May Chess Blitz

Winners of the Junior section .. Marcus Geary 1st , Jack McNulty2nd and 3rd was Roisin Walsh.
Qverall winner was Sean Martyn, 2nd Ruadhan Dwyer and 3rd Jack Nolan.
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Ennis Congress Results:

Full results of this w/e’s Ennis chess competition can be found here .. .. congratulations to 12 players from the Glaway coaching squad who played to a really high standard !

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The Girls All-Ireland Schools Finals 2019

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ICU – Junior Championships 2019

Over the w/e there are different events according to players ages .. For full details of all the events go to

And … the ICU Chess Festival .. on Sunday 14th April.

There’ll be some fun one day competitions in the Talbot Hotel, Dublin. Games will be ‘rapid play’ (with 15 minutes for each player). And there will be a sections for Under 10’s , U12s and parents. All welcome .. from 12.00 pm until 4.00 pm.

For early beginners there will be a one-day U8 tournament.  Entry only €5.  First round is at 12pm,  and the prize giving will be at 4.30pm.

For family members who don’t know how to play but would like to learn, lessons for beginners will be available throughout the day.

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Girls N.S. Finals – 2019

Champions Craughwell N.S. , 2nd – Scoil Ide Salthill, and 3rd place Scoil Mhuire, Clairnbridge.

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.

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Galway N.S. Finals 2019

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.

The playing hall , last round.
prize giving ..

Congratulations to 3 schools playing in their first ever chess event .. Great to see both
Abbeyknockmoy and Oranmore Boys school ( via ) scored well and improved as the event went on . Tulach Uí Chadhain ( who practice a lot on ) scored very well and were in the hunt for a top 3 finish.

Overall winners & Galway Champions : St. Pats

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.

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National Schools – Chess Finals 2019

Entries are open for this years National Schools finals for mixed teams of 8 players and a separate event for girls teams of 4 players.

To register your schools team (and if you’ve any questions) please email

Schools Chess Championships: Girls Chess Championships:
Teams of 8 players.
The Aridlaun Hotel,
Taylors Hill,

Tuesday 19th March.
10.00 am to 3.00 pm  

€40 per team.  
Teams of 4 players.
The Bridge Centre,
St. Mary’s Road,

Friday 22nd  March.
10.00 am to 3.00 pm
€20 per team.  

There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in eache competition and the winners in both competitions will qualify for the All-Ireland finals in Dublin in June.

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Junior squad coaching program .. 2019

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.

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first Saturday event of 2019 ..

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.

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New to Galway this year ..

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