On April 14th, 8 teams met at ALSSA to take part in a team challenge between Manchester, Ulster and Leinster.
Leinster were represented by five teams of u14 players selected for their excellent performances in the Leinster Leagues from a wide range of clubs, Blanchardstown, Drogheda, St. Benildus, Gonzage, Rathmines, Elm Mount, Shankhill, Dun Laoighre, Enniscorthy.
Players who won the Stokes Cup in 2013 made up one team ,
Ross Beatty, Michael Higgins, Fiachra Scallan, David Halpenny, Tom O’Gorman, unfortunately Padraig Hughes was unable to make it on the day
The strength of the girls junior chess across Leinster made it possible to form a team of Leinster Ladies: Ciara Scallan, Eibhia Ni Muireagain, Alice O’Gorman, Dayna Ferguson and Dierdre Turner were joined by 8year old Admira Keschmeti from Belfast.
North Dublin was represented by Danny Dwyer, Luke Scott, Alex Goss, Luke Keenan, Piotr Baczkowski and Jonathon Tsang
South Dublin by Alex Byrne, Padraig Sheehy, Tom Grennell, Mihailo Manojlovic, Joshua Redmond, Robbie Kildea.
We were delighted to be joined by a team from Manchester led by Jullian Clissold. Kevin Ye, Jonny Shine,George Harman, Tom Green and Matthew Cavaliere travelled to the Irish Junior Championships the previous weekend and joined us on Monday in ALSAA.
Mark Newman brought two teams from Ulster,
Team 1 ,Eoin McCorkindale , Andrew Todd, John Dawson , Jake Patterson, and Joel Dawson
Team 2,Hannah Patterson, Samuel Todd, Pete Todd, Phoebe Patterson and Calvin Patterson
Mark set all the teams a challenging puzzle test and certificates were awarded to top scorers.
Luke Keenan and Alex Byrne , left, and Daniel, right, excel at the challenge.
Rounds were scored as 1pt for a match win and .5 for a match draw, which made for a very tight scoreboard, with the Stokes Cup Team claiming top position. In 2nd place were South Dublin followed closely by North Dublin.
Board prizes were awarded to top scorers, Joshua Redmond scored 5 out of 5 for Leinster ,Kevin Ye was the top scorer for Manchester, Alice O’Gorman top scorer for the Ladies team, and John Dawson for Ulster.
We were joined by Leinster Chess Union President , Charlie Talbot , who presented all players with their awards.
Thanks to everyone who took part in making it a wonderful occasion.
Thanks to Balazs Kecskemeti for the photographs, check out his web site for more photos of the day and other junior chess news http://www.logicni.com/news.html