Congress: About

Information regarding the Galway Chess Congress, past and present, can be accessed from this page.

The Galway Chess Congress is one of the four main annual weekenders in Ireland. For many years we have been hosting the event in one of the leading hotels in Galway.  It was originally held in early to mid-October, but we then moved to a mid-Spring date.  The most recent ‘normal’ Congress was held from March 22nd to 24th 2019 in the Menlo Park Hotel.  In 2020 the competition was scheduled to take place from March 20th to 22nd, but had to be cancelled at the last minute because of the coronavirus pandemic, and in 2021 the pandemic was still raging and the Congress had to be held online (full results, and also links to all the games, are here).  The 2022 Congress will be held on the weekend of 11 to 13 March, hopefully again in the Menlo Park Hotel, but if coronavirus makes it impossible to hold an in-person event, then it will again be held online.  A decision about that will be made early in 2022.

The reigning champion in the Masters section, from 2019, is FM Henry Li.

Full results of the most recent congresses are available here:
2019 Congress, 2017 Congress, 2016 Congress2014 Congress, 2013 Congress, the 2012 Congress and the 2011 Congress.

The 2011 champion, GM Gawain Jones, gave his reflections on the event here.

Here’s the list of all the past winners of the Galway Congress:

2019 Henry Li FM
2017 Oleg Korneev GM
2016 Alexander Baburin GM
2014 Vladimir Sveshnikov IM
2013 Alexander Baburin GM
2012 Alex Lopez IM
2011 Gawain Jones GM
2010 Dorian Rogozenco GM
2009 Alex Baburin GM
2008 Yury Rochev
2007 Gawain Jones GM
2006 Alex Baburin GM
2005 Bartosz Socko GM
2004 Mark Quinn IM
2003 Alex Baburin GM
2002 Lorcan O’Toole

For any queries, please email us at galwaychess[at]gmail[dot]com .


  1. James Kennedy says:

    Hi my friend and I are playing chess online and are interested in maybe joining a chess club we are in our 40s and live in Galway city any info would be great thanks

    • Fintan says:

      Hi James,

      Apologies for the delay. The club is due to start up in October – probably on the 10th, but I’ve added you to the mailing list so you will get an email to confirm closer to the date. Failing that, you can usually find us in Monroe’s Tavern of a Tuesday evening. Send us an email if you have any further questions.



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