Chess is one of the most popular activities in our school and we are lucky to have the services of Alexander Babourin and his son.

Classes take place every Wednesday from 12.45pm – 1.45pm for 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Forms and on Thursday at 2.30pm – 3.30pm for 6th Form.

Parents are also involved with the chess team, who have  been very successful at many competitions.

2014-2015: A Year Of Great Success in Chess at St. Mary’s

In recent years, chess has been growing in popularity in St. Mary’s Junior School. Ireland’s only Grandmaster, Alexander Baburin, runs a weekly chess session, where students from all class years attend. A hive of activity, attendees of the chess session – from beginners to more advanced players – get to improve their chess skills and compete in a friendly atmosphere. From the many talented players within the school, several were selected to represent St. Mary’s in external competitions over the last year, with some notable successes as indicated below.

On 2nd February 2015, St. Mary’s Chess team managed to beat off some stiff competition from 5 other schools around Dublin (St. Conleths, CBC Monkstown, Rathgar Junior School, St. Andrew’s Booterstown and Willow Park) to win the Association for Independent Junior Schools (AIJS) Chess tournament. The boys were particularly pleased at beating their rugby rivals, Willow Park, whom finished a close second. All 4 boys whom participated played exceptionally well. Photo shows (left to right): Sahir Mangat (6th Class), Matthew Gallagher (4th Class), Peter O’Beirne (5th Class) and Luke Egan (5th Class).

This is St. Mary’s second victory in the AIJS Tournament, having won two years ago, both times the only occasions in which the school has entered.

St. Mary’s Chess Team, represented by (left to right) Stephen Lee, Luke Egan, Sahir Mangat and Matthew Gallagher, fought off very stiff competition from 30 teams around Ireland to take 2nd place in the all-Ireland Chess for All Invitational Tournament which took place on 4th April 2015. Other members of the Chess Team include Peter O’Beirne, Samuel Czerniak and Daire Cassidy.

Throughout the year, the St. Mary’s Chess Team participated in the Leinster Schools Chess Association – Primary Division competition, having been invited to play in the premier league on the basis of a very strong finish in 2013-2014. They continued their great work, playing 9 very competitive games against schools all over Leinster (including St. Conleth’s, St. Mary’s Haddington Road, Castlepark Dalkey amongst others), and finishing 5th overall.

Overall, a fantastic year of progress for chess at St. Mary’s and long may it continue!