Schools Chess Finals 2020

Three regional finals happening in Galway during March 2020:

  1. Girls Finals, in the Bridge club on Monday 9th March. Teams of 4 players, entry fee per team is €20.
  2. Galway N.S. Finals, in the Ardilaun Hotel, on Tuesday 10th of March. Teams of 8 players, entry fee per team is €40.
  3. Connaught Cup , for second level schools, in the Ardilaun Hotel, on Wednesday 11th of March 2020. Teams of 6 players, entry fee per team is €30

To register your school team please email .. .. please clearly specify which event you are entering.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Connaught Champions 2020

U-15 David Cunningham, U-13 Oscar Roe, U-11 Ciaran O’Driscoll, Grirls Anna Carroll & Rapid Eoghan Walsh.

The Connaught Championship will be continued in Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim. On Sat 11th Jan, from 1pm to 5pm. Entry fee is €8. Titles up for grabs are u-10 , u-12 , u-14 & u-16. To enter email Colm at ..

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Connaughts 2020

Note: Start time on Saturday for rated events is changed to 11.00am & for Girls and Rapid events it’s 1.30pm. Here are the lists of players & league tables for the 2020 Connaught Junior championships:

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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 4th of Jan, starting at 13.30 pm.

All the event details .. here .

To enter email ..

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

ICU Junior Program for Galway 2019-20

Selected players must become ICU members ( 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.
Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Junior chess club returns .. Wednesday, Sept. 18th

Venue is the Galway Lawn Tennis Club in Salthill. See

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.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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 ..

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 !
Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment