Chess kids bat­tle it out on a board

Napier Courier - - NEWS -

Schools from around Hawke’s Bay sent their best movers and shak­ers to Ta­matea In­ter­me­di­ate last week to bat­tle it out on the chess board.

The In­ter Schools Pri­mary Chess Power Tour­na­ment has been run­ning for at least 20 years, says or­gan­iser and as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal Jemma Thoro­good. Dif­fer­ent schools host it each term, with the num­ber of schools at­tend­ing de­pend­ing on when and where it is. Hast­ings and Here­taunga In­ter­me­di­ates, Napier Boys’ High School, Ta­matea High School and Sheri­dan School all sent teams to this term’s tour­na­ment. Schools usu­ally en­ter a team each due to trans­port costs, Jemma says.

“Ev­ery­one plays seven rounds — there are no knock-outs. Af­ter the first round, de­pend­ing on whether you have won or lost, the com­puter puts you against an­other player. If you won then you would play an­other win­ner and so on un­til the top two bat­tle it out. For the other less able play­ers, they also get to keep on play­ing peo­ple of sim­i­lar abil­ity.”

First, sec­ond and third placeget­ters are awarded for each di­vi­sion of pri­mary, in­ter­me­di­ate or sec­ondary school.

“This term they in­tro­duced badges that could be won for fastest check­mate, check­mate by a knight, run­ning your op­po­nent out of time etc, and these re­ally got the kids ex­cited. Five play­ers from Ta­matea In­ter­me­di­ate won an in­vi­ta­tion to the re­gional fi­nals in Auck­land in Oc­to­ber.”

Ta­matea In­ter­me­di­ate runs a chess club ev­ery Fri­day to learn from each other for an hour.

“A stand-out player in the fu­ture to watch is Han­nah Suck­ling who won best girl of the tour­na­ment,” Jemma says.

Ta­matea In­ter­me­di­ate stu­dents played in the In­ter Schools Pri­mary Chess Power Tour­na­ment at their school re­cently.

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