Club Championships

As the league season nears the end, the final round is on Sunday April 29th in the ALSAA Sports Club.

As usual our club championships take place after the leagues and are scheduled to finish by the start of June after five rounds.

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 round swiss
  • 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 May 5th
round 2: Thursday May 12th
round 3: Thursday May 19th
round 4: Thursday May 24nd
round 5: Thursday May 29th

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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Blitz On Thursday

We will be having a club blitz tournament on Thursday next, the 5th. As usual we will have 9 rounds and start at 8.00 pm. This will probably be our last blitz considering we’re at the busy part of the league season and following that with the club championships.

Many of you will know club member and regular Dave Condren. Dave’s niece, Abigail, has a severe case of autism and is non-verbal. The family are fund-raising for a charity, My Canine Companion, to go towards providing Abigail with an autism assistance dog. We’d like to take the opportunity of the blitz to raise some money towards this worthy cause. Although there is no entry fee to the tournament, we will provide the opportunity to make a donation if you so wish.

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Haque Brothers Big Win

Congratulations to two of our Armstrong players, the brothers Mustakim and Muhtarim Ul Haque who shared first place in the Easter 1800+ closed event. Both scored 7/9 and recorded outstanding tournament performance ratings of 2067 and 2085. Shouldn’t be long before they’re competing in the norm tournaments. Well done to both!

Peter Cafolla finished with an excellent 6/9 while  Abul Kalam (3) and Sanjay Menon (2.5) completed the strong Rathmines representation in the tournament.

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Easter Schedule

As is usual the Parish Centre will close over Easter. Accordingly, the Club will be closed on Thursday 29th and Monday 2nd (public holiday).

We will reopen on Thursday 5th April with a charity Blitz – details to follow.

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Club Closed on Monday Next

Monday next 19th is the St Patrick’s public and the club will be closed. Open again on Thursday next.

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National Club Championships

This year the NCC is being held on 21/22 April in Ballinasloe. The venue is about 2hrs from Dublin so an overnight stay will probably be required. Details are on the ICU website.

We are considering entering a team if there is sufficient interest among our stronger players. Teams consist of 6 players with a possible 2 subs. If you are interested let John or myself know and you can always make contact through


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Club Closed On Monday

As the weather is still not back to normal, the club will remain closed on Monday. Open again on Thursday.

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