The Irish International Open 2019

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John McMorrow
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The Irish International Open 2019

Post by John McMorrow » Fri Dec 28, 2018 4:41 pm

Hi All,

We will be running the Irish International Open over Easter from 17-22 April in Dublin. The event will be a FIDE rated 9 rounder played over 6 days with a 10,000 euro prize fund. For those who have played in the Gonzaga Chess Classic (played in January – this year from 25th-27th) before, it is the same venue with the top 5 boards played and displayed in a 400-seat theatre. We will be aiming to broadcast 25 games in all. Initial details including dates, schedule and entry rates can be found here: https://www.icu.ie/events/1048

We have secured a discount rate with the Beacon Hotel for a limited number of double/twin rooms which is 100 euro per night (room only). Just mention the Irish Chess Union when you call.

Would appreciate if you could spread the word to your club-mates, friends, family, mortal enemies and people you run into on the street.

Any further questions/suggestions to chairperson@icu.ie.

The current list of titled entries includes:
1 2600 confirmed:
GM Seb Maze

5 2500s confirmed:
GM Vladimir Epishin
GM Ognjen Jovanic
GM Robert Ruck
GM Ante Saric
GM Nicholas Pert

3 2400 GMs Confirmed:
GM Aleksa Strikovic
GM David Larino
GM Bragi Thorfinnsson

8 IMs/FMs:
IM Valer Krutti
IM David Fitzsimons
IM Bjorn Thorfinnsson
IM Mark Quinn
FM Conor O'Donnell
FM Stephen Brady
FM Colm Daly
WFM Manuela Schmitz

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Re: The Irish International Open 2019

Post by JustinHorton » Fri Dec 28, 2018 4:44 pm

John McMorrow wrote:
Fri Dec 28, 2018 4:41 pm

We have secured a discount rate with the Beacon Hotel....which is 100 euro per night (room only).
Am I reading this right?
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"Yes, but I prefer a game with a better chance of cheating."

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Re: The Irish International Open 2019

Post by Allan Hodgkinson » Fri Dec 28, 2018 11:04 pm

A quick check on the hotel’s website suggests that, unfortunately, you are. Your pound doesn’t go so far now!

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Re: The Irish International Open 2019

Post by Tim Harding » Thu Jan 17, 2019 8:04 pm

Here is an update on the Irish International Open which starts in Dublin three months from today (round 1 at 6pm on Wed 17 April) and will be played over the Easter weekend, ending on Monday 22 April.

There will be good opportunities to earn FIDE title norms. So far 9 GMs, four IMs, four FMs and one WFM have signed up.

However, we are hoping for more entries from Britain. Maybe Brexit and sterling weakness are causing people to hesitate but it should be a great event, the first international open in Ireland for many years.

So far there is only GM Nick Pert from England but a lot of entries from the continent and we expect entries from Irish amateurs to pick up in the next few weeks as many expressed an interest when the tournament was first mooted last year.

For more details and to enter online, see https://www.icu.ie/events/1067. See also the first post in this thread.

There is still plenty of time to enter, with a fee of 100 Euro to the end of March, which goes up to 125 Euro from 1 April.

If anyone is going to be playing Reykjavik just beforehand, you can fly direct to Dublin with WOW.
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Re: The Irish International Open 2019

Post by Tim Harding » Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:25 pm

The Irish Chess Union has now put up a chess-results page showing entries received up to Sunday:

http://chess-results.com/tnr414002.aspx?lan=1

A few more have come in since. There are ten GMs and six IMs so far.

Irish club players tend to enter events quite close to the deadline before fees increase, so we can expect numbers to rise in the second half of March.
We are still hoping for more entries from Britain and further afield. You can enter online at

https://www.icu.ie/events/1067

Also you can download the flyer with details of the event, or contact the ICU direct from that link.
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Author of 'British Chess Literature to 1914', Joseph Henry Blackburne: A Chess Biography', and 'Eminent Victorian Chess Players'
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Re: The Irish International Open 2019

Post by John McMorrow » Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:11 am

With exactly 8 weeks to go, we’ve just hit 50 entries for the event with 17 nations represented!

Entries can be seen and made here:
https://www.icu.ie/events/1067

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