Start of a new Chess Season..

The Junior Chess club returns to the Galway tennis club in Salthill again this year (see  for map etc.).  We start back on Wednesday 14th September with 2 groups,  first group from 7pm to 8pm and the older players start at 8pm until 9pm.

The fee for the first term is €70.00 , that will take us up to Wednesday 30th Nov .. more detail in “Club Calendar” above.  Look forward to seeing ye all again soon.

Also, the Munster Junior chess championships are being held in Ennis on w/e of 18th & 19th Sept., the full details are on ..

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Glorney Cup 2016

IMG_0747Exceptional Irish juniors retain the Glorney Cup in 2016 .. Galway boy Denis Ruchko (pictured with his team and friends) won the decisive match for Ireland to retain the Robinson Cup (u-14’s) which Ireland won for the first time last year!   Thanks to host nation, England for putting on a great event. England did retain the Gilbert cup (Girls u-18’s)  we were 2nd and France were winners in the u-12’s event (Stokes Cup)  we were 3rd.IMG_0760Proud Parents ..  every player put everything into their last round games, if they couldn’t win their division then they’d finish as close to first as possible in preparation for next time , .. Cardiff 2017.

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The Results of our one day Competition :

IMG_0726The winners of the May 1 day event were , in the Advance section .. 1st – Callum Browne,  2nd – Kynesha Ryder  &  3rd – Christopher Burke.  And in the improvers section our winners were  ..  1st Gary Hickey ,  2nd – Sean O’laoi  &  3rd – Lorcan Small.

Thanks to everyone who took part and made it a good day’s chess .. and good luck to all those playing in Community Games tomorrow in Ballinasloe.

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Last Chess tournament of the season ..

Saturday   –   May 21st   2016 ,   2pm – 5pm.

At the Bridge club, on St. Mary’s Road, Galway. Entry fee  € 10.   Prizes for Improvers & Advanced players.

Parents can stay to watch or return later for the prize giving.   Kids should bring a light lunch and a drink.

Register on the day.. email .. brendan @ chessOssity . com


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Secondary schools 2016 All-Ireland finals:

Limerick’s Ard Scoil Ris hosted this year All-Ireland schools finals .. looking at the U-16’s trophy I was surprised that the 1987 winners were my old school (Portmarnock).IMG_0725This year the leinster champions , Gonzaga college , retained all 3 trophies. Connaught were represented by 3 Galway schools,.. Colaiste Bhaile Clare, Calasanctius college & The Bish. The Galway teams finished 3rd behind Leinster & Munster. Hopefully we’ll get some Galway names on these cups in the near future !!

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The Galway N.S. 2016 champions are ..

Pictures of the winners from today’s Galway finals .. In the open section congratulations to our 2016 champions .. Brierhill ns !  ..,  in 2nd place Clairnbridge n.s., and  3rd Gealscoil Mhic Amhlaigh.boys-16brggmaIn the Girls section we’d a record 7 teams .. and the Galway Champions are Scoil Ide of Salthill ,  in 2nd Clairnbridge n.s. and 3rd Brierhill n.s. ..ide-16grls-brgIMG_0720There were 112 boys and girls competing at the bridge club, a record and double the number we usually run event for .. special thanks to the parents and teachers who helped with the running of the event !

Also, well done to the Jez and Killeeneen n.s. who were both playing in their first Galway chess finals.    And well done to all the players who behaved brilliantly and are a credit to their schools.

We may have to find a bigger venue for next year  :o)

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Secondary Schools 2016

Earlier this year (March)we in Connaught held our finals with the champions being Castlebar .. now the top 3 Connaught teams advance to the All-Ireland finals in Ard Scoil Ris, Limerick on Sat. 7th May.  Good luck to the Connaught players / schools.

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Galway schools finals 2016


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Irish juniors – 2016

Young chess players will be making their final preparations for this years championships in Dublin .. more on  ..

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Chess Mega Minds 2016 – The Winners !

The finals of the chess mega-minds competition took place in Galway today with schools from Dubin to Kerry taking part.

The overall winner of the National  School Section was Denis Ruchko of Scoil Caitriona Galway.  And the Secondary school puzzle champion is Kynesha Ryder from Achill, Co. Mayo.

Primary Schools –  Chess Mega Mind:

  1. Denis Ruchko    –  85 pts.
  2. Ronan Marnon  –  80 pts.
  3. Dylan Murphy & Katy Donnelly  – 75 pts.


Secondary Schools –   Chess Mgea Mind:

  1. Kynesha Ryder  –   70 pts.
  2. Evan Forde     –   60 pts.

In the Swap Chess Competition, each team played 6 games .. tables are below.. congratulations to St. Catherines of Dublin (Katy & Andrew) on winning the National School section.  And, in the secondary schools & clubs section,  well done to Kynesha & Denis from the Galway Junior chess club.  Both sections were won on a total of 6 outta 6 points !



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