Club Championship – further info

If possible notify me of your entry as soon as possible. Entries will only be taken on the night if you can do so no later than 7.30.

In response to some requests the following conditions apply. If you are unavailable for one of the designated nights I can usually arrange an alternative opportunity to play on a Monday. If you are unavailable on a particular week then a half point bye is available during the first three rounds.


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Teams Excel In Final Round

We entered the final round with four of our teams in precarious positions and only the Bodley in contention for honours. After some tense encounters, we can report that all our teams all pulled through with excellent results.

In the Armstrong the final round 3.5- 4.5 loss to St Benildus A was more than enough to secure our first division spot. Our guys finished with 6.5 points to spare and only a few points off mid table. Muhtarim on 7, Fiachra on 6.5 and Mustakim on 6 can justly be proud of their achievements in this very strong division. With the younger guys performing so well we can surely look forward to climbing the table next year.

In the Heidenfeld we faced into the last round facing the dreaded possibility of both our teams being relegated. The A team could manage only 1.5 points (after an unfortunate default through illness). However, the B team came up trumps winning 5-3 against Lucan and securing a Heidenfeld place for the club for next year. Tony Bermingham and Joe O’Hanlon were the top scorers but again some of the younger guys caught the eye with their play. Sanjay Menon 5.5/10, Sean Hunter 5/9  and Eoin Hunter 4/9 can surely all look forward to further progress and success.

Going into the last round the Ennis were favourites to face the drop. However, with probably the performance of the round they achieved a 3-3 result against a far higher rated Enniscorthy team and found safety. Niall Whelan and Cian Bergin were the highest scorers.

The BEA team finished with a drawn match and easily secured a comfortable fourth spot. Tom Butler returned and excellent 8/11 just missing out on a board prize.

In the Bodley both our teams performed well in the South section , securing second and third places. In the play-offs our Junior team scored excellent 4-1 and 4.5-0.5 wins to secure promotion to the BEA. Again some wonderful performances by our players. Jack McIntyre 6/8, Dave Condren 6/6! Andrew He 5/6, Cillian Scallan 5/7 topped the list among some strong performances.

All in all, a good day’s work and well done to all concerned. In particular, we should recognise the work of the captains without whom none of this would be possible.

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Club Championships – corrected dates

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 3rd
round 2: Thursday May 10th
round 3: Thursday May 17th
round 4: Thursday May 24nd
round 5: Thursday May 31st

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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