About Mark

IM Mark Quinn

Mark is an International Master of Chess. He was awarded the IM title at the FIDE Congress during the Istanbul Olympiad in 2000. He began competing for Ireland at the age of 14 and has participated in many World Junior Championships, European Championships and Glorney Cups. Mark has won the Armstrong Cup twice, firstly with Rathmines Chess Club in 1993 and, secondly, with Kilkenny Chess Club in 2011. More recently he competed in the 2019 Philip Hogarty Memorial Grandmaster Closed GM event and the Irish Senior Championships in August, 2019.

Mark has represented Ireland at a Senior level in six chess Olympiads: Moscow (1994), Yerevan (1996), Istanbul (2000), Bled (2002), Calvia (2004), Turin (2006) and Dresden (2008). He also played board 1 for Ireland at the European Team Chess Championships in Leon, Spain in 2001. In the ten years Mark spent in Gonzaga College, Mark was part of teams that won numerous Leinster and All-Ireland titles. He scored 7/7 on Board 1 at the Marlwood Schools Chess Championship in the UK gaining the Tournament Performance Prize, as Gonzaga won the title of strongest school team in the British Isles in 1993. Mark was ranked number 1 in Ireland at the age of 17 and is currently the number 6 ranked active Irish player on the FIDE international rating list.

Chess Coach

Mark has extensive experience as a chess coach for players of all levels and ages, from beginner to advanced. Several of his past pupils have gone on to represent Ireland at Junior and Senior level including Glorney Cups and Chess Olympiads.


If you are considering hiring Mark as a chess coach or chess lecturer, on the Games page, you will find a selection of memorable games from critical moments in Mark’s chess career. Each game includes an introduction with brief notes in which he outlines his chess philosophy, strategic choices or psychological approach.

Script Writer

In 2015 Mark co-founded Storyrory, a story development venture and production company creating original drama for TV and Film. 

Mark’s first major publication was the historical biography, The King of Spring: The Life and Times of Peter O’Connor, published by The Liffey Press in 2004.

He subsequently went on to complete a PhD on Thomas Pynchon’s playful postmodern novel Gravity’s Rainbow (1973) during which time he tutored and was a junior lecturer in the School of English, Drama and Film in UCD.

Radio & TV 

Mark with Eamon Keogh and Michael Crowe

Mark has featured as a contributor on RTE as PRO of the Irish Chess Union (2006-7) or member of the Irish Olympic Chess Team

In 2015 he contributed to a number of Arena programs on RTE Radio 1 as a guest expert on the American novelist Thomas Pynchon and subsequently as a film reviewer. In 2004 Mark was invited onto RTE Radio 1 during the Athens Olympics to discuss his book, The King of Spring. The Life and Times of Peter O’Connor, with broadcaster Tom McGurk.


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