Junior chess club returns .. Wednesday, Sept. 18th

Venue is the Galway Lawn Tennis Club in Salthill. See www.gltc.ie

Club will start at 7.00pm each Wednesday evening, see Calendar for full schedule, and finish at 8pm for beginners and 8.30pm for advanced players.

Fee for the term is €70.00.

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Chess Camp – August 2019

From:                    Monday 19th to Friday 23rd of August.

Location:              The Bridge Center, St. Mary’s Rd, Galway.

Cost:                      €90  (€80 for siblings).

Timetable:          From 10.30am to 4.00 pm each day.

To Book: Email .. brendan@chessossity.com

42 Galway players competed at the schools All-Ireland finals this year .. with St. Pat’s 3rd overall.
And at the Girls All-Irelands 5 Galway teams competed .. here are the Star Performers in the 2019 finals !
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All Ireland finals 2019

Up in Dublin .. Galway was represented by 4 schools this year, here are most of our 42 strong player contingent. Friends and rivals.

The team that finished highest was St. Patricks .. 3rd place was a magnificent achievement indeed, and it was well deserved as these guys had put in the practice over the past two years and have played in ICU rated event this year to boost their playing standards. As our other schools built their way into the competition they found that they can pompete at this level, and now they’ve experienced this high level of chess I’m sure they will want to push on just a little bit more next year. Special Thanks to all the parents and schools that have supported chess this year .. hopefully you enjoyed this years junior chess journey.

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2019 – The Nationals : Chess Team Results (Girls)

Congratulations to St. Mary’s N.S. Donnybrook who became only the 2nd ever winner of the Cronin Cup. The top teams from the tournament qualified for the semi-fianals.

The 2019 champions

St. Rapheala’s Dublin played against Clairnbridge Galway, the match was a draw 2-2 and St. Rapheala’s progressed on a tie break. In the other Semi St. Marys eliminated last years champions from Craughwell Co. Galway on a score of 3-1.

Galway teams played out the 3rd & 4th placed match, which was a 2-2 draw .. once again Clairnbridge were on the wrong side of the “countback” and Craughwell took 3rd place.

St. Mary’s had their toughest match of the day in the final aganist St. Rapheala’s but after a long match experience and class got the new champions home.

Star player awards .. the best performer on each team earned a ‘star’ player prize.

The other teams continued with the league format and St. Rapheala’s were 1st & 2nd in this event .. it was a tie for 3rd, and to decide 3rd place the teams lined up for a blitz match: St. Catherine’s ‘Queens’ won the match against Scoil ide’s ‘the Queens’ to take a well deserved podium finish.

Teams from the Shield section – future Champs no doubt !
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May Chess Blitz

Winners of the Junior section .. Marcus Geary 1st , Jack McNulty2nd and 3rd was Roisin Walsh.
Qverall winner was Sean Martyn, 2nd Ruadhan Dwyer and 3rd Jack Nolan.
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Ennis Congress Results:

Full results of this w/e’s Ennis chess competition can be found here ..
https://www.icu.ie/articles/828 https://www.icu.ie/articles/828 .. congratulations to 12 players from the Glaway coaching squad who played to a really high standard !

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The Girls All-Ireland Schools Finals 2019

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ICU – Junior Championships 2019

Over the w/e there are different events according to players ages .. For full details of all the events go to www.icu.ie/juniors.

And … the ICU Chess Festival .. on Sunday 14th April.

There’ll be some fun one day competitions in the Talbot Hotel, Dublin. Games will be ‘rapid play’ (with 15 minutes for each player). And there will be a sections for Under 10’s , U12s and parents. All welcome .. from 12.00 pm until 4.00 pm.

For early beginners there will be a one-day U8 tournament.  Entry only €5.  First round is at 12pm,  and the prize giving will be at 4.30pm.

For family members who don’t know how to play but would like to learn, lessons for beginners will be available throughout the day.

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Girls N.S. Finals – 2019

Champions Craughwell N.S. , 2nd – Scoil Ide Salthill, and 3rd place Scoil Mhuire, Clairnbridge.

Took place at the Bridge club on Friday 22nd March. It was a close competition with 9 teams from 4 different schools competing for the title. The eventual winners were Craughwell, who won a play-off game with Scoil Ide to retain their title of Galway champions. Congratulations all, games were competitive, everyone put their energy into their thinking.

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Galway N.S. Finals 2019

The schools finals this year was held again in the Ardilaun Hotel. One significant change from previous years .. the number of players on each team increased from 4 to 8 players. This was a big improvement as bigger school clubs could send 2 teams and get 16 players to experience playing for their school.

The playing hall , last round.
prize giving ..

Congratulations to 3 schools playing in their first ever chess event .. Great to see both
Abbeyknockmoy and Oranmore Boys school ( via movesforlife.ie ) scored well and improved as the event went on . Tulach Uí Chadhain ( who practice a lot on Chessossity.com ) scored very well and were in the hunt for a top 3 finish.

Overall winners & Galway Champions : St. Pats

The top two teams qualify for the All-Ireland finals. Both St. James, Bushy Park & winners St. Pat’s Galway have experienced the high level of chess in Dublin last year. And will be looking forward to a bigger testing ground later this year.

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