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Irish Universities' Championship 2006

Chris Millar reports on the QUB team's participation in the 2006 Irish Intervarsity Championship

For the first time since the early 1970s, a Queen’s University Belfast team competed in the Irish Universities’ Championship. The competition was held in the Dublin Institute of Technology on Saturday the 1st of April 2006.

The QUB three-man team, which consisted of three first years: Chris Millar, Philip Todd, and James Gill; finished second out of the six competing teams only after losing an extremely well-contested final against a strong Trinity College team with an average rating strength of over 1750.

With the QUB Chess Club only being reformed this year after years of inactivity, the absence of the team’s top board, and the fact that the Belfast side were effectively playing as the away team against primarily Dublin-based opposition, the second-place finish was a very satisfactory result.

After returning to the competition for the first time in over 30 years, the QUB Chess Club aim to put in a bid to host the tournament and provide another strong performance next year.

Final Standings
1st     Trinity College Dublin
2nd    Queen’s University Belfast
3rd     Dublin Institute of Technology “A”
4th     Griffith College Dublin
5th     University of Limerick
6th     Dublin Institute of Technology “B”

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