After years of following and reporting on different St. Conleth’s sports teams on a variety of courts, pitches and tracks, we can honestly say that our most intensely competitive and ambitious athletes are those who play their game on the smallest of fields: 64 black and white squares, to be exact! Yes, the boys and girls apply their checks, captures and threats with a measured aggression which is a wonder to behold. Our Junior chess players are threatening to make their chosen pursuit rival debating as the quintessential Conlethian activity: Our current Junior School “A” team (reigning Chess-For-All All-Ireland champions) are a just half point off top spot in the Premier League after taking an impressive 10 points out of a possible 12 after 3 fixtures. The “B” team have been much busier, and are absolutely flying it! They are out on their own at the top of the table with only 2 points dropped out of their first five fixtures. We may well have two teams in the Premier Division next year. There is also a healthy supply of younger up and coming chess players in the Junior School. Twenty of our pupils played friendly matches against St. Lawrence’s from Crookstown recently with the visiting coach clearly very impressed with the ability of our players, with a First Former managing 5 wins out of 6 games! And après match? Everyone celebrates together as friends, thanks in part to Mr. K and the Tuck Shoppe!
No-one is more thrilled by this news than Ms. NiAonghusa and Leni Adanov, our Senior School Chess Moderator and Coach. Leni famously won the St. Conleth’s Senior Chess Trophy while still in First Year and now is helping to guide Ms. NiAonghusa’s teams to glory. They have campaigned well in the toughest section of the Leinster League, even taking 1 1/2 points from Gonzaga. It is no wonder, considering that our team members have emerged from the intense selection competition of the cauldron-like Tuesday Lunchtime Chess Club!