Chess club returns tomorrow for our last term .. dates on the club calendar above.
The ChessOssity finals is on again in the Menlo Park Hotel .. we’ll have a max of 80 players in this event.. so get in early if interested (most places already taken).
Played on Saturday 22nd April, in Gonzaga College (Dublin). There were two events running side by side ..
(i) Primary school finals:
Representing Connaught were Ballinlass N.S. and Craughwell N.S. .. they finished just outside the prizes in 4th and 5th places. The top 3 were .. St. Marys, Haddington Road , St. Conleths (both of Dublin) and 3rd were Ennis.
(ii) Secondary Schools finals:
The Connaught teams fared better in this event, which was once again dominated by hosts, Gonzaga college. In the u-19 section St. Geralds of Castlebar finished in 2nd place (behind Gonzaga) .. the pattern was repeated in the u-16 final, with St. Mary’s of Galway 2nd to Gonzaga and with another silver medal were St. Josephs (the bish) in the u-14 section. Overall a big improvement in last years finals .. with Connaught teams taking 3 silver medal places.
Thanks to organisers Daniel Lynch and Lukasz Goralski of Leinster Schools Chess Assoc.
Twenty secondary school teams competed for no prizes on Thursday 6th April .. a just for fun event. However, at the last minute 2 massive easter eggs appeared as prizes and were taken home by .. the 2 boys with a perfect score of 6/6 ..
.. highlight of the day (for me) was the canteen, nice food fantastic value !
Being held this year in Sligo .. full details on www.icu.ie .. in addition to the ‘serious‘ finals there is a fun day of chess planed for …
The overall champions are Ballinlas , 2nd were Craughwell and in 3 place were Claregalway .. below are all team scores and placings. Both Craughwell & Ballinlass qualify to represent Connaught at the All-Ireland team finals in Gonzaga college on Saturday 22nd April.
In the girls section Craughwell were 1st and Clairnbridge were 2nd (again) with the Ballinlass Girls edging out Briarhills girls in a blitz play-off.
In the Challengers section well done to the players from Craughwell who also won this section, they won a hotly contested play-off to edge out Briarhill (who were were 2nd), and in 3rd place were the lads from Clairnbridge.
Thanks to the Menlo Park Hotel , the teachers and parents who supported the event giving up their time and energy. And a big welcome to Claran n.s. who were playing in their first chess finals, we also welcomed back scoil Iognoid and scoil Fhursa this year .. all were a credit to their schools & hope to see ye all at the next big chess day out.
.. the next big schools event is on 16th May .. same venue .. it’s the Chessossity.com all Irelands in Swap-Chess & Puzzle solving !
Tournament Report – Connaught Schools Cup (2017):
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.
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).
Connaught Cup – March 3rd. (Bridge Club)
Galway Schools finals – March 28th. (Menlo Park Hotel)
Chessossity Puzzle finals – May 16th. (Menlo Park Hotel)