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🥇 HBHS Chess Team Power into National Tournament

Graham Nolan —

On Thursday the 10th of June, 23 of our Chess Players competed in the Hamilton Chess Power Tournament. The winners automatically qualify to compete in the National event later in the year.

72 High School students from 10 schools participated in the seven round Swiss event.  Our 23 were comprised of a small group of experienced players and a much larger group with little experience, many of whom were experiencing a Chess Tournament for the first time.

Owing to the size of our contingent, the organisers divided our players into an A (the highest rated 13) and B team.  This meant that players from our B team could be drawn to play members of our A team.  In this form of tournament, participants generally do not play against players from the same school.  Whilst players compete as individuals, the sum of the top 4 scores from each team determines the team’s placing.

The event was a great success for HBHS.  All 23 of our players did well, with everyone scoring a commendable 3 points or above, despite many of our B team having to play against the strong players in our A team.

The individual event was won by Nathanael Loy, on tiebreak from Max Stephens, both of whom finished on 100%.  Finishing joint third were Daniel Loy and Michael Lin who both finished on 6½ points, giving HBHS A a total of 27 points.

Positions 5 - 14 were also filled by HBHS players, with the exception of a solitary Fairfield College player who finished 9th.

Our B team, finished in an outstanding second place on 17 points.  Their top 4 players were Khan Li Henry (5 points), Muhammad Mohamad Hanafiah, Kesarindra Kalhara Weeraman and Conor McCormack (who all finished on 4 points).

Congratulations to all our players on their excellent results.