Leinster Championships 2008
The annual Leinster Chess Championships took place just after Christmas in
Wynn’s Hotel Dublin. 66 players took part in the event. 17 year old David
Fitzsimons followed up his win in the City of Dublin Championships the by
winning the Masters Section of the Leinster Championships outright with a
score of 4˝/6 just ahead of IM Gavin Wall who finished as runner up on
4/6. Tony Fox finished in third place on 3˝/6. The Majors Section was won
outright by Stephen Moran on a score of 4˝/6. Stephen's final point was
secured with a win over Semyon Mkrtchyan in round 6 with just 24 seconds
left on his clock ! There was a 4 way tie for 2nd - 5th place in the Majors
with Tim McCarthy, Semyon, Marian Hotak and Liam Porter all finishing on
4/6. The Challengers Section was also keenly fought with three players
finishing on 4˝/6. Andrew Rodger finished first on tie break from Pat
Coleman and Niall Whelan. Brendan Cuffe and Sean MacGowan finished 1st and
second respectively in the Juniors Section, with Niall Mooney and Daniel
Hurley in joint third. The winner of the Novices event was Wicklow Chess
Club's Jake Maguire. Independent Dublin City Councillor, Maureen O’
Sullivan presented the prizes at the event.
Above, Councillor Maureen O'Sullivan presenting the prizes to (clockwise
from top left) David Fitzsimons (Masters), Stephen Moran (Majors),
Andrew Rodger (Challengers) and Brendan Cuffe (Juniors).
Below, Rory Delaney (right) with Jake Maguire, winner of the Novices.