The Irish Chess Championship starts today in Limerick and runs until 14th July. While the Irish Championship arguably dates back to 1865, the 2013 renewal marks the centenary of the Irish Chess Union organised Championships.
Some years ago I wrote about the first two of those Championships at the Chess Archaeology website. As I stated there, the time limit for the Championship Match between Porterfield Rynd and J.J. O’Hanlon was the leisurely 15 moves an hour.
For many years now the Irish Championship has employed a seven-hour playing session. This would normally have been deployed within a schedule of 40 moves in 2 hours, the next 20 moves in 1 hour, and then all remaining moves in 30 minutes as in the years 2007 to 2010. With the ability of digital clocks to allow increments, in 2011 this became 40 moves in 100 minutes, followed by 20 moves in 50 minutes and then 15 minutes for the remaining moves plus a 30 second increment from move 1. Such a time limit is now generally referred to as the “classical” as opposed to the more modern and quicker FIDE Standard of 40 moves in 90 minutes with an additional 30 minutes for the rest and a 30 second increment from move 1.
Last year it was originally announced that the FIDE Standard would be used but after some criticism of this decision (see LCU Chess Cogitations) the 2012 Irish Championship reverted to the same classical time control as in 2011.
It is therefore interesting to note that the ICU is using the FIDE Standard in 2013 and that its (re)introduction seems to have passed unnoticed, or at least not produced even a ripple of concern.
O tempora o mores.
Source for recent time limits: IRLchess page on Irish Championships