ICU – Junior Championships 2015

logoEach year the ICU chooses the highest rated juniors to represent Ireland in team and individual chess events at all age groups .. one of the key events in this process is this Competition.

The 2015 event was run by Blanchardstown chess club in the beautiful Carlton hotel.  They ran a great event, and we’d like to thank them for an excellent w/e of chess in a plush venue !

Results were good for our players .. click here.   Congratulations to Zalan Nemeth who seriously out performed his rating in the u-14 section and Denis Ruchko who finished joint 2nd in the u-12 section.

Also, having a hit out against the hot shots of Irish chess were Conor McDonagh , Thomas McStay and Harry Fleming who we’ll hear more about in future events.  Well done guy’s.

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The Chess Mega-Minds for 2015 are ..

Players from Ennis, Limerick, Galway and Dublin represented their schools at today’s Chess Mega-Mind finals at the GEC: In the Secondary Schools we’d champions at Senior & Junior cycle levels ..IMG_0517

Overall 1st is Limericks chess star Diana Mirza with 67 pts. from Colaiste Chiarain of Limerick ,.. 2nd was Andrejs Koslovs of St. Mary’s college Galway and in 3rd was Jordan Behan of Cross Passion college, Kildare.

In the u-16 section 1st place went to Luke Scott from the strong Blanchardstown chess club and Catholic University School in Leeson St. D2. with in 2nd .. James Kinsella, of The High School Dublin 6.  and in 3rd was Eimear O’Tuathail of Colaiste Iognaid “The Jez” Galway.

IMG_0512National school students deep in thought ..

The overall winner was George Fearnhead of Bushy Park n.s. Galway with a total of 45 pts., 2nd was katy Donnelly of St. Catherines n.s Dublin, and in 3rd was Evan Forde of Inch n.s. in “the Banner” Co. Clare and Ennis Juniors.

In the under 10 section of primary schools .. 1st placed Mark Tonita of Limerick School Project (matched the performance of his sister Diana by winning this section), in 2nd place was Scoil Ide Salthill’s Andrew Finnerty and ..  in 3rd place was Stephen Ryan from Gealscoil Mhic Amhlaigh, Knocknacarra, Galway.

IMG_0513While the puzzle books were being marked (by the brilliant April Cronin of St. Catherine’s Dublin) we’d a swap chess competition run by the most excellent Gerry Buckley (Malahide Chess Club).  Thanks Gerry and April !

The Swap chess champions are Aaron Lillis and Evan Forde (both from Ennis Junior Chess club).  They won their last match against Luke Scott (Dublin) & Patrick Lenihan (Galway Community College).IMG_0511

Special “thank you” to the people at the Galway Education Centre for supporting the event and providing such a great venue for the finals. We’re so grateful to the teachers and coaches who encouraged their students to enter and compete, thanks !

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Notice: spring term begins after Easter holiday..

Club Evenings :

10.  Mar 25th

Easter, wishing our students a great mid-term break .. and we’ll be back again on ..

  1. April 15th
  2. April 22nd
  3. April 29th
  4. May 6th
  5. May 13th
  6. May 20th
  7. May 27th

Summer Holiday

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Results – march Swap chess

IMG_0508For our Galway swap chess competition we had winners in 2 sections;

Advanced section was won by the team of .. Andrew Murphy & Conor Coogan on a perfect score of 6 outta 6.  2nd – Tom Kelly & George Fearnhead got 5/6 pts. and 3rd – Iannis Praxmarer & Eamonn Al Hadi with 4/6 pts.

In the Novice section .. Andrew’s younger brother Matthew Murphy finished first with team mate Andrew Finnerty winning ahead of .. 2nd – Stephen Ryan & Gary Hickey and in 3rd place were – Finnin Breathnach & Matthew Hennessey .. just outside the prizes in 4th were Elena Hennessey & Harvey Hickey.

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Swap Chess – Saturday, March 14th.

This Saturday (14th March) we’ll hold a Swap Chess competition at the Galway Bridge club on St. Mary’s Road.   This involves teams of 2 players ,.. players can choose their team mate or simply show up on the day and we’ll match players into teams.    Start time is 2.00pm and we finish at 5.00pm.  The fee is €10 per player.

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Chess Mega-Minds 2015

To all the players who qualified for  chess megamind competition in Galway on 23rd of March .. Congratulations:2015-invitees

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Connaught Cup – 2015

St. Geralds, Castlebar retain the “Connaught Chess Cup” this year ..conn-15Thanks to our Hosts Galway Community College for providing an excellent venue for the days events..  2nd were Colaiste Bhaile Clair  .. 3rd were Presentation College Athenry.

In the Novice section :

St. Gerald’s Castlebar won this competition and Claregalway CBC took 2nd and 3rd places.  There were good performances from Calascantus of Oranmore and Mountbellew college were both in joint 4th place.  Our hosts GCC had their best players mixed in different teams and if they’d all their strong players on one team then they would have been in the hunt for medals too.

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Chess Mega-Mind 2015

On Saturday 7th March at 12.00 noon the time trials for Irelands first chess mega-minds close.

The final will be on a school day (March 23rd), with registration at 10.30am – aiming to start at 11.00 am.  Each contestant will solve 10 puzzles in a puzzle book that they will receive on the day.  We’ll then show the answers to the “Primary Schools” and “Secondary schools puzzles”  ..

At 12.00 pm  we’ll pair up for a giant Swap-chess competition while the puzzle books are checked and points added up .. there are trophies for 1st , 2nd & 3rd in each age group and there will be medals for all the qualifiers.

A great days chess is getting closer and closer !!


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ICU training camps

logoThe ICU select players to represent Ireland at international competitions each year based a players “ICU Rating”  ..

To get an ICU rating juniors would play and ideally win ICU competitions .. the next one is this w/e in Bunratty.

Happily one of Galway player has made the panel for the U-12 Irish team, here are the panels.  Denis will learn from Ireland’s top Masters as a result of doing well in ICU’s events and has the chance to make an Ireland team if the next couple of events go well.

Good luck to Denis and all our other players entering the Bunratty congress ( 2oth – 22nd Feb).

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Connaught Chess Cup 2015

ConnCupThis year we’ll hold the event on one day only in Monin na gCiseach Community College on the 4th March, 2015.  This event is to find the best secondary school teams in the province.

The winners of this event will go forward to represent Connaught at the All-Ireland Schools finals.  Please register by email by 24th February .. to

Schools teams entered: (1) St. Geralds Castlebar, (2) Colaiste Bhaile Clair, (3) Monin na gCiseach , …

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