Minister for the Enviornment Phil Hogan last week organised a reception for two Kilkenny chess superstars Sarah Jane Hearne and Ryan Griffiths, who represented Ireland at the Chess Olympics in Istanbul and were among the youngest players at the event.
Also attending the reception were Kilkenny-based chess coach, the current Irish Chess Union junior officer and Irish junior team Head Coach Darko Polimac, Jonathan O’ Connor, Irish Chess Union Chairman, Ryan Griffiths, Sarah Jane Hearne, Catherine Hearne, Eoin Minock, John Courtney with parents and Dance Lazarova (Moves for Life).
Darko Polimac has informed the minister of the Kilkenny chess players’ success which is well known in all Europe. Chess School Polimac is proud of 14 Irish junior titles, two British, two youngest FIDE masters in Ireland and Woman Candidate Master title.
The seven Kilkenny juniors represented Ireland all over the World and they are well respected and known internationally .
Minister Phil Hogan has promised to help with Chess In Schools programme, which will be launched by Moves for Life (MFL) organisation. The plan is to offer chess to all primary schools in Ireland as a part of Maths. The programme had great results in USA and many countries all over the world.
Chess is becoming big .This year, the FIDE international chess federation got three more members – now 177. It is one of the largest sports organizsations in the world. Mr Polimac is hoping that chess will be soon recognised as a sport here in Ireland.
Kilkenny chess club had a good start at Leinster chess top league beating one of the strongest teams in Ireland 5–2. The four juniors and their coach Darko Polimac were playing for Kilkenny .