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After the Féile…

Tournament Review

We hope you and your students found the Féile Ficheall Tournament to be an enjoyable and rewarding experience. In the days following the tournament, the Ficheall Coordinator from each school will receive the tournament results file, together with the tournament review document and feedback form, both of which are available on this page.

Results Files: It is each teacher’s decision whether to share the tournament results with your students or not. If you are sharing the results the yellow ‘Reviewing Tournament with you Students’ provides best practice guidelines on sharing results with students if you choose to do so.

Tournament Format & Rules

Schools are welcome to enter up to four chess teams into a Féile Fichille if they wish. Teams can be entered into the following sections:


Class Level


5th & 6th Class

Budding Masters (Buds)

4th class and younger ensure there is an experienced chess arbiter at each tournament. The chess arbiter uses the Swiss Perfect computer program which ensures that players play others of a similar playing level to them. tournaments typically start at 9.30am and finish at 2pm. This time includes two chess matches followed by a short break, and then two more matches before lunch. The remaining two matches are played after lunch and time is also set aside at the end of the day for group photos and presentation of a Certificate of Participation to each school.

Chess games typically last for 20 minutes. If checkmate is not achieved after 20 minutes then the chess value system is used to decide on a result. A player is deemed to have won if the player has pieces of a value that is 3 points or more greater than their opponent. A difference of 2, 1 or 0 points is deemed a draw.

For more information on tournament rules and protocols download the document below: Tournament Rules and Guidelines 2022 -23

In keeping with the non-competitive nature of events, no results are posted on the day of the tournament. It’s all about children enjoying chess!

Each school is presented with a certificate on the day of the tournament. Teachers are invited to print these certificates of participation and give them to the students.

We do, however, provide team results to the school chess teacher for analysis. For information and guidance on reviewing results with your chess team see the following document: Tournament Review with Students