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.

Munster Junior Coaching

John Cassidy has organised a Munster Junior Coaching Course consisting of 5 one day sessions.
Venue is the West County Hotel, Ennis.
The first session is scheduled for Sunday April 14th 2024 from 11 am to 4pm.
The second session will be on Saturday May 18th with the remaining sessions to be scheduled.
The training will be provided by International Master Mark Quinn.
Cost per session will be €30.

For further details or to book a place please contact John Cassidy, mobile: 087 249 5913.

Munster Junior League

We are hoping to set up a Munster Junior League separate from the existing Munster Leagues. The general idea is that there would be 5 players per team and each player would have one hour on the clock. There would be two rounds per day and format would be all play all once. Several clubs / organisers have already expressed interest in this idea. Please contact John Cassidy (087-249 5913) for further details if interested.

League Rounds Cancelled 21st Jan 2024

Due to the orange weather alert issued by Met Eireann for all of Munster for tomorrow evening the MCU Committee has decided to cancel tomorrows league matches. We will add another date in early May to complete the leagues.

Munster Junior Championships 2023

The Munster Junior Championships 2023 were run in the West County Hotel, Ennis on December 2nd and 3rd. The championships were split by age group from under 8 up to under 18.

A total of 145 players from all over Munster took part. The event was organised by John Cassidy. Full details of winners and results can be found here.

Division 3 Update

It was agreed yesterday that a new team St. Grellans will play in Division 3 for the coming season. This is good because it completes six teams in Division 3 so that no byes will be needed. The new team is based in Ballinasloe.

This has led to an update to the Division 3 schedule I published earlier. Since I understand St. Grellans can travel on Sunday they will play Tralee B. Ennis will play St. Micheals in the remaining Round 1 fixture. Since those clubs are relatively close to each other it should be easier to arrange that match in the coming weeks.

Munster Leagues 2023/2024

The new Munster League season is due to kick off on Sunday 22nd October at the Charleville Park Hotel. The full Division 1 schedule is available here.

It turns out that Division 2 will be as expected from last year's results but there will now be a new Division 3. The full Division 2 schedule is available here.

Division 3 will be made up of two new UCC club teams, a return of the St. Michael's club and two additional teams Tralee B and Ennis C. I'm sure everyone will welcome this expansion of the league. The winning team in Division 3 will be promoted to Division 2 next year. Unfortunately this also means that the last team in Division 2 will be relegated to Division 3 next year. The full Division 3 schedule is available here.

Munster League Results 2022 / 2023

Congratulations to Ennis A on winning Division 1 for 2023 without losing a match. Limerick A were runners up in Division 1 just ahead of Sarsfield and CCYMS.

Congratulations to Tralee on winning Division 2 and promotion. Ennis B were runners up in Division 2.

My apologies on not having reported on these results earlier. I hope to do a proper report shortly.

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