History

Established in 1954, Phibsboro Chess Club celebrates its 60th Anniversary in 2014. Like most new chess clubs, its initial membership was small, numbering just eight players. The inaugural meeting was held in 363 North Circular Road, where Mr Brendan Neville was elected club secretary. The membership of the club has grown over the years, to the point where Phibsboro Chess Club is now one of the biggest clubs in the Leinster Leagues. The club won its first trophy, the Ennis Shield, in 1958. The ultimate prize however, the Armstrong Cup awarded to the Division 1 winners, eluded the club until the 2001/2002 season. Since then, Phibsboro Chess Club has won the Armstrong Cup a further six times. A number of club members have also won the coveted title of Irish Champion.

Phibsboro Chess Club Leinster and All Ireland ChampionsThe Phibsboro team that won the 2003 Irish Club Championship. From left to right: Kevin Butler, Ivan Llorens, Brian Fitzpatrick, Dave Salter, Hotze Hofstra, Stephen Brady, Tony Mooney.

Irish Chess Champions

  • Michael Littleton – 1962, 1965
  • Stephen Brady(FM) – 1991, 1992, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2012
  • Richard O’Donovan – 1996
  • Joe Ryan(FM) – 1997, 2004
  • Colm Daly(FM) – 1998, 1999

Irish Correspondence Chess Champions

  • John Nolan – 1987, 1989
  • Christian Leonard – 1988

Correspondence Chess International Master

  • David Salter earned the title of Correspondence Chess International Master in 2002.

Leinster Leagues

  • Armstrong Cup (Division One) Winners – 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2013.
  • Heidenfeld Trophy (Division Two) Winners – 1973, 1992.
  • Ennis Shield (Division Three) Winners – 1958, 2008, 2009.
  • BEA Cup (Division Five) Winners – 1974, 1979, 1987, 1990, 2013.
  • Bodley Cup (Division Six) Winners – 1986, 2008.

Leinster Cup

  • Branagan Cup Winners – 2002, 2006, 2007.

All Ireland

  • National Club Champions – 2003.

1986 Bodley Cup winners

From Left to Right : Anthony McMahon ( sub ) Charlie Lally, Kevin Brown, Bob Leggett ( Capt ) Gerald Hoey and Noel Gilmer. The following year (1987) the same team won the BEA when we had 2 subs as follows :Christian Leonard and Bernard Hudson.

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