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The Drogheda Congress is coming up soon. It starts with a blitz tournament on the evening of Friday 31st May followed by the main tournament Saturday to Monday 1-3 June.
The Ennis Congress is next weekend (Fri 17th to Sun 19th). More info. The top two boards will be transmitted live here. There will also be updates throughout the weekend of both competitions, the Open and the Under 1400.
May Rating List
Munster League Div 1 was added May 16, but Munster League Div 2 has not yet been reported. Ennis (May 17-19) will be included but Drogheda (May 31 - June 3) will miss the cut.
The Junior Selection Committee advises that its deliberations will be based on the final May ratings.
Junior Training Sessions
Coaching sessions for the junior squad announced earlier will be on the following Sundays: May 19, 26; June 9, 23, 30. Each session will last from 11am to 4pm. The venue is the Hilton Kilmainham, Dublin. The coaches for the 19th are Karl McPhillips and Darko Polimac, and for 26th are GM Alex Baburin and IM Sam Collins. The fee is €75 for all 5 sessions which is payable to the . Players wishing to participate should contact the before the 19th of May and bring a chess set, board and their games.
The 19th Bray Open Rapidplay is coming up on Saturday 22nd June.
Hilton Kilmainham Hotel supporting Glorney Training
The ICU Executive would like to thank the Hilton Kilmainham Hotel for their generous provision of training facilities. All 5 Dublin training sessions for the Glorney junior teams will take place at the hotel. If you are looking to hold meetings in Dublin, please consider using the Hilton Kilmainham. It's within easy walking distance from Heuston Station, or you can drive to it without having to go through the city.
Ireland's third FIDE Arbiter
Congratulations to Ted Jennings on being awarded his FIDE Arbiter title. He joins Gerry Graham and Rory Delaney as our active FIDE Arbiters.
Malahide Millennium Tournament
The 13th Malahide Millennium Tournament (incorporating the Leinster Championships) took place at the weekend (May 4-6) in the Dublin Airport Hilton Hotel, Malahide Road.
Junior: 1st Brian Carty 5.5/6; 2nd-4th Ronan Murphy, Pat McCarrick and Ivan Baburin 5/6; Grading Prizes Luke Scott, Dylan Boland, Julien Carthy, Shane Melaugh, Eoin Connolly and Alice O'Gorman.
Intermediate: 1st-5th Sean Nolan, Gerard Wallace, Kieran Rogers, Colm Fitzpatrick and Gerard Buckley 4.5/6; Grading Prizes Paul Higgins, Mark Finnegan and Padraig Sheehy.
Senior: 1st-2nd Krasimir Rusev GM and Momchil Nikolov GM 5/6; 3rd-4th Juri Firstov and Ralf Akesson GM 4.5/6; Grading Prize Conor O'Donnell.
The 2013 Leinster Champions are: Junior Brian Carty; Intermediate Sean Nolan; Senior Juri Firstov.
IM Norm for Ryan Griffiths
Subject to confirmation, the 4NCL have announced the players achieving norms in the 2012-13 season and Ryan Griffiths is amongst them.
White to move and win
Bermudez - Collins 2002
S. Brady & C. Daly