Rathmines host Ashbourne and Shankhill in Friendly team challenge

We had a great turnout on Saturday 3rd Of November, 36 juniors from Rathmines, Ashbourne and Shankhill junior clubs got together in KBC for the team challenge. Because of the uneven number of players for the various teams we played a two round jamboree with the stronger players paired against each other. Some players from Rathmnes, Ashbourne and Shankhill were playing in their first ever team event. Event was won by a very impressive Ashbourne team.

Top scorers on the day with 2 out of 2 were Eoghan Turner (Rathmines), Isaac Moore, Bijin Babu (Ashbourne) and Joseph Greevey(Shankhill)
Followed by Matthew Gallagher (Rathmines), Jim O’Reilly, Ross Beatty(Shankhill) and Kevin Dat Conay (Ashbourne) on 1.5 out of 2. On board 1 for Rathmines Fiachra drew with Ross Beatty(Shankhill) and Piotr Baczkoski(Ashbourne) in two very tense long games. Newcomer to Rathmines, Sergiu Glingeanu, won his first game for the club against Jose Devano but was beaten by one of Ashbournes top players  Jonathon Tsang. Thanks to Stefan and Lukasz for bringing so many enthusiastic players along for a great day,
Pictures to follow

Message from Stefan

Hi folks,First of all, I would like to say a large thank you to Maura Osborne and all the members at Rathmines Chess Club for making us so very welcome yesterday. It was good to see many well known faces once again.  And a thank you to Shankhill Chess Club for contributing as well. All the children who played in the event seemed to have enjoyed themselves hugely. There may be some pictures placed on the Rathmines Junior Chess Club website. For the record, Ashbourne won with 14 points with Rathmines having 12 points, so well done to our team. Everybody seemed to have contributed points to the overall total, with Isaac & Bejin having 2 points, and Kevin Dat on 1 1/2.
There were some cracking matches all round. On our side, Adam Murphy played a great game against Eoghan Turner, losing a tremendous battle; Jonathan Tsang was edged out by Liam Coman and Piotr found Nikita Koush was continuing his winning form from Drogheda. The second round saw Eoghan Turner complete a double win over Ashbourne players by beating Rachel Hue, Bejin continued his fine performance by overcoming young Cillian Scallan after a difficult opening phase, whilst Piotr had to contend with bigger brother, Fiachra Scallan. This was a high class match which was eventually drawn and a tremendous result for Piotr. Fiachra recently represented Ireland in the home internationals, and last month tied for first in the Galway Congress beating higher rated adults on the way.

As an indication of where we are in playing strength, it was very useful, but being realistic, both Rathmines and Shankhill combined a mixture of good players with inexperienced players, and it will take some time before we can compete on their level. We send our best wishes to Matthew Gallagher from Rathmines who will represent Ireland in the World Junior Championships in Slovenia this week. Once again, a huge thank you to all involved.

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