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Ennis to host national chess championships

The 2010 All–Ireland Junior Chess Championships will be held in Ennis, over a three-day period, from Friday, April 9 until Sunday, April 11. The championships will be staged in the Auburn Lodge Hotel and are organised by the Irish Chess Union. The event has never before been held in Clare.
Children from as young as five up to 19 will be travelling from all parts of Ireland to compete at the event, with each aiming for a national title.
Last year, the tournament was held in Kilkenny, where Clare secured one All-Ireland title. Hiram Wood-Hennessy from Carrigaholt finished joint first in the U-10 age group.
This year, the Kilkenny cats want to make an impression in Clare and they are determined to take home a title or two.
So far, there are bookings from Derry, Donegal, Kilkenny and Dublin, as well as a large entry from the local chess community.
Great chess is expected and the Clare chess community is also planning to showcase many of the other talents that the county has to offer, such as music, dancing and singing.
Kate Purcell will present a selection of Clare’s finest musicians and singers at a variety show on the Saturday night after the second day of the event.
The championship will be held over three days, with one game on Friday night, two or three on the Saturday and more on Sunday, followed by the prize-giving.
The rules and regulations governing the championships will be the same for all age groups, while parents will only be allowed into the room where U-6s to U-10s are playing, to help the children go to their places.
More details can be obtained from www.icu.ie/icu/junior or from Connie Danaher at 087 9777011 or connie.clarechess@gmail.com.

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