Leinster Leagues Results

The official results of the LCU leagues are in and overall it was a pretty good year for Rathmines.

Armstrong. Our team needed 1.5 points in the last round to ensure that we retained our Div 1 status. Fiachra and Jack scored wins while Mustakim and John Aherne scored draws so we were home and dry. The team finished in 10th position, 3.5 points ahead of Blanchardstown and just 2 points behind 7th positioned, Dun Laoghaire.

Top scorers were Tomasz on 5.5/9 and Fiachra on 5/10

Heidenfeld. A final round 6.5-1.5 win vs Bray/Greystones secured an excellent 3rd place by the smallest of margins.

Top scorers were Tony B 8.5/10 (board prize), Abul 7/11 and Jack 6.5/9

Ennis. We had two Ennis teams this year who fought their campaigns at either end of the table and both with considerable success. Our A team finished 2nd thereby securing promotion to the Heidenfeld for next year. Our B team were in peril for a while but Pat Freer led his team to safety by a half point margin in the end.

Top scorers were Panos with 10/11 (board prize), Sanjay 9.5/11 (board prize) followed by some other excellent scores: Stephen 7/9, Greg 7/11, Aram 6/8, Muhtarim 5/7 and Peter L 5/6.

Bodley. A strong finish couldn’t compensate for couple of disappointing earlier results, so were never really in the promotion mix. However, 4th place was a very creditable result.

Top scorer was Tom Butler on 6.5/10

O’Sullivan. We had two teams in action here. In group A our team of mainly youngsters turned in a third place result which was excellent behind very strong Gonzaga and UCD teams. Our group B team also had to deal with strong UCD and Gonzaga teams and could only manage eight position.

Top scorers were Cian Bergin and Eoin Farrelly, both picking up board prizes with 7.5/9. Also scoring well were Dave Hunter with 6/6, and Eoin Hunter with 5.5/6. In group B top scorers were Rob Wilson on 4/5 and Dee Mowlds on 3/6.

In the next season we will have 1 Armstrong, 2 Heidenfeld, 1 Ennis, 1 Bodley and 2 O’Sullivan.

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Club Championships Entries

The entries received to date are:

club championships 2017, starting tomorrow Thursday 267th at 7.45pm

No  Name                     Feder Rtg Loc 

1.  Aherne, John P                     1824
2.  Pawlokski, Grzegorz                1752
3.  Jocius, Donatas                    1718
4.  Killane, Jack                      1711
5.  Kalam, Abul                        1704
6.  Bermingham, Tony                   1689
7.  Doyle, Philip                      1661
8.  Hakobyan, Aram                     1601
9.  Papadopolous, Panagiotis           1548
10. Gupta, Utkarsh                     1524
11. Casaubieilh, Pierre                1500
12. Liddy, Stephen                     1498
13. Byrne, Ciaran                      1262
14. Wilson, Rob                        1181
15. Flood, Joe                         1158
16. Farrelly, Eoin                     1149
17. Bergin, Cian                       1005
18. Hunter, Dave                       885 
19. Sheahan, Richard                   820 
20. Kelly, Eoin                        800 
21. Vanston, Ken                       800 
22. Mowlds, Dee                        767 
23. Condren, Dave                      764 
24. Sheahan, Michael                   650

it looks like two sections 1-12 and 13-24.

Entries will be accepted on the night before 7.30.
A half point  bye is available for participants unable to make one of the rounds.

If any member has sent me their entry and I haven’t included it on the list please remind me and I will update and accept my apologies.

Entries still open at rathmineschessclub@gmail.com or 087 2415582


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Club Championships Postponed One Week

Apologies for the late notice but I’ve picked up a bug and can’t make it this evening. As it’s a bit of a task getting the competitions initiated, we have decided to postpone for one week until next Thursday 27th at 7.30 when I should be back in action.


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Club Championships Start On Thursday

Next Thursday, 20th, the club championships will commence. First round is at 7.30.

Thank you to all those you have already entered So far, we have 25 entries. If you haven’t entered already you can still do so by contacting Tony Bermingam at 087 2415582 or rathmineschessclub@gmail.com.

As a last resort, you can enter on the night but be sure to do so before 7.30.

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Easter Break

The club will be closed as usual over the Easter period, i.e. closed this Thursday 13th and next Monday 17th.

The club will reopen on Thursday 20th with the first round of the club championships. Entries to me at 087 2415582 or rathmineschessclub@gmail.com.



Action from last week’s rapid where in a field of 20 players, top scorers on 3/4 were Jan, Greg, John A and Tony B.

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Rapid Tournament on Thursday 6th

There will be a rapid tournament on next Thursday 6th. First round starts at Champions League Time, 7.45.  4 rounds of 15mins +10sec.

Hopefully some fun and an opportunity to play reasonable length games.

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Club Championships 2017

As the league season nears the end, the final round is on Sunday April 23rd in the ALSAA Sports Club.

Usually our club championships take place after the leagues but with the late finish of the leagues and commencement of Leinster Cup competitions in May, the committee decided to make a start with our club championships during April.

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
  • 6 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 round

    The schedule is as follows:

round 1: Thursday April 20th
round 2: Thursday April 27th
round 3: Thursday May 4th
free night: Thursday May 11th
round 4: Thursday May 18th
round 5: Thursday May 25th
round 6: Thursday June 1st

Entries by Monday17th to controller, Tony Bermingham, in any of the following ways:

reply to this post, or
email rathmineschessclub@gmail.com, or
on notice in club, or
directly to Tony

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