Assisi Catholic College hosted Round 2 of the Gold Coast Secondary Inter-Schools Chess Tournament with 143 students from 12 different schools, on Wednesday 22 May. In the Premier division, Somerset’s top team comfortably finished first, with a combined 22.5 points from 28 games, King's Christian College won silver, and our second team took out team bronze.
Congratulations to the winning team: Byron Morris (individual gold, 6.5/7), Oliver Yang (individual silver, 5.5), Ben Atia (individual bronze, 5.5) and Kenny Ming (5, 5th). Also well done to Team 2 on an excellent third place as a team: Jack Luke-Paredi (4.5), Raff Atia (4.5), Jennifer Yeung (4) and Ethan Chant (2). In A Division, Aarav Rawlley and Lachlan Hartley won ribbons of merit with 4.5 points.
Full results: Premier, A Division, B Division
The Queensland Open was held on the long Labour Day Weekend at the Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie). Six of the top Somerset players took part: Byron Morris (5/7), Ben Atia 4, Eason Wang 3.5, Anson Qu 3, Sophia Ahern 2.5 and Raff Atia 2. Byron had one of his best achievements yet, finishing = fourth in the whole tournament, and notching up several upsets against players rated above him.
At the Gold Coast Junior Championship last weekend, we had a smaller turnout from Somerset, as many of our Senior School students were busy studying for exams. Anson Qu had a great result, with 5.5/7 and third in the whole event. Anson thus won the title of Gold Coast Under 14 Champion! Eason Wang finished on 4.5 and won the second Under 18 trophy.
In the Under 8's, Calen Tang finished in third place with 5.5/8. Also doing well were Alessandro Martinese 4.5, Elijah Hadikusumo 4 and Harrison Qu 4.
• Peninsula Open (organised trip) 1-2 June at Redcliffe (by invitation only)
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• Gold Coast Rapid Ch Sunday 16 June at Hinterland Hotel, Nerang
• Junior School Term 2 Inter-School, Tuesday 18 June at Tallebudgera Recreation Centre, Palm Beach
• Gold Coast Open: 27 June - 1 July, Quality Hotel Mermaid Waters (Premier, Major, Minor)
• Queensland Junior Ch: 4-7 July, Hinterland Hotel, Nerang (U8, U10, U12, U18)