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  • Rathmines Junior Chess Club dates

    Rathmines Junior Chess Club will be back on Monday September 17th at 7.15pm. To book your place please contact mauraosborne@eircom.net.

    Our Wednesday Club for advanced players will resume on Wednesday 19th of September at 7.15pm. We are looking forward to seeing you all again and hearing about all your activities over the summer. Drop me a line to mauraosborne@eircom.net  to confirm your return.

    Monday 7.15pm to 8.15pm

    Wednesday 7.15pm to 8.30pm

    Kenilworth Bowling Club, Grosvenor Square,  Rathmines.

    Location  https://www.yelp.ie/map/kenilworth-bowling-club-dublin


  • Super results for Rathmines Players UPDATE


    The Irish Chess Union has announced the Junior Irish International Team for this year’s Glorney Cup competitions, which will take place in Daventry, England, from the 17th to 20th July.

    Rathmines Junior Chess Club would like to congratulate all those who are selected, including six members of the Rathmines Junior Chess Club


    Scott Mulligan has been selected on the U-18 Glorney Cup team alongside Tom O Gorman, Luke Scott, Ross Beatty and former Rathmines player Henry Li.


    Mustakim Ul Haque and Sean Hunter have both been selected for the u14 Robinson Cup team, joining Alex Byrne, Josh Redmond, Gavin Melaugh and Denis RuchO. Matthew Gallagher is first reserve


    Muhtarim Ul Haque , Utkarsh Gupta and Sanjay Menon have been selected for the U12 Stokes cup team, alongside Danny Dwyer, James Naughton, David Remenyik and Adam Murphy. Felix Jordan is first reserve.


    The Gilbert U18 ladies team will consist of Alice O Gorman, Mercedes Plaza Reino and Anastasija Manojlovic.


    Utkarsh Gupta achieved 2nd place in the u1400 event in Ennis Congress scoring 4 wins and 2 draws


    Over the first three rounds the following players have been placed in the top 4 and won Grand Prix Points

    Nived Binu Daniel, Milena Mkrtichyan, Liam Hunter, Charles Ridgeway, Sean Hunter, Santo SenCillian Scallan, Fiachra Scallan, Sanjay Menon, Utkarash Gupta, Jack McIntyre, Isobel Ridgeway, Saya Sen, Santo Sen,



    Sanjay Menon won the Minor Section with a score of 5.5 / 6 A very impressive performance from Sanjay who played three of his games on the live boards as he led throughout the event.

    Eoin Hunter scored 3.5 pts and Liam Hunter and Liam O’Laoide scored 3pts

    Muhtarim-Ul Haque won the Major Section with 5.5 / 6. Matthew Gallagher scored 3pts , Sean Hunter scored 2.5 pts Utkarsh Gupta and Felix Jordan scored 2pts,


    Good luck to the Rathmines team tonight in the O’Sullivan Cup Semi-final v Bray taking place in the senior club


    Best of luck to the large group of Rathmines Juniors taking part in the Irish Junior Championships in Killiney this weekend.

    So far 23 players from Rathmines are signed up to play


    follow the events at https://ijcc2016.wordpress.com


    Lots to celebrate when return after the Easter Holidays on April 4th and 6th

  • LCU Grand Prix

    grand prix

    Rathmines players

    Liam Hunter 1st under 8

    Milena Mkrtichyan 2nd u10

    Nived Binu Daniel  1st u10


    Cillian Scallan came 1st u12 and Eoin Hunter came joint 3rd.

    In the u15 section which was won by Tom O’Gorman , Fianchra Scallan came 2nd and Sean Hunter came 3rd.

    12 Rathmines players took part in the first of these 4 one day events and all played very well and were all medal winners. Congratulations.

  • Chess News

    A lot has been happening over the Christmas break and Rathmines Juniors have been very busy.

    Well done to Cillian Scallan who won his section  of the Leinster Chess Unions Christmas Blitz in December.

    The Leinster Junior Championships took place in Bray with a large group of players from Rathmines taking part.

    In the u10’s Zhengzun Wang came 2nd with Andrew and Liam joint 5th, James Prenderville scored 3.5, Yubo Wang 3 and Eric Wang 2.

    Great result for Utkarash Gupta 2nd in under 11’s and to Sanjay Menon, Cillian Scallan and Yubo Wang joint 3rd.

    Andrew He and Liam Hunter finished on 4pts each and Jack McIntyre and Eric Wang finished on 2.5 points each in this very strong competition

    Sanjay, Andrew , Eoin Hunter, Utkarash and Cillian came joint 3rd in the u12’s

    In the u14’s Matthew Gallagher came 4th, Sean Hunter, Eoin Hunter and Ciara Scallan finished on 3pts, making Ciara the top scoring girl u14. While Cillian Scallan scored 2 in this section.

    This year’s Mick Germaine Cup competition,  took place on 12th December in the Ierne Sports and Social Club in Drumcondra, home of the Elm Mount Chess club. The event is for teams of junior players under 16 years of age and rated below 900 or unrated.


    The victorious Rathminors pictured left. Cillian Scallan, Ciara Scallan Captain, Sanjay Menon, Utkarash Gupta

    19 teams of 4 from both chess clubs and schools took part in the 6 round competition. The outright winners, by a margin of 4.5 points, were “Rathminors”. Sanjay Menon, was the team’s highest individual scorer with a 6 wins from six games. The other three team members (Cillian Scallan, Ciara Scallan and Utkarsh Gupta also achieved impressive individual scores of 5.5, 5 and 5 respectively). The only other player in the event with a perfect score of 6 from 6 was Sam Kelly of the Malahide Majors team.

    The Malahide Maurarders and Maestros finished second and third respectively while a third Malahide team, the Majors were joint 4th with the Monkstown Rooks team.

    Fantastic results from all the Rathmines players across the many competitions over the Christmas period.



  • World Youth Chess Championships in Greece

    Rathmines Chess Club are very proud of the junior chess squad competing in Greece at the World Championships.

    Especially our own club members Fiachra, Michael,  Stephen, Ciaran, Anjali and Dayna

    We wish you all the best of  luck in all your games and hope you have a fantastic tournament. It is a great achievement to reach this standard and be selected to play for your country. So go out there and enjoy every minute.

    This is a great squad of plyers who have played together over many competitions over the last number of years, particularly in the recent Glorney and Faber Competition, where Ireland came 1st in the Glorney, and Robinson Cup and tied first in the Faber. Also many of them played together in Milfield in the UK  representing Gonzaga and St. Benildus where they took first place in both the Championship and Minor sections.  They have a fantastic attitude and committment,

    Go team Ireland.

    Results from the last round of the world youth championships

    SNo Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pts. Rk. Group
    106 Tirziman Rudolf 1854 IRL 0 0 1 1 0 ½ ½ 1 1 0 0 5,0 76 Open U18
    122 Maher Conor 1901 IRL 0 0 1 0 ½ 0 1 0 ½ 1 0 4,0 136 Open U16
    149 Plaza Reino Agustin 1544 IRL 0 ½ 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 3,5 141 Open U16
    140 Byrne Alex 1729 IRL 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 6,0 85 Open U14
    145 Scallan Fiachra 1698 IRL 0 ½ 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 4,5 144 Open U14
    153 Beatty Ross 1660 IRL 0 ½ 0 1 1 0 0 ½ 0 1 1 5,0 134 Open U14
    162 Higgins Michael 1596 IRL 0 ½ 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 4,5 151 Open U14
    166 Murphy Adam 1455 IRL 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 1 1 0 0 ½ 3,5 187 Open U12
    190 Higgins Stephen 0 IRL 0 0 0 1 ½ ½ 1 0 0 0 0 3,0 192 Open U12
    201 Walsh Ciaran 0 IRL 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 ½ 0 3,5 184 Open U12
    73 Dwyer Daniel 1652 IRL 1 0 1 0 ½ 1 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 5,0 107 Open U10
    61 Kecskemeti Arnold 1063 IRL 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 5,0 92 Open U08
    79 Ni Mhuireagain Eibhia 1338 IRL 0 0 1 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 3,5 77 Girls U18
    51 WCM Mirza Diana 1898 IRL 0 1 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 0 0 ½ 5,0 61 Girls U16
    99 Plaza Reino Mercedes 1463 IRL 0 0 0 1 1 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 4,0 109 Girls U14
    114 Ferguson Dayna 0 IRL 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 1 0 1 0 ½ 4,0 107 Girls U12
    64 Kecskemeti Admira Aida 1272 IRL 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 ½ 4,5 91 Girls U10
    108 Walsh Anjali 0 IRL 0 1 0 0 ½ 0 0 1 0 ½ ½ 3,5 104 Girls U10

    The Irish team returned from the World Yoths in Greece today. All 18 players performed very well as you can see in the chart above.  It is great to see such strong performances across all the age groups and it is very promising for the future. By all accounts it was also a very positive and enjoyable event both on and off the boards.  Congratulations to you all for your tremendous efforts and achievement.



    Article on Chessdom about Anjali Walsh


    Check out this wonderful article (link above) on Chessdom.com..  8-year old Anjali Walsh is one of the many players currently competing in the massive FIDE World Youth & Cadets 2015 in Porto Carras. She is together with 111 girls of her age in the U10 group.

    Anjali, however, is not just another chess player. She is passionate about chess and all aspects of the game even at such early age. Last spring, Irish citizens Anjali and her brother Ciaran Walsh traveled from their hometown of Seattle, USA, with their emigrant dad to visit their Irish grandfather and to play in the world-famous Bunratty Chess Festival held in a small village in the west of Ireland. Before that tournament, while 10-year-old Ciaran visited their grandfather’s childhood home near the Cliffs of Moher, 8-year-old Anjali together with other chess trainers including her dad successfully participated in a rigorous 3-day FIDE TRG Trainers’ Seminar taught by FST Kevin O’Connell. This seminar was followed by a tough written exam.


    I8 Boys and Girls are representing Ireland in the World Championship Groups between the ages of u8 to u18.

    No. Name FideID FED Rtg Name
    106 Tirziman Rudolf 2508664 IRL 1854 Open U18
    122 Maher Conor 2509563 IRL 1901 Open U16
    151 Plaza Reino Agustin 32083483 IRL 1544 Open U16
    140 Byrne Alex 2508788 IRL 1729 Open U14
    145 Scallan Fiachra 2507528 IRL 1698 Open U14
    153 Beatty Ross 2507552 IRL 1660 Open U14
    162 Higgins Michael 2507153 IRL 1596 Open U14
    167 Murphy Adam 2509458 IRL 1455 Open U12
    191 Higgins Stephen 2508486 IRL 0 Open U12
    202 Walsh Ciaran 2510391 IRL 0 Open U12
    74 Dwyer Daniel 2507927 IRL 1652 Open U10
    61 Kecskemeti Arnold 2509121 IRL 1063 Open U08
    80 Ni Mhuireagain Eibhia 2505665 IRL 1338 Girls U18
    51 WCM Mirza Diana 2503999 IRL 1898 Girls U16
    100 Plaza Reino Mercedes 24511951 IRL 1463 Girls U14
    114 Ferguson Dayna 2509342 IRL 0 Girls U12
    65 Kecskemeti Admira Aida 2508559 IRL 1272 Girls U10
    110 Walsh Anjali 2509687 IRL 0 Girls U10

    Follow the games of the Irish Junior Chess Sqaud as they fight it out over 11 rounds at the World Youth Chess Championships in Greece.       follow this link


  • Rathmines Juniors win the O’Connell Cup

    The Rathmines Junior team of Eoin Hunter, Felix Jordan, Sanjay Menon and Utkarash Gupta won the O’Connell Cup held in ALSAA on May 10th.  Over 120 players took part across the two sections. 26 teams in all. In the Rising Stars the Rathmines all girl team of Illona, Melina, Meghna and Anshika came joint third. The Rathmines Juniors and The Rathmines Comets put in great performances in the rising stars also. Well done to everyone.


    O’Connell Cup and Philip Hogarty Rising Stars   Report

    Sunday May 10th


    There was a great turnout to the junior team event. Over 125 juniors took part from clubs and schools all over Leinster. The Rising Stars section had 20 teams competing. The overall winners were Tom O’Sullivans Malahide Club Teams taking both first and second place. In joint third place were the school team Pope John Paul  II,  Monkstown  Junior Club team and Rathmines Juniors all girl team.

    Several teams entered for the first time and were in the running for the best newcomer award. This was won by the Team from Rathoath/Meath.


    1 Malahide Militants,
    2 Malahide Majestics,
    3-5 Pope John Paul II,
    Monkstown B,
    Rathmines Starlets,
    6-10 Skerries
    Rathmines Juniors,
    NDNSP 1,
    Team TOP,
    Rathmines Comets,
    11-13 NDNSP
    Elm Mount,
    Meath Juniors,
    14-16 Skerries 2,
    Enniscorthy Grandmasters,
    Ralet Rooks,
    17-19 Maynooth Educate Together,
    Belgrove NDNSP,
    Skerries Paul,
    20-22 Elm Mount 2,
    Ralet Bishops,

    The O’Connell Cup was a Round Robin between teams from Rathmines, Monkstown, Malahide, Blanschardstown , St. Benildus and Skerries.1

    Rathmines and Monkstown went into the final round on 4 points each. The Rathmines team  captained by Eoin Hunter with Felix Jordan, Sanjay Menon and Utkarash Gupta won out and were presented with the O’Connell Cup. Many thanks to Gerry O’Connell from St. Benildus who presented the prizes.


    2 Monkstown A,
    3 Malahide Marauders,
    4 Team OP,
    5 St Benildus,
    6 Skerries,

  • Irish Junior Chess Championships

    The Irish Junior Championships took place in the Carlton Hotel. Blanchardstown Chess Club treated us to a fantasic junior event. The Blanchardstown committee members and many volunteers worked very hard to put together a very successful tournament.

    photos by mauricegrehanphotography.com

    Gallery of Rathmines Players         https://www.pinterest.com/ossies4/rathmines-junior-players/


    Rathmines Juniors competed in many sections with very impressive results. In the under 16’s Mustakim Ul-Hague came 3rd. U14’s Henry Li came 2nd and Muhtarim Ul-Hague came 3rd  Fiachra Scallan scored 4 . In the U 12’s Ciara Scallan was the highest placed girl scoring 4.5, Sean Hunter, Stephen Higgins, Eoin Hunter, Alex Mulligan and Ciaran Walsh all scored 3.5.  In the U10’s Felix Jordan and Cillian Scallan scored 4points, James Prenderville  and Anjali Walsh scored 3.5 and Sanjay Menon and Richard Sheahan scored 3points . U8 Andrew He scored 4 , Liam Hunter 3.5, Sean Gannon 3 and Kate Gallagher 2.

    The new 2015 Champions 

    Under 19 Tom O’Gorman  , Dun Laoighaire

    Under 16 Conor O’Donnell, Gonzaga

    Under 14 Padraig Hughes, Curragh

    Under 12 Danny Dwyer, Blanchardstown

    Under 10 Admira Kecskemeti, LogicNI

    Under 8 Arnold Kecskemeti, LogicNI

    Highest placed girls were,

    u19 Anastasija Manojlovic, St. Benildus

    u16 Diana Mirza, St. Michael’s

    U14 Mercedes Plaza Reino, Enniscorthy

    u12 Ciara Scallan, Rathmines

    u10 Admira Kecskemeti, LogicNI

    u8 Giulia Doherty, winner of the New Ireland Perpetual Trophy.


    Well done to you all .


  • Irish Squad win Glorney for second time

    • Following on last years successful tournament held in Ireland, where Ireland won the Glorney for the first time in almost 50 years, the Glorney team have won for a second time. The Robinson, u14, team have also retained their 1st place, while the Gilbert Girls team have come second to England and the Stokes,u12’s have come third ahead of Wales, England B and Scotland. The years tournament saw the return of France to the competition.
    • Congratulations to a fantastic squad of players, coaches and managers.

    Best overall squad in the tournament.

    Team Board Prizes

    • Glorney: Scott Muligan 5/5 on Bd 5
    • Gilbert: Alice O’Gorman 3.5/5 Bd 1
    • Robinson: Alex Byrne 4.5/5 on Bd 1
    • Stokes: Sanjay Menon 3.5/5 on Bd 5
    Glorney 2016 - Squad
    Glorney 2016 Day 3 Knight Knight
    Glorney 2016 - Irish Supporters
    Glorney 2016 - Homeward Bound
    Glorney 2016 - Glorney Winners
    Glorney 2016 - Official Sketch
    Glorney 2016 - Robinson Winners
    Rathmines Junior Chess Club would like to congratulate all the players, coaches and organisers who supported this fantastic squad. Especially to Rathmines players, Scott Mulligan, Muthariem Ul-Hague, Mustakiem Ul-Hagie, Sean Hunter, Utkarash Gupta and Sanjay Menon

    U18 Open selection for training

    Name Rating
    O’Donnell, Conor 2148
    McGovern Leahy, Cian 2006
    Byrne, Alex 1791
    Mulligan, Scott 1765
    Minnock, Eoin 1760
    Keating, Geoffrey 1716
    Li, Henry 1716
    Maher, Conor 1701
    Hughes, Padraig 1700
    O’Gorman, Tom 1698

    U18 Girls selection for training

    Name Rating
    Mirza, Diana 1637
    O’Gorman, Alice 1409
    Manojlovic, Anastasija 1314
    Hearne, Catherine 1281
    Walsh, Anjali ) (NWSRS) 1270*
    Ni Mhuireagain, Eibhia 1143
    Bolger, Katherine 863

    U14 Open Selection for training

    Name Rating
    Higgins, Michael 1684
    Scallan, Fiachra 1473
    Beatty, Ross 1470
    Redmond, Joshua 1437
    Haque, Mustakim-Ul 1353
    Halpenny, David 1351
    Gallagher, Matthew 1345
    Kildea, Robbie 1344
    Melaugh, Shane 1312
    Burke, Killian 1282
    Devilly, Sean 1224
    Onslow, Alfie (ECF) 152*

    U12 Open selection for training

    Name Rating
    Dwyer, Daniel 1618
    Haque, Muhtarim-Ul 1276
    Murphy, Adam 1227
    Hunter, Sean 1034
    Melaugh, Gavin 973
    Ferguson, Dayna 878
    Mulligan, Alex 870
    Naughton, James 851
    Fitzgerald, Niall 847
    Ruchko, Denis 843
    Thomas, Johan 826
    Higgins, Stephen 805
    Onslow, Teddy (ECF) 114*
    Walsh, Ciaran (NWSRS) 1380*


    *Note: Equivalent ratings used for those seeking full ICU ratings before May 2015. Applies to junior coaching squad selection only. Equivalent ratings are NOT used for international selection – see junior selection criteria.


    CONGRATS TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN SELECTED. we are very proud of the many Rathmines Juniors who have been selected and we wish you the best of luck.

    for further details check the link below




    The Gonzaga College Chess  Classic took place from Jan 16th to 18th.

    Many Rathmines juniors took part in all sections.

    It was great to see so many young players qualifying to play in the Masters Section. A fantastic achievement for transition year student, Conor O’Donnell, who organised a great tournament, and topped it off by winning the Masters.

    Highlights of the weekend for Rathmines:

    Sean Hunter winner of the Challangers section

    Ciara Scallan, who along with Alice O’Gorman(Shankhill) won top female player  of the tournament.

    In the Masters, Henry Li  achieved a draw with last years Irish Senior Champion FM Colm Daly and Michael Higgins scored a very solid 3pts.

    More to follow when I get the official crosstables



  • Fiachra’s simultaneous display

    One of our top juniors, indeed one of Rathmines Chess Clubs top players, Fiachra Scallan, gave a similtaneous display in the Rathmines Junior Chess Club.


    Picture 1 of 1

    Fiachra, in his games against, Felix, Ciara, Nedas, Dara, were some of the eight games he took on.

    Fiachra proved impossible to beat, with the only draw of the night going to Dara Lynch. It was great preparation for the Mick Germaine Cup which saw many of the players perform very well. Top scorers at the MIck Germaine Cup were Cillian and Felix , and 2nd place overall to Ciara, Sean, Cillian, Alex and Daniel