Bunratty International Chess Festival this weekend

Bunratty International Chess Festival this weekend


The elite of the chess world will once again descend on Bunratty Co. Clare this weekend for the 25th Bunratty International Chess Festival held in the Bunratty Castle Hotel.

The festival will be formally opened at 7pm on Friday by Senator Martin Conway.

For it’s Silver Jubilee, the Bunratty festival has attracted a record number of competitors and some of the finest players on the international circuit.

The top games at Bunratty are broadcast live on the internet to a global audience of hundreds of thousands.

The doyen of international chess commentators Raymond Keene OBE will be on-hand once again.  As in previous years his selection of the most interesting chess problems to emerge over the weekend will be serialised for an international audience in The Times and the Sunday Times.

What began 25 years ago as a small local tournament has steadily grown to become the foremost weekend chess tournament in the world attracting the very finest professional chess players.

Despite this, the tournament remains open to all.  It has a unique atmosphere where Grandmasters mix freely with novices and where chess players of all ages get the chance to take on the very best in the world.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.