With the Inter-School Championships coming up very quickly, there have been a number of Somerset students getting practice in other external events recently.

The Cookies Chess Rapids were held 23 July with Eason Wang finishing =first overall with 5.5/7, and Paul Sang Yum finishing =first in the under 1000 division with 4/7. Oscar Credland-Ballantyne also took part scoring 4/7.

A Junior Rapid was held on the Gold Coast 24 July, which was split into two divisions. In the Novice division, young Taya Liu (pictured) scored 5/8 and picked up a trophy for her efforts. Gorden Hu and Ridhi Potumuthu also took part in their first weekend event. In the Open division, Oscar Credland-Ballantyne and Paul Sang Yum backed up from the day before and were joined by Sanaaya Mapabandara and Harrison Qu with all players doing well.

Taya continued her recent tournament appearances, travelling to Brisbane to take part in a girls only tournament 30 July. In the Beginner division, she scored 4.5/7 to finish in fourth position

In the Gold Coast Chess Clubs Autumn Classic, a number of Somerset students took part. Jared Consiglio-Cockle won the Division A prize with a score of 4.5/7 despite missing the final round. Oscar Credland-Ballantyne scored 4/7 in a good showing, whilst Lyanna Chan returned to regular competitive chess with 3.5/7 and young Harrison Qu scored 3/7.

Upcoming Events

Gold Coast Primary Hinterland – Tuesday 16 August

Gold Coast Secondary Finals – Wednesday 17 August

Cookies Rapids – Saturday 20 August

Fernvale Winter Weekend of Chess

  • One Day Event on Saturday 20 August
  • Two Day Event Sunday 20 and 21 August

Gold Coast Junior Championships

  • Under 8 – Saturday 27 August
  • Under 10 – Sunday 28 August
  • Under 12-18 – Saturday and Sunday

Gold Coast Primary Finals – Thursday 1 September

Don’t  forget to come along to the Friday afternoon club from 3.30 to 5.30pm where we are continually growing our numbers to see a solid turnout every where week students have the chance to continue their chess practice and education.

For any questions about our Chess programme, please contact Andrew FitzPatrick, Somerset Chess Co-ordinator.

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