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]

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

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]

External links[edit]

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