Wexford CHESS Jnr. champ. 2013
Wexford ChessWhat a great day’s chess we had at today’s Wexford Chess Primary School Competition in New Ross. Almost 100 children, ranging in age from 7 to 12, turned up to do battle, a cerebral battle of wits and guile featuring cunning openings, strategic middles and ruthless end-games! The standard was sky-high at the top end of the field with lots of sustained smart play. In general the competitive environment led to a raising of standards at all levels. Are we witnessing something of a chess revolution in Wexford!
The overall winner was 12 year old Vaitaute Saudargas (New Ross CBS) on 6.5 out a possible 7 points; 2nd was Dylan Foley (8) from Clonegal; in third was Michael Kennedy (12) of Gorey CBS. Best overall school was Gorey CBS.
Here are the results by age category:
U-13: 1st Barry Kenny (Gorey CBS), 2nd Sean Callaghan (Gorey CBS), 3rd (joint) Sean Donovan (Our Ladies Island and Wexford Chess Club), Ciaran Fox (Crossabeg) and Áine O'Leary (Mercy, Wexford).
U-12: 1st Andrew McKiernan (Gorey CBS), 2nd Evan Byrne (Gorey CBS), 3rd John Hennessy (Piercestown). Claudia Faraon of Mercy, Wexford and Crossabeg's Sadhbh Quinn were 1/2 point behind in joint 4th.
U-11: 1st Lucas Stan (Rathangan, another regular at the Wexford Club), 2nd Ronan Griffin (Piercestown), 3rd (joint) Kelvin Perkin (New Ross CBS) and Rory Tubritt (Gorey CBS).
U-10: 1st David Remenyik (Gorey ET), 2nd Ovidijius Saudargas (New Ross CBS), 3rd (joint) Ryan Callaghan (Gorey CBS), Adam Sinnott (Gorey ET), James Cleary (Gorey CBS). Wexford Chess member Matthew Molloy was just 1/2 point behind these.
U-9: 1st Mark Hennessy (Piercestown), 2nd Cormac Downey (Gorey CBS), 3rd Andy Yu (Gorey CBS). Wexford Towns’ Mark Kavanagh and Sinead O’Reilly were 4th and 5th respectively.
U-8: 1st Daniel Foley (Clonegal), 2nd Finn O’Gara (Gorey CBS), 3rd Angelo Miranda (Gorey CBS).
U-7: 1st Daniel Stepanek (Michael St.).
Well done to our other Wexford Chess Club members Laura and Aaron Neville, the two Mercy Wexford girls Ella Kavanagh and Shona Cuddihy, and to everyone who took part in this very worthwhile and enjoyable event. The fact that the day finished with an impromptu singing and comedic performance added, in no small way, to turning the whole thing into a social as much as a competitive success. There were even calls that this event become a monthly rather than an annual event – definitely a revolution brewing!