Chess mates de­scend on Bray

Bray People - - NEWS - El­iz­a­beth DE­LAHUNTY

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.

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