Chess can be seen as a mental sport or an exercise in critical thinking, a science but it can also be regarded as an artform, with every game being a unique creation where the players create something that is distinctive and often elegant and sublime.

The board is the chessplayer's loom on which they weave their creativity and express their personality and emotions. Great chess games are breathtaking works of art where beauty is found in the elegance of a perfect and inescapable solution to a complex problem.

St Patrick's have had a long tradition of promoting chess in the school starting back in the 1970's and continuing on to the present day.

Our boys are introduced to chess in junior and senior infants through our peer tutoring program which sees boys from the older classes teaching the fundamentals to their younger schoolmates

Over their years in St Patrick's pupils will have access to chess activities both in their classroom and after school at the school chess club. This year, due to Covid restrictions, we are running an online chess club using the site .

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