About and New Members Information


Rathmines Chess Club

Established in 1888, Rathmines Chess Club is one of Dublin’s oldest, biggest, and most successful chess clubs. We field league teams in all seven divisions of the Leinster leagues from div 1 (Armstrong Cup) to div 6 (O’Sullivan Cup).

We also won the division 1 of the Leinster Leagues (The Armstrong Cup) over three recent years (2005-06, 2006-07 and 2012-13). We represented Ireland in the European Club Cup in October 2007, in Turkey. We also won the division 2 (Heidenfeld) title in 2015-16 and in 2006-07 and came second in 2010 and again in 2014. We won the division 4 title (the O’Hanlon) in 2010. In 2011 we came first and second in the Ennis, 3rd division (the ‘B’ team ahead of the ‘A’ team!). Rathmines won the Branagan Cup in 2010 with a hard-fought win over Phibsboro. We were runners-up in the Branagan Cup 2009.

We have players at every level, from 2200+ down to ungraded beginners, and in 2018-2019 we have seven teams (more than any other club) competing across the Leinster leagues. We have teams in Div 1, Div 2, Div 3 (2 teams) and Div 5 (3 teams). We have a policy of making sure every player who wants one gets a league place, so you’ll be sure to be fitted in!

New Members

The club welcomes all chess players, whatever your standard. You’ll always get a friendly welcome. We welcome complete novices who want to learn more about chess or casual players who just want some off-hand games. But we are also eager to recruit rated players, of any level, wanting to play in the top chess leagues in Leinster.

The club meets in the Rathgar Parish Center (downstairs, 52 Grosvenor Road, Rathgar, Dublin 6.) on Monday and Thursday nights from 7:30pm till 11:00pm. Ring the doorbell #1 to get someone to buzz you in.

Annual fees are €65 for adults with reduced fees for juniors and seniors. Other fees apply for Irish Chess Union registration and for the Leinster Chess Union. These fees allow members to compete in leagues and tournaments.

email: rathmineschessclub@gmail.com

Junior Club

Rathmines Chess Club also a Junior division. Check out their website on www.rathminesjuniorchessclub.wordpress.com.

It takes place on a Wednesday night, from 7pm until 8.30pm, in Kenilworth Bowling Club in Grosvenor Square. This venue is not the same as the regular Rathmines club venue, on Grosvenor Road! (note: Nor is the bowling club in Zimbabwe, as incorrectly reported before…!)

The cost is 5 euro per night. First night is free. Chess sets are provided and we will also run some small tournaments with prizes. If anyone would like to join, they can give Maura Osborne a call at 0858452008 or 4929152, or just pop down to the Junior club on Wednesday.

4 Responses to About and New Members Information

  1. Diarmaid O' Neill says:


    I would in joining the club. However, I am a total beginner, would there be classes available at the club?



  2. Mary Connolly says:

    I am interestd in learning how to play chess. I have played it but consider myself a beginner. Have been wanting to play for years.

    087 9234423

  3. John Paul says:


    I am very interested in becoming a member of the club. I have no rating but do know how to play but need to improve which I think would be good for me to do in a club. If there is a chance of this please do not hesitate to reply as I would like to come to the club as quickly as possible.

    Kind Regards,
    John Paul

  4. Lucia says:

    Hi, I would love to learn the game of chess. Could you advise me when and where I could join?

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