Chess champions do Kilkenny proud

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.

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.