May 18, 2012

Latest News - May 2012

The Curragh Chess Club is on its Summer break and will reopen on Thursday 6th September in the Watertwoer Conference Facility beside the Curragh Fire Station.

Club Championship

Congratulations to Pearse Dunne who won the 2012 Curragh Chess Club Championship.

Branagan Cup 2012

The Curragh Chess Club participated in the Branagan Cup during April and May 2012 suffering heavy defeats against Dun Laoghaire and Bray/Greystones but managing a draw against the Leinster champions Rathmines. The final table:-

Branagan Cup Group A
1 Bray / Greystones 3 10 5 3 12 ½
2 Rathmines 3 8 5 5 10 ½
3 Dun Laoghaire 3 5 8 5 9
4 Curragh 3 3 2 13 4

Detailed results at

Rating List - May 2012

Richard Arundell 1943  
Pearse Dunne 1836  1895
Mark McLoughlin 1656  
Martin Brehhov 1640  
Noel Lynch 1578  
Harijs Valters 1552  
Franco Rivera 1530  1932
Robert Turley 1498*  
 Brendan Duffy 1440  
 Niall O'Shea 1427  
 Padraig Hughes 1373  
 Derek Stacey 1280  
 Bryan Tobin 1261  
 Maurice Canavan  1232  
 Aiden O'Connell  1190*  
 Dermot Earls  1110  
 Leo Talbot  1089  
James Forde  957  
Cian Murphy  730*  
Pearse Murphy 703*  



Posted by mmcloughlin at 03:57 PM

April 10, 2012

Latest News

The Curragh Chess Club meet every Thursday at 8 pm in the Curragh Water Tower Conference Facility (beside the Fire Station). We have two teams in the Leinster Leagues and club members participate in many other competiions.

Recent Events

A number of Curragh players participated in the E2E4 Easter Congress held recently in Dublin. The highlight was the performance of Franco Rivera who had two wins against 2000+ rated players.Here is his win from the first round:-

The other geat performance was by Padraig Hughes, the Leinster under 12 champion who scored 4.5/7 in the Majors winning a board prize.

Here are the scores of the Curragh players:-


Franco Rivera 2.5


Pearse Dunne  4.0

Mark McLoughlin 3.5


Padraig Hughes  4.5

Dermot Earls      2.5

 Full results are at

Leinster Competitions

With the Leinster Leagues now finished until September, the club will play in the Leinster Chess Union Branagan Cup on 21st and 28th April 2012.


Posted by mmcloughlin at 07:02 PM

February 09, 2012

Padraig Hughes to represent Ireland

Congratulation to junior player Padraig Hughes on being selected to represent Ireland in the annual Glorney and Faber Cup Teams.


Padraig, from Athy recently won the best player at the Kilkenny monthly junior tournament and was the under 10 Irish champion in 2011. Padraig plays on the Curragh's O'Hanlon Cup team.

Posted by mmcloughlin at 06:37 PM

May 06, 2011

Lecture and Simultaneous Display


 Short Video Chess Simul :-

The Curragh Chess Club welcomed Jonathan O'Connor, chairman of the Irish Chess Union to the club on Thursday night where he gave a talk on chess tactics and played in an entertaining simultaneous exhibition game.

Jonathan played nine games and scored an impressive 100% score. First to fall were Dermot Earls and Noel Lynch followed by Tim Hinchey and Niall O'Shea. Hugues Hammouma put up the biggest resistance but ultimately collapsed to Jonathan's better tactical play. The youngest player of the night Padraig Hughes was one of the last to fall putting in a good performance while Aiden O'Connor missed some opportunities to draw and even win the game when he was one of the last men standing.

Jonathan also presented Noel Lynch with the Billy O'Connor perpetual trophy for winning the Club Championship 2011.





For the record, here's the full score for the night:-

Jonathan O'Connor 1-0 Franco Rivera

Jonathan O'Connor 1-0 Tim Hinchey

Jonathan O'Connor 1-0 Hugues Hammouma

Jonathan O'Connor 1-0 Niall O'Shea

Jonathan O'Connor 1-0 Dermot Earls

Jonathan O'Connor 1-0 Noel Lynch

Jonathan O'Connor 1-0 Padraig Hughes

Jonathan O'Connor 1-0 Martin Brehhov

Jonathan O'Connor 1-0 Aidan O'Connor


Posted by mmcloughlin at 01:57 PM

May 04, 2011

Jonathan O'Connor Lecture

The Curragh Chess Club meets every Thursday in the Watertower Conference Facility (beside Fire Station) at 8 p.m. Visitors are always welcome.

Lecture and Simultaneous Display

Jonathan O'Connor, chairperson of the Irish Chess Union and member of Dublin Chess Club will give a lecture and simultaneous exhibition game on Thursday 6th May at 7.30 p.m.

All are welcome to attend.

International Ratings

Two Curragh players have obtained partial FIDE ratings following the 2010-11 season, the first ever for the Curragh. The Heidenfeld Trophy was rated for the purposes of obtaining a FIDE rating but depended on the number of games against rated opponents. Although Richard played on the top board in the National Club championships, he did not play enough games to achieve a FIDE rating performance from the competition.



No of Qualifying Games

Rating Performance

Richard Arundell Heidenfeld Trophy



Pearse Dunne Heidenfeld Trophy




National Club Championships



It is expected that after next season, Richard and Pearse may obtain full international ratings and other players on the higher boards will manage to play against rated opponents.


Posted by mmcloughlin at 01:44 PM

Ladder Competition Winners

Curragh Chess Club Ladder Competition Winners



1987 Brian Canavan
1988 Aiden Gregg
1989 Damien McCormick
1990 Mark McLoughlin
1991 Barry Jordan
1992 Brendan Duffy
1993 Hugh Peacock
1994 Martin Wallace
1995 Tom Bermingham
1996 Maurice Canavan
1997 Brian Tiernan
1998 Colm Kelly
1999 Tom Bermingham
2000 Brian Tiernan
2001 No competition
2002 No competition
2003 Richard Arundell
2004 Richard Arundell
2005 Mark McLoughlin
2006 Richard Arundell
2007 Mark McLoughlin
2008 Noel Lynch
2009 Noel Lynch
2010 Pearse Dunne
2011 Noel Lynch
2012 Pearse Dunne

2008 Club Championship

Congratulations to Noel Lynch who won the trophy for the first time this season. Noel scored a remarkable 11.5/12 to cap a great season. Noel was presented with the "Billy O'Connor perpetual Trophy by Billy O'Connor himself at the Annual General Meeting on Thursday 24th April 2008.

Noel & Billy 24.04.08.jpg

The Curragh Chess Club championship known as the Ladder Competition was first competed for in 1987. The trophy is called the Billy O'Connor Perpetual Trophy. The competition is run on a handicap basis based on the rating of the players. There is no draw for the competition and any player may challenge any other member present in the club to a match. The person who gains the most points during the season is declared the winner of the trophy.

 Chess Championship Trophy.JPG




Posted by mmcloughlin at 01:26 PM

April 19, 2011

Rose of Tralee

The Curragh Chess Club meets every Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Water Tower Conference Facility (former Curragh Library). New members and casual visitors are always welcome.

Club News - Rose of Tralee


The Curragh Chess Club would like to send best wishes to Chantelle Bowers who will be representing the club in the preliminary rounds of the Rose of Tralee selection heats for Kildare at Kilashee Hotel, Naas on Sunday 24 April. Chantelle is from Robertstown and works for Assets Model Agency.

Posted by mmcloughlin at 08:42 PM

January 07, 2011

Tom Bermingham Blitz Competition 2011


Above: Hugues Hammouma v Bryan Tobin (Front) and Michael Kennedy v Pearse Dunne

Om a cold a bitter evening the Curragh Chess season came back to life with a blast!
The Tom Bermingham Blitz competition was held to celebrate the impact that Tom, who recently passed away, had on the chess club.
The tournament saw eleven warriors fight it out for the prize with Pearse Dunne the early favourite, although playing with a time handicap.
However it was the dark horse of Hugues Hammouma who emerged from the pack to take the title following an exciting penultimate round defeat of Pearse.
Hugues held his nerve in the final round against Michael Kennedy to emerge victorious on a score of 9/10 as he finished level with Pearse but with a better head-to-head score.


Above: Derek Stacey v Mark McLoughlin


Above: Jim Forde v Bryan Tobin

The club is back in action every Thursday night evening at 8 p.m. in the former Curragh Branch Library (Watertower Conference Facility). New players are always welcome.

Posted by mmcloughlin at 01:50 PM

November 28, 2010

Tom Bermingham


Tom Bermingham  (died 23 Nov 2010)

The death has occurred, on 23 November 2010,  of former club member Tom Bermingham. 

Tom was a regular in the club throughout the 1980s and 1990s serving as club chairman in 1995 and 1996. He was a member of Naas Chess Club prior to joining the Curragh and introduced many young players to the game in the Suncroft area. Tom was a farmer living in Mooretown, Kilcullen. He made a brief appearance in the club in 2004 to mark the club's 25th anniversary. He will be sadly missed by his former chess playing colleagues, friends and family.


Posted by mmcloughlin at 03:22 PM

July 17, 2010

William Brennan Trophy 2010

Victory for Curragh!

The Curragh have won the William Brennan Trophy 2010. In the final of the knock-out competition, the Curragh were losing 2.5-0.5 from 3 games played on Monday 12th July and needed all three points in the last remaining games held on Saturday 17 July. Amazingly they managed to secure all three points to secure the trophy for players rated under 1500.

Peter Klompers 1404


Peter Scott 1425
Martin Brehhov 1496


Eugene Donohoe 1428
Harijs Valters 1460


Greg Coyle 1341
Hugues Hammouma 1391


William French 1322
Franco Rivera 1283 0.5-0.5 Victor Murray 1313
Niall O'Shea 1387


Francis Doherty 1208

Incidentally, the team created another record for the Curragh with representatives of six countries on the team: Dutch, Estonian, Latvian, French-Algerian, Philipino and Irish!

Well done to all including teram Captain Dermot Earls!

2010/11 Season

The club will reopen on Thursday 2nd September for the new season. New players always welcome.

First league game of the season will be as follows:-

Sat 25 Sept    Heidenfeld (Division 2)  St. Benildus v Curragh

All fixtures on


Posted by mmcloughlin at 06:34 PM

May 10, 2009

Killane Shield 2009

The Curragh chess club meet every Thursday in the Curragh Branch Library from September to May. Necomers are always welcome. The Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 28 May, 2009.

Latest News

Curragh v Phibsboro - Killane Shield 2009 - Saturday, 9 May 2009

The Curragh were knocked out of the Killane Shield in the Quarter Final after suffering a 5-0 defeat to a much stronger Phibsboro side.

Hugues Hammouma 1340


Tony Duffy 1648
Franco Rivera 1324


Fergal O'Beirne 1575
Bryan Tobin 1175


Tom Fitzpatrick 1521
Leo Talbot 1171


Noel Duffy 1502
James Forde u/g


Algimantas Ogintas 1388

Hugues and Franco played good games and were both unlucky to lose.


Posted by mmcloughlin at 09:56 AM

April 18, 2009

William Brennan Trophy 2009

The Curragh Chess Club meet every Thursday night at 8 pm in the former Library opposite the church. Newcomers always welcome.

Noel & Franco 18.04.09.JPG Franco & Noel

Latest News

Curragh have qualified for the semi-final of the inaugural Brennan Trophy after drawing 2.5-2.5 with Phibsboro Chess Club. Curragh go through on board count.

Curragh v Phibsboro - Saturday 18 April 2009

Peter Klompers 1433


Adetola Adesanya u/g
Franco Rivera 1322 0.5-0.5 Brendan Byrne 1200
Niall O'Shea 1393


Pachat Haji ug
Harijs Valters ug


Peter Jackson 1259
Dermot Earls 1232


Diarmaid MacMathuna 1080


Dermot Earls 18.04.09.JPG

Wicklow defeated Bray/Greystones so the Semi-Final line-up is:-

Semi-Final 1: Finglas or Dun Laoghaire  v Balbriggan

Semi-Final 2: Curragh v Wicklow


Posted by mmcloughlin at 05:57 PM

March 25, 2009

Team Competitions

The Curragh Chess Club meet every Thursday night at 8 pm in the former Library opposite the church. Newcomers always welcome.

OHanlon Team 2 06.03.09.JPG

Latest News

The Curragh have entered three teams in the three different end of season Leinster League competitions:

Branagan Cup

Open to teams in Divisions 1 & 2 - 12 teams competing

Round 1 - 28 March 2009 - Elm Mount v Curragh

The Curragh lost out in the first round 4-1 to the Division 1 Elm Mount side.

Gerry McElligott 1970


Richard Arundell 1892
Ciaran Quinn 1934


Noel Lynch 1650
John Loughran 1813


Mark McLoughlin 1649
Steffen Brinkmann 1558


Martin Brehhov u/g
Ray Dunne 1613


Derek Stacey 1379

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Killane Shield

Open to teams in Divisions 3, 4, 5 & 6 - 12 teams competing

Team Captain: Dermot Earls

Round 1: Curragh Bye into Quarter Final

The Curragh won the inaugural Killane Shield in 2005 and repeated the success in 2006.

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William Brennan Trophy

Open to players rated under 1500 - 13 teams competing

Team Captain: Niall O'Shea

Round 1: Curragh Bye into Quarter Final

This is a new competition.

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Posted by mmcloughlin at 12:59 PM

November 19, 2008

T.P. Byrne

T. P. Byrne (died 17 Nov 2008)

The death has occurred, on 17 November 2008,  of former club member T.P. Byrne. 
Tom was a regular in the club throughout the 1980s and 1990s serving as club chairman in 2000 and 2001. He was a member of Naas Chess Club prior to that and was also an active member of the Curragh Golf Club. Tom worked as a teacher in the Dominican College, Newbridge and was a character in the club throughout his many years of membership. He will be sadly missed.


Posted by mmcloughlin at 07:21 PM

May 11, 2008

2008/09 Season

Curragh Chess Club premises.JPG

The Curragh Chess Club reopened on Thursday 11th September 2008.

The club has two teams participating in the Leinster Leagues and always welcome new members. Division 2 commences on Saturday 20th September with Division 4 commencing on the following Saturday.

Anyone interested in playing this season is very welcome to attend. Members meet every Thursday evening at 8 p.m. in the Curragh Library (opposite Church).

Further details about the Curragh Chess Club at


Posted by mmcloughlin at 09:02 AM

April 14, 2007

Branagan Cup & Killane Shield 2007

Maurice Canavan

 Both Curragh teams interest in this competition ended in the first round against stronger opposition.

Branagan Cup 2007

Peter Klompers (left)

The Curragh's Division  2 team was defeated by Division 1 side Trinity College Dublin at their first time to enter the competition. In the end the result was a very respectable one for the Curragh and Richard very nearly won it for us in the end!

Richard Arundell 1857 0.5-0.5 F Gaudron 2060
Mark McLoughlin 1563 0.5-0.5 Rory Delaney 1655
Noel Lynch 1504 0.5-0.5 Conor Kostick 1680
Peter Klompers 1443


Andrew Roger 1530
Derek Stacey 1303 0.5-0.5 Raymond Deane 1572








Killane Shield 2007

The defending champions Curragh were defeated 1.5-3.5 by a much stronger Phibsboro side. In the end the result was a very reasonable performance.

Maurice Canavan 1288


Lukasz Kwiatek
Niall O'Shea 1203


Fergal O'Beirne
Dermot Earls 1252


Garry Tishkin
Leo Talbot 1136


A Ogintas
Derek Meade u/g


Peter Jackson








Noel Lynch (right)


Dermot Earls and Niall O'Shea




Richard Arundell


Posted by mmcloughlin at 09:09 PM

May 27, 2006

Killane Shield Final

Curragh v Rathmines,  27 May 2006

The Curragh won the Killane Shield for the second year in a row against all the odds by beating Rathmines in the final round.  The Curragh entered the competition with an almost completely different team to that which won the trophy last year and still came away with it in the end defeating stronger opposition from Elm Mount and St. Benildus in previous rounds. The final was played in the An Oige Hostel on Mountjoy Street under the watchful eye of Phibsboro Chess Club's Mick Germaine who organised the competition.

Round 1 Curragh



Round 2 Elm Mount


Curragh (won on board count)
Semi-Final Curragh


St. Benildus
Final Rathmines



The final round was an excellent result considering the team was outrated on four out of the five boards.

Curragh v Rathmines- Killane Shield - Final 27/5/2006
Peter Klompers 1466


John O'Connell  1444
Franco Rivera 1140


Pat McEvoy 1550
Niall O'Shea 1192


John Maher 1431
Dermot Earls 1220


Niall Whelan 1497
Hugues Hammouma 1230


Pat Freer 1406

Other players who participated in previous rounds were Brendan Duffy and Derek Stacey. Congratulations to all those involved and well done!

The club's successes are now as follows:




Team members

Killane Shield 2006 (knockout competition) 2005/06


P. Klompers, F. Rivera, N. O'Shea (capt), D. Earls, H. Hammouma, B. Duffy (sub), D. Stacey (sub).
Leinster League: Ennis Shield - Division 3 2005/06


R. Arundell (capt.), M. McLoughlin, N. Lynch, P. Klompers, D. Earls, F. Rivera, B. O'Connor (sub).
Killane Shield 2005 (knockout competition - inaugural year) 2004/05


R. Arundell, M. McLoughlin, N. Lynch (capt.), P. Klompers, D. Earls, D. Stacey (sub).
Leinster League: Bodley Cup - Division 6 1996/97


C. Talbot (capt), B. Tiernan, T. Byrne, B. Duffy, F. Johnston, K. Caraher.
Leinster League: O' Hanlon Cup- Division 4 1991/92


M. Wallace, T. Mellon, M. McLoughlin, B. O'Connor (capt), B. Jordan, T. Bermingham.

The club will  reopen on Thursday 7th September  2006 at 8 p.m. in the Curragh Branch Library - beside the Curragh Fire Station. The club will be entering teams in the Heidenfeld Trophy ( Division 2) and the O'Hanlon Cup (Division 4) of the Leinster Leagues so new players are very welcome.

Curragh handover1922.jpg

The handover of the Curragh, May 1922.



Posted by mmcloughlin at 09:32 PM

May 18, 2006

May 2006 Rating list

The Irish Chess Union May 2006 Ratings have been published.

Curragh players as follows. Peter Klompers and Noel Lynch's good seasons reflected in the ratings:

Richard Arundell 1857
Mark McLoughlin 1563
Noel Lynch 1504
Peter Klompers 1466
Billy O'Connor 1414
Brendan Duffy 1324
Derek Stacey 1285
Hugues Hammouma 1230
Tony Carr 1228
Dermot Earls 1220
Brian Dunne 1195
Niall O'Shea 1192
Franco Rivera 1140
Charlie Talbot 1138
Posted by mmcloughlin at 08:38 PM

May 09, 2006

Killane Shield 2006


Curragh v St. Benildus,  8 May 2006

The Curragh knocked St. Benildus out of the Killane Shield in the Semi-Finals with a 3-2 win, yet again against stronger opposition.  The Curragh will now play Rathmines in the final with a good chance of retaining the trophy which they won last year, the inaugural year of the competition.

Curragh v St. Benildus - Killane Shield - Semi-Final 8/5/2006
Peter Klompers 1270


Ronan Sweeney  1460
Dermot Earls 1260


Eddie Gahan  1430
Derek Stacey 1289


 Damien McCormick 1380
Franco Rivera u/g


 Tim Walsh 1420
Niall O'Shea 1233


 Nicola Benson 700

Rathmines defeated Roy Lopez in the other semi-final.

Posted by mmcloughlin at 06:09 PM

April 20, 2006

Killane Shield 2006

Elm Mount v Curragh (Round 2)  19 April 2006

The Curragh as winner's of the inaugural event held last Summer got a bye in Round 1. This year's Curragh Team comprises mostly of players from the O'Hanlon Cup team and met Elm Mount in Round 2 whom the Curragh defeated in the final last year. The match ended in a draw with the Curragh proceeding to the next round by virtue of winning board 1 - a good result against a stronger team.

Curragh v Elm Mount - Killane Shield - Rd 2 19/4/2006
Brendan Duffy 1270


Peter Scott    1420
Dermot Earls 1260


Victor Murray  1393
Derek Stacey 1289


Niall O'Shea 1233


Hugues Hammouma u/g



 The semi-finals are:

Curragh v St. Benildus
Rathmines v Roy Lopez


Posted by mmcloughlin at 11:55 AM

August 29, 2005

Killane Shield 2005

Curragh Win the Inaugural Killane Shield 2005!

Photo: Dermot Earls, Derek Stacey, Noel Lynch, Charlie Talbot and Mark McLoughlin are presented with Killane Shield by Tony Gregory T.D.

The Curragh Chess Club won the inaugural Killane Shield 2005.  The competition was open to teams in Divisions 3-6 of the Leinster Leagues and played at the end of the League Season.The Curragh defeated teams from Rathmines, Inchicore, Bray/Greystones and Elm Mount on their way to winning the Shield. The trophy was presented on 28th August 2005 at the City of Dublin Championships.

The Club will reopen for the new season on Thursday 8th September 2005 at 8pm in the Curragh branch library (Beside the Fire Station). New members always welcome!


Photo: Club Chairman Derek Stacey is presented with the Killane Shield by Tony Gregory T.D. at the City of Dublin Championships on 28th August 2005.

This is the Curragh's first trophy since 1992!!   Team members were Richard Arundell, Mark McLoughlin,  Noel Lynch (Capt), Peter Klompers, Dermot Earls & Derek Stacey.  Congratulations to all!

Results of the competition were as follows:-

Round 1: Curragh v Rathmines

Saturday, 25 June 2005 :  Curragh 3-1 Rathmines

Round 2: Inchicore v Curragh

Thursday,  7 July 2005 :   Inchicore 1.5-3.5 Curragh

Semi-Final: Curragh v Bray/Greystones

Saturday, 14 July 2005 :    Curragh 3.5 - 1.5 Bray/Greystones

Final: Curragh v  Elm Mount

Saturday, 30 July 2005 :    Curragh 4-1 Elm Mount

Posted by mmcloughlin at 09:00 AM

December 20, 2004

Christmas Swiss Competition 2004

The Christmas Swiss Competition held from October to December 2004 was won by Richard Arundell. Richard needed to win his last round game against Mark McLoughlin to take the victory after conceding a draw earlier in the competition to Peter Klompers.

1st Richard Arundell
2nd Mark McLoughlin
3rd Peter Klompers

Posted by mmcloughlin at 04:17 PM

June 03, 2004

25th Anniversary

On Thursday 27th May 2004, members past and present gathered together to celebrate 25 years of brilliances, blunders, premises moves, characters, promotions and relegations. Website Picture 3.jpg Tony Carr and Tom Bermingham The club was founded by serving members of the Defence Forces on 22nd May 1979 in the Military College. Founding member Tony Carr recalled that the Club was initially set up to run an army chess championship but due to popular demand, it was agreed to allow civilians join the club. The club met in the School of Signals until it moved to its current location at the Curragh Library in 1990. The club entered a team in the Leinster Chess League for the 1979/80 season and has participated in every season since then. At its height in 1995, the club had four teams competing in the Leagues with members from Kildare, Newbridge, Kilcullen and Naas.

Posted by mmcloughlin at 01:51 PM