About Mark

IM Mark Quinn

Mark competing at the European Team Championships in Leon, Spain.

Mark Quinn was awarded the title of International Master of Chess at the FIDE Congress during the Istanbul Olympiad in 2000. Mark made his debut for Ireland at the World Under 14 chess championships in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin in 1990. Since then he has represented Ireland in many World and European Junior Championships. He made his Senior debut for Ireland at the Moscow Chess Olympiad in 1994 and has competed in seven Chess Olympiads to date. He was ranked Number 1 in Ireland at the age of 17.  As of December 2020, Mark is the Number 5 ranked active Irish player on the International FIDE rating list. Mark was awarded the title of FIDE trainer in April 2020.

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. His talent for the game, coupled with his competition experience and communication skills makes him a strong choice to guide you through all the various stages of your chess battles.

Background

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 seven 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 attaining the Tournament’s Best 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 5 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 internationally at Junior and Senior level. Mark was awarded the title of FIDE trainer in April 2020.

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.  Several games include an introduction with notes in which he outlines his chess philosophy, strategic choices and psychological approach.


LITERARY PURSUITS…

Scriptwriter at Storyrory
In 2015 Mark co-founded Storyrory, a story development venture and production company creating original drama for TV and Film. He is currently working on a number of scripts. 


‘The King of Spring’ 
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. 

 

 


‘Seeing the Woods from the Trees’
Mark has a PhD on Thomas Pynchon’s playful postmodern novel Gravity’s Rainbow (1973).
During this time he tutored and was a junior lecturer in the School of English, Drama and Film in UCD.