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Week 1,
Term One, 2016

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On the weekend after Scholars' Day in December, Somerset College sent a record three teams to the Australian Inter-school Teams Chess Finals at Melbourne High School to represent Queensland. No other school in Australia has ever achieved this.

Our Junior Girls’ team placed third overall, after starting out very well on day one followed by a very challenging day two. The Open Junior team placed fifth and the Girls' Senior team finished 4th. Year 2 student Melody Yang had an outstanding performance, scoring 4/5 in her first appearance at the Nationals.

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On this same weekend, Senior School student James Kay competed in a Chess tournament held at the Melbourne Chess Club. In round one James played against one of Australia’s leading adult players and held his opponent to a draw. James played every game against higher opponents throughout the tournament, eventually winning his rating group prize on a very impressive 4/6.

Over the last week the Australian Junior Championships have been held in Adelaide. Somerset students Oliver and Melody Yang participated in this event. Oliver won the Australian Lightning Chess Championships for his age, while Melody came second in her division for this competition. She also won the Australian Chess Problem Solving Championships for her age.

The Oka family (Tsukasa, Hikaru and Itsuki) travelled to Auckland to compete in the New Zealand Championships. This was a very tough competition, with all three playing almost exclusively higher-rated (mainly adult) players in every round.

This year, for the first time, there is a Chess-dedicated classroom, which is located above the Knowledge and Information Precinct. This will be used for the free lunch time Chess Club every day. All students from Years 1 to 12, beginners to advanced, are most welcome. Apart from casual chess games, we will have chess coaches available every lunch time to run tournament games and offer advice, with prizes to be awarded at the end of each term.

Important dates for this year:

  • Senior Inter-schools Teams - 24 February, 18 May, 3 August
  • Junior Inter-schools Teams - 9 March, 8 June, 31 August
  • Senior and Junior House Chess - scheduled for Friday 29 July
  • APS Secondary Chess Competition - 7 Friday nights, from 22 April to 3 June

Enrolments for Co-curricular Chess for Junior School students can be completed via the Somerset website.

Co-curricular Chess will not be offered to Senior students this year. Instead, a Senior Chess Club will be held in the new Chess room on Tuesdays from 3.30pm to 5.00pm. This will be again run by Mr Dusan Stojic, who is one of Australia’s top Chess players as well as an excellent coach. It will include ongoing graded tournaments and casual (not formal) tuition.

The first important event for the year, the Gold Coast Tin Cup, will be held at the Helensvale Cultural Centre on the weekend of 7 and 8 February. All students rated 600+ are encouraged to attend.

Captains of Chess for 2016 are James Kay and Anneliese McConnell.

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