Took place at the Bridge club on Friday 22nd March. It was a close competition with 9 teams from 4 different schools competing for the title. The eventual winners were Craughwell, who won a play-off game with Scoil Ide to retain their title of Galway champions. Congratulations all, games were competitive, everyone put their energy into their thinking.
The schools finals this year was held again in the Ardilaun Hotel. One significant change from previous years .. the number of players on each team increased from 4 to 8 players. This was a big improvement as bigger school clubs could send 2 teams and get 16 players to experience playing for their school.
Congratulations to 3 schools playing in their first ever chess event .. Great to see both Abbeyknockmoy and Oranmore Boys school ( via movesforlife.ie ) scored well and improved as the event went on . Tulach Uí Chadhain ( who practice a lot on Chessossity.com ) scored very well and were in the hunt for a top 3 finish.
The top two teams qualify for the All-Ireland finals. Both St. James, Bushy Park & winners St. Pat’s Galway have experienced the high level of chess in Dublin last year. And will be looking forward to a bigger testing ground later this year.
More than 20 young players spent their mid-term break developing their first chess openings and begun working on techniques for improving chess thinking skills … 7 more sessions remain between now and May 2019. Thanks to ICU Junior officer, Desmond Beatty for expanding this training program to Galway.
Congrats to all the participants at this years first kids chess event in Galway .. we had some good games of chess with the overall winner .. Shane Loughlin (well done) , and 2nd was Szymon Werzygn, 3rd Alekxander McAleer.
In the challengers section 1st was Sam Hickson , 2nd Macdara Mannion, and 3rd Daniel Action. Well done all the winners and participants.