The Gold Coast Primary Inter-School Teams Chess Championship took place on Wednesday 5 September at the Carrara Indoor Stadium. Ninety-nine Somerset students took on a huge turnout of 863 players from 37 schools competing in ten divisions.
Our top team were once again Gold Coast Primary Teams champions, and our second team also qualified for State Finals.
A huge congratulations to our first team: Eason Wang (7/7 and individual gold on Board 1), Kenny Ming (7/7 and individual gold on Board 2), Anson Qu (4/7 on Board 3) and Raphael Atia (7/7 and individual gold on Board 4). Congratulations also to our second team, finishing equal fourth in Premier: Melody Yang (4.5/7), Michael Rossiter (3/7), Sophia Ahern (4/7) and Kona Baldock (3.5/7).
In A Grade, congratulations to Sasha Hanford on an excellent equal first place, 6/7. Sasha was fourth on tie-break and unlucky to miss out on a medal. Also winning ribbons of merit: Tyler Bethscheider and Kakeru Adachi on 4.5/7.
A Division Results
In B Grade, Caspar Crampton finished 6/7 and equal first, but also narrowly missed out on a medal due to tie-break. Somerset Team 9 won gold medal: Phoenix Crampton (5.5 and sixth place), Hugh Cromack (5), James Young (4.5) and Abhiraj Sarmah (4). Other notable results: Calen Tang (5.5 and seventh place), Elijah Hadikusumo (5), Benji Liu (5), Jacob Yuan (5), Jack Walker (4.5) and Harrison George (4.5).
B Division Results
In C Division, Ken Yang won the silver medal with 6/7. Merit ribbon winners with 4.5: Cooper Leat, Riley Jennings, Alonso Espin, Tamar Chester-Haviv, Liam Moore, Ryan Longfield and Annika Lim.
C Division Results
We also had two merit winners in D Division, both on 5 points: Noa Chester-Haviv and Adriana Smith. Grade 1 student Miranda Shum was a super-star in Division I, winning gold medal with 6.5/7.
D Division Results
E Division Results
F Division Results
G Division Results
H Division Results
I Division Results
It was an incredible day for all our 99 students that took part. Well done to every participant, not just to the prize winners. The State Finals will be on 20 and 21 October at St Joseph’s, Gregory Terrace.
Year 8 student Lyanna Chan has returned home from her trip to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, where she represented Australia at the Asian Girls U14 Championship. Lyanna finished on a score of 2.5/9, including a draw with a player rated 1633. Nearly all her opponents were rated higher than her, and the experience will surely prove invaluable for her future chess pursuits.
• Somerset Junior School Inter-House on Friday 14 September after school
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• Junior Masters on 15 and 16 September at Hinterland Hotel, Nerang
• One Day Challenge on Sunday 16 September at Hinterland Hotel, Nerang
• Nell Van de Graff Classic on 22 and 23 September at Hinterland Hotel, Nerang
• Holiday Chess Program Monday 24 to Wednesday 26 September
• Broadbeach Mall Tournament on Wednesday 3 October