The Junior Chess club returns to the Galway tennis club in Salthill again this year (see www.gltc.ie 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 .. icu.ie
Exceptional 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.Proud 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.
The 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.
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
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).This 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 !!
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.
Young chess players will be making their final preparations for this years championships in Dublin .. more on .. www.icu.ie
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:
- Denis Ruchko – 85 pts.
- Ronan Marnon – 80 pts.
- Dylan Murphy & Katy Donnelly – 75 pts.
Secondary Schools – Chess Mgea Mind:
- Kynesha Ryder – 70 pts.
- 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 !