Secondary Schools Online Chess Matches 2022


Teachers Meeting : Team managers zoom meeting (Tuesday 1st of March), to explain format and help those who are new to online chess. Email to register for full details.

There will be a special Novice section for beginners, a play for fun event.

Schedule of matches:

Round 1 – Tuesday 8th March @ 2.00pm to 3.00pm.

Round 2 – Tuesday 15th March @ 2.00pm to 3.00pm.

Round 3 – Tuesday 22nd March @ 2.00pm to 3.00pm.

Fee is €50 per School.

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Chess Camp

X-mas Chess Camp :

Saturday 1st Jan.  to Monday 3rd Jan. cancelled due to covid surge.

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Secondary Schools OnlineChess Blitz 2021



Monday 15th November @ 7.00pm to 8.00 pm. Group meeting on zoom for Team Managers. Focus on How to set up your chess team online.

Monday 22nd November @ 2.00pm to 3.00pm. Students will play some practice games against players from other school online.

Monday 6th of December @ 2.00pm to 3.00pm. Students will play matches against other school teams.

Fee is €50 per team. 

Your team can include every players in your schools chess club!

Register your interest by email (before Monday the 15th) to:

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Wednesday 3rd Nov.

Happy news! .. the junior chess starts up again after a long lay-off. We are back in the with 2 groups, first greoup starts at 7pm and the 2nd group for more experienced players starts at 8pm.

If interested in joining either group email

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Kids Online Chess Club 2021

We are starting a new term of our online chess club on Wednesday the 3rd of March. The term finishes on Wednesday 26th of May and the fee for the 12 week term is €60.

We will have 3 groups based on each player’s chess level:

  1. 3.30pm to 4.30pm is for Beginners (a parent should attend for the 1st meeting to help kids with the new technology, toggle between zoom and
  2. 5pm group is for the Improvers group.
  3. 7pm group is for our Advanced players.

If your son or daughter is interested then email me your child’s name and which group you’d like him/her to start in. 

This year’s school online championships will happen near the end of our online meet ups. Galway students did brilliantly last year and hopefully this competition can give us something to focus on for the next two months.

And for anyone who want’s extra help with their chess I have availability to do some ”one 2 one” coaching.  Please email me ..

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School chess championships – 2021

When: To be held on Thursdays the 13th of May @ 4.00pm.  In advance of the grand final there will be 3 practice events on April 22nd, 29th and on May 6th.  Students will be put into sections depending on their chess level. All students should play in the practice events to ensure that their rating is a good indicator of their level.

Here are the rating bands for each section:

  1. Section OneExpert players with a rating of 1600 or higher.
  2. Section TwoIntermediate players with a rating over 1200 up to a rating of 1599.
  3. Section ThreeNovice and beginner players rated 1199 or lower.

Prizes fund of €1,500.

  1. First place10 chess sets AND 5 chess timers for their school, All-Ireland Gold medal.
  2. Second place10 chess sets OR 5 chess timers for their school, All-Ireland Silver medal.
  3. Third place5 chess sets OR 3 chess timers for their school All-Ireland Bronze medal.

Grading Prizes:  There will be multiple prize winners in each section.  These will be Medal prizes. Here’s an example of the prizes for the Novice section:

  • Rating band 1:  players rated under 900.
  • Rating band 2:  players rated between 900 and 1000.
  • Rating band 3:  players rated between 1001 and 1100.
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Online schools team chess championships 2020:

Go to for links to these events !

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Online Chess Events – Spring 2020

If you are new to this  .. this video explains how!

For Parents see the above video.. it’s easy to join, go to the sign-in area at , choose your user name and p/w. Then click on REGISTER.   Child safety:  go to and enable “kid mode” .

Go to for links to these events !

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Galway Finals – The Results 2020

In the mixed NS Galway finals the winners were Bushy Park who came from 1.5pts behind in the last round to pass last years winners St. Pats, in third place was a young and improving Gael scoil Mhic Amhlaigh team.

The NS Girls finals was won by Clairnbridge , with Scoil Ide in 2nd place, Clairnbridge showed their strength in depth by coming in 3rd place too !

Secondary Schoools – the champions are St. Jarleth’s of Tuam. 2nd was last year winners The Bish from Galway, 3rd were Glenamaddy Secondary school & 3rd Calascantius Ortanmore.

In the challenger section – 1st Calascantius , 2nd Glenamaddy , 3rd The junior Bish team.

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Schools chess finals 2020 – entry lists

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