Somerset’s chess teams once again performed very well at the Inter Schools tournaments. Our first teams placed first for both the Secondary and Primary competitions, held at Kings Christian College on 17 and 31 May respectively
Our chess captains led by example. Kevin Song won individual gold in Premier, with six wins and only one draw. Talia Varcoe managed to both place in 5th place in A Division with 5/7, and keep the team morale high by serving everyone cake at lunch time. Birthday boy Charlie Liu won individual silver in A Division with 6/7 and team gold.
Other stand-out performers included from Premier: Ben Atia 6/7 2nd, Kabilan Manuneedhi 5/7 4th and Matthew McConnell 5/7 5th. From A Division: Iwan Rogers 5/7 6th, Abhinay Panda 5/7 7th.
Somerset’s teams won gold in Premier, bronze in Premier and Gold in A Division.
Our first team won gold by a clear margin, with Oliver Yang 1st 6.5/7, Eason Wang 2nd 6/7, Raff Atia 3rd 5.5/7. Kenny Ming, first time playing for the first team, also performed well with 4/7.
Other impressive performances included Xavier Focas 5/7 7th in B Division, Kseniia Igumenova 5.5/7 6th in C Division and Angus Fraser 5.5/7 5th in D Division.
There are many opportunities for our chess students over the upcoming holidays. First up, the One Day Challenge is on Sunday 18 June. This is an event suitable for players of all levels, and a good opportunity for a first tournament.
The Gold Coast Open, 23 June to 25 June, is one of the strongest annual tournaments in Australia. Two grandmasters (the highest title in chess, only ever awarded to five Australians) have confirmed entry.
Some of the players from Somerset’s top teams will test themselves against other strong juniors and adults. And from 27 to 30 June, the Queensland Junior Championships will see the best young players from across the state clash head to head.
It’ll be interesting to see how our Spartans go over the next few weeks.
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