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.
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.