Mark Quinn IM is arranging online coaching for juniors rated between 1000 and 1800 – there’s further details here if you’re interested. Mark is an Irish international with a wealth of coaching experience at all levels, so it’d be time well spent if you want to de-rust ahead of (hopefully!) the return to real chess in the coming couple of months.
Kilmacud Crokes are into the Leinster Club Final after beating Portarlington in Croker today, a match which was live on RTÉ1. Their man of the match is pictured opposite giving his post-match interview – but who remembers him from his unbeaten Bodley season for St Benildus in 2011/12?
Below is an update from Monday’s EGM of the Leinster Chess Union looking at how to resume over-the-board chess. Note as well the call for expressions of interest for a second season of the Hibernian Online League to start in January – if anyone is interested in playing, let me know. In the meantime, the school are considering our proposal to re-open club nights, although it will be after Christmas when their next management meeting can consider this.
We’ll keep you updated here as always.Continue Reading
For those interested in taking part in the annual European Club Cup – and 19 players from the club have competed in the past four editions – the ECU have announced the venues for the upcoming three tournaments.Continue Reading
Kavin last week became only the third St Benildus player to take the Irish U14s title, bridging a gap of seven years to our last success, while we also had three runners-up.Continue Reading
A brief update on when we can expect the club and the leagues to return to normal.Continue Reading
This weekend is the Irish Juniors, but during the week we had the European Juniors as a warm-up event, and five St Benildus players were in action.Continue Reading
A round-up of our return to European action, featuring our best win of the week, the best and worst players at the tournament, the best t-shirts (plural!) in Struga, and…no closing ceremony.Continue Reading
The 2021 edition of our now traditional European Club Cup booklet will be available in the next few weeks, featuring extended match reports, more photos, extended stats, annotations and contributions from most of the players and all the usual stuff that always features. This year’s booklet will be our biggest yet – probably 88 pages in total.
As with previous issues, there’s a club copy for those who travelled to North Macedonia to represent the club and who contributed to the booklet, while any other club members can order a copy for €5 (cost price) by getting in touch. We’ll hopefully be going to print around the middle of next month. There’s also one spare copy of each of our previous three booklets available, again priced at €5 to club members.
Diana took the runner-up spot at the Irish Women’s Championships earlier this month. She started with a defeat to top seed and eventual champion Alice O’Gorman, but then recorded wins against Elizabeth O’Shaugnessy (a veteran of many Olympiads down the years), Polly McCormick (daughter of former St Benildus player Damien) and Brenda Foley to share second spot with another Diana, Mirza. Well done Diana!