• Grand Prix Feb

    Two Grand Prix events took place today in Dublin
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    In the Dublin Junior Chess Club event
    Fiachra Scallan came 1st u12 and Michael Higgins came 1st u 10.
    Stephen Higgins, Cillian Scallan and Ciara Scallan also won medals.
    In Alexander Baburins Grand Prix event prizes were awarded to Rathmines Players
    Scott Mulligan 6/6, Zoe Mulligan, David Halpenny, Top scoreres also included
    Matthew Gallagher, Peter Carton and  John Carton

  • Bunratty Chess Festival 2012

    Bodley Table as of 8th March

    Team                           Played          Pts               Still to play

    Balbrigan…………………… 8……….25.5

    Cavan………………………..7………..24.5          Ben b

    Rathmines Juniors………..7……….. 18.5       Naomh Barrog

    St Benildus B………………. 7………..18 .5       Cavan

    Inchicore…………………..7…………. 17.5      BrayA

    Bray  Greystones A ………7…………16         Inchicore

    Naomh Barrog……………..7……… 18            Rath

    St Benildus A……………….7…………15        Bray B

    Bray Greystones B………..7…………6.5       Ben A

    Bunratty Chess 2012

    extract taken from Report by Gerry Graham on the icu web page

    “…The 19th Bunratty Chess Festival took place in the Bunratty Castle Hotel from February 17th to 19th and it was, without doubt, the strongest weekender ever held in Ireland and one of the strongest in the world ! The line-up included no less than 10 grandmasters, 10 international masters, and a few fide masters too. They were from mostly England, Ireland and Scotland but we did have one from Portugal, Luis Galego GM as well as two from Romania Andrei Istratescu and Constantin Ionescu, both GMs as well as the American IM, John Donaldson.

    Top seed this year was GM Michael Adams ( pictured below ) from England, who enjoyed his first ever visit to the event, undoubtedly made all the sweeter by the result.

    Mickey Adams GM - Bunratty Masters ChampionSecond seed, Nigel Short was in fine form at this year’s event and his game against the defenting champion, Gawain Jones, in the last round was a particularly good example of this imaginative style, he certainly pushed hard for a win in this fine game.”…..  for full report go to


    Rathmines Junior Chess Players took part in the minor section of the event with excellent results

    Scott Mulligan, scored 4.5 points and won a grading prize

    Fiachra Scallan scored 3 points and Alex Mulligan 2 points

    to see List of Prizewinners follow the link


  • Bodley Cup Match v’s Bray Greystones A

    Bodley Table as of 26th feb below

    Team                           Played          Pts               Still to play

    Balbrigan…………………… 7……….22.5       BrayB/ BenB

    Rathmines Juniors………..6……….. 17        Cavan/ Naomh Barrog

    St Benildus B………………. 6………..16 .5      Balbriggan/ Cavan

    Inchicore…………………..6…………. 15        BrayA/BenA

    Bray  Greystones A ………6…………14          Naomh Barrog / Inchicore

    Naomh Barrog……………..6………. 15            Bray A/ Rath

    Cavan……………………….. 5………..16           Rath/ BrayB/ Ben b

    St Benildus A……………….6…………12.5       Inch/ Bray B

    Bray Greystones…………. 6…………6.5       Bal/ Cavan/ Ben A


    by Nick Scallan

    Jobstown have pulled out of the Bodley.   All results against them will be annulled, and all points gained will be lost and the target for a board prize is now 6/8 instead of 7/9 .   The games will still count for rating purposes.

    The new updated points table below puts us in first place, but still awaiting results from games played last week and today. As soon as I hear any news I will update it.

    The ongoing adventure of the Rathmines Juniors first season in the adult Leinster leagues continued on Saturday, when the team came up against a very experienced Bray/Greystones A squad. Moral within the team was good after our recent victories over Ballbriggan and St Benildus A, and the team were hoping to record our first home win of the season.

    The team lined out with one change from the St Benildus match, with a line up of Scott Mulligan, Fiachra Scallan, Michael Higgins, Liam Coman and Philip French.

    The early exchanges were not going Rathmines way, and our hopes took a setback when Philips match on board 5 was first to finish. Philip had a strong attack going, and was putting strong pressure on the opponents king, when he got caught with a sucker punch, counter attack mate. We were One Nil down, and things were not going our way on the other boards. Michaels opponent had worked a rook advantage, Liam was a rook for a bishop behind, and both Scott and Fiachra were in very technical positions against highly rated opponents…

    But slowly but surely the tide began to turn. Word came from the room that Michael had won back the rook, and then Liam worked his way into a strong advantage capturing his opponents bishop and rook on board 4. His opponent pushed his F pawn  trying for a Queen pawn mate, but Liam expertly got in behind for the win, before his opponent could finish off his attack. One all and we were back in the match.

    Next up Fiachra on board 2 had worked an advantage. He pinned his opponents rook, and then followed up with a decisive bishop rook attack to force a mate. Suddenly after and hour and a half we were 2-1 up, and we had also worked advantages on the other boards.

    Michael went into the endgame with rook, minor piece and 6 pawns to rook minor piece and 5 pawns, whilst Scott was also a pawn ahead. Michael played a great endgame to promote his pawn first, and secure victory to bring the Score to 3:1 after a long 2 hour battle against the Bray captain.

    It was now down to team captain Scott on Board 1. After a 2 ½ hour epic battle, Scott converted a Knight and 5 pawns to Knight and 3 pawns endgame to a fourth victory on a great afternoon for the team.

    Afterwards the shocked Bray team were very complementary to how well and composed the team played in a series of very tense matches.

    The Result now sees the team up to third in the table with 3 games remaining


  • Chesszone @ Rathmines

    St. Benildus Charity Blitz.

    Rathmines Juniors took part in the St. Benildus Charity Blitz. 49 players took part with ratings ranging from unrated up to over 2100. They were divided into groups of seven with one player progressing from each group. The higher rated player was given 2 minutes on the clock with the lower player getting 8mins.

    Scott Mulligan and Michael Higgins progressed to the quarter final stages and played Sam Osborne and Lukasz Goralski respectively,Both juniors put up a sturdy fight against their higher rated opponents, but Sam and Lukasz prevailled. Sam went on to come second while Lukasz came third.

    In the opening rounds some surprising results were recorded. Stephen Higgins won his match against one of St. Benildus top Bodley players, Peter Fletcher. Oscar Twomey beat Shay Scott 1300+from Malahide.

    St. Benildus raised €956  to be split between the Simon Community and the Samaritans. Thanks to all the organisers for a great night.

    Club Blitz

    On the same evening a  junior blitz was held in our own club . With 5 minutes per player we played 4 rounds. Great excitment was had. 5 minutes was a challenge for many of the players. Very close games ended with the clock falling.

     Matthew Gallagher 1st and John Carton 2nd
    PeterCarton, Dara Lynch and Thomas Warnert came  joint third with 3 points

    Great success at Gonzaga Tournament

    Rathmines Junior Players took part in the Gonzaga Challengers.

    Great performances from all players, Fiachra Scallan, Stephen Higgins, Michael Higgins, John Carton, Peter Carton, Alex Mulligan, Scott Mulligan and Matthew Gallagher.We cannot display this gallery

    Scott Mulligan finished in third place on 5/6 defeated only by the eventual winner, a Rathmines Club Heidenfeld player, Oriel O’Cathail.
    Excellent results for Michael Higgins on 4/6, and Fiachra and Alex on 3/6,
    Peter, Matthew, John and Stephen were playing for the first time in a major senior tournament. As some of the youngest players in the event they all recorded wins against very strong opposition

    Benildus Blitz next Wednesday night

    GM Alexander Baburin Tournament, January

    1st Scott Mulligan  6/6  2nd Michael Higgins 5.5 /6   Best Girl Tara Coveney
    Merit awards Zoe Mulligan and Georgia Coveney
    High Scorers
    Peter Carton 5/6    Matthew Gallagher and Fiachra Scallan 4.5/6

    Well Done

  • Leinster Junior Chess Championships

    1. We cannot display this galleryThe Leinster Junior Chess Championships took place over two weekends in the Stillorgan Park Hotel.

    Congratulations to all the Rathmines Juniors who took part, with great success.

    U10’s 2nd place went to Mattew Gallagher, with Tom Grennell 3rd,, Alex Mulligan 4th Stephen Higgins 5th, Cillian Scallan 6th on 4 out of 5 points. John Carton scored 3.5 out of 5.

    U11’s Ist Place went to Michael Higgins with Fiachra Scallan in 3rd place.

    U12’s Fiachra Scallan came 5th and David Halpenny 8th.

    U14’s Peter Cooke, the first member of the Rathmines Junior Club came 1st. Michael Higgins 7th, Fiachra Scallan 9th and David Halpenny 11th.

    U16’s Scott Mulligan came 8th

  • Bodley victory for Rathmines Juniors

    Following on from a great victory 3.5 to 1.5 away to Balbriggan, Rathmines Juniors had an another successful outing away to St. Benildus A.

    Thanks to Kevin Burke and Frank Scott for organising extra matches between St. Benildus  and Rathmines Junior players, including  Philip French, Peter Carton, Nikita Koush, Alex Mulligan, John Carton, Tara Coveney, Matthew Gallagher, Stephen Higgins and Cillian Scallan, with lots of wins amongst the many games played.

    The Bodley Team, Scott Mulligan, Liam Coman, Fiachra Scallan, Michael Higgins and Oscar Twomey had a fantastic 3-2 victory over St. Benildus A.

    Leading the team on Board 1, Scott , won a piece early against Andrew Kyne-Delaney to get our first win of the night. this puts Scott on 3.5 out of 5.

    On Board 2 Liam had a very exciting game, after losing a pawn early he came back to a piece for 3 pawns but came under great pressure from the in form Tom Kearney. Tom went on to win a very complicated position.

    Oscar Twomey, who was on 3 out of 3 in the Bodley, was paired with James Kearnes.In a very instructive game, James, after winning 2 pawns showed fantastic technique and end game play to convert his advantage.

    Michael Higgins’ first match for the Bodley was pretty even for most of the opening but once in the middle game Michael outplayed his opponent and trapped his rook in the middle of the board, winning with a clever back rank mate threat.

    Top scorer in the Bodley League on 4.5 out of 5, Fiachra Scallan. had the last game of the evening to finish clinching the win for Rathmins Juniors. In a very impressive performance he forced his opponent to resign in a King pawn ending with Fiachra having the only piece, a Knight, on the board.

    A great night was enjoyed by everyone. Many thanks to our hosts and players.

  • Welcome

    Club will be open again after the Christmas break on 23rd Jan.

    Welcome to the new Rathmines Juniors Chess Club website.   Drop in from time to time to get the latest news our upcoming and recent club events and news .

    We meet on Wednesday nights in the Kenilworth Bowling Club in Grosnover Square off Leinster Road, Rathmines at 7pm until 8.30pm.

    For details call maura at 0858452008

    or email mauraosborne@eircom.net