Chess & Clubs

Young Yogis 2017

John Colet School will be offering students an 8-week program in term 1 2017 that will provide benefits beyond the yoga mat! The physical benefits of yoga are the same for children as they are for adults. Yoga provides increased strength, flexibility, energy, improved balance, and coordination. These physical attributes will serve your child well should they chose to participate in any sport or dance. Participation in yoga practice actually leads to a higher level of performance and aids in injury prevention; however, the health benefits of yoga go far beyond strength and flexibility. Dedicated yoga practitioners can speak to the appreciable emotional and mental health benefits of the practice; yoga reduces stress and anxiety, increases self-acceptance and mind-body connection, …

JCS Primary Chess Competition wrap up

Recently we held our School’s Annual Primary Chess Competition.  Fifty nine Children competed, 30 of whom are not active members of the School’s Chess Club.  Overall, 13 were from Year 3, 17 from Year 4, 13 from Year 5 and 16 from Year 6.   They all played 7 Chess Matches each.  Tim Priest our Sydney Academy of Chess Coach of our Senior class presided over the competition.  Nine competitors have official chess ratings.  Besides myself and Tim, Leo G, Mi Mi P and Daniel S also assisted as Arbiters, if their matches were completed.  In between matches the children went outside to play. The trophies and prizes were as follows:   1st – Leo G (6R) 6/72nd – Mi Mi …

Infants Chess Comp a big hit!

This morning was our Annual Infants Chess Tournament – open to Upper 1st and 2nd Class children.  We had 25 children registered, which was wonderful.  Tim Priest from Sydney Academy of Chess – who is our Coach for our Senior Chess Class, ran the competition very efficiently and informatively.  It was run using the Swiss Perfect system, as per any official tournament.  All of the children played with Chess Clocks and learnt how to read the ‘Draw’ and the results and also about the chess etiquette for tournaments.     Some of the 2nd class Children had been in the tournament last year, and a small number of other children had other compeition experience, but we also had a …

Chess Competition update

On Wednesday the Chess Club’s top 5 players represented the school at Sydney Academy of Chess’ Interschool Chess Challenge Semi-Final which was held at The International French School in Maroubra. The team included Daniel S (6R), Leo G (6R), Mi Mi P (6C), Thomas J (5T) and Kai P (6C).  The children played 7 matches each. 107 Primary Children participated from 15 schools. The top 3 schools progressed to the Finals, tieing on 21 points. We came 6th on 18.5 points. Leo G was our stand out performer winning 5 matches and coming 9th overall. Kai also won 5 matches and came 16th. Thomas won 4.5 points and Daniel and Mi Mi 4 points each.  The winning schools were 1st Neutral Bay, 2nd Woolhara and 3rd Summer Hill. Mona Vale …

Young chess players up for the challenge

In last week’s Chess News I foreshadowed a good result for our Junior Rookies Team (K-3), who have played a 9 round Chess Competition in the Manly Warringah Zone.  10 schools from as far North as Newport down to Forestville’s OLGC and including St Lukes Grammar and Oxford Falls Grammar competed in Home and Away games.  John Colet hosted the matches 5 times during Term 2.   Our Team were leading by only half a point going into their match last Friday afternoon.  Proud mum Mariana, of our Team Leader Leo P (3K) took them along to Wheeler Heights PS, where Victoria M (3S) our Reserve, filling in for Dominic S (Year 2) got a quick Checkmate, followed by …

New chess coach joins our team

This week saw the resumption of Chess Classes for the Beginners (L1st) and the Transition Class (U1st/2nd) as well as the Senior Chess Class who greeted our new Coach Tim Priest.  Tim has been Coaching Chess with Sydney Academy for 4 years.  He has a rating of 1813 and is a FIDE Qualified Chess Coach and Knox Old-Boy, where he represented his school from Years 5-12.  Tim was very impressed by the calibre of the students as well as their behaviour and focus in the class. Last Term saw the completion of the Friday Afternoon Primary School Chess Teams Competition.  Our A Team (Daniel S, Leo G, Mimi P, Kai P + Reserves) came 2nd in the Championship Grade …