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Chess Bud Ireland is an Irish chess coaching service for all ages and abilities. Steered at the helm by Mark Quinn IM, when you sign up to Chess Bud you are opening yourself up to a world of stimulating ideas.

Mark offers chess courses to chess players of all standards, both in groups and individually. Whether you are an absolute beginner, a budding star or a seasoned player why not sign up to Chess Bud today for a chance to discover a new hobby, meet new people and engage your mind! Go on, make the right move!

Mark is an International Master of Chess and was awarded the IM title at the FIDE Congress during the Istanbul Olympiad in 2000. He has represented Ireland at a Senior level in seven chess Olympiads. 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 (2370 ELO).

Why play chess?

The benefits of learning to play chess are legion. Recent studies have shown that in addition to being an exciting, challenging activity, playing Chess increases problem-solving skills, raises IQ, increases creativity, improves memory and spatial skills, helps planning and foresight, exercises both sides of the brain and helps prevent Alzheimers.

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Featured Game

Memorable games from Mark’s chess career…

Each game includes an introduction with brief notes in which Mark outlines his chess philosophy, strategic choices or psychological approach. To play through the games, click on the chess notation and a playable board will pop up. View more games

Game 4: D. Vocaturo – M.Quinn, Italy 2015

In the run-up to the Italian Team Championships at Civitanova Marche in 2015, rumours began circulating that Fabiano Caruana, the world’s number 2 ranked player, was about to abandon Italy and declare for America. Caruana was scheduled to play for Padua who had assembled a tremendous line-up including GMs Bacrot, Nakamura, Vocaturo, Dvirny and Godena. The situation regarding Caruana remained unclear as my team, Marostica, was drawn against Padua in the opening round. Ironically, Padua’s two strongest players IM Federico Manca and IM Carlo Rossi were on the Marostica team, adding a peculiar intensity to the encounter. In spite of being massively outrated, our team gave Padua and their sponsor quite a scare. Bacrot had to put up an incredible defence to prevail against Federico Manca on board 1. Carlo Rossi had a typically chaotic game against IM Mogranzini on board 4 playing a highly provocative opening that led to huge complications. Gerd Schacher, a very strong player who spent a year in Ireland on Erasmus never quite got out of the opening against GM Dvirny. Many Irish players will remember Gerd who scored 11/11 in the Armstrong Cup for UCD back in 1999/2000. Caruana never materialised at Civitanova and did indeed declare for America a few days later. That meant my opponent on board 2 on the day, Daniele Vocaturo, was in effect the Italian No.1 as he pushed his King’s pawn two squares forward to commence proceedings. In the end, Marostica went down to Padua’s star-studded team 3-1 but needless to say I was delighted with the following game.


Contact Mark anytime for info on chess coaching, masterclasses or chess events that might be of interest. 

Email: mark@chessbud.ie

Phone: 085 152 6889