Sunday 17 December 2017

Top chess talent make killer moves

By David Looby

Katrina Rosca from Wexford.
Katrina Rosca from Wexford.
Darragh Dreelan from New Ross.
Evelyn and Dearbhla Long from Ballykelly.
Alicia McKiernan from Wexford.
Connell Molloy from Gorey.
Daniel Delaney from Ballykelly.
TJ Morrissey and Thierry Travers from Gorey.
Sam Norville from Piercestown.
Niall Hamilton and Joe Mernagh from Piercestown.
Anna Moody from Ballymurrin.
Krystian Sikorski from New Ross.

The annual County Wexford Primary Schools Spring Chess Competition drew young chess players into a battle of wits and strategy against one another at the Brandon House Hotel, New Ross.

This was the second of the year's primary schools chess competitions and competition was intense.

The overall winner on this occasion, going one better than he did back in January, was Rosslare's Maurycy Kryzmanowski on six and a half points.

In second place, on the same number of points, was David Saudergas. A half point back, and sharing the bronze medal position, were Craig Delaney and Andy Wu.

There were some very worthy winners in each of the age categories from young Gearoid Howlett (under-7) up to Kevin Reck (under-14).

Giving some credence to the fact that a talent for the game may run in families were Maurycy's brother Szymon, victorious in the u11 category, and Ovidijus Saudergas, brother of David, first u13.

The next event on the calendar for the best players is the 2016 Irish Junior Chess Championship (from under-10 to under-19) in Dublin, running from April 1 to April 3.

The New Ross CBS Primary Chess team once again won the Best School Award at the County Wexford Chess Championships organised by Wexford Chess. The event attracted entries from 12 schools from all parts of County Wexford.

The CBS team garnered a total of six medals across all age groups. The medal winners included: Deivis Saudargas (overall silver medal); Ovidijus Saudargas (under-13 Gold); Craig Delaney (under-13 Bronze), Krystian Sikorski (under-10 Silver); Daragh Dreelin (under-9 Bronze) and Johann Shawn (under-8 Silver).

The CBS team had three players all vying for top spot come the last match of the day - Deivis and Ovidijus Saudargas who are cousins and Craig Delaney. Chess coach Victor Furness expressed his pride and delight with the performance.

Wexford People

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