Anyone can call in on the night to find out what happens or maybe have a couple of games of blitz. Members vary from the young to the old and from beginners to masters. Here is a list of activities we engage in:
Club Winter League (7 long rated games in a season at the club)
Rapid play competition (hour-long games; one a month)
Monthly blitz tournaments
Galway club usually enters a team in the Irish National Club competition, which takes place in April. When we have done well, that has qualified us to play in the European Club Cup, alongside all the greats of the chess world.
Some nights have more formal activities going on than others but anyone can call in and spectate.
Summer Chess in Galway
Some club members (and some players on holidays in the city) have often met informally in a Galway pub during the Summer. Information on when and where this will be taking place next summer (2016) will be posted here nearer to the time.
For the last thirteen years we have organised the Galway Chess Congress over a weekend every September or October; in 2015 it was supposed to be held from 2nd to 4th October, but unfortunately we had to cancel it for reasons beyond our control. However, we have been able to rearrange it, and it will now take place on the weekend of 8th to 10th April 2016 in the Menlo Park Hotel.
For this tournament, people from all over Ireland (and also some from abroad) come to a Galway hotel to play chess. It’s our flagship event and we welcome entries from players of all standards; we are also always interested in getting help organising it, and offers of sponsorship are particularly welcome!