Joe Browne Cup 2015 Results

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As often happens in these tournaments the top seeds were overtaken by those lurking behind them.

Joe Browne Cup winner Diarmuid Reidy being presented with the cup by Joe Browne.

Diarmuid finished on 5.5 out of 6.

Runner up Jonathan Kiely (5 out of 6) receiving his prize from Joe Browne.

Aaron Daly came clear third with 4.5 out of 6. Remarkably there were no ties for the top places.

The grading prize was won by Neal Kirby who came joint 4th on 4 points.

Joe Browne, who is now 88, is a legend of Cork Chess who worked over decades to develop schoolboy chess. Despite failing sight Joe still plays regularly in Cork Chess Club and the Cork Congress. This must surely make him the oldest active chess player in the country.

Joe also acted as Treasurer for the newly formed Munster Chess Union back in the nineteen eighties when the North and South Munster Chess Asociations amalgamated.

Joe reminded me that he did in fact set up the original Joe Browne Cup for under 12 schools chess in Cork decades ago. Nevertheless it seems appropriate to name our new trophy, for those who don't yet qualify for the Munster Championship proper, after a man who has done much to encourage lower rated players over the years.