Naomh Barróg - new club night
Note that Naomh Barróg's remaining home games in the BEA North will take place on Tuesday, not Thursday as currently scheduled.
Unregistered players - points deductions
It's the time of year when penalties are applied for players not registered with the ICU. Per Rule 6.2, the penalty is that a team loses all points for a match where any of their players was unregistered. These have now been applied, and will be returned as players' ICU registrations are renewed.
Note points won't be returned immediately a player is registered - the site takes an updated registration list from the ICU every couple of weeks and updates from that.
If you have any queries over which players are unregistered on a given team, let us know.
New players and FIDE ratings
The ICU have asked us to advise that players in the top four divisions with no ICU number (ie who have never registered with the ICU before) create issues with FIDE rating of the leagues - without an ICU number, a player can't be linked to an existing FIDE profile or have a new one created. We have been asked to ensure any clubs in the top four divisions who use such players advise of their ICU number as soon as possible - ideally well in advance of the month-end, when games go in for FIDE ratings.
Given this issue can delay FIDE rating of leagues, and at the request of the ICU, we will be enforcing penalties for breach of this rule (also covered under Rule 6.2) more strictly than usual. Note the usual penalties for unregistered players (under Rule 6.2) will be applied in January. These will be returned as the ICU confirm players' registrations.
Mick Germaine Cup
This popular junior team tournament will take place on Sunday 14th January in the Artane Beaumont Family Recreation Centre, Kilmore Road, Artane, Dublin 5. (new home of the Elm Mount Chess Club).
Online entry: https://icu.ie/events/1788
Full details available here:Germaine Cup 2024
To confirm there will be five teams promoted from the Bodley this season - the three section winners, and two of the section runners-up based on a play-off. Promotion/relegation will otherwise operate as per normal - though in the event that extra entrants next year warrant the return of the O'Sullivan (Div 7), then some teams will be relegated from the Bodley to reduce it to two sections and ensure a minimum of two sections in the O'Sullivan.
Bodley North withdrawals
A reminder for teams in the Bodley North that both Navan and Naomh Barróg have withdrawn; all their scores are being marked up as 5-0 walkovers.
Skerries - new venue
Note Skerries have a new home venue for the coming season - it's the Skerries Amalgamated Bridge Clubs, 73B Strand Street, Skerries. You can map it on Google Maps at 53.577703, -6.106073
KoÉ withdraw from the O'Hanlon
Note Knights of Éanna have withdrawn from the O'Hanlon - their fixtures have been removed
Bray/Greystones - new venue
Note Bray/Greystones have a new home venue for the coming season - it's the Dr Ryan Community Centre in Greystones. Google maps link is https://maps.app.goo.gl/paGtuyXz95DdLD6y8 There's a car park nearby
The League Rules have been revised and updated. Click the link in the External Links section to download.
League Final Round
The LCU is delighted to confirm that the final day of the leagues is being hosted by Knights of Eanna / Rathmines Chess club in Colaiste Eanna, Rathfarnham.
Morning Session (10am): Div 2,4,5South( 114 boards)
Evening Session (3pm): Div 1,3,5North & Bodley playoff (Winner of North v South)
Prize givings will be immediately after the rounds. Trophies are to be brought by the holder and given to the controller at the start of the round. Clocks are starting sharp at the above time. Teamsheets must be submitted before the final day to the leagues controller as per the legaue rules.
20th Malahide Millennium Tournament
The 20th Malahide Millennium Tournament (incorporating the 88th Leinster Championships) took place at the weekend (8th April - 10th April) in the Radisson Hotel, Dublin Airport
Junior: 1st Elliot O'Connell 5½/6; 2nd-4th Alan Lane, Nikolai Dimitrov, Alex O'Rourke 4½/6; Grading Prizes Tushar Jain, Lorcan McDonnell Ryan
Intermediate: 1st Anastasiya Kelbas 5½/6; 2nd Stephen Jablon 5/6; 3rd-5th Vjekoslav Novak, Charlie O'Connell, Paul Taaffe 4/6; Grading Prize Peter Lynch
Senior: 1st Jacob Flynn [CM] 4/5; 2nd-3rd Shane Melaugh, Florian Popist 3½/5
The 2023 Leinster Champions are: Junior: Elliot O'Connell; Intermediate: Anastasiya Kelbas; Senior: Jacob Flynn [CM]
National Club Championships
Reminder that the National Club Championships are being hosted by Ennis Chess Club in the West County Hotel at the end of April. Refer to the ICU site or the link below for more details :https://www.icu.ie/events/1608. Qualifiers will be eligible for the European Club Chess Championship.
Elm Mount are moving to Artane/Beaumont Family Recreation Centre, Kilmore Road, Artane in March ( Heidenfeld game against Celbridge should be unchanged)
Skerries are moving to the Skerries Amalgamated Bridge Clubs, 73B Strand Street, Skerries.
Note: Games may be played ahead of the prescribed fixture date to facilitate teams and players entering other chess tournaments. Games postponed until after the prescribed date must be approved by the leagues controller.
Germaine Cup 2022
The Leinster Chess Union (LCU) is pleased to announce that this year’s Mick Germaine Cup competition for teams of juniors / novices is back after a three year gap owing to Covid 19 public health restrictions. The event will take place on Sunday 11th December 2022 in the Ierne Sports and Social Club (Main Hall), Gracepark Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 (home of the Elm Mount Chess Club).
LCU Christmas Blitz
The LCU Annual Christmas Blitz will take place on Wednesday 21st of December in the Ierne Sports and Social Club, Gracepark Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 (Home of Elm Mount Chess Club) starting at 8.15 pm sharp. The entry fee is €5 & registration is from 7.45pm. Lots of prizes and fun guaranteed! Food will also be provided on the night.