ATTENDEES (Re-opening Blitz, Thursday 18th) 1 Pete Morriss 2 Brian Gallagher 3 James Blackwell 4 Ronan Zaletel 5 Jason Rawlinson 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
The home of chess in Galway
St. Patrick’s De La Salle school, Castelbar, represented Connaught in the under-14 section of the All-Ireland Schools and Colleges Chess Final last weekend, and came second, only very narrowly missing first place.
St. Patrick’s beat the second Leinster school (Munster did not put forward a team to represent them), Clongeal (of Dublin) 5-1; and then the Ulster champions St.Patricks Downpatrick 6-0. That set up a last round clash for the title with the Leinster champions Gonzaga; only needing 2½ points to win the All-Ireland title, St. Patrick’s unfortunately lost 2-4. There were the usual tales of what-might-have-been – St. Patrick’s were winning in four games at one point – but coming second, so close to a chess power-house like Gonzaga, is an excellent result for St. Patrick’s and their coach, Brendan McHugh. We look forward to more from the lads at St. Patrick’s.