Galway Finals – National Schools 2017

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Result – Connaught Schools 2017 Champions.

Tournament Report – Connaught Schools Cup (2017): conn-15 St. Geralds, Castelbar  .. with Claregalway & Presentation, Athenry.
 
This year 24 teams from 9 Schools took part in the Connaught Cup (for Chess).  Most of the players did chess to a high standard in primary school and are now being supported by Teachers who may be new to chess but have put their energy and skills into building some really excellent school chess clubs.  There were 98 players competing in the Bridge Club (Galway), 3 times the number the league started with in 2014.
 
The Champions Section’ had 4 teams competing on an all-play-all basis.  Going into the final round ..   St Josephs Patrician College (Galway) and 3 times champions St. Geralds (Castlebar) were level on 6 / 8pts.   St Mary’s College (Galway) had a winning chance by means of a play-off  if they could win 4-0 and the other match was drawn ..
 
In the interval the teams started busily preparing for their final match.  But in the end St. Geralds finished with a 4-0 win to retain their Connaught title.  Points table below ..
 
There were 20 teams competing in the “Challengers Section” and going into the final round  6 teams from 3 schools were in contention.  Once again the excellent St. Geralds players showed their class, finishing  1st in both sections.  In 2nd place were Presentation College, Athenry with St. Josephs, Galway taking 3rd place in this section.  Below is the full league table ..
 
 
The top 3 placed schools in the Champions Section qualify for a place at this years Schools All-Ireland Finals, which are penciled in for Saturday 22nd of April, in Gonzaga College, Dublin. 
 
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Secondary Schools Chess in Connaught:

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West of Ireland – the winners .. 2017

Click here .. WoI-Finals  for a report on this years event.   Congratulations to our Champions Limerick Juniors and to the winners of the Shield competition Ennis National.Above are two young teams one for  Galway  and one from  Ballinasloe .. they could easily be future challengers to this years winners  .. Ennis and Limerick ..   :o) And overall 3rd placed were ‘the Bish’ school team (above).

 

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Chess events for Schools in early 2017 ..

Connaught Cup  –  March 3rd. (Bridge Club)

Galway Schools finals – March 28th. (Menlo Park Hotel)

Chessossity Puzzle finals  – May 16th. (Menlo Park Hotel)

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ICU training – 2017:

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Results of “Chess for All” Competition 2016:

cfa-galwayAn enjoyable day of chess 4 all .. We’d 3 sections with prizes of 1-2-3 for Advanced , Intermediates and Beginner groups, with prizes presented by Mr. Michael Crowe.

The Advanced section was won by recent winner of the Adult competition in Kilkenny, Zalan Nemeth on a score of 6/6 points,  next was Kynesha Ryder and in 3rd place was Christopher Burke.

The Intermediate section was won by Ruadhan O’Dwyer,  2nd – Oisin Mahon  and   3rd – Andrew Finnerty (via a blitz play off against Shane Loughlin).

In the Beginners section  –  1st place was Ellen Kelly  ,   2nd  James Morhan  and  3rd – Duirmaid Connolly.

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One day competition – Saturday 3rd Dec.

thFrom 2.00 pm to 5.30 pm in the Bridge Club on St. Mary’s Rd., Galway.

It’s free to enter with 6 games for each player .. and lots of prizes.  Kids should bring a light lunch and a drink, parents can stay to watch or return later for the prize giving.

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One day competition – Ballinasloe , Sunday 20th Nov.

Chess for All – 2017

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Junior Chess competition on this coming Sunday 20th November in Shearwater Hotel. Start time 12.00 Noon. All Under 18’s welcome.
Beginners especially welcome. For more info call John on 087- 2544733

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WoI League .. standings after Round 4 :

All will be decided in our final 2 games in Ballinasloe, on Sunday 15th of January 2017.   Thanks to everyone who joined the ICU ..  we can now get all our games “rated” and the players will soon appear on the Irish Junior Rating Lists:crstbl-1

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