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    A lot has been happening over the Christmas break and Rathmines Juniors have been very busy.

    Well done to Cillian Scallan who won his section  of the Leinster Chess Unions Christmas Blitz in December.

    The Leinster Junior Championships took place in Bray with a large group of players from Rathmines taking part.

    In the u10’s Zhengzun Wang came 2nd with Andrew and Liam joint 5th, James Prenderville scored 3.5, Yubo Wang 3 and Eric Wang 2.

    Great result for Utkarash Gupta 2nd in under 11’s and to Sanjay Menon, Cillian Scallan and Yubo Wang joint 3rd.

    Andrew He and Liam Hunter finished on 4pts each and Jack McIntyre and Eric Wang finished on 2.5 points each in this very strong competition

    Sanjay, Andrew , Eoin Hunter, Utkarash and Cillian came joint 3rd in the u12’s

    In the u14’s Matthew Gallagher came 4th, Sean Hunter, Eoin Hunter and Ciara Scallan finished on 3pts, making Ciara the top scoring girl u14. While Cillian Scallan scored 2 in this section.

    This year’s Mick Germaine Cup competition,  took place on 12th December in the Ierne Sports and Social Club in Drumcondra, home of the Elm Mount Chess club. The event is for teams of junior players under 16 years of age and rated below 900 or unrated.


    The victorious Rathminors pictured left. Cillian Scallan, Ciara Scallan Captain, Sanjay Menon, Utkarash Gupta

    19 teams of 4 from both chess clubs and schools took part in the 6 round competition. The outright winners, by a margin of 4.5 points, were “Rathminors”. Sanjay Menon, was the team’s highest individual scorer with a 6 wins from six games. The other three team members (Cillian Scallan, Ciara Scallan and Utkarsh Gupta also achieved impressive individual scores of 5.5, 5 and 5 respectively). The only other player in the event with a perfect score of 6 from 6 was Sam Kelly of the Malahide Majors team.

    The Malahide Maurarders and Maestros finished second and third respectively while a third Malahide team, the Majors were joint 4th with the Monkstown Rooks team.

    Fantastic results from all the Rathmines players across the many competitions over the Christmas period.



  • Awards

    The Fide rated 9 round Galway Rapid Play took place on Saturday 14th June. Fiachra Scallan won the top junior prize , scoring wins against Oisin Murphy and Ciaran Quinn to finish on a score of 5.5 losing only to a player rated 2358 and 1988, a brilliant performance from Fiachra in the run up to theinternational team events in the summer. Well done Fiachra.

    Fiachra wins Top Junior Galway Rapid 2014

    Rathmines Junior Chess Club had their end of term celebrations on Wednesday night. There was much to celebrate, the Rising Star teams win in ALSAA recently….pictured, Melina, Nedas, Iliona, Gerry and Cathal…  RisingStars2014o'connellrunnerupand the O’Connell Cup team of Stephen,Ciara,Alex, Eoin and Cillian who came 2nd, pictured being presented with their trophies by Gerry O’Connell.

    TuesdayChessClub The younger players from the Club had their prize giving on Tuesday night.

    Medal winners are pictured above enjoying a simultaneous match. All have improved greatly over the past few months. Lysander, Theo and James took part in Alex Baburins tournament last Saturday scoring a very impressive 2.5, 3 and 4 points.  James won a board prize in the recent Rising Stars Tournament scoring 6/6

    rising stars 2014 018 Sanjay, who was not able to join us on Tuesday night, is pictured here playing in the Rising Stars Competition where he scored well on board 1 for the Rathmines Team,rising stars 2014 teamand Ethan, playing in the Rising Stars for Rathmines Team