14 players from Rathmines Juniors headed down to Shannon to play in the Irish Junior Chess Championships. Rathmines Ennis player Scott Mulligan and BEA team members Michael Higgins, Fiachra Scallan, Eoghan Turner, Liam Coman and Oscar Twomey took part. Also Alex Mulligan, Dierdre Turner, Ciara Scallan, Cillian Scallan, Stephen Higgins, Nikita Koush, Sean Hunter and Leo Norris all members of the junior club, battled it out over six very tough rounds from April 5th to 7th.
In the u12’s Michael Higgins was the clear winner on 5.5pts. Fiachra Scallan finished in joint 3rd with 4.5pts on the leaderboard. Dierdre Turner was the top scoring Girl on 3.5
In u10’s Eoghan Turner was placed third just half a point behind the joint winners. Stephen Higgins also finished on 4.5pts Alex Mulligan finished on 4pts and Ciara Scallan was the top scoring girl on 4pts. Nikita Koush and Sean Hunter also scored 3.5. Leo Norris scored an impressive 2 points in his first ever weekend tournament,
The u14’s was won outright on 6/6 by Conor O’Donnell(Gonzaga). Scott Mulligan scored 3.5 and Liam Coman and Oscar Twomey scored 3pts.
Cillian Scallan represented Rathmines in the u8’s and scored 3points
The previous weekend many of the same players took part in the CHESS FOR ALL, the biggest ever one day junior chess event to take place in Ireland. Over 400 players took part. Rathmines were again very well represented. The sections were divided into 3rd Class primary school players, in which Luke Rock received a merit award. In the 4th Class section Sean Hunter came 1st, Henry Li, 2nd, Eoghan Turner 3rd. In the 5th Class section Fiachra Scallan came third and in the 6th class section Michael Higgins came 1st.
Congratulations to all.
Maura and James can be rightly proud of the achievements of the Juniors.