Welcome to the MCU

Welcome to the Munster Chess Union website which promotes chess in Munster. These pages will provide access to information about the Munster Chess Leagues, Chess Clubs in Munster and any other information relevant to chess players and clubs in the region.

As well as MCU information we are also happy to publish announcements and reports on behalf of chess clubs in the region.

Ennis Chess Congress 2017

The Ennis Chess Congress will be run from Friday 12th May to Sunday 14th May 2017 at the West County Hotel in Ennis. There will be two sections, Open and Under 1400.

Full details are in the flyer available here.

League News

Rounds 10 and 11 of Division 1 and Rounds 5 and 6 of Division 2 were played at the Charleville Park Hotel on Sunday 26th March.

In Round 10 the leaders Ennis A slipped up against CCYMS and joint second place Cork A lost to Limerick A. This left Adare in the lead by half a match point after beating Cork B.

However in Round 11 Sarsfield defeated Adare. Ennis A defeated Limerick A and Cork A defated CCYMS to restore the previous order. However this means that the gap at the top has closed. Only half a match point now separates the top three teams.

The full match results are available here. And the game by game results are available here.

In Division 2 it was a good day for Charleville and Ennis B who had wins against Dungarvan and Tralee respectively.

The full Diviion 2 match results are available here. And the game by game results are available here.

League Schedule Update

The second half of the Munster League will start on Sunday 5th February. Rounds 8 and 9 of Division 1 will be played in the Charleville Park Hotel starting at 12:00 noon.

Division 2 will also recommence on the same date. The draw for the remaining Division 2 matches will be finalised shortly.

Unfortunately the remaining dates cannot be confirmed yet as there are clashes with the Galway Congress and possibly other events to be avoided. Obviously the MCU want to avoid clashes with other chess events to facilitate members.

Munster Christmas Blitz Championship

Following Round 7 of the Division 1 League a Munster Chess Christmas Blitz competition was held. Eleven players took part. While most participants had played in the league matches, three had come specifically for the blitz. The rate of play was 3 minutes with a 2 second per move increment.

The number of rounds was reduced to six rather than the advertised seven because of the relatively low numbers. The games were generally very competitive and of a high standard. Overall it was a very enjoyable event.

The overall winner on 6 out of 6 was Ioana Gelip. Second place on 5 out of 6 was Paul Walsh who gets the Munster Blitz Champion title. Clear third place went to Jacob Miller on 4 out of 6.

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