Somerset convincingly won the first High Schools Teams Chess tournament in 2018, held in the Great Hall. Somerset Team 2 won silver, with Kings’ Christian College third on count back.
Oliver Yang and Kabilan Manuneedhi won all seven games, and shared first place. Unusually, they also had exactly the same tie break, so two individual gold medals were awarded. Kevin Song finished on 6.5, winning six and only drawing one game, to finish in outright third place. Byron Morris, also part of the winning team, finished on 5.
Other notable individual results included Charlie Liu, Ben Atia, Lyanna Chan and Jason Li, all on 5/7 and tied for fourth place. In B Division, Somerset Team 8 won the bronze medal: Kei Naito (5/7), Harrison Newing (4.5/7), Jonathan Wang (4/7) and James Bindra (3.5/7).
Congratulations to these Somerset players on outstanding rating increases:
Byron Morris +120 1610
Ben Atia +83 1293
Melody Yang +69 908
Jason Li +67 1283
Lyanna Chan +55 1149
Raf Atia +49 1086
Kenny Ming +46 1174
Charlie Liu +46 1122
Eason Wang +41 1383
The Queensland Junior Rating list is published every two months, and you can see the ratings here.
Byron Morris also had an outstanding result at the recently concluded Queensland Reserves Championship, with an equal second place. He was just half a point behind the winner, who qualified for the next Queensland Championship.
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