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 ..

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Junior Chess Club – 2017:

The junior club will start a new term in the Tennis club in Salthill on Wednesday 18th Jan, see club Calendar for all the dates.  The fee for the term is €70.00.

Also, the final round of the WoI League takes place in Ballinasloe on Sunday 15th Jan at 11am .. more details to follow soon :o)

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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

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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Joining the ICU .. and building your rating !

Galway rated players .. the  WoI league will rate more players and put them in with a shot of playing for Ireland (as Denis has done) …. gj  the WoI League will get Galway players rated with the Irish Chess Union ..

Parents can register online …    (1) go to   (2) click on ..  “shop” then choose ..   “2016-17 new u-18”   (3) Provide .. name , email, dob , and choose club .. “Galway Juniors”.  (4)  Pay €10

You’ll then get a membership number,  email me that number and we’ll get a rating for all our players !

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Draw – Rounds 3 & 4 in Galway (13th Nov.)

drawSee you all at the Oranmore Lodge hotel at 10.30am .. Reminder .. please sign up with the  so that we can get a chess rating for every player  :o)

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