Seven Kilkenny Chess players have been selected by the Irish Chess Union as part of the Junior team to represent Ireland in European and World Chess tournaments this year.
The young cats have been chosen to play in the Glorney tournament for boys, the Gilbert tournament for girls, the European Youth Chess Championship in Bulgaria, the EU Youth Chess Championship in Mureck-Austria , the World Youth Chess Championship in Brazil and the World under 19 Chess championship in Chenai - India. Local Chess Master Darko Polimac has been appointed as the Irish Junior team head coach.
Darko is hopeful that, for the first time in its history, the Glorney cup might be won by Irish players this July. The top players in Kilkenny’s Glorney team are Ryan Rhys Griffiths and John Courtney from Kilkenny. Ryan Rhys Griffiths is a new Fide master and at the moment is rated 146 in the World Under 18. They will play the best juniors of England, Scotland and Wales.
The Cats will be represented on the Irish team for the Gilbert cup by chess sisters Sarah Jane and Catherine Hearne. Kilkenny students Eoin Minnock, Poornima Menon and her brother Arvind Menon have also been selected to represent their country.
The support of Minister Phil Hogan and Mayor, Martin Brett has been crucial in the development of Chess in Kilkenny with interest in learning the game now at an all time high. Adults and children, keen to learn chess, have attended lessons in the Library with coach Darko Polimac. Details of the Chess Charity Marathon to be held at City Hall will be announced shortly.