• 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


  • Fantastic weekend for Leinster at the Junior Championships

    With  nail biting finishing rounds in all sections players fought it out for the titles in the 6th rounds today in Ballinasloe.  Daniel Foley was the outright winner of the u8’s , our own Jerome White, played his first Irish Championships with a great score of 3 wins in 6 games. In the u10’s Rathmines were represented by Cillian Scallan joint 3rd, Dayna Fergusona joint 4th  and Eoin Hunter finishing on 3pts. Adam Murphy from Naomh Barrog won on 5pts.

    There was another winner for Leinster in the u12’s with Alex Byrne from St. Benildus convincing winner on 6 out of 6. Rathmines players did very well in this section with Henry Li in 3rd place followed by Haque, Muhtarim-Ul scoring a performance rating of  1534. Matthew Gallagher, AlexMulligan and Sean Hunter all scored 3.5pts, While Ciara Scallan scored 2.5 , she played her first game against a player from England with a rating of 1600 and  won her last match against a player rated 966.

    In the u14’s, Leinster excelled, it came down to a tie break  for first place with Mihailo Manojlovic(st Benildus) and Michael Higgins(Rathmines), both had drawn earlier in round 3. The m buch favoured Mihailo but both players share the title. Ross Beatty, also St Benildus came joint 3rd with Padraigh Hughes(Curragh) . Mustakim – Ul Hague scored 3.5.

    The u16’s/19’s was a complicated affair as the 2 sections were combined, the top scoring u19 was Ben Cullen (Gonzaga) and the top scoring u16 was Cian McGovern Leahy (DunLaoighre) and  Scott Mulligan was placed 2nd u16


    Congratulations to all

  • Irish Junior Chess Championships 2014

    The Irish Junior Chess Championships are currently taking place in Ballinasloe. There is a large representation from Rathmines Juniors at the event.

    U10: Cillian Scallan, Eoin Hunter and Dayna Ferguson

    U12: Matthew Gallagher, Henry Li, Muhtarim-Ul Hague, Alex Mulligan, Sean Hunter and Ciara Scallan

    u14: Michael Higgins, Mustakim-Ul Hague,

    u16-u19: Scott Mulligan


    News of the u8’s to follow shortly

    u10:         http://www.icu.ie/misc/games/sm/irish_juniors2014/u10/

    u12              http://www.icu.ie/misc/games/sm/irish_juniors2014/u12/

    u14              http://www.icu.ie/misc/games/sm/irish_juniors2014/u14/

    u16-u19    http://www.icu.ie/misc/games/sm/irish_juniors2014/u16/




    Good Luck to you all, we will be watching the results with great excitement, Have a great weekend.




  • Garry Kasparov’s visit to Ireland

    fiachra&KasparovFiachra Scallan meeting with Garry Kasparov on his recent trip to Dublin


    On Friday March 28th Garryy Kasparov will begin a two day visit to Ireland. As part of his engagements he is visiting the Mansion House  for the annual Comórtas Fichille Cúige Laighean where he will meet young players from Gaelscoileanna from all over Leinster .  During this tournament some of Irelands young junior chess stars will be honoured. Among these are the under 12 Bernadette Stokes team who came home triumphant from the annual 4 Nations chess tournament
    last summer (Ireland, England, Scotland, & Wales); Rathmines chess club are very proud of  Fiachra Scallan and Michael Higgins, two Rathmines members of that very impressive u12 Irsh Team, who will be honoured on the day along with their team mates, Padraig Hughes, David Halpenny, Tom O’Gorman and Ross Beatty. Garry Kasparov will also meet Diana Mirza, who at the age of 13 is the Irish Women’s chess champion, 8 year old Daniel Dwyer, Bunratty Minors Champion and 8 year old Admira Kecskemeti, under 12 chess champion of Northern Ireland.  Irish and Russian will be the only languages spoken in the Mansion House during this event.
    Fiachra Scallan and Daniel Dwyer will speak in Irish and Russian on behalf of the children.

    Congratulations to all the young players attending the event, it is wonderful to see your dedication and efforts being celebrated and we hope that you really enjoy the occasion

    stokes winners.glorney3stokes cup 015Under 12s with President Higgins

    please open the link below to read the full press release of Garry Kasparov’s visit.


  • Ireland Junior Training Squads

    A big CONGRATULATIONS to the 12  Rathmines Chess Players who have been selected for the National Training Squads.
    Scott, Peter, Michael, Fiachra, Liam, Matthew, Henry, Eoghan, Mustakim, Muhtarim, Sean ans Dayna.
    Details below are taken from report by Darko Polimac on the ICU web site.
    The Junior Selection Committee has announced the following junior training squads. Juniors should be reminded that this is does not indicate any selection for Irish Junior teams. This will happen later in the year and announcements will be made in due course. These squads are based on the January ICU ratings. Players are asked to confirm to the Junior officer their interest in participation.Please contact juniors@icu.ie before 10th of March to confirm the place and arrange payment. Juniors will be asked to contribute €75 towards the cost of the training. All coaching will be provided in Dublin. The coaches are GM Alexander Baburin, IM Sam Collins, FM David Fitzsimons and Darko Polimac.The coaching dates are: Sunday 23rd March, Sunday 27th April, Sunday 11th or 18th May and Sunday 15th or 22nd June.

    The selected players are:


    1. Conor O’Donnell
    2. Oissine Murphy
    3. John Cormican
    4. Scott Mulligan
    5. Eoin Minnock
    6. James Danaher
    7. Cian McGovern Leahy
    8. Alex Buckley
    9. Peter Cooke
    10. Cian Guinan


    1. Padraig Hughes
    2. Ross Beatty
    3. Michael Higgins
    4. Mihailo Manojelovic
    5. Fiachre Scallan
    6. David Halpenny
    7. Liam Coman
    8. Tom McGrath
    9. Jeffrey Alfred
    10. Shane Melaugh
    11. Piotr Baczkowski
    12. David Kearney


    1. Tom O’Gorman
    2. Matthew Gallagher
    3. Henry Li
    4. Alex Byrne
    5. Eoghan Turner
    6. Mustakim Ul Haque
    7. Daniel Dwyer
    8. Tom Grennell
    9. Muhtarim Ul Haque
    10. JoshuaRedmond
    11. Sean Hunter
    12. Gavin Melaugh


    1. Diana Mirza
    2. Catherine Hearne
    3. Alice O’Gorman
    4. Eibhia O’Mhuireagan
    5. Anastasija Manojolevic
    6. Dayna Fergueson