The Chess Mega-Minds for 2015 are ..

Players from Ennis, Limerick, Galway and Dublin represented their schools at today’s Chess Mega-Mind finals at the GEC: In the Secondary Schools we’d champions at Senior & Junior cycle levels ..IMG_0517

Overall 1st is Limericks chess star Diana Mirza with 67 pts. from Colaiste Chiarain of Limerick ,.. 2nd was Andrejs Koslovs of St. Mary’s college Galway and in 3rd was Jordan Behan of Cross Passion college, Kildare.

In the u-16 section 1st place went to Luke Scott from the strong Blanchardstown chess club and Catholic University School in Leeson St. D2. with in 2nd .. James Kinsella, of The High School Dublin 6.  and in 3rd was Eimear O’Tuathail of Colaiste Iognaid “The Jez” Galway.

IMG_0512National school students deep in thought ..

The overall winner was George Fearnhead of Bushy Park n.s. Galway with a total of 45 pts., 2nd was katy Donnelly of St. Catherines n.s Dublin, and in 3rd was Evan Forde of Inch n.s. in “the Banner” Co. Clare and Ennis Juniors.

In the under 10 section of primary schools .. 1st placed Mark Tonita of Limerick School Project (matched the performance of his sister Diana by winning this section), in 2nd place was Scoil Ide Salthill’s Andrew Finnerty and ..  in 3rd place was Stephen Ryan from Gealscoil Mhic Amhlaigh, Knocknacarra, Galway.

IMG_0513While the puzzle books were being marked (by the brilliant April Cronin of St. Catherine’s Dublin) we’d a swap chess competition run by the most excellent Gerry Buckley (Malahide Chess Club).  Thanks Gerry and April !

The Swap chess champions are Aaron Lillis and Evan Forde (both from Ennis Junior Chess club).  They won their last match against Luke Scott (Dublin) & Patrick Lenihan (Galway Community College).IMG_0511

Special “thank you” to the people at the Galway Education Centre for supporting the event and providing such a great venue for the finals. We’re so grateful to the teachers and coaches who encouraged their students to enter and compete, thanks !

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