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 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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