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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Christmas Blitz

The club Christmas Blitz will take place on Thursday 20th with first round at 8pm. As this is a highlight of the club’s calendar we hope that as many members as possible can make it.

For those interested in ‘that sort of thing’ we will afterwards be adjourning to a local hostelry for a seasonal drink.

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Blitz II on Monday19th

Our second blitz of the season will take place on Monday next at 8pm. As usual 9 rounds of 3+2 and members can join at any stage with the appropriate byes.

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Rapid On Thursday 25th

The first Rapid of the season will take place on this coming Thursday 25th, starting at 7.45. This is a good opportunity to play reasonable length games OTB.

The format will be four rounds with time control of 15mins + 10 sec.

With a scheduled max of 50 mins per round the starting times are 7.45, 8.35, 9.25, 10.15, finishing at 11.05. In the event of an exceptionally long game the tie will be adjudicated.

The draw will be seeded so that large rating gaps are avoided as far as possible.

“The more the merrier” so make it if you can. If you can’t make the first round there is no problem joining in at round 2 with a bye.

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League Start-Up Info

The league campaigns for our seven team start in the coming weeks.

Five of our teams go into action at home on Thursday 27th. The Armstrong team goes into action on Saturday 30th while the Heidenfeld team has its first game on the following Monday, Oct 1st.

Captains ware currently getting in touch with squad members getting things organised for the season.

Full details of first games with captains as follows:

Armstrong – Tomasz Skrzypnik (capt) – away to Balbriggan Sat Sep 29th

Heidenfeld – Paul Higgins (capt) – home to St Benildus Mon Oct 1st

Ennis A – Greg Pawlowski (capt) – BvA on Thurs Sep 27th *

Ennis B – Pat Freer (capy) – BvA on Thurs Sep 27th *

BEA A – John Maher (capt) – BvA on Thurs Sep 27th

BEA B – Nick Scallan (capt) – BvA on Thurs Sep 27th

BEA C – Tom Butler (capt) – home to Bray/Greystones – on Thurs Sep 27th *

* note these fixtures are changed from the the LCU published fixtures

Best of luck and an enjoyable season of chess to all our teams.

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First Blitz Of Season

The first Blitz of the season will take place on Thursday 13th Sep at 8pm. All current and prospective members are welcome play. There will be 9 rounds with 3+2 time control.

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