National Club Championships

The National championships are taking place in Gonzaga over the weekend of 5-7th April. Details here…https://www.icu.ie/system/events/flyers/000/000/867/original/The_National_Club_Championships_2019.pdf?1551663129

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

Tony

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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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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