FNQ Interschool Chess Championships Report – Finals 2018
Date: August 28, 2018 Posted by: Sue Wicks
Finals of the Far North Queensland Interschool Chess Championships were held on the 23 August with 372 students competing. The Bishop Centre was bursting with intellectual activity as the best chess players in our region descended upon the black and white battlefields.
The Trinity Anglican School teams stepped up to the challenge and concentration and focus was in abundance. The good sportsmanship and grit under pressure was noticeable in our players as they achieved excellent success.
The WRJ Team of 108 students won 54 medals and achieved many personal bests. It is pleasing to note that many of the Girls Chess Club members have stepped up into Interschool competition to razzle their opposition. We have now achieved gender balance in our team.
TAS teams WRJ Nguyen and WRJ Robertson have now qualified for the State Finals in Brisbane.
Special congratulations goes to all those students who made their debut.
Highlights are listed below:
Primary Premier Grade (8 teams with 32 players)
Second TAS WRJ Nguyen: James Nguyen, Jack O’Neill, Joanna Chen and Liam O’Shea
Third TAS WRJ Robertson: Andrew Robertson, Angela Xiang, Vinuka Gamage and Ryan Goodfellow
Board 2 Prize Vinuka Gamage and Jack O’Neill
Board 3 Prize Joanna Chen
Board 4 Prize Liam O’Shea
Primary A Grade (11 teams with 44 players)
First TAS WRJ Mann: Ryan Mann 6R, Max Macdonald, Hayden Coombs and Archie Reid
Third TAS Lewis: Tyson Lewis, Andrew Barker, Damien McLaren and Emily Stone
First Place Ryan Mann 6R
Third Damien McLaren
Fourth Place Paddy Hope
Primary B Grade (12 Teams with 47 players)
Second Place TAS WRJ Reeves: Harriet Reeves, Fredy Collard, Georgia Mann and Ben Harris
Third Place TAS WRJ Robati: Mark Robati, Shivansh Pandey, John Phan and Paloma Collins-Steele
Fourth Place TAS KBJ Springell: Jack Parsonage, Maddy Bird, Ivy Bird and Raphaelle Springell
Second Place John Phan
Third Place Georgia Mann
Fourth Place Mark Robati
Primary C Grade (20 Teams with 73 players)
First Place TAS WRJ Thomson: Rio Thomson, Max Britton Caitlyn Mock and Alyssa Atfield
Second Place TAS WRJ Harris: Nyla Harris, Georgia Simpson, Finn O’Neill and Sofia Stoelhorst
Second Place Takeru Oguchi
Third Place Caitlyn Mock
Fourth Place Max Britton
Primary D Grade (20 Teams with 72 players)
First Place TAS WRJ Coombs: Dean Coombs, Cody Peters, Jai Jassar and Jed O’Connor
Second Place TAS WRJ Locke: Jesse Locke, Lyla Schiller, Aleizah Yasi and Amelia Chen
Third Place TAS WRJ Pundi: Violet Reeves, Isalella Clague, Alexander Taylor and Khalel Pundi
Fourth Place TAS WRJ Ucar: Ulas Ucar, Liana Kerschbaumer, Ella Godwell and Poppy Ulm
Third Place Dean Coombs
Fourth Place Jesse Locke