e2e4 Irish Open Championships : 2-10 July 2011

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Sean Hewitt

e2e4 Irish Open Championships : 2-10 July 2011

Post by Sean Hewitt » Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:36 pm

e2e4 Chess are delighted to announce that we will be hosting the Irish Chess Championships on behalf of the Irish Chess Union from 2nd - 10th July 2011 at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Green Park, Dundalk, Co. Louth, Ireland.

The Championship is a 9 round, 1 game per day FIDE rated event which is open to all players regardless of nationality with a first prize of €1,000.

There are also weekend events on 2/3 July and 9/10 July.

As you would expect, we have negotiated discounted rates with the hotel of €34.50 B&B per person per night (based on 2 sharing) or €59 B&B (single) - both including a full Irish breakfast!

Dundalk is a 1 hour bus ride from Dublin airport with a fare of just €10 return. And thanks to Ryanair, you can get to this tournament for less than the cost of a decent curry!

Full details at http://www.e2e4.org.uk/ireland

PS - Unusually for Irish events, we will be providing all boards, sets and digital clocks for all sections.

LozCooper

Re: e2e4 Irish Open Championships : 2-10 July 2011

Post by LozCooper » Mon Apr 11, 2011 11:30 pm

Shame about the overlap with Big Slick. Are byes available in rounds 1 & 2?

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Re: e2e4 Irish Open Championships : 2-10 July 2011

Post by IM Jack Rudd » Mon Apr 11, 2011 11:33 pm

LozCooper wrote:Shame about the overlap with Big Slick. Are byes available in rounds 1 & 2?
...and with South Wales, otherwise I might have been tempted to play. Ah well.

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Re: e2e4 Irish Open Championships : 2-10 July 2011

Post by Sean Hewitt » Tue Apr 12, 2011 7:26 am

LozCooper wrote:Shame about the overlap with Big Slick. Are byes available in rounds 1 & 2?
Yes. Up to three byes available per player. The dates were dictated by the ICU I'm afraid.

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Re: e2e4 Irish Open Championships : 2-10 July 2011

Post by Mark Page » Thu Apr 14, 2011 12:36 pm

Sean Hewitt wrote:Dundalk is a 1 hour bus ride from Dublin airport with a fare of just €10 return. And thanks to Ryanair, you can get to this tournament for less than the cost of a decent curry!
Sean, Your mention of Ryanair instantly made me think of Fascinating Aida's absolutely brilliant and hilarious song about cheap flights, which can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAg0lUYHHFc (NOT recommended to be viewed at work or with minors, or those of a sensitive disposition, within hearing range!!)

Now, if only you could move the event from Dundalk to Tralee the video would be even more appropriate.

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Re: e2e4 Irish Open Championships : 2-10 July 2011

Post by Sean Hewitt » Thu Apr 14, 2011 12:39 pm

Mark - I've seen that before but it is a very funny video. Perhaps I should embed it on the event homepage?

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Re: e2e4 Irish Open Championships : 2-10 July 2011

Post by Gareth Harley-Yeo » Thu Apr 14, 2011 2:27 pm

I've always wanted to visit Ireland. I'm very tempted!

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Post by Ben Purton » Thu Apr 14, 2011 3:59 pm

Gareth Harley-Yeo wrote:I've always wanted to visit Ireland. I'm very tempted!
I brought a flute for 50p?? Remember that 4NCL?
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Re: e2e4 Irish Open Championships : 2-10 July 2011

Post by Sean Hewitt » Thu May 12, 2011 11:34 am

The venue has been changed and is now Brennan Green Isle Hotel, Naas Road, Newlands Cross, Dublin 22, Ireland.

The hotel have a 4 nights for the price of 3 offer which means that an 8 day stat will cost €391 which is about £43 per night.

Of course, you could just play the first or second weekned - NOT FIDE rated - and just enjoy the craic!

http://www.e2e4.org.uk/ireland

Sean Hewitt

Re: e2e4 Irish Open Championships : 2-10 July 2011

Post by Sean Hewitt » Sun Jul 03, 2011 12:22 am

Round 1 results and Round 2 draw now online at www.e2e4.org.uk/ireland. For those of you who like that sort of thing we've four live games being transmitted every day (and hopefully six from Monday or Tuesday).

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Re: e2e4 Irish Open Championships : 2-10 July 2011

Post by Gordon Cadden » Sun Jul 03, 2011 4:20 pm

Gareth Harley-Yeo wrote:I've always wanted to visit Ireland. I'm very tempted!
You will enjoy playing chess in Ireland, but don't forget to take a board, set and clock. Check out the "Fascinating Aida" video before booking your Cardiff Ryanair flight; you may find it cheaper to travel on the Holyhead - Dun Laoghaire Ferry.

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Re: e2e4 Irish Open Championships : 2-10 July 2011

Post by Sean Hewitt » Wed Jul 06, 2011 12:17 am

Gordon Cadden wrote:
Gareth Harley-Yeo wrote:I've always wanted to visit Ireland. I'm very tempted!
You will enjoy playing chess in Ireland, but don't forget to take a board, set and clock.
You don't need to do that at an e2e4 event in Ireland. In any case, that rule only applies to non-Irish players.

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