Naomh Barróg Chess Club Dublin

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We are based at the Naomh Barróg GAA Club, Kilbarrack North Dublin. Our teams play
in the Leinster Leagues in various divisions.
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Alan Corcoran & Adam Murphy  

Drogheda Chess Tournament 2014

Alan Corcoran (left) came joint 2nd and Adam Murphy (right) joint first in the recent Drogheda Chess Tournament.




Adam Murphy  

Adam Murphy scored 5.5 out of 6 in the under-10 section of the Irish Junior Chess Championship 2014 held in Ballinasloe on the weekend of 11th/13th April. He has now won this section 2 years in a row. Very impressive Well done Adam.




In the Chess for all schools championship played in the Hilton Hotel on Sat. 5th April,
our young team of Adam Murphy, Sam Downes, Alex  Dycher  and Mila Kelly, played magnificently to finish in joint 5th place out of 51 teams from the whole of Ireland. We had only one defeat to the eventual winners St. Andrews who featured Ross Beattie
with a rating of 1556 and whose third player was rated1300. We defeated the runners-up St. Conleths 2 ½ – 1 ½.  The St. Conleths team included players from the Irish Schoolboys panel. Adam scored 4 ½ out of 6. Alex was the surprise package scoring 4
out of 6 Mila scored 3 out of 6 and Sam scored 2 out of six. Well done all.

See also: The Chess-for-All Invitational Tournament of Champions 2014


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Alan Corcoran

Alan Corcoran came first in the Junior section of the City of Dublin Championships (13th to 15th Oct. 2013) in the Teachers Club.
Five players tied for first place but Alan was awarded the trophy on a tiebreaker system.
Another Naomh Barróg winner was Tom Collins who won a grading prize in the Challengers section.

Tom Collins

The following ten Naomh Barróg members entered this tournament (there were an outstanding 164 entries):
Suzanne Barry (31st in Junior Section with 3/6 points)
Ciaran Bolger (61st in Junior Section with 1/6 points)
Katherine Bolger (48th in Junior Section with 2.5/6 points)
Tom Collins (19th in Challengers Section with 3.5/6 points)
Alan Corcoran (1st in Junior Section with 5/6 points)
Desmond Martin (16th in Junior Section with 4/6 points)
Adam Murphy (51st in Junior Section with 2.5/6 points)
Paul O'Neill (16th in Challengers Section with 3.5/6 points)
Sean O'Neill (32nd in Junior Section with 3/6 points)
John Whelan (30th in Challengers Section with 3/6 points)

Well done everybody!



Playing ChessAT YOUR LOCAL

We play at
Naomh Barrόg GAA Club
in Kilbarrack, North Dublin
(Google Naomh Barrόg Chess)

Are you:
Currently playing competition chess and want to upgrade your game?
We will have some vacancies on our 2nd Division Heidenfeld team next season.
Contact: Tom Collins at 087-1337629
Are you:
Retired some years from playing chess and would like to play again?
We'll be delighted to see you and knock that rust off.
Contact: Sean Waldron at 086-6014584
Are you:
A pre-teen who wants to practice or start playing from scratch?
We have a Junior Section that will cater to your needs.
Contact: Martin Molloy at 086-2017593
Are you:
Involved in chess in a second or third level institution?
We have active teenage players who would welcome new challengers.
Contact: Sean Waldron at 086-6014584
Are you:
An adult who missed the opportunity to learn chess and would like to try now?
We'll be starting an adult introductory course during this coming summer.
Contact: Tom Collins at 087-1337629


Chess pieces



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Drogheda Chess Congress 2013 - Everyone a winner

Five Naomh Barrog members played in the Drogheda Chess Congress over the Whit weekend and each of them won a prize.
There were 72 entries divided into all-play-all groups of six. As it worked out, 60% of the participants received a prize. Our results were as follows:

Sean Nolan shared 2nd in the second highest rated group.
Tom Collins shared 3rd in his group.
John Whelan shared 2nd in his group.
Adam Murphy shared 3rd in his group.
Alan Corcoran shared 2nd in his group.

It was a very enjoyable event, well run and really sociable.

Sean Nolan Tom Collins
Sean Nolan (centre) Tom Collins (centre)
John Whelan Adam Murphy
John Whelan (second from right) Adam Murphy (left)
Alan Corcoran Drogheda June Congress Shield
Alan Corcoran (left)  


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SEAN NOLAN - Leinster Intermediate Champion 2013

Four people (Sean, Gerard Wallace, Kieran Rogers and Colm Fitzpatrick) shared 1st place on 4.5 points in last weekend's Leinster Championship (held in conjunction with the Malahide Millennium Tournament) and Sean was declared winner on a tie-break system.
Congratulations and well done Sean.

Sean Nolan at the presentation

Other Naomh Barróg results were:

Justin Corry in 13th place on 3.5 points.
Tom Collins in 33rd place on 2 points.
(40 players in this section)

Former Naomh Barróg player Niall Mullen in 17th place on 3.5 points.
John Carroll in 29th place on 3 points.
Alan Corcoran in 36th place on 3 points.
(61 players in this section)

The Tournament was, as usual, very well run and really enjoyable.


2012 Club Championship Presentations

Brian Gallagher is our new Club Champion. Congratulations!
John O'Driscoll retains his Junior (grade) Champion title. Well done!
Clare Gallagher is our new Junior (age) Champion. Again, congratulations!

The prizes being presented at our AGM on 19th June 2012 by last year's Club Champion Stephen Kelly. Brian Gallagher received the Club Championship Cup (the sixth winner of this) and plaque. John O'Driscoll received the Junior Champion (grade) plaque (retaining his title from last year) and Clare Gallagher received the Junior Champion (age) plaque
plus a copy of Capablanca's Chess Fundamentals.

Just remains for me to thank everybody for their cooperation and also to point out
that the Championship has never yet been won a second time by anybody. So, get training for next year.
Tom Collins

Last year´s Champion (Stephen Kelly, left) presents the Eamonn O´Reilly Cup and plaque to the Club´s new champion Brian Gallagher. John O´Driscoll receives his plaque after retaining his Junior Champion title. Clare Gallagher receives her plaque (and a copy of Chess Fundamentals by Jose Capablanca) after winning our first Junior Champion (age) title.

Brian Gallagher, John O'Driscoll and Clare Gallagher, the winners receiving their prizes at AGM.


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The O'Connell Cup

The O'Connell Cup (Novices League) was completed on 12th May with 5 teams competing for the trophy. It was won by Elm Mount who had 5 wins and 2 draws in their 7 matches remaining unbeaten against, Bray/Greystones, who finished as runners up, Portmarnock in 3rd place, Naomh Barrog 4th and Ballinasloe 5th.

O’Connell Cup
Naomh Barróg team from left: Clare, Katherine, Darraph, Ciaran.


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Malahide Millennium/Leinster Championships

Eight Naomh Barróg players entered the Malahide Millennium/Leinster Championships event in the Hilton over the weekend (5-7 May 2012).

  Austin Blake shared 1st place with 3 others in the Junior section.
  Sean Nolan was 2nd in the Intermediate section.
  Stephen Kelly won a board prize in the Intermediate section.

Well done!

* Click here for the full results and presentation pictures on the LCU Chess blog.


Naomh Barróg Ennis team win Trophy and secure promotion to 2nd Division

A nail-biting, cliff-hanging final resulted in a 3.5 to 2.5 win for Naomh Barróg over Royal Lopez on Sunday 1st April 2012. We needed four points to be absolutely sure of the trophy. Drogheda dropped half a point early on so that left us needing just 3.5 points. Early wins for us on boards 1 and 4, and things were looking good. Then we lost on boards 2 and 3. Now we needed 1.5 points from the remaining two games and both games looked drawish. In a sweet endgame manoeuvre Barry sacrificed two pawns to get a passed pawn and secure the win. The remaining game was drawn and we had the trophy. Now for the Heidenfeld!
Our winning team, including subs throughout the year (2011 - 2012), is:
Brian Gallagher, Sean Nolan, Stephen Kelly, Airidas Tolkus, Barry Plummer, Justin Corry, Tom Collins, Austin Blake, John O'Driscoll, Andrew O'Brien.

The O'Hanlon team finished with a flourish, beating Phibsboro 4/2 but, unfortunately, still demoted.

Ennis team
From left: Stephen Kelly, Tom Collins, Airidas Tolkus, Sean Nolan, [LCU, Gerry Smith LCU above standing], Barry Plummer and Austin Blake (who didn't play on the day). Brian Gallagher (absent from the photo) played Board 1.

Two of the three board prizes were won by Naomh Barróg players. Sean won one with a score of 8.5 out of 11 and Barry Plummer won the other with the score of 9.5 out of 11 (the highest score in the division).

Sean and Barry receive board prizes.


Click here for Naomh Barróg Juniors in Chess-For-All Competition

The first "Chess for All" Championship was held in the Hilton Hotel Malahide Road on 3rd March 2012.
Thirty-seven teams from all over the country participated in what proved an exciting and ground-breaking event.
Our team finished 5th, just out of the prizes, after initially sharing 4th place with five other teams.

Individual scores were as follows:
   Katherine Bolger 4 out of 5
   Cormac Graham 2 out of 5
   Michael Behan 4 out of 5
   Ciaran Bolger 3 out of 5

Clare Gallagher played for St Brigid's team and scored 3 out 5.

Well done everybody.



¨Naomh Barróg Chess Club win O'Hanlon Cup¨

Cup Winners
Naomh Barróg “O'Hanlon Cup” 2010 - 2011 Winners

Naomh Barróg Chess Club's team scored four points to two against their nearest rivals Kilkenny in the final round of the O'Hanlon Cup in the Teachers Club on Sunday 13th March 2011. This left them comfortable winners with 49.5 points against Kilkenny's 42. The Naomh Barróg team also bagged six O'Hanlon board prizes – five for their A team and one for their B team. The O'Hanlon B team also managed to survive relegation in a tight contest with Dublin Chess Club. This has been an excellent year for the club who now have a second trophy to polish in their cabinet (they won the Bodley in 2007). Joe Rafferty from the Bodley team narrowly missed a board prize by half a point.

board prizes

The Prize Winners, from left to right: Airidas, Austin, Barry, Justin, Sean (captain) and Tom

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