My previous post is now just a speck in the rear-view mirror so I thought it was time for another. All the major tournaments for 2018 and 2019 have been added to the appropriate pages, so I am up-to-date – a bit like a broken clock that tells the correct time once every twelve hours!
So my New Year resolution is to keep the updates to a more regular basis (ideally shortly after each tournament). Also, for non-contemporary tournament additions, which had previously been added silently, I now intend to signpost any significant changes by adding a Comment – I have done this very recently for the Ballyfermot Open and the first series of the Mulcahy Memorial and these can be seen in the “Recent Comments” widget in the left-hand sidebar. I hope that’s a bit more user-friendly.
This month I have updated the various tournament sections with results from 2016 and 2017. I am hoping to keep up-to-date in future and results for the first events of 2018, including Gonzaga, which finished yesterday, have also been added.
In the Restricted section I have added a number of Senior events:
The recent increase in age-restricted events for older players will continue with the Irish 40+ Championship in the ICU’s 2018 Easter Festival.
Our first feature-length historical article is now posted in the Archive section. These articles will be in the form of pdf files and if an article contains game scores, these will be available to play through in a ChessBase reader at my new Irish Chess Games website. If you’re thinking this is bit convoluted – sorry about that, but WordPress has its limitations, and hosting a chess game viewer is one of them.
I am in the process of making a few changes to the layout of Irish Chess History.
- The “Archive” section will now be the home for any feature-length articles and the tournaments previously listed there have been moved to “Discontinued”.
- The Congresses section has been renamed “Current” to give (hopefully) a more obvious dovetailing with “Discontinued”.
- The “International” section has been renamed “Landmark” – so many Irish events have an international dimension nowadays and the aim of the section is now (again hopefully) clearer.
- The “ICU” section has been renamed “Official” to reflect a broadening in the events contained there. The ICU-organised events can still be found in the “Official” section but will be joined by events organised by predecessor bodies and also by national bodies with a wider remit than just chess.
Please bear with me (and any broken links that might appear) while I get through this task. The good news is that a number of additional events will receive coverage in these pages in the near future. Also some of the older events already listed will have extra material.
Since my initial post, I have been steadily adding pages to Irish Chess History. In May I built up the Archive and Discontinued sections while the most recent updates have concentrated on official events organised by the ICU and provincial Unions. Teams competitions make their first appearance with the National Club Championship, Armstrong Cup and the Ulster Team Championship. Individual tournaments added include the Irish Open and the City of Dublin Championship.
Elsewhere on the internet, I started a website called Irish Chess History in 2004. After a long period of doing nothing with it, I had started to update it, both with newly-discovered historic material and with results from recent events. However, it really needed a revamp, so I’ve started anew with this (hopefully) more user-friendly website.