The Chess Spartans finished on top of the Gold Coast Secondary Interschool Teams Chess tournament, held on 23 May at King’s Christian College. The second Somerset team finished fourth, narrowly missing on the Bronze.
Twenty Somerset Senior students competed in a field of 122 total students, representing eight different schools. Since the competition fell during the Term Two exam block, the entire Somerset team was made up of Year 7 and 8 students. Nevertheless, our teams once again did very well.
The first team won the A Grade with a convincing 22.5/28. Congratulations to Oliver Yang (6/7, second place individual), Jason Li (6/7, third place), Ben Atia (5.5/7, fourth place) and Byron Morris (5/7, =fifth). Congratulations also to these top performers: Lyanna Chan (5/7, =fifth), Michael Dobroskok, Charlie Liu, Kei Naito and Nikita Rubis (all 4/7, =14th).
At the 53rd Peninsula Open, held in Rothwell on the weekend of 18 and 19 May, Ben Atia scored an excellent win over Michael Ostapenko, currently rated 1887 one of the top juniors in Queensland.
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