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Chess Success

​On 2 November, Caboolture State High School entered a team into the St Columban’s Invitational Chess Tournament.  It is the first time the tournament has been held at St Columban’s, but the event was such a success that its coordinating body, Gardiner Chess, have no doubt the tournament will be back again bigger and better next year.  
Our team was composed of four students from Years 8 and 9 (Alex Gian, Zachary Boisen, Jacob Blundell and Declan MacMahon).  The boys were outstanding against a division composed completely of private schools, competing against players as old as 17.  They won their first round game in four moves which raised many eyebrows and the boys knuckled in from there, taking on players that are representatives of Gardiner Chess and play competition chess across the district. 
Out of the 16 teams, the team missed out on 3rd place overall by 2 points and Alex Gian took out 3rd place overall on individual points.  The benefits of playing chess are well documented and contribute to improved memory and cognitive ability, especially in developing brains.  Given Gardiner Chess have now invited us to participate in a series of tournaments across the region, it would be great to see the further development of our students’ abilities through the creation of a school-based Chess Club in the near future.
Lance Sulter
Chess Team Mentor