Somerset teams had a superb showing at the APS Secondary Teams Chess Championship, held at the Arundel Hills Country Club on Tuesday 18 July. The top Somerset team won the Premier division by a convincing 25 points (out of the maximum 28), second place went to our third team, leaving third position for Kings Christian College.
The format this year was different to that of the previous years, instead of one match per week, all the games were played in one day. A total of 21 teams (84 students all up, four on each team) took part, with seven full teams (28 students) representing Somerset.
Our top team handled the pressure very well, ensuring the perpetual Premier trophy went back to Somerset for the fourth consecutive year. James Kay (6.5 points on Board 1), Ben Atia (6 points on Board 3) and Matthew McConnell (6 points on Board 4) each won individual and team gold medals in the Premier.
Talia Varcoe (co-captain for 2017), was the stand-out individual performer, winning all seven games. She also displayed her excellent leadership skills, helping the team claim second place.
Other strong performers included Kabilan Manuneedhi (6 points), Callum Munro (5.5), Sean Nguyen (5.5), Lyanna Chan (5 points), Jason Li (5 points) and Ethan Chant (5 points).
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Coming up this Friday 28 July, we have the Inter-House Championships for Senior School (12.30pm to 3.30pm) and Junior School (3.30pm to 6.30pm).
A reminder, lunch club is open every day and I would encourage all keen students to come for a game and pick up some tips. The Chess Room (Toohey 2.6) is located above the Knowledge and Information Precinct.
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