Well done to Cillian Scallan who won Alex Baburins Challanger Section on March 1st
This year’s Mick Germaine Cup competition took place on Saturday 11th October in the Ierne Sports and Social club, home of the Elm Mount Chess club. The competition is for teams of junior players rated under 900 or unrated and is open to both club and school teams.
This year’s event had a record entry of 20 teams involving 95 players some of whom were as young as five or 6 years old and were making their debuts in a competitive tournament.
The cup was won by the Enniscorthy Kings on an unbeaten score of 19/24 points over 6 rounds of matches from Rathmines Kings in the runners up spot on 16.5 points. 4 teams finished on 14 points with Blanchardstown finishing third and the Enniscorthy Knights securing 4th place on tie break from Shankill and St Catherines National School. The final standings are set out below. A number of school based teams competed for the first time in the event (Belgrove Boys, the North Dublin National School Project, and Our Ladies College, Greenhills). Another notable feature of this year’s competition was a welcome increase in the numbers of girls playing in the event.
Four players achieved a perfect score of 6/6 for their teams Mercedes Plaza Reino (Enniscorthy Kings), Cillian Scallan (Rathmines Kings), Vinajak Unitham (Rathoath), and Andrew Whyte (St Catherines National School).
Standings Team Total Points 1 Enniscorthy Kings 19 2 Rathmines kings 16.5 3 Blanchardstows 14 4 Enniscorthy Knights 14 5 Shankill 14 6 St Catherines 14 7 Rathmines knights 13.5 8 Rathmines Bishops 13 9 Skerries 13 10 Ratoath 13 11 Checkmates 11.5 12 Navan 11.5 13 Meath Girls 11.5 14 Ballinasloe 11.5 15 Our Lady's College Greenhills 11 16 NDNSP Kings 11 17 Belgrove Knights 9.5 18 Belgrove Boys School 9 19 NDNSP Knights 7.5 20 Elm Mount Knights 4