Bunratty International Chess Festival
23rd. - 25th. February 2024

Bunratty February 2024 Cancelled

It's with great regret that the Organising Committee of the Bunratty International Chess Festival have taken the difficult decision not to stage the tournament in 2024.

We are conscious that this decision will cause disappointment to our many loyal players and supporters and wish to briefly explain our decision.

Ireland is hosting more than 90,000 people displaced by the terrible war in Ukraine. The Irish Government are using hotels, as one of their options, to provide accommodation for the Ukrainian People across the country, Bunratty Castle Hotel is one of them. In consequence the hotel is not available.

We feel that the unique atmosphere of Bunratty Village is central to the success of our tournament and do not wish to relocate it elsewhere. We fervently hope that the war will end soon and that we will be able to invite the chess world back to Bunratty again in 2025.

Bunratty is run in 4 Sections
  • Masters over 2000
  • Challengers 1600 to 1999
  • Major 1200 to 1599
  • Minor under 1200

ELO/ECF 2000=175, 1600=125 & 1200=75

Click here for Playing Info including the rating bands for each section

The Bunratty Chess Festival is once again generously sponsored by


(Based at London's Heathrow Airport)

The Bunratty Castle Hotel http://www.bunrattycastlehotel.com/ continues to support the Festival at their luxurious Hotel & Spa.

GPS Coordinates

52.696846, -8.814647

52°41'48.6"N 8°48'52.7"W

When travelling on the M7 from Dublin continue until the M7 becomes the N18

Follow the N18(signposted Galway) for approx 15Km then take the exit(6) for Bunratty

If coming from Cork or Kerry then as you approach Limerick follow the N18(Galway) signs

e-mail address for general information: info@bunrattychess.com

Buy a

"Bunratty Chess Festival" "T" shirt

from this site!

On this site you will find all the information for "Bunratty", Entry Form, Playing Schedule, Accommodation etc.

The Bunratty International Chess Festival is run in four sections from Grandmasters in the "Masters" section to beginners in the "Minor" section so there is a welcome to players of all abilities.

We have had-

visitors to our new web site.