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  • 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
  • City of Dublin


    This year’s City of Dublin Chess championships took place in the Gresham Hotel in Dublin’s city centre over the weekend of Friday 12th to Sunday 14th September 2014.


    Rathmines Chess Club was well represented by players in all sections. Scott Mulligan played in the Masters, Michael Higgins, Fiachra Scallan , Henry Li and Matthew Gallagher in the Major, Ciara Scallan , Cillian Scallan,  Sean Hunter, Eoin Hunter and Alex Mulligan in the Junior. It was a great start to the season for them with great results across the board.

    Grading prizes were awarded to Michael Higgins, Fiachra Scallan, Cillian Scallan and Alex Mulligan.COD MichaelCOD fscallan


    There were over 140 competitors in four different sections and the Masters Section was won by Yuri Firstov, with John Redmond in second place and Conor O’Donnell, Peter Hayes and David Murray (all Gonzaga Chess club members) finishing equal third. The grading prize in this section was won by 1115 Killian Delaney.

    The Majors Section was won outright by Karol Marzec of the Elm Mount Chess Club on a score of 5½/6 from Anthony Bourached in second place on a score of 5/6. Didier Kalamba Mukekwa and Ciaran Ruane finished joint 3rd on a score of 4½/6. Bernard Boyle, Michael Higgins and Fiachra Scallan won the grading prizes in the section.

    The Challengers Section was won by Shane Sheedy on a score 5½/6. Three players tied for second on a score of 5/6, Mariusz Lokasto, Jacob Miller and Alexandru Rad. The three grading prizes were won by Shane Melaugh (Elm Mount), Gavin Doyle (Blanchardstown) and Dovydas Pocevicius.

    The Juniors Section was won outright by Cathal Murphy (5½/6) followed by Adam Murphy, Mariusz Filipski and John Halpenny all of whom scored 5/6. The grading prizes went to Susanne Barry, Mark Nagle, Cillian Scallan and Alex Mulligan.

    The overall ladies prize was won by Mercedes Plaza Reino (Juniors Section) who scored 4½/6.

  • International News


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    Irish U12 International Junior, Matthew Gallagher , on a great score of 10.5 from 13 rounds, achieves third place in the Chess Festival St-Ghislain Saint-Lo , France.

    Matthew Gallagher

    Having won his first 7 games in succession he went into round 9 in joint lead on 7/8. A draw and a win in rounds 9 and 10 kept him in contention, just half a point behind the leader, Russian player Asja Cebron. Matthew continued on his impressive form in the closing rounds to secure third place.

    CONGRATULATIONS on such a great performance from us all here in Rathmines.

  • 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