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Thu 2 Feb 2023 - John Loughran

1st team win, Players in Sligo

After Martín's talk which Joe and John attended, among others, we three drove to Dublin chess club. Joined by Alexiei, Greg and Paul we beat second placed Dublin 4.5 - 1.5, perhaps inspired by Martín. This weekend John, Nikolai and Mary play in Sligo. See icu.ie for details. To find Results just search for it on the new search page. The Fixtures, results link on the League page has full details. We have climbed out of the relegation zone for now to above mid-table, looking forward to our next match versus Balbriggan. See Calendar for full schedule of matches and club tournaments and talks. Will the next talk by Alice inspire you in your next match?


Wed 25 Jan 2023 - John Loughran

Martín Krug talk, Results, Ratings, Alice Chess

Martín Krug will give a talk in the club next Tuesday at 5 - 6 pm on 'Chess Lies'. He is a strong player from Argentina living in Spain who plays for us the odd time and always entertains us with his chess talks, training us and inspiring us before our first team head off to play Dublin. In the normal club from 7 on we have friendlies and catch up games. Results and Ratings from last night are done and on our site. On Tue 28 Feb we will have a talk from a young Irish International player Alice O'Gorman at 7 pm. See News > Calendar for details of all events.


Sat 21 Jan 2023 - John Loughran

Community Games Dublin Finals U13 and U11 Team Events announced, 1st team lost today.

See details and enter your availability for selection for the U13 or U11 teams, or for both, on the Team > Junior page. In other news our first team lost to Kilkenny today. Results on Team > Leagues page in Player panels link. 2nd team play Blanchardstown on Monday. You should see results there too.


Thu 19 Jan 2023 - TestParSupS Loughran

Krishiv selected for National Junior Squad Coaching!

Krishiv Thoppe has been selected for coaching by the coaches for the international team (including GMs and IMs). For full details see ICU - National Junior Squad Coaching 2023 - Selections. This may be based on his ICU rating of 734 and his age. We all know many strong juniors of a similar age in our club who would perhaps qualify if they had an ICU rating. Many will get one once the leagues are over, which may be too late for selection. To get a rating faster juniors should play in external tournaments. See the Calendar on the ICU website to see when these occur. Myself and Leo are playing in Sligo. Alas we are too old for selection! :-)


Wed 18 Jan 2023 - John Loughran

Results, Pairings, Ratings, Matches, Talk from Martín, Coaching prizes

Results, pairings, ratings updated (Section D to follow). See Play, Rating pages. Round 2 in club ch. is this Tue 24-Jan.
Members, parents can now see contact details in Play-Members page.
Lots of matches coming up - see News-Calendar.
Coaching was well attended but poorly recorded. Please record on chart on noticeboard. There will be prizes for coaching given and received, decided by a random drawing of tickets. 1 ticket = 1 hour coaching.
Martín Krug (ESP) will give a chess demonstration lecture on 31-Jan from 5 - 6 pm in the club on "Chess Lies", aimed at juniors and seniors.


Mon 16 Jan 2023 - John Loughran

Coaching, Games, Talks, Nikolai wins Cavan minor!

Coaching starts at 7 pm this Tuesday 17-Jan. Coaches and students please find each other at the start, and record coaching done on the sheet on the notice board. Use the skills cards from the folder if you like and replace them in alphabetical order by first name after coaching. Use extra cards as a coaching diary if you like. See the new Learn page on the club web app (website), and study one topic e.g. mate with 2 Bishops. John will give a talk tomorrow on 4.Ng5 in the Giocco Piano opening.

Games this Tuesday include catchup club ch. games and friendly challenges (rated). Enter all results on the Results Sheet and Club Ch Results sheet on the noticeboard.
Also practice for Rapid tournament coming up soon by playing games using 15+10s time control.

Supervisors - please update your availability for the rota on the Join page, or you may be assigned to supervise on a night that does not suit you. Deadline this Tuesday please.

Third team players please indicate availability for changed fixtures on Team - Leagues - 3rd Team page.

We will soon have a visit from John Costello from the Isle of Man, who will play for our first team on 21-Jan. Then on 31-Jan Martín Krug will come from Spain to play and give a talk in the club. We plan to have another talk from Irish international Alice O'Gorman soon too.

Nikolai Dimitrov came first on 4.5/5 in the Cavan Minor (U1200) section this weekend. See results, event page.


Mon 9 Jan 2023 - John Loughran

Club Champs begin, ICU and LCU tournament results

This Tuesday 10 Jan the Club Championships begin with four sections A, B, C and D. These are all-play-all (round robin) events apart from Sec D which is a Swiss, the usual format. Go to Play, Tournament, Club Ch... to see Pairings.
In the last few days Nikolai got 2/7 in the Irish Over 65s Champs in Stillorgan. Jacob got 3/5 in the Leinster U12 Champs there too. Charlie got 2/6 in the U8s and enjoyed it. Result for that were not uploaded.
2nd team match on Tuesday see Calendar.


Tue 13 Dec 2022 - John Loughran

Fourth in Mick Germaine Cup

Our junior team came fourth in the Mick Germaine Cup on Sun 11 Dec 2022, our highest placing ever. Well done to the team: Krishiv (captain), Lorcán (board prize), Shane and Stan. Details on Team Junior page. Pics on WhatsApp.


Mon 5 Dec 2022 - John Loughran

Mick Germaine Cup

A junior team event in Droumcondra on 11 Dec 2022, which is open to all who are under 16 on 1/1/23. See Team > Junior for details and to enter.


Sun 23 Oct 2022 - John Loughran

Community Games after Halloween

We are again hosting the Community Games Skerries Chess Finals, starting at 7 pm in the Bridge Club 73B Strand Street on Tuesday 8th November.
The Entry Fee is €2 for non members, to cover the cost of Community Games Medals for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place in each of the U-16, U-13 and U-11 age groups. Players must be under 16 on the 31st July next year, with an address in the Skerries area. For the duration of the competition players will be free members of the Skerries Chess Club. They must Login and Join on the website. One parent of each player must be Garda vetted and should bring Photo ID and Proof of Address with them on the first night or contact our Vetting Officer in advance. For more information see our website or contact us. The tournament will be used to select players to represent Skerries on the U16, U13 and U11 teams in the Community Games Dublin Finals next spring. Encourage your friends to enter. For an account of last year's Dublin finals with photos see Team > Junior. Prizegiving for the Autumn tournaments will be on Tue 8 Nov 2022.


Sat 1 Oct 2022 - John Loughran

First and third teams play first matches

The first team won 3.5 - 2.5 at home to the Curragh this afternoon in the Bridge club with wins for Joe and Paul, while Greg drew and John (captain) and Mark both lost. Owen got a walkover on board 6 as they were unable to field a full team. Not so for our captain Dermot who organized a full team of mainly novices to play away in DCU. While they lost 5 - 0 many of the games were close, Dermot lasting the longest. Playing for DCU was our former member Finn Woodlock. They all enjoyed their games and for some their first compeditive games. Soon you will be able to see detailed scores, ratings, team line ups on the Team > Leagues page, by choosing the link for each team, as well as the latest fixtures following recent changes.


Tue 13 Sep 2022 - John Loughran

Alexiei competes in IM Norm event

Currently Alexiei Bottino, who will play for us this year in the leagues, is competing in an International Master Norm event. See results here: https://www.icu.ie/articles/984.


Sat 11 Jun 2022 - John Loughran

Skerries U13s win Silver Medals in Community Games Dublin Finals

Skerries came second to Marley Grange. See full pictorial report with pictures on Teams > Community Ganes > 2022.


Tue 29 Mar 2022 - John Loughran

John Bolger Cup Skerries results

Three Skerries players played in the John Bolger Cup in Coláiste Éanna, Ballyroan at the weekend. In the 2nd section (<1900 ICU ratings) John Loughran scored 3.5/6 and Nikolai Dimitrov got 1/6 while in the third section (<1200 icu) Andrew Conneely got 4/6 in his first tournament!

Detailed results can be seen on chess-results.com. There is more information on upcoming events on icu.ie and on our own Calendar page in the menus above.


Wed 23 Mar 2022 - John Loughran

Skerries finish second in Hibernian League Division 1!

On 22nd March 2022 the Skerries first team, playing in Division 1 (of 3 divisions) in the Hibernian Online Chess League, drew 2 - 2 with Drogheda, to secure second place. This was behind the winners, Dublin Chess Club, but ahead of 17 other teams that entered from Ireland. The team consisted of Martin Krug, Greg Pawlowski, John Loughran (captain), Marco Mancosu and Mark Allidine. The top scorers were Martin and Marco who scored 3.5/5 and 3/3 respectively but everyone contributed to the success, gained by a margin of 1/2 point over third placed Dun Laoghaire. Meanwhile one of our junior players, Tom Jackson, got his first win playing for our second team as they continue their matches in Division 3. The club is abuzz with excitement as this may be our best team performance ever in the club`s history! Currently we play online, due to Covid, but we will resume over the board play in April when we compete in the William Brennan knockout cup (see Teams menu above). The last time the cup competitions were held, Skerries won the Killane shield.


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