Online Tournaments for Students

Individual Tournaments
Since the extended school closure in January 2021, we at Ficheall have been organising free, weekly online chess tournaments open to any pupil in an Irish primary school.  The tournaments have been a great success with pupils all over the country taking part. For teachers, to access the link and password for these individual tournaments which take place at 7pm every Wednesday simply complete the form below. The last of these individual tournaments will take place on Wednesday 14th April.
From mid-April Moves For Life will organise the Online Schools Chess Championship which is an individuals based tournament with excellent prizes for schools. More information here.  Contact mfl@movesforlife.ie to register your students for tournaments which begin on April 22nd and culminate on Thursday May 13th. Tournaments will take place through Lichess.org at 6.30pm on game days.
Team Based Tournaments
Starting on Wednesday 21st April, Ficheall will organise team-based online tournaments at 7pm. The tournaments are intended to be fun and friendly events with no prizes at stake. Schools are welcome to enter as many students as they wish. The highest scoring 8 players will count towards the team score.
For teachers; to register your students complete the form below. Students will have to be part of a Lichess.org team which can be quickly set up by teachers. For guidance, teachers can watch this video (look in the description for time stamp links to answer your query quickly – without watching the entire webinar).
The tournaments are open to students of all ability levels – once they have played a few games on Lichess.org , they will receive a chess rating based on their ability.  They will then be paired with other students of a similar ability to play in the tournaments, so everyone should be playing children at their own level.
If you have any further questions about the Ficheall tournaments (individual or team-based), please feel free to contact Brian at cork@ficheall.ie.
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