Gorey Xmas Rapid 2017!

Gorey Xmas Rapid 2017! Starts 7pm sharp, Monday December 18, Loch Garman Arms Hotel, Gorey. All welcome, and a night of fun chess for all strengths is guaranteed. Entries beforehand to Seamus Halpenny at 0873699824. Donation to charity on the night welcomed in lieu of entry fee.

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Sam Collins Simultaneous Exhibition

International Master Sam Collins played a charity simultaneous exhibition in Gorey Chess Club on Saturday, September 7, 2013. The venue was packed to capacity with over 40 players at the boards to start off and a queue of 5 more waiting to play. This massive turnout was due in no small way to Seamus Halpenny’s tireless promoting of the event! In a long afternoon of chess, Sam conceded only 6 draws and was never in any trouble on any board. The 'best game by a junior' prize was awarded to Ross Beatty of St. Benildus who held Sam to a very comfortable draw, while the 'best game overall' was awarded to Gorey player John Lacey who startled Sam with an inspired defence in a seemingly hopeless position. Big, heartfelt thanks to Sam who gave freely of his time and was rewarded by being 2 hours late for the wedding he was due to attend later that day (not his own, we hasten to add!).

Book Donation from Brendan Lillis

Gorey chess club member Brendan Lillis very kindly donated 60-odd of his chess books to the Gorey chess club. These will available in the club on Monday nights and should be a help to anyone who’s trying to improve their game (which means all of us!).

Mind Game Olympics for Kids

The Gorey Club Trainer, Manuel Gardenes, ran a novel “Mind Games Olympics” camp for children in the last week of July. A dozen youngsters took part and had a fun week learning a variety of strategy games including Chess, Go and Chinese Checkers. Not only did the kids have a fun week, they also learned how to think strategically and how to take decisions all on their own. Hopefully Manuel will run this camp again next summer.