The Junior chess club returns on Wednesday evening, 17th September. (Venue Galway Tennis club in Salthill).
- 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Beginners & Improvers.
- 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. - Advanced players.
- Players should be + 8 years old.
- Fee for 10 week term is € 60.00
We’ll have two groups so that players get tuition at their level .. To book a place email .. email@example.com .. Hope to see some familiar & new faces again this year.
Well done to this group of players .. and thanks to parent Mr. Ronan McDonogh for this video .. and we’ve some of Ronan’s fun fare pic’s here.
At u-12 the all-girls team from Roscommon won too in their 1st community games. Two winners from Connaught .. nice !
Unfortunately we won’t be able to go ahead with our planned chess camp on August 11th ..
The U-12′s ,.. Knocknacarra lost out on the tiebreak rule. And the all-girls team from Roscommon are Connaught u-12 champions. They were thrilled to win.
The Galway U-16′s team edged out an excellent Sligo team in the semi-finals and had another very tough match against Castlebar in the finals .. but Claregalway-Lackagh had an edge on the day and won their 1st U-16 Connaught title.
For photos click here.
We travelled to Limerick last week for the national schools All Ireland finals .. there was some good news for Galway schools .. .. with a score of 6 / 6, the individual champion is Oisin Noone, of Claregalway N.S. .. and the Galway Champions (Bushy Park) improved on their 6th place last year to take 3rd this year.
In the girls section Briarhill N.S. took 1st place individually (won by the aptly named .. Sinead King) and their team are also Irish girls champions of 2014.
Galway finals 2014 … new winners Knocknacarra and Claregalway.
u-12 won by Knocknacarra , 2nd Castlegar & 3rd Athenry.
u-16 won by Claregalway , 2nd Ballinasloe & 3rd Castlegar.
This years summer camp was held at St. Mary’s college in mid-July , we’d some familiar faces and strong players .. the advanced group got to cover some totally new material.
Congratulations to Gonzaga college for a mighty impressive performance at this years All-Ireland Schools Championships ..Winning 18 gold medals .. Gonzaga college’s team captains proudly show their trophies (left to right – above) at u-19 Andy Keenan, u-14 Colum O’Brien & u-16 Peter Cooke. Our hosts .. St. Mary’s college Galway went the extra mile providing refreshments and snacks for players and coaches. This is the first year that chess has been played at St. Mary’s college. It evolved from a lunchtime games room where teachers Cian & Miariad (pictured above) focused some attention on the boys playing chess. They entered 2 teams in the Connaught championships and are now silver medalists in the u-14 All Ireland championships.
The Connaught champions, St. Geralds, played at u-16 level (also, their 1st year of chess thanks to teacher Joe Daly). The Castlebar school finished in 3rd place in a very competitive section. The highlight was a ding-dong match between Gonzaga and St. Benildus. All six games were “live” with 5 mins on the players clocks, and the result impossible to call. The Gonzaga players turned a couple of draw-ish looking games into wins (2 pts) and held all the other endings (4 draws), winning it 4-2.
Ulster were represented by St. Colums of Derry at U-14 level and Ballymena Academy at U-19 level. Ballymena (pictured above) were in a mild state of shock after their round 1 collision with Gonzaga but they recovered strongly to take second place in this division.
Munster were represented by Scoil Pol in the highly competitive u-16 grade. And Ard Scoil Ris were very competitive on boards 1 and 2 in the u-19′s section with the Keating brothers both scoring 2 out of 3 pts.
Finally, a special mention to the St. Benildus teams, and their team manager Mr. Frank Scott who was active in helping to bring all the teams together at short notice and providing teams where other provinces were unable to.The placing and points tells the story of the day .. out of a possible 54 game points Gonzaga scored a whopping 49.5. Tournament organiser Daniel Lynch advises that next year it’s Ulsters turn to host the event. Every team left with All-Ireland medals of some colour and learned some new tricks (well, we’ll hope so!).
The Galway angle .. congrats to Matthew Hennessey, who was joint 1st on points (but 2nd on tie-brake) in the All-Ireland u-8′s .. and our other players ..
“Thank you” to Ballinasloe chess club for a great event.
On Saturday 10th May .. we’ll crown the 2014 All-Ireland schools champions.