Leinster junior chess report 2017

 

It has been a very busy and enjoyable season for Leinster Junior Chess Players.

Pat Fitzsimons, ran the Mick Germaine Junior Team event, and had a record turnout for this annual event held in Elm Mount Club. Malahide Militants came out unbeaten with a score of 21.5/24. St Beniludus 2nd, Rathmines 3rd.Full report

The Leinster Grand Prix was held over three Sunday’s, the first in Maynooth, Second in ALSAA and the final in Carlton, Dublin Airport. Over 200 players took part in these events from clubs across Leinster. Special thanks to John Comey ,North Kildare, John Delaney, Blanchardstown, Tom O’Sullivan, Malahide and James Osborne, Rathmines and all many volunteers who helped make these events a great success.

Individual prizes were awarded at each event, U8 u 10 u 12 and u 15. Grand Prix prizes awarded to highest scorers over three events in each category.

u8 1st, David Cunningham , 2nd Alik Paronyan, 3rd Laavanya Srivastava

u10 Nivid Binu Daniel, Tomasz Fijalkowski , Kavin Venkatesan

u 12 Maciej Fijalkowski , Iarla O Cinneide, Melina Mkrtichyan.

u15 Tathya SniastAva, Eduard Dravneiks, Ilona Mkrtichyan .

Grand Prix results can be seen in full at Grand Prix full results

In April we were delighted to host a 17 strong team of Junior players from Berlin who visited Dublin and Belfast.

Leinster v Berlin u18

Leinster u18’s v Berlin u18’s

52 players from clubs such as Enniscorthy, Bray Greystones, North Kildare, Manorhamilton, Ballinasloe, Blanchardstown, Rathmines, St. Benildus, Elm Mount, Colaiste Eanna and Gorey, made up three teams.  Tournament was decided on match points . In Round 1 Berlin beat South Dublin 12.5 / 4.5 and N.Dublin beat Leinster 10/7.   In round two Berlin and North Dublin drew and South Dublin beat Leinster 9/8. Berlin beat Leinster 10/7 in round three, and North Dublin beat South Dublin 9.5 to 7.5. On match points North Dublin were tied for first place with Berlin, on tie break Berlin claimed first place. Top scorers from Leinster were, Jacob Flynn , AoifeCastle, Alik Paronyan, Cian Gaines and Sean Fagan , all scored 3/3.

The next day, Tom O’Sullivan from Malahide arranged a tour of Malahide Castle and Lunch for our guests followed by an individual six round tournament in Malahide chess club.  Alex Goss,  won the top section.

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The O’Connell Cup u900 Team event was held in ALSAA in May. In a very tight contest, decided on tie break, Rathmines Juniors came first, Armenian School 2nd, Manorhamilton 3rd and Elm mount 4th. Top scorer, Jack McIntyre, Rathmines.

The Philip Hogarty Rising Stars was held on the same day. 15 teams took part in the 6 round rapid. Monkstown Chess Club won the title, top scorer, on 6/6 , Cian O’Hagan, Manorhamilton.

O Connell Cup and Rising Stars Futher details    Results

I would like to thank the many volunteers for their amazing support and many hours or hard work and travelling that they put in to making these events happen. Pat Fitzsimons who starts the season off with the Mick Germaine Cup, and especially to Mick Germaine who presents the trophies each year. John Comey, North Kildare, for all his work setting up and running the Grand Prix events, with the help of John Delaney and Blanchardstown Chess Club. Tom O’Sullivan for organising a very special day for the Berlin teams and supporting all the Junior events. Colm O’Muireagain , Tournament Controller, Berlin Challenge and O’Connel Cup and Rising Stars. Seamus Halpenny who organised the Leinster players for the Berlin match.

The numbers of juniors participating in the LCU events has increased this year.  New junior clubs have been set up in Inchicore, Dundrum and Kildare.

Many more junior players are progressing from the junior tournaments to the Leinster Senior Leagues, for example Sanjay Menon , age 11 has scored 9.5 in the Ennis league.

Next year we hope to increase the Grand Prix to 5 events with the support of Leinster Junior Clubs,  if you would like to run an event or take part , let me know. Email mauraosborne@eircom.net

Congratulations to Diana Mirza, World School Girls Champion and Tom O’Gorman , Ireland’s youngest and newest FM .

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Chess For All

Chess For All (www.chessforall.net) is a charity which promotes chess in schools throughout Ireland. Schools from every county in Ireland participate in the Chess for All programme. On Saturday 4th April 28 teams took part in their 6-round team tournament in the Hilton Hotel on the Malahide Road.  It was a very tightly contested event with all to play for in the last round between St. Conlets, Naomh Barrog and St. Marys Rathmines. The St Conleths team came out on top, with St Marys 2nd and Naomh Barrog 3rd.

Final standings:

  1. St. Conleths – 5 points (20 game points)
  2. St. Mary’s College, Rathmines – 5 points (18.5)
  3. Naomh Barrog – 5 points (18)
  4. NDSNP 1 – 4.5 points (15.5),
  5. Wanderers – 4 points (15.5)
  6. St. Brigid’s Killester – 4 points (15)
  7. John Bosco – 4 points (14.5),
  8. Brierhill – 4 points (14.5)
  9. St. Mary’s BNS, Rathfarnham – 3.5 points (14)
  10. Carysfort NS – 3.5 points (13.5)
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Title holders

Title holders  This section is being updated at present

Leinster Champions

Under 19 Under 16 Under 14 Under 12
2015

2014

Conor O’Donnell

Cian McGovern Leahy

Conor O’Donnell

Cian McGovern Leahy

Henry Li

Henri Li

Dayna Ferguson Sean Hunter

Alex Byrne

2013 Michael Higgins Cian McGovern Leahy & Scott Mulligan Mihailo Manojlovic & Finn McDonnell Padraig Hughes & Ross Beatty
2012 Ramiro Zambrana Conor O’Donnell Padraig Hughes & Peter Cooke Jim O’Reilly
2011 Cormac O’Brien Conor O’Donnell Conor O’Donnell Conor O’Donnell
2010 Anthony Bourached Conor O’Donnell Rory Ellard Padraig Hughes

Irish Champions

U19 U16 U14 U12             U10                 U8
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010

Glorney Team

 2015 It could be you!!!!!
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010

Robinson Team

 2015 it could be you!!!!
2014   Team (Third)    Michael Higgins, Padraig Hughes, Fiachra Scallan, Milhailo Manojlovic, Ross Beatty, David Halpenny
2013
2012
2011
2010

Stokes Team

2015, It could be you!!!
2014 Stokes Team (Second)

Alex Byrne, Henry Li, Tom O’Gorman, Danny Dywer, Mathew Gallagher, Muskakim Ul-Haque

2013  Stokes Team (Winners)

Padraig Hughes , Ross Beatty, Tom O’Gorman, Michael Higgins , Fiachra Scallan, David Halpenny

2012 Stokes Team

Padraig Hughes, Tom McGrath, Michael Higgins, Geoffrey Alfred, Ross Beatty, Fiachra Scallan

2011
2010

Mick Germaine Cup

 2015
2014 Enniscorthy
2013
2012 Rathmines :Fiachra Scallan, Oscar Twomey, Scott Mulligan and Michael Higgins
2011
2010

O’Connell Cup

 2015
2014     St. Benildus
2013     Rathmines
2012
2011
2010

Rising Stars

2014 Rathmines Junior Chess Club

Olympiad u16 team

World Youth Championships

U19 U16 U14 U12             U10                 U8
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
 2009

European Youth Championships

U19 U16 U14 U12             U10                 U8
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
 2009

International Tournaments

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