Welcome to the MCU

Welcome to the Munster Chess Union website which promotes chess in Munster. These pages will provide access to information about the Munster Chess Leagues, Chess Clubs in Munster and any other information relevant to chess players and clubs in the region.

As well as MCU information we are also happy to publish announcements and reports on behalf of chess clubs in the region.

Final Division 2 League Schedule

Division 2 Matches will be played alongside Division 1 on 5th February, 26th March and 30th April.

The full Division 2 league schedule is available here.

Final Division 1 League Schedule

The Division 1 dates for the second half of the league are now finalised. As previously stated Round 8 and 9 will be on next Sunday, 5th April. Rounds 10 and 11 will be on 26th March. Rounds 12 and 13 will be on 30th April.

The final Round will be on 21st May. It is expected that this will be followed by the presentation of prizes, AGM and a tournament event.

The full Division 1 league schedule is available here.

League Schedule Update

The second half of the Munster League will start on Sunday 5th February. Rounds 8 and 9 of Division 1 will be played in the Charleville Park Hotel starting at 12:00 noon.

Division 2 will also recommence on the same date. The draw for the remaining Division 2 matches will be finalised shortly.

Unfortunately the remaining dates cannot be confirmed yet as there are clashes with the Galway Congress and possibly other events to be avoided. Obviously the MCU want to avoid clashes with other chess events to facilitate members.

Munster Christmas Blitz Championship

Following Round 7 of the Division 1 League a Munster Chess Christmas Blitz competition was held. Eleven players took part. While most participants had played in the league matches, three had come specifically for the blitz. The rate of play was 3 minutes with a 2 second per move increment.

The number of rounds was reduced to six rather than the advertised seven because of the relatively low numbers. The games were generally very competitive and of a high standard. Overall it was a very enjoyable event.

The overall winner on 6 out of 6 was Ioana Gelip. Second place on 5 out of 6 was Paul Walsh who gets the Munster Blitz Champion title. Clear third place went to Jacob Miller on 4 out of 6.

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