02 Jun Chess success for keen minds

Thursday 25th May saw Nayland host the Interschool Chess Tournament in conjunction with Chess Power.

The hall was full of 70 keen players from the seven participating intermediate and secondary schools. Competitors played seven games over the course of the day. Players advanced based on their wins and losses.

Nayland College players gave the school plenty of reasons to be proud. The Senior A team ( Escher Kendrick, Ruben Castaing, Felix Chrysostomou-Koed, Cameron Dyer) earned a silver medal for their efforts, while Year 11 student Escher Kendrick came 4th overall. This was especially impressive, given that he hadn’t competed since 2012.

Teacher facilitator Andrea Adair was impressed with the conduct of the players. “All players from all schools showed great sportsmanship, [they were] very focused and engaged in the game,” she said.

A particular highlight for her was the participation of a number of students from Nayland College’s Learning Centre who came down to the hall and played against each other and other Nayland students.

The Nayland Chess Club meets Wednesdays at lunchtime in room 11.  All are welcome.

By Sera King