Dublin CC entered two teams in the inaugural online chess league which started in May. Our first team of four, captained by Martin Schmidt and playing in the Monday Summer league, won all of their eight matches to finish top of the table. Our second team, captained by Daniel Schlachter, played in the Tuesday Summer league and did not fare so well, finishing last. While an enjoyable experience during these Covid-19 times, these leagues were relatively ungraded and threw up too many games with large rating differences between the players.
With the chess club closed and no over-the-board games possible due to the Covid-19 virus, our members have resorted to online chess. Member Nezar Ammari set up our club's first online tournament which took place on March 28. It was a blitz event (Arena style) hosted on lichess.org. and seven of our members competed. The winner was Robert Murtagh with an impressive win rate of 100 %. Further tournaments followed.
As lower rated players seem not to like the blitz/arena format, another series of weekly tournaments was set up for those players, hosted on chess.com and using the Swiss format and rapid-play clock times. A Dublin Online Chess Club was set up on that site by member Daniel Schlachter to facilitate this and 17 of our members have joined. The first of these weekly Wednesday tournaments was held on Apr. 22 with Mark Nagle the winner. This tournament has proven popular as it substitutes for the real "Wednesday Club Night" and continues weekly.
Due to the Covid 19 endemic, Dublin Chess Club is closed until further notice.
An "all play all" blitz was held in the club on Feb. 12. Ten players, including visitor Marco from Germany, competed. The outright winner with a super score of 9/9 was Club President Eddie O'Connor pictured below on the left receiving his prize from Rory Broderick. Eddie's performance was very impressive given that in many of his games he only had three mins. on his clock against ten on his opponent's due to the handicap system used.
Chess lessons are again offered for those interested in improving at this game. The course will be run by club member Daniel Martinez Otero who is a highly rated player and experienced chess instructor. These lessons are for players of 18 years or older who know the basic rules of chess. It is recommended for unrated players and those with a rating below 1500.
Venue: The venue is Dublin Chess Club (United Arts Club at 3, Upper Fitzwilliam St., Dublin 2). Our room (Room No. 9) is located on the top floor of the building.
Structure: 13 lessons of 2 hours each on the following dates:
This timetable is not definitive as some changes may be done due to working issues of the instructor. If you are not able to attend some of the lessons, the materials will be provided through email.
Price: The cost of attending the course is shown in the table below. This is equivalent to a very reasonable €7.7 per hour including extras above. A 10% discount is available for Dublin Chess Club (DCC) or United Arts Club (UAC) members, even if you join the club at the start of the course.
If you are interested or you have any question please contact Daniel Martinez Otero at email@example.com or Tel. 083 8477712 (Whatsapp if possible). Daniel will reply directly to any queries about the lessons.
Dylan Higgins, winner of the junior section of the summer tournament, could not make the Christmas Dinner and was subsequently presented with the Barry Browne trophy.
The annual Christmas Dinner was held on Nov. 29 in the beautiful Georgian dining room of the United Arts Club. Chef Anthony O'Grady served up a wonderful traditional Christmas feast. This was followed by presentation of the Club Championship Trophy to Daniel Otero winner of the senior section of the Club's Summer Tournament.
A well attended enjoyable night - the pictures, courtesy of Ross O'Mullane, tell the tale.
Committee for 2019-20
The 2019 AGM was held on Nov. 13 in the Club. The discussion of some lively topics was followed by the election of the Committee for the 2019-20 season. The following outgoing officers and members were re-elected:
President; Eddie O’Connor, Hon. Sec. Rory Broderick, Hon. Treasurer; Ronan Nolan, Martin Schmidt, Joe Durkan & Daniel Otero. These are joined by new Committee members Robert Murtagh, Vihanga Gamage & Andy Whelan.
The AGM concluded with a blitz competition with Daniel Otero winning the senior section and Denis Dempsey the junior one.
A blitz event for members and friends was held on Sept. 18. As shown in the photo below it was a busy night with the entrants filling the club room to capacity
The Senior section winner was Luca Varriale a strong chess player with a rating of 2200 who was visiting from Italy. He is shown holding his prize on the right in the following picture with runner-up Mark Collins in the middle and blitz organiser Rory on the left.
The Junior section was won by new member Darren McLean, playing in his first competition in the club and shown below proudly holding his prize.