33 of our players participated in six interschool tournaments this year, the Somerville House School Teams events and the Brisbane Interschool Chess Championships. Roman Kull played in all events and an additional seven students played in more than four of these Tournaments. Year 7 – Michael Olliver, Ash Santos, Samson Talluri. Year 8 – Jamieson Bott-Banas, John Kim, Sharne Radel. Year 11 – Luke Rosier
Place Medals – 1st – Somerville House Autumn – Benedict Thekkel, Roman Kull, Jamieson Bott-Banas, Chloe Johnson 3rd – Somerville House Summer – Roman Kull, Kevin Chua, Nick Meredith, Harry Meredith.
Merit Award recipients included Luke Rosier, Jodie Hoang, and Byron Villacort
Students thoroughly enjoy these tournaments!
- It was a new experience, a good experience, and challenging. I have improved my game even though I was really worried at the start. First time Tournament player, Chloe
- Games were difficult but we persevered and got through reasonably well. Ronan
Tournaments are always scenes of hushed, deep concentration during games, with contrasting animated conversation between them, discussion of winning moves and failed strategies, and of replay of parts of games as players demonstrate their tactics for advice from their more experienced teammates. The friendly games and snippets of games, that intersperse the real tournament, are such a vital part of these events, as chess wisdom is shared, and chess friendships firmed.
The End of Term Lightning Tournament attracted 17 new and experienced players entering the Term 1, 2 &3 competitions. Nick Meredith is on course to be the 2017 Lightning Champion, with the overwhelming sentiment expressed by players. “It is just great fun!”
2017 Chess Awards
Player of the Year: Senior: Lambis Athousis Year 11 Junior: Roman Kull Year 7
Leadership: Senior: Luke Rosier Year 11 Junior: Sharne Radel Year 8
Special thanks to Coach Patrick Byron, Tournament Supervising Teacher, Amanda Cook and Year 12 students, Nick and Harry Meredith whose enthusiasm for chess and encouragement of younger players over the years has left a fitting legacy, as well as all players!
Mirva Harrison Teacher Librarian & Chess Co-ordinator