Chess Club

Best New or Improved Club
2nd Place 2023/2024

“Chess is beautiful enough to waste your life for.” – Hans Ree

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no image Beginner Lessons and General Theory
Day:
Tuesdays
Starts:
18:00
Ends:
20:00
 Max:
50
IN-PERSON
Activity
Location: Tsi028 Ground Floor TSI Building

As of the 2023/24 academic year, we are introducing beginner lessons and general theory. 

This activity will have a specific focus for each type of player so there's no need to feel left out if you're already an advanced player or familiar with the game! 

Chess can be a tricky game to get into for many, but with this new weekly activity, hopefully it can build a confident and well-versed community of chess players around the university and further beyond! From how chess works, puzzles and strategy, and even to openings and endgame techniques, we hope this can help all players improve and enjoy the complex yet widespread game! 

Chess has proven to be an evergreen game throughout centuries. We hope this can make all feel more comfortable with the game that looks complicated at first, but proves to be ever-so satisfying once delved into. 


This activity is scheduled for Tuesday evenings from 6pm to 8pm in TSI028.

We hope to see you there! 

no image Blitz Night!
Day:
Wednesdays
Starts:
18:00
Ends:
20:00
 Max:
30
IN-PERSON
Activity
Location: John Hume Lecture Hall 6 (Upstairs)

Our weekly after-hours meeting will take place on Wednesdays at 6pm, where we will mostly be playing blitz or rapid chess, but will also have beginner lessons and opening tutorials from time to time. These will be advertised ahead of time. No need to bring anything but yourself! We have boards, sets and clocks, we just need players:) Skill levels will range from complete beginner to high-intermediate/advanced players, so all are welcome.

no image Online Blitz!
Day:
Fridays
Starts:
19:45
Ends:
21:30
 Max:
100
VIRTUAL
Activity
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Online blitz arena on chess.com! Free entry for members of MU Chess Club, all levels are welcome! Event runs for 2 hours, join and leave as you like!

no image Shogi Saturdays!
Day:
Saturdays
Starts:
19:00
Ends:
20:00
VIRTUAL
Activity
Open Virtual Activity Link »

Our new weekend event sees the game of Shogi take the spotlight!


Also knows and Japanese Chess, Shogi (translated as 'General's Game') is a variant of strategy board game.

Similar to chess, but with some intricate differences, shogi provides an interesting way to improve strategy on a whole different level while also thinking along the same lines as you would do in chess! 


Shogi Saturdays will run every Saturday online on lishogi.org and will see one member be crowned Meijin for the week. Reminder PLAYERS MUST BE PART OF THE TEAM 'MAYNOOTH UNIVERSITY CHESS CLUB:SHOGI' TO TAKE PART IN WEEKLY ONLINE TOURNAMENTS. 


Come try your hand at the game which is a great way to unwind from the comfort of your home as we bring shogi to the spotlight once a week! 


Weekly Meijin Standings:

1) 2023/24 Undefeated Meijin (10x)

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Beginner Lessons and General Theory

Day Tuesdays
From 18:00, to 20:00
Cost FREE
Max 50 attendees
Type IN-PERSON Activity

Location: Tsi028 Ground Floor TSI Building

As of the 2023/24 academic year, we are introducing beginner lessons and general theory. 

This activity will have a specific focus for each type of player so there's no need to feel left out if you're already an advanced player or familiar with the game! 

Chess can be a tricky game to get into for many, but with this new weekly activity, hopefully it can build a confident and well-versed community of chess players around the university and further beyond! From how chess works, puzzles and strategy, and even to openings and endgame techniques, we hope this can help all players improve and enjoy the complex yet widespread game! 

Chess has proven to be an evergreen game throughout centuries. We hope this can make all feel more comfortable with the game that looks complicated at first, but proves to be ever-so satisfying once delved into. 


This activity is scheduled for Tuesday evenings from 6pm to 8pm in TSI028.

We hope to see you there! 

no image

Blitz Night!

Day Wednesdays
From 18:00, to 20:00
Cost FREE
Max 30 attendees
Type IN-PERSON Activity

Location: John Hume Lecture Hall 6 (Upstairs)

Our weekly after-hours meeting will take place on Wednesdays at 6pm, where we will mostly be playing blitz or rapid chess, but will also have beginner lessons and opening tutorials from time to time. These will be advertised ahead of time. No need to bring anything but yourself! We have boards, sets and clocks, we just need players:) Skill levels will range from complete beginner to high-intermediate/advanced players, so all are welcome.

no image

Online Blitz!

Day Fridays
From 19:45, to 21:30
Cost FREE
Max 100 attendees
Type VIRTUAL Activity

Online blitz arena on chess.com! Free entry for members of MU Chess Club, all levels are welcome! Event runs for 2 hours, join and leave as you like!

no image

Shogi Saturdays!

Day Saturdays
From 19:00, to 20:00
Cost FREE
Type VIRTUAL Activity

Our new weekend event sees the game of Shogi take the spotlight!


Also knows and Japanese Chess, Shogi (translated as 'General's Game') is a variant of strategy board game.

Similar to chess, but with some intricate differences, shogi provides an interesting way to improve strategy on a whole different level while also thinking along the same lines as you would do in chess! 


Shogi Saturdays will run every Saturday online on lishogi.org and will see one member be crowned Meijin for the week. Reminder PLAYERS MUST BE PART OF THE TEAM 'MAYNOOTH UNIVERSITY CHESS CLUB:SHOGI' TO TAKE PART IN WEEKLY ONLINE TOURNAMENTS. 


Come try your hand at the game which is a great way to unwind from the comfort of your home as we bring shogi to the spotlight once a week! 


Weekly Meijin Standings:

1) 2023/24 Undefeated Meijin (10x)

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About Chess Club

Welcome to the Maynooth Chess Club!

Everyone fell in love with The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix during lockdown. Since then, there has been an explosion of chess content, online games have skyrocketed, there are chess streamers on Twitch with tens of thousands of viewers and all because people discovered a very well kept secret:

You don’t have to be a genius to play chess. You don’t have to be a grandmaster. You don’t even have to know all the rules! As intimidating as it can seem, chess is a game for everyone, and as José Capablanca said: “You will have to lose hundreds of games before becoming a good player.” (Luckily 3 minute blitz games go by quickly…)

This year will be jam-packed with blitz nights, beginner lessons, opening tutorials, and much more. Commuters fear not, if you can’t make some of our over-the-board events we will be hosting plenty of online tourneys and friendly matches.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a child prodigy going for grandmaster, or if you just want to beat your dad. You are more than welcome to the Maynooth Chess Club, we can’t wait to see you over the board!

***SCHEDULE 2023/24:***

Tuesdays (Theory) 6pm-8pm! 

Wednesdays 6pm-8pm: John Hume Lecture 6! 

Fridays: Online on Chess.com from 7pm onwards! 

Saturdays: Online on Lishogi.org from 7pm onwards! 

Current Committee 8
President JACK PATRICK HYLAND
Secretary and Shogi Coordinator CONOR PATRICK STRICKLAND
Treasurer and Advisor JOHN MICHAEL BRADY
PRO CIARA RÓISÍN BARTELS-SHORTT
Advisor AMAL
Assist. Secretary MAKSIM ORLOV
Events Officer ELLA MARTHA JOYCE
Events Officer RALPH HENRY MC KEOWN

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