Toko­roa best on board at chess champs

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

Toko­roa High School’s chess team, the Check Mates, out ma­neu­vered the com­pe­ti­tion in Taupo to reign supreme at the Cen­tral North Is­land In­ter­school Chess Cham­pi­onships.

The com­pe­ti­tion was held two weeks ago fea­tur­ing 50 stu­dents from around the Cen­tral North Is­land.

The Toko­roa team were Saige McMahon, Rang­inui Pa­paroa, Avian Uer­ata, TJ Raivaru and Chris Mey­ers. The high­est scorer with seven wins from seven games was Tauhara Col­lege stu­dent Gian Ben­di­cio while Toko­roa High School stu­dents Christo­pher and TJ placed sec­ond and third re­spec­tively.

Toko­roa High was the school team with the most points.

Coach Billy Maea says: ‘‘ The boys even­tu­ally won the tour­na­ment be­cause they were all in the top 10 so they were able to ac­cu­mu­late enough points to take out the tour­na­ment.’’

They have now qual­i­fied for the na­tional fi­nal in Auck­land on Octo- ber 20 which will fea­ture 13 schools from around New Zealand.

‘‘I was re­ally rapt be­cause our goal was to go to the tour­na­ment and learn as much as we could. It was the first time we had played with clocks. They were a bit ap­pre­hen­sive. With that tour­na­ment un­der our belts we will go in to na­tion­als know­ing what to ex­pect.’’

Mr Maea says the Taupo tour­na­ment was the team’s first for­mal com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘Our goal is to go to the na­tion­als and en­joy our­selves and con­tinue to learn,’’ he says.

CHECK MATE: Toko­roa High School’s chess team, the Check Mates, were win­ners at the Cen­tral North Is­land In­ter­school Chess cham­pi­onships in Taupo two weeks ago.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.