LCU Grand Prix Winners.

The awards for the Leinster Junior Chess Grand Prix have been presented . Six events in all were hosted by Junior Chess Clubs, North Kildare, Armenian Chess Club, Manorhamilton, Inchicore and Blanchardstown.

U8  was won by Arsen Hakhumyan , u10 by Kavin Venkatesan, u12 by Vishal ProglerTutte, and u15 was won by Darius Rezania .Top Ladies in the event were Saya Sen u15 and Niamh Comey u8.

U8 – 2nd Johab Biju,3rd Cillian Hogarty.

U10, – 2nd Santo Sen, 3rd, Wenle Liu and Sean Gannon.

U12,-  2nd Alex Babin , 3rd Cathal Hogarty

U15, – 2nd James Kavanagh,  3rd Gagik Avetisyan, 4th Darragh Comey.


The 5th round of the Grand Prix will be hosted by The Armenian Chess Club on April 15th in Taney Parish Hall, Dundrum.

The will be a final round where overall winners will be announced on May 20th by Blanchardstown Chess Club.

Grand Prix 5 SCHEDULE
Rounds 6
Game Time 00:15:00
Tournament Start 15:00:00
Break Between games 00:05:00
               Start       End
Round 1 15:00:00 15:35:00
Round 2 15:35:00 16:10:00
Round 3 16:10:00 16:45:00
Round 4 16:45:00 17:20:00
Round 5 17:20:00 17:55:00
Round 6 17:55:00 18:30:00
Prize Giving 18:30:00 18:45:00
Entry Fee €10
Registration starting at 1 PM
Family Discount (3 or more siblings) €20.


Report from Grand Prix 4

The forth competition, hosted by Manorhamilton Junior Chess Club took place in the Clayton Hotel, Sligo, on March 18th.

The snowfall on the east coast early on Sunday morning prevented many juniors from Leinster making the trip , but some managed to battle their way through the traffic and train delays and were rewarded for their efforts with a great tournament and some went home with tropheys. It was a reversal of events for Manorhamilton who, recently, travelled in a snow storm to take part in the Grand Prix in Maynooth.

Thanks to Chris, Colm and all at Manorhamilton chess club for a great event.

Brothers Jack and Edmund McIntyre from Rathmines were winners in U15 and U10. Manorhamiltons Eoghan Rooney came full on 5/5 in the U8. Dairmait Fennelly  came first U12. Top girls, Susan Ali U12,  Sarah Drummond U15,  Aoibheann  Schmidtmeier u10 and Bethany Robb U8.  To see all the prize winners and crosstables go to

Chess results Grand Prix 4

Next Grand Prix is scheduled for Armenian Chess Club, Taney Parish Hall, Dundrum on April 15th. Details to follow

Final will be held in Blanchardstown Chess Club on May 20th.


The Leinster Junior Chess Grand Prix is a series of monthly chess tournaments which offers children the opportunity to play chess in a competitive and relaxed atmosphere. The first Grand Prix took place in October and is scheduled to run until May.  Players are rewarded not only for winning, but more importantly for participating! The competition is aimed at those 14 and under and will offer prizes according to age (U15, U12, U10 & U8).


The Grand Prix is designed to encourage children to play regularly and enables children to gain experience playing in a competitive atmosphere, which will help them should they decide to go on and play in regional or national competitions like the Leinster Chess Leagues or the Irish Junior Chess Championships.

All the venues for the Grand Prix will be across Leinster and hosted by a different Leinster Junior Chess Clubs each month.

Sunday October 22nd.  The first competition was hosted by Inchicore and took place in Our lady of good council BNS


Sunday November 26th. The Armenian Chess Club hosted the 2nd event of the Leinster Chess Grand Prix 2017/18 at the Taney Parish Centre, home for the Armenian Sunday School and Chess Club. It was a great day with 54 juniors taking part. Special thanks to Vahe and Karen for all their work organising and running this event and to the Armenian School for their warm hospitality.



Next Grand Prix Feb 11th Glenroyal Hotel Maynooth.


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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.


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

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

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Leinster Junior Championships 2018

Happy New Year.

Good luck in this year’s Leinster Junior Championships.

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Chess For All

Chess For All ( 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


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

Glorney Team

 2015 It could be you!!!!!

Robinson Team

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

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


Mick Germaine Cup

2014 Enniscorthy
2012 Rathmines :Fiachra Scallan, Oscar Twomey, Scott Mulligan and Michael Higgins

O’Connell Cup

2014     St. Benildus
2013     Rathmines

Rising Stars

2014 Rathmines Junior Chess Club

Olympiad u16 team

World Youth Championships

U19 U16 U14 U12             U10                 U8

European Youth Championships

U19 U16 U14 U12             U10                 U8

International Tournaments

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