Successful Malahide Chess Club have been busy in competition
It has been a very busy time for Malahide Chess Club recently with both the club's senior and junior sections competing across the chess board.
The club recently ran a competition for Malahide Primary Schools, sponsored by Malahide & District Union Competing were four teams from Pope John Paul II and three teams from St Andrew's. PJP Lions and St Andrew's Crusaders advanced to the final and an exciting encounter ensued, ending in a 2-2 draw with the St Andrew's team taking the title and lifting the Credit Union Cup.
The St Andrew's team was made up of Evan Watkins, Niall Kearney, Agni Chatterjee and Harry O'Neill while Pope John Paul II were represented by Matthew Coogan, Gianmarco Roselli, Kevin Howard and Darragh Flynn.
Days later, the club fielded six teams, participating in the final rounds of the League and in the Community Games Leinster Finals
It was a success for the club's 1st team, winning the Ennis Shield (div 3). Anto Whalley captained the team with Gerry Buckley, Frank McMahon, Kevin McGrane, Paul Reilly and Paul Taaffe.
The Club's 4th team had already achieved promotion and the team in action on the day was Matt Burke, Tathya Srivastava, Adam Gardiner; Oisín Ó Laighleis Agni Chatterjee and Gerry O'Reilly.
For the Community Games teams it was a trip to Trim. For the u16s it was a fruitless journey, unfortunately. Due to other commitments and sickness, only four of the panel of seven were available. On arrival, they were informed that their semi-finals opponents, Wexford would not be travelling and so were awarded the match. The other semi-final was won by Longford.
Before the final, Longford objected to the participation of the Dublin champions. The CG chess rule 3 stated: 'Teams will consist of five players...' As Malahide had only four, Longford argued that they were not entitled to participate. This objection was upheld by the Chess CG Co-orinator. An appeal was immediately submitted but rejected by the Appeals Committe and so Malahide were disqualified. It was a disappointing for William Hackett, Ethan Lee, James Kavanagh, Matthew Coogan and coach Tom O'Sullivan. The u13 team had the full squad available. They faced Carlow in the semi-final and a tough encounter ensued, ending in a 2-2 draw. Luck was on Malahide's side as they were awarded the match on tie-break.
Meath champions were the opponents in the final. Very quickly, the Dublin champions took control, eventually emerging 4-1 victors. This was the 4th successive Leinster title. Captain Gianmarco Roselli, who went through the Dublin and all Leinster stages unbeaten, was ably assisted by Darragh Flynn, Darragh Whitney, Niall Kearney, Dimitar Stoyanov, Maxence Frangiere and James Kelly.