Olley third in chess fest

CHESS: Bundaberg's Andrew Olley continued his excellent form to finish third in the junior section of the Maryborough One Day Chess Tournament.

The St Patrick's Catholic School student won five out of his nine games but the home town's Brandon Lowe finished on top, ahead of David House despite each of the three achieving the same number of wins.

The popular event was conducted as a nine-round swiss with 15 minutes on the clock for each competitor and players from Hervey Bay and Suncoast also competing.

Tournament co-ordinator Allan Menham said many top-class games were played and it was very pleasing that the presidents of the four clubs - Jeff Dyer (Suncoast), John Molloy (Hervey Bay), Martin Carter (Bundaberg) and John Surridge (Maryborough) - competed in the senior division.

Dyer was the top-scoring player at the tournament with a grand-slam win of nine out of nine games, while Bundaberg duo John Harris and Keith McLeod finished second and third with 7.5 and six games respectively.

The last Bundaberg Children's Tournament for 2011 was held on Sunday with 18 enthusiastic youngsters battling it out. In first division, Timothy Harris gained won, beating his brother Patrick, with Matthew Riggs third.

Timothy Harris also claimed the series title with 60 games out of a total possible of 64.



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