Cuffesgrange chess maestro Eoin Minnock showed why he was top seed at the Irish Junior Chess Championships earlier this month, when he was crowned Under-14 All-Ireland Champion for the second year.
It was Eoin’s third All-Ireland title, having also previously won at under-12 level.
The 2012 Irish Junior Chess Championships were held from March 30 to April 1 in the Newpark Hotel in Kilkenny, attracting players aged seven to 18 from all over Ireland.
In the under-16 competition, another notable performance was from Kilkenny teen Donovan Ashcraft, who finished in second place. Donovan played excellent chess all weekend, beating more experienced and higher-rated players. He is one to watch out for in the future.
Other Kilkenny players performed admirably, taking places in the tournament. At under-eight level, Nina Rebi finished in third place, in what was a strong competition for this age group.
In the under-19 group, second place was awarded to Sarah Jane Hearne, and third place went to Cathal Minnock.
The Kilkenny Chess Club members who played very well in the event are: Jan and Milkolaj Glegolshi, Catherine Hearne, Diarmaid Minnock and Brandon Ashcraft. Former Chess School Polimac member Padraig Hughes, from Athy, is the new Under-12 All-Ireland Champion.