Galway Chess Congress 2022: 11 to 13 March

This is advance notice that next year’s Galway Chess Congress will be held on the weekend of 11 to 13 March 2022.  We very much hope that we will be able to hold it in person, at the Menlo Park Hotel, Galway, although of course there is no knowing what the covid situation will be then, and if it is not possible or advisable to hold it in person it will be held online, as it was this year.  We aim to make a decision about this early in January 2022.

Online Blitz – A schools chess project supporting poor kids in S.A.

Event is on the 15th of August @ 3pm .

You can join the lichess event here. .. and project details are here.

Galway Rapidplay 2021

We will be holding our annual Rapidplay tournament on Saturday 19 June, which this year will be held online on lichess. There will be 7 rounds, and starting time is 11 a.m.

Further information on the tournament and instructions on how to enter is available on our Rapidplay page.

All are welcome, so get your entries in now!

Galway Congress 2021 Results

The 2021 Online Galway Congress was won convincingly by FM Robin Moss with 6½ points.  Second equal, on 5½ points, were Jason Liu, Adam McCoy and Atharva Paibir.  Atharva would also have been eligible for a rating prize, but under the ‘one prize’ rule he has to be satisfied with a very deserved second place.  Rating prizes went to Alex Wall (Band A) on 5 points; Kyle Milligan and Killian Gavin (Band B), 4½; and Conor Gunn, Markus Senzel, Pete Donlon and Marek Fijalkowski, (Band C) all on 3 points.        

The final results, and links to all the games, are available here.

Update: €664 was donated to Croí from the entry fees, and a donation made to lichess for the use of their server. Croí has asked us to thank all who contributed.

Galway Congress 2021

Entries are now open for the Galway Congress, which will be held online on the weekend of 19th to 21st March. Details and information about how to enter are available here.

Galway Chess Congress 2021

The next Galway Chess Congress is scheduled for the weekend of 19th to 21st March 2021. It seems likely that, thanks to coronavirus, we will again be unable to hold it in our normal way in the Menlo Park Hotel. We really don’t want to lose the Congress for the second year in a row, and so we are intending to hold it online, which we hope will be better than nothing. Further information will be available early in 2021, but we are announcing it now so that you can put these dates in your diary.

Galway Online Winter League

We’re moving online for this year’s Galway Winter League. All details are here: https://www.galwaychess.com/galway-online-winter-league/

Get your entries in as soon as possible!

Zero entry fees! Zero prizes! Four fun!

Schools Chess projects:

For more detail go to www.movesforlife.ie and to enter your school in the online team chess events email mfl@movesforlife.ie

online club team battles

New team competition for clubs in Ireland every Friday at 7pm .. for link go to www.icu.ie

Galway Congress (20th – 22nd March) CANCELLED

We very much regret that given the widespread concern about coronavirus, and in particular the Government’s announcement on 12 March, we feel that we are now forced to cancel the Galway Chess Congress. We have refunded entry fees to all entrants.

We may be able to reschedule later in the year, but we will not take a decision about that until it is clear that coronavirus is no longer a problem.



  • ATTENDEES (Re-opening Blitz, Thursday 18th)
    1 Pete Morriss
    2 Brian Gallagher
    3 James Blackwell
    4 Ronan Zaletel
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