Connaught Junior Championships

Held on: Friday 3rd  &  Saturday 4th Jan. 2020.

Venue : The Bridge Club, St. Mary’s Road, Galway

Prizes: There are trophies for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place in the following age groups.  Any player can win these pirzes. Sections: U-11, U-13, U-15. Plus titles of “Connaught Champion” for boys and girls in each section.

Note : Saturday one day events. (1) Girls only competition & (2) RapidPlay competition .. both on the 5th of Jan, starting at 12.00 pm.

All the event details .. here . Email brendan@chessossity.com to enter.

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One day competition – 10th Nov.

Chess Tournament :

Congrats to all the players who took part in the Novenber competition .. we needed a number of blitz play-off games to decidet the winners of each section.

Advanced Section – 1st Eoghan Collins, 2nd Luke Scarry, 3rd Szymon Wegzyrn. Play-off 4th were Jack O’Connell, Ciaran & Odhran O’Driscoll.
Improvers section – 1st Conor Keane , 2nd Conor Francis keane, 3rd Oscar Wychall and 4th Cathal McGinley.
Best Girl player – Eabha Collins.


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ICU Junior Program for Galway 2019-20

Selected players must become ICU members (www.icu.ie) and enter at least one ICU rated competition during the program.
 
Dates :

Block 1  – Oct. 29th to 1st Nov.  (Tuesday – Friday)      
Block 2  – Nov. 16th & 17th  (Saturday & Sunday)      
Block 3  – Dec. 7th & 8th  (Saturday & Sunday)      
Block 4  – Jan. 25 & 26th  (Saturday & Sunday)      

11am  to  5pm  daily with an hour for lunch.
 
  ICU rated events:

(1) Munster Juniors.  Ennis, 30th Nov. – 1st Dec.
   
(2) Connaught Juniors.  Galway, u15, u13, u11, u9       
3rd – 4th Jan 2020.    

(3) Leitrim Juniors.  Manorhamilton, u16, u14, u12, u10.      
10th – 12th Jan 2020.
 
    Book:  “Winning Chess exercises for Kids”  by Jeff Coakley.
Chess DB / Stockfish engine.
Chess Players ICU Workbook.
 
Cost:       €160.00 for paid up ICU members.
  Venue:      The Bridge Club, St. Mary’s Road, Galway.
Organiser:    Brendan Buckley.
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Galway Chess event – October

Congrats to everyone who played in the October one day junior chess event .. overall winner was Oscar Roe, 2nd Szymon Wegryzn & 3rd Noah Kirby.

The winner of best girl prize went to Robyn Hamrock. The winners in the beginners section were : 1st Kieran Mino , 2nd Samuel Dwyer , 3rd Tony Browne.

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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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