This is the official chess site of the Galway Chess Club.

Galway is a city on the west coast of Ireland with a population of ~75,000. It is known for its  attraction to tourists and bohemians alike. Its a gateway to some of Irelands most magnificent wilderness areas such as Connemara, the Burren and Lough Corrib. The city itself has several narrow pedestrian streets with bustling pubs and restaurants. Artists of all descriptions often line these streets during the summer months.

All of the above of course is bad news for chess! Too many distractions. Those of us who are involved however are determined to keep chess alive and kicking in the west. Explore this section for further general information.

Click here to find out more about The Club

We can be contacted by e-mailing the following address  (put this back together): galwaychess at gmail dot com.


  1. Jurijs says:

    My son is 12 years old, and he wanted to learn to play chess. Can you tell me, please: where, when and how my son could start learning this wonderful game?
    Thank you.

    • Pete Morriss says:

      Hi Jurijs (and others),

      The best way of making these enquiries is by emailing us at galwaychess@gmail.com, rather than using this web-site: we can then discuss your requests in private rather than in public. We don’t have a beginners’ club at present, but we can recommend teachers, depending where you live. So drop us a line and we’ll get back to you.

      All the best,

      Pete Morriss (Galway Club Chairperson)

  2. Conl says:

    I am a new player to chess and I wonder would the club be suitable for a beginner adult.

  3. Hello to everyone,

    My name is John Devereaux and I am developing a customer base in Ireland for chess equipment.

    Please do visit http://www.polishchess.com to view to selection

    Discounts are available to chess clubs.

    Incremental discounts will be offered for incremental purchase quantities.



  4. Côme Durand says:


    I am in Galway for 3 months and i am looking for some chess players. I used to play long time ago, but i haven’t forgot everything. I am mainly interested in blitz and i am here only for causal and relax games.

    Can i come in on thursday and find players or do i need an inscription first ?

    P.s : I am french so sorry for my mistakes.

  5. Pete says:

    Hello Côme,

    Yes, just come along on Thursday to the Bridge Centre. There is a blitz this coming Thursday (16 May), and all are welcome. This is our last club night of the season at the Bridge Centre, but we will be continuing to meet for casusal games in the Cottage Bar, Salthill.

    Looking forward to playingyou on Thursday.

  6. edel says:

    Hi, I am hoping to find a chess club in Galway, preferably near Oranmore that is wheelchair accessible? I would appreciate any information on wheelchair accessible clubs or gatherings in the next few months?

  7. Pete says:

    Hi Edel,

    Sorry for the delay in replying to you: most of us are away at the moment.

    As far as I know there are only two chess clubs in Galway city: Galway Chess Club and the NUI Galway club. Neither are meeting at the moment; they will return in September. The NUIG club is wheelchair accessible; the Galway club is not – or, to be more accurate, might be accessible with considerable difficulty, via a Stannah stair lift. At present, both clubs are meeting, informally, jointly in the Cottage Bar (Thursday evenings), which is wheelchair accessible. There is also the Galway Congress coming up in early October, which should be wheelchair accessible.

    If you send an email with your phone number to our email address (galwaychess at gmail dot com) I can give you a ring when I get back to Galway next week.

    All the best,

    Pete Morriss

  8. Pete says:

    Hi Edel,

    A follow-up to my previous response. I’ve (visually) checked the Galway Chess Club venue, and it seems not wheelchair accessible, as there are outside steps to get into the building. There might be an alternative entrance; I will check with the owners, but I can’t see where it would be. Even then you would have to cope with the stair lift, which seems designed to take a person but certainly not a wheelchair. So getting access would be difficult at best and impossible at worst. If you get in touch with your phone number to our email address, I can discuss this further with you, should you wish.

    All the best,


  9. jason eberhard says:

    Do we need to bring a board to come play chess in salthill pub?

    • Pete says:

      It would help. We usually bring two or three down for people to use, so if you haven’t got a set (or if you forget it) come down anyway and there will probably be enough. But if you bring your own set you are guaranteed to have one to play on.

      Hope to see you in the next week or so.


  10. Hi Pete.
    I played chess a number of years ago and still have memories of enjoying every minute of that game. However that was approximately 30 years ago now so I’ve forgotten most of it. If you know anywhere i can commence chess classes I’d appreciate it as it’ll bee just as enjoyable again for me. I am in my 50’s now, living in south galway, if you have a list of classes locally great if not i will gladly attend beginners classes in galway.
    Thanking you.Margaret

    • Fintan says:

      Hi Margaret,

      I have added you to our mailing list, so hopefully you should have just received an email containing our October schedule, including a Beginners’ Evening on October 13th. Hopefully that will suit you. I do not know of anyone giving classes in Galway off the top of my head, but I will ask at the club and see if anyone has any ideas.

      Kind regards,


  11. Stephan says:

    Thank you for playing with you this evening…
    Stephan from Heidelberg

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  • Galway Congress 2019: March 22nd-24th

    Masters (1800+)

    Player Rating
    GM Alexander Baburin 2433
    IM Vladimir Sveshnikov 2419
    FM Helge Hintze 2261
    FM Colm Daly 2243
    FM Henry Li 2235
    Anthony Fox 2027
    Ingo Theile-Rasche 1954
    Peter Cafolla 1932
    Orison Carlile 1892
    Zalan Nemeth 1887
    Brendan Ruane 1885
    Don Short 1852
    Denis Ruchko 1827
    Kevin O’Flaherty 1815

    Majors (1200-1799)

    Player Rating
    Danny Dwyer 1793
    Dara Murphy 1742
    Liam Delaney 1723
    Patrick McMahon 1705
    Gabriel Matthews 1700
    Jason Rawlinson 1678
    Leo Phelan 1670
    Lorenzo Valle 1659
    Leon Putar 1651
    Conall Hegarty 1641
    Khai Asyraf 1626
    Joseph McDonnell 1600
    Enzo Catalano 1596
    David McCann 1581
    Pat O’Hanlon 1560
    Jana Solomatina 1523
    Patryk Brozynski 1521
    Lara Putar 1506
    Edgars Kirulis 1493
    Mark Moorman 1487
    John Phelan 1476
    Andrejs Kozlovs 1471
    Aliona Mihaylova 1465
    Paul Ward 1444
    Kynesha Ryder 1424
    Christopher O’Sullivan 1409
    Max Tempany 1400
    Joe O’Hanlon 1398
    Eamonn Casey 1394
    Andrew Barber 1382
    Phillip Foenander 1366
    Ruairi McKenna Carroll 1357
    Emmet McGlade 1342
    Ger Abberton 1324
    Paul Leavy 1313
    Cathal Murphy 1312
    Shay Scott 1309
    Aoife Castle 1305
    Patrick Fogarty 1294
    Jason Harris 1284
    P.J. O’Reilly 1283
    Paddy Divilly 1280
    Arman Arshakyan 1239
    John Hensey 1237
    Martin Kelly 1225
    Richard Sheahan 1211
    Jack McIntyre 1206
    Pearse McDonnell

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    Player Rating
    James Crowley 1130
    John Lucey 1115
    Eric Wang 1115
    Arnav Dhama 1076
    Ryan Bonnell 1051
    Atharva Paibir 1049
    John Bourke 1046
    John Doyle 1037
    Andrew Finnerty 1033
    Bill Delee 1027
    Ian Finnerty 1000
    Hayk Arshakyan 984
    Akshay Ranade 977
    Ritvik Trehan 957
    David Piercy 931
    Maurice Coveney 913
    Ajay Paibir 846
    Henry J. Li 828
    Eamon Lenihan 825
    Matthew Tiernan 809
    Michael Sheahan 790
    Lucy Bueckert 755
    David Cunningham 755
    Zoran Dragic 752
    Jamie Kennedy 742
    Tadhg Holland 728
    John Carton 694
    Michael Scully 650
    Patrick Cassidy 591
    Charles Ridgway 568
    Matthew O’Neill 535
    Diana Bueckert 511
    Eoin Ryan 354
    Helen Bueckert 210
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    Oisin Mahon
    Luke Scarry
    Christopher Trautt
    Aleksandr McAleer
    Scott Reilly
    Oscar Roe
    Daniel Van Tonder
    Morgan O’Loughlin
    Tadhg Kearney
    John Kenny
    Paddy Connolly
    Markus Senzel
    Yuliya Makarenko
    Szymon Wegrzyn
    Joseph Jennings
    Sean Durnin
    Jack Nolan
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