The annual Christmas Dinner was held on November 24th. in the beautiful dining room of the United Arts Club. The club members and guests filled the room to capacity and enjoyed traditional Christmas fare prepared by the Arts Club's expert chef Anthony O'Grady. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the William Brennan Cup and miniatures to Dublin's winning team, captained by Ollie Sinnott and pictured below.
In other photos taken on the night, Ollie can be seen triumphantly hoisting the very impressive Wm. Brennan trophy and Milton M Luaces displaying his Summer Tournament winner's trophy at his admiring table.
The AGM was held on November 21st. in the club. The main item of business was the election of the committee for the 2017-18 season.
All members of the out-going committee, with the exception of Cormac Reid, had indicated their willingness to go forward again. As no positions were contested, the following officers and committee were proposed, seconded & declared elected:
President: Eddie O’Connor, Hon. Secretary: Rory Broderick, Hon. Treasurer: Ronan Nolan,
Committee members: Martin Schmidt, Joe Durkan, Nezar Ammari and Ross O’Mullane. As this left one vacancy, Daniel Schlachter was proposed by Rory, seconded by Eddie and duly elected to join the committee.
This club blitz attracted a very large entry of 19 players including a visitor from both the USA and Argentina. Mark Collins won the Senior Section with a terrific performance in finishing with a score of 8/9.
The Junior Section was won by Daniel Schlachter also with a fine score of 6.5/8
The club tournament was run again over the May to Sept. period and attracted 14 entrants. In the Senior Section Daniel M Otero and Milton M Luaces both finished the round robin on 4.5/6 and had to play a tie-break which Milton won.
Davide Cesaro was a clear winner in the Junior Section with a fine score of 6/6. Ollie Sinnott was the runner-up on 4.5/6.
The winners were presented with their trophies at the Christmas Dinner and are pictured receiving their prizes from Club President Eddie O'Connor - Davide in the first photo and Milton in the second one one.
The RAC in London, better known as a motorists' organisation, also have a chess club. They sent a six person team to Dublin to compete against DCC on June 18. Their captain was Stephen Meyler who is a former member of DCC and who organised the event in conjunction with Eddie O'Connor who captained the Dublin team. Although beaten 4-2 in the match, RAC have invited Dublin to visit London for a return match in 2018. The photo shows Brian O'Mullane and Colm Egan in deep thought during the battle.
The Dublin Chess Club '1867' Rapid-play on May 20 featured 20 players, will Killian Delaney emerging in first place with a fine score of 5/6.
A key encounter in the early rounds included a time scramble between Colm Daly and Tom O'Gorman which many spectators considered to be a drawn knight v. bishop endgame, but Colm found a winning resource.
Three players ended up tied for 2nd place after the final round as shown in the table below. The sudden death play-offs lasted for a further six games. Tom O'Gorman defeated Jonathan O'Connor first, but he then lost to David Murray who was in turn defeated by Jonathan to restart the play-off cycle. Jonathan then defeated Tom and drew with David to secure 2nd place as David lost to Tom with a checkmate in the early middle-game.
To celbrate our 150 anniversary the club is hosting a tournament for players rated over 1867.
It will take place at 10am on May 20th 2017 at the Dublin Chess Club, 3 Fitzwilliam Street Upper, Dublin 2. Entry €25.
Prize fund will be announced prior to event (dependent on entry numbers.)
A limited number of tickets are available on our eventbrite page.
The Dublin Chess Club is hosting a night for people who are new to the game. See below for details.
To book tickets for €5 visit the event page on eventbrite.
A blitz event was held on March 9 with 10 entrants competing. Played on a round robin basis, the eventual winner was Milton Martinez Luaces a new member in the club. Milton hails from Montevideo in Uruguay. Milton celebrated his win with a generous sharing of his prize bottle of wine in the bar afterwards.
The club this year celebrates its 150 years anniversary with a number of special events. The first of these took place on Feb. 16 with an “Evening with GM Nigel Short” which was attended by 50 people drawn from the wider chess community including club members.
In his illustrated talk on the evening, Short explored a number of top tournament games played in 1867 and illustrated in a graphic way how the strategies and tactics employed by the top players has improved so much in the intervening 150 years. He also displayed some of his own games and totally engaged the audience with anecdotes from his impressive chess career. Nigel's talk obviously did not drain all of his energy as he went on to win the Masters Event in the Bunratty International Chess Festival played over the following weekend, thus retaining his title.
Nigel's talk was followed by a celebratory dinner for members and guests in the function room of the United Arts Club.
Photos from the evening can be viewed in the slide-show below.