Irish Chess Championship

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The Irish Chess Championship is the national Championship of Ireland as run by the Irish Chess Union (ICU), the FIDE governing body for the sport.[1] Below are the list of winners for the Open and Women's titles. The first Irish Championship competition won by J.A. Porterfield Rynd in 1865 was run under the auspices of the Hibernia Chess Association a forerunner of the ICU.

The Irish Chess Association was founded 1885 and held a Masters tournament to decide who was Irish Champion (this was a handicapped tournament and while William Pollock won on points, Porterfield Rynd won on the handicap rules).[2] Since its foundation in 1912 the Irish Chess Union has organised the Irish Chess Championships.

The Irish Chess Championship has run in a number of various formats from a round robin competition for those who qualified, to a Swiss system competition, to an Open competition with other nationalities playing, and the highest scoring Irish player being awarded the title of Irish Champion, the 2007,[3] 2008[4] and 2009 championships were open nine-round Swiss competitions.

Open winners[edit]

Six-time winner, Wolfgang Heidenfeld (1911–1981)
Year Winner Notes
1865 James Alexander Porterfield Rynd[5] First winner
1889 G.D. Soffe First winner in 24 years
1892 James Alexander Porterfield Rynd First person to win two championships
1913 John O'Hanlon First person to win two consecutive championships
1915
1922 T.G. Cranston
1924 Philip Baker
1925 John O'Hanlon First person to win three championships
1926 First person to win four championships
1927 Philip Baker First person to win three consecutive championships
1928
1929
1930 John O'Hanlon First person to win five championships
1931 T.G. Cranston
1932 John O'Hanlon First person to win six championships
1933 James C. Creevey
1934
1935 John O'Hanlon First person to win seven championships
1936 First person to win eight championships
1937 Thomas Cox
1938
1939 Bartholomew O'Sullivan
1940 John O'Hanlon First person to win nine championships
1946 Bartholomew O'Sullivan First winner in 6 years
1947 Patrick A. Duignan
1948 Donal J. O'Sullivan
1949 Patrick Brendan Kennedy
1950 T. Vincent Maher
1951 Patrick Martin Austin Bourke
1952 Michael Joseph Schuster
1953 Edmund Noel Mulcahy
1954 Terry Kelly
1955 T. Vincent Maher
1956 Donal J. O'Sullivan
1957
1958 Wolfgang Heidenfeld
1959 Brian Reilly
1960
1961 John Reid
1962 John Reid / Michael F. Littleton Dual-winner
First dual-winners
1963 Wolfgang Heidenfeld
1964
1965 Michael F. Littleton
1966 John L. Moles
1967 Wolfgang Heidenfeld
1968
1969 Nicholas James Patterson
1970 Paul Henry
1971 John L. Moles
1972 Wolfgang Heidenfeld
1973 Hugh MacGrillen
1974 Anthony Doyle
1975 Eamon Keogh/Alan Templeton Ludgate Dual-winners[6]
1976 Bernard Kernan
1977 Ray Devenney/Alan Templeton Ludgate Dual-winners
1978 Alan Templeton Ludgate
1979 David Dunne / Eamon Keogh Dual-winners[7]
1980 Paul Delaney
1981 David Dunne / Philip Short Dual-winners
1982 John Delaney
1983 David Dunne
1984 Eugene Curtin
1985 Eugene Curtin / Mark Orr Dual-winners
1986 John Delaney / Philip Short Dual-winners
1987 John Delaney
1988 Philip Short
1989 Niall Carton
1990 John Delaney
1991 Stephen Brady
1992
1993 Niall Carton
1994 Mark Orr
1995 Brian Kelly
1996 Richard O'Donovan
1997 Joseph Diarmuid Ryan
1998 Colm Daly
1999
2000 Mark Heidenfeld
2001 Stephen Brady
2002 Sam Collins
2003 Stephen Brady
2004 Joseph Diarmuid Ryan
2005 Colm Daly
2006 Stephen Brady
2007 Brian Kelly / Stephen Brady Dual-winners
2008 Alexander Baburin
2009 Colm Daly
2010 Alex Lopez
2011 Stephen Brady
2012 Stephen Brady / Colm Daly
2013 Colm Daly
2014 Sam E. Collins
2015 Stephen Brady / Philip Short Dual-winners
2016 Stephen Jessel
2017 Philip Short / Alex Lopez Dual-winners
2018 Alex Lopez

Women's winners[edit]

Hilda Chater
(1st Women's Olympiad, Emmen 1957)
  • 1951 H.F.Chater
  • 1952 H.F.Chater
  • 1953 H.F.Chater
  • 1954 H.F.Chater
  • 1955 H.F.Chater / K.Doolan
  • 1956 E.M.Cassidy
  • 1968 D.O'Siochru
  • 1969 C.Byrne
  • 1970 B.O'Shaughnessy
  • 1971 C.Noonan / C.Meulien
  • 1972 D.O'Siochru
  • 1973 D.O'Siochru
  • 1974 D.O'Siochru
  • 1977 Ann Teresa Delaney
  • 1980 Suzanne Connolly / Ann Teresa Delaney
  • 1982 E.Quinn
  • 2012 Karina Kruk
  • 2013 Diana Mirza
  • 2014 Gearoidin Ui Laighleis
  • 2015 Monika Gedvilaite
  • 2016 Monika Gedvilaite
  • 2017 Ioana Miller
  • 2018

Veteran winners[edit]

  • 1999 Andrew Thomson[8]
  • 2000 Jack Parker
  • 2001 Andrew Thomson, Maurice Coveney
  • 2002 Pat Loughrey, Maurice Coveney
  • 2003 Maurice Coveney
  • 2004 No information found
  • 2005 Pat Loughrey
  • 2006 Paul Cassidy, Colm Egan
  • 2007 Paul Cassidy, Jack Killane
  • 2008 Jack Killane, Paul Cassidy
  • 2009 Paul Cassidy
  • 2010 Colm Egan, Art Coldrick, Melvyn King
  • 2011 Jack Killane[9]
  • 2012 Paul Cassidy[10]
  • 2013 Eamon Keogh / Jack Killane[11]
  • 2014 Pat Twomey / John Nicholson
  • 2015 Tim Harding[12]
  • 2016 Eamon Keogh[13]
  • 2017
  • 2018

External links[edit]

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