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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