Tuesday 18 June 2019

Chess club honours champion John

Cathy Lee

There was great celebrations in Gorey Chess Club recently to recognise the success of John Lacy who won first place at the Leinster Junior Chess Championship.

Chairperson of the club Seamus Halpenny said: 'The club wish to congratulate John. He is a full former Irish international player and is still playing attacking, spectacular and exciting chess'.

During the championship John played a gruelling six round contest, which had 144 games and started with a field of 52 players.

John came out on top, with Sarthak Bathla of Trinity College Dublin and Andrew Finnerty from Galway, coming in second and third place.

He scored 5/6, which means four wins and two draws.

In recent years during exhibition matches at Gorey Chess Club John achieved draws against Stephen Brady and Sam Collins, both of whom have been Irish champions.

John is also the current Gorey Chess Club champion, having also been champion in 2014.

'John has had a well deserved success and all his friends at the club are delighted and proud of his great achievement,' said Seamus.

Gorey Chess Club meets every Monday at 8 p.m. in the Loch Garman Arms Hotel, and caters for beginners all the way to champions like John.

They play in the front lounge and all are welcome to come along and have a go or just to get some further details about the club.

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