After eight exciting weeks, the Scoil Thomáis Chess Tournament ended with an outstanding final between Arnas Birbalas and Patrick Langan. For both players it was an amazing achievement to reach the final as the number of entrants was higher than ever before. The match itself was intense but, after some canny thinking and great moves, Arnas emerged the winner and received the tournament trophy. Each of the year group finalists were presented with medals for their hard work. All winners from each year participated in a master class with chess master and teacher, Úna O’Boyle. Thanks to teachers Ms Steen and Ms Farragher and to students Michelle Pemberton, Conor Martin and Fiachra Barry for putting so much time into organising and overseeing the event. Congratulations to everyone who participated and we look forward to next year’s tournament.
~ written by Michelle Pemberton