During the Easter Holidays, Somerset’s young Chess players were busy travelling and playing in various tournaments: from the local ones, to Canberra, Sydney and even Thailand. Eleven Somerset students, keen enough to make the journey to Canberra, gained invaluable experience at the biggest annual chess competition in Australia, the Doeberl Cup.
This year’s event had a combined 253 players across four divisions: Premier, Major, Minor and U1200. The Premier featured five Grandmasters (highest international title in chess) and ten International Masters (second-highest chess title). Trips like the Doeberl Cup always create fond memories for our chess students, and are an important test of their improvement.
In the Major, Byron Morris finished on 3.5 from seven games and Oliver Yang 3. In the Minor, Eason Wang was = sixth with 5/7, Kenny Ming 4, Ben Atia 4, Jason Li 4, Charlie Liu 2, Melody Yang 2, Anson Qu 2, Jennifer Yeung 1.5. Alessandro Martinese, still only in Year 2, finished on a respectable 1.5/6 in the U1200 Division.
Sydney International Open
Eason Wang has had an outstanding result in the recently completed Sydney International Open (Challengers division). Eason, Board 1 for the Spartans' Junior School team, finished the tournament with 5/9 and increased his FIDE (International Chess Federation) rating by 88 points.
During the first week of holidays, the Holiday Chess Program was held at Somerset for three days, and we had a tournament day - the Easter Cup. Well done to our young rising stars: Calen Tang 5.5/11, Elijah Hadikusumo 5.5 and second place Rating Group B, Harrison Qu 5.5 and second place Rating Group C, Aadi Rai 5.5, Kush Veeramachaneni 4.5, Arjun Rai 3.5 and Harry Couper 3.5.
• Queensland Open, May 3 to 6 at Churchie, suitable for advanced students
• Gold Coast Junior Ch U10-U18, Saturday 18 to Sunday 19 May at Hinterland Hotel, Nerang
• Gold Coast Junior Ch U8, Sunday 19 May at Hinterland Hotel, Nerang
• Senior School Term 2 Interschool, Wednesday 22 May at Assisi Catholic College, Upper Coomera
• Junior School Term 2 Interschool, Tuesday 18 June at Tallebudgera Recreation Centre, Palm Beach
Enrolment for Term Two Junior School co-curricular lessons is still open through the My Somerset Community (Electives tab). For Senior School students and intermediate/advanced Junior School students, the Thursday After School Chess Club runs 3.30 pm to 5.00 pm.