Australian Schools Teams Championships

At the tail end of 2022, two Somerset senior teams headed to Cairns to take part in the Australian Schools Teams Championships.

Open Secondary: Byron Morris, Eason Wang, Kenny Ming, Oliver Yang

Girls Secondary: Lyanna Chan, Jennifer Yeung, Melody Yang, Ruhara Mapabandara

The Open team was seeded in the bottom half of the draw, but only lost a match to eventual winners Anglican Church Grammar School with the team finishing in second position. They demolished teams from ACT and SA by 3.5 to 0.5, and NSW 3 to 1, whilst they drew with the Victorian Champions 2-all. Individually players all performed well, with Kenny Ming picking up the prize for best player on board 3.

The Girls team knew they had a chance to do well in the event and this they did, finishing in second position with a score of 16/20 (normally enough to win the event!). The champion team was Mac.Robertson Girls High from VIC who defeated Somerset in their head to head match up. Somerset meanwhile defeated ACT, QLD 2, and SA by 4-nil and then beat NSW 3 to 1. Individually, Melody Yang (board 3) and Ruhara Mapabandara (board 4) won their board prizes for best on board.

Chess Playing Opportunities

Prep to Year 2 have lunch time clubs running three times per week (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday), with students collected from, and taken back to, their eating area. This will start in Week 3.

Year 3 to 6 students will have a chess club in Brown 2.6 (Chess Room, above the KIP) on Thursday morning from 7.30am to 8.30am. Registration can be done here. There is no charge for this programme as this is replacing the lunch clubs that were offered. Year 1 to 12 students will have access to a competition club on Friday afternoons from 3.30pm to 5.30pm in Brown 2.6 (Chess Room, above library). Starting Week 1.

Year 1 to 3 students must sign up via The HUB (there is a cost on this).

Year 4 to 12 students are to be signed up via this link (there is no cost as this is covered by the sports levy).

Schoolbox Page

Stay up to date with information on the Chess Schoolbox page which will be updated periodically with upcoming events, news and other information.


For any questions, please email the Gardiner Chess team.

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