Team will represent NZ
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.