THE Mid-Ireland and Leinster chess finals were held in the Green Isle Hotel in Dublin last month, and Kilkenny’s St Kieran’s College dominated both the champions and novice events.
For the last 5 years or so, the Mid-Ireland finals have held in Tullamore, but this season it was decided to move it to Dublin on a trial basis, and incorporate a Leinster Finals. Some schools from the Northwest came along and a mixed-league was run with them being part of the main event.
Five rounds were played with clocks used on all games with a Rapidplay time of 15 minutes each. Joint first-place at the individual championship were Aravind Mennon and Eoin Minnock - many times Irish junior champions and Irish junior team members
Kilkenny chess coach Darko Polimac, who is also current Irish junior officer and Irish junior team head coach, is starting preparation for Glorney Cup which will be held in England in July. Many Kilkenny juniors girls and boys will represent Ireland at the event.
Also last month, the European Parliament in Strasbourg endorsed the ‘Chess in European schools’ programme - a cooperation between the European Chess Union (ECU) and the Kasparov Chess Foundation. The written declaration for the implementation of the chess in schools program was signed by 392 MEPs - the needed number was 378 signatures – from the total number of 754 MEPs.