The Wairarapa has an ongoing history of Primary School chess competition. The long-running Carterton School Chess Tournament often sees more than 120 juniors and seniors turning up to compete for a chance to win the right to head to the Interschool Nationals. They’ve had success, placing 5th in 2012 when competing against teams from all round New Zealand.
Unfortunately, there hasn’t been a similar tournament for Wairarapa Colleges for many years… until last Friday, when the Chess Power organisation ran a competition hosted at Kuranui College.
The Chess Power tournament provides the opportunity for the top three Wairarapa competitors to travel to Auckland in October to compete against other Kiwi college students for the 2015 Champions Trophy. Sadly, it proved a no-show for other colleges, so it was left to 16 Kuranui students to battle it out.
Kuranui principal Geoff Shepherd officially opened the tournament, with Donald Yee and Minty Hunter in support. Chess Power tournament chief Bruce Pollard ran an efficient and friendly series of matches, with some tough battles fought in good spirits. When the dust settled, Joey Teofilo took gold, Samuel Hunter silver, and Ethan Doornbos scored the bronze medal.
The three youngsters are hugely excited about heading to Auckland in October and competing on a bigger stage. And as the word spreads about the college-level tournament, especially amongst those seniors competing at the Carterton Primary Tournament later this year, we’re looking forward to next year’s college competition seeing more numbers from across the Wairarapa!