Chess mates descend on Bray
THE Leinster Chess Union League Final was held in Bray for the first time last weekend with competitors meeting in the Esplanade Hotel to decide the winners of all six divisions in the league.
The league begins in September every year and lasts until March. Bray had teams in each division this year and all survived the competition but one team in division four. The competition started at ten in the morning, lasting all day, with the divisions two, four and six being played first, and followed by divisions one, three and six.
Each division contained twelve teams and there were eleven matches in each round so each team got to play all. In the Armstrong Cup; the first division of the league, it was an exhilarating round as Elm Mount triumphed over Kilkenny, with a mere 57 points to 56 .
The last matches were crucial as Kilkenny defeated Dublin Universi- ty 7-1, while Elm Mount beat St. Benildus 6-2. It was close, with only half a point in the difference, but Elm Mount came out as the new owners of the infamous Armstrong Cup, which was first presented in the 1888-1889 league, therefore making it one of the oldest sporting competitions in Ireland.
Patrick Quill and Conor O’Donnell from the Bray and Greystones Chess team competing in the BEA League.
Lucas Nowicki looks for inspiration.