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St Joseph's Chess Club

St. Joseph’s chess 2012

chess1Every Monday since late September the chess players of St. Josephs have met at lunchtime to play, practice and learn more about chess. In mid-March we attended the Munster finals and eventually came out on top to win a coveted place in the All Ireland Finals.

Ms O’Sullivan selected the five best players based on wins at the Munster final to go forward to the All-Ireland Final. On Tuesday the 17th of April the team travelled to the Carlton Hotel Limerick and waited anxiously to begin the Competition. The other participating schools were Drogheda, Limerick, Cork, Cavan, Killaloe and Waterford. Halfway through the tournament Tulla were ranked second but with two more rounds to go we were beaten by the better team. The final score was Árd Scoil Ris 15 points and Tulla had 10 leaving us in 5th place. It was an intense affair with clocks putting us under pressure and accounting for some of our losses. But this we intend remedying in 2013 with a guarantee of a set of chess clocks for next September!

We enjoyed the day immensely and hope to progress to this level again next year. Thank you to Ms O’Sullivan for organising the chess and being so supportive, also thank you to all who 25 students who participated in the chess club throughout the year. Thank you to the Players in the final, Jordan Cassells, Luke Mulhall, Cian and Martin O’Mara and Thor Lighvoet our sub.

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