Monday, 9 June 2014

Chess tournament

Today we travelled to Killeshandra to play in the last round of the chess tournament.
Everyone played  very well and enjoyed the challenge.
We met Siobhan as well so we were very pleased about that!
The boys and girls in Scoil Bhride were very friendly and the principal, Ms. Flynn gave drinks and biscuits to all.
Many thanks to Tony for all the organising involved!

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Final chess class

Yesterday was the last chess class for the year.
Tony explained the "en passant" rule, where a pawn can be captured by another pawn, but only under certain circumstances. Go over the moves that he showed so that you can either recognise when an opponent uses it against you, or so that you can play it yourself.
Chess team, remember that we are going to Killeshandra next Monday.
Get lots of practice before then!

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Chess Tournament

Yesterday we played pupils from Belturbet Boys School.
Tony organised the tournament and kept scores.
The boys and girls enjoyed the challenge and were very friendly towards our visitors.
Ms. White gave drinks and biscuits to all the children.
We will be playing against Killeshandra N.S shortly!

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

This is our chess team who represented us so well in the Community Games competition during the Easter holidays.
The games were played in Mullahoran N.S.
We didn't get through to the next round but the boys and girls played very well and have done the school proud.

Monday, 31 March 2014

endgame practice

Here is a website that allows you to practice different strategies.
Look at all the options it offers.
The link brings you to its section on endgames.
You can try as many times as it takes to beat the computer!

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Game on!

Set up this game at home. Think about possible moves and threats for both sides.
How could either side develop their game?
Spend some time analysing it before you play.
Black could check white in 1 move, but is it worth playing?

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Think about......

We will be looking at this game on Thursday at lunchtime if it is dry.
  • What moves and captures can the bishop make?
  • What moves and captures can the rook make? 

The next game focuses on endgame strategies.
How can you make sure it doesn't end in stalemate?

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Calling all our chess nuts!

Tomorrow and every Friday lunchtime (as long as it is dry), the chess club can come to Ms.Wynne's room to practice and to study moves.
See you then!

Wednesday, 19 February 2014


Tony has listed a number of strategies to open a game well.
Practice these and try to remember them in your games, we will be playing a tournament soon!

  • attack the centre
  • develop your pieces
  • castle early
  • knights before bishop
  • protect the king
  • don't move the same pawn twice
  • move pieces, not pawns
  • don't bring out the queen too early
Middlegame guidelines:
  • seize the initiative
  • block opponents bishops
  • place rooks on open files
  • avoid double pawns
  • use your tactics
  • remember pins, skewers and forks
  • observe the pawn structure
  • expose weaknesses
This is the game you were playing in class this week:
White                      Black
e4                           e5
Nf3                        Nc6
Bc4                        Nf6

Tony wants to see how you can develop this game for next week.