The overall champions are Ballinlas , 2nd were Craughwell and in 3 place were Claregalway .. below are all team scores and placings. Both Craughwell & Ballinlass qualify to represent Connaught at the All-Ireland team finals in Gonzaga college on Saturday 22nd April.
In the girls section Craughwell were 1st and Clairnbridge were 2nd (again) with the Ballinlass Girls edging out Briarhills girls in a blitz play-off.
In the Challengers section well done to the players from Craughwell who also won this section, they won a hotly contested play-off to edge out Briarhill (who were were 2nd), and in 3rd place were the lads from Clairnbridge.
Thanks to the Menlo Park Hotel , the teachers and parents who supported the event giving up their time and energy. And a big welcome to Claran n.s. who were playing in their first chess finals, we also welcomed back scoil Iognoid and scoil Fhursa this year .. all were a credit to their schools & hope to see ye all at the next big chess day out.
.. the next big schools event is on 16th May .. same venue .. it’s the Chessossity.com all Irelands in Swap-Chess & Puzzle solving !
Tournament Report – Connaught Schools Cup (2017):
St. Geralds, Castelbar .. with Claregalway & Presentation, Athenry.
This year 24 teams from 9 Schools took part in the Connaught Cup (for Chess). Most of the players did chess to a high standard in primary school and are now being supported by Teachers who may be new to chess but have put their energy and skills into building some really excellent school chess clubs. There were 98 players competing in the Bridge Club (Galway), 3 times the number the league started with in 2014.
‘The Champions Section’ had 4 teams competing on an all-play-all basis. Going into the final round .. St Josephs Patrician College (Galway) and 3 times champions St. Geralds (Castlebar) were level on 6 / 8pts. St Mary’s College (Galway) had a winning chance by means of a play-off if they could win 4-0 and the other match was drawn ..
In the interval the teams started busily preparing for their final match. But in the end St. Geralds finished with a 4-0 win to retain their Connaught title. Points table below ..
There were 20 teams competing in the “Challengers Section” and going into the final round 6 teams from 3 schools were in contention. Once again the excellent St. Geralds players showed their class, finishing 1st in both sections. In 2nd place were Presentation College, Athenry with St. Josephs, Galway taking 3rd place in this section. Below is the full league table ..
The top 3 placed schools in the Champions Section qualify for a place at this years Schools All-Ireland Finals, which are penciled in for Saturday 22nd of April, in Gonzaga College, Dublin.
Click here .. WoI-Finals for a report on this years event. Congratulations to our Champions Limerick Juniors and to the winners of the Shield competition Ennis National.Above are two young teams one for Galway and one from Ballinasloe .. they could easily be future challengers to this years winners .. Ennis and Limerick .. :o) And overall 3rd placed were ‘the Bish’ school team (above).
Connaught Cup – March 3rd. (Bridge Club)
Galway Schools finals – March 28th. (Menlo Park Hotel)
Chessossity Puzzle finals – May 16th. (Menlo Park Hotel)
An enjoyable day of chess 4 all .. We’d 3 sections with prizes of 1-2-3 for Advanced , Intermediates and Beginner groups, with prizes presented by Mr. Michael Crowe.
The Advanced section was won by recent winner of the Adult competition in Kilkenny, Zalan Nemeth on a score of 6/6 points, next was Kynesha Ryder and in 3rd place was Christopher Burke.
The Intermediate section was won by Ruadhan O’Dwyer, 2nd – Oisin Mahon and 3rd – Andrew Finnerty (via a blitz play off against Shane Loughlin).
In the Beginners section – 1st place was Ellen Kelly , 2nd James Morhan and 3rd – Duirmaid Connolly.
From 2.00 pm to 5.30 pm in the Bridge Club on St. Mary’s Rd., Galway.
It’s free to enter with 6 games for each player .. and lots of prizes. Kids should bring a light lunch and a drink, parents can stay to watch or return later for the prize giving.
Chess for All – 2017
Junior Chess competition on this coming Sunday 20th November in Shearwater Hotel. Start time 12.00 Noon. All Under 18’s welcome.
Beginners especially welcome. For more info call John on 087- 2544733