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 with 22 points, by 1 point to Mona Vale A on 23 pts and 3rd was Mona Vale B on 17.5 pts – Kai P was unbeaten through 7 Rounds. Our B Team (Thomas J, Paul D, Ramakrishna B, Jason N) came 4th on 12.5pts. Our C Team (Saurav, Eshaan, Edward, Isabella + Reserves) were competing in the Rookie Grade where they came 3rd by one point on 16.5pts to Oxford Falls Grammar on 17.5 pts, with Mona Vale C winning on 21 pts. Saurav was unbeaten in all 6 matches he played. Our Junior Rookies (members must come from K-3rd Class) have one more match to go this afternoon. They are currently in 1st place on 24pts with Newport B just half a point behind them. They are playing Wheeler Heights, so fingers crossed for Leo P, Siddhartha B, Samuel J and Victoria M.
During the holidays there were a couple of tournaments for Chess Enthusiasts at Pymble and Forestville. Of particular note was the fantastic performance of Samuel J from 2nd class who won 4 pts and placed equal 13th at the Northern Beaches Chess Challenge at Forestville on 9 July, with only one 7 year old above him. The next Pymple Fun Tournament is on 30 July with Entry Fees refunded by the Chess Club for current members. Children in the Intermediate and Senior Classes would be well able to participate in this events as well as some of the stronger children from the Transition Class.
Yours in Chess, Simone
[ Note: Some small errors in this content were corrected on Tuesday 26 July]