 725
    19 Morley, Joe 10 M Elm Mount 715
    20 Remenyik, David 9 M Gorey 708
    21 Mulligan, Alex 10 M Rathmines Juniors 706
    24 Ferguson, Daniel 7 M 700
    30 Hunter, Eoin 9 M Rathmines Juniors 700
    48 Scallan, Ciara 11 F Rathmines Juniors 700
    29 Scallan, Cillian 9 M Rathmines Juniors 700
    51 Turner, Deirdre 11 F Rathmines Juniors 700

    Congratulations to Liam Coman, Muhtarim-Ul Hague and Stephen Higgins who made the top improvers list

    6 Haque, Muhtarim-Ul 10 M IRL Rathmines Juniors 825 1169 344
    15 Higgins, Stephen 10 M IRL Rathmines Juniors 700 925 225
    19 Coman, Liam 14 M IRL Rathmines Juniors 989 1291 302

  • Garry Kasparov meets Irish Juniors

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    On his recent visit to Ireland Garry Kasparov met with many of Ireland’s Chess enthusiasts and he was particularly keen to meet our young chess players. In the report it is lovely to see so many of our club members and their  friends enjoying the occasion. Watch out for club members form Rathmines, St. Benildus, Shankhill, Blanchardstown, DunLaoighre,Enniscorthy and many more.

    Below is a link to the full report from the icu.


  • ALSAA Chess team challenge

    On April 14th, 8 teams met at ALSSA to take part in a team challenge between Manchester, Ulster and Leinster.

    ALSAAn.dubvUlsterALSAAs.dubvmanALSAA round 1

    Leinster were represented by five teams of u14 players selected for their excellent performances in the Leinster Leagues from a wide range of clubs, Blanchardstown, Drogheda, St. Benildus, Gonzage, Rathmines, Elm Mount, Shankhill, Dun Laoighre, Enniscorthy.

    Players who won the Stokes Cup in 2013 made up one  team ,

    Ross Beatty, Michael Higgins, Fiachra Scallan, David Halpenny, Tom O’Gorman, unfortunately Padraig Hughes was unable to make it on the day

    .Stokes v Rathmines     Leinster Ladies v Ulster

    The strength of the girls junior chess across Leinster made it possible to form a team of Leinster Ladies: Ciara Scallan, Eibhia Ni Muireagain, Alice O’Gorman, Dayna Ferguson and Dierdre Turner were joined by 8year old Admira Keschmeti from Belfast.

    Ross Beattytakes on Alex Goss while Michael Higgins takes on Piotr Baczkowski
    Ross Beatty takes on Alex Goss while Michael Higgins takes on Piotr Baczkowski
    Mihilo on bd 1 and Padraig on bd 3 v Manchester
    Mihailo on bd 1 and Padraig on bd 3 v Manchester


    AlssaLukeScottUlster v Leinster

    North Dublin was represented by Danny Dwyer, Luke Scott, Alex Goss, Luke Keenan, Piotr Baczkowski and Jonathon Tsang 

    South Dublin by Alex Byrne, Padraig Sheehy, Tom Grennell, Mihailo Manojlovic, Joshua Redmond, Robbie Kildea.  

    There were a large number of Rathmines  Juniors in the Leagues this year and they formed the Rathmines team : Liam Coman, Matthew Gallagher, Henry Li, Stephen Higgins, Sean Hunter and Eoghan Turner.Stokes v Rathmines

    We were delighted to be joined by a team from Manchester led by Jullian Clissold. Kevin Ye, Jonny Shine,George Harman, Tom Green and Matthew Cavaliere travelled to the Irish Junior Championships the previous weekend and joined us on Monday in ALSAA.

    Marks sets a challenge for the players

    Mark Newman brought two teams from Ulster, 
    Team 1 ,Eoin McCorkindale , Andrew Todd, John Dawson , Jake Patterson, and Joel Dawson 

    Team 2,Hannah Patterson, Samuel Todd, Pete Todd, Phoebe Patterson and Calvin Patterson

    Mark set all the teams a challenging puzzle test and certificates were awarded to top scorers.

    Luke and Alex scored high on the puzzle challengeDaniel sets out to solve the puzzles

    Luke Keenan and Alex Byrne , left, and Daniel, right,  excel at the challenge.

    Rounds were scored as 1pt for a match win and .5 for a match draw, which made for a very tight scoreboard, with the Stokes Cup Team claiming top position. In 2nd place were South Dublin followed closely by North Dublin.

    Board prizes were awarded to top scorers, Joshua Redmond scored 5 out of 5 for Leinster ,Kevin Ye was the top scorer for Manchester, Alice O’Gorman top scorer for the Ladies team, and John Dawson for Ulster.

    We were joined by Leinster Chess Union  President , Charlie Talbot , who presented all players with their awards.

    Leinster Chess Union President, Charlie Talbot, presents the Leinster Ladies with their certificates
    Leinster Chess Union President, Charlie Talbot, presents the Leinster Ladies with their certificates

    Jullian presenting crestsThe Manchester team presented Leinster and Ulster with trophies especially designed for the occasion, Michael Higgins, Alex Goss and Luke Keenan accepted these on behalf of their teams.

    Thanks to everyone who took part in making it a wonderful occasion.
    Thanks to Balazs Kecskemeti for the photographs, check out his web site for more photos of the day and other junior chess news http://www.logicni.com/news.html