Club Dates for April/May


Thurday 18th – club closed for Easter

Monday 22nd – club closed – public holiday

Thursday 25th – Club Championships round 1 at 7.30

Saturday 27th – BEA C home match

Monday 29th – regular club night


Thursday 2nd – BEA A home match

Monday 6th – club closed – public holiday

Thursday 9th – Club championships round 2 at 7.30

Monday 13th – regular club night

Thursday 16th – Club Championship round 3 at 7.30

Sunday 19th – LCU leagues final round

Monday 20th – regular club night

Thursday 23rd – Club Championships round 4

Monday 27th – regular club night

Thursday 30th – Club Championships round 5



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Club Championships 2019

The final round of the leagues for most teams is unusually late this year on Sunday May 19th so the club championships will kick off in advance of conclusion of the leagues
There will be 3 sections (depending on entry numbers) based on the latest published icu ratings.
A: 1500 +
B: 1200 – 1599
C: up to 1199
In the interests of best competition sections may be amalgamated or players may be floated up a section, at the discretion of the controller.
  • Open to all current members of Rathmines Chess Club
  • 5 or 6 round swiss depending on entry
  • 1 game per week
  • Rate of play 90mins + 15secs increment per move or 105mins all moves (quickplay finish rules apply)  if agreed by both players
  • ICU Rated – including an opportunity for unrated members to get on the rating list
  • Entry fee of €5 – to be paid to John Maher
  • Last year’s champions may play in higher section
  • In the event of a tie for first place the champion will be the determined by rapid play-off (25mins each, unrated) to take place on the Thursday immediately following the final roundThe schedule is as follows:

round 1: Thursday April25th provisionally, following rounds TBD depending on BEA matches

All rounds start at 7.30pm.

Entries by as soon as possible to controller, Tony Bermingham, in any of the following ways:

reply to this post, or
email, or
on notice in club, or
directly to Tony

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Rapid In Club On Monday 9th

As there’s a lull in the league calendar this week we can have a Club Rapid on Monday 9th (not Thursday 4th as previously billed when some league games have been arranged). As usual the mini tournament will have 4 rounds starting at 8pm. Pairings will be be seeded to ensure balanced pairings with a time control is 15mins+10secs


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National Club Championships

The National championships are taking place in Gonzaga over the weekend of 5-7th April. Details here…

If you are interested in being considered for the team please make your interest known to Tomasz, John Maher or myself asap.


We don’t have enough members available to play (including the Heidenfeld team which has a match on Sat 6th), therefore we have not entered a team this year. Pity.

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Blitz on Thursday

We have a week free from home matches this week so we can have a club blitz on Thursday 24th. First round at 8pm. We will have 9 rounds in all so we should be finished by 10. All member and prospective members are welcome to play. You can join or leave as it suits your.

A bit of chess fun and perhaps an opportunity to sharpen your game if you’re playing in Gonzaga at the weekend.

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Gerry McCarthy RIP

it was with great sadness that we learned this week of the death of Gerry McCarthy. Gerry was an active member of  Rathmines over many years. He is remembered as a keen chess player who made many friends in the club. Gerry worked as a journalist and writer. Gerry moved to Cork and continued to play until recently with Cork club CCYMS and participate in tournaments. He will be greatly missed in chess circles in Ireland.

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Holiday Closure

The Christmas Blitz is the last club event of 2018. Thereafter, we will be closed until Monday 7th.

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