The Junior Chess Spartans finished first at the Gold Coast Primary School Teams Chess Championship, just edging out King’s Christian College. An impressive 65 Somerset students were among the total of 574 participants from schools all over the Gold Coast.
In the Premier, the clash between the pre-tournament favourites, first teams of Somerset and King’s Christian College came in the third round. Somerset’s star players proved better, winning the match 3 to 1. Our team stumbled in the later rounds, allowing Kings to catch up. Fortunately, Somerset won on countback.
Kings 2 finished third in Premier, with Somerset 2 finishing fourth. All Saints Anglican College was fifth, and TSS sixth. These six teams will play at the State Finals in October.
The stand-out individual performers were: Kenny Ming 7/7 in Premier on Board 4, Oliver Yang 6/7 in Premier on Board 1, Eason Wang 6/7 in Premier on Board 2, Raphael Atia 5/7 in Premier on Board 4, Amon Watanabe 5/7 in A Division, Denver Bannerman 5/7 in B Division and James Hartley 5.5/7 in C Division.
Byron Morris at the World Cadet Championship
Somerset Year 7 student Byron Morris recently returned from Brazil, where he represented Australia at the World Cadet Championship, Under 12 division. He scored a very respectable 4.5/11, placing 61st out of 93 competitors in his division. Byron defeated several players ranked above him, thereby significantly improving his international rating.
• Spring Holiday Program: Monday to Wednesday in the second week of holidays, an excellent opportunity for kids of all levels.
• Broadbeach Mall Tournament: a one-day fun event for kids, Thursday 28 September.
• Nell Van De Graaf Classic: one of the strongest annual tournaments on the Gold Coast, a must for advanced juniors.
• Queensland Inter-School Finals: Somerset will be sending its top teams to defend titles against the best Queensland schools, 13 to 15 October.
Lots of chess to look forward to!
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