ALEXANDER Baburin, Russian-Irish international grandmaster of chess, paid a recent visit to Sallins to meet young chess players.
Sallins Chess Club is a newly formed club and Alexander came along to give a talk and impart some of his wisdom to the young members.
46 year old Alexander, from Nizhy Novgorod in Russia, has lived in Dublin since 1993. He became Irish Champion in 2008, the first year in which he entered the competition.
Mr. Baburin is also the editor of “Chess Today”, a chess newspaper distributed via email.
The Chess Club meets every Wednesday in the Sallins Community Hall from 7.15pm until about 8.30pm and the Club is open to school-aged children. Alexander’s talk was met with great concentration and questions from the children as he demonstrated important strategies they could use in future chess games.
He also spoke about the history of chess, demonstrated the moves of some famous chess players as well as recounting games and constantly kept the children on their toes by asking questions as to what they would do in match situations.
- Paul O’Meara