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Irish Chess Championship

The Irish Chess Championship is the national Championship of Ireland as run by the Irish Chess Union (ICU), the FIDE governing body for the sport. Below are the list of winners for the Men's and Women's titles. Note that women are currently admitted to the Men's tournament. The first Irish Championship competition won by J.A. Porterfield Rynd in 1865 was run under the auspices of the Hibernia Chess Association a forerunner of the ICU.

The Irish Chess Association was founded 1885 and held a Masters tournament to decide who was Irish Champion (this was a handicapped tournament and while William Pollock won on points, Porterfield Rynd won on the handicap rules). Since its foundation in 1912 the Irish Chess Union has organised the Irish Chess Championships.

The Irish Chess Championship has run in a number of various formats from a round robin competition for those who qualified, to a Swiss system competition, to an Open competition with other nationalities playing, and the highest scoring Irish player being awarded the title of Irish Champion, the 2007, 2008 and 2009 championships were open nine-round Swiss competitions.

Men's winners

Women's winners

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