Team will rep­re­sent NZ

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

Toko­roa High School has pro­duced the best there is – win­ning the na­tional Su­per 14 In­ter­school Chess Cham­pi­onships.

The com­pe­ti­tion on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 18 at Pi­geon Moun­tain Pri­mary School fea­tured 120 play­ers from 15 schools.

Toko­roa High School led for most of the day but Hau­raki Plains Col­lege moved ahead af­ter round eight to take a slight lead into the fi­nal.

When Hau­raki Plains failed to add to their score in the fi­nal round wins by Chris Mey­ers, Rang­inui Pa­paroa and Saige McMahon ce­mented vic­tory for Toko­roa.

The Check Mates scored 19.5, Hau­raki Plains Col­lege 18.5 and Tauhara Col­lege 14.5. Team coach Billy Maea said the com­pe­ti­tion was ex­haust­ing.

‘‘I would hon­estly say that it was a very hard tour­na­ment be­cause New Zealand’s bright­est play­ers were there and they were awe­some,’’ Mr Maea said. ‘‘I am re­ally happy with how our guys played.’’

Each team mem­ber had to play nine games each. Mr Maea said the team will now pre­pare to rep­re­sent New Zealand.

‘‘We are stoked that we won and are now go­ing to rep­re­sent New Zealand. We are still in shock about that. And for that level we have to work even harder,’’ he said.

The Go Mental Chess Chal­lenge will be held on Novem­ber 29 and 30 in Mel­bourne.

CHECK­MATE: Toko­roa High School’s na­tion­als win­ning chess team (from left) TJ Raivaru, Chris Mey­ers, Avian Uer­ata and Rang­inui Pa­paroa. Ab­sent is Saige McMahon.

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