O’Connell Cup and Philip Hogarty Rising Stars

  • Team event. ALSAA   See http://www.alsaa.ie for location
  • 28th May 1.30 – 5.30
  • o’Connell Cup for players rated below 900 rated
  • Philip Hogarty rising Stars for players rated under 700 or unrated. ICU rating March list.
  • teams of 4 players. 15mins per player. 20 euro per team
  • contact mauraosborne@eircom.net with names and details in advance to speed up Regristration.




  • 51 u18 players from clubs across Leinster came together to form 3 teams to challenge 17 players from Berlin in a four team all play all rapid tournament.

    Leinster v Berlin u18

    Leinster u18’s v Berlin u18’s


  • Players were selected by their clubs based on their outstanding performances in Leinster leagues and tournaments. They were divided into teams. Leinster included players from, Wicklow, Enniscorthy, Bray , Ballinasloe and Gorey. North Dubln was represented by players from Blanchhardstown , Elm Mount, North Kildare, Manorhamilton, Navan. South Dublin was represented by Rathmines, Colaiste Eanna and St. Benildus .
  • A group of 17 players from clubs in Berlin travelled to Ireland to play in a number of events.
  • Round 1 saw S.Dublin take on Berlin and N.Dublin take on Leinster.
  • First round Scores
  • S.Dublin 4.5 – Berlin 12.5,
  • N.Dublin 10 – Leinster 7
  • Round 2 was really the most decisive match of the day. Leinster 8 – S.Dublin 9.
  • The Berlin v N.Dublin match was neck and neck with one game still playing. Eoin Callinane was in a close game against Neils Bennett Lilienthal on Board four.  A win for either player would secure the full match point and probably the competition. The resulting draw left the two teams tied for first place on 1.5 match points each.

  • Round 3. The top 4 boards for Leinster scored 3 points against Berlin but the final result of 10 Berlin – 7 Leinster put Leinster into 3rd position.
  • S.dublin 7.5 – N. Dublin 9.5 put N.dublin and Berlin in joint first place with 2.5 match points each.
  • Berlin won the tie break on individual points scored 31 to North Dublins 28.

Trophies were awarded to the top teams and individual trophies were awarded to the top scoring players from each Team.

North Dublin top scorer was won by Jacob Flynn  and Berlins top scorer was Isabel Kluhs.  Leinsters top scorer was Aoife Castle and South Dublin’s top scorer was  Alik Paroynan. All with scores of 3/3

Special thanks to Olaf who travelled to Dublin with his team.

I would like to thank all the volunteers who helped to select and set up the teams, accompanying them on the day and supporting them throughout the tournament. Seamus Halpenny and Miguel Gardines, Bernadette Stokes, David Grant, Tom O’Sullivan, John Comey and Colm O Mhuiregan.

Colm  also provided a detailed account of all matches which is available at http://www.chess-results.com  in the IRL section titles Leinster v Berlin

Mick Germaine Cup

  • Congratulations to Malahide, winners of the 2016 Mike Germaine Cup 
    and to St. Benildus who came second
    The Mick Germaine Cup was held in the Ierne Sports and Social Club, Elm Mount’s premises on Sunday 11th December. It was the largest ever running with 27 teams coming from as far as Manorhamilton with Blanchardstown, Malahide and Rathmines making up the bulk of the teams between them. St Benildus also took part for the first time.
    Next up is the LCU Grand Prix which begins this February
    Last years event

  • Following on last years successful tournament held in Ireland, where Ireland won the Glorney for the first time in almost 50 years, the Glorney team have won for a second time. The Robinson, u14, team have also retained their 1st place, while the Gilbert Girls team have come second to England and the Stokes,u12’s have come third ahead of Wales, England B and Scotland. The years tournament saw the return of France to the competition.
  • Congratulations to a fantastic squad of players, coaches and managers.

Best overall squad in the tournament.

Team Board Prizes

  • Glorney: Scott Muligan 5/5 on Bd 5
  • Gilbert: Alice O’Gorman 3.5/5 Bd 1
  • Robinson: Alex Byrne 4.5/5 on Bd 1
  • Stokes: Sanjay Menon 3.5/5 on Bd 5
Glorney 2016 - Squad
Glorney 2016 Day 3 Knight Knight
Glorney 2016 - Irish Supporters
Glorney 2016 - Homeward Bound
Glorney 2016 - Glorney Winners
Glorney 2016 - Official Sketch
Glorney 2016 - Robinson Winners

see NEWS section for results of LCU Grand Prix


Leinster Junior Grand Prix


O’Connell Cup and Philip Hogarty Rising Stars

There was a great turnout to the junior team event. Over 125 juniors took part from clubs and schools all over Leinster. The Rising Stars section had 20 teams competing. The overall winners were Tom O’Sullivans Malahide Club Teams taking both first and second place. In joint third place were the school team Pope John Paul  II,  Monkstown  Junior Club team and Rathmines Juniors all girl team.

Several teams entered for the first time and were in the running for the best newcomer award. This was won by the Team from Rathoath/Meath.


1 Malahide Militants,
2 Malahide Majestics,
3-5 Pope John Paul II,
Monkstown B,
Rathmines Starlets,
6-10 Skerries
Rathmines Juniors,
Team TOP,
Rathmines Comets,
11-13 NDNSP
Elm Mount,
Meath Juniors,
14-16 Skerries 2,
Enniscorthy Grandmasters,
Ralet Rooks,
17-19 Maynooth Educate Together,
Belgrove NDNSP,
Skerries Paul,
20-22 Elm Mount 2,
Ralet Bishops,

The O’Connell Cup was a Round Robin between teams from Rathmines, Monkstown, Malahide, Blanschardstown , St. Benildus and Skerries.1

Rathmines and Monkstown went into the final round on 4 points each. The Rathmines team  captained by Eoin Hunter with Felix Jordan, Sanjay Menon and Utkarash Gupta won out and were presented with the O’Connell Cup. Many thanks to Gerry O’Connell from St. Benildus who presented the prizes.


2 Monkstown A,
3 Malahide Marauders,
4 Team OP,
5 St Benildus,
6 Skerries,

Irish Junior Championships

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The Irish Junior Championships took place in the Carlton Hotel. Blanchardstown Chess Club treated us to a fantastic junior event. The Blanchardstown committee members and many volunteers worked very hard to put together a very successful tournament.

The new 2015 Champions 

Under 19 Tom O’Gorman  , Dun Laoighaire

Under 16 Conor O’Donnell, Gonzaga

Under 14 Padraig Hughes, Curragh

Under 12 Danny Dwyer, Blanchardstown

Under 10 Admira Kecskemeti, LogicNI

Under 8 Arnold Kecskemeti, LogicNI

Highest placed girls were,

u19 Anastasija Manojlovic, St. Benildus

u16 Diana Mirza, St. Michael’s

U14 Mercedes Plaza Reino, Enniscorthy

u12 Ciara Scallan, Rathmines

u10 Admira Kecskemeti, LogicNI

u8 Giulia Doherty, winner of the New Ireland Perpetual Trophy.

check out http://irishchamps2015.blanchardstownchess.com/index.php for more

Leinster Junior Success at Bunratty

The 2015 Bunratty Chess Festival,  established a new Irish record, as 350 players competed in four sections. Master, Challangers, Majors and Minors.

The impressive stature of the tournament can be judged by the line up in the Masters section which included Grandmasters Nigel Short, Nick Pert, Peter Wells Alex Baburin, Bogdan Lalic  and the winner World No7 GM Wesley So.

Players from all over Ireland together with players from the United States and the UK, participated over three days. Leinster Junior Chess are particularly proud of the high attendance and success of the Leinster Juniors in all sections.

In the Masters,  Conor O’Donnel, Gonzaga, won the highest placed non title Irish player.

Scott Mulligan, Rathmines, was joint winner in the Challangers

Ross Beatty, St. Benildus, was outright winner in the Major

Diarmuid Reidy won the Minor.

SEE GM ALEX BABURIN‘S PAGE FOR NEWS OF Family TOURNAMENT ON 8th FEB. Individual Tournament on 1st of March and Mid Term Chess Camp 16th-20th Feb.

SEE news section for details of the Irish Junior Chess Squad Selections or follow this link  http://www.icu.ie/articles/488



Welcome to the Leinster Junior Chess Clubs website. This site is set up to bring all the junior chess playing groups across Leinster together in the one location. To celebrate the achievements of juniors in their various endeavors individually and with their clubs and schools.  While we endeavour to bring these sites to your attention we are not responsible for the content of such websites.

The site will direct you to Junior Chess Clubs throughout Leinster on the Junior Clubs Page. Update you on upcoming individual and team events on the Junior Events Calander. There is a link to the Leinster Schools Chess Webpage to follow the Schools Leagues and Leinster Championships.  News and History will bring you interesting articles and the Newsletter. There is an awards section which will highlight various achievements of players from across the Provence.

‘where to start’ section gives parents a quick description of chess activites and hints and tips on how to get involved.

To submit items for the site email mauraosborne@eircom.net

I would love to hear from junior clubs and schools with news of events they are running, or stories of past and present achievements