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Celebration time or Enniscorthy Chess Club 02/05/15

| May 2, 2015

Enniscorthy Chess Club celebrated their victorious season in both Division Six & Seven of the Leinster Chess Union Leagues by collecting the title trophies on Sunday 19th April, in the Teachers Club in Dublin, where the final round of the leagues took place.

Coached by Darko Polimac, the teams who range in age from ten to eighteen battled their way against opposition aged eight to ninety and were unbeaten in each round to take the coveted titles.

It was the second year the club entered the Bodley Division Six. In their inaugural year they came third, this year they were determined that the title would be theirs.  Their first game, in September, started with a 4-1 victory against Elm Mount, from there over eleven rounds they amassed an incredible 46.5 points out of a possible 55, a clear 9 points ahead of their nearest rivals St Benildus. The team comprised of Dovydas Pocevicius, Agustin Plaza Reino, Joshua Redmond, Robbie Kildea, Mercedes Plaza Reino and Dean Copeland who subbed up from the O’Sullivan Division 7 team.  Dovydas, Joshua, Robbie and Mercedes were also awarded a board prize, an accomplished trophy awarded for exceptional individual performance, only seven of which were awarded in this division.

Division Seven, The O’Sullivan was revived this year due to the increased demand for entry to the Leagues.  It consisted of eight rounds and the team, which comprised of Dean Copeland, Dylan Nolan, Will Sidney, Adam Copeland, Mateo Plaza Reino and Leire Plaza Reino scored an amazing 31.5 out of a possible 40. Dean, Mateo and Adam the top points scorer in the division, were also awarded Board prizes for their exceptional individual performances.

There was little surprise but much admiration last weekend amongst the Irish chess community, Enniscorthy are now, without a doubt, regarded as one of the most formidable junior clubs in the Country. With promotion to division five and six confirmed the club is now hoping to enter a new team into division seven of the leagues in September.

The club would like to especially thank their sponsor Alcast Co Ltd Enniscorthy and also the IFA centre for their continued support.


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