The Irish Women's Championship 2016

The Irish Women's Championship 2016

Sep 27, 2016, 8:33 AM |

The Irish Women's Championship 2016 will be held in Buswells Hotel, Dublin 2 from 15-16 October. You can enter online here. Already entered we have the 2015 Champion, Monika Gedvilaite, 2014 Champion, Gearoidin Ui Laighleis as well as four upcoming players; Anastasija Manojlovic, Eibhia Ni MhuireagainKynesha Ryder, and Aisling Ni Laighleis.


There will be a generous prize fund with €400 for first place, €200 for second place and €100 for third place as well as a €75 prize for the top u1400 rated player.


In the build up to the event, the ICU have partnered with the promotional team involved with the film Queen of Katwe which just happens to be released in Ireland a few days after our event - on October 21st. Our co-promotion will involve several events around the city - so if you'd like to get involved, please contact the ICU Public relations officer and/or ICU Chairperson.
Finally, the ICU recently released its Annual Report which includes an overview of the season from the women's officer's perspective while photos from the 2015 Irish Women's Championship can be found here.

Looking forward to seeing you there!
For now, why not have a read through our 2015 report:

The 2015 edition of the Irish Women’s Championships took place over February 6th & 7th in Dublin Chess Club. The 11 participants included defending Champion Gearóidin Uí Laighléis WFM, top seed Monika Gedvilaite WFM and some strong junior players, most notably the second seed Diana Mirza WCM.

The event was supported by two of the ICU’s partners, and

Round 1

Round 1 was a small upset on Board 1 were Monika Gedvilaite was unable to overcome her opponent Mercedes Plaza-Reino.

In an endgame scramble Suzanne Barry blundered her queen to Hannah Lowry-O’Reilly to gift her the win. The two family affairs went to the seeded players.

Round 1 - Results

Board White Result Black
1 Monika Gedvilaite 0.5-0.5 Mercedes Plaza Reino
2 Eibhia Ni Mhuireagain 0-1 Diana Mirza
3 Gearoidin Ui Laighleis 1-0 Aisling Ni Laighleis
4 Suzanne Barry 0-1 Hannah Lowry-O'Reilly
5 Alice O'Gorman 1-0 Pippa O'Gorman
- Punitha Rynhart BYE -

Round 2

With Monika being held to a draw in the first round, Diana Mirza faced Alice O’Gorman on Board 1. Mercedes drew again, this time with Eibhia Ni Mhuireagain in an even game.

Monika got back on track against Hannah Lowry-O’Reilly in a chaotic game.

Wins for both Diana & Gearóidin set up a third round clash were the two players with a 100% record would face each other in Round 3.

Round 2 - Results

Board White Result Black
1 Diana Mirza 1-0 Alice O'Gorman
2 Punitha Rynhart 0-1 Gearoidin Ui Laighleis
3 Hannah Lowry-O'Reilly 0-1 Monika Gedvilaite
4 Mercedes Plaza Reino 0.5-0.5 Eibhia Ni Mhuireagain
5 Aisling Ni Laighleis 0-1 Suzanne Barry
- Pippa O'Gorman BYE -

Round 3

A noticeable trend throughout the Championships was the number of time scrambles that occurred with several players playing off the 30 second increment for a significant portion of their games.

This trend continued on Board 1 in Round 3 were Diana gained a clear advantage in her endgame against Gearóidin with her interesting sacrifice providing enough of a challenge to Gearóidin, who ran out of time while trying to calculate her response. View Game.

Monika followed up her previous round with another victory against Punitha Rynhart, which meant that she would play Diana for the title of Irish Women’s Champion 2015 in the final round.

Round 3 - Results

Board White Result Black
1 Gearoidin Ui Laighleis 0-1 Diana Mirza
2 Monika Gedvilaite 1-0 Punitha Rynhart
3 Pippa O'Gorman 0-1 Hannah Lowry-O'Reilly
4 Alice O'Gorman 0-1 Mercedes Plaza Reino
5 Suzanne Barry 0-1 Eibhia Ni Mhuireagain
- Aisling Ni Laighleis BYE -

Round 4

In the final round the top two seeds met, with Diana only needing a draw to become the 2015 Irish Women’s Champion. Diana was unable to hang on and had to settle for joint 2nd with Mercedes who had a nice win over Gearóidin on Board 2.

In addition to the advertised prizes, the 2015 Irish Women’s Champion also won an invite to the 2016 South Wales Open with free entry and accommodation thanks to The 2016 Irish Women’s Championships will take place in July along with the Irish Championships.

Round 4 - Results

Board White Result Black
1 Diana Mirza 0-1 Monika Gedvilaite
2 Mercedes Plaza Reino 1-0 Gearoidin Ui Laighleis
3 Eibhia Ni Mhuireagain 0.5-0.5 Hannah Lowry-O'Reilly
4 Punitha Rynhart 0-1 Alice O'Gorman
5 Pippa O'Gorman 0-1 Aisling Ni Laighleis
- Suzanne Barry BYE -

Final Standings

We would like to thank Dublin Chess Club & the United Arts Club for hosting the event, for providing the excellent trophies, for the additional prize and to all those who participated.

Pictured (Left to Right): Diana Mirza WCM, Mercedes Plaza-Reino & 2015 Irish Women's Champion Monika Gedvilaite WFM.

Irish Women's Championship 2015


Rank Name Flags Score Fed.
1 WFM Gedvilaite, Monika Round Tower 3.5 IRL
2= Plaza Reino, Mercedes Enniscorthy 3.0 IRL
2= WCM Mirza, Diana St. Michaels 3.0 IRL
4 WFM Lowry-O'Reilly, Hannah Dublin 2.5 IRL
5= Ni Mhuireagain, Eibhia The Ross Chess Club 2.0 IRL
5= WCM Ui Laighleis, Gearoidin Aer Lingus 2.0 IRL
5= Barry, Suzanne Naomh Barrog 2.0 IRL
5= O'Gorman, Alice Dun Laoghaire 2.0 IRL
5= Ni Laighleis, Aisling Malahide 2.0 IRL
10= Rynhart, Punitha   1.0 IRL
10= O' Gorman, Pippa Dun Laoghaire 1.0 IRL