ALSAA Chess team challenge

Posted: April 14, 2014 in Tournaments

Chess team Challenge between teams from Manchester, Leinster and Ulster takes place in ALSAA on April 14th. Players were invited to take part from clubs all around Leinster. Games start at 10am, Report to follow

For those taking part follow this link for directions

With  nail biting finishing rounds in all sections players fought it out for the titles in the 6th rounds today in Ballinasloe.  Daniel Foley was the outright winner of the u8′s , our own Jerome White, played his first Irish Championships with a great score of 3 wins in 6 games. In the u10′s Rathmines were represented by Cillian Scallan joint 3rd, Dayna Fergusona joint 4th  and Eoin Hunter finishing on 3pts. Adam Murphy from Naomh Barrog won on 5pts.

There was another winner for Leinster in the u12′s with Alex Byrne from St. Benildus convincing winner on 6 out of 6. Rathmines players did very well in this section with Henry Li in 3rd place followed by Haque, Muhtarim-Ul scoring a performance rating of  1534. Matthew Gallagher, AlexMulligan and Sean Hunter all scored 3.5pts, While Ciara Scallan scored 2.5 , she played her first game against a player from England with a rating of 1600 and  won her last match against a player rated 966.

In the u14′s, Leinster excelled, it came down to a tie break  for first place with Mihailo Manojlovic(st Benildus) and Michael Higgins(Rathmines), both had drawn earlier in round 3. The m buch favoured Mihailo but both players share the title. Ross Beatty, also St Benildus came joint 3rd with Padraigh Hughes(Curragh) . Mustakim – Ul Hague scored 3.5.

The u16′s/19′s was a complicated affair as the 2 sections were combined, the top scoring u19 was Ben Cullen (Gonzaga) and the top scoring u16 was Cian McGovern Leahy (DunLaoighre) and  Scott Mulligan was placed 2nd u16


Congratulations to all

The Irish Junior Chess Championships are currently taking place in Ballinasloe. There is a large representation from Rathmines Juniors at the event.

U10: Cillian Scallan, Eoin Hunter and Dayna Ferguson

U12: Matthew Gallagher, Henry Li, Muhtarim-Ul Hague, Alex Mulligan, Sean Hunter and Ciara Scallan

u14: Michael Higgins, Mustakim-Ul Hague,

u16-u19: Scott Mulligan


News of the u8′s to follow shortly








Good Luck to you all, we will be watching the results with great excitement, Have a great weekend.




fiachra&KasparovFiachra Scallan meeting with Garry Kasparov on his recent trip to Dublin


On Friday March 28th Garryy Kasparov will begin a two day visit to Ireland. As part of his engagements he is visiting the Mansion House  for the annual Comórtas Fichille Cúige Laighean where he will meet young players from Gaelscoileanna from all over Leinster .  During this tournament some of Irelands young junior chess stars will be honoured. Among these are the under 12 Bernadette Stokes team who came home triumphant from the annual 4 Nations chess tournament
last summer (Ireland, England, Scotland, & Wales); Rathmines chess club are very proud of  Fiachra Scallan and Michael Higgins, two Rathmines members of that very impressive u12 Irsh Team, who will be honoured on the day along with their team mates, Padraig Hughes, David Halpenny, Tom O’Gorman and Ross Beatty. Garry Kasparov will also meet Diana Mirza, who at the age of 13 is the Irish Women’s chess champion, 8 year old Daniel Dwyer, Bunratty Minors Champion and 8 year old Admira Kecskemeti, under 12 chess champion of Northern Ireland.  Irish and Russian will be the only languages spoken in the Mansion House during this event.
Fiachra Scallan and Daniel Dwyer will speak in Irish and Russian on behalf of the children.

Congratulations to all the young players attending the event, it is wonderful to see your dedication and efforts being celebrated and we hope that you really enjoy the occasion

stokes winners.glorney3stokes cup 015Under 12s with President Higgins

please open the link below to read the full press release of Garry Kasparov’s visit.

Ireland Junior Training Squads

Posted: February 28, 2014 in Tournaments
A big CONGRATULATIONS to the 12  Rathmines Chess Players who have been selected for the National Training Squads.
Scott, Peter, Michael, Fiachra, Liam, Matthew, Henry, Eoghan, Mustakim, Muhtarim, Sean ans Dayna.
Details below are taken from report by Darko Polimac on the ICU web site.
The Junior Selection Committee has announced the following junior training squads. Juniors should be reminded that this is does not indicate any selection for Irish Junior teams. This will happen later in the year and announcements will be made in due course. These squads are based on the January ICU ratings. Players are asked to confirm to the Junior officer their interest in participation.Please contact before 10th of March to confirm the place and arrange payment. Juniors will be asked to contribute €75 towards the cost of the training. All coaching will be provided in Dublin. The coaches are GM Alexander Baburin, IM Sam Collins, FM David Fitzsimons and Darko Polimac.The coaching dates are: Sunday 23rd March, Sunday 27th April, Sunday 11th or 18th May and Sunday 15th or 22nd June.

The selected players are:


  1. Conor O’Donnell
  2. Oissine Murphy
  3. John Cormican
  4. Scott Mulligan
  5. Eoin Minnock
  6. James Danaher
  7. Cian McGovern Leahy
  8. Alex Buckley
  9. Peter Cooke
  10. Cian Guinan


  1. Padraig Hughes
  2. Ross Beatty
  3. Michael Higgins
  4. Mihailo Manojelovic
  5. Fiachre Scallan
  6. David Halpenny
  7. Liam Coman
  8. Tom McGrath
  9. Jeffrey Alfred
  10. Shane Melaugh
  11. Piotr Baczkowski
  12. David Kearney


  1. Tom O’Gorman
  2. Matthew Gallagher
  3. Henry Li
  4. Alex Byrne
  5. Eoghan Turner
  6. Mustakim Ul Haque
  7. Daniel Dwyer
  8. Tom Grennell
  9. Muhtarim Ul Haque
  10. JoshuaRedmond
  11. Sean Hunter
  12. Gavin Melaugh


  1. Diana Mirza
  2. Catherine Hearne
  3. Alice O’Gorman
  4. Eibhia O’Mhuireagan
  5. Anastasija Manojolevic
  6. Dayna Fergueson

GM Alexander Baburin pictured with Henry Li, Cillian Scallan and Dayna Ferguson

Alex Baburins Grand Prix winners

The February Grand Prix event took place in the Stillorgan Park Hotel. Henry Li was placed first scoring 6/6. Cillian Scallan came second and Dayna Ferguson came 3rd. Alex Mulligan scored 4/6.

In the January event Felix Jordan came 2nd in the minors, scoring 5.5/6 and Ilona Mkrtichyan came 9th scoring 4.5/6, from a turnout of 105 players.

Chess Club open again Feb 19th

Posted: February 12, 2014 in Tournaments

Back again after the bad weather. We will be open this Wednesday during the mid-term break