The Irish Juniors are being held in the Talbot Hotel in Stillorgan this year; entry has recently opened on the ICU website. This is a great tournament for experienced players and beginners alike and well worth considering!
The team blitz tournament was hugely popular last year, and it’s back on the calendar this year; it’s on 3rd March in the Talbot after the junior coaching session. We’ll enter a team in this again if there’s interest, with rating deciding places if there’s more than 4 interested. If you are interested, just post here or ask up the club.
It’s been a busy week since our last update, with all bar one of our eight league teams in action.
The first week back after the Christmas break saw five of our teams in action, and they came away with four wins, with the main board prize chasers all still in the hunt.
Both the Ennis and the Bodley South A have travelled to Kildare for league action today. The Bodley A are facing North Kildare, while the Ennis are in live action against relegation battlers Curragh. They’ll be looking for a repeat of the 5-1 win with which they rounded off 2018, and which would lift them to second place in the Ennis table with five rounds to go. You can watch the live action here (view “Club Night”, not “Ennis Shield”)
The first tournament of the new year – the Leinster Juniors – produced the same outcome as in previous years; Ryan, Kavin and Zhengjun were runner-up in the U10s, U12s and U14s, bringing the club’s streak of runner-up spots to eleven since we last had a Leinster Junior Champion.
There was a huge turnout for the first blitz grand prix of the new year, and although the winner was, not surprisingly, one of the two senior Irish internationals playing in the tournament, at the end of the evening, each of the 33 players is in joint first in the standings.
A reminder to all that the club is back open tomorrow (the 9th) with the first round of our 2019 blitz grand prix. We’ll be starting at the usual time of 8ish, with the final round (round 6) over before 10.